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2nd Battalion, 160th Aviation Regiment (Special Operations) (Airborne)

The 2nd Battalion, 160th Aviation Regiment (Special Operations) (Airborne), better known as 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) was first constituted on 1 April 1982 in the Regular Army as Company B, 160th Aviation Battalion, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as an element of the 101st Airborne Division. The 160th Aviation Battalion was relieved on 16 October 1986 from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division.

The Company was reorganized and redesignated on 16 January 1988 as Company B, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as a result of the reorganization and redesignation on that date of the 160th Aviation Battalion as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System.

Early in 1990, the platoons of Company D, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment were disbanded to provide resources for the activation of the Regiment's 2nd Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Company B, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment was reorganized and redesignated on 16 May 1990 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. The unit was equipped with 24 MH-47E helicopters.

The 2nd Battalion, a Chinook-only battalion, shared the 3rd Battalion's duties of supporting white special operations forces (the 4 Special Forces Groups active at the time and the 75th Ranger Regiment). However, because of national mission support requirements (requirements for "black special operations forces), only Company B of the 2nd Battalion would be available for white special operations forces support.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment were alerted for deployment to the US Central Command's (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. The 2nd Battalion was unable to meet the requirements for 8 MH-60 and 4 MH-47 aircraft and still meet its existing requirements, while the 3rd Battalion, still in force generation, was unable to meet the requirements at all. The decision was made to form Task Force 3-160th Aviation, which would deploy with augmentation from the 2nd Battalion's Company B, consisting of 2 Chinooks with aircrews, as well as support personnel, equipment, repair parts and tools.

The Battalion was officially redesignated on 1 October 2005 as the 2nd Battalion, 160th Aviation Regiment. Prior to that date, the official designation had been 2nd Battalion, 160th Aviation.




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