March 2011 Special Report: Army Aviation 


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Chinook unloading soldiers


Task Force Falcon – ‘Ruthlessly pursue 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 provide freedom of maneuver throughout the area of operations.

Raven UAV launch


UAS exercise to showcase integration between air and ground systems

The Army’s reliance on unmanned aerial systems 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.

Apache support


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.

Chinook repair


Army tackles aviation sourcing challenges

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.


Examining current, 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., said.