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AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

  • 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit - 4/28-30
    * Networking Exhibit Center - Over 250 Army & Industry Exhibitors on the Floor!
    * Over 9000 Attendees Each Year
    * Warriors To the Workforce Hiring Event taking place for transitioning Army Aviation Soldiers
    * Visit the AAAA Community Booth!
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AAAA Recognizes Excellence

The 2016 Summit will recognize...
♦ 15 Outstanding Army Aviation Individuals and Units
♦ 3 New Members of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame will be Inducted
   * CW5 Edmund W. Hubard, III
   * COL Harvey E. Stewart
   * GEN James D. Thurman

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Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

  • At the 2016 Summit...
    Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert featuring Kellie Pickler - Trace Adkins
    ♦ Soldier Cafe' provides Soldiers and their families with discounted meals and a place for rest, relaxation, and fun!
    ♦ Chapter Sponsored Soldiers will enjoy the Summit experience
    ♦ Spouse Professional Sessions are new this year!
    ♦ 3 cool spouse events are being offered - register now as they are filling up fast!

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1980 Induction

LTC Robert L. Runkle distinguished himself as an Army aviator through his efforts to bring aviation closer to the Soldier engaged in combat on the battlefield.

During his initial assignment in Vietnam in 1961, while assigned to the first utility helicopter company sent there, Runkle recognized the necessity for aircraft and troop protection from enemy ground fire.

He pioneered the use of machine guns and rockets mounted on helicopters in combat as a solution to this hazard.

The lives of many Soldiers were saved by virtue of having close-in fire support available to them from these aerial "gun-ships."

Runkle returned from his first tour in Vietnam to apply his experience to the development of more advanced fire support systems and the tactical employment of both observation and gunship helicopters.

In April 1968, while commander of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment back in Vietnam, Runkle led his unit in a very difficult air assault mission as part of Operation PEGASUS to relieve the American Marines at the besieged Khe Sanh combat base in northwestern Quang Tri Province.

On April 4, while flying his helicopter in continued support of the operation, he encountered heavy enemy ground fire and was shot down, being killed in action.

While Runkle gave his life, his advancements in the ground support role of Army helicopters in combat saved the lives of countless Soldiers.