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3rd Battalion (Assault), 158th Aviation Regiment
"Storm Riders"

The 3rd Battalin, 158th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 25 July 1968 in the Regular Army as Company C, 158th Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas.

C Company, 158th Aviation Battalion, along with the rest of the Battalion subsequently deployed to Vietnam and saw action in 8 campaigns: Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase VII, Consolidation I, and Consolidation II.

After Vietnam, the unit returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It was inactivated on 16 October 1986 and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division. The unit was redesignated on 16 September 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation. It was withdrawn on 16 September 1988 from the Regular Army, allotted to the Army Reserve, and activated at Glenview, Illinois with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. The Battalion was inactivated on 1 September 1995 at Glenview, Illinois.

The unit was withdrawn on 16 October 1997 from the Army Reserve and allotted to the Regular Army. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation was concurrently redesignated as Company C, 158th Aviation and activated in Germany.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 16 October 2000 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation, with its organic elements concurrently activated. These included, A, B, and D Companies, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation. In addition, F Company, 159th Aviation, equipped with the CH-47 helicopter, was attached to the unit.

As of mid-2001, a detachment from F Company, 159th Aviation Regiment, was deployed to Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia, in support of NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR) and Operation Joint Guardian.

In March 2003, 3-158th Aviation deployed en masse to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. With the start of hostilities in Iraq, 3-158th Aviation began flying combat and combat support missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, establishing operations out of Balad Airbase Iraq.

In March 2005 the unit was again called to serve a 12 month deployment in Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In July 2006, 3-158th Aviation was reassigned from Giebelstat to Katterbach Germany, where it was reorganized to include a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and 3 aviation companies (A, B, and C Companies), each with 10 UH-60L helicopters. Also assigned to the unit were D Company (Aviation Unit Maintenance), and E Company (Forward Support).

In July 2007, 3-158th's HHC, A Company UH-60 Blackhawk's, D Company, and E Company, united with B Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation's CH-47 Chinooks. Together, they deployed as Task Force Storm in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 in Balad, Iraq. The Battalion would later be asked to support the surge in Baghdad as part of Task Force XII.I, bringing C Company UH 60 Blackhawk's back under their organic headquarters while ending the tactical control relationship between 3-158th Aviation and B Company, 5-158th Aviation's Chinooks.

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