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Editor’s Correction   Jay  Brown  

April 2014  

President’s Message     Milan  Tesanovich  

What are  Veterans  Justice  Courts?     "Despite   an   enormous   amount   of   documented   evidence   that   a   significant  number  of  Vietnam  Veterans  experienced  problems  adjusting  to   civilian   life,   a   good   many   of   those   veterans   went   untreated   for   an   inordinately  long  period  of  time  because  the  VA  would  not  recognize  their   condition,   now   known   as   Post-­‐Traumatic   Stress   Disorder   (“PTSD”).   On   the   plus   side,   as   a   result   of   recognizing   the   condition   in   Vietnam   vets,   the   VA   now  recognizes  that  many  of  the  veterans  who  have  fought  in  the  wars  in   Iraq   and   Afghanistan   are   returning   with   similar   mental   health   problems.   Admitting  to  mental  health  problems  is  not  something  that  comes  easily  for   the  men  and  women  who  have  served;  but,  nationally,  the  VA  is  improving   its   process   of   identifying   veterans   in   need   of   services   and   offering   treatment  in  a  timely  way."   The   challenge   for   the   VA   is   to   offer   interventions   whenever   and   wherever  opportunities  occur.  Several  states  now  have  programs  designed   Presenting!   to  partner  with  the  VA  to  address  the  unique  issues  that  may  be  involved   when   veterans   first   break   the   law.   These   forward   thinking   states   have   • “President’s  Message”   established   programs   that   offer   an   opportunity   for   the   VA   to   engage   our     Milan  Tesanovich   veterans   and   offer   treatment   as   an   alternative   to   time   in   jail.   Men   and   • “Reunions  and  Gatherings”   women  who  have  served  their  country  are  entitled  to  the  best  care  the  VA   • “Welcome  New  Members”   can   provide.   Through   these   “Veteran’s   Courts,”   veterans   are   offered   the   opportunity   for   both   the   legal   and   the   VA   systems   to   engage   them   and   • “Hello  From  The  Frozen  North”     Randy  Zahn   offer  support.   If   you   need   such   help,   or   know   of   someone   else   who   needs   such   • Book  Review     John  Penny   help,   you   can   find   out   if   you   or   they   live   in   one   of   the   states   that   has   established   such   a   program.   Information   about   these   programs   can   be   • “New  CHPA  Store  Items”   found  on  this  website:     Jay  Brown   http://www.justiceforvets.org/what-­‐is-­‐a-­‐veterans-­‐treatment-­‐court.   • “Army  Aviation  Troubles”       Jay  Chandler     And  much,  much  more!          


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Editor’s Note  

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  Jay  Brown     To  give  credit  where  it  is  due,  thank  you,  Les  Taylor  for  your  great  submission.    In  the  March  issue  of   “The  Swash  Plate”  we  ran  an  article  titled  “UH-­‐1H  Carrying  Capacity.”    Normally  when  someone  sends  in  an   article   I   initially   format   it   in   Microsoft   Word,   insert   and   format   any   photographs   and   get   it   ready   to   insert   into   the  newsletter.    I  also  include  a  note  or  byline  indicating  who  contributed  or  wrote  the  article  so  I  can  correctly   attribute  it  in  the  newsletter.    In  this  instance,  during  the  formatting  I  lost  the  name  of  the  contributor  and  it   was  not  included  in  the  newsletter.    My  apologies  to  Les  for  the  oversight.                     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:

GOT PATCHES?

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

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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.    

Reunions and  Gatherings  

Charlie Horse  Air  Cavalry  Reunion  

C Troop,   3/17th   Air   Cavalry   will   host   its   Charlie   Horse   Air   Cavalry   Reunion   “Immortalizing  the  Fallen”  in  Nashville,  TN,  May  4  –  8,  2014.   For   more   information   the   contact   is   Bill   Halevy,       william.halevy@comcast.net   Ph:    703-­‐867-­‐2366.    

