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3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment
"Hells Angels"

In 2004, the 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne), known informally as the "229th Aviation Regiment," was inactivated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment was also inactivated.

The 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment's mission was to, on order, rapidly deploy anywhere in the world by air and surface means to conduct attack helicopter operations in support of contingency Corps mission.

The 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment was originally constituted in 1964 in the Regular Army as Company C, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion and assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1965 as C Company, 229th Aviation Battalion. It was concurrently relieved from assignment to the 11th Air Assault Division and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). After serving with the rest of the Battalion in Vietnam for six years, the unit was inactivated on 22 August 1972 at Fort Hood, Texas, and relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division.

The 229th Aviation Battalion, less Company B, but including Company C, 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. The entire Battalion was inactivated on 16 October 1987 and was relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division. As the Army changed unit structures in the 1980s, it also began changing how it understood unit designations. The change to the US Army Regimental System (USARS) from the Combat Arms Regimental System meant that certain non-combat arms units experienced changes in their structure and designation. On 16 September 1989, the 229th Aviation Battalion was reorganized and redesignated as the 229th Aviation Regiment, a parent regiment under USARS.

Company C, 229th Aviation Regiment was subsequently reorganized and redesignated on 10 January 1992 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit subsequently relocated to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where it was assigned to the 229th Aviation Group (Attack) (Airborne), an element of XVIII Corps (Airborne).



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