Feb 4, 2011 3:54 PM by Bea Karnes

Congressional delegation supports Fort Carson for aviation brigade

An announcement today that Fort Carson has been named the best choice for an aviation brigade by an Army environmental impact assessment is being hailed by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Rep. Doug Lamborn.

"I'm ecstatic - this is great news for Fort Carson and Colorado Springs," Udall said. "This new CAB brings with it jobs and investment in Colorado Springs - and
mission-critical training opportunities for our men and women in uniform. We have one more step to go, but this is a big announcement, and I'm proud to have fought for the new CAB at Fort Carson."

"A new aviation brigade would bring new opportunities for job creation and economic development to southern Colorado," Bennet said. "It would also benefit our troops by allowing Fort Carson soldiers to train more closely with the aircraft they will operate before they deploy, ensuring better preparation for combat."

"I recognized the need for this brigade from my earliest days in Congress and have been advocating for it for years. This is an exciting development for Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, and our larger national defense efforts," Lamborn said. "This move would allow our ground troops to do more joint exercises with the helicopters, thus more closely simulating actual combat situations. As we have learned from Afghanistan and Iraq, training must take place in an environment that closely reflects conditions in theater. This aviation brigade would help support the long term viability of Fort Carson and would significantly enhance its war fighter capability."



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