B Troop,  7/17th  Air  Cav    

Calling all   Troopers   of   B   Troop,   7/17th   AIR   CAV   and   ALL   Ruthless   Riders.     We   will   gather  in  Louisville,  KY,  June  2  –  6,  2014  and  you  are  all  invited.    For  more  details  contact   Buddy   Harp,   buddyharp@yahoo.com,   (573)   324-­‐3924;   Rich   Hefferman,   r.hefferman@comcast.net,   (412)   771-­‐8214   or   Johnnie   Griffits,   thegriffits@sbcglobal.net,   (760)  535-­‐8523  or  visit  our  website  at  http://www.b717.homestead.com/    

VHCMA  

The   Vietnam   Helicopter   Crewmembers   Association   will   host   its   28th   ANNUAL   REUNION   in   San   Antonio,   TX,   June   24   –   28,   2014.     The   Reunion   Hotel   is   the   Hilton   San   Antonio  Airport,  611  NW  Loop  410.    Book  your  room  now  by  calling  the  hotel  at  1-­‐210-­‐ 340-­‐6060  and  ask  for  in-­‐house  reservation.    Tell  them  the  group  code  is  VHC  to  receive   the  room  rate  of  $103.75,  all  inclusive.    The  preferred  room  rate  is  good  for  three  days   before   through   three   days   after   the   reunion.     If   you   have   any   questions   contact   the   VHCMA  office  at  1-­‐901-­‐850-­‐0500  or  1-­‐800-­‐842-­‐6201.    

50th Anniversary  Vinh  Long  Outlaws  Association  

62nd, A/502nd,  175th  Assault  Helicopter  Companies  50th  Anniversary  Reunion  of  the   Vinh  Long  Outlaws  Association  at  Washington,  DC  -­‐  Sept  18  -­‐  22,  2014   Outlaws,  Mavericks,  Bushwhackers,  and  Roadrunners  at  Vinh  Long,  Vietnam  1964  -­‐ 1972   Contact:  Tom  Anderson  (teander@cox.net)   Info:  www.vinhlongoutlaws.com  (Click:  "Reunions")   4    


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  CHPA  extends  a  hearty  “Welcome  Aboard”  to  these  new  members,  who  joined  in  April,  2014.       Jason  Brandle         Jeffrey  Buss     Helen  Caine     Glen  Cassle   Travis  Christensen   Michael  Conklin   Francis  Dancsecs   Michael  Dzikowski   Danny  Edling     Mickey  Franklin   Geoffrey  Gilliland   Michael  Hangge   Thomas  Hauptman   John  Hendrickson   Anthony  Lyons   Douglas  MacIver   Dan  Maloof     Paul  Morris     Jason  Rassi     Mark  C  Regelmann   Doug  Russell     Lauren  Rossman   Doug  Russell     Tom  Sanchez   Alfred  Santoro     Marc  Stanley     Les  Taylor     Jana  Tobias   John  Tookey     Rick  Trevino     Garry  Welch               Please   consider   sponsoring     Please feel free to forward CHPA’s   programs.     You   may   make   tax     deductible   donations   to   support   the   this  issue of “The Swash Plate” to Goldie   Fund,   CHPA’s   Scholarship   your     colleagues, potential program,   the   Holiday   Boxes   for   the   members and other interested   Troops,   T-­‐shirts   for   Heroes   or   the     Association.     For   further   information   parties!   please   look   at   Sponsorship   at   the     website,  http://www.chpa-­‐us.org.  

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Submit Your  Photos!    

CHPA has   a   growing   collection   of  photos  that  include  photos  from   Annual   Convention   pictures   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!        

   

The Swash!  

[Call for  Articles]  

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   receive   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   often  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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Hello from  the  Frozen  North   Randy  Zahn  

