Army Aviation is a professional military publication reporting on news and developments pertinent to the field of US Army Aviation and is the official publication of the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA). It provides an essential public forum for the current and future leaders in the military community. It is published 10x a year.
The Industry Membership Program is designed to foster approved and meaningful interchange between government and industry. Corporate representatives have the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the changing Army Aviation community, participate in local and national meetings and to develop professional contacts critical to the corporation's current and future programs and plans.
The Association recognizes members and Chapters dedicated to membership growth through a variety of membership programs:
Yes, AAAA rewards its dedicated members with longevity pins at certain milestones during the life of their membership.
A chapter is comprised of at least 25 members who share an interest in Army Aviation and reside within a 50 mile radius of the seat of the potential chapter.
There are 4 different classifications of Chapters:
STEP 1: WHERE DO I START?
The National Executive Group, (NEG), consists of:
BG Howard W. Yellen, Ret., President; BG (Ret.) E.J. Sinclair, Senior VP; BG (Ret.) Steve Mundt, Secretary; MG (Ret.) Jeff Schloesser, Treasurer; and two appointed members – LTC (Ret.) Jan Drabczuk, VP Chapters; and CW5 (Ret.) Dave Cooper, VP Membership.
Don’t hesitate to contact any of these officers with your thoughts and concerns:
The Army Aviation Association of America carries general liability insurance to help protect itself (the National Office and Local AAAA Chapters) from loss.
If you do not fill out the Meeting Notice Form you will not be able to take advantage of the below benefits.
A Chapter Refund in the amount of $4.80 per member, per year is available to Chapters who qualify under the following criteria:
As a courtesy for the local chapters, AAAA provides a $25 Speaker Underwrite refund check each time a Chapter conducts a professional meeting at which a guest speaker makes a presentation to the Chapter membership.
The intent of the program is to have the National Office, rather than the Chapter, underwrite the visiting guest speaker's meal. The AAAA National Office will monitor the program through the Chapter's Meeting Notices and will automatically provide the funding.
BACKGROUND - BY-LAW PREFERENCE
Section 2.1.3 of the By-Laws states that Chapter Honorary members are "those persons who, in the opinion of the Chapter Executive Board, have given outstanding support to Army Aviation."
The Sustaining Membership Program is designed to appeal to those local (non-defense) businesses or agencies that desire to express support of Army Aviation through their AAAA Chapter.
A Chapter Membership Roster will be provided monthly to the President, Secretary and the Vice President of Membership of each Chapter. The roster provides a current list of Chapter members of record.
The Chapter Baseline Reward program encourages membership growth & retention at the Chapter level through a financial reward system.
A Chapter Program to Recognize Outstanding
Aviation Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers on a Monthly Basis
The AAAA supports a Chapter Awards Program in which Chapter-selected "Aviation Soldiers and NCOs of the Month" receive complimentary, one-year Association memberships underwritten by the AAAA.
In order to ensure Chapters have control over funds and are in compliance with IRS reporting requirements, the following procedures shall be implemented and maintained by each Chapter:
The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) instituted the Professional Forum Soldier Sponsorship program to help underwrite the cost of sending one Junior Soldier (LT, WO1, E1-4), from each AAAA chapter to the AAAA Annual Professional Forum.
The AAAA provides the following complimentary Certificates to Chapters and Regions. The Certificates are 8 1/2" x 11" sheets with black imprinting and may be mounted as plaques.
PURPOSE: In order to encourage better information flow between both the chapters and the AAAA Executive Board, the National Executive Group (NEG) requests feedback on your event. We will use this information for the monthly article on chapters in the Army Aviation magazine and to plan for future funding activities.
Past Officer pins are available for Outgoing Chapter Officers whom the Chapter President feels have enhanced the Chapter's activities and the AAAA. They are not issued automatically.
The Chapter President must complete the Past Officer Pin Request
Any Army Aviation Soldier, Unit or DAC is eligible for the AAAA Awards.
JANUARY 1st (Awards period encompassing previous calendar year):
Nominations for AAAA awards are open approximately three months prior to the award submission deadlines. The opening for submissions is advertised in the Army Aviation Magazine, through the AAAA website, and through several e-mail blasts from the AAAA National offices.
AAAA Functional Awards
Completed Award nomination packets, received by the award deadline date, are included in a boarding (voting) book. Two 5 person boarding committees, one at Ft. Rucker and the other from the most pertinent PM's office, review the boarding books and evaluate the nominations.
Boarding members evaluate each nomination packet with a score between 1 - 10, with 10 being the highest, and record their ratings on the AAAA Evaluation Form. Completed forms are return to the AAAA Awards Manager.
Results from both Boarding committees are combined to create an Order of Merit List (OML). The top scoring individuals are then cleared by Army Sources and the winner is notified by AAAA.
