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4th Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 227th Aviation Regiment
"Guns Attack"

The mission of the 4th Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 227th Aviation Regiment, "Guns Attack," is to, on order, deploys to any theater to conduct attack helicopter operations in support of the 1st Cavalry Division or designated headquarters in order to enable full spectrum operations.

4th Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 227th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on 1 February 1963 as Company D, 227th Aviation Battalion, an aerial weapons company assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test). On 1 July 1965, it was reorganized and redesignated as Company D, 227th Aviation Battalion and relieved from assignment to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test). It was subsequently reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

The D Company "Guns," 227th Aviation served valorously in support of 1st Cavalry Division operations in Vietnam, until it was inactivated on 30 August 1971. The unit was awarded 2 Presidential Unit Citations and 2 Valorous Unit Awards for its sustained actions in the A-Shau Valley, and the provinces of Pleiku Binh Thuan, and Bien Hoa, between 1966-1971.

At Fort Hood, Texas, D Company, 227th was reactivated on 16 July 1987, deploying in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. There it particiapted in the Defense of Saudi Arabia and the Liberation of Kuwait campaigns. After returning from that deployment, the Unit was again reorganized and redesignated, on 16 November 1993, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. There it was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division where it served until it was again inactivated as a Regular Army unit on 15 February 1997.

As a part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, the 4-227th Aviation was reorganized and reactivated assigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, a reorganized and redesignated modular divisional aviation brigade. As part of the 1st Cavalry Division, the Guns deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 on 24 September 2006 and conducted sustained attack and reconnaissance operations for 15 months over Baghdad, in support of Multi-National Divisions - Baghdad and Center. The unit redeployed to Texas in January 2008 to prepare for future operations in support of the war against terrorists and extremists.




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