FOR RELEASE Jun. 19, 2012

Army Aviation Association of America Announces 2011 Fixed Wing Unit of the Year Award Winner

(MONROE, Conn., Jun. 19, 2012) – The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) is proud to announce Company A, 641st Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard is the recipient of the 2011 AAAA Fixed Wing Unit of the Year award.

Co. A, 641st Avn. Regt. is a C-23 Sherpa unit headquartered in Salem, Oregon, under the Oregon Army National Guard with detachments in Oklahoma, Washington state, and South Dakota. A/641 recently returned from a 400-day forward deployment to the Iraqi Theater of Operations, its third deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The unit’s deployed 16 pilots and flight engineers, flying five aircraft nightly, completed over 1,000 missions without a single class A, B, or C accident. Operating a performance-limited aircraft in an austere environment, faced with ever-changing priorities of movement, and a fluid enemy threat on the battlefield, A/641 masterfully negotiated changing airspace usage requirements, and provided a dynamic, customer-service oriented approach to its mission.

A/641 transported everything from blood and vaccines, to Aircraft on Ground (AOG) parts, rolling stock/ground vehicle parts, unmanned aircraft systems components, hazardous material and force protection equipment. At the same time, the company also provided reliable intra-theater movements of personnel for all echelons of command, to include detainee movement.

The award will be formally presented at a banquet the evening of Jun. 19, at the AAAA Annual Fixed Wing Professional Forum in Huntsville, AL.