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2nd Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 159th Aviation Regiment
B Company, 159th Aviation Regiment
"Hercules"

The 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 1 July 1968 in the Regular Army as Company B, 159th Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division, and activated in Vietnam. The unit participated in 9 campaigns in Vietnam as part of the 159th Aviation Battalion: Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase VII, Consolidation I, and Consolidation II.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 16 November 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation, and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. The Battalion deployed in 1990 to southwest Asia to participate first in Operation Desert Shield and subsequently in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm. The Battalion was inactivated 15 September 1997 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation, was redesignated on 16 October 1997 as Company B, 159th Aviation, and activated at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. There, equipped with the CH-47 helicopter, it served as an element of the 18th Aviation Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. Its mission was to, on order, deploy worldwide to conduct aviation operations in order to enhance XVIII Airborne Corps contingency operations. It was inactivated on 15 May 2004 at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

The unit was redesignated on 1 October 2005 as Company B, 159th Aviation Regiment. It was redesignated on 16 October 2006 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, and activated in Germany with its organic elements concurrently activated. It was reactivated as an attack reconnaissance helicopter battalion equipped with the AH-64 Apache helicopter and assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.




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