AAAA National Awards
Completed Award nomination packets, received by the award deadline date, are included in a boarding (voting) book for each award.
The AAAA Awards Chairman and Awards Committee meet in January of each year to review the Boarding Books and evaluate the nomination packets. Committee members vote for their top packet in each award category. If a clear winner is not identified, just the top two or three packets are voted again until a clear winner is identified.
The top scoring packets are then cleared by Army Sources and the winners of the National Awards are notified by AAAA.
Since its inception, the AAAA has solicited awards nominations "from the field" -- any member may nominate an individual or a unit for our National Awards. At the same time, several AAAA Chapters have established local "Awards Committees" to evaluate and select their winners for National Awards consideration. This caused situations where the National Awards Committee, in accepting nominations "from the field", selected local activity winners other than those chosen by the Regional or Chapter Awards Committee -- resulting in discontent and a perception of undermining the local award process.
The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established to render financial assistance for the college-level education of members of the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA) and the spouses, unmarried siblings, unmarried children and unmarried grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members are eligible. 100% of every dollar donated to the Scholarship Foundation goes to a scholarship or endowed principal based on the AAAA paying all overhead expenses for the Scholarship Foundation.
The Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1963 to recognize and provide scholarship grants to the children of its members and deceased members who sought college-entry financial aid.
The AAAA Scholarship Foundation benefits from specific chapter activities, meetings, and forums that are held at the local level to generate funds for the Foundation. Many AAAA members, friends of Army Aviation, relatives of deceased members, AAAA National and Chapter activities and private businesses make financial contributions to the Foundation.
There are no paid full or part-time Foundation staff members. The individual members of the Board of Governors of the AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and the AAAA SFI Committee serve as unpaid volunteers and include active and retired leaders in Army Aviation. Program reviews are conducted at semi-annual meetings by the Board of Governors.
To apply, the applicant should request a Scholarship Grant/Loan Application from the AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. by either:
The completed application should be returned on or before May 1 of the year of college entry. The postmark will govern. Additional supporting data that the applicant will be required to provide include:
The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a separate corporate entity working in cooperation with the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA) to provide scholarship grants and loans for college level education to members of the AAAA and the spouses, unmarried siblings, unmarried children and unmarried grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members.
A. INTRODUCTION: In 1963 the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) created a scholarship program to secure contributions with which to fund college entrance level scholarships for children of AAAA members and deceased members. To administer the program and encourage members and others to make tax-free donations to it, AAAA created the AAAA Scholarship Foundation Inc. (Foundation) CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(C)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Service Code, IRS DETERMINATION LETTER, with a volunteer Board of Governors, supported by the AAAA National Office Staff. Thus, the Foundation is, effectively, the manager of the AAAA Scholarship Program.
The program has undergone steady and substantial growth in the number of individual scholarship awards it has provided since 1963, as well as the total amount of funds it has made available in annual educational aid.
Below are ways you can contribute:
The AAAA Individual Matching Fund Scholarship Program was established as a pilot program in 2007 with initial authorization for 3 such awards in that year's program. In Spring 2012, the SFI BOG voted to make the pilot program a new Standing Program along with the existing Heritage and Corporate Matching Fund Programs.
HOW CAN A COMPANY DONATE?
A Corporation may donate funds over a period of one to five years. Due to the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) required "spend rate" established by the AAAA Scholarship Foundation Board of 3.5%, the principal total must eventually be $30K or more before an actual award of $1,000 per year in perpetuity will be made.
The Heritage Matching Fund scholarships are endowed by grants from sponsoring Unit and/or Veteran associations, subject to General Fund availability and matched dollar for dollar up to $10K within a 10-year period from the General Fund and shall be awarded in perpetuity in accord with the wishes of the donor association, consistent with Foundation policy, unless otherwise stipulated.
Established in 1986, a chapter may donate funds annually to receive a matching donation. The scholarships are matched dollar for dollar up to $5K per year based on the chapter size, from the General Fund, subject to General Fund asset availability above a BOG established minimum General Fund floor, and shall be awarded in accord with the wishes of the donor chapter, consistent with Foundation policy, unless otherwise stipulated. Scholarships are awarded first to the top one-third freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students, then the middle third freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students and lastly the bottom third freshmen, upperclassmen and graduate students.
The National Standing Committees of AAAA make up our corporate structure:
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE
1 MG Walter L. Davis
4 Mr. William R. Harris
*The names of Voting Members are kept Confidential.
BY LAWS & LEGAL COMMITTEE
National Appointments consist of the following positions:
LTG Daniel J. Petrosky, Ret.
BG Harry H. Bendorf, USAF, Ret.
THE MILITARY COALITION (TMC) REPRESENTATIVES
COL William H. Morris, Ret.