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Presenting!
 • 
 
 • 
 
 •

“Forest
Firefighter
Safety”
 Partnership
for
Public
Service
 
 ”Ft
Rucker
New
Garrison
CO”

 Nathan
Pfau


July
2012


President’s
Message
 Robert
Frost


July
 greetings
 to
 our
 members
 and
 friends.

As
a
Founding
Member
of
the
Combat
 Helicopter
 Pilots
 Association,
 I
 remember
 the
 multiple
 goals
 to
 which
 we
 dedicated
 our
 “Taliban
Waging
War”
 ISAF
Media
 organization
 –
 one
 being
 to
 remember
 and
 
 honor
 our
 aviation
 comrades
 lost
 during
 • “2012
Convention
Update”
 helicopter
combat
operations.

CHPA
serves
as
a
 
 Jay
Brown
 living
legacy
to
the
growing,
vibrant
community
 
 of
aviators
from
all
branches
of
our
military
who
 • “2012
Convention
Info”
 
 
 share
 the
 exhilarating
 common
 bond
 of
 having
 flown
 helicopters
 into
 lethal
 • “Reunions
and
Gatherings”
 combat
 environments
 across
 the
 illustrious
 span
 of
 US
 military
 rotary
 wing
 




Jay
Brown
 history.

For
many
of
our
members
it
began
in
Vietnam.

It
became
known
as
 
 “The
 Helicopter
 War.”
 
 We
 took
 a
 hell
 of
 a
 beating
 in
 Vietnam,
 losing
 and
much,
much
more!
 thousands
of
pilots
and
crewmembers.

But
we
were
always
there
when
the
 
 grunts
needed
us
‐‐‐
and
we
performed
at
our
best!
 One
of
the
items
I
ran
across
a
few
days
ago
while
browsing
on
my
computer
was
the
prologue
to
Joe
 Galloway’s
book,
“We
Were
Soldiers
Once…..And
Young.”

It
had
been
years
since
I
had
read
the
book
about
 LZ
Xray
and
the
Ia
Drang
Campaign
of
late
’65
in
Vietnam.
 As
I
read
it
again,
after
so
many
years,
I
realized
how
clear
Joe
was
in
defining
the
times
and
how
those
 of
us
who
served
this
nation
in
combat
in
Vietnam,
remember
and
feel
about
those
times.

As
I
grow
older,
his
 words
take
on
even
greater
meaning
in
my
life.
 Joe
has
given
permission
for
some
of
the
prologue
to
be
shared
with
you
in
this
month’s
issue
of
the
 “Swash
Plate”
newsletter.


 Here
it
is:
 “Many
 of
 our
 countrymen
 came
 to
 hate
 the
 war
 we
 fought.
 
 Those
 who
 hated
 it
 the
 most
 ‐‐‐
 the
 professionally
sensitive
‐‐‐
were
not,
in
the
end,
sensitive
enough
to
differentiate
between
the
war
and
the
 soldiers
who
had
been
ordered
to
fight
it.

They
hated
us
as
well,
and
we
went
to
ground
in
the
crossfire,
as
 we
had
learned
in
the
jungles.
 In
time
our
battles
were
forgotten,
our
sacrifices
discounted
and
both
our
sanity
and
our
suitability
 for
life
in
polite
progressive
American
society
were
publicly
questioned.

Our
young‐old
faces,
chiseled
and
 gaunt
 from
 the
 fever
 and
 the
 heat
 and
 the
 sleepless
 nights,
 now
 stare
 back
 at
 us,
 lost
 and
 damned
 strangers,
 frozen
 in
 yellowing
 snapshots
 packed
 away
 in
 Concluded
on
Page
2
 cardboard
boxes
with
our
medals
and
ribbons.



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We
 rebuilt
 our
 lives,
 found
 jobs
 or
 professions,
 married,
 raised
 families
 and
 waited
 patiently
 for
 America
to
come
to
its
senses.

As
the
years
passed
we
searched
each
other
out
and
found
that
the
half‐ remembered
pride
of
service
was
shared
by
those
who
had
shared
everything
else
with
us.

With
them,
and
 only
with
them,
could
we
talk
about
what
had
really
happened
over
there
‐‐‐
what
we
had
seen,
what
we
 had
done,
what
we
had
survived.
 We
knew
what
Vietnam
had
been
like,
and
how
we
looked
and
acted
and
talked
and
smelled.

No
 one
in
America
did.

Hollywood
got
it
wrong
every
damned
time,
whetting
twisted
political
knives
on
the
 bones
of
our
dead
brothers.
 So
once,
just
this
once,
this
is
how
it
all
began,
what
it
was
really
like,
what
it
meant
to
us
and
what
 we
meant
to
each
other.

It
was
no
movie.

When
it
was
over
the
dead
did
not
get
up
and
dust
themselves
 off
and
walk
away.

The
wounded
did
not
wash
away
the
red
and
go
on
with
life
unhurt.

Those
who
were,
 miraculously,
unscratched
were
by
no
means
untouched.

Not
one
of
us
left
Vietnam
the
same
young
man
 he
was
when
he
arrived.”
 On
 more
 than
 one
 occasion
 Joe
 Galloway
 has
 affectionately
 referred
 to
 us
 as
 “God’s
 Own
 Lunatics.”

 He
is
right
and
we
are
proud!

Thanks,
Joe.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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 of patches from our members. These patches are 
 displayed at our booth at HAI, Quad A, and 
 VHPA. Several of you have donated patches, 
 like the ones shown here, but we’re always 
 looking for more. They are very eye catching and 
 garner attention. So please dig through help us 
 patches and if you have some you’d like your old 
 send them to us at: to share, 
 
 • PO Box 42 • Divide, CO
80814‐0042
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Ensuring
the
Safety
of
Those
Who
Fight
Forest
Fires
 The
Partnership
for
Public
Service,
Published:
July

2,
The
Washington
Post

 
 


As
 a
 wildfire
 picked
 up
 steam
 during
 the
 middle
 of
 the
night
in
the
Prescott
National
Forest
in
Arizona
in
May,
 10
firefighters
fled
to
the
top
of
a
ridge
to
escape
the
flames
 tearing
through
the
trees.
 Those
 firefighters
 survived
 the
 near
 miss,
 but
 soon
 after
the
incident,
Becqui
Livingston
was
called
in
to
analyze
 what
 happened
 and
 publish
 any
 lessons
 the
 team
 learned
 to
help
inform
other
firefighters.
 Livingston,
 who
 works
 for
 the
 US
 Forest
 Service,
 uses
 her
 18
 years
 of
 experience
 to
 make
 sure
 that
 firefighters
are
physically
capable
to
do
their
jobs.

