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President’s Message Rhea Rippey

It is my great privilege to announce that registration is now open for our CHPA Reunion & Annual Business Meeting scheduled for October 20th • “Rock of Reflection” – 23rd at Ft. Rucker. Certainly this year's Reunion Tim Gallagher schedule reflects the culmination of an enormous effort to design, negotiate, and nail down a series of  “A Bubble Burst” events that will set a high bar for future CHPA Reunions to achieve. This Edward Moriarty is our first Reunion at Mother Rucker, home of US Army Aviation and ground zero for the development of aviation warfighting doctrine across  “US/Iraqi Pilots Fly Together” the military spectrum, as well as a myriad of related, interlocking activities 1LT Jason Sweeney including professional development, flight training, unmanned aircraft systems, and others. We are indeed fortunate to enjoy the fine welcome  “Flying Into a Hornet’s Nest” being rolled out by Ft. Rucker to its air warriors. Stars and Stripes Rick Roll, our 2011 Reunion Chairman, has pulled out all the  and much much more! stops in planning, organizing, and negotiating a slate of activities at Mother Rucker that is impressive in its scope. We’ll receive briefings, hosted tours of several fascinating flight training facilities, tours of the US Army Aviation museum, static aircraft displays with pilot briefings, and perhaps other fine offerings still under negotiation. Ft. Rucker policy limits the number of our members to several of its featured activities, so it is IMPERATIVE that you register ASAP in order to be guaranteed attendance at these instructive events. Because of the space limitation placed on these facility tours, I urge you to register NOW, lest the available tour slots at each facility fill up without your participation. This limitation is based upon Ft. Rucker’s assessment of the maximum visitor number each facility can handle effectively. That number is determined by the post, not by CHPA. The weather in south Alabama should be fall-perfect in late October, just a week prior to the official end of hurricane season. I’m sure you recall that Florida’s beaches and seafood are only a short drive away, so plan a family getaway or long-deserved break before the traditional fall-winter holiday season begins. Reconnect with us at the beating heart of US Army Aviation helicopter training. Join your combat brothers and sisters at the touchstone, the nerve center. Join us at Mother Rucker for a wellplanned reunion and celebration of our legacy. Register NOW to insure a full weekend of current aviation technology, personalized briefings, a celebration of our history, and remembrance of our fallen comrades. I hope to see you there! • “Heroes Homecoming”

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Annual Meeting Update Rick Roll

After many months of planning by your reunion committee, it’s now time for you to register to attend our very special, for many of us, “HOMECOMING” to be held this coming October at Fort Rucker. By the time you read this, registration forms & information will be available on our website, www.chpa-us.org, as well as in this issue of the ―Swashplate.‖ As we have mentioned in preceding reunion updates, the PA office at Rucker has put a limit on the number of folks that can tour their training facilities so it’s very important that you register to attend sooner rather than later. This is the most thoroughly planned reunion yet to be held by the CHPA so we expect a BIG turnout. Register NOW so you won’t miss a single event!! Also, you will note on the registration form that we have commissioned some very special shirts to commemorate this big event. These black shirts have our traditional Joe Galloway quote, ―God’s Own Lunatics,‖ and a small CHPA logo on their fronts and the backs sport a huge CHPA logo along with 2011 Reunion across the top & Mother Rucker across the bottom. It will be great if most of us wear these shirts at the reunion so please note the special ordering deadline on the registration form. We look forward to hearing from you and for those who are learning about the reunion for the first time, I have included the highlights below. The dates for the reunion are October 20th – 23rd. The Fort is going to roll out the red carpet for us and we will be enjoying tours of many of Rucker’s helo training venues. We will open the festivities Thursday evening the 20th at 1700 hours in our hospitality room and at 1800 hours, Rhea Rippey will host his President’s reception in the hospitality room as well. His reception will also include a light dinner for us weary travelers. The tours will take place on Friday the 21st. On Saturday the 22nd, after our membership/business meeting, we will enjoy a catered lunch inside the Army Aviation Museum on base. After the lunch we will be given guided tours of the facility to be followed by our evening banquet at the ―Landings;‖ Fort Rucker’s club. Our reunion hotel is the Enterprise Hampton Inn and we will be running a well-stocked, BYOB, hospitality room in the Hampton; providing light snacks, mixers, and ice every evening. If you have questions/comments of any kind concerning the reunion please feel free to e-mail Rick Roll, reunion chair at ANY time!! Rick Roll Reunion Chairman

