2nd Battalion (Theater), 228th Aviation Regiment
The mission of the 2nd Battalion (Theater), 228th Aviation Regiment is to, on order, deploy to a specified theater of operations to conduct fixed wing aviation operations and provide command and control as directed by the land component commander. The Battalion was the largest fixed wing battalion in the United States Army, comprised of 3 flight companies, flying a mix of C-12 and UC-35 types, and a Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
Headquartered at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the Battalion also had units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (C Company); Fort Rucker, Alabama;, and Dobbins, Georgia. The Battalion consists of a mix of Active Component and Reserve (Troop Program Unit and Active Guard and Reserve) soldiers, as well as Department of the Army civilian employees and civilian contractors.
2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 1 February 1963 in the Regular Army as Company B, 228th Aviation Battalion, part of the 11th Air Assault Division. It was activated on 18 July 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The unit was redesignated on 6 March 1964 as Company B, 228th Aviation Battalion. It was reorganized on 1 July 1965 and assigned as element of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
The Battalion as a whole deployed to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). There B Company, 228th Aviation Battalion participated in 12 campaigns: Defense, Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase II, Counter-offensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counter-offensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counter-offensive, and Counteroffensive Phase VII. The Battalion as a whole was inactivated after returning from Vietnam on 14 June 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington
The 228th Aviation Battalion, including B Company, was reactivated on 1 October 1983 at Fort Hood, Texas and inactivated there on 16 July 1987. At that time, the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division. With the redesignation of the 228th Aviation Battalion as the 228th Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System, B Company was redesignated on 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 228th Aviation Regiment. 2-228th Aviation was withdrawn on 17 September 1989 from the Regular Army, and allotted to the Army Reserve, and activated with the Headquarters at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
Company A, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation was ordered into active military service on 27 December 1990 at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of service on 19 May 1991, it was ordered back to reserve status. Between 1995 and 2000, the Battalions flew thousands of hours in Europe in support of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and continued to support the respective commanders in chief in Southwest Asia and Germany with forward-deployed aircraft.
C Company, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation was recalled to the regular army and activated on 16 October 1997 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. HHC and B Company, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation were activated for Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq to support of Operation Iraqi Freedom between 27 March 2003 to 21 May 2004.
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