If
there
 are
 mishaps
 or
 fatalities,
 she
 sets
 in
 motion
 a
 process
 for
 bringing
together
an
accident
investigation
team
of
experts
and
peers
to
review
the
circumstances
and
extract
 important
information.
 “My
passion
is
to
make
sure
firefighters
first
and
foremost
are
healthy
and
fit,”
said
Livingston,
a
Fire
 Operations
Health
and
Safety
Specialist
with
the
US
Forest
Service
in
the
Southwestern
Regional
Office.

 “Firefighting
 is
 a
 physically
 and
 mentally
 challenging
 job,
 much
 like
 being
 in
 combat,”
 she
 said.
 
 “It’s
 one
of
the
closest
things
to
being
a
soldier,
with
the
camaraderie
and
the
elements.”
 Many
aspects
are
involved
in
firefighter
safety,
Livingston
said,
from
making
sure
firefighters
are
using
 the
correct
safety
equipment
to
getting
the
proper
nutrition
and
hydration
and
keeping
in
shape
during
the
 off‐season.

 “Her
 biggest
 asset
 is
 she
 is
 so
 caring,”
 said
 Jerome
 Macdonald,
 deputy
 incident
 commander
 on
 the
 Southwest
 Area
Incident
 Management
Team
and
 Livingston’s
 former
supervisor.
 
 “She
 is
 the
 kind
 of
 person
 who
will
fight
for
the
underdog.”
 In
addition
to
traveling
to
big
fires
to
address
health
and
safety
issues,
she
gathers
information
from
 interagency
 partners
 at
 the
 state,
 local
 and
 federal
 levels,
 and
 disseminates
 information
 to
 keep
 firefighter
 aware
and
educated
on
wellness
issues.
 Livingston,
 who
 also
 is
 a
 personal
 fitness
 trainer,
 helped
 develop
 an
 interagency
 firefighter
 fitness
 program
called
“Firefit”
that
is
geared
toward
those
who
fight
wildfires.

 At
4
feet
9
inches
tall,
about
102
pounds
and
female,
Livingston
is
not
what
most
people
picture
as
a
 typical
 firefighter.
 
 But
 she
 proved
 herself
 over
 her
 nearly
 two
 decades
 of
 carrying
 up
 to
 70
 pounds
 of
 equipment
on
the
job,
camping
for
days
or
weeks
near
raging
wildfires
and
eventually
joining
the
Smokey
Bear
 Hotshot
firefighting
crew
in
Ruidoso,
New
Mexico.

 As
a
part
of
a
hotshot
crew,
Livingston
was
a
full‐time
firefighter
with
special
training,
working
with
the
 same
crew
of
20
firefighters
season
after
season,
unlike
“smoke
jumpers”
or
others,
who
are
brought
in
from
 all
over
to
fight
smaller
fires.

 “When
 you’re
 fighting
 a
 fire,
 you
 want
 a
 hotshot
 crew
 because
 of
 their
 level
 of
 training
 and
 experience,”
Macdonald
said.

“She
was
well
respected
because
of
the
energy
level
she
brings.”
 Often,
 those
 hotshots
 are
 in
 such
 remote
 locations
 Concluded
on
Page
4
 that
 they
 live
 in
 a
 big
 tent
 city
 with
 food
 brought
 in
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helicopter
or
pack
mules.

She
met
her
future
husband
when
he
helicoptered
in
to
drop
off
supplies
near
a
fire
 she
was
fighting
in
Colorado.
 As
a
youngster,
Livingston
spent
time
at
a
summer
cabin
in
the
woods.

In
high
school,
she
was
drawn
 to
firefighting,
despite
an
associate
principal
trying
to
talk
her
out
of
it.

She
then
applied
to
join
the
Young
 Adult
 Conservation
 Corps’
 fire
 crew
 in
 the
 Smokey
 Bear
 Ranger
 District
 in
 New
 Mexico’s
 Lincoln
 National
 Forest.
 Due
to
her
unusual
first
name,
Livingston
was
accepted
under
the
assumption
she
was
a
male
like
most
 other
applicants
in
the
late
1970s,
and
became
one
of
the
pioneer
women
in
firefighting
on
wild
lands.

She
 soon
became
a
seasonal
firefighter
and
in
the
late
1980s
became
one
of
the
first
women
to
join
her
district’s
 hotshot
crew.
 Although
 Livingston
 mostly
 works
 on
 the
 health
 and
 safety
 of
 other
 firefighters
 now,
 the
 job
 is
 still
 tough.

Fires
continue
to
burn
hotter
and
bigger,
due
to
record‐breaking
temperatures
and
forest
conditions.
 “Because
 of
 all
 those
 accumulated
 fuels
 and
 health
 conditions,
 forests
 are
 burning
 with
 intense
 velocity
and
there’s
nothing
we
can
do,”
Livingston
said.

It’s
a
tough
environment,
she
added,
and
dwindling
 resources
make
it
even
tougher.
 “People
are
continually
in
harm’s
way,”
Livingston
said.

“We
do
everything
we
can
to
keep
people
safe
 and
healthy.

All
I
want
is
for
firefighters
to
come
home
safe
every
night.”
 
 


The
Swash!


