13th Aviation Regiment (United States)
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|2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment (formerly UASTB)|
Coat of arms
|Branch||United States Army|
|Motto||"Swift and Deadly"|
|Anniversaries||Activated 19 April 2006|
|LTC Clinton J. Conzemius|
|Distinctive Unit Insignia|
The 13th Aviation Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army.
1st Battalion, 13th Aviation
The 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment manages new recruits fresh out of basic training here 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 are also assigned to 1-13th. Fort Rucker’s military and civilian firefighters are assigned under the 6th MP Detachment.
2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation
The 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, formerly known as 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, MQ-5B Hunter, MQ-1B Warrior A, 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.
The battalion operates the largest UAS training center in the world, with over 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of training space, four hangars, two runways, and 24-hour operational capacity.  The battalion trains approximately 2,000 Soldiers, Marines, and foreign military students each year.
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. 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.
Alpha Company's soldiers train to become Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 15W unmanned aerial vehicle operator and 15E unmanned aircraft systems repairer qualified on the RQ-7B Shadow, RQ-5 Hunter, MQ-1B Sky Warrior A, and MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. As future remotely piloted aviators, Alpha Company's 700+ Soldiers are held to the highest standards of discipline, cleanliness, and physical fitness. To help them meet these standards, Alpha Company relies on the Army's finest Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeants, all with Army Aviation backgrounds. Unmanned Aircraft Systems are the forefront of military robotic technology, and Alpha Company's soldiers live on the cutting edge of Army Aviation. Alpha Company is currently led by CPT Albert James and First Sergeant John Bowers.
B Company's primary mission is to train UAV Operators on RQ-7B Shadow and the MQ-5B Hunter unmanned systems. B Company maintains operational control over Pioneer Airfield and Rugge-Hamilton Army Airfield. It is currently led by CPT Henry A. Vasquez and First Sergeant John L. Pecic.
C Company's mission is to train Soldiers in the MQ-1B Warrior A system and MQ-1C Gray Eagle systems. C Company teaches the MQ-1C Gray Eagle (ER/MP) while continuing to train Sky Warrior A through 2015. The company mainly operates out of Libby Army Airfield. It is currently led by CPT Kenieth Mayweather and First Sergeant Brian Miller.
D Company provides administrative, training, and logistical support for the battalion. It also conducts UAS training in the following areas:
- Common Core Phase I Operator Training
- Tactical UAS Warrant Officer Technician Certification Course
- Shadow RQ-7B UAS Repairer Course
- Hunter MQ-5B UAS Electronic Maintenance Specialist Course
- Hunter MQ-5B UAS Mechanical Maintenance Specialist Course
- UAS Command and Staff Officer Leader's Course
- UAS Instructor Operator Course
Delta Company is currently led by CPT Mia Odom and First Sergeant Quentin Liong.
- United States Army. "2-13th Aviation Regiment". Archived from the original on 2015-04-27. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- 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 March 9, 2014.
- "Fort Rucker battalion reaches high point in aviation history". Sierra Vista Herald. 3 July 2008. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014.
- 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.