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The 185th ECAB deploys to the US CENTCOM area of responsibility

The 185th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in the Mississippi Army National Guard, mobilized in February at Fort Cavasos, Texas (formerly Fort Hood, Texas) to support Operations Inherent Resolve, Spartan Shield, and New Normal in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Deployed as Task Force Talon, the 185th consists of units from 11 states’ Army National Guard, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, organized into three battalions along with the brigade headquarters. The 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, headquartered in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the 1st...

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10th Combat Aviation Brigade Holds Second Annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium

The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI) hosted the second annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium, on Fort Drum, New York, this week. This five-day event brought together experts from across the division and the UAS community to discuss many topics related to these systems. The symposium covered an array of subjects, including UAS operations, maintenance, aviation standardization, and safety. This allowed attendees from across the Department of Defense to participate in discussion panels, breakout groups, and ideation sessions to dive into the UAS subjects to gain a deeper understanding. The 10th Mountain Division brought together Army leaders,...

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A Time for Transition

It has been a great couple of years serving as your AAAA National President. Actually, it has been a great eight year run as your Treasurer, Secretary, Senior Vice President, and now President. To be celebrating 40 years as an Aviation Branch and our 66th year as a professional organization as I depart is incredible and causes me to pause and reflect on the great patriots that have built our association. Frankly, I am still humbled to have had the privilege to serve our professional organization. Unlike most of our brother and sister military not for profit organizations, I think...

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Aviation mechanics ensure KFOR helicopters keep flying

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – From carrying water to people who have none, to rescuing people in medical emergencies, Kosovo Force Regional Command-East’s (KFOR RC-E) Task Force Aviation works ceaselessly to ensure that the Soldiers and community in Kosovo are safe and secure. Although, those who fly the helicopters couldn’t do their job without the mechanics who work long hours to keep the aircraft airborne. For these Soldiers with the 1-131st Aviation Regiment, Task Force Yellowhammer, from the Alabama Army National Guard, the behind-the-scenes maintenance they execute to keep the UH-60 Black Hawks flying, ensures the success of KFOR’s mission in...

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Maintenance key to Blackhawk helicopters’ ability to accomplish mission in Kosovo

U.S. Army helicopter repairers and maintainers play a critical role in keeping aviation assets flying through routine upkeep and conducting on-the-spot repairs, keeping helicopters safe and ready to fly in hundreds of Army missions. At Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, home to Kosovo Force’s Regional Command – East, the aircraft maintenance mission falls to the Soldiers of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard. The Delta Co. Soldiers maintain and repair the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters flown by their battalion in support of the NATO mission in Kosovo. Blackhawk helicopter mechanics are specifically trained to remove, repair...

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A Gathering of the Aviation Branch Leadership

We have just returned from the Army Aviation Senior Leaders’ Forum at Fort Rucker, AL and I have to say it was a home run on all accounts! From the opening reception on Monday January 23 through the terrific sessions and the Aviation Dinner that featured the Parker Awards and the AAAA Functional Awards for Air Traffic Control, Air/Sea Rescue, etc. it was an enthusiastically attended event that looked to me like it broke all records. The outstanding sessions were packed as you can see in the photo and the dinner filled the main bay of the Museum. The exchange...

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Back on Track

After three long years, AAAA has finally completed a full cycle of events post Covid! Starting with the April 2022 AAAA Annual Summit in Nashville, through a great Aircraft Survivability Equipment Symposium in Lexington. KY, to the Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Readiness Conference in Huntsville, AL, and ending with the Luther G. Jones Depot Maintenance Forum in Corpus Christi TX, every single one of them set records in attendance. Clearly, our mission statement pillar of “Networking” is back in full force. Every one of the events also featured our “Recognition” pillar in award ceremonies for outstanding Soldiers and units, as...

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Connecticut Army Aviators Deploy to Support Operation Inherent Resolve

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, operated by soldiers of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (MEDEVAC), Connecticut Army National Guard, takeoff at the Army Aviation Support Facility, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Feb. 7, 2023. Soldiers from the 126th are deploying to the Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Lucibello)

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Devoted to the goal

As a college athlete, standout student, and one of the first Army ROTC Cadets from Benedict College to branch aviation in over 30 years, Corey Witter knows he wouldn’t be where he is today without family. After losing his mother to breast cancer at the age of 14, Witter’s older brother, Jahleel, stepped in as his legal guardian, giving Witter the assurance and guidance he needed to focus on accomplishing his goals and join the military. “No matter what you go through there’s a lot you can do even with limited opportunities.” Witter said. “You have to make the most...

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B Co 2-10 ABH ‘Wolfpack’ UH60 Blackhawk Flight

Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division conducted a routine flight around Fort Drum, N.Y. on December 21, 2022. The UH60 Blackhawk has been in service since 1979. (U.S. Army Photos by Pfc. Kaylan Joseph)

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