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Predators Participate in Family Safety Day at Ft. Campbell

Monday, 06.16.2008 / 10:45 AM CT / Features
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Predators Participate in Family Safety Day at Ft. Campbell
The Nashville Predators organization participated in this summer's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Family Safety Day at Ft. Campbell. ( 2008 Safety Day video)

Ft. Campbell Safety Day 2008
The regiment's family safety stand down day is an event to cover all aspects of safety, including several live demonstrations. Aircraft and weapons systems used by the Special Operations Units are also on display during the day's events. In addition, local celebrities, including Predators coaches Brent Peterson and Peter Horachek, mascot GNASH, and other members of the Predators organization, members of the Tennessee Titans organization, and other local vendors made appearances on the base during the day's events.

The Predators organization's affiliation with the 160th Airborne has been strengthened in recent years, including a team bonding mission by the Predators players during training camp in the fall of 2007. The Predators lockerroom mantra during the '07-08 season was borrowed from the 160th's motto: “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit."

(Click here for complete photo gallery from the Ft. Campbell Safety Day.)
Click here for video from the Ft. Campbell Safety Day visit)

More on the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
The Army owes its modern night fighting aviation capabilities to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) who pioneered night flight techniques, shared in the development of equipment, and proved that “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit,” a motto the Regiment lives by. The unit originally formed from attachments of the 101st Airborne Division. It immediately entered into a period of intensive night flying, quickly becoming the Army’s premier night fighting aviation force and the Army’s only Special Operations Aviation force. Task Force 160 was officially recognized as a unit on 16 October 1981, when it was designated the 160th Aviation Battalion. Since that time, the 160th has become known as the “Night Stalkers” because of its capability to strike undetected during the hours of darkness and its impeccable performance around the world.

The 160th received its baptism by fire during Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada in 1983. While conducting an assault on simultaneous targets, the unit suffered its first combat loss. Since that time, the unit has responded to numerous missions at the request of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. The successful MOUNT HOPE III operation in June 1988, performed in the most demanding environmental flight conditions imaginable, clearly demonstrated the ability of man and machine to strike deep, accomplish the mission, and return safely. Night Stalkers participated in Operation PRIME CHANCE engaging and neutralizing an enemy threat while using aviator night vision goggles and forward-looking infrared devices over water, the first successful night combat engagement under these conditions.

Night Stalkers were called upon to spearhead Operation JUST CAUSE, the liberation of Panama. Soldiers of the 160th deployed from Fort Campbell during the harshest winter conditions on record into the sweltering heat and darkness of Panama, again simultaneously engaging multiple targets, which resulted in two combat losses and two aircraft destroyed. During Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM, the reckless destruction of Kuwait was met by the swift introduction of Special Operations Aviation into the Southwest Asian theater of operations. Both operations proved the 160th’s ability to conduct complicated night missions and sustain combat operations as a unit against a determined enemy. The operation resulted in four additional combat losses and one aircraft destroyed. In October 1993, while supporting the requirements of the President of the United States, Night Stalkers engaged an unconventional hostile force in Somalia. The soldiers of the 160th entered into an 18-hour firefight of intensity that had not been encountered since Vietnam. The battled resulted in the loss of five Night Stalkers and eight aircraft damaged or destroyed. The dedicated efforts exhibited by these soldiers to overcome adversity and rescue fellow comrades once again demonstrated that “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit.” The Regiment supported Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, validating the Adaptive Joint Force Package concept by conducting missions from the aircraft carrier USS America. And currently the 160th SOAR(A) is supporting Special Operations forces in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, conducting its part in the war against terrorism.

As the 160th has evolved, various unit configurations have occurred. On 16 October 1986, the tough warrior spirit of the Airborne and the tenacious determination of the Night Stalkers were joined as the Task Force further evolved and became an Airborne unit. With re-designation as the 160th Aviation Special Operations Group (Airborne) came the honored and rich tradition of the airborne soldier. The organization continued to grow and was officially activated as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in June 1990. Responding to an increased demand for elite highly trained Special Operations Aviation assets, the Regiment activated three battalions, a separate detachment, and incorporated one National Guard battalion. Since February 2001, the Regiment has been comprised of three assault battalions, the Headquarters Company, the Special Operations Aviation Training Company, and E/160th which is forward deployed in the PACOM area of responsibility.

The courageous response of the Army’s only Special Operations Aviation unit has successfully deterred aggressive and provocative threats by those who seek harm upon our country, bolstered national morale and prestige, and supported national foreign policy goals. Today, as in the past, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) remains ready to defeat any threat.





1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61