Organized in the South Carolina Army National Guard as Detachment 1, 51st Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter) and Federally recognized 1 May 1951 at Eastover. Reorganized and redesignated 1 December 1977 as 51st Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter). Converted and redesignated 1 September 1978 as Troop D, lst Squadron, 101st Cavalry. Converted expanded and redesignated 1 October 1987 as 51st Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter). Reorganized and redesignated 1 December 1987 as 151st Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System to consist of lst Battalion at Eastover.
CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDITS:
COAT OF ARMS:
Azure a vol enclosing an increscent argent, overall in base a fox's mask proper.
CREST: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the South Carolina Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (argent and azure), upon a mont vert a palmetoo tree proper charged with a crescent argent.
MOTTO: Ready to Strike.
DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: A silver color metal and enamel device constiting of a shield blazoned: azure, a vol enclosing an increscent argent, overall in base a fox's mask tenne'. Below the shield a black scroll doubled silver and inscribed in base "READY TO STRIKE" in silver letters.
Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors traditionally assoicated with U.S. Army Aviation. The wings symbolize flight an dmobility. The increscent moon is adopted from the South Carolina state flag and is symbolic of its heritage and traditions dated back to the Revolutionary War. The fox's mask is an allusion to the legendary South Carolina militia leader, franceis Marion, "The Swamp Fox," and typifies speed, cunning and attack capabilities. Black and white (silver0 emphasize the night and day total preparedness of the unit. (27 February 1989)