126th Aviation Regiment (United States)

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126th Aviation Regiment
126th Aviation Reg CoatofArms.png
Active 1987
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 Aviation (Regiment) was constituted 1 October 1987 in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Army National Guard as the 126th Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System; concurrently organized from existing units to consist of the 1st Battalion and Companies D, E, and F, elements of the 26th Infantry Division, and Company G.[1]

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.[2]

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)[5]
    • Company B (CH-47) Schooners at Stockton, California (CA ARNG)
      • Deployed: Afghanistan May - Dec 2008
    • Company C (UH-60A) (ME ARNG)[6]
    • Company D
      • Detachment 1 (RI ARNG)[7]
      • Detachment 2 (ME ARNG)[4]
    • Company E
      • Detachment 1 (RI ARNG)[8]
      • Detachment 2 (ME ARNG)[4]
    • Company F (UH-60A)
  • 3d General Support Aviation Battalion
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Company
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester, NY (NY ARNG)[11]
    • Company A (UH-60A) (MA ARNG)
    • Company B (CH-47F)
    • Company C (HH-60M) (Air Ambulance)
      • Detachment 1 (MA ARNG)[12]
      • Detachment 2 Witch Doctors at Army Air Support Facility at South Burlington, Vermont (VT ARNG)[13][14]
      • Deployed: Iraq 2005 - 2006
      • Deployed: Iraq Feb - Sep 2011
    • Company D (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester, NY (NY ARNG)[11]
      • Deployed: Iraq 2005 - 2006
    • Company E
      • Detachment 1
      • Detachment 2 at Rochester,(NY ARNG)[11]
    • Company F (Camp Edwards, Massachusetts)
      • Deployed: Iraq 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ Globalsecurity.org.
  2. ^ http://states.ng.mil/sites/RI/army/56tc/126av/default.aspx
  3. ^ "1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "1st Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment Detachments". Maine Army National Guard. December 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ "A - 1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island Army National Guard. December 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Maine Army National Guard Units". Maine Army National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Company D, Aviation Support Company 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment". December 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "E-1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fly with the Delaware National Guard". Delaware Air National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "F-1/126th Aviation". Rhode Island National Guard. December 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d "New York Military Facility Locator". New York State - Division of Military and Naval Affairs. December 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "104th Fighter Wing Airmen Experience Medevac Training with 3-126th Aviation Flight Medics". DVIDS. December 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Black Hawk Helicopter Powers Down". DVIDS. December 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Soldier Works on Black Hawk Helicopter". DVIDS. December 25, 2016.