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National Executive Group Annual Review


In May or June after the Summit each year, the National Executive Group gathers at the Connecticut AAAA National Office to review and assess our organization’s posture and status, and to discuss and chart the next couple of years activities and initiatives. The NEG consists of four elected officers: me as president, MG (Ret.) Wally Golden as senior vice president, BG (Ret.) Tim Edens as treasurer and MG (Ret.) Todd Royar as secretary. It also includes our two appointed vice presidents – CW4 (Ret.) Becki Chambers, VP for membership, and LTC (Ret.) Jan Drabczuk, VP for chapters. This year after...

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Idaho Army National Guard Rescues Injured Hiker Near Stanley


The Idaho Army National Guard’s State Aviation Group assisted Custer County Search and Rescue with the rescue of an injured hiker July 6 on Thompson Peak of the Sawtooth Range, outside of Stanley, Idaho. The hiker, a 19-year-old male, suffered an ankle injury following a fall while rock-climbing near the mountain range’s highest peak, located approximately 75 miles outside of Boise. “Our crew did an incredible job under some very challenging environmental conditions,” said Capt. Katherine Smith, commander of Det. 1, Company G 1st of the 168th Aviation Regiment. “The rescue required a great deal of crew coordination, as well...

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2024 Summit an Outstanding Success!


To all our members, it is so great to be back to the business of executing AAAA presidential duties after addressing a pesky medical issue for the past few months. So much so, that I had the honor and privilege of attending a day (May 30) of the ARSOAC and 160th SOAR activities at Fort Campbell, KY, which included a special and impactful Memorial Service where they honor their fallen. Many thanks to BG Wilkenson and COL Waleski for having me be among their amazing community of Night Stalkers… and for the opportunity to induct Mr. Steve Blasey into the...

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Soaring at the Summit in Denver


Welcome everyone to the 2024 AAAA Annual Mission Solution Summit! Our Branch Chief, MG Mac McCurry, and the entire Army Aviation Leadership will be bringing you all up to date on everything from training and operations, to acquisition and sustainment, special operations, Reserve and National Guard priorities and so much more all under the theme “Transforming Aviation Warfighting – Strengthening Our Sacred Trust.” It is with great regret that I’ve had to ‘take a knee’ due to a medical condition, and as a result am unable to attend and participate in what I know will be an incredible Mission Solutions...

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On Final to the Annual Summit


It is hard to believe that another month has flown by. As you read this, we will have convened a meeting with the National Executive Group and our committee chairs to review several areas, importantly our efforts at developing an organizational strategic plan, and to set expectations for the upcoming National Executive Board meeting in April at the Summit. More to follow, but please check the AAAA website to make sure you know who the committee chairs are and get your issues to them; they are your conduit to each mission area from membership to awards, and Hall of Fame...

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August/September 2024

Blue Book Directory


Deadline: 08/15/2024

October 2024

Aviation Leadership Briefs


Deadline: 09/13/2024
  • State of the Enterprise Aviation Leadership Briefs 6 Months After the Summit
  • 2 Opportunities for the Price of 1 Ad
  • Aviation Sustainment & Acquisition
  • Aviation Support
  • Aviation Soldier Support

November 2024

Army Depot Update


Deadline: 10/13/2024
  • Corpus Christi Army Depot Update
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Fixed Wing Update
  • Air Traffic Services
  • Project Convergence

December 2024

Industry Partners Directory


Deadline: 11/14/2024
  • Industry Partners Directory
  • Acquisition Process
  • Research & Development/Science & Technology

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Army Aviation

Looking Back


Looking Back: A monthly look into the history of Army Aviation based not only on the evolution of Army Aviation itself, but events in military history that certainly influenced the evolution of the Aviation Branch of the United States Army.

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Insight: Soviet VTOL Technology


Looking Back, July 2024 By Mark Albertson Insight: Soviet VTOL Technology: What They have Done, What They Are Doing, And Why, by United Aircraft’s Sergei Sikorsky[1] Insight:  Soviet VTOL Technology. As a fellow member of your association, I appreciate the invitation to address you today in a subject of much interest, not only to me personally but I think to all of us, There are not going to be any major surprises. Possibly some of the things I have to say may not coincide with what is current thinking among some quarters. I offer them only as points for later...

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Operation: OVERLORD


Looking Back, June 2024 By Mark Albertson 80 Years Ago: Operation: OVERLORD “D-Day has come. Early this morning the Allies began the assault on the northwestern face of Hitler’s European fortress. The first official news came just after half-past nine, when Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force issued Communique Number One. This said: Under the command of General Eisenhower, Allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces, began landing Allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France. This is the BBC Home Service—and here is a special bulletin read by John Snagge.”[1] * * * * *...

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