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First, I  must  apologize  to  you  all  for  not  providing  an   update   regarding   this   year’s   Annual   Convention   in   last   month’s   Swashplate.     As   one   who   still   works   for   a   living,   my   time  was  in  demand  and  I  was  in  a  location  that  was  totally   void  of  cell  phone  coverage,  land  line  access  and  Internet.    It   was  bliss!!!   Because   of   my   work   schedule   I   must   admit   that   I   haven’t   had   any   time   to   work   on   the   meeting   but   I   am   heading  home  tomorrow  and  will  make  amends  and  report   back  next  month.    Just  a  reminder  that  I  am  still  entertaining   any  suggestions  for  what  you  folks  might  enjoy  doing  during   our  leisure  time.   As   for   my   adventure,   I   was   working   with   the   University   of   Washington’s   Applied   Physics   Laboratory   (APL)   and   the   US   Navy,   about   135   miles   north   of   Alaska’s   Bering   Sea   coastline   out   on   the   ice   cap   on   the   Arctic   Submarine  Laboratory.   For  our  part  we  had  two  aircraft,  a  Bell  212  and  a   412,   what   Era   calls   legacy   aircraft   …   later   model   Huey’s   than   us   old   guys   flew,   but   a   Huey   is   a   Huey   is   a   Huey!     And  still  great  fun  to  fly.   We   were   working   with   two   nuclear   fast   attack   submarines,  the  USS  Hampton  and  the  USS  New  Mexico,   doing  all  kinds  of  experiments  whose  results  will  benefit   our  Navy  when  operating  under  the  ice.   A   big   highlight   of   this   camp   was   that   a   lead   opened   up   in   front   of   the   camp   which   resulted   in   the   airstrip   floating  about  165  feet  from  camp,  making  it  unusable.  The  APL   crew  then  got  underway  building  a  new  airstrip,  which  presents   all  kinds  of  challenges  when  doing  so  on  the  ice.  They  also  had   to  relocate  the  helipads.   The   submarines   are   scheduled   to   surface   during   the   camp   and   while   the   Hampton   was   able   to   surface   about   2.6   miles   from   camp,   the   New   Mexico   surfaced   right   in   front   of   the   camp.   Talk   about   an   incredibly   spectacular   sight!   Imagine   yourself   out   camping   and   having   a   377’   fast   attack   submarine   surface   right   in   front   of   you.   It   was   the   very   first   time   in   the   history   of   the   program   that   a   sub   was   able   to   surface   at   the   camp  and  it  was  an  unforgettable  sight.   We  hosted  about  ten  sailors  that  night  as  they  gave   Concluded  on  Page  8  

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up their   bunks   to   accommodate   a   few   senators,   congressmen,   Cabinet   officials   and   two   journalists   on   the   sub  for  the  night.  Yes  folks,  our  tax  dollars  at  work!  It  was  a   joy  being  around  these  young  sailors.  They  reminded  me  a   lot   of   those   I   served   with   all   those   years   ago   as   I   tried   to   picture   myself   at   that   age   again.   They   demonstrated   a   great   deal   of   pride   as   they   talked   about   their   mission   and   traded   a   few   patches   with   our   crew.   I   scored   an   amazing   coin/medallion   when   I   asked   if   any   of   them   would   be   willing   to   make   a   trade   for   a   ‘Vietnam   era’   coin.   One   of   the   sailors  couldn’t  get  the  coin  out  of  his  pocket  fast  enough   to  make  the  trade  and  he,  too,  was  thrilled  with  his  score!   We   can   all   be   very   proud   of   the   young   men   and   women  serving  our  country  as  we  once  did!   One   of   the   most   unforgettable   events   that   happened   to   me   was   that   there   was   a   control   hole   that   was   melted   through   the   ice   and   maintained   in   the   command   hut.  As  we  were  dismantling  everything  at  the  conclusion  of   the  camp,  I  looked  at  the  water  in  the  hole  and  thought  to   myself   “Now   this   is   the   ultimate   wishing   well!”   I   extracted   a   quarter   from   my   pocket,   made   my   wish,   and   flipped   the   quarter  into  the  water  when  one  of  the  Lab  guys  turned  and   said  “It  will  reach  the  bottom  in  about  two  hours  and  thirty-­‐ seven  minutes!”  The  bottom  was  12,025’  below  us!   All   in   all,   it   was   an   amazing   experience   and   a   real   pleasure   to   work   with   real   professionals   in   a   very   challenging  and  exciting  environment.    

 

  Courtesy  World  War  II  Museum   70   years   ago,   the   first   recorded   helicopter   rescue   by   the   US   Military   occurred.     In   1944,   US   Army   Lieutenant   Carter   Harman   rescued   a   downed   pilot   and   three   wounded   British  soldiers  from  the  jungles  of  Burma  in  the  Sikorsky  R-­‐4  “Hoverfly.”     Learn  more  about  this  rescue  on  our  blog:  http://bit.ly/1hea0Py   Image:   Lt.   Harman   (standing   left)   with   ground   crew   in   front   of   the   Sikorsky   YR-­‐4B   in   January   1945.   Image   courtesy   of   the   U.S.   Air   Force   Museum.          

