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  229TH AVIATION BATTALION "STACKED DECK BATTALION" PATCH (1ST CAV DIV - AIRMOBILE)

 
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229th Assault Helicopter Battalion "Stacked Deck Battalion" (Task Force Oregon and Airmobile) – The 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion was constituted on March 18, 1964, and activated as part of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) at Fort Benning, Georgia under the command of the their first Commanding Officer LTC Robert S. Keller. The first aircraft of the 229th landed on Vietnamese soil at Qui Nhon on and began their move to An Khe, where an advance party had already been clearing land in preparation for the building of the battalion’s facilities. The unit had not planned or packed to immediately conduct combat operations upon its arrival in Viet 13 September 1965nam, a warning order was received on 18 September to assemble available aircraft, which consisted of 13 UH-ID's and two UH-IB's, to support operations of the 1st Brigade, 101 st Airborne Division in the area northwest of Qui Nhon.

The flying methods of the battalion may have seemed unusual, but they didn't prevent the battalion from setting a record of 17,000 accident free hours flown from April 16, 1967 to March 31, 1968, in combat assaults and combat support operations. Throughout its history the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion has flown missions other than the normal troop carrying and logistical resupply missions. Among these are Snifter, Cordon, Nighthawk, Lightning Bug and Psyop’s Sorties. The 229th stood down and departed The 229th was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Awards, Meritorious Unit Commendations, three (3) Republic of Vietnam’s Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Republic of Viet Nam Vietnam on 29 April 1971 and returned to Fort Hood, Texas.m’s Civil Action Honor Medal First Class.


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