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Heroes Homecoming Fayetteville, NC created ―Heroes Homecoming‖ as our way of showing all Vietnam Veterans we remember and appreciate their courage, their sacrifice and everything they’ve done to defend our freedom – now and forever. American soldiers returning from Vietnam never received the homecoming they deserved, and Fayetteville wants to rectify that. We have a unique bond with all Vietnam Veterans, as our town was the point of departure and return for hundreds of thousands of soldiers. As America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, we will give our brave Vietnam Veterans the welcome they so richly deserve. Fayetteville will host the Heroes Homecoming as the biggest commemoration/reunion of its kind for the 10 days leading up to Veterans Day 2011, featuring celebrations, discussions, fellowship, and memories for all those who attend. Fayetteville, NC is planning to host a weeklong Homecoming celebration leading up to Veteran’s Day, Nov 2011. In Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg - the nation's largest Army installation – we pride ourselves on supporting the military. We are proud to say that in Fayetteville "We watch over those who watch over us." In November, we will welcome our Vietnam Veterans home. Their stories will touch your heart and it is our hope that our thanks will reflect a grateful America who welcomes them home. I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit our web site at www.heroeshomecoming.com where you can see the full list of events we have planned to honor our Vietnam Veterans. I extend an offer to you to visit us in Fayetteville this November for Veterans Day to help say thank you to these true American Heroes.

Got Patches? CHPA is building quite a collection of patches from our members for display at our venues at HAI, Quad A, and VHPA but we’re always looking for more. Several of you have given us patches, like those shown here which we put on display at our booth. They’re all quite eye catching and attention getting. So dig through your old patches and if you have some you’d like to share send them to us at: CHPA • PO Box 42 • Divide, CO 80814-0042

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Rock of Reflection Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal

Saturday, May 7 dawned bright and beautiful, one of few great days for riding this spring. Scott Lewis of Nevada, IA, hopped on his motorcycle, headed west toward Menlo. The Freedom Rock his destination. Though not written in stone, Lewis rides to The Freedom Rock each May, just before Memorial Day. He found artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II brush in hand. Sorensen spends May painting patriotic scenes on the rock one mile south of Interstate 80, off exit 86. This, his Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, an artist from Greenfield, Iowa, 13th May at the 12-foot natural wonder. paints The Freedom Rock just off exit 86 south of Interstate Sorensen put graffiti on this 90-ton stone as a boy. 80 on Saturday. Sorensen has painted the rock with a patriotic theme each May since 1999. This year's design will His flair for soldiers, the US flag and historical sense draws incorporate an image of the US Navy SEALS. tens of thousands of visitors annually to a windswept spot of Photo by Tim Gallagher rural Adair County. Sorensen and Lewis met a few years ago on a memorial ride for US Army SGT Casey Byers, a 22year-old gunner from Schleswig, IA, killed in Iraq in 2005. Lewis served two tours in Iraq, one with Byers. "As a veteran," he said of The Freedom Rock, "I think it's very important and am glad it's so appreciated." Sorensen picked up his paint after watching "Saving Private Ryan" 13 years ago. This was pre9/11, before a two-fronted war in the Middle East. Before 19 Siouxland soldiers and 71 Iowa soldiers – men like Casey Byers – died in battle. "Memorial Day was kind of lost on America," Sorensen said. "I wanted to remind America what Memorial Day was all about." Mission accomplished. A painting of a helicopter on the north side of The Freedom Rock, done in Army green, contains ashes of 28 Vietnam War veterans. Bone fragments within the ash draw you in. Families of soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan visit. A couple from Chicago approached Sorensen one May day. They drove directly from their son's funeral. "I hope it's a place for people to reflect," said Sorensen as he worked through his 2011 design. The west side, which faces Highway 25, shows three soldiers from three eras. The first is a likeness of Marine Lance CPL C. J. Miller of nearby Greenfield, Iowa. Miller, a 23-year-old bomb detonator, died five years ago in Iraq. The second bears a resemblance to the artist's great uncle, the late Albert Sorensen, who served in World War II's Battle of the Bulge. The third, a soldier from the Revolutionary War. The east side will show a team of Navy SEALS and the compound in Pakistan where commandos killed Osama bin Laden. Fire fighters, the US Pentagon, Manhattan's Twin Towers and police officers, victims of bin Laden's evil, may emerge from the clouds in this scene. The south corner has room for an image of US Army SSG Sal Giunta, the Medal of Honor recipient from Hiawatha, Iowa, who was shot twice while running into enemy fire to save fellow soldiers. The humble Giunta walked common ground with soldiers Miller, Byers, Lewis. And Great Uncle Albert. Young Iowans all, they fought worlds removed from bright, beautiful May days on the Iowa plain, sacrificing when their country needed it most.

