9th Battalion (Support), 101st Aviation Regiment
9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
On 19 May 2004, 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was deactivated. At the time its personnel were reflagged as the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, part of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade. In accordance with the Army's modular unit transformation concept, 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was again reactivated on 16 September 2004 as 9th Battalion (Support), 101st Aviation Regiment. On 26 September 2005, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 9th Battalion (Support), 101st Aviation Regiment, the aviation support battalion of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade was reflagged the 563rd Support Battalion (Aviation; activated 17 September 2004), as part of the United States Army's Transformation initiative and in accordance to the directive of 21 June 2005. All organic elements were concurrently redesignated, to include the Headquarters Support Company, the Alpha (Distribution) Company, the Bravo (Aviation Support) Company, and the Charlie (Network Support) Company.
The mission of the 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was to deploy worldwide within 36 hours notification and conduct air assault and air movement operations as an integrated element of an air assault combined arms team.
The 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was first organized as the 123rd Aviation Battalion in the Regular Army on 8 December 1967. It was activated and assigned to the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) in the Republic of Vietnam. The battalion provided the Americal Division with aviation support until it was deactivated on 7 November 1971 in the Republic of Vietnam.
On 21 July 1989, the 6th Command Aviation Battalion and one UH-60 Assault Helicopter Company from each of the 4th (C Company) and 5th (A Company) Assault Helicopter Battalions were provisionally activated as two battalions: 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment (Corps) (UH-1) and 6th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (UH-60). On 19 December 1987, under permanent orders 179-1, the 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment was redesignated as the 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. During FY90, TF 9-101 provided habitual support for the 2nd Infantry ("Strike") Brigade. From this point on, the 9-101st Aviation Regiment adopted "Eagle Strike" as its official motto. The company mottoes were as follows: "Regulators" (HHC), "Blackwidows" (A Company), "Phantoms" (B Company), and "Wizards" (C Company).
As the Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait in August of 1990, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was given the order to deploy troops in support of "Operation Desert Shield". Task Force 9-101 was the first to deploy to Southwest Asia. As Operation Restore/Continued Hope was ongoing in the country of Somalia, the 9-101st Aviation Regiment deployed there. On 23 July 1993, "Team Courage" was assembled to support ongoing operations of American forces already deployed to Somalia, and departed Fort Campbell on 14 August 1993. On 25 September 1993, while assigned as cover ship for a sniper mission a 9th Battalion Blackhawk was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade over the city of Mogadishu.
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