[Call
For
Articles]


Where are all the story tellers out there? I know there are more stories out there yet to be told in this forum. Helicopter crewmembers lead a most interesting life and stories abound from qualification courses, non-flying assignments, combat missions, commercial flying or just goofing off. Our most entertaining and informative stories come from you, our membership. So, if you have an idea for an article, or if you have an article you’d like to submit it’s as easy as submitting it to the guy who puts the newsletter together. The story can be about anything from flight school to real life, TINS, or there-I-was stories. We’ve published several stories over the years ranging from tales of flight school a long, long time ago to real life “war stories” that we’re sure most of you can identify with. Take a moment to lay fingers on keyboard or just put pen to paper and send in those stories. You can email them to hq@chpa-us.org or through the US Post Office to: CHPA • PO Box 42 • Divide, CO 80814-0042


 
 
 


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Fort
Rucker
Welcomes
New
Garrison
Commander


www.chpa-us.org 
 
 


Nathan
Pfau,
Army
Flyer
Staff
Writer
 


Ft
 Rucker
 welcomed
 a
 new
 garrison
 commander
 and
 garrison
 command
 sergeant
 major,
 while
 bidding
 farewell
 to
 two
 well‐known
faces
on
the
installation
July
13. COL
 Stuart
 J.
 McRae
 assumed
 command
 of
 the
 garrison
 from
 COL
 James
 A.
 Muskopf,
 and
 CSM
 Buford
 E.
 Noland
 became
 the
 new
 garrison
 command
 sergeant
 major,
 assuming
 responsibility
 from
 CSM
 Dwaine
 E.
 Walters
 during
 a
 change
 of
 command
 and
 responsibility
 ceremony
 at
 the
 US
 Army
 Aviation
 Museum. “COL
 McRae
 brings
 to
 Ft
 Rucker
 a
 wealth
 of
 experience
 from
 a
 wide
 variety
 of
 operational
 and
 staff
 assignments,”
 said
 Davis
 D.
 Tindoll
 Jr.,
 Atlantic
 Region
 Installation
 Management
 Commander
 director
 and
 guest
 speaker.
 
 “His
 assignments,
 Photo
by
Nathan
Pfau
 extensive
 experience
 and
 military
 education
 offer
 impeccable
 Davis
 D.
 Tindoll,
 Jr.
 ,
 director
 of
 the
 Installation
 credentials
for
garrison
command.” Management
 Command
 Atlantic
 Region,
 passes
 the
 garrison
 colors
 to
 the
 incoming
 Fort
 Rucker
 Garrison
 McRae
is
no
stranger
to
Ft
Rucker
as
his
prior
assignment
 Commander,
 COL
 Stuart
 J.
 McRae,
 during
 a
 change
 of
 was
as
the
director
of
the
US
Army
Aviation
Center
of
Excellence’s
 command
 and
 responsibility
 ceremony
 at
 the
 US
 Army
 Aviation
Museum
July
13.

McRae
assumed
command
of
 Capability
and
Development
Integration
Directorate. the
 garrison
 from
 outgoing
 Fort
 Rucker
 Garrison
 “The
 McRaes
 have
 been
 here
 for
 a
 year
 and
 there
 is
 Commander
COL
James
A.
Muskop
 
 nothing
 but
 goodness
 that
 comes
 out
 of
 that,”
 said
 Muskopf.

 f
 “He’s
had
a
chance
to
figure
out
what
Ft
Rucker’s
all
about.” The
new
commander
agreed
that
is
a
good
thing. “I’ve
had
the
rare
opportunity
during
this
last
year
to
be
prepositioned
here
and
be
able
to
observe
the
 interaction
between
the
garrison
and
the
Aviation
Center
before
taking
command,”
McRae
said.

“I’ve
been
 able
to
observe
many
great
leaders
that
work
and
see
what
right
looks
like
from
the
top
down.” McRae
 began
 his
 military
 career
 in
 1987
 when
 he
 graduated
 from
 Montana
 State
 University
 as
 a
 distinguished
 military
 graduate,
 and
 began
 his
 career
 as
 a
 leader
 when
 he
 served
 as
 the
 platoon
 leader,
 battalion
maintenance
officer
and
assistant
S3
for
the
9th
Infantry
Division,
Ft
Lewis,
WA. Noland
comes
to
Ft
Rucker
from
Ft
Leonard
Wood,
MO,
where
he
served
as
command
sergeant
major
 for
the
193rd
Brigade
Support
Battalion,
4th
Maneuver
Enhancement
Brigade. “His
 military
 police
 background
 gives
 him
 special
 insight
 into
 the
 complexities
 and
 challenges
 of
 running
 garrison
 operations,”
 said
 Tindoll.
 
 “Due
 to
 his
 extensive
 experiences,
 he
 knows
 the
 needs
 of
 the
 Soldiers
and
their
Families.” The
 ceremony
 was
 a
 time
 to
 recognize
 the
 new
 garrison
 commander
 and
 command
 sergeant
 major,
 but
it
was
also
a
time
to
recognize
Muskopf
and
Walters
for
the
time
they
served
on
Ft
Rucker. “Over
the
past
two
years,
they
excelled
in
overcoming
numerous
challenges
to
ensure
Ft
Rucker
made
 tremendous
contributions,
not
only
to
Army
readiness,
but
by
 providing
 the
 best
 possible
 quality
 for
 our
 team
 here,”
 said
 Concluded
on
Page
6
 Tindoll.

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They
 achieved
 this
 next
 level
 of
 support
 by
 refining
 common
 levels
 of
 service,
 using
 detailed
 performance
 management
 reviews
 and
 customer
 feedback
 to
 improve
 the
 efficiency
 of
 base
 operations
 support,
according
to
the
director. “This
 is
 what
 right
 looks
 like,”
 said
 McRae
 about
 Muskopf’s
 leadership.
 
