13th Aviation Regiment (United States)

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13th Aviation Regiment
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Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army
RoleUAS Training
Garrison/HQFort Huachuca
Motto(s)"Swift and Deadly"
AnniversariesActivated 19 April 2006
LTC Daniel L. Isabell
Distinctive Unit Insignia13 Avn Rgt DUI.png

The 13th Aviation Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army.

1st Battalion, 13th Aviation[edit]

The 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment manages new recruits who have recently graduated basic training and who have reported to Fort Rucker to receive their military occupational specialty identifier before reporting to their first duty station. The battalion orchestrates and implements the majority of enlisted training at Fort Rucker. The 6th Military Police Detachment and an element of the 46th Engineer Battalion is also assigned to 1-13th. Fort Rucker’s military and civilian firefighters are assigned under the 6th MP Detachment.

2d Battalion, 13th Aviation[edit]

The 2d Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, which replaced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion (UASTB)(Provisional), is based at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Its primary mission is to train soldiers in the operation and maintenance of the RQ-7B Shadow and MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. 2–13th Aviation is a tenant unit of Fort Huachuca, but its parent unit is the 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence.[1]

The battalion operates the largest UAS training center in the world,[2] with over 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of training space, four hangars, two runways, and 24-hour operational capacity.[3] The battalion trains approximately 2,000 Soldiers, Marines, and foreign military students each year.[1]

Formerly part of Company E, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion (Provisional) was activated on 19 April 2006 during the transition of authority for UAS training from the U.S. Army Intelligence Center to the U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center.[4] The UASTB was later redesignated as the 1-210th Aviation Regiment and was finally redesignated as the 2–13th Aviation Regiment on June 11, 2011.[1]

Alpha Company[edit]

Alpha Company's soldiers train to become Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 15W Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators and 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairers qualified on the RQ-7B Shadow and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems.[1] Alpha Company's 500+ Soldiers are held to the highest standards of discipline, professionalism, and physical fitness. To help them meet these standards, Alpha Company relies on Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeants, all with Army Aviation backgrounds. Alpha Company also provides administrative, training, and logistical support for the battalion.

Bravo Company[edit]

Bravo Company's mission is to train UAS Operators on the remote operation of the RQ-7B Shadow and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Systems. Bravo Company also oversees the UAS Instructor Operator Course.

Charlie Company[edit]

Charlie Company's mission is to train UAS Repairers on the maintenance, troubleshooting, and electrical theory of the RQ-7B Shadow and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Systems. Charlie Company also oversees the Tactical UAS Warrant Officer Technician Course, UAS Command and Staff Officer Course, and the UAS Platoon Leader Course.


  1. ^ a b c d United States Army. "2-13th Aviation Regiment". Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Hess, Bill (27 August 2005). "Top gun in UAV training: Fort Huachuca is now the home of the world's largest UAV facility". Sierra Vista Herald. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Fort Rucker battalion reaches high point in aviation history". Sierra Vista Herald. 3 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ Sinclair, E.J. (30 June 2006). "Aviation Update" (PDF). Army Aviation Magazine. Army Aviation Association of America: 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2008.