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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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Samaritan Visits Fort Drum: Fostering Relationships for a Better Future

FORT DRUM, N.Y – Maj. Tyler Smith of the Charlie Company, 3-10 General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade hosted medical personnel from Samaritan Medical Center on, Jan. 26, where they were able to have an in-depth discussion on the medical evacuation, or medevac, capabilities offered here on and off post. Medical personnel included the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Short, Medical Director of the Emergency Services Dr. Meja Gray and Chair of Emergency Medicine Sarah Delaney who were able to tour the facility, an HH-60M Black Hawk and a CH-47F Chinook. The walk-through allowed each party...

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Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation Visits 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade

Republic of Korea Army Lt. Gen. Ret. Chun, In-Bum sits in the door way of a HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter after receiving a capabilities brief of the medical evacuation capabilities of the aircraft. Members of Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation (PIEF) visits the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division as part of their visit to Camp Humphreys. The members of PIEF were given a capabilities brief of the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters. (U.S. Army Courtesy Photo by Sgt. First Class Joshua Threadgill)

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Air Assault Training for Avengers: U.S. Air Defenders Complete Sling Load Operations in Romania

U.S. Army air defenders from Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment completed sling load training at their forward-deployed site near the Black Sea on Jan. 25. They are deployed in support of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Romania. “Having our Soldiers train on sling-load operations not only provides the commander some flexible employment options, but tactically it allows us to conduct some deep maneuver and air assault operations with the units that we are supporting,” said Capt. Nathan Jackson, the commander of Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. The unit practiced sling...

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1st Combat Aviation Brigade transfers authority to 1st Air Cavalry Brigade

ILLESHEIM, Germany–The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade (1CAB), 1st Infantry Division officially cased its colors as they handed over the aviation component of Atlantic Resolve to 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (1ACB), 1st Cavalry Division in an official ceremony held at Illesheim Army Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2021. Held inside a large aviation hangar, the ceremony backdrop was a monumental U.S. flag reminiscent of the opening scene from “Patton.” U.S. Army division history was on exhibition with the legendary “Big Red One” patch on the fronts of podiums and programs, and, of course, “Cav Hats” and spurs sported by America’s “First...

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CW3 Hawkins receives Guatemala’s ‘Medal of the White Nun’

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James D. Hawkins, an Aviation branch safety officer at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence headquarters, stands for a photo at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Dec. 8, 2021. Hawkins was recently awarded Guatemala’s Medalla Monja Blanca (Medal of the White Nun), the highest award Guatemala awards to foreign military, for his hurricane response efforts as a medevac pilot while serving with Company C, U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force Bravo, at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, in the winter of 2020. Guatemala’s Medal of the White...

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