Commander, 1-13th AR
Lt. Col. Kevin E. McHugh graduated from George Mason University in 1997 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch. McHugh’s initial assignment was with 1-35th Armored Regiment at Baumholder.... More
Command Sgt. Maj., 1-13th AR
Command Sgt. Maj. George S. Webster is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He entered the Army in 1994 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort... More
1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment traces its proud heritage to the Vietnam War where it began as the Delta Aviation Battalion in July 1963, at Can Tho. It was activated and re-designated the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion “Shield of the Mekong” in September 1964. In December 1967, it was assigned to the 164th Aviation Group to support combat operations for three Army of Vietnam divisions in the Mekong River Delta. The unit moved to Soc Trang in October 1968, and remained there until 1972. For their heroic actions in combat, the 13th CAB was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and Valorous Unit Award.
Today, the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment’s “Swift and Deadly” mission is to conduct enlisted initial military training and Army Aviation functional training in order to provide the Army with skilled, motivated, disciplined and fit Soldiers ready to perform in any operational environment. Through the use of virtual and constructive simulations, the Battalion provides Soldiers with real world scenarios that stimulate critical thinking and build team work. By providing tough, realistic training the unit is able to produce technically competent and adaptive Soldiers for the operating force.
A Company “Warriors” continue the transformation of volunteers begun at Basic Combat Training. They accomplish this task through tough, realistic training focused on Warrior Tasks and Drills, Army Values, Warrior Ethos, physical readiness training, and team work.
B Company “Buccaneers” serve as the administrative headquarters for the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Command Group, installation staff, Garrison Command, Aviation Directorates, and the Army Reserve/National Guard liaison offices.
C Company “Copperheads” manage three military occupational specialties producing Advanced Individual Training courses, the Aviation Life Support Equipment Course. The company also provides administrative support for students attending graduate level flight training courses. Annually, over 1,200 Soldiers leave Fort Rucker having completed their training as an Aviation Operations Specialist (15P), Air Traffic Control Operator (15Q), or Aircraft Pneudraulics System Repairer (15H) ready to contribute to their new unit on the first day of assignment.
D Co “Delegates” serve as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company for the battalion as well as USAACE’s International Military Student Office. They maintain administrative control and care of all international military students attending flight training from over 30 countries worldwide.
6th Military Police Detachment “Bulldogs” provide trained and ready law enforcement personnel to include Military Working Dog teams to support Fort Rucker’s Directorate of Public Safety mission. Additionally, they manage the training and administrative support of military firefighters supporting the airfields and the Fort Rucker community.
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