603rd Aviation Support Battalion
"No Mission Denied"
In 1992, following the redeployment from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the 9th Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment was reflagged as the 603d Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd infantry Division in Ansbach, Germany. In 1996, the Division moved to Fort Stewart (and Hunter Army Airfield), Georgia with the reflagging of the 24th Infantry Division to the 3rd Infantry Division.
Since its activation, the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion supported every major training exercise and deployment involving elements of the 3rd Aviation Brigade. In January 2003, the 603rd ASB deployed with the Division Support Command to support the 3rd Aviation Brigade in its combat roll during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 603rd ASB distinguished itself by providing critical Combat Service Support (CSS) under extreme combat conditions over unforgiving terrain to the Aviation Brigade as the Division attacked into the heart of Baghdad. 603rd ASB received the Presidential Unit Citation for its courage, skill and professionalism in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On 16 March 2004, the 603rd ASB was assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division as part of the Division's transformation to the US Army's new modular force structure. Throughout the year, the Battalion supported various field exercise and gunneries, including 3 rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
January 2005 found the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, where the battalion quickly set the conditions for the CAB to assume their combat mission in Iraq. During OIF III, the 603rd ASB continued to provide first-class logistical support to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, maintaining the 3rd Infantry Division's fleet of 118 aircraft, 900 vehicles, and other ground equipment. The Headquarters and Supply Company issued over 3.7 million gallons of fuel, produced and issued 365,000 gallons of water, received and issued over 320 tons of ammunition, and provided critical aircraft repair parts to the brigade. A Company completed 175 aircraft phase inspections, 9,200 work orders, 8 successful missions to recover downed aircraft in enemy territory and armed Apaches at the FARP with 2,600 rockets, 45 hell fires and 19,000 30mm rounds. B Company was the first in the Division to transition to the Army's new Two-Tier Maintenance Program and completed 320 equipment services and over 1,400 maintenance work orders on wheeled vehicles, weapons, communications and electronics, generators and various ground support equipment directly impacting the 3rd CAB's combat readiness. The 603rd Aviation Support Battalion redeployed in January 2006.
In recognition of the monumental efforts by all the logistics Soldiers of the "No Mission Denied" Battalion during OIF III, the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion was awarded the Army Aviation Association of America's Outstanding Aviation Logistics Support Unit of the Year Award for its support to the Combat Aviation Brigade during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
In 2007 the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade was alerted for deployment to Iraq. This included elements of all of its units except for the 3-3rd Aviation, which remained in the United States.
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