Activated 7 December 1962, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as Company A, 82d Aviation Battalion, an element of the 82d Airborne Division, the assets of A Company significantly increased the Division's mission capabilities and provided a highly mobile and responsive source of combat power to the division commander. The unit was first committed to combat in the Republic of Vietnam. Company A became known as the WOLFPACK and adopted the name as its callsign. Throughout its one year stay in Vietnam, Company A participated in several defensive and counteroffensive operations and performed with valor earning both the Presidential and Meritorious Unit Citations. In July 1979, Company A was inactivated and redesignated as Company D.
In October 1983, Company D conducted attack helicopter combat operations with the 82d Airborne Division during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. In October 1986, Company D inactivated and reorganized as the 20th Attack Helicopter Battalion (Provisional).
Three months later, the unit was reactivated and redesignated as the 1st Battalion (Attack), and continued to operate as the Army's only Airborne Attack Helicopter Battalion. In August 1987, the battalion deployed to Fort Hood, Texas and transitioned to the AH-64A Apache. In honor of the unit's lineage, the 1st Battalion reinstituted the WOLFPACK callsign from its intense days of combat operations in Vietnam. In March 1988, the WOLFPACK returned to Fort Bragg and the 82d Airborne Division as the world's first combat ready Advanced Attack Helicopter Battalion. The WOLFPACK conducted combat operations with the 82d Airborne Division, 7th Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and Special Operations units during Operation Just Cause, in Panama, in December 1989 and thus became the first attack battalion to conduct combat operations with the new AH-64A Apache. In August 1990, the WOLFPACK was the first Army Aviation unit to deploy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in preparation for combat in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm. Throughout Desert Storm, the unit conducted several successful deep attack missions as an integral part of the 82d Airborne Division's end sweep deep into Iraq earning a second Meritorious Unit Citation.
Since transitioning from the AH-64 Apache to the OH-58D(I) Kiowa Warrior on 16 March 1995, the WOLFPACK is once again prepared for the next call to execute the Division mission anywhere in the world.
© Last update 14 February 1998