 “The
 team
 that
 you’ve
 developed
and
passed
to
me
is
absolutely
second
to
none.” Muskopf
said
that
what
they
achieved
on
Fort
Rucker
was
no
one‐single
effort,
but
a
team
effort
from
 everyone
on
his
command
team,
to
the
people
in
the
surrounding
community. “Philadelphia
calls
itself
the
city
of
brotherly
love,
but
there
is
no
more
brotherly
love
in
the
world
than
 the
brotherly
love
that
the
Wiregrass
gives
to
Fort
Rucker,”
he
said,
adding
that
he
couldn’t
have
asked
for
a
 better
senior
commander
to
work
under
than
MG
Anthony
G.
Crutchfield,
USAACE
and
Ft
Rucker
Commanding
 General. Muskopf
will
go
on
to
Carlisle
Barracks,
PA
as
the
US
Army
War
College’s
director
of
Strategic
Plans
and
 Walters
will
retire
from
the
Army. McRae
 said
 he
 was
 ready
 to
 take
 on
 the
 challenges
 as
 garrison
 commander
 and
 ready
 to
 tackle
 the
 vision
that
Crutchfield
has
set
for
the
future
of
the
Aviation
Branch
and
Ft
Rucker. “I
appreciate
the
confidence
that
[Crutchfield]
has
shown
…
and
I
take
his
visions
to
heart,”
he
said.

“I
 recognize
that
the
most
important
and
valuable
resource
that
we
have
here
at
Ft
Rucker
is
not
our
aircraft
or
 our
systems
—
it’s
our
people.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 


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Waging
War
on
Afghan
People


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ISAF
Media
 


Since
 armed
 insurgents
 stormed
 the
 Spozhmai
 hotel
 on
 Lake
 Qargha
 June
 22,
it
seems
the
Taliban
and
its
associated
 terror
 networks
 have
 been
 waging
 a
 vicious
 campaign
 against
 the
 citizens
 of
 Afghanistan.
 
 (We
 say
 “seems,”
 because
 insurgents
 operating
 in
 Afghanistan
 have
 never
been
shy
to
target
civilians.)
 The
Taliban’s
war
is
against
families
 who
 dare
 to
 send
 their
 girls
 to
 school.

 Their
 war
 is
 against
 the
 fathers,
 sons
 and
 brothers
who
dare
to
try
and
protect
their
 BG
Lew
Boone,
US
Army
Director
of
Public
Affairs,
HQ
ISAF
 families
 and
 neighbors
 by
 enlisting
 in
 the
 Afghan
National
Security
Forces.

Their
war
is
against
anybody
with
the
courage
to
say,
“Enough,”
as
we
saw
 
 last
week
when
Ghazni
villagers
bravely
threw
the
Taliban
out
of
their
homes.

On
Monday,
they
were
repaid
 for
their
courage
with
reprisal.

Ten
Afghans
were
killed
and
19
were
wounded
in
Ghazni
when
a
passenger
 bus
hit
an
improvised
explosive
device.

It
strains
credulity
to
suggest
the
insurgents
who
placed
that
bomb
 honestly
believed
they
would
be
taking
out
a
military
target.
 We
 understand
 that
 civilian
 casualties
 are,
 tragically,
 an
 unavoidable
 fact
 of
 modern
 armed
 conflict.

 When
 civilians
 are
 unfortunately
 lost
 as
 a
 result
 of
 ISAF
 and
 coalition
 actions,
 we
 are
 subjected
 to
 intense
 scrutiny
from
the
media,
the
international
community
and,
most
importantly,
our
Afghan
hosts.
 This
is
as
it
should
be.
 Civilian
casualties
should
be
scrutinized
so
that
they
may
be
avoided
in
the
future.

We
have
accepted
 that
challenge
and
have
decreased
the
amount
of
ISAF‐caused
civilian
casualties
by
30
percent
below
this
time
 in
2011.

The
Taliban
and
their
insurgent
allies,
however,
are
responsible
for
more
than
80
percent
of
Afghan
 civilian
 casualties.
 
 In
 the
 last
 week
 alone,
 insurgents
 have
 caused
 98
 percent
 of
 all
 civilian
 casualties
 in
 Afghanistan.
 When
the
Taliban
and
their
ilk
wound
and
kill
civilians,
they
are
not
held
to
the
same
scrutiny
as
ISAF
or
 Afghan
security
forces.

This
is
because
the
international
community
expects
little
more
from
the
Taliban
and
 its
cronies
than
nihilism
and
violence.

When
an
organization
establishes
a
reputation
for
evil,
people
simply
 stop
asking
why
or
demanding
better.
 Not
us.

We
ask
why.

Why
do
you
poison
schoolchildren?

What
purpose
does
blowing
up
a
bus
full
of
 civilians
serve?

We
also
demand
better
from
the
insurgency,
just
as
we
demand
better
from
ourselves.

We
 do
everything
we
can
to
limit
the
harm
that
comes
to
civilians.

If
the
Taliban
were
truly
concerned
with
the
 well‐being
of
the
Afghan
people
as
their
leadership
has
claimed,
they
would
do
the
same.
 
 
 
 
 


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2012
Convention
Update


www.chpa-us.org


 
 Registration
 for
 the
 2012
 CHPA
 Annual
 Convention
 is
 underway
 and
 the
 reservations
are
rolling
in
so
we
know
the
system
is
working
and
ready
for
you
to
 sign
 up.
 
 CHPA
 members
 and
 their
 guests
 will
 gather
 in
 Washington,
 DC
 this
 November,
 from
 the
 13th
 to
 the
 16th.
 
 Those
 of
 you
 who
 have
 attended
 a
 CHPA
 Convention
 and
 Annual
 Meeting
 in
 the
 past
 know
 there
 will
 be
 a
 party
 going
 on.

 This
 year
 we’ve
 contracted
 with
 Military
 Reunion
 Planners
 and
 have
 a
 great
 schedule
 set
 for
 everyone
 who
 attends,
 and
 what
 better
 city
 to
 be
 in
 than
 Washington,
 DC,
 full
 of
 history
 and
 more
 sights
 than
 you
 could
 possibly
 take
 in
 without
staying
much
longer
than
a
week.
 Over
the
next
few
pages
you’ll
find
general
information
on
the
convention
and
the
schedule
of
events.
 The
easiest
thing
to
do
is
register
online,
either
by
going
to
the
CHPA
website
www.chpa‐us.org,
and
following
 the
links
or
directly
to
the
registration
page
at
http://militaryreunionplanners.com/CHPA/#.

