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July  2013  

President’s  Message     Robert  Frost  

As   I   write   this   month’s   message   to   our   members  and  friends  of  the  Combat  Helicopter   Pilots   Association,   we   are   ending   the   July   4th   • ”Combat  Vets  Earn  Cav  Spurs”       Adam  Ashton   holiday   weekend.     As   I   continue   my   journey   through   life,   I   would   like   to   think   I   become   • “Reunions  and  Gatherings”   more   grateful   for   where   I   live.     So   this   July   4th   I   • “Tredway  Award  Recipient”   did   something   I   had   not   done   in   years.     I   took     Jay  Brown   my   framed   copy   of   the   Declaration   of   • “Convention  Notes”   Independence   from   the   wall   in   my   office   and   sat   down   in   a   comfortable   • “Job  Openings”   chair   and   read   it   –   twice.     I   am   glad   I   did.     The   more   one   studies   this       document,  the  more  powerful  it  becomes.    If  one  looks  closely  at  the  title,     it   states:     “The   unanimous   Declaration   of   Independence   of   the   thirteen   and  much,  much  more!   united   States   of   America.”     Notice   that   the   “u”   in   “united”   is   not     capitalized.     At   the   time   it   was   written   there   was   no   United   States   of   America  as  we  now  refer  to  our  nation.       The  Declaration  of  Independence  is  a  difficult  read  because  of  how  our  language  has  evolved  over  the   past  237  years,  but  it  is  very  apparent  that  these  men  who  wrote  and  signed  this  wonderful  document  were   divinely  inspired.    They  were  a  courageous  bunch  who  really  “lowered  the  boom”  on  King  George  III.    Here  are   some  of  the  words  from  the  document  used  to  define  King  George  III  as  a  tyrant  unfit  to  be  the  ruler  of  a  free   people:     “refused,   forbidden,   invasions,   prevent,   obstructing,   harass,   imposing,   depriving,   abolishing,   abdicated,  destroyed,  ravaged,  plundered,  desolation,  tyranny,  constrained,  oppressions”   I   believe   we   all   recognize   the   courage   it   took   for   these   leaders   of   the   13   states   to   declare   our   independence   from   the   most   powerful   nation   on   earth.     Many   went   on   to   fight   in   the   Revolutionary   War.     Some  lost  their  property,  their  families,  and  their  lives.    It  would  take  eight  years,  four  months,  two  weeks,  and   one  day  before  we  would  be  victorious,  and  even  that  was  in  doubt  until  the  very  end.     I  hope  you  will  take  the  time  to  pull  up  a  transcription  from  the  internet  and  read  it.    This  is  the  most   patriotic   of   all   of   our   national   holidays   –   and   with   good   reason.     We   live   in   the   greatest   nation   on   earth   and   it   is   THE   time   each   year   for   celebrating   our   life,   our   liberties,   and   our   own   individual   pursuits   of   happiness   as   mentioned  in  the  Declaration  of  Independence.    This  year  is  the  237th  anniversary  of  that  declaration  and  it  is   also  the  238th  anniversary  of  the  United  States  Army  and  the  238th  anniversary  of  the  United  States  Marine   Corps.    The  Marines  will  celebrate  their  238th  birthday  this  coming  November.    It  is  interesting  to  note  that   the  US  Army  traces  its  origins  back  to  the  Continental  Army  at  the  beginning  of  the  Revolutionary  War  and  the   US   Marines   trace   their   origins   back   to   the   Continental   Navy   Concluded  on  Page  2   (also  referred  to  as  Naval  Infantry)  to  the  same  year.    It  was   • “America’s  Huey  Honor  Flight”     Sherry  van  Arsdall  

 

 

 


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some   years   later   –   after   the   Revolutionary   War   that   the   names   we   now   know   them   by   were   adopted   by   Congress.   I  thank  all  of  you  for  your  service  to  our  great  nation.    It  is  my  prayer  that  God  will  continue  to  bless  the   United  States  of  America.            

