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158th AVIATION


158th AVIATION BATTALION Constituted 25 July 1968 in the Regular Army as the 158th Aviatiion Battalion, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated (less Company C) at Fort Carson, Colorado (Company C concurrently activated at Fort Riley, Kansas). CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT Vietman: Counteroffensive, Phase V Counteroffensive, Phase VI Tet 69/Counteroffensive Summer-Fall 1969 Winter-Spring 1970 Sanctuary Counteroffensive Counteroffensive, Phase VI Consolidation I Consolidation II DECORATIONS Presidental Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered HO CHI MINH TRAIL (158th Avn Bn cirted per DAGO 13, 1974) Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered THUA THIEN PROVINCE (158th Abn Bn cited per DA GO 50, 1971) Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallanry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969 (158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 43, 1970) Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1971 (158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 6, 1974) Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970 (158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 48, 1971) Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970 (158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 11, 1973) Company A additionally entitled to Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN (Companies A and B, 158th Abn Bn cited per DA GO 16, 1972), and Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered THUA THIEN PROVINCE 1969 (Company A, 158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 2, 1971) Company B additionally entitled to Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN (Companies A and B, 158th Avn Bn cited per DA GO 16, 1972) The coat of arms redesignated 16 September 1987 with symbolism revised, was originally approved for the 158th Aviation Battalion and amemded to add a crest on 13 September 1972. BLAZON: SHIELD: Azure, a base indented or, on the first a lightning flash point to base of the last and a winged sword consisting of a blade point to chief argent, hilt of the second and for quillons a pair of wings conjoined displayed inverted of the third. CREST: On a wreath of the color or and azure a quiver of three arrows of the first, flighted gules in front of a circlet of stylized rice stalks, gold. MOTTO: CHALLENGE SYMBOLISM: SHIELD: The sword represents the effective power of the predecessor ogranization, the 158th Aviation Battalion's aerial weapons and the might of the organic fire support. The quillons (cross guard) composed of wings refer to basic aviation mission of the unit. The eagle wings also allude to the redecessor's assignment to the 101st Airborne Division. The speed and shock effect, characteristic of air assault operations, is indicated by the lightning flash. The peaks formed by the indented base refer to the moutainous area of Fort Carson, Colorado, where the former organization was activated. The one sword blade, five-segmented hilt, and cross guard containing eight primary feathers allude to the numerical designation of the unit. CREST: The circlet of rice stalks, together with the colors yellow and red taken from the Republic of Vietnam National Flag, allude to the predecessor's service in Vietnam. The three arrows refer to the three decorations awarded the 158th Aviation battalion for service during that period and the quiver, a piece of equipment used to transport war material, is symbolic of the basic mission in providing tactical air movement of combat troops and weaponry. DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: A silver color metal and enamel device consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a base indented or, on the first a lightning flash point to base of the last and a winged sword consisting of a blade point to chief argent, hilt of the second and for quillons a pair of wings conjoined displayed inverted of the third all satirewise. Attached beow the shield a silver scroll inscribed "CHALLENGE" in black letters. (Approved 16 September 1987.) 1SG Charles W. Aresta; The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Group; 1813 Sereno Street; Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (e-mail: ra1sgt@aol.com) Ph or fax: 808-537-2753



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