The Tigersharks of 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (Attack) can trace their lineage to the Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group of World War II, based in Burma from 20 December 1941 to 4 July 1942. The unit was credited with 229 air kills. This illustrious unit is the origin of the Tigersharks shark tooth nose art.
The 229th Aviation Battalion in Vietnam was affiliated with the prestigious Flying Tigers of World War II. The battalion returned from six years in Vietnam as the most decorated aviation unit in the Army, fighting in 16 major campaigns.
In 1992, A Company, 229th Aviation Regiment became 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment and moved to Fort Bragg equipped with the AH-64A “Apache” helicopter. In 2000, 1-229th deployed to Bosnia to assist in stabilizing the region. Two years later, 1-229th deployed to Afghanistan in June 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom II. The battalion’s largest operation was the eight-day Operation Mountain Sweep. By the time the battalion left Afghanistan in January 2003, they averaged over 1,200 flight hours monthly while operating over eastern Afghanistan.
Following the unit’s redeployment from Afghanistan, it transitioned to the AH-64D “Longbow” helicopter. The unit moved to Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, in May 2004 and reflagged as 3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment. 3-3 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, in January 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
The Tigersharks reflagged from 3-3 ARB to 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment (Attack) on 8 August 2008. Three months later, the battalion deployed again to Tikrit, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11. The battalion was an integral part of Multi-National Division North’s only large scale offensive operation in 2009, Operation Wolf Pursuit II, where Al-Qaeda’s operations were severely disrupted through relentless attacks by AH-64D aviators. Upon returning to Hunter Army Airfield, 1-10 Attack quickly moved to Fort Drum, New York, in order to commence training in preparation for a future combat deployment.
In the spring of 2010, as part of the 10th CAB directed Task-Force Task Organization, 1-10 Attack transformed into a multi-airframe Task Force, integrating both UH-60 Blackhawks from Bravo Company, 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion and OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from Bravo Troop, 6-6 Cavalry; effectively forming Task Force Tigershark in preparation for our upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Task Force Tigershark is a combat proven task force, drawing experience from a wide-range of aviation expertise and effectively accomplishing any assigned mission to the highest standard.