Fair Winds Aloft
Summer is in full swing but we want to take time to remember those who are deployed and away from those they love.
We hope those who are with their loved ones are out enjoying the weather and some much deserved time off!
It is important to note that AAAA is also in full swing and moving out on a number of fronts. First, I am pleased to announce that the 2018 AAAA Annual Summit has already sold out the majority of the exhibit area with well over $2M in revenue. Yes I said 2018 Summit is well on the way to a sell-out already. We have not seen numbers like this since 2012.
What this means for you is that our programs going forward from chapter level reimbursements, to support of the AAAA Scholarship Foundation, the Army Aviation Museum and others will be solid as we go forward. Keep in mind that even your AAAA dues have not changed since June 1998 for a reason. That reason is the outstanding support of our industry partners at the Annual Summit. Almost 20 years without a dues increase is pretty impressive. I doubt any other organization can make that statement.
Combine that with the four pillars of AAAA; Networking, Recognition, Voice and Support, which actualize our mission statement: Supporting the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family; and what do you get – membership that has stayed very strong and stable indeed over the last few years while many other organizations have suffered significant declines.
Second, we have met with the staffs of the Army Aviation Congressional Caucus members whose events are sponsored by the AAAA to coordinate the next 12 months of meetings beginning in September after the Congressional summer break. We look forward to a dynamic exchange on a number of topics relevant to you from force structure and retention, to special operations and Future Vertical Lift with the Army’s foremost experts on these subjects.