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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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AAAA is Your Voice

At the 2016 Summit…
♦ Join thousands in the General Sessions to hear Leadership messages
♦ Stop by the AAAA Community Booth and let us know how we can make your membership experience even better!
♦ Follow us on Facebook, Twitter #16SUMMIT and LinkedIN

Army Aviation Congressional Caucus; The Military Coalition ; Senior Associates;
Check out ARMYAVIATIONmagazine.com

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 1989 Induction

Recognized by many as being one of the "founding fathers" of Army Aviation, Joe Watson received his pilot's license in 1928, and was commissioned in 1930 in the Field Artillery. A first lieutenant in the Texas ARNG in 1936, he had a "better idea" - a way to use light aircraft of that day to adjust field artillery from the air. Then the S-4 of the 61st Artillery Brigade, Watson believed the slow-flying J-3 Cub was a perfect platform for directing the placement of artillery fire.

He took his idea to his DivArty Commander, obtained permission to test his theories, and with his "observer" drove to San Antonio's Stinson Field where he rented a Cub. Wrestling a bulky SCR-178 radio into the rear seat, he tested and re-tested their ability to spot targets and perform general aerial reconnaissance.

At that time, ground observation and aerial reconnaissance were the jealously guarded missions of the fledgling Army Air Corps. Proponents of light organic aviation argued that the O-49 Air Corps airplane was too expensive, too dependent upon permanent bases, and too fast for effective observation or artillery adjustment. Eventually, while Watson was struggling in rented aircraft to learn how to use light aviation above the battlefield, the day's military journals began carrying essays calling for the formation of light aviation units organic to the ground forces outside Air Corps control.

The proponents included MG Robert Danforth, then the Army's Chief of Field Artillery; and LTC William W. Ford, a Regular Army artilleryman. But while others published article after article, Watson was actually testing the concept.

In 1940, Watson got together with William T. Piper, the president of Piper Aircraft, after he had won permission from his DivArty Commander to conduct a two-day test of the light plane as an artillery observation platform at Camp Beauregard, LA. In November, 1940, the 36th Division was mobilized and stationed at Camp Bowie, TX. Here, Watson, Piper himself, and other Piper personnel flew missions for 14 days in three rented Cubs, keeping meticulous records which were sent to the War Department to document the concept. Their report supported what Watson had been preaching since his initial flights in 1936: organic light Army Aviation worked.