FORT BRAGG, NC – The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command held an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony Sept. 1, at Meadows Field where Command Sgt. Maj. David Leamon took over responsibilities.
Leamon is the first command sergeant major to serve in the command which was provisionally activated in March 2011. Brig. Gen. Kevin Mangum, ARSOAC commanding general, presided over the ceremony.
Leamon previously served as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) command sergeant major, and served twice as a battalion command sergeant major five years prior.
“I am honored and humbled to be able to serve in this community, with and for the finest our nation has to offer,” Leamon said.
He added, “Brig. Gen. Mangum has charged me to ensure all of the command’s are properly resourced, manned and trained to support their warfighter requirements. I intend to do just that.”
The Army Special Operations Aviation Command organizes, mans, trains, resources and equips ARSOA units to provide responsive, special operations aviation support to Special Operations Forces and is the USASOC Aviation staff proponent.
ARSOAC is comprised of the Headquarters and four subordinate units: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ky.; U.S. Army Special Operations Command Flight Detachment, Fort Bragg; Systems Integration Management Office, Fort Campbell; and Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion, Fort Campbell.
The Army SOF Aviation is a complex enterprise that continues to grow in size, scope and expense. Under this new structure, ARSOAC is a non-deployable, resourcing headquarters charged with:
Providing command and control, manning and visibility for the complex and sensitive tasks required of Army SOF aviation units and organizations.
Enhancing the 160th SOAR (A) war-fighting role of providing rotary-wing aircraft to support SOF missions in all geographic combatant commands.
Providing aviation oversight as well as service and component interface to ensure system integration, fleet modernization, material readiness, training, and doctrine development.
Facilitating greater integration between its headquarters at USASOC and U.S. Special Operations Command, and improve connectivity with Army staff as well as aviation staffs of sister services.