The 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment supports the U. S. Southern Command's engagement and security cooperation strategy, providing heavy lift, medical evacuation and general aviation support, spanning the area of responsibility, in support of Joint Task Force-Bravo.
The regiment actively participates in counter narcotics missions and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts throughout Central America and the Caribbean. It is a composite battalion with UH-60 and HH60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinooks, providing airlift and evacuation capabilities to the region.
Typical missions conducted by the battalion include: countering transnational organized crime, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, air movement of people, equipment and supplies, aero-medical evacuation, and limited search and rescue. In addition to these operations, the battalion has provided aerial firefighting capabilities.