Big Leaps Sought in Rotary-Wing Aircraft

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Big Leaps Sought in Rotary-Wing Aircraft

The Army is seeking “unprecedented” speed and range as it continues to develop two new rotary-wing aircraft for the future battlefield, senior leaders told Congress.

“Speed and range will give us an absolutely unprecedented capability, one that we have never experienced before, to operate from relative sanctuary and then project effects, as well as forces, at distances that our enemies will not be able to predict and not be able to counter,” said Lt. Gen. Erik Peterson, deputy Army chief of staff for resources and plans.

Cost-Saving Idea Has Army Assuming Air Force Roles

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Cost-Saving Idea Has Army Assuming Air Force Roles

A top defense budget analyst warned Congress that the U.S. appears to be in an era where it is spending more to get less, an unsustainable shift caused by rising expenses for operating and maintaining equipment and the cost of taking care of people.  

Testifying Feb. 24 before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Todd Harrison of the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies said Army operating and maintenance costs have increased 117% in the last 20 years. 

Guard Pilots, Crew Honored for Wildfire Rescues

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Guard Pilots, Crew Honored for Wildfire Rescues

Seven aviators and crew with the California Army National Guard were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing hundreds of people trapped by rapidly spreading wildfires over Labor Day weekend.

Flying UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters into areas of the Sierra National Forest that were engulfed in a firestorm of heat, smoke, wind and flames, the soldiers with the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade flew multiple missions in treacherous conditions between Sept. 5–8, lifting to safety 396 people and 27 animals.

Medevac Pilots Reflect On ‘Life-Changing’ Service

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Medevac Pilots Reflect On ‘Life-Changing’ Service

Moving wounded soldiers from the frontlines to the point of care as quickly and safely as possible in a war zone involves a lot of work and adrenaline—followed by sheer terror, a former Army medical evacuation pilot said.

“It was a life-changing experience for me,” said retired Col. Merle Snyder, while speaking on a panel of medevac pilots at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. While serving as a medevac pilot during the Vietnam War, the then-chief warrant officer was credited with evacuating more than 3,000 patients.

“It gave me reason for serving,” he said.

Army Black Hawks Get Upgrade

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Army Black Hawks Get Upgrade

The Army plans to phase out all its old Alpha-model UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters within the next five years, one of the service’s top acquisition officers said.

The Army has used the Black Hawk since the 1970s, and the venerable aircraft has undergone several upgrades since then, with Victor and Mike being the newest, digital models.

AUSA Supports Funding Army Guard Dedicated Helicopters

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AUSA Supports Funding Army Guard Dedicated Helicopters

The Association of the U.S. Army is asking congressional appropriators to fund additional Army National Guard helicopters as final decisions are made about the 2019 defense budget.