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12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) and Mission Partners

The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (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.

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12th CAB Commander – COL Christopher Waters

Col. Christopher Waters earned his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1992. Upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing, the Scout track, and the Aviation Officer Basic Course, he served his first tour in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. After a short stint as the Aviation Brigade S1, he served as a Scout Platoon leader in Delta Troop and then later as the S3 Air in the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. In 1996, he went to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for the Aviation Officer Advanced Course.

After completing the Advance Course and the Kiowa Warrior AQC, Waters rejoined the 7th Cavalry in the Republic of Korea in July 1997. There he served for 18 months as Troop Commander for E Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Camp Stanton, South Korea.

In January 1999, he was assigned to the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Flight Concepts Division, where he served as a current operations officer, plans officer and troop leader. In 2005, he attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. After graduating from ACSC in 2006, Waters returned to Flight Concepts Division, where he served as the operations officer and deputy director until 2011. Waters commanded twice at the battalion level, at the 5th Helicopter Assault Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and then again at Flight Concepts Division. Waters also executed multiple stints as a Joint Task Force J3 at U.S. Central Command. He commanded a Regional Joint Task Force U.S. Africa Command. He has deployed more than a dozen times in U.S. European Command, CENTCOM, AFRICOM, and U.S. Southern Command.

Waters is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds two masters degrees in national security strategy. His awards and qualifications include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service, and Air Medals. He is a master aviator and has executed more than 100 military free fall and airborne parachute jumps.

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12th CAB Command Sergeant Major – CSM Osvaldo Martell

Command Sgt. Maj. Osvaldo Martell entered the Army in June of 1983 and graduated from Infantry School (11B) in Fort Benning, Georgia, three years later re-classed to be an Attack Helicopter (AH-1 Cobra) repairman, in May was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with 517th Transportation Company, 18th Airborne Corp (AVIM). Read More »

On order the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade provides garrison, operational, and training support in accordance with USAG Ansbach, USAREUR, and 7th Army operations orders and taskings. Wings of Victory! Griffins!


The 12th CAB Headquarters is located on Katterbach Army Airfield (KAAF) just outside the city of Ansbach. The 12th CAB's tenant units are:

1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (1-3 ARB)
Katterbach Kaserne
Commander:
Lt. Col. Ryan Welch
Command Sergeant Major:
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Telesco
24-hour desk
Commercial: 09802-83-2626
DSN: 467-2626

Units that are a part of the 12th CAB but are not located in the area are:
52nd Aviation Regiment (Wiesbaden)
C Company, 1-214th GSAB MEDEVAC (Landstuhl Medical Center)
SHAPE Flight Detachment (SHAPE Belgium)
To contact any of the above units, please contact the 1-214th GSAB

1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment (General Support) (1-214 GSAB)
Wiesbaden Army Airfield
Commander:
Lt. Col. Michael P. Bentley
Command Sergeant Major:
Command Sgt. Maj. Glenn Lopez-Cepero
24-hour desk
Commercial: 0611-4080-342
DSN: 332-4342

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