166th Aviation Brigade Commander
COL Christopher E. Albus

166 Brigade Commander

After 4 years as an active, duty enlisted infantryman, Colonel Chris Albus was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Aviation upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1992.  His first assignment following flight school and UH60 Multi-Track was as a Platoon Leader, Assistant S3, and the battalion adjutant in the 7th Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, at Katterbach, Germany. While in Germany, he also deployed as a Detachment Commander to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in support of Operation Able Sentry.  In 1996, following the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an Assistant S3 and commanded Alpha Company “Redhawks.”  Colonel Albus was subsequently assigned to Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center as an Aviation Observer Controller.  In 2001, he was assigned to the Army’s Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, Virginia where he served as a Captain’s and Major’s Assignment Officer.

Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2004, Colonel Albus served as the Executive Officer in the 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment.  He was subsequently assigned as the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Executive Officer and Operations Officer during a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon return from Iraq, Colonel Albus was assigned as the Secretary of the General Staff for the 101st Airborne Division.   Colonel Albus deployed to Afghanistan as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Combined Joint Task Force – 101 (CJTF-101).

Colonel Albus commanded 4-101 Aviation and Task Force Wings; a multi-functional Aviation Task Force deployed to Regional Command South in Afghanistan.  Following command Colonel Albus was assigned as the Human Resources Command (HRC) Aviation Branch Chief at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  His most recent assignment was serving as Director of the Aviation Test Directorate, United States Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) on West Fort Hood, Texas.

Colonel Albus’s awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He is also a proud recipient of the Order of Saint Michael (Bronze Award).


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