After Almost 5 Years, Army’s 101st Airborne Will Return to Full Air Assault Power

U.S. Army aviation officials have launched an effort to restore full air assault capability to the 101st Airborne Division — a capability the Screaming Eagles have been without since 2015.

As the Army’s only air-assault division, the 101st has traditionally had two combat aviation brigades — instead of one CAB like other divisions — to allow the unit to lift a full brigade combat team into combat at one time.

But mandatory budget cuts under sequestration prompted the Army to take one of the 101st’s CABs away.

The effort to re-equip the 101st with dozens of helicopters is one of the top aviation priorities the Army has identified as it races to be ready to conduct major combat operations across all warfare domains by 2028, Maj. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, said.

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Author: Dian Welle