126th Aviation Regiment (United States)

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126th Aviation Regiment
126th Aviation Reg CoatofArms.png
Active 1987–present
Country USA
Branch Aviation
Type Aviation
Motto(s) Faith Flight Fidelity
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 126 Avn Rgt DUI.png

The 126th Aviation Regiment is a unit of the U.S. Army National Guard.

History[edit]

From 1963 the 26th Aviation Battalion had been associated with the 26th Infantry Division. A company of the battalion was established in Florida as part of the Florida Army National Guard. Changes to the regimental system in the late 1980s led to the superseding of the battalion by a regiment, itself part of the 26th Aviation Brigade, still part of the 26th Infantry Division.

The 126th's lineage includes that of the 122nd Aviation Battalion due to consolidation, the battalion was originally organized and Federally recognized on 18 November 1946 in the Rhode Island National Guard at Providence as the Medical Detachment, 43rd Division Artillery. It was ordered into active Federal service on 5 September 1950 at Providence during the Korean War, with the division, the detachment was deployed to German to defend against a possible Soviet attack.[1] To replace the detachment at home stations, a National Guard of the United States (NGUS) unit with the same designation was organized and Federally recognized on 2 December 1952, on 15 June 1954, the Medical Detachment was released from active Federal service and reverted to state control, and Federal recognition was withdrawn from the NGUS unit.[2]

On 1 April 1959, it was converted and redesignated as the 43rd Aviation Company, still part of the 43rd Division, and relocated to Warwick, it was relieved from its assignment to the 43rd Division on 18 March 1963, just before the division was inactivated on 1 May.[1] On 1 January 1965, the company became Battery F of the 103rd Artillery, and was further redesignated as the 43rd Medical Company on 1 March 1966, on 22 December 1967, the 43rd Cavalry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System, was constituted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Troop E was organized at Warwick from the 43rd Medical Company and Federally recognized on 1 January 1968.[3] Troop E became Troop D of the 26th Cavalry's 1st Squadron in the 26th Infantry Division on 1 May 1971, it was relocated to North Kingstown on 1 June 1974. On 1 October 1986, it was expanded into the 122nd Aviation Battalion and relieved from its assignment to the 26th Division.[2]

The 126th Aviation was constituted 1 October 1987 in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Army National Guard as a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System; concurrently organized from the 164th and 963rd Aviation Companies, the 1220th Transportation Company, and the 122nd Aviation Battalion to consist of the 1st Battalion and Companies D, E, and F, elements of the 26th Infantry Division, and Company G.[2]

In the mid-late 1980s the 26th Aviation Brigade was reported to consist of:

  • 1 -110th Cavalry Squadron - MA NG
  • 1 -126th Attack Helicopter Battalion - RI NG
  • 3 -126th Aviation Battalion - MA NG

The 126th Aviation Regiment was Reorganized 1 September 1990 in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont Army National Guard to consist of the 1st and 2d Battalions and Company F, elements of the 26th Infantry Division, and Company G. Reorganized 1 September 1993 to consist of the 1st Battalion, Company F, and the 2d Battalion, an element of the 42d Infantry Division.

The 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation, is now part of the 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island Army National Guard.[4]

The 3rd Battalion is part of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Its Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment is located on Camp Edwards, which is part of the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Current structure[edit]

  • 1st General Support Aviation Battalion
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Company
    • Company A (UH-60A) (RI ARNG)[7]
    • Company B (CH-47) Schooners at Stockton, California (CA ARNG)
      • Deployed: Afghanistan May - Dec 2008
    • Company C (UH-60A) (ME ARNG)[8]
    • Company D
      • Detachment 1 (RI ARNG)[9]
      • Detachment 2 (ME ARNG)[6]
    • Company E
      • Detachment 1 (RI ARNG)[10]
      • Detachment 2 (ME ARNG)[6]
    • Company F (UH-60A)
  • 3d General Support Aviation Battalion
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Company
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester, NY (NY ARNG)[13]
      • Deployed: Kuwait 2005 - 2006
      • Deployed: Kuwait 2010 - 2011
    • Company A (UH-60A) (MA ARNG)
      • Deployed: Kuwait 2005 - 2006
      • Deployed: Kuwait 2010 - 2011
      • Deployed: Afghanistan 2013 - 2014
    • Company B (CH-47F)
    • Company C (HH-60M) (Air Ambulance)
      • Detachment 1 (MA ARNG)[14]
      • Detachment 2 Witch Doctors at Army Air Support Facility at South Burlington, Vermont (VT ARNG)[15][16]
      • Deployed: Iraq 2005 - 2006
      • Deployed: Iraq Feb - Sep 2011
      • Deployed: Iraq 2016 - 2017
      • Deployed: Iraq 2017 - 2018
    • Company D (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester, NY (NY ARNG)[13]
      • Deployed: Iraq 2005 - 2006
    • Company E
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester,(NY ARNG)[13]
    • Company F (Camp Edwards, Massachusetts)
      • Deployed: Iraq 2004

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Listman, John. "43rd Infantry Division". National Guard Educational Foundation. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "126th Aviation Regiment Lineage and Honors". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Sawicki 1985, pp. 193–194.
  4. ^ http://states.ng.mil/sites/RI/army/56tc/126av/default.aspx
  5. ^ "1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "1st Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment Detachments". Maine Army National Guard. December 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "A - 1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island Army National Guard. December 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Maine Army National Guard Units". Maine Army National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Company D, Aviation Support Company 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment". December 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "E-1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Fly with the Delaware National Guard". Delaware Air National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ "F-1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d "New York Military Facility Locator". New York State - Division of Military and Naval Affairs. December 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ "104th Fighter Wing Airmen Experience Medevac Training with 3-126th Aviation Flight Medics". DVIDS. December 25, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Black Hawk Helicopter Powers Down". DVIDS. December 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Soldier Works on Black Hawk Helicopter". DVIDS. December 25, 2016. 

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