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A Book  Review  

  A   Line   in   the   Sand   by   Robert   A.   Serocki,   Jr.   is   a   graphic   and   powerful  narrative  of  his  experiences  in  the  USMC  leading  up  to  and   during  Desert  Storm.    It  was  a  war  most  watched  on  TV.    Importantly,   Seroki  is  reminding  us  of  the  price  in  body  and  mind  that  he  and  his   fellow  Marines  paid.   Serocki  grew  up  in  a  Detroit  suburb  and  had  his  fair  share  of   hard   knocks   along   the   way.     When   his   parents   divorced,   he   spent   summers   in   Michigan   with   his   father   and   lived   with   his   mother   in   Arizona   during   the   school   year.     As   he   grew   older   he   became   interested  in  joining  the  Marines.    His  mother  would  not  sign  for  him   when   he   was   seventeen,   so   he   signed   up   on   his   own   when   he   turned   eighteen.    He  describes  Marine  boot  camp  as  “thirteen  weeks  of  hell”   but   he   was   full   of   pride   on   graduation   day.     His   MOS   was   Combat   Engineer,   and   he   trained   in   mountain   warfare.     His   first   two   years   were  relatively  uneventful;  that  would  change.   His   unit   was   the   first   to   arrive   in   Eastern   Saudi   Arabia   in   August  1990  and  they  would  be  the  last  to  leave.    They  soon  moved   north   to   an   area   80   miles   south   of   the   border   of   occupied   Kuwait   the   Marines   called   “the   twilight   zone.”     It   turned   into   a   purgatory   of   waiting,  sweating  in  the  130  degree  heat,  digging  in  again  and  again,  adjusting  their  positions,  and  practicing   for   the   assault.     Sleeping   in   holes   in   the   sand,   they   discovered   other   enemies:     rats,   scorpions,   and   dung   beetles.    But  the  worst  part  was  not  knowing  when  the  war  would  actually  begin.    When  it  did,  Serocki  and  his   fellow  Marines  moved  forward  clearing  bunkers  and  mine  fields,  one  by  one,  repeatedly  in  a  barren  land  of   black  smoke  and  danger.       This  book  is  a  very  personal  story  of  Serocki  and  his  war.    He  expresses  an  obligation  to  tell  a  story  that   those   who   didn’t   come   home   are   unable   to   tell.     He   uses   some   of   his   very   blunt   letters   home   to   show   the   realities   of   war,   which   are   often   unnerving   and   gut   wrenching.     It   has   taken   twelve   years   for   him   to   feel   complete  again  and  another  four  years  writing  his  story,  which  he  calls  his  last  battle.    I  recommend  this  book.   A   Line   in   The   Sand:   The   true   story   of   a   Marine’s   experience   on   the   front   lines   of   the   Gulf   War   (256   pages,   paperback   $11.95)   by   Robert   A.   Serocki,   Jr.,   ISBN:   978-­‐0974201498   is   available   on   his   website   at:   www.robertserocki.com  or  other  book  suppliers.     Reviewed  by  John  Penny,  VHPA  

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CHPA  has  added  some  new  items  to  the  store.    In  response  to  some   member  requests  we  will  be  adding  a  Flight  Crewmember  rocker  tab  that  is   sized  to  fit  under  the  CHPA  patch  that  can  be  added  to  any  article  that  you’ve   applied  the  patch  to.    The  patch  is  $4.00  each  and  the  tab  will  be  $5.00  each.     The  tab   will   priced   higher   because   of   the   difference   in   the   numbers   ordered.     As   with   most   items,   the   more   you   order   per   shipment,   the   lower   the   per-­‐ item  price  is.    Normally  we  order  hundreds  of  patches  per  shipment  and  only   ordered  50  Flight  Crewmember  tabs,  so  the  price  for  the  tabs  will  higher.    I’ve  included  a  picture  of  the  tab   proof   to   give   you   an   idea   of   what   it   will   look   like.     There   are   some   corrections   to   be   made   to   this   proof   so   the   delivery  of  the  tab  has  been  delayed.    Keep  an  eye  on  the  store  to  order  yours  when  the  finished  product  is   available.   We’ve  also  added  double  wall  stainless  steel  travel  mugs.    These  mugs   are  all  stainless  steel  construction  so  they’re  rugged  and  are  double  walled  to   keep  cold  drinks  cold  and  hot  drinks  hot  without  burning  your  hand.    They’ll   fit  in  your  car’s  cup  holder  easily  and  the  lid  has  a  sliding  cover  for  the  vent   and  sip  opening  to  prevent  spills.    The  mugs  are  a  brilliant  royal  blue  with  the   CHPA  logo  in  silver  to  match  the  trim  and  lid  at  the  top  of  the  mug.    The  price   for   the   travel   mugs   is   $15.00   each.   Another   item   added   was   introduced   at   last   year’s   Convention   and   Annual   Business   Meeting   and   gathered   many  bids  during  the  Silent  Auction.    The  print  “Goin’  Home”  by   Jimmy   Moore   carries   with   it   a   poignant   story   of   Jimmy’s   friend   who  was  KIA  in  Vietnam  and  his  wish  to  be  returned  in  a  wagon   drawn   by   2   gray   mules,   “the   way   they   used   to.”     Each   print   is   signed  and  sealed  for  authenticity.    Each  print  sells  for  $100.00  for   members,  $125.00  for  non  members.   We   invite   you   to   pay   a   visit   to   the   CHPA   store   at   http://www.chpa-­‐us.org/chpa-­‐store   to   visit   these   additions  and  all  the  others  things  we  have  to  offer.         10    


