82nd Aviation Regiment (United States)
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|82d Aviation Regiment|
coat of arms
|Branch||United States Army Aviation Branch|
|Motto(s)||GROUND AIR MOBILITY|
|Colors||Ultramarine Blue, Golden orange|
|Distinctive unit insignia|
|Unit beret flashes of the Regiment, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions|
The 82d Aviation Regiment is part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
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Constituted 1 September 1957 in the Regular Army as the 82nd Aviation Company, assigned to the 82d Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Reorganized and redesignated 7 December 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Aviation Battalion (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated).
Relieved 15 January 1987 from assignment to the 82d Airborne Division; concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 82d Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System.
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Checky Azure and Argent, a chess knight in profile Sable between two wings displayed inverted Or. Attached below the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "GROUND AIR MOBILITY" in Black letters.
Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors used for Aviation. The checky field represents a chess board, symbolic of the battlefield, and refers to the strategy of war. The knight, considered the most versatile piece to guard and aid the queen, placed between wings, symbolizes the mission of the unit and its versatility.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 82d Aviation Battalion on 8 February 1963. It was amended to change the color of the shield on 26 August 1981. The insignia was redesignated for the 82d Aviation Regiment with the description amended on 27 February 1987.
Coat Of Arms
Checky Azure and Argent, a chess knight in profile Sable between two wings displayed inverted Or.
From a wreath Argent and Azure, between two palm fronds Vert a pheon Or superimposed by a sword of the first hilted Gules. Motto GROUND AIR MOBILITY.
Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors used for Aviation. The checky field represents a chess board, symbolic of the battlefield, and refers to the strategy of war. The knight, considered the most versatile piece to guard and aid the queen, placed between wings, symbolizes the missions of the unit and its versatility.
The unit's campaign participation in Grenada is commemorated by the colors of the design elements (yellow, red and green) adapted from the flag of Grenada. The pheon alludes to attack capabilities, swiftness and accuracy in flight. The unsheathed sword symbolizes military preparedness and combat service. The red color of the hilt honors the organization's Meritorious Unit Commendation earned in Southwest Asia. The palm fronds represent victory and their two Southwest Asia campaigns: Defense of Saudi Arabia and the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 82d Aviation Battalion on 8 February 1963. It was amended to change the color of the shield on 26 August 1981. It was redesignated for the 82d Aviation Regiment on 27 February 1987. The coat of arms was amended to include a crest on 7 August 2003.
Current Configuration of the CAB, 82d Airborne Division
- 1st Battalion, 82d Aviation Regiment
- 2d Battalion, 82d Aviation Regiment
- 3d Battalion, 82d Aviation Regiment
- 122d Aviation Support Battalion
- 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
- United States Army Aviation Branch
- Coats of arms of U.S. Army Aviation Regiments
- U.S. Army Regimental System
- Historical register and dictionary of the United States Army, from ..., Volume 1 By Francis Bernard Heitman 
- Encyclopedia of United States Army insignia and uniforms By William K. Emerson (page 51).