The 77th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB)
The 77th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB) is headquartered on Camp Robinson.
Soldiers assigned to the 77th are dispersed across a Brigade Headquarters, 2 Battalion Headquarters and 12 companies. The main mission for the Brigade is to provide aviation capabilities in support of state and federal missions. This is accomplished with three different aircraft, the UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota helicopters and the C-26 Metroliner.
The Black Hawks are used for troop movement and medical evacuation capabilities while the Lakotas are used for medical evacuation and security and surveillance missions. The C-26 is an operational support aircraft.
The Black Hawk crew’s main mission is moving members of the National Guard and their equipment. They support the state by flying search and rescue missions, Aeromedical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) and aerial overview of natural disasters, and forest fire fighting.
The Lakota crews fly a large number of hours yearly in support of the state counter drug team’s effort to reduce illegal drug activity. They also support other local and federal law enforcement agencies in escaped prisoner searches, missing / lost person searches and natural disaster surveillance and MEDEVAC Operations.