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US Army  Aviation  struggles  with  fleet  size,  composition  and  distribution  between   active,  reserve  and  Army  Guard  units  with  trouble  brewing  on  the  horizon    Jay  Chandler,  for  Propilot  Magazine;  ATP/Helo.  Learjet,  Shorts  360,  Sikorsky  CH54,  Boeing  Vertol  234  

The new   year   of   2014   barely   started   before   GEN   Odierno,   Chief   of   Staff   of   the   US   Army,   dropped   a   bombshell   on   Army   Aviation   leaders   stating,   "I   can't   afford   all   the   fleets   of   aircraft   I   have   right   now.     We   can't   afford   them.     It   is   impossible   under   the   budget   that   we've   been   given."     GEN   Odierno   was   speaking   at   an   Association  of  the  US  Army  breakfast  in  January  when  he  said  this.  He  was  first  to  publicly  break  the  bad  news.     Continuing   the   rhetoric   of   gloom   MG   Kevin   Mangum,   Commander   of   Army   Aviation   at   Ft   Rucker,   AL   further   dissected   the   Army's   plan   to   retire   fleets   and   strip   aircraft   from   the   Army   National   Guard   when   he   addressed  the  audience  at  a  Senior  Leaders  Conference  later  the  same  month  at  Ft  Rucker.     All  this  came  on  the  heels  of  the  Army's  already  executed  plan  of  retiring  the  C-­‐23  Sherpa  last  year  by   parking  every  C-­‐23  in  the  inventory  at  Ft  Sill,  OK.    Under  the  promise  that  the  USAF  would  support  the  Army  in   intra-­‐theater  transport  during  times  of  war,  the  Army  took  the  opportunity  to  divest  the  Sherpa  from  Army   inventory.     Though  stopped  by  the  National  Defense  Act  of  2013,  where  the  Army  was  prohibited  from  using  2013   funds  to  divest  the  aircraft,  they  proceeded  with  their  plans  and  placed  the  aircraft  in  storage,  shutdown  the   bed  down  sites  and  redistributed  the  personnel  previously  assigned  to  these  units  in  the  Guard  -­‐  at  least  those   that   didn't   retire.     The   C-­‐23   was   not   officially   divested   from   the   inventory   as   the   Army   stopped   short   of   disposing  of  the  aircraft,  but  has  plans  to  do  so  as  soon  as  legally  possible.   With   all   this   in   play,   it   is   most   certain   2014   will   prove   to   be   a   contentious   year   for   US   Army   Aviation   as   budget  cuts,  aircraft  divestitures  and  reorganizations  are  on  the  table.    Senior  leaders  say  they  are  trying  to   prevent  "salami"  cuts  but  that's  exactly  what  is  on  the  books  as  Ft  Rucker,  home  of  Army  Aviation,  proposes  to   cut  898  aircraft  from  the  Army  inventory  and  take  215  aircraft  from  the  Army  Guard  in  the  process.    The  Army   does  propose  to  give  some  older  Sikorsky  Black  Hawk  UH-­‐60  helicopters  in  return  but  not  at  the  same  number.   Included   in   the   Army's   proposed   fleet   reduction   is   the   plan   to   scrap   all   OH-­‐58D   Kiowa   Warrior   helicopters  from  active  and  Guard  units  replacing  the  war  proven  work  horse  with  the  AH-­‐64  Apache.    After   several  failed  attempts  for  an  Armed  Aerial  Scout  program  (AAS),  the  Army  abandoned  the  plan  to  upgrade  or   replace  the  aircraft  saying  it  would  cost  too  much  money,  money  they  don't  have.   To  fill  this  void  created  by  vanquishing  the  Kiowa,  the  Army  plans  to  pull  all  AH-­‐64  Apaches  from  the   Guard   and   Reserve   to   perform   the   Kiowa's   reconnaissance   and   scout   role.     To   further   assist   the   Apache   in   the   reconnaissance  role,  the  Army  plans  on  increased  use  of  the  Shadow  and  Gray  Eagle  unmanned  aerial  systems   (UAS)  to  fill  the  gap  between  manned  and  unmanned  requirements.   MG   Wesley   Craig,   adjutant   general   of   Pennsylvania   and   senior   officer   in   the   Pennsylvania   National   Guard,   said   this   decision   was   made   without   any   consultation   with   the   Guard   and   he   and   every   adjutant   general  in  the  country  disapprove  of  the  proposal.    He  said   Continued  on  Page  12   the   Apache   can   perform   the   job   but   it   is   too   heavy.     It's   like  

