The 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment focuses on leader development and professional education of branch officers and warrant officers. Courses include the Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course and Captains Career Course for branch officers; the Warrant Officer Basic Course and Aviation Warrant Officers Advanced Course; Aviation Maintenance Officers Course; Aviation Mission Survivability Officer Course; Helicopter Overwater Survival Training, Air Traffic and Airspace Management Tech Course, Aviation Pre-Command Course for lieutenant colonels and colonels slated to take command of a battalion or brigade; and the management of all branch and warrant officers during their attendance of the initial entry rotary wing flight training course. Additionally, the battalion commands the U.S. Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Level C training.
Small group instruction is provided in a classroom environment. Field exercises include troop leading procedures, safety, and tactical and technical aspects involving employment of aviation assets as part of the total combined arms force. Use of advanced simulation tools with brigade and battalion simulations in the Seneff Aviation Warfighting Simulation Center, enhances the student officer’s battle staff skills.
Use of state-of-the-art virtual flight simulators in the aviation test bed offers junior aviation leaders the opportunity to develop air battle command skills.
A Company manages the cadre and students for the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Aviation Maintenance Officer’s Course, Aviation Mission Survivability Course, and Aviation Pre-Command Course.
B Company manages the cadre and warrant officer students for Warrant Officer Basic Course continues to manage, lead, and mentor students during the students’ attendance of the initial entry rotary-wing flight training course.
D Company manages the cadre and students for the Basic Officer Leadership Course and continues to manage, lead, and mentor students during the students’ attendance of the initial entry rotary-wing flight training course.
Commander, 1-145th Aviation Regiment
Lt. Col. Mark A. Axtell, a native of Ithica, Ney York graduated in 2005 from the State University of New York College of Science and Forestry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and commissioned through the Syracuse University Army ROTC program into Army Aviation. Lt. Col. Axtell qualified as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot and graduated the Aviation OBC in 2006, Lt. Col. Axtell was assigned to 2-3 GSAB, Hunter Army Airfield GA, serving as an E Co. XO and D Co. Maintenance... READ MORE
Command Sgt. Major, 1-145th Aviation Regiment
Command Sgt. Maj. Joey R. Dotson is native of Portales, New Mexico. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1998 as a 15Y AH-64 armament, electrical, and avionics systems repairer. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Dotson has served in every leadership position from squad leader to sergeant major. His assignments include; T Troop, 4th Squadron, 3 Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado; G Company, 52nd... READ MORE