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2009 Photo Contest Winners

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1st Place – “Nature Versus Technology” by SGT Travis Zielinski

1st Air Cav. Bde. Public Affairs

Oct. 28, 2009; Camp Taji, Iraq

A CH-47F from Co. B, 2nd Bn., 227th Avn. Regt., 1st Air Cav. Bde., sits dormant on the flight line during a lightning storm.


2nd Place – “Palmetto Firepower” by 1LT Matthew L. Miller

Co. B, 1st Bn., 151st Avn. Regt., South Carolina Army Nat’l. Guard

Oct. 10, 2009; McEntire Joint Nat’l. Guard Base, Eastover, SC

An AH-64D posing for the crowd with “wall of fire” pyrotechnics in the background during a Combined Arms Demonstration at the 2009 South Carolina Air & Ground Expo; piloted by CW4 Larry Ayers and CW2 Jason Pachol.


3rd Place – “Ready for Recon” by CW3 Timmy D. Pisone

Task Force ODIN, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sept. 1, 2009; Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq

A Task Force Odin MQ-1C Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) about to launch on another recon mission over Iraq.


4th Place – “Memorial to the Crew of ‘Red River 44’” by CPT Randall M. Stillinger

2nd Bn., 149th Avn. Regt., Texas Army Nat’l Guard

Oct. 25, 2009; Grand Prairie, TX

A granite bench in memory of CW3 Brady J. Rudolf reflects the sunrise and taxiway lights with a CH-47 in the background. The bench is one of the seven in the park and memorializes the crew of “Red River 44,” call sign of the CH-47 that went down in southern Iraq on Sept. 17, 2008.


Honorable Mention – “UH-1H Huey ‘Hind’” by CW4 Joel E. Anderson

Joint Multinational Readiness Center Falcon Team, Hohenfels

Sept. 12, 2009; Hohenfels Army Airfield, Germany

A UH-1H “Huey” painted and with multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES) to represent a Red Force-Air Hind-D sits on the ramp waiting for its next training mission.


Honorable Mention – “Morning in Afghanistan” by CW2 James W. Baker

Co. A, 3rd Bn., 82nd Avn. Regt., Ft. Bragg, NC

Dec. 6 2009; Herat, Afghanistan

SPC Jerome Lewis of A/3-82nd Avn. mans his M-240 machinegun with trail aircraft of C/2-82nd Avn. in a staggered left position while facing the rising sun on the return flight to Camp Stone in Herat, Afghanistan.


Honorable Mention – “In The Clouds” by MSG Douglas L. Carter

2nd Bn., 130th Avn. Regt., Morrisville, NC

Apr. 21, 2009; / Army Avn. Spt. Fac. #1, Morrisville, NC

SGT Jerry Gilliam of Det. 1, Co. B, 2nd Bn., 151st Avn. Regt. in the clouds at AASF#1 practicing hoist operations.


Honorable Mention – “MEDEVAC Sunset” by CPT Christine P. Downs

Co. C, 3rd Bn., 82nd Avn. Regt., Ft. Bragg, NC

Sept. 28, 2009; Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

A MEDEVAC helicopter flies into the sunset in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

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Honorable Mention – “Prepping the AH-64A Apache for Aerial Gunnery” by CW3 Jared S. Jones

Co. C, 1st Bn., 211th Avn. Regt., West Jordan, UT

Jun. 18, 2009; Michael Army Airfield, UT

SSG Cory Rose is on the wing talking to the aviators as the armament team loads 2.75 inch rockets into the pods during aerial gunnery training on the Utah Test & Training Range (UTTR).


Honorable Mention – “The First Time's A Charm” by Mr. Collin F. Magonigal

U.S. Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate, Ft. Rucker, AL

Dec. 9, 2009; Ft. Rucker, AL

An OH-58D equipped with the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) fires flares for the first time in a test at Matteson Range on Ft. Rucker.


Honorable Mention – “Chinook Landing” by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr.

HHC, 25th Cbt. Avn. Bde., 25th Inf. Div., Hawaii

Apr. 30, 2009; Oahu, Hawaii

SSG Andrew Cornwallis, 25th CAB Personnel Recovery Team non-commissioned officer in charge, positions himself as a CH-47D Chinook lands during a downed unmanned aircraft system recovery exercise.


Honorable Mention – “Stigma On Standby” by CW3 Timmy D. Pisone

Task Force ODIN, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Jul. 18, 2009; Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq

Task Force ODIN’s C-12 Air Reconnaissance Multi-Sensor (ARMS) quick reaction aircraft; always mission ready and hungry for action.

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