29th CAB Deployment
Nearly 200 members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade deploy from Edgewood Md., on Jan. 29, 2017, to provide full-spectrum aviation capabilities in support of ongoing operations in the Middle East. The unit will serve as the headquarters element for the 29th CAB, which will consist of more than 1,500 soldiers from multiple aviation units spanning more than a dozen states.
The brigade deployed units in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Kosovo, and Bosnia. It supported Hurricane Gustav relief operations in Louisiana and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. The 29th CAB returned from supporting the end of Operation New Dawn in Iraq from 2011-2012. After Operation New Dawn, the brigade established the first aviation brigade operation, supporting Army Central Command in Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The unit had the Army’s only deck landing qualified attack battalion while it supported stability in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thaddeus Harrington)