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Rising Thunder 21 Combined Hellfire Missile Shoot

An AH-64D helicopter assigned to 1st Battle Helicopter Unit, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, launches a Hellfire missile down range at Yakima Training Center, Wash., on Dec. 6, 2021. The unit is conducting a combined shoot with 1-229th Attack Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the combined American and Japanese observation post as part of Exercise Rising Thunder 21. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Kyle Abraham, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade)

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Getting Back in the Saddle!

AAAA President’s Cockpit / MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired: One AAAA national event down with two more to go before the end of the calendar year. By all measures the September 11-13, 2022 Aircraft Survivability Equipment Symposium in Lexington, KY was a great success. From the over 400 attendees and the outstanding awardees and families, to the terrific industry partner support in the exhibit hall, we were very fortunate indeed to have such a record-breaking event considering we had not held one since 2019! See page xx for more details and photos. All that said, I feel I owe the...

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Implementing the Strategic Plan

AAAA President’s Cockpit / MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired: Your AAAA Leadership Team has been quite busy since we left the 2022 Summit in Nashville. We assembled the AAAA National Executive Group up in Connecticut at the beginning of May. Our purpose was to  review short term initiatives for the next year, and we started to implement the longer-term Strategic Plan for AAAA which was so ably drafted by COL (Ret.) Shelly Yarborough. All ten of your NEG (eight in person and two virtually) were introduced/re-introduced to the AAAA staff members. What a great team of dedicated professionals that passionately...

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2022 Summit – The Best Ever!

AAAA President’s Cockpit / MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired: I hope everyone has recovered from last month’s Summit in Nashville. If you could not make it, you missed our largest and what many are declaring our best AAAA Summit ever. It may have taken us three years to get there, but the 2022 AAAA Annual Summit by all metrics was a huge success. You could just feel the energy throughout the briefings, down on the floor and at the social events. Navigating the last six months leading up to the Summit were high adventure indeed as COVID cases rose and...

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Welcome to the Summit!!

President’s Cockpit / MG Tim Crosby, U.S. Army Retired:   Well, it is finally here, our first AAAA Annual Summit in three years. It has been some roller coaster ride through years of pandemic, shut-downs, masks, social distancing and all the rest.  Let’s pray it is finally coming to a close. I want to first thank all our 18,000-plus members and especially our 79 chapters, for all you have done and endured during these most difficult times. You and your families have inspired all of us on the National Executive Board, and me personally as I have travelled to almost half our...

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1st Air Cavalry Brigade Runs in German 5K Race

1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Public AffairsStory by Capt. Taylor CriswellSunday, March 20, 2022#####By. Capt. Taylor Criswell BAD WINDSHEIM, Germany – U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, currently on rotation to Europe for Atlantic Resolve, took an opportunity last week to build community relations and internal comradery by entering the annual Bad Windsheim Wine Tower Run on March 20. Col. Reggie Harper, Command Sgt. Maj. Tyrone Murphy and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Scott Durrer ran in the race, as did other leaders from the brigade. 1st Lt. Will Derrick of Charlie Company, 2-227, an avid athlete...

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Order of St. Michael Inductees

Induction into the Order of Saint Michael is intended to recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation or civilian aviation community with distinction. Our recent inductees include: March/April 2022 Issue  Aviation Center Chapter U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY KELLY MORRIS CW4 (Ret.) Gary Pruyne is inducted into the Gold Honorable Order of St. Michael...

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Passing of MG (Ret.) Story Stevens and MG (Ret.) Ben Harrison

Passing of MG (Ret.) Story Stevens and MG (Ret.) Ben Harrison It is with profound sadness that we share with you news about the passing of two of our past National Presidents.  MG (Ret.) Story Stevens (age 94) and MG (Ret.) Ben Harrison (age 93) died peacefully in their homes on Saturday morning, January 22, 2022. Story served as president from 1987 to 1989 and Ben from 1993 to 1995, and both were Army Aviation Hall of Fame inductees. In addition, Ben served as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2011. See their Hall...

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1-171st Hoist Training

A New Jersey Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk, with Charlie Company, 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion, flies during hoisting training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 14, 2021.  Read More U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Schwenk

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First unit receives UH-60V

Brig. Gen. Stanley Budraitis, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Alabama, speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter on Oct. 6, 2021, at the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. EAATS was the first unit in the Army – active duty, National Guard or Army Reserve – to receive the new variant. (Photo by Brad Rhen) Read More Photo by Brad Rhen, Joint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania National Guard

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