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SMA Chandler visits troops in southern Afghanistan
When Pfc. Clark Cepeda learned that the sergeant major of the Army was coming to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 15-17, 2014, he looked at it as an opportunity to learn about the Army's future.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Largest solar array on U.S. military installation to be developed
The U.S. Army announced April 14, 2014, plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Marksmanship unit shooters take World Cup gold, silver
It was an all-American shootout for the gold and silver medals for Men's Double Trap during the 2014 International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup, held April 13, 2014, at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
25th Infantry Division team wins Best Ranger Competition
For the first time since 1995, a team representing the 25th Infantry Division took home top honors at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
SMA Chandler visits deployed Air Defense Artillery Soldiers
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III met with Air Defense Artillery Soldiers throughout Southwest Asia during a tour of the region, April 12-17, 2014.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Watervliet earns SecArmy safety award for third time in four years
The Watervliet Arsenal announced April 17, 2014, that it was named the winner of the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Award for Industrial Operations for fiscal year 2013.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Changes to DOD's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program start May 1
The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program and wants service members to know there are several changes in the program, starting May 1, 2014.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers have options to explore before Army restructure
The Army is restructuring from 510,000 active duty Soldiers to 490,000 in a number of ways. Natural attrition through End Term of Service dates is one, but there are also programs to make sure quality Soldiers stay in.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Vice Chief to IMCOM: What you do vital to Army
Vice Chief of Staff General John F. Campbell met with senior leaders and some very junior members of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command immediately following IMCOM's change-of-command ceremony, April 8, 2014, at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army lab teams up with Boston Marathon to prevent heat injury
Since 2012, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has been an official course weather monitoring authority for the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
‘Above the Best’ – The Army Aviation Branch
  Army Aviation traces its origins back to the American […]

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Army Aviation traces its origins back to the American Civil War. Both Union and Confederate forces used helium-filled balloons to direct artillery fire, marking the beginning of U.S. military aeronautics and of aerial support of Army ground forces. The Army also used balloons during the Spanish American War and World War I, but airplanes replaced balloons for most military purposes during the latter conflict.

Army Aviation began in 1909 with the Army’s acquisition of its first heavier-than-air aircraft, an airplane built to Army specifications by the Wright brothers. During World War I, the Army’s aircraft strength grew from a few dozen to more than 11,000 planes, and the number of aviation personnel came to total more than 190,000. The Army Air Service was created in May of 1918.

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During the 1930s, many Army Air Corps leaders became preoccupied with strategic air operations.

This Air Corps emphasis on strategic operations disturbed some ground forces leaders, who believed their aerial support needs were being neglected.

Aerial support was particularly vital for artillery fire adjustment. Partly because Air Corps fire support aircraft were not always available, the chief of field artillery and other artillery officers became interested in using light aircraft organic to the artillery units.

The Army’s “Grasshoppers,” as these light planes came to be called, proved to be much more effective than the larger Air Corps planes used for the same purposes.

US Army L-2 Grasshopper Observation and Liaison airplane

US Army L-2 Grasshopper Observation and Liaison airplane

Following a final series of experiments with organic Army spotter aircraft conducted in 1942, the secretary of War ordered the establishment of organic air observation for field artillery – hence the birth of modern Army Aviation – on 6 June 1942.

It was this new World War II-era phenomenon with its few small single-engine spotter planes, organic Army Aviation, which eventually evolved into today’s Army Aviation Branch.

In March 1983, the Chief of Staff of the Army recommended forming a separate aviation branch. The Secretary of the Army approved that recommendation on 12 April 1983, Army Aviation Branch’s birthday.

All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Fort Rucker, Alabama since 1973, as well as training of US Air Force and ally helicopter pilots.

See below for Army Aviation images, past and present:

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UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

 

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AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters

 

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An U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter

 

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OH-58 Kiowa helicopter

 

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C-12 Huron

 

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UV-18A Twin Otter airplane

 

Blog post submitted by Anthony Mayne, U.S. Army Public Affairs


Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:21:30 +0000
 
Wings of Destiny

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Wings of Destiny

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters from 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny" transport Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on to Landing Zone Red Crow during Operation Golden Eagle here April 8, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st CAB moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:50:12 -0700
Suppression Fire

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Suppression Fire

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct suppression fire for follow on air assault forces during Operation Golden Eagle here April 8, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny" moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:50:12 -0700
Operation Golden Eagle

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Operation Golden Eagle

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure Landing Zone Red Crow during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny" moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:50:11 -0700
Screaming Eagles

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Screaming Eagles

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Leaders from units of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conduct a combined arms rehearsal here April 1, 2014, in preparation for air assault operations during Operation Golden Eagle. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team ”Rakkasans” and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny” moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment.
(Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:50:11 -0700
Avenger

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

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A Soldier guides the driver of an Avenger weapon system before they fired the .50-caliber machine gun April 8, 2014 as part of the Avenger Master Gunner Course at Fort Sill, Okla.

