ARMY AVIATION Magazine is proud to present the winners of our ninth annual photography contest. 56 qualified AAAA members, submitting 112 Army aviation related photographs taken during 2014, competed for the top 12 places. We congratulate the winners and thank all of the contestants for their efforts and service. We invite all AAAA members to participate in our 2015 contest. Visit the AAAA website, quad-a.org for details and submission requirements. Bill Harris, Publisher
First Place – “Wingman” by CPT Wesley J. Pritchett D Troop, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea December 4, 2014; Nā Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii — A scout weapons team from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies along the Nā Pali Coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
Second Place – “Slinging Guns” by SGT Jonathan C. Thibault Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Carson, Colorado August 14, 2014, Fort Carson, Colorado — A CH-47 Chinook from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares to sling load an M777A2 Howitzer.
Third Place – “Cougar 62 on the Drop” by Mr. Daniel M. Sweet Aurora, Oregon July 30, 2014 — Winthrop, Washington — Cougar 62, a Washington Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk, drops water on the Carlton Complex fire near Winthrop, Washington.
Fourth Place – “Heading North” by CW4 Jon D. Campbell Company C, 1st Battalion (General Support Aviation), 126th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, Aurora, Colorado October 9, 2014, Baxter State Park, Northern Maine — Aviators from Company C, 1-126th General Support Aviation Battalion, fly north toward Baxter State Park in the state of Maine as part of Operation Timberhook. Eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters moved over 30 external loads of equipment to remote sites that were difficult or impossible to reach by ground vehicle.
Honorable Mention – “Curiously in Need” by SGT Jose D. Ramirez 2nd Battalion (General Support Aviation), 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas December 9, 2014, Liberia, Africa — A group of Liberians gather around a CH-47 Chinook from Company B, 2-501st General Support Aviation Battalion, supporting Operation United Assistance efforts against the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
Honorable Mention – “Early Morning Flight into Gray AAF” by CW2 Sarah O. Fritts Operational Support Airlift Detachment 47, Salem, Oregon October 19, 2014; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington — Early morning view from the right seat of an OSA Detachment 47 fixed wing aircraft as it intercepts the ILS localizer into Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Honorable Mention – “Iron Eagles” by MAJ Sara L. Carlson The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia June 14, 2014, Somewhere between Fort Carson and Boulder, Colorado — A CH-47 Chinook crewchief observes a UH-60 MEDEVAC during a formation flight back to Fort Carson following the Boulder Airshow where the unit, 2nd Battalion (General Support Aviation), 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, was recognized for their lifesaving efforts during the disastrous floods of September 2013.
Honorable Mention – “Jump Ops” by CDT Mitxel B. Totorica United States Corps of Cadets, West Point, New York April 20, 2014, West Point, New York — Six jumpers exit a LUH-72 Lakota from the U.S. Military Academy Flight Detachment (2nd Avn. Det.) on a six way speed free fall over West Point, New York during the annual Inter-service Academy Meet (ISAM).
Honorable Mention – “Landing the Guardian” by CW4 Ammon M. Leung Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment July 19, 2014, Oahu, Hawaii — An AH-64E from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducts the first deck landings of the Echo model aboard the USS Peleliu, during 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
Honorable Mention – “Looking Out” by SGT Jose D. Ramirez 2nd Battalion (General Support Aviation), 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas December 9, 2014; Liberia, Africa — A crew chief from 2-501st General Support Aviation Battalion, keeps vigil out the door of a UH-60 supporting Operation United Assistance efforts against the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.Honorable Mention – “PZ Control” by MAJ Bradley C. Gates Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas March 19, 2014; Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany — An NCO from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry runs the pick-up zone control for an air assault mission at the JMRC, Hohenfels, Germany.
Honorable Mention – “Rescue Training on Mount Rainier” by Mr. Barry D. Smith Reno, Nevada May 21, 2014, Mount Rainier, Washington — A CH-47 Chinook from Company B, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Reserve, conducts rescue training on Mount Rainier, Washington.