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229th Aviation Regiment
"Flying Tigers"

The 229th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 18 March 1964 into the Regular Army as the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion and assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. The unit was reorganized and redesignated as the 229th Aviation Battalion on 1 July 1965 and was concurrently reassigned to the 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) in preparation for deployment to Vietnam.

The 229th Aviation Battalion fought in Vietnam for 6 years and distinguished itself in 16 major campaigns earning three Presidential Unit Citations, the Valorous Unit Award, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, 4 awards of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and a Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal. The unit returned from Vietnam as the most decorated aviation unit in the Army, but inactivated following the war on 22 August 1972 at Fort Hood, Texas.

The 229th Aviation Battalion, less Company B, was reactivated on 21 September 1978 and was incorporated into the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an attack helicopter battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On 16 September 1981, Company B, 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion was activated and organized at Fort Rucker, Alabama, under the operational control of the 1st Aviation Brigade to complement the Battalion's rapid deployment capability.

The 229th Aviation Battalion was again inactivated on 16 October 1987 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division. With the adoption of the US Army Regimental System (USARS) in 1983, rules for the assignment of designations and continuation of lineage and honors that had existed under the previous Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS) extended to non-combat arms units. As a result, the 229th Aviation Battalion began to tansform. On 16 September 1988, the 229th Aviation Battalion was formally reorganized and redesignated as the 229th Aviation Regiment, a parent regiment under the USARS.

Also in 1988, the 229th Aviation Regiment was also granted permission from the American Volunteer Group (better known as the "Flying Tigers") to use their name and logo. All units within the 229th Aviation Regiment became proudly known as the Flying Tigers.

On 1 March 1989 , Company D, 229th Aviation Regiment was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment and activated at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit subsequently moved to Germany as one of the first units equipped with the AH-64A Apache to deploy overseas.

On 16 September 1989, 8th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment was constituted in the Army Reserve and activated on 17 September 1989 at Fort Knox, Kentucky

On 16 October 1991, a 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne) was also activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was assigned to XVIII Corps (Airborne). This Group became informally known as the "229th Aviation Regiment." Companies A and C, 229th Aviation Regiment were subsequently reorganized and dessignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Companies, 1st and 3rd Battalions, 229th Aviation Regiment in January 1992 at Fort Hood, Texas. They moved to Fort Bragg to become part of the 229th Aviation Group in July 1992.

In 1994, the 2nd and 4th Battalions of the 229th Aviation Regiment were inactivated at Fort Rucker Alabama and Illeshime, Germany respectively as the Army downsized after the Cold War. In 2004, the 229th Aviation Group was inactivated, along with the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 229th Aviation Regiment.

In 2010, elements of the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment were reflagged as the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, which was subsequently reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.




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