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1st Battalion (Air Traffic Services), 58th Aviation Regiment
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In 2006, as part of the transformation of the US Army to the modular force structure and the restructuring of XVIII Corps, the 18th Aviation Brigade was inactivated. The 1st Battalion (Air Traffic Services), 58th Aviation Regiment was similarly inactivated.

The mission of the 1st Battalion (Air Traffic Services), 58th Aviation Regiment was to, on order, rapidly deploy by air and surface to provide air traffic services support to combat or contingency operations with joint or combined forces anywhere in the world.

In 1990, during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, air traffic controllers were called upon to provide joint and coalition air traffic control towers, radar facilities, and provide Joint Airspace Command and Control (A2C2) support and expertise in the heavily congested skies over Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Army air traffic control was an integral, enabling part of the overall decisive combat operations for the liberation of Kuwait.

Many air traffic controllers were found in Army Corps and Division rear airfields, the forward battle areas at field landing sites, tactical aviation assembly areas in support of requirements for pick-up zone, landing zone, and drop zone operations throughout the enemy front and rear areas. These operational roles were exemplified in a 48-hour period prior to the start of Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Two Tactical Air Traffic Control Teams from C Company, 1st Battalion (Air Traffic Services), 58th Aviation Regiment, attached to the 101st Airborne Division, along with the Division's pathfinder elements, were the first to cross into Iraq to conduct critical pathfinder operations in support of the largest Air Assault operation in history.




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