It
literally
takes
 just
a
few
seconds
of
your
time
to
complete
the
registration
process.

If
you
don’t
have
access
to
the
internet
 you
can
complete
the
registration
form
in
this
issue
of
the
Swash
Plate
and
just
send
in
with
your
payment
 information.

HQ
will
handle
the
rest. Just
to
remind
everyone,
once
you’ve
completed
your
registration
for
the
convention,
you’ll
need
to
 contact
 the
 host
 hotel,
 the
 Holiday
 Inn
 and
 Suites
 in
 Old
 Town
 Alexandria
 for
 your
 lodging
 reservations.

 Remember
 to
 mention
 when
 making
 your
 reservation
 you’ll
 be
 attending
 the
 CHPA
 convention
 for
 the
 reduced
lodging
rate,
free
breakfast
and
parking.

The
phone
number
for
the
hotel
is
877‐504‐0047. I
 lived
 in
 the
 suburbs
 of
 Washington,
 DC
 for
 a
 number
 of
 years
 and
 I
 can
 tell
 you
 from
 personal
 experience
there
is
so
much
to
see
and
do
in
our
nation’s
capital
that
you’ll
never
get
it
all
in.

Every
out
of
 town
visitor
we
had
left
wanting
to
see
more,
and
I’m
sure
you
will
too.

Our
schedule,
as
you’ll
see
includes
 some
sights
visitors
don’t
normally
get
to
see
and
others
that
are
“once
in
a
lifetime”
opportunities. So
click
the
links,
fill
out
the
forms
and
make
the
phone
call
and
I’ll
see
you
all
in
DC.
 Jay
Brown



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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the
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Please consider sponsoring CHPA’s programs. You may make tax deductible donations to support the Goldie Fund, CHPA’s Scholarship program, the Holiday Boxes for the Troops, T-shirts for Heroes or the Association. For further information please look at Sponsorship at the website, http://www.chpa-us.org. 


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COMBAT
HELICOPTER
PILOTS
 ASSOCIATION
 2012
CONVENTION


Washington,
DC
‐
November
13th
–
16th,
2012
 


Welcome
to
Washington,
DC
 


Washington,
DC
is
the
heart
of
the
American
experience.

From
its
celebrated
symbols
of
 patriotism,
monuments
to
the
past,
and
aspirations
for
the
future,
our
Nation’s
Capital
is
truly
awe
inspiring.
 The
CHPA
2012
Convention
is
your
opportunity
to
share
and
remember
your
own
American
experience.

Don’t
 miss
the
special
private
tour
of
the
Capitol
Building.

There
will
be
many
opportunities
to
reflect
on
history
as
 you
 tour
 Arlington
 Cemetery,
 the
 WWII,
 Korean
 War
 Veterans,
 and
 Vietnam
 Veterans
 Memorials.
 Digest
 history,
experience
the
present
and
ponder
the
future
of
this
most
American
of
cities,
during
your
outstanding
 convention
program.
Don’t
miss
it!


Hotel
Information


The
convention
officially
runs
from
Tuesday,
November
13th
until
Friday,
November
16th.

You
will
be
 staying
at
the
full
service
Holiday
Inn
Hotel
and
Suites
located
at
625
First
Street,
Alexandria,
VA

22314.

The
 Holiday
 Inn
 Hotel
 is
 located
 close
 to
 many
 of
 Washington’s
 most
 popular
 attractions.
 
 The
 room
 rate
 is
 just
 $109.00
plus
tax
per
night
based
on
single
or
double
occupancy.

The
room
rate
includes
breakfast
served
daily
 in
 the
 hotel
 restaurant.
 
 For
 those
 of
 you
 who
 choose
 to
 arrive
 early
 or
 stay
 late,
 the
 same
 room
 rate
 is
 available
 three
 days
 prior
 and
 three
 days
 after,
 based
 on
 availability.
 
 Please
 make
 your
 hotel
 reservations
 NOW
by
calling
877‐504‐0047.

You
may
cancel
up
until
72
hours
before
arrival
at
no
penalty.

Mention
that
 you
 are
 with
 the
 CHPA
 Convention
 to
 assure
 you
 are
 associated
 with
 our
 group.
 
 You
 may
 request
 specific
 room
types
when
you
call
to
make
your
reservations
(handicap
accessible
room,
etc.).

The
hotel
check‐in
time
 is
3:00pm.

Please,
do
not
expect
to
get
into
your
room
before
then.

They
will
ask
you
for
a
deposit
or
credit
 card
number
to
guarantee
your
room
reservation.

The
hotel
is
holding
rooms
until
they
sell
out
or
October
 5th,
2012
whichever
comes
first.


Transportation
&
Directions


The
 closest
 airport
 is
 Washington
 National
 –
 Ronald
 Reagan
 (DCA).
 
 The
 hotel
 offers
 complimentary
 shuttle
service
from
Washington
National
Airport.

Please
use
the
courtesy
phone
in
the
baggage
claim
area.

 For
 those
 of
 you
 driving
 to
 the
 reunion,
 we
 have
 negotiated
 complimentary
 parking
 for
 the
 duration
 of
 the
 reunion.



 Travel
safely
and
we
will
….


See
you
in
Our
Nation’s
Capital!
 


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COMBAT HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION EVENTS 
 WELCOME
DINNER
AT
THE
HOTEL
 Tuesday,
November
13th
(7:00
pm
at
the
Hotel)
 
 Welcome
to
the
convention!

Gather
with
your
friends
for
a
casual
all‐you‐can‐eat
BBQ
dinner
at
the
 hotel.

This
is
a
great
chance
to
see
who
is
here
this
year,
and
kick
off
the
convention!
 
