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Army Aviator Lauded for Diversity Outreach Efforts


One Army aviator’s passion to raise awareness among minorities about opportunities in Army Aviation is not going unnoticed. As a flight school student in 2015, Capt. Matthew Manning began guest speaking at historically Black colleges and universities to inform cadets about the Aviation branch and encourage them through his motto, “Don’t self-eliminate.” Since then, the program idea he envisioned when he first entered the Army has grown, in conjunction with diversity and outreach initiatives at the Organization and Personnel Force Development directorate. Lt. Col. Erika Salerno, the OPFD deputy director, said Army aviation is seeing a marked increase in the...

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Cobra Hall Veterans Reunite at Hunter to Share, Make Striking Memories


FORT STEWART, GA, UNITED STATES 10.04.2023 Story by Kevin Larson Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office The sight of helicopters on display at Hunter Army Airfield stirred up smiles and memories for more than 200 Army aviator veterans and their families on Oct. 3. The Cobra Hall association held its 50-year anniversary reunion in Savannah Oct. 1-5 to celebrate the legacy of Hunter once being home to the Cobra Training and Qualification School. Hunter Army Airfield’s mission from 1967 to 1973 was to train Cobra pilots during the height of the Vietnam War. Two helicopters caused the biggest reactions; an AH-1Z...

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1st “Air Cav” Takes to the Skies Over Texas Motor Speedway


FORT WORTH, TX, UNITED STATES 09.23.2023 Story by Sgt. Elliot Alagueuzian 1st Cavalry Division FORT WORTH, T.X. – The Lone Star State has always had a deep appreciation for both its rich military heritage and the thrilling world of motorsports. When these two worlds collide, it creates a spectacle that captures the hearts of Texans. One such breathtaking moment occurred when Troopers of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted a stunning flyover at the Texas Motor Speedway on September 23rd, 2023. This unforgettable event showcased the skill, precision, and unity of the...

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Black Hawk training ops held in September 2023 at Fort McCoy


FORT MCCOY, WI, UNITED STATES 09.23.2023 Courtesy Story Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office Aircrews with the Wisconsin National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment operated UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Sept. 14, 2023, at Fort McCoy for a training operation at the installation. Members of the unit regularly complete training operations at Fort McCoy and the unit also supports numerous training events at the installation each year. According to the Army fact sheet for the Black Hawk, its mission is to provide air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control, and special operations support to combat, stability, and support operations....

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Modernizing Electrical Power Systems in Army Aviation


REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL, UNITED STATES 09.07.2023 Story by Cindy Mitchell Program Executive Office, Aviation To equip the Army of 2030 and provide Soldiers with the very best capabilities for Combat Aviation Brigades, Army Aviation is executing a once in a generation modernization strategy. Investments span from targeted modernization of the enduring fleet to designing new Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. These changes require improvements to Electrical Power Systems (EPS) of the Army’s aircraft. The Aviation Turbine Engines (ATE) Project Office oversees power systems for the Army’s enduring and future fleet of aircraft. ATE is responsible for EPS modernization initiatives to...

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Wisconsin National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment supports airshow ‘dress rehearsal’ event at Fort McCoy, Part II


FORT MCCOY, WI, UNITED STATES 08.07.2023 Story by Scott Sturkol Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office UH-60 Black Hawks and crews with the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment participate in an airshow dress rehearsal event July 27, 2023, at Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport at Fort McCoy, Wis. Multiple units with Wisconsin’s Army National Guard and Air National Guard combined July 27 to hold a practice session of their airshow event at the airport at Fort McCoy. The event, which was a practice for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis., included Soldiers and Airmen and included...

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12CAB Hellfire Missile Shoot at Greek Karavia Range Complex


GREECE 05.12.2023 Photo by Capt. Gabrielle Hildebrand 12th Combat Aviation Brigade U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade fired 15 Air-to-Ground Missile (AGM) 114R Hellfire II’s at Karavia Range Complex, Greece, May 12, 2023. Five AH-64D and AH-64A Apache helicopters from the Hellenic Armed Forces participated in the live fire exercise, demonstrating the ability to mass precision fires as part of a multinational team. The live fire exercise was an opportunity to enhance readiness across the force and further build interoperability with host nation partners. 12 CAB...

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Rolling Up Our Sleeves


In my first ‘official’ duty as your President, what a privilege and honor to represent our Association by attending the recent Army Special Operations Aviation Command change of command at Fort Liberty and inducting BG Phil Ryan into the Gold Honorable Order of Saint Michael (OSM) as part of his pre-change of command awards ceremony. The Gold OSM is the pinnacle of the AAAA recognition pillar, and BG Ryan’s incredible service and contributions to the Army and Army Aviation exemplify the spirit of this significant AAAA program. That being said, what a productive few days the National Executive Group (NEG)...

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Can-Am Festival Strengthens Ties Between Allies


FORT DRUM, NY, UNITED STATES 07.15.2023 Story by Spc. Jaidon Novinska 27th Public Affairs Detachment Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division participated in the Can-Am Festival on July 15 in Sackets Harbor, New York. The Can-Am Festival, which started in 1971, celebrates the national friendship between Canada and the United States. The festival, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary, features music, a farmers’ market, children’s activities and more. The 10th Mountain Division Marching Band marched in the parade in Sackets Harbor, performing for the crowd of attendees. In addition, Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade and the 10th...

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U.S. Army Unit Conducts Rescue Near Columbia River


YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, WA, UNITED STATES 07.19.2023 Story by Capt. Kyle Abraham 16th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers assigned to the United States Army Air Ambulance Detachment- Yakima (USAAAD), 2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade performed an aeromedical evacuation of a civilian in Klickitat County, Wash. on Jul. 19, 2023. The mission started when a paraglider was injured and sent a distress message to the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office. After determining that ground rescue would not be possible over the terrain the patient was located at, federal support was requested through the Washington State Emergency Operations Center for a...

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