101 CAB “Wings of Destiny”
The 101st Aviation Brigade was constituted as the 4th Aviation Section (Light) Dec. 7, 1950, under Eighth U.S. Army, Korea.
The unit saw several activations and deactivations through the next several years.
-July 1, 1968 at Camp Eagle in the Republic of Vietnam, the 160th Aviation Group was established using elements of the 17th Cavalry Regiment, and the 101st, 158th and 159th Assault Helicopter battalions.
-June 25, 1969, the 160th was redesignated as the 101st Aviation Group. With the air mobility concept added to the organic capabilities of the 101st Airborne Division, the bravest and most talked about Soldiers in the world were delivered to the battlefield by the helicopters of the 101st Aviation Group.
-Aug. 15, 1986, the 101st Aviation Group was redesignated as the Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The Aviation Brigade was alerted Aug. 7, 1990, to deploy to Saudi Arabia following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
In subsequent years, the brigade deployed forces to Somalia, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and Honduras to defend democracy and assist with disaster relief efforts. Oct. 9, 1997, the largest aviation brigade split nine battalions into two brigades - the 101st Aviation Brigade (Attack) and the 159th Aviation Brigade (Assault).
Beginning in January 2002, the brigade responded to the call to arms in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, fighting Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces in support of Task Force Rakkasan.
In February 2003, the brigade was alerted to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brigade crossed the berm into Iraq March 21, 2003, to launch deep attacks, as well as guard the V Corps’ western flank. The brigade facilitated the liberation of three major cities and the coalition forces’ march on Baghdad.
After the brigade’s redeployment in the spring of 2004, it transformed into an effort to create a self sustaining combat aviation brigade. Completely transformed, the brigade once again answered the nation’s call in August 2005 and began its second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Headquartered out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, the brigade provided full-spectrum aviation support to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and its five brigade combat teams that were arrayed across 131,000 square kilometers of the Band of Brothers’ area of operation.
In December 2007, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Headquartered out of Bagram Airfield, the brigade task force provided full-spectrum aviation support to CJTF-82, CJTF-101, CJSOTF and International Security and Assistance Forces, covering an area of responsibility the size of Texas.
Deploying to Afghanistan again, this time to Kandahar Airfield in February 2010 after having their dwell period cut short by four months, Task Force Destiny’s arrival coincided with the anticipated introduction of the “surge” of forces announced by the commander in chief three months earlier. Over the course of the combat deployment, Task Force Destiny conducted over 18,000 separate combat operations, including reconnaissance, medevac, support of troops in contact, air assaults, VIP movements, combat resupply operations, support of Special Operations Forces, and thousands of training flights in expanding current aviation capacity. Equally as impressive, Task Force Destiny Soldiers conducted refueling and rearming operations at forward operating bases across the country 24-hours a day to ensure all supported ground forces retained flexibility in their operations.
The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade is continually at the forefront of Army Aviation. Honor, duty and innovation are the hallmarks of the Soldiers who continue the proud tradition of the “Wings of Destiny.”
101st Combat Aviation Brgade units:
1-101st Aviation Battalion
2-17th Cavalry Regiment
5-101st Aviation Battalion
6-101st Aviation Battalion
96th Aviation Support Battalion