160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
Night Stalkers Don’t Quit and neither does
The Night Stalker Foundation
Night Stalker’s Unit History
The US Army owes its modern night-fighting aviation capabilities to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), headquartered at Ft. Campbell, KY. Originally formed from attachments of the 101st Airborne Division, after years of development, training and deployments it has become the world’s most elite special operations night-operating aviation force.
Employing heavily modified Chinook, Black Hawk, assault and attack configurations of Little Bird helicopters and unmanned-aerial-systems, they are exceptionally well-trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world, day or night, with unparalleled precision. They are commonly called the Night Stalkers because of their ability to strike undetected during night-time operations.
Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, units of the Night Stalkers have been continuously and actively engaged in special operations combat deployments around the world.
Night Stalker Foundation Hosts First NYC Event on February 6, 2020
“They get a call and they’re gone in two hours and we’re not sure when they’re coming back,” said Willi Frank, president of the Families of Fallen Night Stalkers and Gold Star survivor. Her husband, Chief Warrant Officer (W4) Raymond Frank, gave his life in the Battle of Mogadishu.
The pilot of Frank’s helicopter, Michael Durant, spoke to the gathering. “You can’t run the same football play ten times up the middle. We ran six flawless missions before this. The enemy figures it out.” Durant, keynote speaker and captured pilot of Black Hawk Down, shared his experience on that fateful day, October 3, 1993.
Attendees in the standing-room-only event listened to stories of the birth of children and spouse promotions which Angel Mangum attended as part of the command team. Angel, wife of Lieutenant General (Retired) Kevin Mangum and former commander of 160thSOAR, provided guests with the sense of absence felt by the families of soldiers who have been continuously deployed in support of Special Operations missions since 9-11, over eighteen years of combat missions.
The Night Stalker Foundation supports these soldiers and families who have carried a nation’s burden in what has become the country’s longest war. Guests and friends from the New York metropolitan area were welcomed to this at-the-kitchen-table, intimate atmosphere common to military life.
Bill Golden, who had commanded 3/160thSOAR(A), hosted the packed gathering at the American Legion Post 754 at the New York Athletic Club. In his engaging and lighthearted manner, he talked about the unit and the soldiers and the sacrifice. He kicked off a successful auction of signed Black Hawk Down memorabilia, private-label vintages, distinctive bone-handled knives with unit crest, among others. Guests responded with enthusiasm and an open purse.
Funds raised will go towards the Children Resiliency Program to help youth face the unique challenges and difficulties when parents are part of the fastest deployable task force in the nation.
A special thanks to the American Legion Post 754 – New York Athletic Club, Stratton Leopold, Brian Supko, Duane Albro, and Bill Reed for helping to organize this event.
Night Stalkers Don't Quit
Families of Fallen
We make a solemn vow to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice — to honor their memory and care for their families. Throughout the history of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), many Night Stalkers have given their lives for their country.
There are currently nearly 100 Names on the Wall of Honor. Whether in combat or during their intense training, we have seen brave Soldiers pay the ultimate price and their families feel the impact for a lifetime. Our Gold Star families, those who have lost a Soldier in combat, and the families of our fallen Night Stalkers lost in training, deserve and need our support. The Night Stalker Foundation (NSF) provides emotional and financial support for these families through the Families of Fallen Night Stalkers organization (FFNS).
By helping to fund the programs of the FFNS, the NSF fulfills the promise made to our brave men and women, to leave no one behind.
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Wall of Honor Inductees
Service in the 160th is a calling only a few will answer because the mission is constantly demanding and hard. A Night Stalker’s service commitment also has a direct impact on their ability to provide education opportunities for their family.
When Soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment have children reaching college age, they often find that their financial needs cannot be met on their military pay. As a result, many of these well-trained Soldiers, who’ve undergone extensive training and the Army has put a significant investment in, find they must leave the military for higher-paying civilian jobs.
The Night Stalker Foundation’s original mission was to provide financial assistance for the academic endeavors of the Soldiers and families of the 160th SOAR (ABN). In the last eight years, the Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in scholarships. In the past few years, the 160th SOAR (A) has grown to nearly 3,400 Soldiers, so our future needs are well beyond this number
Most Scholarships are awarded in the name of a fallen Soldier of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). These scholarships are named, in perpetuity, after our fallen in remembrance of their patriotism and the ultimate sacrifice paid by them in service to their country.
These scholarships are sponsored by corporate and private donations to our organization. There is an annual awards ceremony to announce the scholarship recipients and to recognize the donors and sponsors.
Beyond Scholarships, the NSF is now looking to enable “Transition Training/Assistance” for those Soldiers who must leave the unit. Through your support, the Foundation is looking to expand its programs to help those Soldiers who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
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Your kindness and generosity can help hundreds of our families. We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and efforts in making a difference!
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Since October 2001, the Regiment has been deployed for 17 years and counting. The Colors of this great organization have never returned home. Many of our Soldiers and their families have been with the unit since it was thrust into combat in 2001 and continue as those Soldiers remain deployed today. Many Soldiers and Aviators have been on 25 to 30 deployments.
Can you imagine that? These deployments amount to years of time in combat or training. The average aviation UAS (Drone) Crew can expect to spend between 180 to 270 days per year in training or in deployment.
Your freedom comes at a high cost, not just to the Night Stalker, but to his or her family, as well. We want to be there to help those families. We hope to expand our support to include emotional support groups and counseling as well as financial support for extraordinary life events.
The more we support their family, the more we demonstrate our commitment to these elite Soldiers and help ease their needs at home.
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The very nature of the classified operations conducted by the 160th SOAR (ABN) requires a high level of secrecy. As a result, their heroic efforts are known to relatively few people and most of them are associated with this unit by having served in it or through their friends and family. The population at large generally knows only what they read about the 160th in the book, “Blackhawk Down” or by seeing a movie. Yet, there is a much broader, richer narrative to be told to preserve the legacy of those who have served in this elite unit. The NSF is committed to maintaining the legacy of the 160th’s Soldiers and Families.
We will never forget.