Country: Germany Region: HS
Latitude: 50° 17' 0" N Longitude: 9° 5' 35" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Armstrong AAF at Büdingen (just NW of this point) built in 1958 by 9th Eng Batn US Army Aschaffenburg. It has been home to Cavalry and Combat units since and it was rebuilt in 1969. Hangars were renovated in 2001 and brought to modern standards. The airfield is not capable for fixed wing ops anymore and is consequently called Armstrong AAF as Armstrong Barracks (just SE of this point) is nearby. Final users were US Army 1st Sqn/1st Cavalry Regiment of 1st Armored Division (15x OH-58D(I).
Garrison airdef was a responsibility of 3d Batn/61st ADA http://www.3ad.org/images/3ad_patch.gif operating the combined Chapparal http://olive-drab.com/images/id_m48_chaparral_03_700.jpg and Vulcan http://olive-drab.com/images/id_m163_1cav_pettit_469_20051202_700.jpg weapon systems.
As part of the US Army 2002 aviation transformation plan - recce helicopters transferred from cavalry units to heavy divisions. This led to redeployment of the Kiowas of 1st AD’s 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment in spring 2005 in the USA. In 2005, Troops D, E and F of the cavalry squadron were deactivated. Later, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment added a UAV platoon. Amstrong Bcks and the airfield were closed in 2007 as 1-1 Cav deactivated.
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