- Camp Gruber Maneuver Training Center, OK (Oklahoma ARNG)
- Fort Belvoir, VA (Military District of Washington)
- Fort Drum, NY (10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry))
- Fort Hood, TX (2nd Armored Division)
- Fort McCoy Total Force Training Center, WI (Light Fighter Academy)
- Fort Ord, CA (7th Infantry Division (Light)
- Fort Richardson, AK (6th Infantry Division (Light)
- Fort Rucker, AL (1st Aviation Brigade)
- Fulda, Germany (11th Armored Cavalry Regiment)
- Schofield Barracks, HI (25th Infantry Division (Light)
- Fort Benning, GA (ARNG Warrior Training Center)
- Fort Knox, KY
- Camp Blanding, FL (Florida Army National Guard)
- Camp Hovey, Korea (2001, hosted by the 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division)
Most of these locations no longer run Air Assault courses.
[headline h=”3″]Wear of the Badge[/headline]
The wear of the Air Assault Badge on Army uniforms is governed by AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms.
[headline h=”3″]An article in the Army Times dated 16 March 1981 featured a picture of an officer holding a set of Air Assault wings about a foot wide and included the paragraph below:[/headline]
Vietnam veterans of the 101st Airborne Division and 1st Air Cavalry Division have sought the retroactive award of the Air Assault Badge for their training and pioneering experience in combat, but the Army has yet to grant their request.
“Badge Designer: When he designed a badge for the 101st Abn Div in Vietnam in 1971, Maj. Jack R. Rickman thought that was the end of a project assigned by the division operations officer. Years later he recognized his design as the Air Assault Badge, which the Army adopted officially in January 1978. Rickman, who will retire from the Army in April, never earned the badge himself.”
The design was influenced by the Parachute Badge worn when the division was on jump status, as well as the Glider Badge worn by glider units during World War II. Charles Bloodworth, a pathfinder officer in the 101st during the early 1970s, wrote, “Locally designed and fabricated, the badge was deliberately crafted to mimic the glider wings of WWII.. The nose of the Huey took the place of the glider body, and the horizontal rotor blade was the spitting image of the glider wing.”
When the 101st returned from Vietnam to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 173rd Airborne Brigade was inactivated and its assets used to form the division’s 3rd Brigade, which was on jump status. The remainder of the division was organized as Airmobile. In February 1974, Major General Sidney B. Berry, Commanding General, signed Division General Order 179 authorizing the wear of the Airmobile Badge. Concurrently it was announced that the 3rd Brigade would terminate its jump status effective 1 April 1974, the same date on which the Airmobile Badge would be authorized.
Bloodworth describes the transition of the post-war division to fully Air Assault and the adoption of the Air Assault Badge at this link.