58th Aviation Regiment
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Introduction

The 1st Cavalry Division, a major subordinate command of the US Third Mobile Armored Corps, is a 19,000 soldier, heavy armored division stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. As one of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, the First Team has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice. The following narratives, divided in timeline eras of major operational missions, describes the threat environment, tactical conditions, evolution of equipment technology and the strategic methodology employed by one of its command units, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. 6125th Support Battalion and its Subordinate Units, to contribute to the successful missions enhancement of the warring organization of the 1st Cavalry Division and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow.

Mission:

The mission of the 58th Aviation Regiment is to deploy forces to provide Airfield Management and Air Traffic Services at designated Theater Airfields in support of full spectrum operations.

Organizational Summary:

On January 22, 1968, the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Battalion was constituted and on 01 March of the same year, the Battalion was activated at Long Binh in the Republic of Vietnam. The Battalion Headquarters, located in the III Corps city of Bien Hoa, was the parent unit of several companies, detachments and sites found throughout the country. The Battalion distinguished itself through participation in the Tet Counteroffensive and was subsequently awarded the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. At the close of the Vietnam War, the Battalion was inactivated on 17 February 1969.

On 01 September 1979, the 58th Air Traffic Control Battalion (Corps) was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Battalion was activated in order to provide air traffic control services to the Divisions of the Corps: the 10th Mountain Division (Light), 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

On 16 July 1987, the 58th Aviation Regiment was activated as a part of the Army's Regimental concept. The regiment was awarded the lineage and honors of the prior 58th Aviation Battalion that had been deactivated at the end of the Vietnam War. The 58th Air Traffic Control (ATC) Battalion, located at Ft. Bragg, was reorganized and redesignated as the 1st Battalion of the 58th Aviation Regiment. Concurrently the elements of its 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions were constituted, allocated and activated in the Regular Army.

The battalions performs two primary functions. The first, air traffic control, consists of ensuring the safe, orderly and expeditious movement of aircraft through the use of control towers, navigation aids and radar facilities. The second, Airspace Integration and Management (AIM) is accomplished through the Army Airspace and Command (AACC) elements at the division level and above. It essentially involves coordinating all users of the airspace to maximize mission accomplishment. AIM ensures that each airspace user can perform its mission at the scheduled timeline without interfering with or endangering others.

Throughout its relatively short history, the 58th Aviation Regiment has supported the Army's aviation community. The units and soldiers of the Regiment provide tactical and air traffic control support worldwide and are capable of deployment by all strategic means whether it be terminal tower, ground control approach radar services, flight following or other en route services. The battalions supports the ground commander in effectively utilizing the airspace above the battle.

The campaign credits of the 58th Aviation Regiment include:

  • Republic of Vietnam, 1968 - The TET Counteroffensive.
  • Grenada, 1983 - Operation Urgent Fury.
  • Republic of Panama, 1989 - Operation Just Cause.
  • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq, 1991 - Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
  • Somalia, 1993 - Operation Restore Hope.

    The Regiment currently consists of 4 battalions operating in designated areas. The 1st and 2nd Battalions are stationed in the United States and supports the III Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps. The 3rd Battalion, stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany, supports US Army Europe. The 4th Battalion, stationed in Korea, supports the Eighth Army with "G" Company located in Hawaii, supporting the US Army Pacific.

    Each ATC Battalion is uniquely structured to meet the requirements of the Corps that it supports, but all share a basic function. Each has a Headquarters Company that provides command and control staff functions for the Battalion and the various air traffic service companies that performs specific air traffic control functions.

    On 07 July 1994, the unit elements of the 1st Battalion were redesignated and assigned the following areas of responsibility:

    UNIT AREA OF SUPPORT RESPONSIBILITY
    "HHC" XVIII Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC.
    "A" Company XVIII Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC.
    "B" Company 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC.
    "C" Company 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY.
    "D" Company 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, GA
    "E" Company 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, NY.
    "F" Company 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, TX.

    On 16 September 1994, as part of the expanded air traffic control resources, "F" Company was constituted and activated at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and in 1995 was subsequently relocated to support the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, TX.

    Intially under the operational control of the 4th Brigade (Aviation), 1st Cavalry Division, the unit was moved to the operational control of the 615th Aviation Support Battalion in July 2005. This was part of the reorganization of the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, a product of the transformation of the 1st Cavalry Division to the US Army's modular force structure. The 615th Aviation Support Battalion was relieved from its assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division as part of the process and reassigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

    The mission of "F" Company, 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, is to, on order, rapidly deploy worldwide to provide Air Traffic Services to the 1st Cavalry Division in combat or contigency operations with joint or combined forces.


    This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the 58th Brigade Support Battalion, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 40+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:

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