Current Army Directives
Current Army Directives for Conference Attendance
The latest guidance from the Secretary of the Army’s office, dated 17 Oct, suspends military/government attendance at all Non-Federal Entity (NFE) events, unless a waiver is submitted. This does not include those local personnel that can attend at zero cost to the government.
Further guidance is expected out of the Secretary’s Office by 31 Dec 2012. Until then AAAA continues to work with all our military, government and industry partners to ensure our events meet each directive that is issued from OSD and refined by the Secretary of the Army. This includes Army directive 2011-20, dated 14 Oct 2011 requiring sponsored NFE events at execution fall below the "majority" DA speaker threshold.
At this time all events scheduled by AAAA are still on and we look forward facilitating the exchanging of ideas and dissemination of information pertinent to Army Aviation at each of our events.
|SSG James Coleman|
Army Aviation Hall of Fame 2012 Induction
Staff Sergeant James “Pappy” Coleman
Staff Sergeant James “Pappy” Coleman epitomized the DUSTOFF medic: completely fearless, professionally expert, and totally dedicated to life saving. There was no soldier who served with this man who would not want him above all others to be their medic if they were wounded in battle. He was among the most highly decorated medics of the Vietnam War. He was also one of the most competent and courageous.
He trained and led a group of medics with the 498th Medical Company and 54th Medical Detachment in Vietnam who evacuated and treated over 21,000 patients in a nine month period; flying 28 combat missions and carrying 70 patients on average each day in a unit that had an aircraft hit every 4-5 days. Each of these medics earned the Purple Heart and Coleman was wounded twice yet refused to leave his unit. In addition to 2 Purple Hearts he earned 3 Silver Stars, a Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Bronze Stars, both for valor, an Air Medal for valor plus numerous other Air Medals. He was involved in the evacuation and treatment of some 4,000 patients in over 1,600 combat missions in one year, earning him the reputation throughout his area of operations as “Super Medic.”
On hundreds of missions, in numerous minefields and countless bullet-swept battle zones, Coleman tread where others would not. He saw his fellow soldiers, and his own helicopters, shot over and over and went back again and again.
Perhaps his whole attitude about the dangers of his job was best expressed after a bullet passed between his lips filling them with blood. When a fellow soldier rushed to his aid, Coleman quipped through the blood, “I am good to go. I just kissed the bullet that had my name on it.”
He left the Army with 18 years of service to care for his family and was inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame in March 2008.
Upcoming Chapter Events
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14 - Wright Brothers Meeting
15 - Magnolia Meeting
21 - Jack H. Dibrell Meeting
22 - Lindbergh Fly-In Picnic
25 - Colonial Virginia Scholarship Lunch
26 - MacArthur Meeting
27 - Aviation Center Meeting
27 - Old Tucson Meeting
28 - Corpus Christi Social
28 - Mid-Atlantic Final Friday
28 - Northern Lights Meeting
28 - Washington-Potomac Final Friday
11 Oct - Tarheel Golf Tournament
27 Oct - Michigan Great Lakes
Tim Gordon Memorial 10 Miler and 5K
16 Nov - Washington-Potomac Dining Out