 EVENT
A:
MEMORIALS,
MONUMENTS
&
SPECIAL
CAPITOL
HILL
TOUR
 Wednesday,
November
14th
(2:00
pm
‐
11:00
pm)
 
 Begin
with
a
visit
to
some
of
the
most
famous
monuments
and
memorials
in
Washington,
DC.

Begin
at
 the
Vietnam
Veterans
Memorial,
where
there
will
be
plenty
of
time
to
reflect
and
remember,
then
visit
the
 nearby
Korean
War
Veterans
Memorial
and
the
Lincoln
Memorial.

Time
permitting
you
will
stop
at
the
WWII
 Memorial,
Jefferson
and
US
Marine
Corps
War
Memorial
(Iwo
Jima).

Enjoy
some
time
on
your
own
in
Union
 Station
for
dinner
and
shopping.

Union
Station
offers
many
unique
choices
for
your
dinner.

The
coach
will
 depart
 Union
 Station
 at
 7:00
 pm
 for
 the
 special
 Capitol
 Tour.
 
 A
 very
 special
 tour
 has
 been
 arranged
 at
 the
 Capitol
Building.

You
will
have
a
private
tour
of
the
Capitol
including
areas
not
often
open
to
the
public.

The
 Capitol
Tour
is
tentatively
scheduled
to
begin
at
7:30
pm
and
conclude
at
10:30
pm.
 
 EVENT
B:
ARLINGTON
CEMETERY,
WREATH
LAYING
&
SMITHSONIANS
ON
YOUR
OWN
 Thursday,
November
15th
(9:00
am
‐
3:00
pm)
 
 The
 day
 begins
 with
 a
 tour
 of
 Arlington
 Cemetery.
 
 Here
 you
 will
 ride
 the
 tram
 up
 to
 the
 “Tomb
 of
 the
 Unknown”
for
a
special
Wreath
Laying
Ceremony,
followed
by
the
famous
“changing
of
the
guard”
ceremony.
 Then
proceed
to
view
the
Kennedy
gravesite
and
the
Eternal
Flame.

The
tram
will
pass
Arlington
House
as
you
 return
to
the
Visitor’s
Center.

This
is
a
wonderful
and
moving
experience
for
everyone.

Your
motor
coach
will
 take
 you
 to
 the
 Mall
 where
 most
 of
 the
 Smithsonian
 Museums
 are
 located.
 
 You
 may
 choose
 the
 Natural
 History
Museum,
the
Air
&
Space
Museum
or
the
American
History
Museum.

There
are
several
art
galleries
 which
are
also
part
of
the
Smithsonian
Museum
Group.

All
of
the
Smithsonian
Museums
are
free.

Your
coach
 will
 drop
 you
 at
 the
 American
 History
 Museum;
 you
 can
 walk
 to
 the
 other
 museums
 from
 here.
 
 All
 of
 the
 Museums
offer
restaurants
for
lunch
on
your
own.

The
motor
coach
will
depart
from
the
drop
off
location
 promptly
at
3:00
pm
to
return
to
the
hotel.

For
those
who
want
to
stay
longer,
you
are
on
your
own
for
return
 transportation
to
the
hotel.
 


Please
Note:

A
strict
dress
code
is
required
to
attend
the
Wreath
Laying
Ceremony
at
Arlington
Cemetery.

If
 you
are
not
dressed
per
the
code,
you
will
not
be
able
to
participate
in
the
tour.

Please
note
dress
code
 requirements
are
outlined
below
in
important
convention
notes.
 


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BANQUET
DINNER
 Thursday,
November
15th
(7:00
pm
at
Hotel)
 
 Join
your
friends
for
the
Banquet
Dinner
at
the
Hotel.

Cocktails
will
be
available
from
the
cash
bar
at
 6:00
pm;
dinner
will
be
served
at
7:00
pm.

Entrée
choices
are
Roasted
Beef
with
mushroom
demi
sauce
or
 Grilled
Chicken
with
fresh
herb
sauce.

Please
make
your
entrée
selection
on
the
reservation
form.
 
 TOUR
CANCELLATION
INSURANCE
 
 Protect
yourself
from
unforeseen
expenses
caused
by
sickness,
injury
or
any
other
causes
that
impact
 your
 travel
 plans.
 
 This
 insurance
 enables
 a
 refund
 of
 Tour
 &
 Banquet
 expenses.
 
 Please
 note
 Cancellation
 Insurance
expires
at
11:59
pm
the
day
before
the
convention
starts.

No
refunds
are
given
after
midnight
even
 if
Cancellation
Insurance
was
purchased.

If
you
need
to
cancel
–
please
contact
our
office
immediately
(817‐ 251‐3551)
or
email:
cancel@MilitaryReunionPlanners.com
for
confirmation
of
your
cancellation.

If
you
have
 not
 purchased
 cancellation
 insurance,
 all
 tour
 and
 meal
 money
 is
 non‐refundable
 6
 weeks
 prior
 to
 the
 convention.
 
 Important
Convention
Notes:
 
 ~
Arlington
Cemetery
Dress
Code
Requirements:

Men:
Collared
shirt,
casual
slacks,
and
appropriate
shoes.
 Women:
 blouse,
 casual
 slacks,
 skirt
 or
 dress,
 and
 appropriate
 shoes.
 
 The
 following
 are
 not
 permitted:
 Blue
 jeans,
patched
jeans,
shorts
of
any
kind,
tank
tops,
halter
tops,
tee
shirts,
shower
type
shoes,
tube
tops,
shirts
 that
expose
the
midriff.
 ~
Tours
may
be
cancelled
if
a
minimum
of
30
people
per
bus
is
not
met.

In
this
case,
full
refunds
will
be
given.
 ~
Please
understand
that
a
certain
amount
of
walking
is
necessary
from
the
bus
to
attractions
and,
in
some
 instances,
to
also
see
the
attractions.

Please
consider
your
abilities
before
purchasing
tours.
 ~
Be
sure
to
bring
photo
identification
(like
a
driver’s
license)
on
all
events.
 ~
All
tour
times
are
subject
to
change.