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sending a   heavy   Abrams   M-­‐1   tank   on   a   ground   scout   mission   normally   performed   by   the   lighter   Bradley   fighting  vehicle.     Additional  concerns  by  most  guardsmen  is  that  prior  to  9/11  the  Guard  was  equipped  with  hand-­‐me-­‐ down  equipment  from  "Big  Army"  and  was  not  considered  to  be  a  trained  and  useful  combat  power.    Since   this  country  has  been  at  war  for  over  a  decade,  the  Army  and  Air  National  Guard  have  both  been  equipped   and  deployed  equally  and  truly  are  brothers  in  arms  across  the  board.     Taking   the   Kiowa   and   Apache   out   of   the   Army   Guard   is   viewed   by   many   to   be   but   the   first   step   in   returning   to   previous   years   of   second   hand   equipment   and   subordinated   value;   likened   to   the   Guard   as   portrayed  in  the  first  Rambo  movie—incompetent,  overweight  and  poorly  trained.     Certainly   the   Army   can   reduce   fleet   size   by   retiring   the   Kiowa.     They   also   boast   it   will   get   rid   of   special   OH-­‐58D  equipment  and  tools  thereby  saving  money.    But  in  the  Army's  own  proposal  for  the  AAS  in  December   2011,  the  Army  concluded  that  fielding  the  AH-­‐64D  Block  III  in  place  of  the  AAS  would  be  at  least  50%  more   expensive  than  the  current  Kiowa  Warrior.     Additionally,   a   study   conducted   by   the   Logistics   Management   Institute   found   if   the   Army   used   the   AH-­‐ 64   Apache   in   Iraq   and   Afghanistan   like   they   did   the   Kiowa,   it   would   have   cost   an   additional   4   billion   dollars   in   maintenance,  fuel  and  other  operating  costs.    Currently  in  the  inventory,  the  Army  has  570  Apaches  with  192   in  the  Army  Guard  and  an  additional  48  in  the  Army  Reserves.   The   plan   will   pull   all   Apaches   into   the   active   component   with   an   end   strength   of   690   AH-­‐64E   helicopters  when  the  plan  is  complete.    In  return,  the  Guard  is  to  receive  111  UH-­‐60  Black  Hawk  helicopters,   the   Reserves   scheduled   to   have   their   helicopters   replaced   one-­‐for-­‐one   or   48   with   an   end   strength   of   1033   Black  Hawk  helicopters  in  the  Active  component,  960  in  the  Guard  and  142  in  the  Army  Reserve  according  to   Army  officials.     In   addition   to   retiring   368   OH-­‐58D   Kiowas,   Ft   Rucker   plans   on   disposing   of   the   Bell   TH-­‐67   as   well.     Claiming  the  fleet  is  old  and  that  there  is  a  need  for  newer  technology,  Ft  Rucker  proposes  taking  half  of  the   LUH-­‐72  Lakotas  from  the  Guard  and  sending  them  to  Ft  Rucker  for  pilot  training  duty.    The  training  budget  has   already   suffered   at   Ft   Rucker,   reported   MG   Mangum.     A   few   years   ago,   the   goal   was   to   increase   the   throughput  of  the  Army  Aviation  Center  to  1500  students  a  year  but  now  it  has  been  adjusted  to  just  fewer   than  900  students.   Other   aircraft   in   the   sights   of   re-­‐allocation   and   reduction   include   the   Army   Guard   Fixed   Wing   Fleet.     Not  including  the  38  C-­‐23  Sherpas  previously  discussed,  the  Army  has  plans  for  taking  approximately  16  C-­‐12   King  Airs  currently  operated  by  the  Operational  Support  Airlift  Agency  (OSAA)  this  year  and  decreasing  the  size   of  their  State  Flight  Detachments  from  6  pilots  to  only  4.     Unfortunately,   a   reduction   in   pilot   staffing   does   not   come   with   a   reduction   in   required   minimum   flight   time  per  aircraft  which  currently  stands  at  70  hours  per  month.   The   Army   has   been   trying   to   reduce   the   total   number   of   C-­‐12   aircraft   and   hub   all   their   assets   for   a   while,  taking  them  away  from  each  individual  state.    As  expected,  this  has  drawn  tremendous  attention  from   each   state's   respective   congressional   representatives   and   Continued  on  Page  13   senators.   12    