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One   of   the   things   we   all   know,   nobody   tells   a   better   story   than   a   combat   helicopter   crewmember,   whether   it’s   the   truth   or   “enhanced   truth.”     Our   most   entertaining   and   informative   stories  come  from  you,  our  membership.    We  often  received  responses  from  our  members  when  an   article  is  published  that  opens  a  memory  or  touches  a  nerve,  in  a  good  way.     The   stories   we   hear   are   about   anything   from   flight   school   to   real   life   there-­‐I-­‐was   stories.     We’ve   published   several   stories   over   the   years   ranging   from   tales   of   flight   school   a   long,   long   time   ago   to   “war  stories”  that  we’re  sure  most  of  you  can  identify  with.    But  we  need  more  stories.    Stories  from   Vietnam   and   more   importantly   Iraq   and   Afghanistan.   Those   conflicts   and   those   stories   are   far   too   untold.     So,  all  you  veterans  of  the  skies  of  OEF  and  OIF  with  an  idea  for  an  article,  or  a  story  to  tell  it’s  as   easy  as  sending  it  in.    Take  a  moment  to  lay  fingers  on  keyboard  or  just  put  pen  to  paper  and  send   them  in.    You  can  email  them  to  hq@chpa-­‐us.org  or  through  the  US  Post  Office  to:    CHPA  •  PO  Box  42   •  Divide,  CO    80814-­‐0042     Help  us  help  you  tell  the  tales  of  your  experiences  and  continue  to  preserve  our  shared  legacy   of  combat  under  a  rotor  disc.    

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ic k     Mayberry   flew   over   Vietnam   in   a   UH-­‐1   Huey   helicopter   while  he  served  in  the  US  Army  in  1966  to  1968.    He  flew   over   Goshen   Municipal   Airport   in   America’s   Huey   369   Saturday   afternoon   during   a   special   event   as   one   of   the   local   veterans   honored   at   the   second   edition   of   Rotors   and  Ribs.   “I   sat   on   the   floor,   I   didn’t   sit   on   a   seat,”   Mayberry  

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said,  as  he  strapped  himself  in  before  the  helicopter  took   America’s  Huey  369  with  Vietnam  veterans  at  the  Rotor  and  Ribs   off.    “It’s  a  nostalgic  ride  and  probably  the  last  time  I’ll  fly   event.   in  one.”   The  chopper  hovered  above  the  ground  with  the  blades  making  a  “whomp,  whomp”  sound  alongside  a   second  Huey  helicopter,  803/Warrior  11,  that  carried  six  of  the  12  veterans  honored.    An  Army  AH-­‐1F  Cobra   attack  helicopter  hovered  in  the  center  to  form  a  triangular  formation.   “It’s  pretty  remote  to  have  two  Hueys  and  a  Cobra  flying  together,  and  a  Cobra  is  actually  a  Huey,”  said   Tom  Klare,  a  member  of  the  Army  Aviation  Heritage  Foundation,  Sky  Soldiers  Demonstration  Team.    “There   are  very  few  Hueys  left.    Neither  of  these  had  flown  for  years.    When  we  got  369  first,  it  came  from  Maine.     The  engine  was  corroded  and  we  wondered  if  we  could  make  it  fly  again.    Both  of  them  flew  in  Vietnam.”   One  of  the  co-­‐pilots,  Ronald  R.  Paye,  makes  appearances  at  events  with  the  machine.    He  flew  for  19   years  as  a  flying  Chief  Warrant  Officer  in  the  US  Army.   “I   hadn’t   flown   in   20   years   and   when   I   got   the   opportunity   to   fly   again,   it   was   incredible.   I   don’t   remember   much   from   my   last   flight   in   the   military,”   Paye   said.     “I   remember   all   my   flights   now   because   it   might   be   the   last   one.”     Paye   says   the   demonstration   team   brings   the   helicopters   to   events   to   share   and   educate  the  young  people,  but  there  is  a  more  important  reason  —  to  bring  them  to  the  Vietnam  veterans.   “When  we  see  a  Vietnam  vet,  it  does  something  special  to  them.    Vietnam  was  an  unappreciated  war   and   the   vets   were   not   treated   well,”   Paye   said.     “We   didn’t   start   the   war   but   we   were   the   ones   who   took   the   blame.    Now  they  are  getting  older  and  up  in  years.    We  tell  these  Vietnam  veterans  that  they  were  good  men   and  what  they  did  was  honorable  and  correct  and  good.    When  we  bring  one  vet  home  in  an  event  like  this,   it’s  worth  all  the  hours  of  restoring  (the  helicopters.)”   R.J.  Monroe  served  in  the  US  Army  from  1967  to  1971  and  Art  Ebey  served  in  the  US  Air  Force  during   the  Berlin  Crisis  in  1962.    The  two  vets  were  smiling  and  shaking  hands  with  the  pilot  and  co-­‐pilot  and  crew   members  after  their  membership  flight  as  members  of  the  Army  Aviation  Heritage  Foundation.    “It  was  fun,”   Monroe  said.    And  Ebey  voiced  similar  thoughts.   “It  was  and  I  really  appreciate  this  opportunity  to  do  it,”  Ebey  said.    “It’s  not  always  you  get  to  ride  in  a   copter.    I  appreciate  the  opportunity  from  the  Rotors  &  Ribs  to  do  this.                              

