Stories from AUSA Aviation Symposium and Exposition 


  • 'How do we do more with less?'
  • When Army National Guard units deploy overseas and take aviation assets with them, it sometimes leaves voids back home, but a National Guard official said CH-47 Chinooks expected to be fielded beginning this month may alleviate some of that concern.

  • Task Force Falcon – “Ruthlessly pursuing the enemy’
  • The commander, command sergeant major and a standardization pilot from Task Force Falcon said that their mission was to conduct full-spectrum aviation operations throughout Regional Command – East during Operation Enduring Freedom 10 in Afghanistan in order to neutralize anti-Afghan forces, protect the population and to provide freedom of maneuver throughout the area of operations.

  • Army focuses on current and future aviation trends
  • “Army aviation exists to support the ground soldier, and this is not a new thing. This is why we exist,” the director of the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala., told attendees Jan. 13 at the Association of the united States Army’s Aviation Symposium and Exposition at National Harbor, Md.

  • Crutchfield: ‘It’s all about the future’
  • “I want to know what’s good about Army aviation and what can be improved so we can meet the demands of the commanders and soldiers in the field,” the chief of the Army Aviation Branch and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala., said.

  • Off-duty fatalities concern safety chief
  • While the fatality rate in non-combat related accidents has continuously dropped since the 1970s, off-duty incidents are a primary concern, according to the Army’s top safety officer.

  • Army aviation advances must continue
  • The Army aviation fleet must have significant – not incremental -- improvements in the future so aircraft are ready to meet future operations, according to Col. (P) Timothy J. Edens.

  • Virtual world essential ingredient to overall training environment
  • Having soldiers enter the virtual world is essential for maintaining readiness in combat operations as well as introducing new tactics and weapons, and the Army must further integrate these digital environments during training scenarios.

  • More aviation S&T funding needed
  • Army aviation can’t go forward in the future with its current science and technology (S&T) budget, warned to Brig. Gen. William T. Crosby, the Army’s aviation program executive officer.

  • UAS exercise to showcase integration between air and ground systems
  • The Army’s reliance on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has steadily increased in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an upcoming exercise will showcase the next step of integration between unmanned systems, manned aircraft and soldiers and sensors on the ground.