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Add this  with  the  loss  of  the  C-­‐23,  AH-­‐64,  OH-­‐58  and  many  of  the  LUH-­‐72  aircraft  in  the  Guard  and  it   adds  up  to  a  significant  reduction  in  not  only  aircraft  but  also  manpower  for  the  Army  National  Guard  which  is   a  whole  other  discussion  on  proposed  severe  cutbacks  in  Army  and  Air  National  Guard  staffing.     To  slow  the  plans  of  the  Army  and  the  Secretary  of  Defense,  legislation  in  the  House  and  the  Senate   has  been  drafted  to  prevent  the  reduction  in  manning  and  the  transfer  of  aircraft  to  the  Army.   HR   3930,   the   National   Commission   on   the   Structure   of   the   Army   Act   of   2014   "...   would   address   cuts   to   the   Army   National   Guard   by   freezing   the   transfer   and   divestiture   of   ARNG   aircraft,   maintain   ARNG   end   strength  at  350,000  and  form  a  commission  to  examine  and  make  recommendations  on  the  force  structure  of   the   Army   as   a   whole,   similar   to   the   National   Commission   on   the   Structure   of   the   Air   Force   which   produced   favorable   recommendations   for   the   Total   Air   Force,"   according   to   the   National   Guard   Association   of   the   United  States.     In  the  Senate,  Sen  Roy  Blunt,  R-­‐MO,  is  seeking  signatures  from  his  colleagues  for  a  letter  to  Defense   Secretary  Hagel  to  address  the  same  issues.    He  states  "This  shortsighted  approach  creates  unnecessary  risk  to   our  national  security  at  the  expense  of  incredibly  capable  attack  aviation  assets  in  the  Army  National  Guard."   He   continues,   "Without   a   solution,   Congress   will   look   for   ways   to   ensure   that   the   Total   Army   is   balanced  in  ways  that  meet  our  nation's  security  interests,  now  and  in  the  future,  that  take  into  account  Total   Army  requirements,  capabilities  and  costs."     With  all  the  posturing  for  near-­‐term  staffing  and  aircraft  fleet  distribution  the  Pentagon  has  not  backed   off  of  its  plans  for  a  "clean  sheet  design"  future  vertical  lift  aircraft.     Army  Material  Command  leaders  say  the   science  and  technology  efforts  are  still  100%  supported  with  no  pressure  to  reduce  the  funding  at  this  time.     The  Pentagon  expects  to  spend  $354  million  on  the  science  and  technology  phase,  making  a  decision  to   move   forward   around   2018   with   estimate   awarding   of   contracts   around   2020.     As   reportedly   previously   in   Professional  Pilot  magazine,  FVL  aircraft  are  scheduled  to  replace  most  helicopters  in  the  military  after  2030   and  will  be  fielded  in  light,  medium  and  heavy  aircraft  models.     Last  year  the  Army  selected  4  teams  to  continue  developing  concepts  for  the  highly  advanced  design.     AVX  Aircraft  has  secured  numerous  patents  on  its  ducted  fan  and  coaxial  systems  already  and  Bell  Helicopter   and  Lockheed  Martin  teamed  together  for  their  design  proposals.     The   Bell   280   Valor   tiltrotor   has   already   made   a   splash   and   promises   to   make   the   competition   tight   while  the  S-­‐97  Raider  from  the  design  team  of  Sikorsky  and  Boeing  has  very  impressive  projections.    The  final   team   to   round   out   the   race   for   the   next   generation   of   advanced   vertical   lift   aircraft   is   Karem   aircraft   of   Ft   Worth,   TX.     Karem   Aircraft   is   actively   developing   its   Optimum   Speed   Tiltrotor   (OSTR)   technology   for   transport   aircraft  applications.     If   the   FVL   race   is   not   enough   there   is   no   shortage   of   activity   at   DARPA   as   they   announced   the   US   military   also   wants   design   ideas   for   "transformer   style"   unmanned   systems   for   logistical   support   into   dangerous  areas.    DARPA's  earlier  program  for  Transformer  Humvees  (see  Pro  Pilot  August  2013)  has  created   a  spinoff  design  called  the  Aerial  Reconfigurable  Embedded   Concluded  on  Page  14   System  (ARES).    ARES  is  designed  to  resupply  troops  or  ships  

