South Korea-based helo battalion to get new name
November 5, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The Army’s South Korea-based helicopter battalion, whose main job is evacuating noncombatants from the peninsula during a crisis, is getting a new name.
At a ceremony set for 10 a.m. Monday at Camp Humphreys, the 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, part of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, will become the brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment.
The “reflagging” is part of the ongoing Armywide transformation of its aviation units into what are known as combat aviation brigades, said 1st Lt. Brad DeLoach, the battalion’s adjutant. Such structures merge various Army aircraft types into a single brigade.
The reflagging will give the battalion a name that matches the unit-naming format now standardized among all combat aviation brigades Armywide, he said.
The 2nd Infantry Division Band will take part in the outdoor ceremony, which is to be at “Tiger Ramp,” a former helicopter taxiway outside the battalion’s Delta Company hangar, Building 1029, DeLoach said.
The brigade and its 2nd Battalion are headquartered at Camp Humphreys. But the brigade falls under the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, headquartered at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.
“It’s a chapter in the unit’s history of 2-52 closing,” DeLoach said. “It served in Vietnam and Korea, a truck battalion, and then was reflagged as an aviation unit.”
“The flags will go back to the Department of Army Heraldry,” he said. “And if they need to activate a new unit, they’ll go to the Department of Army Heraldry and will pull those flags out.”
The speaker scheduled for Monday’s ceremony is Col. William H. Morris, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander.
The Army established the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in a June 2005 ceremony that also was held on Tiger Ramp. The brigade consists of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, CH-47D Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk cargo helicopters and the fixed-wing C-12 Huron cargo plane.
Part of the brigade’s organizational structure includes a general support aviation battalion, or “GSAB.” The 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment serves as the brigade’s GSAB and will continue under its new name, DeLoach said.
The 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment has about 500 personnel and currently consists of the following elements:
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the unit’s headquarters element.Company A, a Black Hawk unit that flies VIPs.Company B, a Chinook heavy lift unit.Company C, a Black Hawk air ambulance unit.Company D, a unit that maintains the battalion’s Black Hawks and Chinooks.Company E, a forward support company that maintains the battalion’s vehicles.Also assigned to the battalion is Company A, 6th Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, a C-12 Huron unit that also flies VIPs.
Both companies with the VIP mission are based at Seoul Air Base, also known as K-16, DeLoach said.