Army Aviation Association of America logo
phone supporting
home mail phone armyaviation.com
join today 260 70
 
LJ mast 260 150
 
ase cribbins 260 150

BREAKING NEWS:
Department of the Army has accepted the AAAA Proffer for the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville!
 

17summit attend
17summit exhibit

 
concert corner 260 310
 
Scholarship donate 260 310
 

HOH 260 150Chapter Registration - Click Here

 
cow 260
 
deployed 260x150
 
armyavn promo
 
email-spam
 
amazonsmile
 
futuresummits

BREAKING NEWS:  Department of the Army has accepted the AAAA Proffer for the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville!

  • Current News...
  • Network
  • Recognition
  • Voice
  • Support
Current Network Recognition Voice and Support News

AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

h recognition2

AAAA Recognizes Excellence

voice

AAAA is Your Voice

Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1977 Induction

Brigadier General Robert Matheu Leich received a commission in the Field Artillery upon completion of ROTC training at Yale University in 1928, and was called to active duty in 1941. Captain Leich became a member of the "Class Before Class One" which established the basis for organic Army Aviation. When the Department of Air Training was established at the Field Artillery School, Captain Leich became Army Aviation's first Engineering (Maintenance) Officer. The initial maintenance training programs for Army Liaison Pilots and mechanics were conceived and inaugurated under his guidance and leadership.

On leaving Fort Sill, OK, Major Leich became the first Army Aviator to serve in the Pentagon where he was instrumental in establishing a logistical support system for Army Aviation. In this assignment, he served as the only Army Aviator - then, Liaison Pilot - on duty in the Pentagon for an extended period.

He next served as Artillery Air Officer (Army Air Officer ) with General William H. Simpson's Ninth U.S. Army in England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. As Ninth Army Air Officer he ably demonstrated and promoted the value of organic aviation to the ground forces.

Released from active duty at the end of World War II, Colonel Leich returned to civilian life in Indiana, but maintained an intense and active interest in both the Army and Army Aviation. He was the first national president of the Army Aviation Association (AAAA) in the later 50's and served as that organization's National Awards Chairman for 24. years.

He retired in 1960 as a Colonel of Artillery, USAR after thirty-one and one-half years of commissioned service, and subsequently was appointed as a Brigadier General in the Indiana Guard Reserve (IGR). In the later '60's, he championed Army Aviation while serving as Civilian Aide to several Secretaries of the Army, and continued to support its objectives at every opportunity.