FORT RILEY, Kan. - Approximately 14 helicopters - two UH-60 Black Hawks and 12 AH-64 Apaches - will arrive in two flights that afternoon. The aircraft are the first to arrive back at Marshall Army Air Field following the "Demon" Brigade's 15-month deployment.
Soldiers in the "Demon" Brigade began returning to Fort Riley in November following a 15-month deployment to Iraq. During its deployment, the brigade oversaw the operation and maintenance of 200 manned and unmanned aircraft. The unit's helicopters logged more than 170,000 hours in flight time during the deployment.
While in Iraq, the brigade's Soldiers conducted nearly 18,000 missions,
identifying and engaging enemy targets 300 times. CAB Soldiers were also responsible for the discovery or defeat of 56 improvised explosive
devices and the destruction of more than 125 insurgent vehicles and
structures. In addition, the brigade was responsible for transporting
more than 91,000 personnel and about 4,000 tons of cargo around
Multi-National Division North.