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Current Network Recognition Voice and Support News

AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

  • 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit - 4/28-30
    * Networking Exhibit Center - Over 250 Army & Industry Exhibitors on the Floor!
    * Over 9000 Attendees Each Year
    * Warriors To the Workforce Hiring Event taking place for transitioning Army Aviation Soldiers
    * Visit the AAAA Community Booth!
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AAAA Recognizes Excellence

The 2016 Summit will recognize...
♦ 15 Outstanding Army Aviation Individuals and Units
♦ 3 New Members of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame will be Inducted
   * CW5 Edmund W. Hubard, III
   * COL Harvey E. Stewart
   * GEN James D. Thurman

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AAAA is Your Voice

At the 2016 Summit…
♦ Join thousands in the General Sessions to hear Leadership messages
♦ Stop by the AAAA Community Booth and let us know how we can make your membership experience even better!
♦ Follow us on Facebook, Twitter #16SUMMIT and LinkedIN
Army Aviation Congressional Caucus; The Military Coalition ; Senior Associates;
Check out ARMYAVIATIONmagazine.com

Supporting the soldier and family

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

  • At the 2016 Summit...
    Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert featuring Kellie Pickler - Trace Adkins
    ♦ Soldier Cafe' provides Soldiers and their families with discounted meals and a place for rest, relaxation, and fun!
    ♦ Chapter Sponsored Soldiers will enjoy the Summit experience
    ♦ Spouse Professional Sessions are new this year!
    ♦ 3 cool spouse events are being offered - register now as they are filling up fast!

 

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 2009 Induction

 

A decorated leader in war and peace, from enlisted Soldier to general officer, an expert logistician and acquisition manager, and a tireless advocate of the enlisted, warrant and company grade officers there is no doubt that BG James "Jim" M. Hesson has lived his entire life the AAAA mission statement of "Supporting the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family."

In 1947, Hesson enlisted in the National Guard as a private at age 16. Thirty-six years later this quiet professional retired as a general officer, having earned his undergraduate degree at night and achieving a master's degree.

A veteran of three combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as the commander of an aircraft maintenance and supply battalion. As a major, he was also awarded the Legion of Merit for his efforts to identify the source of CH-47 parts whose critical shortage was degrading combat capability resulting in improved methods of management and supply.

Hesson became the first project manager for the CH-47D helicopter, delivering this transformational research and development program on-time and under-budget in the late 1970s, in an era of double-digit inflation. Through his personal, direct and unorthodox efforts, he was pivotal in directing innovative procurement and coordinating modification of aircraft and equipment that eventually led to the formation of the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the famous "Night Stalkers," following the unsuccessful 1980 "Desert One" operation to free the Iranian held American hostages. Hesson was one of the key behind-the-scenes leaders providing support that gave special operations aviation a "kick start," leading to the 160th SOAR becoming the world's premier combat aviation unit.

Just as significant as his accomplishments in uniform were his contributions as the national president of both the AAAA and the association's Scholarship Foundation. As president from 1989 to 1991, Hesson expanded the National Executive Board to include representation by company grade, warrant officer, and enlisted members, and significantly improved membership retention. His AAAA and scholarship initiatives have improved the lives of hundreds of Soldiers and families and greatly improved both organizations.

There is no doubt Hesson has made the quiet, professional, and sustained impacts on our warfighters and their families, which will pay rich dividends for Army Aviation and the AAAA for decades to come.