Report from the Aviation Symposium

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The National Training Center, or NTC, and Fort Irwin conducted a ground breaking ceremony for a facility that will support a unit that operates Army unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, Jan. 12.

The complex will provide a headquarters for B Company, 229th Aviation Regiment, and house a fleet of 12 MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft. 

The unit known as the “Flying Tigers” has operated Gray Eagles since it was re-activated here Oct. 16, 2014. The unit is organized under the 2916th Aviation Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, and is deployed. 

After being reestablished, soldiers of B Company began their training and flying Gray Eagles from temporary structures located in a remote area of the Goldstone NASA complex, a neighbor of the NTC in the Mojave Desert.