After three years, 166th Aviation Training Brigade reactivates at Fort Hood

The 166th ?Archangels? Aviation Training Brigade was reactivated during a ceremony at Cameron Field near First Army Division West headquarters Friday.

The unit was inactivated in 2015 during the Army?s drawdown, but was officially activated at June 1 thanks to funding approved by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act. The brigade will consist of 175 soldiers.

The brigade is the only aviation training brigade in First Army and will provide pre-mobilization and post-mobilization training and certification for National Guard and Reserve Component aviation units, which currently consist of 48 percent of all U.S. Army aviation assets.

Brigade commander Col. Ronald Ells said since the 2015 deactivation the Army saw a demand for National Guard and Reserve aviation units in various theaters of operations around the globe.