Wow! It is already that time of year when we find ourselves looking forward to the perennial “Blue Book” issue of ARMY AVIATION magazine.
I enjoy catching up with where everyone has moved to around our great Army Aviation Branch from a nostalgic view to see how those we mentored and coached have progressed and, professionally speaking, the contact info is exceptionally useful!
As I browse through all the photos and listings, I am reminded that the Army is all about people. Seeing all your faces brings home the sacrifices you and your families make every day to keep our country safe and deter our potential adversaries. I am especially mindful of our brothers and sisters who were just lost off Hawaii last month. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
I attended the Connecticut Chapter Golf Tournament in August which not only benefited their scholarship program but also recognized their 14 student recipients for 2017. This was an interesting contrast to the Air Assault Chapter meeting at Fort Campbell back in July that Bill, Barbara and I had attended. Connecticut is industry-based and Air Assault is mostly uniformed military in nature of course. The interesting thing is that they are very similar in how they take care of and support their members through scholarships and engaging events. We truly are one big family… Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, industry, and retired and it shows.
I spent the next day at the AAAA National Office in Connecticut setting the course for the next couple of years and getting briefed by each staff member on their areas of responsibility from membership and chapters, to scholarship, social media, meetings, magazine, marketing, and awards. Thank you to Bill, Janis, Deb, Jenn, Connie, Barb, Sue, Anne, Joe and the whole Team. AAAA’s success does not happen by accident, it is because of our superb professionals and the hundreds of volunteers in the Chapters. We are all part of the story from the National staff to our newest AAAA member.