2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment conducts Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and graduate-level aviation training to develop combat aviation leaders who are capable and ready to fight and win on any battlefield, now and into the future. Currently the battalion operates the largest UAS training center in the world and is located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Each year, the 2-13th Aviation Regiment trains approximately 2,000 Soldiers across 12 distinct programs of instruction including: RQ-7B Shadow UAS Operator and Repairer, MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS Operator and Repairer, UAS Instructor Operator Course, 150U UAS Warrant Officer Technician, UAS Resident Instructor Course and the UAS Command and Staff Leaders Course.
The Battalion is comprised of four companies: Alpha “Assassins”, Bravo “Ghostriders”, Charlie “Warriors” and Delta “Dragoons”.
Alpha Company “Assassins,” serves as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company providing personnel, logistics, information technology, flight line maintenance, and emergency medical support to the battalion. The Company also conducts UAS Resident Instructor Training for permanent party cadre, UAS Technician training for 150U Warrant Officers, UAS Leadership training for Command and Staff Leaders, Common Faculty Development Instructor Course, and UAS Instructor Operator training for the United States Army. Alpha Company conducts the majority of its daily operations and training at Black Tower.
Bravo Company “Ghostriders,” is responsible for providing relevant world class training for two MOS producing qualification courses: 15E RQ-7 Repairer and 15W RQ-7 Operator. The company also provides logistical and flight-line support to the graduate level Instructor Operator and Resident Instructor Training courses. Bravo Company conducts its maintenance training at Black Tower and conducts its flight operations at Rugge-Hamilton and Pioneer runways.
Charlie Company “Warriors,” is responsible for providing two MOS producing qualification courses: 15C MQ-1 Operators and 15M MQ-1 Repairer. Charlie Company utilizes a combination of state-of-the-art simulators and live flight training to deliver competent and battle-focused operators. The Warriors coordinate and execute superb multi-faceted training focused on the developing mechanical and networking skills required by our future Gray Eagle repairers. Charlie Company conducts the majority of its training at Libby Army Airfield.
Delta Company “Dragoons,” provides personnel management, administration, housing, and non-MOS-specific training support to Initial Entry and MOS-transitioning Soldiers in order to facilitate the generation of MOS-trained UAS operators and maintainers. Delta Company interfaces with outside organizations on a regular basis to ensure all available resources are utilized to ensure we achieve the highest level of training and morale among our student population. Delta Company operates out of Prosser Village.
Commander, 2-13th Aviation Regiment
Lt. Col. Jake Roper was born in DeRidder, Louisiana, and commissioned from Furman University ROTC, in Greenville, South Carolina, in August 2002. Upon commissioning as a second lieutenant, he attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he completed the Advanced Qualification Course for the OH-58D(R) Kiowa Warrior. His first duty station was with Dagger Troop, 4th Squadron 7th Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Stanton, Korea, where he served as a maintenance platoon leader and company executive officer. READ MORE
Command Sgt. Major, 2-13th Aviation Regiment
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason D. Guenther is a native of Negaunee, Michigan, and enlisted in the United States Army Reserve on May 15, 1994 as a bridge crew member. Guenther attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in August 1994 at Fort Leonard Wood, MO where is obtained the MOS 12C (bridge crewmember). In January 1998, he enlisted in the United States Army as a 31R (multi-transmissions systems operator) where he attended AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Finally, in August 2007 he re-classed... READ MORE