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General Information for the 2011 CHPA Annual Meeting Host Hotel This year our host hotel is the Hampton Inn at 8 West Pointe Court, Enterprise, AL 36330. Their telephone number is 334-347-5763. Remember, your hotel reservation is separate from your Annual Meeting registration. The special rate for CHPA is $79/night for a double or $89/night for a king. When you make your reservation remember to tell them you’ll be attending the CHPA Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting Registration Registration for the 2011 Annual Meeting is $125.00 per person. This price includes the costs associated with name tags and snacks and ice in the BYOB Hospitality Suite. It also includes transportation to the training venues tours on October 21st; and luncheon at the Army Aviation Museum and dinner at the Landings on October 22nd. You can register online by clicking the link on the Welcome to CHPA page, or you can print and fax or mail a registration by clicking here. Reunion T-Shirts This year we’re offering T-shirts made specifically for the 2011 Annual Meeting. The shirts are black with the CHPA logo on the back and our motto, ―God’s Own Lunatics‖ on the front. The Annual Meeting Tshirts include a smaller CHPA logo on the front and the words, ―Mother Rucker‖ and ―2011 Reunion‖ around the logo on the back. The T-shirts are $35.00 each and can be ordered on the registration form. The shirts are available in short or long sleeve and small to XXXL sized.

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We hope you enjoy your newsletter! We work to find articles of interest for our very diverse membership, ranging from human interest to humor and wonderful war stories of helicopter pilots’ and crewmembers’ daring do. Our most entertaining and informative stories come from you, our membership but I know there are more stores waiting to be told. 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. I know there are a lot of stories out there that have not been heard by our membership so, 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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2011 CHPA Annual Meeting/Reunion Schedule Day 1 (Thursday, Oct 20th) All Day 1700 – 2100 1800 – Late Evening Activity:

Check In at Enterprise Hampton Inn Annual Meeting Registration – Hospitality Room President’s Informal Reception – Hospitality Room Includes sandwiches, chips, etc Individual Choice; Dinner for those interested; Hospitality Suite open

Day 2 (Friday, Oct 21st) 0900 – 1130 0900 – 1130 1300 – 1630 1700 – Late

Morning Training Venues Tour – Transportation provided Lunch on your own Late Annual Meeting Registration – Hospitality Room Afternoon Training Venues Tour – Transportation provided Dinner on your own Individual Choice; Hospitality Suite open

Day 3 (Saturday, Oct 22nd) 0800 – 1100 1200 – 1330 1330 – 1700 1730 - 2030 Evening Activity:

Business Meeting – Hospitality Room Luncheon – Army Aviation Museum – Trans by POV Army Aviation Museum Tour – Trans by POV Dinner and Awards Presentation – The Landings – Trans by POV Individual Choice; Hospitality Suite open

Day 4 (Sunday, Oct 23rd) Depart

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COMBAT HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSOCIATION 2011 ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION NAME _____________________

MEMBER NUMBER ________

NAME OF GUEST ________________ ADDRESS, LINE 1 __________________ ADDRESS LINE 2 _____________________ CITY __________ STATE ____ ZIP __________ HOME PHONE __________ EMAIL ____________________ MEMBER NAME PREFERRED ON BADGE ________________ GUEST NAME PREFERRED ON BADGE __________________ Mark the number of registrants in the spaces provided below. For instance if a member is bringing two guests, enter 1 in the member box and 2 in the guest box. Also indicate if you wish to purchase a reunion T-shirt by entering long sleeve or short sleeve, size preference and number desired. Deadline for ordering T-shirts is September 15th. NUMBER

