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.

1-13th AR conducts Aviation Initial Entry Training to provide the Army with skilled, motivated, disciplined and fit Soldiers ready to perform in any operational environment. Additionally, 1-13th AR promotes global partnership through the reception, education and support of International Military Students; synchronizes all functions of military police, firefighters, and military working dogs; and provides administrative support for select U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence functions across Fort Novosel.

01-a_co.png A Co.,  1-13th Aviation Regiment “Warriors” continues the transformation of volunteers into tactically and technically competent Soldiers who exemplify the Army Values, live the Warrior Ethos, and are prepared to contribute to their first unit of assignment.
02-b_co.png B Co., 1-13th Aviation Regiment "Buccaneer" provides mission command and administrative and training support for the USAACE and Garrison Command Groups, Installation Staff, 1st Aviation Brigade Headquarters, USAACE Directorates, USAR and National Guard liaison offices.
03-c_co.png C Co., 1-13th Aviation Regiment “Copperheads” is responsible for providing relevant, battle-focused training for the 15P and 15Q MOS qualification courses and Aviation Life Support Equipment functional course. C Co. provides mission command and logistical support for officers, NCOs, and Soldiers attached for graduate-level aviation functional courses at USAACE.
04-d_co.png D Co., 1-13th Aviation Regiment "Delegates" provides administrative support through headquarters staff for the 1-13th Battalion and all International Military Students assigned to USAACE.  Coordinates and executes the Field Studies Program in accordance with Army Regulation 12-15 Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training, Security Assistance Training Field Activity and DoD directives.
05-6_mp.png 6th Military Police Detachment "Sentinels" conduct law enforcement, fire prevention, and critical site security to enhance public safety and force protection on Fort Novosel. On order, the 6th MPD deploys in support of contingency operations by providing law enforcement support to the combatant commander.
Leadership
Commander, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment

Commander, 1-13th Aviation Regiment

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Gaines

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Gaines is the son of a Navy fighter pilot and a classical musician.  He was commissioned as an Army Reserve Signal Officer in 2004 and transferred to the Aviation Branch shortly thereafter.  He trained at Fort Rucker, AL, becoming an attack pilot qualified in the AH-64D Apache helicopter.  He holds a Bachelors degree in History from Pacific Lutheran University and is a graduate of Command and General Staff College.

His command assignments include: Commander E Forward Support... READ MORE

Command Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment

Command Sgt. Major, 1-13th Aviation Regiment

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McAvoy

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McAvoy is a native of Twin Falls, Idaho, and entered active military service August 29, 1995, as an apache attack helicopter crew chief. McAvoy’s assignments include South Korea; Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Rucker, Alabama. His military education includes: Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leader Course (Honor Graduate), Unit Armorer Course, Equal Opportunity Management... READ MORE