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We need to take a minute and keep in our thoughts and prayers all those who are suffering from the effects of the recent hurricanes. I am proud to say we were able to reach out to the Chapters who were affected and provide our support and are continuing to do so.

I am just back from a great week in Slovakia at an Interoperability/Standardization Conference that AAAA was asked to participate in for the second year in a row by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army Forces of the Slovak Republic, LTG Pavel Macko. I briefed on how the AAAA facilitates the exchange of ideas among all elements of the U.S. Army Aviation community; military, industry, national decision makers and the media to foster support for “Our Aviation Soldiers and Family Members.”

That said, they were very interested in how AAAA does this through our Summit and conferences and how we leverage things like our TMC participation, the AAAA sponsored Army Aviation Congressional Caucus, and the Senior Executive Associates. It was very interesting to hear a perspective of just how fortunate we are to have something like AAAA which we tend to take for granted at times. They were very intrigued and envious that AAAA was there to represent our military issues and concerns to our elements of national power. We were asked often if we could help them with how we set up our organization and how they might do the same.

There were fascinating issues raised like: all nations’ Soldiers in the future must understand and inculcate the idea of “Standardization and Interoperability” from the beginning with initial training; concept development, and force structure. We must exercise together to identify capability gaps in the human, technical and operations areas and seek solutions that align with the priorities of individual sovereign nations. Are international and NATO standards actually being implemented with our allies and coalition partners? None of us can fight alone. We must get this right. We had a great exchange of ideas and maybe a glimpse of the way ahead and promised that AAAA would continue to support our international panel discussion on standardization which we have included for the past few years at our Annual Summit.

This is a busy meeting time of year for AAAA and your leadership. We have just completed a very successful Luther Jones Army Aviation Depot Forum at Corpus Christi, TX the first week in October and presented the Artisan of the Year Award to Mr. George M. Gonzales Jr. We were fortunate to have as our key note speaker MG Doug Gabram as well as a number of speakers and great panels addressing so many logistics and sustainment challenges and the way ahead.

Your National Executive Board met in Washington, DC before the AUSA Annual Convention to address our current needs and to focus on success for the future. They and I need and value your input. Keep the cards and letters coming; tweets and e-mails for the younger folks!

We are looking forward to our annual Aircraft Survivability Equipment and the Cribbins Product Sustainment Symposiums in Huntsville on November 13-16 and hope to see many of you there. These events not only help insure that the best possible protection is afforded to our aircrews and review maintenance and acquisition but also are the venue for presenting awards to our Aviation Soldiers in Avionics, ASE, and logistics.

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Proffer Approved

AAAA is pleased to announce that the Proffer has been approved by the Department of the Army! See below. In addition, the Army itself is funding another 20 General Officers and SES to attend the event on top of the AAAA-funded Proffer.

This will allow over 175 key personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard who represent the operational, acquisition, Science & Technology (S&T) and Special Operations communities to attend the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit on May 4-6 in Nashville, TN.

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EXTRACT – Approved DAS Memorandum for AAAA Proffer Distribution (18 APR 14)

1. Purpose and Background. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Annual Meeting and Mission Solutions Summit is one of the largest military expositions and professional development forums. This year, the event will be held at the Opryland Hotel and Conference Center, from Sunday 4 May to Tuesday 6 May 2014, in Nashville, TN. The following memorandum will clarify guidance and procedures for Army attendance and travel.

2. Proffer. Commands / agencies / activities not specifically designated are not authorized the use of any AAAA Proffer funds for reimbursable travel and/or expenses in support of this event. A specific list of 152 Army invitees by duty position and organizations has been distributed through Army channels. If the primary is not available to attend, units are authorized to send another appropriate representative in their stead.

3. O&M Funded Travel and TDY. The Secretary of the Army has authorized Army funded travel and attendance at this event for limited number of additional attendees, as well as the shipment and set-up of Army exhibits. These individuals will be directly contacted by the HQDA lead agency (G-3/5/7 Army Aviation) NLT WED 23 APR 14. Unless specifically contacted and/or authorized, no other Army command / agency / activity is allowed to spend any Army funds for travel, attendance, and/or other support functions at the 2014 AAAA Annual Meeting.

4. Local Attendance. The Secretary of the Amy has further authorized local attendance by up to 647 Army personnel. Personnel assigned to posts / installations in or near the event (in this case, Fort Campbell, KY) may attend the AAAA Annual Meeting in their official capacities provided their supervisors (who are either commissioned military officers or civilians above GS11) authorize their attendance after making a determination that the Soldier’s or employee’s attendance at the Annual Meeting furthers a legitimate Army interest. For example, if a GS13’s supervisor determines the GS13 would receive professional development opportunities of benefit to the Army by attending the Annual Meeting or one of its seminars, then the supervisor could authorize the GS13 to attend an Annual Meeting function or event in an official duty status. Personnel traveling in this manner are not authorized any reimbursable expenses . If personnel desire to attend in a personal capacity, they must be on an appropriate duty status (i.e. Pass or Leave), and again, are not authorized any reimbursable expenses.

5. Conference Fees. AAAA indicates there is no entry fee for military personnel attending the event in uniform . Military personnel not in uniform and Army civilian employees should be aware they are subject to a $20 - $60 fee to attend the event.    

6. Mission Critical Status. AAAA gift proffer funded travelers may only accept the gift proffer and travel to the AAAA Annual Meeting if approved to do so by their travel approving authorities. For travel approving authorities, the mission critical travel standard does not apply to travelers funded entirely by AAAA gift proffer funds. The travel approving authority may approve the travel for his or her AAAA gift proffer funded travelers if their attendance at the Summit will further the interests of the Army. After obtaining the concurrence of his or her Ethics Advisor, the travel approving authority must approve acceptance of all gift proffer funded travel in writing before the travel begins.

Read more: EXTRACT – Approved DAS Memorandum for AAAA Proffer Distribution (18 APR 14)

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