ITEM Member Registration Guest Registration Long Sleeve Reunion T-Shirt Short Sleeve Reunion T-Shirt TOTAL

PRICE $125.00 ea $125.00 ea $35.00 ea $35.00 ea

SUBTOTAL

SIZE(S)

Multiply the number of items ordered by the price for each and enter the subtotal in the space provided on the same line, then add the subtotals together and enter the total in the space provided to the right of ―TOTAL.‖ If you are paying by check, please make payable to CHPA and return your application and payment to: CHPA, P.O. Box 42, Divide, CO 80814-0042. If you would like to pay by credit card, please complete the information below and mail this application to the address above or fax it to 719-687-4167. Credit Card (Circle one) AMEX Visa MC Card number ______________________ Exp ______ Security Code ______ Signature _______________________

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Submit Your Photos! CHPA has a growing collection of photos, from flight school class 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!

2011 Is A CHPA Election Year Jay Brown

2011 is an election year for the CHPA Board of Directors. Are you a pilot member in good standing with three years of membership? If so you’re eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. Have you served on the Board of Directors for at least one two-year term? Then you qualify to serve as President. CHPA is seeking a few good men and women who want to help CHPA succeed and continue to grow. There are a few vacancies on the Board of Directors and your service is needed. Service on the Board of Directors is a great way to get involved in guiding CHPA forward and having an input in the good work that we do. Participation is not hard. There is one teleconference each month, usually lasting about an hour. These teleconferences are always open to the membership. If you’d like to attend you need only contact HQ not later than a week prior and request the phone in information for the next meeting. As a member of the Board of Directors you make the job your own. Get in touch with us at our new mailing address; CHPA, PO Box 42, Divide, CO 80814-0042 or by phone at 800-832-5144 for details.

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A Bubble Burst Edward J. Moriarty

This is not a "blood, guts, and bullets" Vietnam helicopter war story. But I think that readers of "The Swash Plate" may find it amusing. I attended the VHPA reunion at Dallas, TX, in 2004. One of the reunion's days was spent making a bus trip to the former Fort Wolters, Mineral Wells, TX, to witness the ground-breaking ceremony for the National Museum of the Vietnam War. When the ceremony was completed, most of the attendees headed for the portable beer coolers and mingled with the other visitors to the site. I was feeling rather smug, walking around the area, among fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots, with my girlfriend, proud to have been a graduate of Fort Wolters. I spotted an older fellow, wearing a nametag which said he had worked for Southern Airways. My solo instructor pilot in the fall of 1968 was a civilian named Jim Rogers, who also worked for Southern Airways. (I still have his "Solo Hoverbug" card, with his signature on it). My girlfriend and I walked over to the older fellow wearing the Southern Airways name tag. I asked him if he knew a fellow flight instructor named Jim Rogers. He said that he did know him, but that Jim wasn't in attendance at the ground-breaking. I related to this former Primary I instructor pilot that I owed Jim Rogers all of the credit for my eventual graduation from the Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, AL. I informed this old gentleman that Jim Rogers had "padded" my dual flight instruction hours in my records. He and I would fly, and he would not log it. If I recall, once a student pilot exceeded eighteen hours of instruction, without soloing, he faced a flight evaluation board. Eventually, I was the last warrant officer candidate from my platoon to solo, and not face an evaluation board. I'll bet that I had flown at least twenty-five hours of dual time with Jim Rogers, but my records only showed eighteen hours. After I had made this confession to the former Southern Airways instructor pilot, he said, "You know, there was a period of time when the army told us to 'just push them through'" (the warrant officer candidate Primary I rotary wing aviation program). Right there, in front of my girlfriend, I felt a huge needle had been thrust into my balloon. I immediately stopped feeling smug, and my stride lost its glide. I may well have been one of those marginally-talented WOCs, who was pushed along in helicopter pilot training at the direction of the US Army.