 

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GOT PATCHES? CHPA continues to receive quite an assortment   of patches from our members. These patches are displayed at our booth at HAI, Quad A, and VHPA. Several of you have donated patches, but we’re always looking for more. They are very eye catching and help us garner attention. So please dig through your old patches and if you have some you’d like to share, send them to us at:

 

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The  Sky  Behind  Me,  a  Memoir  of  Flying  and  Life   By     Byron  Edgington  CW-­‐4  (ret.)  

  “Chock-­‐  full   of   heart-­‐stopping   drama,   “What   a   pleasure   to   read   this   book     gut-­‐wrenching   lows,   euphoric   highs,   and   get   to   know   this   man   who   so     tragic   personal   loss,   laced   liberally   dearly   loved   every   minute   of     with  humor  and  garnished  with  deep   his  exciting   career.     If   he   handled     introspection,   Edgington’s   story   choppers   as   well   as   he   handles   the   gripped     me   from   the   very   first   page   English   language,   it   must   have   been   keeping     me  spellbound  until  I  finished   pretty   exciting   to   be   in   the   sky   with   the  very  last  sentence.    You  don’t  have    him.”—   Thomas   E.   Barden,   Professor   to  be  a  p   ilot  to  enjoy  this  story  for  this   of   English   and   Dean   of   the   Honors     anyone   can   relate   to   if   you   is   a   tale   College   U.   of   Toledo   &   Author   of     have  ever  yearned  to  pursue  a  dream   Steinbeck   in   Vietnam,   Dispatches   from   of   your     own.”   —   Randolph   P.   Mains,   the   War.   University   of   Virginia   Press.   author    of   Dear   Mom,   I’m   Alive,   and   www.upress.virginia.edu   Journey    to  the  Golden  Hour.           Amazon.com/Randolph-­‐ P.-­‐Mains         “The  Sky  Behind  Me  is  one  man’s  forty-­‐year  love  affair  with  helicopters  and  his  almost  poetic  rendering  of  a     life   is  available  at  http://goo.gl/LYKul.    Buy  it  at  Amazon  http://goo.gl/klFGF     lived  in  the  sky.”      Free  download       4    


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Even  Combat  Veterans  Must  Earn  Spurs  in  the  Cavalry  

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Adam  Ashton,  Tacoma  News  Tribune  July  6,  2013  

  Some soldiers get a slap in the face with a raw steak and the phrase “spur maggot” hurled at them when they join the cavalry. They get that treatment until they demonstrate they belong with their fellow cavalrymen by “earning their spurs” in the field.   Others prove their mettle through demanding physical endurance tests interspersed with combat drills. It’s tough, and it lacks the hazing that some cavalrymen love and loathe when they look back at their time in uniform.   Maj. Adam Latham of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment got the steak as a young lieutenant. He prefers the combat tests now that he has the rank and responsibility to shape training for hundreds of soldiers.   “I don’t personally buy into the idea that hazing makes you a better soldier,” said Latham, the squadron’s executive officer. “It doesn’t make a cohesive unit. What makes a cohesive unit is hard training and being competent at your jobs together.”   His squadron cut most of the hazing from an Army rite of passage last week that initiates junior soldiers into the traditions and history of the cavalry. Instead of in-your-face sergeants and countless pushups, the squadron put its troops through the ringer of a soggy, two-day "spur ride" in the woods near Yelm.   It marked their first significant exercise in the field since the squadron returned from Afghanistan in December, signaling that the soldiers have finished their recuperation time and can begin training for new challenges in a changing Army.   “I think they are happy to get out and do some no-kidding training” after months of administrative work, said Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Mayo, the squadron’s senior enlisted soldier.   Spur rides are a custom that harkens back to the days when Army scouts on horseback stealthily scoped out enemy lines. Traditions matter to this group. Its soldiers still wear Stetson hats and spurs to formal events, paying homage to their predecessors.   Soldiers “earned the spurs” last week if they passed at least five of six combat drills, completed an overnight march and answered a slate of questions about the squadron’s history.   Success brought the right to wear the silver spurs that signify their place in an Army cavalry unit. If they failed, they could try again next time.   “Pass another test, get another shiny thing to wear,” said Spc. Josh Matzdorf, 22, who kept his cool through the combat drills.   In the meantime, cavalry leaders roving the woods would get a sense of what their soldiers have to work on in the months ahead as the unit prepares for major exercises that will put it under the leadership of the Pentagon’s Pacific Command. It is not expecting to go to Afghanistan again.   The trek began in the early hours of June 26 when cavalrymen rousted themselves at 2 a.m. to prepare for a mandatory formation an hour later. They broke into eight-soldier groups led by senior sergeants who would grade them and nudge them in the right direction if they faltered.   The first teams got out in the woods about 8 a.m. Concluded  on  Page  6   and had to find their way to six test sites using maps  

