1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment History

By U.S. ArmyJune 15, 2016

The 1st Battalion (Attack), 25th Aviation Regiment was first constituted on June 21, 1963,

in the U.S. Army as Company A, 25th Aviation Battalion, an element of the 25th Infantry

Division. On August 12, 1963, the unit was activated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The 25th Aviation Battalion arrived at Cu Chi, Vietnam in March 16, 1966. Despite

being transferred to Vietnam without equipment or personnel, Company A (Little Bears) was

equipped and manned with UH-1 helicopters from the 175th Aviation Company coming from

Fort Benning, Georgia.

The 175th Aviation Company was inactivated and reflagged as Company A, 25th Aviation

Battalion and served as an assault helicopter company. The 25th Aviation Battalion served in

12 Vietnam campaigns and received two Valorous Unit Awards and two Meritorious

Unit Commendations. On December 7, 1970, the Battalion left Vietnam for Schofield Barracks,


The unit was inactivated on October 15, 1985 at Schofield Barracks. During this time,

the 25th Infantry Division was reorganized as a Light Infantry Division. The unit was later

reactivated on January 16, 1986 at Wheeler Air Force Base, Hawaii. On May 16, 1988, the unit

was redesignated Headquarters ad Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation, and

remained assigned to the 25th Infantry Division with its organic elements concurrently

constituted and activated.

From January 1995 to April 1996, 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation regiment served as the

Aviation Task Force Headquarters for the 25th Infantry Division (Light) during Operation

Uphold Democracy in its deployment to Haiti. On June 24, 1999, the Battalion was reorganized

when the last AH-1 Cobra Attack helicopters were transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and

National Guard units. For the upcoming year, the Battalion started fielding the OH-58D Kiowa

Warrior at Fort Hood, Texas. After completion of the Unit Fielding and Training Program in

June 2000, the unit went back to Hawaii.

From February 2002 through September 2002, Task Force 1-25th Aviation deployed to

Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of Task Force Eagle, Stabilization Force (SFOR) 11, Operation

Joint Forge. The Battalion conducted reconnaissance and security, anti-smuggling, and special


The unit deployed to the Kingdom of Thailand from April 2003 through June 2003, in

support of Cobra Gold 2003.

In January 2004, the Battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The unit conducted around the clock combat operations in support of ground units from the 1st

Cavalry Division. Through July 2004, the pilots from Lightning Attack flew more than 2,000

missions. While originally attached to the 1st Armored Division, the unit moved to Camp Cooke

in March 2004. The Battalion continued to support the 1st Cavalry Division in maintaining a

secure and stable environment in Baghdad.

The unit inactivated on June 9, 2006 and its personnel reflagged as the 2nd Squadron, 6th

Cavalry Regiment.

On April 16, 2013 in a ceremony at Fort Carson, Colorado, the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation

Regiment reflagged to 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment. The reflagging saw the rebirth of

the Battalion and solidified its relationship with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade who they

deployed with to Afghanistan in 2012.

On May 20, 2013, the Gunfighters of 1-25th Aviation welcomed two AH-64E Apache

Guardians. The arrival of the two helicopters marks the beginning of a fielding process for the

Battalion. The Battalion is the second unit in the U.S. Army to be fielding the new Apache Echo