FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ The first members of the 1st Infantry Division's combat aviation brigade are set to return to Kansas in the coming days.
The brigade has been flying its helicopters in combat and support missions in Iraq for about 14 months. The first 150 soldiers are expected to return to Kansas this weekend.
While the brigade has been gone, construction crews have been busy transforming Marshall Army Air Field to accommodate the soldiers and their helicopters. The runway was replaced, along with expansion and rebuilding of aprons and taxiways. New barracks, hangars and administration buildings also have been built.
The activity is part of the Army's 2005 decision to move the brigade to Fort Riley, consolidating operations from several other installations.