229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne)
"229th Aviation Regiment (Attack)"
In 2004, the 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne), known informally as the "229th Aviation Regiment," was inactivated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Roughly 100 soldiers from the 229th Aviation Group headquarters were to be reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division. It had initially been speculated that the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation would be reassigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, but it was instead inactivated and reflagged as 3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment. The 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation was also inactivated.
The Fayetteville Observer reported on 15 May 2004, that the "229th Aviation Regiment" was "disbanded" on or about 15 May 2004 (the article stated more specifically that the unit would be disbanded on Saturday at midnight and as the article was printed on Saturday, 15 May 2004, this date was inferred; However, the commanding officer of the unit was not to leave his post until 15 June 2004). The Associated Press subsequently reported on 16 June 2004, that the "229th Aviation Regiment" had been "deactivated" in a ceremony on 15 June 2004. A formal inactivation of the Group on this date seems more plausible. Also, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment has remained active since it was first constituted in 1989, making it very unlikely that the actual 229th Aviation Regiment was actually disbanded entirely at this time.
The mission of the 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne) was to rapidly deploys anywhere in the world to provide the XVIII Corps (Airborne) an attack helicopter capability which, upon arrival, was prepared to conduct effective combat operations. The 229th Aviation Group provided the deep attack helicopter capability using the AH-64 Apache helicopter for the XVIII Corps (Airborne) and its worldwide, no notice contingency mission. Prior to its inactivation, the 229th Aviation Group was one of the most deployed attack helicopter units in the Army.
On 16 October 1991, the 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne) was activated assigned to the 18th Aviation Brigade, XVIII Corps (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This unit quickly became informally referred to as the "229th Aviation Regiment." Companies A and C, 229th Aviation Regiment were subsequently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st and 3rd Battalions, 229th Aviation Regiment (Attack) (Airborne) respectively in January 1992 at Fort Hood, Texas. They moved to Fort Bragg in July 1992 and were assigned to the 229th Aviation Group. In October 1997, the 229th Aviation Group was split out from the 18th Aviation Brigade to become a stand-alone major subordinate command of XVIII Corps (Airborne).
As of late 2000, the unit had deployed elements to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) mission. As of mid-2001, 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation was in Bosnia as part of SFOR rotation 8, while the Group's headquarters and 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation were preparing for a rotation to Bosnia in support of SFOR 9.
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