By CW3 Stefanie Crask, contributing writer with Bravo Company 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment.
CENTCOM - Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment “Renegades” is currently deployed overseas in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield located in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations and currently serving under the Army Reserve commands of 8-229th Assault Helicopter Battalion and the 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.
The mission set has included Air movements, Air assaults, External Sling Loads, HERO flights, Naval Deck Landings, and Medevac Chase Operations. They have flown in five different countries and under three Task Forces within the CENTCOM Theater. Bravo Co. has flown the highest total of any flight company in the Brigade, flying over 3200 hours over the course of eight months.
“It has been a very dynamic theater
where aviation units were asked to provide a wide range of capabilities, over
huge areas of operation,” said Capt. Terrell McClard, Company Commander.
One of their biggest strengths as a
company has been the ability to remain flexible as the demands of the mission
constantly changed over the course of the deployment. Bravo Company quickly
stood out as the company that could always accomplish the mission no matter
what obstacle or change was thrown their way. They have set the standard.
Their hard work, dedication and
professionalism have demonstrated the dependability of the Kentucky Army
National Guard, allowing positive relationships to foster with partner forces
within the Task Force. Not only did they create a positive reputation for themselves
and the organization, they grew in their capabilities as a unit as well as
“This opportunity to deploy to a combat
theater has provided the unit the capability to grow and hone their aviation
skills on a daily basis in a dynamic complex environment,” said 1st Lt. Jacob
Conner, platoon leader with the 2/147. “This
opportunity has allowed us to build a level of readiness that will greatly
benefit the Kentucky Guard when we return and set the unit up for success for
years to come.”
Over the course of the deployment so
far, a total of ten Soldiers have been promoted. Stefanie Crask, Joseph
McKnight and Joseph Krestan were all promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 3.
Christopher Jones, Richard Singleton, Christopher Norris and Tyler Whittaker were
promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 2. Nathan Crotti was promoted to the
rank of Staff Sergeant and Logan Kruthaup and Craig Browning were promoted to Sergeant.
They also progressed three new Air
Mission Commanders: Christopher Englen, Anthony Ewers and Jacob Conner while Stefanie
Crask, Michele Ewers, Tyler Kramer and Christopher Norris were all progressed
to Pilot in Command.
had a really junior group when we left home, but we worked hard, bonded and
successfully completed our mission. All of us should be proud of the job we
came to do and be honored to carry on the long standing military service of the
Kentucky National Guard,” Sgt. 1st Class
Not only did they learn their individual
jobs better, they learned about themselves too.
“This deployment has given me countless
learning opportunities and chances to grow personally and professionally,” said
Sgt. Craig Browning. “I have been blessed to spend this time around such great
The unit is currently
welcoming their replacements and getting ready to hand over the responsibility to
A and C Company 2nd Battalion 147th Aviation Regiment out of Minnesota and