A
final
itinerary
is
available
at
registration.
 
 Reservations
are
due
by
October
5th,
2012.
 
 Late
 reservations
 accepted
 on
 a
 space
 available
 basis
 with
 a
 non
 refundable
 $10
 per
 person
 late
 fee.
 
 You
 should
 make
 a
 copy
 of
 this
 form
 for
 your
 records.
 
 For
 information
 call
 weekdays:
 
 817‐251‐3551
 or
 Email:
 info@MilitaryReunionPlanners.com.
 
 Requests
 for
 refunds
 must
 be
 made
 in
 writing
 and
 postmarked
 before
 due
 date
 above.
 
 No
 refunds
 will
 be
 made
 after
 this
 date,
 unless
 you
 have
 purchased
 Tour
 Cancellation
 Insurance.

Sorry,
no
refunds
will
be
given
for
any
reason
starting
at
midnight
the
day
before
the
convention
 starts.
 
 There
 is
 a
 $10
 per
 person
 refund
 processing
 fee.
 
 Your
 cancelled
 check
 is
 your
 receipt
 and
 proof
 of
 purchase.
 
 There
 is
 a
 $25
 return
 check
 fee
 for
 NSF.
 
 For
 a
 written
 confirmation,
 please
 enclose
 a
 self‐ addressed,
 stamped
 envelope.
 
 MRP
 will
 not
 be
 held
 liable
 for
 failure
 of
 vendors
 to
 provide
 contracted
 services
 or
 any
 injuries/accidents
 that
 may
 occur
 during
 the
 convention.
 
 Tours
 require
 a
 minimum
 of
 30
 people
in
order
to
operate.

Full
refunds
will
be
given
for
any
event
cancelled
by
MRP.
 
 EXCELLENCE
IN
CONVENTION
PLANNING
 
 


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COMBAT HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSOCIATION 2012 CONVENTION RESERVATION FORM DATE

EVENT CONVENTION REGISTRATION FEE – Per Person Everyone Please Pay ~ Non-refundable

Thu 11/13 Fri 11/14 Sat 11/15 Sat 11/15

Welcome Dinner (7:00pm at the Hotel) EVENT A: Memorials, Monuments & Special Capitol Building Tour (2:00pm-11:00pm) EVENT B: Arlington Cemetery, Wreath Laying & Smithsonians on your own (9:00am-3:00pm) Banquet Dinner (7:00pm at the Hotel) Roasted Beef Grilled Chicken Non Refundable Late Reservation Fee (If mailed after Oct 5th ) pp Tour Cancellation Insurance (non-refundable) TOTAL:

COST $15 pp

QTY TOTAL

$39 pp $49 pp $49 pp $50 pp $50 pp $10 $10 pp

Make On-line Reservations with a Credit Card at: www.militaryreunionplanners.com/chpa Or, send this entire completed form with a check payable to: Military Reunion Planners, P.O. Box 1588, Colleyville, TX 76034 PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

Name (As you want it to appear on badge): __________________________________________________ Spouse: _________________________________________________________________________ Guest(s):________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________City: ____________________St: ______Zip: ______ Phone: (Home)________________________Phone:(Other):__________________________________ Email Adresss:___________________________________________________________________________ Emergency contact during the convention: _______________________________Ph:______________
 Reservations are due by October 5th, 2012. Late reservations accepted on a space available basis with a non refundable $10 per person late fee. You should make a copy of this form for your records. For information call weekdays: 817-251-3551 or Email: info@MilitaryReunionPlanners.com FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Date Rec’d: __________ Check #: ______ Amount $: _______ XCL #: __________

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CHPA
on
The
Web
 As
 previously
 reported
 there
 is
 now
 an
 “official”
 CHPA
 web
 presence
 on
 Face
 Book
 located
 at
 https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/196724920353496/.
 
 The
 page
 was
 set
 up
 to
 provide
 a
 venue
 for
 discussions,
sharing
of
ideas
and
another
way
of
getting
those
nagging
questions
answered.

Joining
the
group
 is
 as
 simple
 as
 asking
 to
 join.
 
 Stop
 in,
 say
 hello
 and
 join
 the
 conversations
 or
 start
 your
 own.
 
 All
 Combat
 Helicopter
Pilots
Association
members,
potential
members,
guests
and
those
who
support
CHPA
are
welcome.
 Another
source
of
information
on
what
CHPA
is
doing
is
the
CHPA
website
at
www.chpa‐us.org.

Every
 member
has
a
log
in
and
password
that
will
allow
them
to
view
a
member
directory,
read
the
by‐laws,
view
 and
submit
pictures,
update
their
membership
profile,
renew
memberships
and
lots
more.

If
you’ve
forgotten
 your
 log
 in
 information
 contact
 HQ@chpa‐us.org
 and
 we
 can
 provide
 you
 that
 information
 as
 well
 as
 information
on
how
to
set
your
login
information
to
something
easy
for
you
to
remember.

If
you
have
any
 questions
give
us
a
call
at
800.832.5144
or
drop
us
an
email.

 
 
 
 
 
 Are
you
planning
a
reunion
or
event
that
may
be
of
interest
to
our
members?

Let
us
help
you
get
the
 word
out
and
support
veterans
groups
of
all
sizes
and
locations.

Just
send
a
message
with
the
information
to
 HQ@chpa‐us.org.

If
you
have
a
logo,
send
that
along
as
well.


 Be
sure
to
include
accurate
contact
and
registration
information
and
we’ll
take
care
of
the
rest.
 
 VINH
LONG
OUTLAWS
ASSOCIATION
 

 Vinh
 Long
 Outlaws
 Association
 will
 hold
 its
 2012
 reunion
 in
 Savannah,
 GA,
 September
6
–
10.

Calling
all
members
of
the
62nd
Avn
Co;
Co
A,
502nd
Avn
Bn;
175th
AHC
 and
 all
 attached
 units.
 
 Form
 up
 in
 Savannah.
 
