1st Battalion - 126th Aviation Regiment (LUH)
Changes to force structure are in the works. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters are scheduled to become the next aircraft utilized in the Rhode Island National Guard. Until then, 1-126 AVN continues to use the UH-1 helicopter. The unit's mission is to support movement of personnel, command and control, aerial resupply, casevac, limited air assault.
The 126th Aviation (Regiment) was constituted 1 October 1987 in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Army National Guard as the 126th Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System; concurrently organized from existing units to consist of the 1st Battalion and Companies D, E, and F, elements of the 26th Infantry Division, and Company G. Reorganized 1 September 1990 in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont Army National Guard to consist of the 1st and 2d Battalions and Company F, elements of the 26th Infantry Division, and Company G. Reorganized 1 September 1993 to consist of the 1st Battalion, Company F, and the 2d Battalion, an element of the 42d Infantry Division.
A Company, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard, is located at the Army Aviation Support Facility, 104 Airport Street, North Kingstown, RI. Company A flies the Bell UH-1H "Iroquois" [AKA the "Huey"] . Soldiers in this unit are trained as Helicopter Pilots (AOC 15A/153B).
Company B, 1-126 Aviation is located at Picatinny Arsenal in northern New Jersey. It is an Army National Guard Light Utility Helicopter company(LUH) flying the UH-1H Huey helicopter. The Wartime Mission Statement is to mobilize the unit to the assigned mobilization station. On order, deploy the unit anywhere in the world to conduct combat operations with joint and combined forces. On order, provide light utility helicopters for staff transport and air movement of personnel and equipment in support of state and/or federal operations.
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