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at sea;  plans  also  call  for  possibly  evacuating  injured  troops  from  hazardous  areas  with  the  unmanned  ARES   vehicle.     Whether   the   Secretary   of   Defense,   National   Guard   or   bodies   of   Congress   get   their   way   is   yet   to   be   seen.    All  sides  quote  numbers  and  dollars  that  the  other  party  contests  as  unrealistic  or  inaccurate.    But  there   is  no  doubt  that  turbulent  skies  lie  ahead  for  all  concerned  in  Army  Aviation.     As  usual,  it  is  the  pilot  that  feels  like  he  or  she  is  holding  the  bag.    As  pilots  we  become  set  in  our  ways   and  certainly  have  passion  around  the  aircraft  we  fly  and  seldom  are  ready  to  release  the  controls.   One  promising  thought  on  the  horizon  is  the  idea  of  new  technology  of  the  future.    We  stand  in  awe   and  wait  with  great  anticipation  for  designs  promising  wonderful  things.  As  a  concerned  Aviator  I  can't  wait  to   see   what   the   future   holds.     But   I   also   hold   back   a   small   reservation   for   with   great   innovation   comes   great   innovation  (repeat  intended).     That's  because  as  the  technology  advances,  the  need  for  pilots  seems  to  becoming  less  and  less.    The   ARES   project   and   the   unmanned   K-­‐Max   helicopter   currently   operating   in   Afghanistan   can   be   offered   up   as   examples.     We  already  have  "pilots"  operating  UAS  aircraft  from  the  comfort  of  an  air-­‐conditioned  room  who  do   not   have   to   worry   about   riding   through   a   thunderstorm   or   feel   that   lump   in   your   stomach   when   you   don't   break  out  and  you  are  low  on  fuel.    Advance  technology  is  great  but  as  they  say  "Be  careful  what  you  ask  for   you  just  might  get  it!"    

An Invitation  from  the  CHPA  President   Jay  Brown  

During a  recent  conversation  with  CHPA  President,  Milan  Tesanovich,  he  told  me  he  wanted  to  know   what   your   thoughts   are   on   how   CHPA   is   doing.     He   wants   to   know   what   you   like,   dislike,   and   what   your   expectations  are  for  CHPA.    He  is  truly  interested  in  moving  CHPA  forward  and  meeting  your  expectations  of   what  CHPA  should  be,  what  we  should  be  offering  for  our  membership  and  how  we’re  doing  so  far  in  meeting   those  expectations.   Along  those  lines  we’d  like  to  also  know  what  you  would  like  about  the  Swash  Plate  Newsletter.    If  you   enjoy  the  stories,  have  a  suggestion  on  how  the  newsletter  could  better  meet  your  needs,  think  the  stories  are   too   long   or   too   short   or   want   to   read   different   kinds   of   stories   let   us   know.     The   process   of   putting   the   newsletter  together  includes  collecting  submissions  from  members,  collecting  news  items  from  news  outlets   world-­‐wide,   and   from   social   media.     You   can   provide   your   input   via   email   to   HQ@chpa-­‐us.org   or   you   can   give   headquarters  a  call  at  800-­‐832-­‐5144.       In  the  near  future  you  can  look  forward  to  receiving  emails  from  Milan,  asking  you  for  more  specific   input   on   wider   topics   relating   to   your   organization.     Please   take   a   moment   to   carefully   consider   the   questions   and  provide  your  thoughts.    We  always  look  forward  to  hearing  from  you.             14    


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April 2014 Swash Plate  

Monthly Newsletter of The Combat Helicopter Pilots Association.

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