2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Army Modular Force (AMF), Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS) and other Army actions resulted in changes to the force structure and population of Fort Campbell during the period from Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 through FY 2011. in 2006 the 2-101 Aviation Battalion's 330 personnel were to be relocated from Fort Campbell to Fort Riley's 1st Combat Aviation Brigade. As of 2017, this unit seems to have gone missing - no longer mentioned at Ft. Campbell, not mentioned at Ft. Riley, and no evident mention of inactivation.
The 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regt traces its lineage to Troop E, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, which was activated at Fort Bliss, Texas, on 1 July 1916. The unit was inactivated on 26 September 1921, at Fort Bliss and reconstituted as Troop C, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, on 4 May 1959. The troop was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, subsequently 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on 26 March 1963, and remained there until 14 September 1966, when it was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and served in Vietnam. On 25 October 1985, the unit was redesignated as 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. During that time, the battalion underwent a transition from AH-1 Cobras to AH-64 Apaches and became the first divisional Apache battalion in the Army.
When 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regt was inactivated on 14 August 1987, it was reorganized as 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, which was released from duty with 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and reassigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit deployed to Southwest Asia in September 1990 where it was attached to Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. The Battalion provided scout and attack aircraft to both divisional and allied troops in defense of Saudi Arabia and the liberation of Kuwait.
In August 1991, 1-3 Aviation moved to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and was redesignated as 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regt, the "Eagle Warriors." In May 1998, the Battalion deployed to Ft Hood, Texas to begin its transition to the AH-64D Longbow. On 28 October 1999, the Army designated 2nd Battalion "Combat Ready" at Fort Hood, Texas, making it the first attack helicopter battalion in the 18th Airborne Corps.
The Army fielded its first combat-ready Apache Longbow battalion in October 1998. The 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, joined the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood as fully operational on the type. The Army's 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, received its certification 28 October 1999 during ceremonies at Fort Hood. The second US Army AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter battalion to be certified combat ready, the battalion completed eight months of intensive training at Fort Hood, Texas. The Apache Longbow battalion is equipped with 24 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, built by The Boeing Company in Mesa, Arizona. To qualify, the men and women of the second Apache Longbow battalion completed a series of comprehensive classroom, flight and field exercises. The US Army was modernizing its fleet of AH-64A Apaches into next-generation Apache Longbow helicopters, which linked a wide range of avionics, electronics and weapons into one fully integrated weapon system.
In February 2003, the Eagle Warriors deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 2-101st Aviation conducted the first deep attack of the war for the 101st on 28 March 2003, as it attacked and destroyed elements of the 14th Brigade of the Medina Division southeast of Karbala. On 31 March 2003, the battalion was called upon again, as it conducted one of V Corps' five simultaneous attacks, conducting armed reconnaissance west of Karbala, protecting the left flank of the 3rd Infantry Division, allowing it to pass through the Karbala Gap on its way towards Baghdad. On the 1st and 2nd of April, the battalion worked closely with 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry conducting close combat attacks in support of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, "Bastogne," 101st Airborne Division, as they secured the city of An Najaf. From 10-15 April, the battalion worked closely with 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry again, conducting reconaissance and close combat attacks supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, "Strike," 10st Airborne Division, as they cleared the southern approach to Baghdad. In early May, the Eagle Warriors moved to Northern Iraq where it conducted reconnaissance, security, and provided 24-hour quick reaction force support to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Brigade, near the cities of Tal Afar and Mosul for nine months. After 11 months in combat, the unit successfully returned each member of the battalion to Ft Campbell, KY in February 2004.
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