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US and Iraqi Pilots Fly Together 1LT Jason Sweeney

Two US Army UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters flew in formation with two Iraqi Air Force helicopters during May on a joint medical evacuation training mission, serving to build rapport and partnerships between the two militaries. The mission allowed the pilots and crews from the two militaries to better understand each other’s way of doing business, explained CPT Jennifer Sims, a pilot on one of the Black Hawks, and the Headquarters Company Commander for the 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, of the Georgia Army National Guard. Both American helicopters that took part on the May 18th training mission were from the 1-171 GSAB, which is attached to the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade during the brigade’s yearlong deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The Black Hawk crews shared hot tea with their Iraqi peers, a traditional gesture of hospitality, before taking flight behind the two Iraqi Air Force helicopters. The Iraqis were flying an American-made UH-1 ―Huey‖ utility helicopter and a Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter. The four helicopters flew together from Camp Taji over Baghdad before landing at the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) where the crews were met by US Air Force personnel and members of the Iraqi Security Forces and conducted ground training. Sims, from Canton, GA, said there are challenges during mixed multi-ship flights, such as this one. The biggest challenge is the language barrier, she explained. Dissimilar equipment, radio systems and flying skills create a different flying environment than when flying with American pilots only. So when the pilots from the two militaries get the chance to fly together, it leads to familiarization and better coordination while in the air, she said. ―Anytime we work together, it’s a gain,‖ said CPT Andy Parker, a native of Atlanta, GA, and the chaplain for the 1-171st. Parker said he was on the mission to interact with his Iraqi counterparts. He said his interaction was very positive. ―They see we’re not here to be the Lone Ranger when we work together as a team. It builds rapport,‖ Parker said. ―They are good pilots and we learn from them many things,‖ said the Iraqi commander who flew the UH-1 Huey during the training flight. ―We have a good relationship with the American side. This is not our first flight together.‖ A 22-year-old Iraqi second lieutenant from Baghdad flew the Iraqi Mi-17. ―It’s like flying a beast— the power,‖ he said of his large transport aircraft. He said he enjoyed having the opportunity to fly with American pilots. ―It shows the cooperation with the two sides.‖ At BIAP, SPC Michael Kelley, a native of Bourne, MA, from the 1-171’s Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance), briefed Iraqi medics on the equipment used in his specialized medical evacuation helicopter. The Iraqis then briefed the Americans on their equipment before they practiced loading patients onto the aircraft. ―The partnership offers opportunities to share tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), both Iraqi and American,‖ said LTC Steven Ballew, US Air Force medical advisor with the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission – Air. ―They have the way they do things, we have ours. It’s always good to get together and share TTPs.‖ 10


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Flying into a Hornet’s Nest Dan Blottenberger and Marcus Kloeckner Used with permission from The Stars and Stripes. © 2011 Stars and Stripes

A routine mission to deal with a roadside bomb turned into the worst day since World War II for German troops. Were it not for their American counterparts, it would have been much worse. Enemy fire erupted from all directions as the Germans made their way through Isa Khel, a town in Paktia province, on April 2nd, 2010. Suddenly, the soldiers were trapped, tending desperately to wounded comrades, and looking for a way out. ―You could barely see them,‖ one German CW3 Jason LaCrosse was awarded the Silver Star soldier later recalled. ―You should not think these are for his role in extracting wounded German Soldiers from an intense firefight in simply farmers. They know how to fight.‖ Afghanistan in April 2010. MSG Patrick Bonneik, a German joint terminal Photo courtesy of the US Army attack controller, made the first call requesting a medical evacuation for two severely injured soldiers. Minutes later, US helicopters from a base in nearby Kunduz lifted off to retrieve the wounded. The injured needed help and fast. With the fight still raging, Bonneik worried that landing zones would be too hot for the US medevac crews. He feared the wounded would not make it out alive. The first time the helicopters came in for a landing, they came under intense enemy fire. To CW3 Jason LaCrosse, it ―was like flying into a hornet’s nest, with 200 Taliban shooting at us.‖ ―They were shooting at us from compounds, they were shooting at us from an open field, they were shooting at us from a tree line,‖ he said. ―Heavy fire came from all directions. I had two [rocketpropelled grenades] crisscross underneath my tail as we were coming in to land, and the aircraft was getting hit so much by small rounds ricocheting that you could see sparks flying off of our tail.‖ The helicopter drew the Taliban’s fire, allowing the unhurt German troops to flee, according to battle reports. But the fire was so heavy that the Americans couldn’t land. LaCrosse ordered his crew to ―go around,‖ signaling they would attempt to land again. The helicopters had been unable to establish communication with the Germans on the ground, so it was disheartening for the soldiers to see LaCrosse abort the landing attempt. ―I thought [the pilot] was going to fly away,‖ said Bonneik. He thought wrong. As the helicopters prepared for another landing attempt, pilots noticed white smoke from a different landing zone. They put down there and tried again to establish radio communications with the ground forces. The German soldier on the ground could not establish a frequency both the helicopter and the ground forces could use, but he said that the patients were in the process of being moved to the new landing zone. LaCrosse and his crew took off again, trying to avoid being a sitting target while the Germans readied the patients. After several minutes, LaCrosse brought the helicopter down again and medic SSG Travis Brown ran out to establish communications with the Germans. He could not, and soon the bird was in the air again. Finally, through relayed communications, the crew made contact with Bonneik, who said the patients were almost ready for pickup and they were moving Concluded on Page 13 them to the alternate landing zone. 12


