In 2007, the RI Aviation Hall of Fame provided Special Recognition awards to the men and women of the 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, which was named the Outstanding Army National Guard Aviation Unit of the Year nationwide for 2005. Flying in the Iraqi theater for virtually the entire year, the 1/126 flew their UH-60 and CH-47 helicopters in more than 1900 missions, accruing more than 17,000 combat flight hours.
Not to be outdone, D 126th-Theater Aviation Company was selected by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) as the United States Army Fixed Wing Aviation Unit of the Year for 2006. Flying eleven C-23 Sherpa cargo aircraft, the unit conducted combat fixed wing support operations throughout Iraq and Kuwait. D 126th flew more than 5000 sorties and accumulated more than 6500 combat flight hours. By the end of their tour, D 126th TAC conducted some 1600 missions, transporting more than 30,000 passengers and 12 million pounds of cargo.