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Second Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. George A. Higgins, right, hands the Aviation Brigade colors to new Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade commander Col. Peter W. Foreman while outgoing Aviation Brigade commander Col. Thomas De Vine, second from right, looks on at Camp Casey, South Korea, on Tuesday.

Second Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. George A. Higgins, right, hands the Aviation Brigade colors to new Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade commander Col. Peter W. Foreman while outgoing Aviation Brigade commander Col. Thomas De Vine, second from right, looks on at Camp Casey, South Korea, on Tuesday. (Seth Robson / S&S)

Col. Peter W. Foreman’s command of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Aviation Brigade will be short and sweet.

He assumed command of the War Eagles on Tuesday, and the unit will inactivate Thursday.

But Foreman will have the distinction of commanding 2nd ID’s first Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade, which combines AH-64D Apaches, UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks into one brigade. The MFAB is to be activated Thursday.

Four War Eagles units — 4th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment; and the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion — will join several 8th Army units to form the MFAB, officials said.

Col. Thomas J. De Vine handed the War Eagles’ unit colors and command to Foreman during a ceremony at Camp Casey on Tuesday.

Foreman said his first challenge is bringing three brigades — including two 8th Army units yet to be named — together to form the MFAB.

“The first thing we are going to do is pull together and talk about command philosophy, training and the challenges that lie ahead,” he said Tuesday.

The MFAB’s first test will come in June, when components will form a task force to do an air assault exercise with the 82nd Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Battalion, Foreman said.

In September, the MFAB will participate in another exercise with the U.S. Navy, he said.

De Vine said the brigade has changed greatly since he took command in 2003. At that time, pilots conducted quarterly air assault exercises with 2nd ID units such as 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, now serving in Iraq, he said.

“With the deployment of 2nd Brigade to Iraq last year and transformation the Aviation Brigade underwent significant change for the last year,” he said. “We had started to form relationships with ROK infantry units. We have spent a lot of time building relationships, exchanging doctrines and procedures and training to sustain the air assault capability within the alliance.”

And while the air assault exercises were exciting, De Vine said, he took most pride in setting up 2nd Brigade’s Rear Detachment during the Iraq deployment.

The job included mailing information to about 5,000 family members of deploying soldiers and planning for casualties and operations, he said.

And during the last year, brigade units moved around the peninsula, he said.

“We maintained our fight-tonight capability throughout our transformation, which was definitely a challenge,” De Vine said.

Maj. Gen. George A. Higgins, 2nd ID commander, praised the War Eagles for taking a $39 million annual budget and flying thousands of hours in excess of Army standards while maintaining the highest aircraft operational readiness rate in the U.S. Army.

Tuesday’s ceremony was “the last critical step in forming the MFAB. The MFAB’s success is in all our vital interests,” Higgins said.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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