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and unmarked trails.   Sgt. James Lopez saw the eight soldiers on his team misread their map and make a wrong turn long before they broke left when they should have marched right. He let them keep walking until they started to sweat from their early morning hike and the 60-pound rucksacks on their backs.   “We’re going to put a little pressure on them,” said Lopez, 26, of Tacoma, as he trailed his charges.   Many of the young cavalrymen were rusty, making mistakes reading maps or forgetting the proper steps soldiers take to cover themselves while approaching enemy fire. Most of them got a chance to correct their errors.   Some assignments, however, were considered critical and would result in immediate failure, such as taking too long to put on a gas mask in a chemical warfare scenario.   “Hands are bound! Hands are bound even though you want to help so much,” said Staff Sgt. Cory Williams, a senior soldier who constantly fought the urge to prevent the soldiers under his watch from slipping up.   “They do make mistakes, but it’s my nature to try to help them succeed,” said Williams, 30, of Puyallup. “You have to let them fail to succeed.”   Some of the newest soldiers fared the best on the tests. Pfc. Austin Fricks, 18, for example, joined the cavalry unit fresh out of his initial Army training in May. With recent cavalry schooling behind him, Fricks sailed through the tests.   Morale lifted and fell through the day as the slog caught up with the troops.   “It’s all good, except my age,” shouted spur candidate Sgt. Jeong Moon, 43.   “Keep pushing, it’s all in your head,” replied fellow candidate Sgt. Kyle Norden, who at 23 had an easier time handling the march.   Half of Lopez’s group failed a weapons test in which they had to disassemble and reassemble two guns under the watchful eye of an infantry expert. They psyched themselves out going into the weapons tent because they knew it would be the most challenging of the drills.   “If I fail one, it’s going to be this,” said Norden, who otherwise showed an optimistic spirit through the march. His prediction proved true.   Some of the recent Afghanistan veterans found the tests they faced impractical compared with what they experienced at war. In that sense, training with practice rounds running into impossible scenarios does not live up to the expectations of young men who have accomplished the real thing. They’re still adjusting to life after a combat tour.   “This is my first training I’ve ever been to,” said Afghanistan veteran Spc. Justin Woods, 21. The Army sent him overseas with the 1-14 almost immediately after he finished basic training.   Lopez has participated in four spur rides during his cavalry career. He characterized the previous ones as endurance tests broken up by mandatory pushups. He said he preferred the focus on Army fundamentals he observed in his team last week. All together, 239 of the squadron’s 310 candidates earned their spurs.   What Lopez saw gave him a plan to coordinate his soldiers’ training in the days ahead.   “They say, ‘I know these fundamentals.’ Well apparently they don’t,” he said. “It’s always good to go back to the basics.”   6    


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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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Reunions  and  Gatherings  

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  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.      

A  Troop,  1/9  Cavalry,  1  Air  Cav  Division     Apache   Troop,   1st   Squadron,   9th   Cavalry,   1st   Air   Cavalry   Division   will   host   its   annual   reunion   at   the   South   Lake   Tahoe   Embassy   Suites.     Check   in   will   be   Sunday,   August   25,   2013   with   a   final   Memorial   Service   and   departure   on   Thursday,   August   29,   2013.     This   reunion   is   for   all   former   members,   families   and   honored   guests.     Special   emphasis   is   for   enlisted   personnel   regardless   of   flight   status   or   position.     Contact  Jeff  Cromar  at     apachetroopreunion2013@gmail.com  or  817-­‐647-­‐5213  for  more  information.        

