While a robust GSAB FSC can be a force multiplier when used to its fullest extent, the current operational environment and its constraints leave the FSC underutilized.
The mission of the GSAB is to provide aerial command and control support, limited air assault capability, air movement, and medevac support for the assigned area of operations.
The GSAB is a versatile unit that can easily be split for decentralized operations.
Because of the financial and force multiplier value of aviation assets, the main element of the aviation brigade and GSAB are typically located at the most secure locations within the area of operations.
The GSAB is authorized a field feeding section that consists of 11 enlisted Soldiers, a containerized kitchen, and two assault kitchens.
Looking at the structure of the GSAB as a whole, this support structure makes sense; through task organization, the GSAB can operate at three separate locations, one consolidated and two remote.
The field feeding structure makes sense only if the GSAB were to deploy without external support.
Principal Activities: Fort Richardson--COF, Fort Wainwright--FTW348A Hangar, FTW357 GSAB
Hangar, ANTCH Office Building Anchorage, UAA Renovation, Fred Meyer Dimond Renovation, American Fast Freight- Cross Dock Facility,
FM 3-04.1113, Utility and Cargo Helicopter Operations (7 December 2007), describes operational concepts for general support aviation battalions (GSABs
) and assault helicopter battalions (AHBs).