Cleared for Take Off
Cleared for Take Off
It is hard to believe that it was over six years ago when I first became a member of the AAAA National Executive Group and began my journey to become your new AAAA President.
First, I would like to thank BG (Ret.) EJ Sinclair for everything he accomplished over the last two years. He married well above what he deserves, as so many of us have, and he did a great job in spite of being an Apache pilot! What Susan sees in him is beyond me except that he is a great husband, father, grandfather and Soldier! We thank them both for their service to AAAA and the Army Aviation Soldier and Family. They truly made a difference.
Your new leadership team on the national executive group (NEG) also includes MG (Ret.) Jeff Schloesser
as Senior VP, MG (Ret.) Tim Crosby as Secretary, and MG (Ret.) Walt Davis as our new Treasurer. I am working the appointments now to fill out the NEG and the National Members at Large.
We assure you that your all-volunteer board and especially the NEG is humbled by the confidence AAAA members have in our ability to provide networking, recognition, voice, and support in fulfilling our commitment to support Army Aviation and take care of our Soldiers and their Families. We are always looking for better and more innovative ways to serve you all, especially in the National Guard and Reserve, as a Total Army and solicit your input! We will do our upmost to never fail you.
At this point we have three primary priorities.
- First, we will focus even harder on the member experience in the chapters. Specifically, how we can better support and coordinate our AAAA Chapters to meet your needs and give you the best possible local membership experience. We have worked through significant legal/policy restrictions in the last few years and will make sure local leadership can maximize the potential for participation. There are many ways to serve in AAAA leadership positions while in uniform and meet the legal requirements and stay within the guidelines.
- Second, as stated above we will be emphasizing the Army Chief of Staff’s stated objective for the Total Army; Active, Guard and Reserve. We will also be concentrating on the needs of our enlisted personnel in all compos. We are still not there yet in terms of meeting the need of these brothers and sisters in the reserve components and enlisted ranks in my view.