The  Warriors  of  An  Loc     The  Warriors  of  An  Loc  will  host  their  annual  reunion  in  Sumter,  SC  from  25  -­‐  27   Oct  2013.    The  host  hotel  will  be  the  Hampton  Inn  –  Sumter,  803-­‐469-­‐2222.    The   special  rate  for  the  reunion  is  $77  per  night  but  you  must  reserve  your  room  by   September   27th   to   receive   this   rate.     When   making   your   hotel   reservations   tell   them   you’re   with   “The   Warriors   of   An   Loc.”     The   reunion   will   take   place   at   Pep   McPhillips   house,   2515   Maidenfair   Lane,   Sumter,   telephone   803-­‐720-­‐4902.     Contact  Pep  (Sundog  07)  with  any  questions  or  for  more  information.      

CHPA  Annual  Convention  and  Business  Meeting     The  Combat  Helicopter  Pilots  Association  will  gather  for  its  9th  Annual  Convention  in   San  Antonio,  TX.    The  dates  are  set  for  Oct  15  –  17  so  come  join  the  party.    Contact   HQ@chpa-­‐us.org  or  call  800-­‐832-­‐5144  for  current  details.             8    


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CHPA  Chooses  Robert  N.  Tredway  Award  Recipient   Jay  Brown  

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CHPA  is  pleased  to  announce  the  2013  recipient  of  the  Robert   N.  Tredway  Award.    The  award  is  given  in  odd  numbered  years  and  is   awarded  to  an  individual  or  corporation  in  recognition  of   demonstrated  accomplishments  in  support  of  at  least  two  of:     • the  United  States  Military  Helicopter  Community;   • United  States  Military  Veterans  with  an  emphasis  on   helicopter  veterans;   • for  an  individual,  significant  accomplishments  in   his/her  professional  area;   • the  Combat  Helicopter  Pilots  Association  and,   • the  community  at-­‐large.     The   award   will   be   presented   at   the   2013   Annual   Convention   and   Business   meeting   in   San   Antonio,   TX,   which  is  another  reason  to  attend.    For  the  year  2013  the  Robert  N.  Tredway  award  will  be  presented  to  MSGT   (Ret)  Shayne  Meder.    Shayne  is  the  Director  of  Marketing  for  the  Wings  and  Rotors  Museum  at  French  Valley   Airport,  CA.   Throughout   her   career   with   the   US   Air   Force   and   in   the   years   following   her   retirement,   Shayne   has   been  deeply  involved  in  aviation  operations.    Upon  her  retirement  from  the  Air  Force,  Shayne  took  a  job  at  the   March  Air  Reserve  Base  Museum  where  she  supervised  the  restoration  of  more  than  35  aircraft.    Shayne  got   hooked   on   helicopters   when   the   museum   acquired   an   OH6A   that   flew   with   C   Troop,   1/9th   Cav   in   Vietnam.     She  oversaw  the  restoration  of  the  LOH  and  painted  it  in  authentic  C  Troop  livery  as  it  flew  in  Vietnam.    She   went  on  to  locate  the  crew  of  the  aircraft  and  invited  them  to  the  unveiling  of  the  aircraft  upon  its  completion.   From  March  ARB  Shayne  moved  on  to  the  Wings  and  Rotors  Museum  in  2005,  because  their  aircraft   actually  fly.    She  was  very  interested  in  bringing  to  veterans  the  aircraft  that  they  either  flew,  or  rode  in,  in   combat,  and  to  share  their  stories  with  their  families  and  friends.   For  Veteran’s  Day,  2008,  Shayne  and  her  colleagues  arranged  a  Flight  to  the  Wall  in  Washington,  DC,   escorting  Rolling  Thunder  across   the   country.    The  flight   was   known   as   Flying   Thunder.    The  flight  consisted   of   two  fully  restored  UH-­‐1Bs  and  one  OH-­‐58.    Every  stop  across  the  country  was  choreographed  with  a  veteran’s   event,   be   it   a   BBQ,   a   dinner,   bussing   disabled   vets   to   the   local   airport   or   arranging   flyovers   of   Veterans   Hospitals  for  those  unable  to  make  the  trip  to  the  airport.   Shayne  is  also  known  as  FlyGirlPainter  as  she  has  painted  nose  and  tail  art  on  many  Navy  and  Marine   Corps  command  aircraft  as  well  as  nose  art  on  USAF  planes.    Shayne  volunteers  her  time  and  talents  and  is   sought  after  by  military  units  across  the  globe.   At  the  museum  where  she  works,  she  is  always  organizing  something  for  the  military  or  veterans  and   their  families  and  the  museum  is  always  flying  the  aircraft  to  Veterans  events,  air  shows,  flyovers  at  military   funerals,   and   participates   in   most   Armed   Forces   Day,   Independence   Day,   Veteran’s   Day   and   Memorial   Day   events.   She  is  an  incredible  artist,  an  amazing  lady,  a  great  friend  to  the  military,  and  is  a  very  worthy  recipient   of  the  Robert  N.  Tredway  Award.   Congratulations,  Shayne,  and  thank  you  for  your  wonderful  and  continuing  support.  

