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.

Broam 1.jpg12th 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.


12thCABCSM.jpg12th CAB Command Sergeant Major – Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Smith                    Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Smith entered the Army in Beacon, New York, attended Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas, Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was awarded the military occupational specialty of combat medical specialist. Later, he reclassified as a utility helicopter repairer 67T. His military education includes Drill Sergeant School, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Advance Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

His assignments include Aviation Branch sergeant major, Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; command sergeant major, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; command sergeant major, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; first sergeant, D Co., 1st Attack Reconnaissance Bn., 10th CAB; first sergeant, C Co., 3rd AR, 3rd CAB; platoon sergeant, C Co., 2nd Bn., 2nd AR (Assault), 25th ID; drill instructor, C Co., 1st Bn., 34th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; squad leader, D Co., 2nd AR, 82nd CAB, 82nd AD; squad leader, B Co., 7th Bn., 159th AR, Giebelstadt, Germany; crew chief, UH-60L, C Co., 2nd AR, 82nd CAB, 82nd AD; crew chief, UH-60L, E Co., 1st Squadron, 17th CR, 82nd AD; platoon medic, A Co., 3rd Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd AD.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead, The Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, four NCOES Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Ribbons, Bronze Service star for parachutist Badge. He has received the Master Aviation Crewman Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Drill Sergeants Badge.

Smith’s deployments include Operation Just Cause, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11. Smith hails from Beacon, New York.