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Scholarship Deadlines Moved! Suspense – December 15

President’s Cockpit / MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired: s I mentioned in my previous article, I have been focusing my attention on our diverse chapters, visiting as many as possible (up to 15 now), and seeking their counsel and ideas.

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Photo: During a July 15, 2021 visit to the Jack Dibrell Alamo Chapter, AAAA National President, MG (Ret.) Tim Crosby (left) and chapter president, COL Robert Guevara, posthumously inducted CW3 (Ret.) Alfred Cargen into the Gold Honorable Order of St. Michael for his decades long work in Army Aviation accident prevention. Accepting the induction are his widow, Katie Cargen, and their daughters, Robyn (left) and Cathy Newsom. Katie was also inducted into the Honorable Order of Our Lady of Loreto for her life-long and continuing support to the Army Aviation Community.

In response to their direct feedback, I relayed to and asked our Scholarship Foundation to consider realigning the scholarship selection timeline to facilitate student, family and AAAA recognition at the graduation events.

By now, I am confident that you have had a chance to review my all-hands email to our members regarding the move to accommodate the presentation of the AAAA scholarships in line with Spring local high school graduations each year. As I mentioned in the August 13 message, the AAAASFI President, BG Mike Flowers, Ret., aggressively supported this request, and the AAAASFI board has now voted to change their fiscal year to make this happen. This is really a great change as it directly supports our AAAA Recognition pillar. This schedule realignment facilitates recognition of the scholarship recipient, the family sponsor, that chapter and AAAA at the graduation event. In the past, the announcements were made after the student graduated. I would like to personally thank Mike and his team for their incredibly quick and decisive action on this request.

That’s the good news. Now, I really, really, really need everyone’s help in getting the word out to our members and all their potential scholarship applicants that the application window is NOW OPEN for the 2022 program!!!!  Applications close December 15, 2021

The AAAA website www.quad-a.org has all the online application information so don’t miss out! Your chapter leaders have asked for it, and the AAAA and AAAA Scholarship Foundation team are leaning forward to shepherd this change, but we need everyone’s help to get the word out.

Let’s make sure we have no one left behind who did not get the word! Again, December 15 is the deadline.

On a less pleasant note, we had to cancel our September scheduled, Kissimmee, FL-based, Aircraft Survivability Equipment Symposium again this year due to increasing threats from the COVID Delta variant that has caused health threat assessments to make government personnel attendance impossible. We know how critical this subject is to your mission success, and I personally have assured the Project Manager, COL Kevin Chaney, and his leadership that we will do everything we can to support them going forward. We are especially disappointed to miss the opportunity to present the Aviation Mission Survivability Officer (AMSO), ASE, and Avionics awards to our outstanding Soldiers. Please take a look at page 46 for the 2021 winners. We will catch up on the class of 2020 and 2021 at the next live ASE Symposium. Standby for that date and venue for 2022.

Speaking of events, we are carefully monitoring the COVID situation daily and meet regularly with our VP of Member and Family Wellness, Dr. (COL, Ret.) Hal Kushner, to assess the ongoing situation. The bottom line is that we believe we have a good shot at holding both the November Joseph P. Cribbins Training, Equipping and Sustainment Symposium in Huntsville, November 15-17; and the Corpus Christi Luther Jones Army Aviation Depot Forum scheduled for December 7-8, 2021. That said, your safety is our top priority. Everything depends on the Delta variant abating in the U.S. as it has in some other countries.

As we prepared to go to print with this issue, we were notified of the passing of COL (Ret.) Sid Achee, a key member of “The Originals,” also known as the Cub Club. More to follow about Sid and The Originals in the October issue. May he rest in peace.

These are interesting times for sure, but everyone at AAAA and the Scholarship Foundation is working hard to help meet your expectations and support both you in your professional lives and you and your family in your personal lives through our events, programs, and initiatives. Let us know how we can do more. I am always encouraging new ideas and initiatives. Please send me your thoughts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hope to see as many of you as possible as I continue my chapter visits over these last few months of calendar year 2021 and into 2022. This year has literally flown by.

MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired
35th President, AAAA