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2012 Photo Contest Winners

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"The Best Soldiers for the Worst Times"
by SFC Eric J. Pahon

Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC
July 8, 2012; Logar Province, Afghanistan


U.S. Army SSG Erin Gibson, 31, of Covington, OH, reassures patients in the back of an 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade MEDEVAC helicopter while U.S. Army SPC Bryan Heaston, 30, of Lusby, MD, maintains a close watch on security and safety.

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Second Place – "Up and Over"
by CPT Jesse A. Paulsboe

16th Combat Aviation Brigade,
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
June 13, 2012; Cascade Mountain Range, WA


The crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk monitors instruments during a 12,000 ft. ascent over the Cascade Mountain Range; the 12,281 ft. summit of Mount Adams can be seen in the distance.

March 2014
Third Place – "Securing Equipment"
by Mr. Marc St. Pierre Woodstock

Woodstock, GA
April 8, 2012; Hampton, GA


A late-summer electrical storm quickly enveloped maneuvers being conducted by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) Sky Soldiers; the equipment had to be protected from the continuous bolts of lightning and the sudden deluge of hard, cold rain and hail so intense that it destroyed the camera that made this photo.

June 2013
Fourth Place – "Wings and Rings"
by 1LT Amber Skye Robertson

2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment,
25th Combat Aviation Brigade,
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI
November 14, 2012; Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker, AL


After supporting WO1 Thomas Arnold Robey through two years of the warrant officer candidate course and flight school at Fort Rucker, his wife, Britnee Anne, pins on her husband's brand new, well deserved wings.

February 2014
Honorable Mention – "Frosty"
by SGT Duncan P. Brennan

Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
101st Combat Aviation Brigade,
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
December 27, 2012; Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan


A CH-47 Chinook gets a healthy dusting of snow on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

January 2014
Honorable Mention – "Go Army"
by CW2 Neil A. Covington

Company B, 3rd Battalion,
159th Aviation Regiment,
Illesheim, Germany
October 27, 2012; USS Ponce, Northern Arabian Gulf


Members of the Quick Strike Battalion operating aboard the USS Ponce surprise the Air Boss with a Go Army message during their take off.

December 2013
Honorable Mention – "Ready for Jumps"
by CW3 Eric B. Clavier

Detachment 1, Company D,
126th Aviation Regiment,
New Holland, PA
November 14, 2012; Laguna Army Airfield, Yuma Proving Ground, AZ


A Pennsylvania Army National Guard C-23C Sherpa supporting the Military Free Fall School at Yuma Proving Ground; combine beautiful weather with a hard working aircraft flown by a dedicated Army National Guard crew and you get a lot of training accomplished.

September 2013
Honorable Mention – "Jump"
by CW2 George P. Chino

Company A, 7th Battalion,
101st Aviation Regiment,
Fort Campbell, KY
August 9, 2012; Lake Barkley, KY


Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), conduct over water jump training utilizing the UH-60L Black Hawk.

July 2013
Honorable Mention – "Ready to Launch"
by SGT Mark A. Kauffman

24th Press Camp Headquarters,
El Paso, TX
October 30, 2012; McGregor Range Complex, NM


Soldiers from Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX, conduct final checks on the Shadow 152A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle before launch.

April 2014
Honorable Mention – "Into the Valley"
by Mr. Mark Marcus

Madison, AL
April 19, 2012; Yukon Territory, Canada


A group of CH-47F Chinooks on the final leg of a ferry mission from Savannah, GA to Fairbanks, AK fly into a valley in the Yukon Territory of Canada as they approach the United States border.

November 2013
Honorable Mention – "Work Hard - Play Hard"
by 1LT Amber Skye Robertson

2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment,
25th Combat Aviation Brigade,
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI
December 20, 2012; Hanchey Army Heliport, Fort Rucker, AL


Mustang flight members film part of a class video on the airfield at Fort Rucker. Flying is tough – flight school is tougher; however, at the end of the day, we love what we do and have fun with it.

August 2013
Honorable Mention – "Quick Drop Off"
by SGT Daniel J. Schroeder

25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs,
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI
March 16; Kandahar Province, Afghanistan


PFC Samuel Corsolini, a gunner assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, pulls security with other Pathfinders as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons And Tactics team in Kandahar.

October 2013