From the President's Cockpit
Did You Know?
As I travel around the country and field calls from chapters, I am sometimes surprised at the number of chapters, and by extension our members, that are not aware of some of the benefits that membership in the Association provides.
For example, last year to help our chapter leaders we redesigned our web site to include a frequently asked question (FAQ) format in lieu of the old, overly laborious "Info File" policies and procedures manual. Yet we still get a number of fairly basic questions that indicate to me that people are not taking advantage of the resources that are already out there. Therefore this month I thought I'd take a moment to ask ... and answer ...some of those questions.
Did you know... that if you are deployed, the AAAA national office will extend your membership for up to 15 months at no cost? Just let us know.
Did you know...
Did you know... that your Chapter can request up to $5,000 of financial assistance in support of deployment or redeployment ceremonies, formals, golf tournaments, or scholarship related activities? Again just contact the national office.
Did you know... that each Chapter may send one member to the annual AAAA Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit and have all on-site expenses covered for a Soldier of the Year, for example, and spouse to include hotel room and two tickets for all events?
Did you know... that your voice is heard in Washington, DC through the 55 Representatives on the AAAA hosted Congressional Army Aviation Caucus? The AAAA Senior Executive Associates led by former Army Vice Chief of Staff, Jack Keane, work behind the scenes to make sure your concerns are heard at the highest levels of the government. We also are an active member of 5.5 million member The Military Association (TMC).
Did you know... that there are numerous recognition opportunities from the Association ranging from the Order of Saint Michael, Lady of Loreto, and Soldier of the Month to the Aviator of the Year and even the Hall of Fame? Just send in the nominations.
Did you know... that if your Chapter can raise just $1,000 in a year, it will be matched by the Scholarship Foundation and two students from the chapter will receive $1,000 awards?
Bottom line... AAAA does a lot but we need to get the word out in a more efficient and effective manner. Check out the FAQs on the website and help us spread the word.
Above the Best!
BG Howard W. Yellen, Ret.
31st President, AAAA