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2nd Battalion (General Support), 227th Aviation Regiment
"Lobos"/"On Target, On Time"

The mission of the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 227th Aviation Regiment, "Lobos," is to, on order, deploy to a designated contingency area of operations by land, sea, and/or air. It would then, on order, provides Aerial C3 support, limited Air Assault, Aeromedical Evacuation and Air Movement for the 1st Cavalry Division and redeploys to home station.

The 2nd Battalion (Assault), 227th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 1 February 1963 in the Regular Army as B Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test). The unit was activated on 11 February 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On 1 July 1965, the unit was recognized and redesignated as B Company, 227th Aviation Battalion. Concurrently, it was relieved from assignment to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). The unit served with great distinction for the next 6 years in Vietnam, where it was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (2 awards), the Valorous Unit Award (3 awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (3 awards) and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class.

The Unit was inactivated on 19 November 1974 at Fort Hood, Texas. On 21 May 1978, B Company, 227th Aviation Battalion was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas where it served with distinction until its inactivation, on 30 September 1983. On 16 July 1987, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment. The unit was relieved from assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division and reassigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Germany where it was activated. The unit was based at Hanau, Germany until its inactivation on 26 June 1989.

In September of 1989 at Fort Hood, Texas, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation began its recactivated as part of the Apache Training Brigade. On 17 March 1990, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment was activated at Fort Hood, Texas. On 17 July 1990, the Battalion deployed as a unit to Hanau, Germany, where it was again assigned to the 3rd Armored Division.

On 28 December 1990, the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation was deployed as a unit to Saudi Arabia as part of Operations Desert Shield and subsequently Operation Desert Storm. The Battalion flew numerous combat missions during the campaign, and was instrumental in the success of 3rd Armored Division's attack into Kuwait. The Battalion served with great distinction in southwest Asia, until its redeployment to Germany on 17 May 1991.

In the fall of 1991, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Battalion was relieved of its assignment to 3rd Armored Division and reassigned to the 1st Armored Division under the operational control of the 4th Brigade (Aviation), 1st Armrored Division. On 15 February 1997, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment was again relieved of its assignment to the 1st Armored Division and reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. There its mission was to, as part of the 4th Brigade (Aviation), 1st Cavalry Division, provide general aviation support to the 1st Cavalry Division and conduct aerial fire fighting operations to support the local communities.

Between 1998 and 1999 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment logged over 4,400 hours in the Balkans in support of Stabilization Force 4 (SFOR4). Missions performed ranged from multi-national general support and airborne command and control, to air movement operations. In recognition of their performance in 1999, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment was selected as the Army Aviation Association of America's Aviation Unit of the Year.

In March 2004, the Lobos deployed to Iraq with over 300 Soldiers and officers taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Flying over 12,000 flight hours, they conducted numerous air assaults and transported thousands of troops and supplies throughout Iraq in support of Task Force Baghdad and Coalition Forces. The Battalion also assisted the transition of sovereignty in Iraq by transporting senior Interim Government Officials. For its outstanding performance and safety record, the Department of the Army awarded 2-227th Aviation the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker Award. The Battalion was also named the Unit of the Year for 2004 in the Combat Support Category.

As a part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, the 2-227th Aviation was inactivated along with the rest of the Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood on 26 May 2005. It was concurrently reorganized and reactivated assigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, a reorganized and redesignated modular divisional aviation brigade.

In the summer of 2005, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment distinguished itself with multiple humanitarian relief operations both at home in the United States and abroad in Pakistan. Between August and September of 2005, over 150 personnel from the Lobo Battalion were deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana to provide relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. Also in September 2005, a company-sized task force made up of members from the Battalion deployed to Houston, Texas in order to provide relief from devastation caused by Hurricane Rita. In October 2005, over 80 personnel from the Lobo Battalion deployed to Pakistan in support of earthquake relief efforts.

In September 2006, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation once again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Again it was situated in the greater Baghdad area at Camp Taji, where the Lobos integrated with their newest company, C/2-227th (MEDEVAC). The Lobos set new combat flight and Forces Command (FORSCOM) operational readiness records during their latest rotation. They were recognized for multiple high-visibility combat missions including multiple mass-casualty evacuation missions, the air movement of high-ranking military and government officials, and the critical CH-47 air assault mission.



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