Based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as SOAR, is part of the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). This renowned aviation unit is home to the Army's most elite helicopter pilots. Known as the "Night Stalkers" for their skills flying with night-vision and infrared devices, the pilots and crews of this elite unit excel in navigating through enemy territory, at very low altitude flying "nap-of-the-earth" and often in foul weather. They are experts at executing high-risk, low level reconnaissance, attack and air assault missions.
The SOAR has served in almost every U.S. conflict around the world, conducting critical missions, sensitive in nature, and often classified. Missions include airborne command and control, resupplying special operations units, search and rescue, escape and evasion activities, direct action, infil/exfil, quick reaction force, and fire support.
Soldiers of the 160th pioneered the Army's nighttime flying techniques. The unit became known as the "Night Stalkers" because of its capability to strike undetected during the hours of darkness and its unprecedented combat successes. Today, Night Stalkers continue to develop and employ new technology and tactics, techniques and procedures for the battlefield. Time and again, in every major combat operation since Grenada, Soldiers of this unit demonstrate that they live by their motto, "Night Stalkers Don't Quit."
Members of this unit are three-time volunteers: for the Army, for airborne training, and for the regiment. Upon selection, commissioned and warrant officers and enlisted Soldiers complete respective Basic Mission Qualification courses, known as Green Platoon, which are facilitated by the Special Operations Aviation Training Company.
One of the Night Stalkers most infamous actions was the October 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. This engagement resulted in the downing of two MH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and became the subject of the book and film entitled "Blackhawk Down."
The 160th flew missions supporting U.S. and British Special Forces during the Tora Bora operation to capture Osama Bin Laden. They continue to fly in support of Delta, Navy SEAL and CIA missions against Taliban insurgents.
Because special operations usually require specialized equipment, the Night Stalkers fly modified versions of U.S. Army helicopters. These aircraft are the MH-47G Chinook, the MH-60M Black Hawk and the MH/AH-6M Little Bird.
SSgt. Larry Bruce Fox was a member of the fastest deployable task force in the world. They were ready to move at a moment's notice anytime, anywhere arriving time on target plus or minus 30 seconds. He served his country with pride, loved to fight, fought to win, and would rather die than quit. That's how they got their slogan - "Night Stalkers Don't Quit."
Fox entered the Army in 1987 and completed basic training in Ft. Lewis, Washington. From 1990-91 Fox was stationed in Korea. In 1991 he was selected to serve as a Night Stalker in the 160th Bravo Company stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY. He stayed in the unit until 1999. He decided to leave the Army in 1999 to move back to Scott County to raise a family.
Larry Bruce Fox, 49, of Helenwood passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville with his wife by his side. He is survived by his wife, Mindy Chitwood Fox; parents Donna and Wayne Daugherty, and children, Hannah King and husband Jacob; Colby Fox and wife Micah; Seth Carson and Shane Helton.