Operation Honey Badger Research Paper

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Throughout history, our great nation has overcome some of the toughest challenges in war. From the beginning, during the Revolutionary War, this great nation’s military has fought well when all hope was lost, and defeated its enemy. In 1941, once again, our nation was called upon to defend our nation against a relentless opponent during WWII. The Army has always fought great battles against its enemy. The Korean War and the Vietnam War were tests of our nation’s might. To this day, our nation has the strongest forces ever. I believe it is because of our special operations forces; the Navy Seals, the Delta Forces, the Green Berets (special forces), Civil Affairs, and the only special operations aviation in the military; the 160th Special …show more content…
This unit gathered aircraft from the surrounding units, including the 158th Aviation Battalion, the 159th Aviation Battalion, and the 229th Aviation Battalion. The 160th SOAR Unit acquired CH-47s chinooks, UH-60s Blackhawks, MH-6 little birds, and OH-58s observation helicopters. Only those that could pass the rigorous training required, could become part of this special taskforce that would undoubtedly become the most superior helicopter unit the world has ever seen. This unit would go back and complete the failed mission of Operation Eagle Claw. This time the mission would be called Operation Honey Badger. However, the mission was called off due to a new Commander in Chief, President Ronald Ragan, and the hostages were …show more content…
It was not until 1986 that the 159th Special Mission Battalion became the 160th aviation group (airborne) and received their own unit crest. In 1987, the 160th aviation group played a role in Operation Earnest Will, which helped to protect a Kuwaiti ship during the conflict of the Iran and Iraq War. In the year 1988, the 160th became the very first unit to fly under night vision goggles and infrared devices in night combat operations. That same year, they were chosen for another secret mission, Operation Mount Hope 3. The reason the mission was called Mount Hope 3, was the military became aware of a Russian helicopter, the MI-24 Hind, which had crashed in Chad. The Air Force tried to retrieve the aircraft, but was unsuccessful. The marines tried also, but they too were unsuccessful. When the 160th was called, they flew two MH-47s more the 450 miles into Chad and retrieved the down helicopter within 5 days from the time they were alerted, to the time they were back state

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