On order, 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment deploys forces to provide expeditionary air traffic services and airfield management in support of unified land operations.
1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment was constituted Jan. 22, 1968, in the Regular Army as Headquarters Company, 58th Aviation Battalion and activated on March 1, 1968, in Vietnam. The battalion was inactivated February 17, 1969, for 17 years until it was redesignated Sept. 1, 1986, as Headquarters and Service Company, 58th Aviation Battalion. On July 16, 1987, the unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation, and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated), until it was inactivated June 15, 2007 at Fort Bragg. The unit was most recently activated October 16, 2007 at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment participated in campaigns in Vietnam, Southwest Asia and the Global War on Terrorism. The battalion was involved in the Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI in Vietnam. In Southwest Asia, the battalion participated in the Defense of Saudi Arabia and the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait. In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the battalion participated in Iraqi Governance and National Resolution.
Unit decorations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2005-2006; the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST ASIA 2008-2009; and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968.
Commander, 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion
Lt. Col. Travis Betz was born in Gainesville, Florida, and entered active duty in 2004 after graduating from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in logistics and intermodal transportation. His previous assignments include professor of military science at West Virginia University; commander, Flight Company for Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade; combat aviation brigade executive officer for 1st Armored Division (1AD); 3-501st Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) Operations officer and executive officer at 1AD... READ MORE
Battalion Sgt. Major, 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion
Sergeant Maj. Eduardo Santiago is a native of Humacao, Puerto Rico, and he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on October 21, 1992. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon completion of his training, he was awarded the MOS 12T Technical Engineer Supervisor. Santiago reclassified to Active Duty MOS 15U, CH-47D Heavy Helicopter Repairer on May 20, 2002. Santiago has served as CH-47D mechanic and maintenance squad leader, MH-47D crew chief... READ MORE