1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment
The 1-501st Aviation Regiment traces its origins to the 2-227th Aviation Regiment which was constituted on 1 February 1963 in the Regular Army as Company B, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion and assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division. The unit was activated on 11 February 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
On 1 July 1965, the unit was reorganized and redesignated as Company B, 227th Aviation Battalion. Concurrently, it was relieved from assignment to the 11th Air Assault Division and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. The unit served with great distinction for the next six years in the Republic of Vietnam.
The unit was inactivated on 19 November 1974 at Fort Hood, Texas. On 21 May 1978, Company B, 227th Aviation Battalion was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas where it served until its inactivation on 30 September 1983.
On 16 July 1987, the unit was redesignated as HHC, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment. The unit was relieved from assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division and reassigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Germany where it was activated. The unit served in its present location of, Hanau, Germany, until its inactivation on 26 June 1989.
In September of 1989 at Fort Hood, Texas, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment began its reconstitution as part of the Apache Training Brigade. On 17 March 1990, 2-227th Aviation Regiment was activated at Fort Hood, Texas, and on 17 July 1990, the Battalion deployed as a unit to its current home of Hanau, Germany, where it was again assigned to the 3rd Armored Division.
On 28 December 1990, the 2-227th Aviation Regiment deployed as a unit to Saudi Arabia as part of Operations Desert Shield and Storm. The Battalion flew numerous combat missions during the campaign and was instrumental of the 3rd Armored Divisions attack into Kuwait. The Battalion redeployed to Germany on 17 May 1991.
In the fall of 1991, 2-227th Aviation Regiment was relieved of its assignment to 3rd Armored Division and was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division under the operational control of the 8th Infantry Division(Mechanized). In early 1992, 1st Armored Division assumed operational control of the 4th Brigade, which 2-227th Aviation Regiment served under.
On 19 December 1995, the 2-227th Aviation Regiment was the first aviation unit to deploy to Bosnia. Elements of the Battalion deployed with the Division Assault Command Post. It was the first unit to conduct reconnaissance of the Zone of Separation.
On 16 February 1997 soldiers of 2-227th Aviation Regiment were reflagged as 1-501st Aviation Regiment. 1-501st was constituted 15 February 1957 in the Regular Army as the 501st Aviation Company and assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
On 3 February 1962 it was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 501st Aviation Battalion(organic elements were concurrently constituted and activated.) On 1 September 1966 Company A was inactivated in Vietnam. Battalion (less Company A) was inactivated on 24 June 1967 at Fort Hood, Texas.
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 501st Aviation Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 21 August 1972 as the Aviation Company, 1st Armored Division and was activated in Germany.
The unit was then reorganized and redesignated 21 August 1978 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 501st Aviation Battalion. The organic elements were concurrently activated.
The unit which was previously located in Seoul Air Base, Korea was then assigned to Hanau, Germany under 1st Armored Division on 16 February 1997. 1-501st Aviation Regiment, consisting of former 2-227th soldiers, who had been deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 8 months. The unit retrograded partialy back at home station in Hanau, Germany, with a portion of the 1-501st at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, as the headquarters for Task Force Dragon, under Task Force Falcon, Operation Joint Guardian. In June 1998 1/501st Avn returns from Bosnia. Though the commander generously gave the 1/501st the following Monday off from duty, for most of the soldiers and aviators, just being home was reward enough. This ended an eight month deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina for the unit, its second in three years.
In 2003 TF 1-501st ATK consisted of A/B/C/D/HHC companies, as well as: E Troop, DTroop and F Troop, 1-1 CAV. Executioner (Axe), Desperado, and alcon Troops, which wer a powerful addition to the team. Their OH58D Kiowa Warriors team with 1-501st Apaches to conduct reconnaissance and security operations in support of 1st Armored Division. In mid-May 2003, they departed Camp Udairi in Kuwait to relocate to Baghdad International Airport, in Iraq. After a small advanced party, they deployed all of the aircraft from Kuwait to Iraq, safely and rapidly. Then on 22 May 2003, 1-501st conducted the "convoy from hell" -- driving all of their vehicles in the Task Force, on a 560 KM road march through Iraq, which lasted nearly 30 hours. Soldiers slept for only a few hours at each rest stop, but they safely made it to Baghdad. All of the soldiers performed magnificently. With all of the Task Force closed safely at Baghdad International Airport (which is known as BIAP, for short), 1-501st immediately began flying.
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