12th Combat Aviation Brigade
THE 12TH COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE
The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (12th CAB) prepares for full-spectrum combat aviation operations in support of the United States Army, the United States Army Europe and other designated combined joint task force headquarters. On order, 12th CAB deploys to designated contingency areas and conducts aviation combat operations as part of a designated force headquarters.
The 12th CAB Headquarters is located on Katterbach Army Airfield (KAAF) just outside the city of Ansbach.
12th CAB Commander – Col. John Broam
Col. John Broam enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1989. Following Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon promotion to Sergeant in November 1992, he served as the Special Operations Team Bravo Communications Sergeant, responsible for supporting Special Forces Operational Detachment Teams during numerous deployments to Thailand and Korea.
In August 1994, Col. Broam was awarded an Army ROTC “Green to Gold” scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation as a distinguished graduate, he was commissioned into the Aviation Branch in May 1997. In September 1998, following flight school and the AH-64A Aircraft Qualification Course, Broam was assigned as a Support Platoon Leader in 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry, at Camp Eagle, Korea. He was then assigned in September 1999 to C Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Col. Broam served as an Attack Platoon Leader and then the Battalion Liaison Officer.
After attending the Aviation Captains Career Course, Col. Broam was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Katterbach, Germany in December 2001 where he served as the Brigade Assistant S3. In December 2002 he assumed command of A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. After a tour in Iraq, he relinquished command in May 2005 after 30 months. He was then assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker, Alabama as a Small Group Leader and then the Company Commander. In June 2008, Colonel Broam was selected as the Secretary of the General Staff for the Aviation Branch Commanding General.
After attending the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, Col. Broam assumed duties in December 2010 as the Battalion Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment in Illesheim, Germany. In June 2011, he became the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Executive Officer in Katterbach, Germany. After 24 months and a deployment to Afghanistan, he assumed duties as the Deputy Brigade Commander. In August 2013, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as the Chief, G3 Training. Col. Broam then assumed command of 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment in June 2014 and after 15 months reflagged the unit as 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. In July 2016, he became the Senior Aviation Trainer at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Following attendance at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, Col. Broam became the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Chief of General Staff (4-star) in Kabul, Afghanistan where he has served for the past twelve months.
Broam’s awards and decorations are commensurate with his time in service and combat deployments.
12th CAB Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Zane Hansen
Command Sgt. Maj. Zane Hansen is a native of Ness City, Kansas. He enlisted in the Army in 1994 as an AH-64A Apache crew chief. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Command Sgt. Maj. Hansen’s assignments include: AH-64A crew chief in 5th Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment at Camp Eagle Korea, phase team leader in 4th BN 159th Aviation Regiment at Fort Bragg North Carolina, AH-64A technical inspector in 1st Battalion 1st Aviation Regiment at Katterbach Germany, platoon sergeant in 4th Squadron 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood Texas, government ground representative in the Defense Contract Management Agency at Mesa Arizona, first sergeant in 1st Battalion 214th Aviation Regiment at Wiesbaden Germany, and the command sergeant major of 2nd Battalion 2nd Aviation Regiment at K-16 (Seoul Airbase).
His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Airborne School, the Unit Movement Officer Course, the Air Load Planner Course, the Defense Packaging and Shipment of Hazardous Materials Course, the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Master Resiliency Trainer Course, the Battle Staff Course, and he is a graduate of the Unites States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy.
Command Sgt. Maj. Hansen’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He holds the Master Army Aviation Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Gold Recruiting Badge, and the Drivers and Mechanics Badge.