The 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment supports the U. S. Southern Command's engagement and security cooperation strategy under Army South, providing heavy lift, medical evacuation and general aviation support, spanning the area of responsibility, in support of Joint Task Force-Bravo. It is a composite battalion with UH-60 and HH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinooks, providing airlift and evacuation capabilities to the region.
Typical missions conducted by this one of a kind battalion include countering transnational organized crime, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, air movement of people, equipment and supplies, medical evacuation, and limited search and rescue. In addition to these operations, the battalion has provided aerial firefighting capabilities and has actively participated in counter narcotics missions and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
The Battalion was first activated on 18 July 1963 as 4th Battalion 228th Aviation at Fort Benning, Georgia. From 1971 to 1989, the Battalion underwent several transformations, re-designations and relocations. On 16 January 1990, 4th Battalion, 228th Aviation relocated the headquarters form Panama and was activated at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras with six companies to include a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, A and B Company, two FORSCOM rotational units, a CH-47D detachment and a Medical Evacuation unit. On 4 June 1999, the Battalion underwent its final transformation into the current 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment.
In 2018, the 1-228th Aviation Regiment received the FY18 LTG Ellis D. Parker Award as the United States Army’s Top Aviation Battalion for Combat Support. The LTG Ellis D. Parker Award recognizes leadership, training, maintenance and safety excellence at the aviation battalion level.
The 1-228th Aviation regiment continues to stand out across the U.S. Army as an organization that produces world-class officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers.