Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade
Commanded by: Col. Howard Lloyd
Senior Enlisted Advisor: Command Sgt. Maj. Sean
The 28th Expeditionary Combat
Aviation Brigade is a heavy aviation unit of the Pennsylvania Army National
Guard. The 28th ECAB is one of five
brigades of the 28th Infantry Division. It provides aviation assets for both
federal and state active duty missions. ECAB aviators fly the AH-64 Apache,
UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The ECAB headquarters
is at Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.
The 28th ECAB traces its lineage to June
1, 1959 with the activation of the 28th Aviation Company at Capital City
Airport in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. The unit was reorganized as the 28th Aviation
Battalion on April 1st, 1963. On October 1, 1986, the Aviation Brigade was
organized under the Army of Excellence (AOE) design and relocated to Fort
Indiantown Gap. More than 2,000 28th CAB soldiers mobilized in
January 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom and operated out of multiple bases
across Iraq including in Tallil, Al Kut and Basrah.
28th ECAB soldiers have served domestically,
assisting civil authorities with emergency relief missions, and overseas in
places including Kosovo and Afghanistan. Some have made the ultimate
sacrifice, and many have been recognized for their dedicated service and valor.
The 28th ECAB continues to build on its legacy as the “Wings of
Iron” and we take pride in being fit, resilient and well-trained in order to
support each other and defend our great nation.
Units within the organization:
• Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC)
• 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion (2-104th GSAB)
• 628th Aviation Support Battalion (628th ASB)