KATTERBACH, Germany -- The 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, was reflagged as 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, at Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, here, October 8.

Since its inception, the Gunslinger Battalion has been inactivated or reorganized a total of seven times. The unit colors have been cased again today, but will not be forgotten. "As we assume the 1-3 Aviation Regiment standard, we inherit another proud tradition", said Col. Christopher W. Waters, the commander of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, who presided over the ceremony.

This changing of unit designations is a bittersweet event for many Gunslinger Soldiers, as some have recently fought under the guidons of the 2-159th in both operations Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The 12th CAB is restructuring as part of the Army Aviation Restructuring Initiative, which is designed to reorganize and reposition aviation assets across the Army. This initiative implements many cost-saving measures and allows the Army to maintain readiness and modernization across the force.