 

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    Jay  Brown       The  2013  Annual  Convention  and  Business  meeting  planning  is  complete.    Over  the  next  few  days  we’ll   be   putting   the   online   registration   in   place   and   we’ll   announce   the   opening   of   registration   and   hotel   registration  online  and  via  email  to  the  entire  membership.    The  Annual  Convention  will  run  from  October  15  –   17   and   the   host   hotel   is   the   Saint   Anthony,   300   East   Travis   Street.     Their   website   is   http://www.thestanthonyhotel.com/   and   we   invite   you   to   visit   their   site   for   a   preview   of   the   accommodations.   The  schedule  of  events  looks  like  this:   TUESDAY,  October  15:     Convention  registration  Open:  10:00  AM     Meet  and  greet  Welcome  Banquet:    6:30  pm     WEDNESDAY,  October  16:      Alamo  Group  Tour:    9:30  to  11:30     Boat  Tour  of  the  Riverwalk:    2:00  to  3:00     THURSDAY,  October  17:     General  Membership  Meeting:  9:00  to  11:30     Group  Tour  of  Market  Square:    Noon  to  3:00       Silent  Auction  ends  at  3:00     Cocktail  hour:  5:30  –  6:30     Banquet:  6:30  to  TBD     As  always  the  hospitality  area  will  be  open  every  evening.   The  Board  of  Directors  election  will  take  place  at  this  year’s  Annual  Meeting.    There  is  currently  one   vacancy  remaining  on  the  Board  of  Directors  and  now  is  a  perfect  opportunity  for  you  to  play  a  role  in  your   organization,   either   by   nominating   yourself   or   another   qualified   member   for   this   position.     Service   on   the   Board  of  Directors  is  neither  arduous  nor  excessively  time  consuming.    The  Board  meets  once  per  month  via   teleconference,  which  takes  place  over  a  toll  free  line  so  there’s  no  out  of  pocket  expense.    The  duties  of  a   director,  to  include  active  participation  in  the  teleconference  take  no  more  than  a  couple  of  hours  a  month.     So   take   a   moment   to   submit   those   nominations   to   our   headquarters   at   hq@chpa-­‐us.org   or   give   us   a   call   at   800-­‐832-­‐5144.   As  announced  on  page  9  of  this  issue  of  The  Swash  Plate,  the  recipient  of  The  Robert  N.  Tredway  award   has  been  selected.    The  presentation  of  the  award  will  take  place  at  the  Annual  Convention;  another  reason  to   plan  to  be  there.   So  now  is  the  time  to  plan  to  attend  the  convention,  meet  new  friends  and  renew  old  friendships.    San   Antonio  in  October  is  an  excellent  place  and  time  for  that  well  deserved  vacation  and  who  better  to  spend  it   with  than  fellow  combat  aviators  and  crewmembers?      

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Job  Openings      

UH-­‐60  Black  Hawk  Pilots,  S-­‐70  Family.    

US  any  branch  aviation,  UK  Pilots  type  rated  to  S-­‐70  Family,  or  twin  engine  rated.  Middle  East,  not   located  in  combat  zone,  expat  package,  1  year  renewable  contract.    Must  be  current  or  able  to  be  certified,   pass  flight  physical.    Instructor  rated  pilots  also  needed.    Contact  me  with  CV/Resume;  License/Med  Cert.   Inquiries  are  confidential.    Jon  Harrell,  email:  jharrell.rcfr@gmail.com    

CHPA   has   a   Career   Connector   tap   on   its   website   at   www.chpa-­‐us.org.     Using   this   tool   CHPA   provides   information   on   job   openings   in   the   rotorcraft   aviation   industry   to   our   pilot   and   flight   crewmembers.     We   will  also  list  those  openings  in  this  section  of  the  newsletter  to  reach  our  membership.    If  you  have,  or  know   of,  a  job  opening  let  us  know  and  we’ll  get  the  word  out  to  members  who  may  be  searching  for  an  opening.     This  will  assist  our  membership  and  your  organization  by  providing  well  trained  personnel  with  experience   in  a  wide  range  of  rotorcraft  operations  in  worldwide  environments.                 Contact Quick Reference  

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