 Contact
 Bob
 Koonce,
 (253)
 537‐4818,
 potteryperson@q.com
or
visit
the
website
at
www.vinhlongoutlaws.com.
 


Reunions
and
Gatherings


334
UTT
REUNION
 
 
Personnel
 who
 previously
 served
 in
 the
 UTT
 and
 its
 subsequent
 unit
 designations;
 68th,
 197th,
 334th,
 507th
 Regiment,
 227th
 Regiment,
 501st
 Regiment
 are
 invited
to
attend
the
50th
anniversary
of
the
UTT
deployment
to
Vietnam.

The
reunion
 will
 be
 held
 at
 Fort
 Rucker,
 AL,
 September
 26
 –
 30.
 
 For
 more
 information
 contact
 J.
 J.
 Aretz,
334‐324‐0015.


 
 
 


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30th
ANNIVERSARY
OF
THE
WALL
‐
READING
OF
THE
NAMES
 


The
 Vietnam
 Veterans
 Memorial
 Fund
 is
 hosting
 the
 Reading
 of
 the
 Names
 of
 58,272
 service
 members
 inscribed
 on
 the
 Vietnam
 Veterans
 Memorial
in
Washington,
DC,
as
part
of
 the
 special
 activities
 planned
 this
 November
to
commemorate
The
Wall’s
30th
Anniversary.
 The
Reading
of
the
Names
will
take
place
at
The
Wall
for
65
hours
over
a
four‐day
period
beginning
 with
 an
 opening
 ceremony
 on
 Wednesday,
 November
 7,
 2012
 at
 3:00
 pm.

 Volunteers
 will
 read
 names
 for
 approximately
eight
hours
from
4
pm
on
November
7
to
12
am
on
November
8.

Participants
will
then
read
the
 names
for
19
hours
daily
from
5
am
until
12
am
on
November
8,
9,
and
10.
 The
Reading
of
the
Names
took
place
in
Washington,
DC
just
four
other
times
in
The
Wall’s
history.

In
 November
 1982,
 the
 names
 were
 read
 aloud
 at
 Washington
 National
 Cathedral
 as
 part
 of
 a
 week‐long
 National
 Salute
 to
 Vietnam
 Veterans.

 The
 names
 were
 read
 at
 The
 Wall
 during
 the
 10th
 Anniversary
 celebration
 in
 November
 1992,
 during
 the
 20th
 Anniversary
 celebration
 in
 2002
 and
 during
 the
 25th
 Anniversary
 celebration
 in
 2007.
 
 For
 more
 information
 and
 to
 sign
 up
 to
 participate
 visit
 http://www.vvmf.org/ROTN.
 


THE
DISTINGUISHED
FLYING
CROSS
SOCIETY
 The
 Distinguished
 Flying
 Cross
 Society
 will
 hold
 its
 Annual
 Convention
 in
 Seattle,
WA.

The
dates
of
the
convention
are
August
19
–
23
in
Seattle,
WA.

The
 society
 will
 gather
 at
 the
 Seattle
 Airport
 Marriott
 Hotel.
 
 For
 more
 information
 visit
the
DFC
Society’s
website
at
www.dfcsociety.net
or
call
the
Reunion
Brat
at
 360•663•2521.
 



 



 
 
 

 
 


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Submit
Your
 Photos!
 


CHPA
has
a
growing
 collection
of
photos,
from
 flight
school
class
pictures
 like
these,
to
action
photos
to
 helicopter
shots
from
around
 the
world
…
 
 If
you
would
like
to
 contribute
to
the
collection
 please
upload
your
photos
by
 following
the
links
on
the
 CHPA
website
or
click
here!



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Lifetime
Memberships
 Jay
Brown,
Executive
Director


Have
you
thought
about
a
Lifetime
Membership
in
CHPA
but
thought
it
was
too
expensive,
or
maybe
 not
worth
the
cost?

To
break
it
down,
dues
for
a
Lifetime
Membership
for
pilots
is
$650;
for
Crew
Members
 dues
 are
 $425.
 
 While
 that
 may
 seem
 like
 a
 lot,
 when
 you
 do
 the
 math
 it
 covers
 you
 for
 just
 a
 shade
 over
 twenty
one
years
at
regular
member
dues.

Has
anyone
ever
mentioned
you
don’t
necessarily
have
to
pay
the
 entire
 amount
 “up
 front?”
 
 Well,
 you
 have
 the
 option
 of
 enjoying
 the
 benefit
 of
 not
 worrying
 about
 any
 renewal
notices
or
writing
a
yearly
check
by
paying
Lifetime
dues
in
installments.

CHPA
offers
plans
to
allow
 you
to
pay
your
Lifetime
Membership
dues
over
several
months.

You
can
also
set
up
automatic
debits
to
your
 credit
card.

Give
us
a
call
at
800•832•5144
for
details.
 
 


Call on Us! Contact Quick Reference 


Chairman
of
the
Board
–
Rhea
Rippey

 Chairman@chpa‐us.org

 
 President
–
Robert
Frost

 president@chpa‐us.org

 
 VP
Administration
–
Vacant

 admin@chpa‐us.org

 
 VP
Membership
–
Rusty
Bourgoyne

 membership@chpa‐us.org



Buzz
Covington
 BCovington@chpa‐us.org


Secretary/Treasurer
–
Loren
McAnally

 Treasurer@chpa‐us.org

 
 Executive
Director
–
Jay
Brown
 HQ@chpa‐us.org
 
 
 


Jim
Ferguson
 JFerguson@chpa‐us.org
 
 
 John
Fore
 
 JFore@chpa‐us.org
 
 
 Randy
Jones
 RJones@chpa‐us.org


Al
Major


 AMajor@chpa‐us.org



 



 


Call
us!
 800•832•5144


Rich
Miller
 RMiller@chpa‐us.org



 



 


Fax
us!
 719•687•4167


Randy
Zahn
 RZahn@chpa‐us.org



 
 
 



 
 
 


Write
us!
 CHPA
 PO
Box
42
 Divide,
CO
80814‐0042



 
 


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free
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us
 us
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