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4rd Battalion (Assault), 3rd Aviation Regiment
"Marne Assault"

4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment was originally constituted in the Regular Army on 23 April 1957 as the 3rd Aviation Company and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. Officially activated on 1 July 1957 at Fort Benning, Georgia, it was reorganized and redesignated twice before moving to the state of Franconia, Germany in June of 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Aviation Battalion. Army demands for manpower and equipment in Vietnam contributed to the deactivation of the unit in 1967.

On 21 May 1972, the unit was reactivated and redesignated as the Aviation Company, 3rd Infantry Division based in the Wurzburg area of Franken. It was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Aviation Battalion on 21 August 1978 and later occupied the newly built aviation facilities at Giebelstadt Army Airfield. During this tenure in Europe, the unit participated in numerous return of forces to Europe exercises, referred to as "REFORGER," and maintained patrols on the borders of east and west Germany. During REFORGER '77, the unit conducted the first airmobile operations in Europe.

The unit was redesignated as Company D, 3rd Aviation on 16 August 1987, relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division, and assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit was inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas on 15 March 1991.

To better support the nation's war on terrorism, the Chief of Staff of the Army ordered a review of Army organization for combat which resulted in significant organizational changes. To meet the requirements of aviation transformation, 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was selected to reorganize under the Aviation Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. In May 2004, 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was reflagged as 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and assigned to the Aviation Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, the first aviation unit of action formed under the army transformation plan.

In January 2005, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment again deployed to Iraq in support of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd Infantry Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. 4th Battalion brought the Marne Division the flexibility and tactical mobility of the air assault. During OIF III, the Marne Assault Battalion conducted 148 air assaults and raids, safely transported over 90,000 coalition forces and flew nearly 20,000 combat hours, more than any other UH-60 Blackhawk Battalion in history.

Upon redeployment from OIF III, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment Soldiers and families relocated to Hunter Army Airfield. In 2007, 4-3rd Aviation deployed again to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, remaining in the country into 2008.




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