160th Special Activities Aviation Regiment SOAR: To serve a variety of functions, including direct combat engagement and support, reconnaissance operations, as well as having the capacity to execute transportation and rescue operations and functioning as a rapid reaction force.
The primary duty of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is to be a rapid airborne reaction force that excels at assisting special operations personnel and working in hazardous environments. The Night Stalkers, a subset of this discipline, take their name from their ability in night operations and low-altitude activities, which enable them to avoid detection until the precise time.
Following Operation Eagle Claw, the 160th actually began to take form. They retained the Screaming Eagles unit patch of the 101st Airborne Division and were named after the 158th Battalion, where most pilots originated. The initial goal of the Task Force was to assist in the second effort to free the Iranian prisoners. The hostages were freed, nevertheless, on the day of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration.