2nd Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment
The 2nd Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment supports the 34th Infantry Division and the State of Minnesota by providing air lift, scouting, mobility, and support of civil authorities. 2-147th Aviation is an Army National Guard utility Helicopter Battalion headquartered in St. Paul, but with additional units in Iowa (Company C) and Kentucky (Company B). The aviators of the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment fly the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.
Previously, the 2nd Battalion (Air Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment had been a utility Helicopter Battalion that supported the 34th Infantry Division as part of its Aviation Brigade and the State of Minnesota by providing air lift, scouting, and mobility. The Battalion had been assigned to the Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division in September 1990 and consisted of units in Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Company B, 2-147th Aviation was an assault helicopter company located in Eagle, Colorado. The unit's primary mission was the movement of combat troops in and around the battlefield in the form of a multi-ship combat assault. Its secondary mission was of single ship resupply with both internal and external loads. The unit in the 1990s flew the UH-1H armed with 2 M60D machine guns.
As a result of the Army Aviation Modernization plan, the Battalions 'legacy' fleet of UH-1 helicopters was subsequently scheduled to be replaced by the UH-60 Blackhawk.
Company B was also subsequently transfered from the Colorado Army National Guard to the Kentucky Army National Guard. Company C remained part of the Iowa Army National Guard. Detachments from the Battalion's other units also resided in each state.
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