159th Combat Aviation Brigade being inactivated Thursday

A Fort Campbell brigade formed from several units that date back to the Vietnam era is being inactivated during a ceremony this week.

The post along the Kentucky-Tennessee line says about 1,500 soldiers, families and veterans of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, are expected for the ceremony Thursday morning.

The post says the event is the last official ceremony in the brigade’s history and is part of a five-year Army Aviation restructuring initiative, which is projected to inactivate three combat aviation brigades.

The 159th was originally formed in 1997. Between 1997 and 2001, the brigade deployed units to Bosnia, Kosovo, Trinidad, Tobago and Central America.

Parts of the brigade deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, followed by several additional deployments of the 159th to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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