Assault Support Helicopter Company "Big Windy"
Unit Patch - Dong Ba Thin, Phu Hiep, Tuy Hoa - The 180th Assault Support Helicopter Company was activated on 1 October 1966 at Fort Benning and were assigned to the 10th
Aviation Group, 37th Aviation Battalion. The 180th deployed
to Viet Nam arriving in
mid-November 1966. On 21 October
1966 the 180th ASHC was reassigned to the 1st
Aviation Brigade, 17th Combat Aviation Group, 268th Combat
Aviation Battalion and made their base at Dong Ba Thin. The Company had sixteen
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter.
The 180th Pilots and Air Crew Members were sent to the 179th
Assault Support Helicopter Company at Pleiku and to aviation units of the 1st
Cavalry Division Airmobile in the An Khe area to receive their in-county
orientation and were declared operational ready in December 1, 1966. The 180th
became know by their call-sign "Big Windy". Soon the 180th had aircraft
distributed through-out II Corps Tactical Zone at An Son, Tuy Hoa, Dong Ba Thin
and Kontum. Their first year in-country involved supporting the 101st
Airborne on several major operations including Operation "Geronimo", "Pickett"
and "Farragut". They supported the Korean Capital and White Horse Divisions as
well as ARVN Forces. In early 1967 they also took part in Operation "Junction City", a multi-divisional operation. The
180th relocated to Phu Hiep when the 268th Combat Aviation Battalion
relocated their base of operations. 180th ASHC stood-down in February