160th special operations aviation regiment


Remember the Fallen.

US Army Major Stephen Reich. 28 JUN 2005.
Died in eastern Afghanistan when his MH47 Chinook was struck by an RPG during asset retrieval operations. Reich was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, out of Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

I serve with the memory and pride of those who have gone before me, for they have loved to fight, fought to win, and would rather die than quit.

SIKORSKY MH-60M Black Hawk

A MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (160th SOAR), carries U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Guyana Defense Force soldiers during a joint training exercise (Fused Response), 2012.


Rangers ride on the benches of a MH-6M Little Bird flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). The MH-6 can accomodate up to 6 people on its external personnel pods (EPS).

A MH-60 Black Hawk pilot, from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), makes his pre-flight preparations before taking off for a training mission on Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 28, 2012. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Justin P. Morelli / Released)


On this date in U.S. Army SOF history…..11 Jun 1988 – Operation MOUNT HOPE III recovers Soviet helicopter in Africa.

Operation Mount Hope III was a secret American operation to capture a crashed Soviet-made Mil Mi-25 “Hind-D” attack helicopter. The aircraft had crashed and been abandoned in the conflict between Libya and Chad. In 1988 two U.S. MH-47 Chinooks of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment flew almost 500 miles (800 km) at night to the site and retrieved the helicopter without being detected. The mission was conducted entirely within Chad, with the approval of the government of Chad.