277th Aviation Support Battalion

277th Aviation Support Battalion 
"Freedom and Liberty"

The mission of the 227th Aviation Support Battalion is to, on order, 277th Aviation Support Battalion rapidly deploys worldwide to provide combat service support to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

The 277th Quartermaster Service Battalion was constituted on 25 July 1942 and activated the following month at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The unit moved from Virginia to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, in May 1944. There it remained for several months before departing for the European Theater. On 24 February 1945, the 277th, with all its constituent units, landed on the French Coast and established temporary headquarters at Camp Lucky Strike.

In March 1945, the Battalion moved to Belgium, then on to occupy Germany, where it spent the remainder of the war. During this period, the unit was attached to the 471st Quartermaster Group with the US First Army in Germany, and earned itself 2 battle streamers, embroidered with the words RHINELAND and CENTRAL EUROPE, indicating successful campaigns. The 277th Quartermaster Battalion departed Europe on 29 July 1945, and redeployed to the Pacific Theater Headquarters Detachment and arrived in Manila (Phillipine Islands) in September 1945, after Victory in Japan Day. They continued to serve in the Phillipines until the unit was inactivated on 15 July 1946.

The 277th Supply and Service Battalion (Direct Support) was reactivated and redesignated during the Vietnam War. The Unit arrived in the Republic of Vietnam on 20 July 1966 and was attached to the 506th Army Depot at Long Binh for the next two years. Early in 1969, the 277th moved to Tay Ninh with the 29th General Support Group. It moved again in August 1970 to Di An, and then to the 80th General Support Group at Chu Lai. Finally, in November 1971, the 277th Supply and Service Battalion moved to Da Nang in the far north, where it served as a long-range support battalion.

During its tour in Vietnam (1966-1973) the 277th Supply and Service Battalion was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer embroider VIETNAM, 1967-1968 and Meritorious Unit Commendation for the year 1969. In all, the 277th received 12 battle streamers from the Vietnam era. The unit returned to the United States in the spring of 1973 and was inactivated at Oakland, California 14 March 1973.

The 277th Quartermaster Battalion was reactivated once again on 13 March 1987, when the 15th Battalion, 4th Combat Service Support Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, was reflagged. Here the battalion had the mission of training newly appointed Quartermaster soldiers. The unit was later inactivated at Fort Jackson, North Carolina 15 June 1993.

The 277th Quartermaster Battalion was reactivated, and redesignated as 277th Aviation Support Battalion at Fort Drum, New York on 22 June 2005. The 277th ASB was ready to rapidly deploy worldwide to provide Combat Service Support to sustain the combat power of the 10th Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade. This reactivation was part of the transition of the entire 10th Mountain Division to the US Army's new modular force structure.

In February of 2006, the 277th Aviation Support Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII, where it provided combat service and support to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon. The Unit redeployed in February of 2007 after earning the Lieutenant General Ellis D. Parker Award for best Aviation Battalion in 2006.

In May of 2007, the 277th Aviation Support Battalion deployed an Aviation Maintenance Task Force to Iraq in support of the 3-17th Cavalry, where they remained into July 2008 before returning to Fort Drum.

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