(Photo by Marie Berberea, Cannoneer staff)


Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:40:12 -0700
 
US, Romanian MPs train for combined operations
U.S. and Romanian military police conducted combined training at the passenger terminal on Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase April 15.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe aviators train with Dutch, Hungarian partners
VARPALOTA TRAINING AREA, Hungary --- Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade spent the past two weeks here, training alongside their multinational partners from two Dutch air assault battalions and Hungarian forces during exercise Saker Falcon. The exercise wrapped up April 17.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
WWII B-17 crew member returns to crash site
"You're not getting any flak; you're not getting any fighters. You're just hurrying back home, that's all it amounts too," Troy Hollar said while at Chièvres Air Base, the very base where flak batteries brought down his B-17 on April 13, 1944.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Americans and Belgians get to thank their WWII heroes
The 424th Air Base Squadron from Chièvres Air Base joined the city of Silly, the local community and family members of the downed B-17 in honoring the Royal Flush crew members, April 13, in Fouleng, Belgium.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? April 16 through 24, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Employees at USAG Ansbach secure cargo safely
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a load securement class April 8 through 10 to train vehicle operators and equipment loaders on how to properly contain, immobilize and secure cargo.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Enjoying the Easter season in Franken
Easter time in Germany is a time filled with colors, traditions and fun events and activities.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soccer provides sporting outlet for USAG Ansbach children
Over their school's spring break, several U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach students learned soccer, from fundamentals to more advanced skills as part of the USAG Ansbach SKIES Unlimited program.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. forces in Germany can now get seasonal license plates for vehicles not in full-time use
WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. forces personnel in Germany can now get seasonal license plates for vehicles they do not use throughout the year.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe reminds members to carry passports for travel outside country of assignment
WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
18th MEDCOM (DS) EFMB Graduate: Capt. Micah Sturgeon
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii-- The Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) is a peacetime badge equivalent to the Combat Medical Badge and is a prestigious honor for Soldiers in the medical services profession. In order to earn this badge, participants have to successfully attend a one-week standardization phase, where the candidates complete a walkthrough of the course allowing them to ask questions of the staff, and one-week of testing. The testing phase includes three lanes consisting of multiple subtasks focusing on field medical care, proper radio communications, nuclear biological and chemical (NBC) knowledge, day and night land navigation, a written test, and a 12-mile ruck march. Capt. Micah Sturgeon, the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Human Resources Operations Officer and a Health Services officer, decided he was ready for the challenge during the U.S. Army-Hawaii EFMB testing, Mar. 31-Apr. 11, 2014.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
25th Infantry Division team wins Best Ranger Competition
For the first time since 1995, a team representing the 25th Infantry Division took home top honors at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Changes to DOD's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program start May 1
The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program and wants service members to know there are several changes in the program, starting May 1, 2014.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
April is National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
Across the United States, April is recognized as National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to moving toward a culture free of sexual assault and encourages all members of the military and civilians within the Department to follow the theme: "Live Our Values: Step Up To Stop Sexual Assault."
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sexual assault survivor speaks at Tripler observance
HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) held a Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance at Kyser Auditorium on April 1, 2014 to bring awareness to what Army leaders say is the enemy within the ranks.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Dirty Jobs: Flight Medic
Sgt. Lisa A. Rodriguez, a flight medic, stationed in South Korea is one of those people. She serves her fellow Soldiers in need on the battlefield and at home. Similar to her civilian counterparts, Rodriguez utilizes a helicopter to treat and transport the injured. In her case, she is part of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew. This aircraft is equipped with special crew and equipment ready to carry out rapid medical responses.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S Marines and Republic of Korea Completes Air Assault Mission
Soldiers from 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade assisted the ROK and United States Marines in completing an air assault mission, March 13, 2014, at a multi-purpose range complex in Northern South Korean.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
AMC Commander travels to Pacific, emphasizes AMC's role
As the Army shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region, Army Materiel Command assets there continue to support commanders and warfighters. During a recent nine day visit to installations across the Pacific Command area of operations, AMC Commander Gen. Dennis L. Via visited local National, Defense, Army and AMC organizations in Korea, Hawaii and Washington.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sustainment drill develops strategic understanding, relationships
Military logistics leaders and stakeholders from across the Pacific theater met at Pearl Harbor April 11 for an event designed to improve coordination, synchronization and assessment of sustainment requirements for future contingencies in the region.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
8th TSC chooses their best warriors
It's 3 a.m. Monday morning ... if you can call 3 a.m. morning. Many consider it night, because most of the world is asleep. Coffee has not started brewing and it will be hours before the bakeries begin their morning bread. Yet there are some who are up, and they've came ready to fight!
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
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