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LaCrosse, a pilot for 14 years, knew they’d already lost too much time. Waiting for the patients to reach the alternate landing zone was too risky. ―Allied troops on the ground are injured, and if we don’t get them to a hospital they are going to die,‖ LaCrosse said of his reason for landing, ―and I am not going to allow that to happen.‖ LaCrosse returned to the original landing zone, where they again faced heavy fire. But this time he was able to direct ground forces to provide cover fire, offering just enough distraction that the Americans could land twice, picking up two wounded soldiers and returning them to Kunduz. By the time the second soldier was lifted out, Americans got word that a German vehicle had struck a roadside bomb. Four more wounded. The helicopters were scarred from the earlier barrage of small-arms fire, but the crews managed to land and pick up the wounded Germans at an alternate landing zone without further incident. The firefight continued on for an additional six hours. Over a period of three hours, LaCrosse and two other aircraft conducted three separate missions – two under heavy fire –and evacuated 11 soldiers. When it was over, three German soldiers had died and eight were wounded. ―By flying in, he saved at least three more comrades,‖ said Bonneik. Months later, LaCrosse was awarded the Silver Star. Thirteen other soldiers received the Distinguished Flying Cross. All 14 crewmembers were awarded the German Gold Cross for Valor, Germany’s second-highest military award. They became the first soldiers outside the German military to receive the award. The awardees were: CPT Robert McDonough, CW3 Steven Husted, CW3 Nelson Visaya, CW2 Jason Brown, CW2 Sean Johnson, CW2 Eric Wells, SGT William Ebel, SGT Antonio Gattis, SGT Steven Schumaker, SPC Matthew Baker, SPC Todd Marchese and SPC Gregory Martinez.

Come Visit CHPA at VHPA CHPA will be in attendance at the VHPA Reunion in Orlando, July 5th – 10th. We know we’ll have several members in attendance who are members of both CHPA and VHPA. We invite you all to drop by our booth in the Vendors area. We’d love to shake your hands and get to know you and fill you in on what’s going on with CHPA.

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CHPA Has a New Mailing Address Did you notice? At several locations in this issue of The Swash Plate, and on the website, there’s a new mailing address for CHPA. The new address is: CHPA PO Box 42 Divide, CO 80814-0042 Our mailing address was, of course, the Washington, DC PO Box, as it had been since our inception. There are several reasons why changing the mailing address makes sense, from both a logistic and management viewpoint. The Washington, DC PO Box was being regularly checked by one of our local members who will be moving in the near future. As a result we needed to move the PO Box to a location nearer to the management company. This change will result in faster response times to written inquiries, merchandise orders and faster processing of check payments from our members. Mail sent to the Washington, DC post office address will continue to be forwarded to the Divide Office but the DC PO Box will be closed effective February 2012. So make a note of the new address and update your address books. We look forward to improved service to all our members and to seeing you all in Alabama in October.

Call on Us! Contact Quick Reference Chairman of the Board JBrown@chpa-us.org

Buzz Covington bcovington@chpa-us.org

President – Rhea Rippey president@chpa-us.org

Chris Fecher cfecher@chpa-us.org

Call us! 800•832•5144

VP Administration – Vacant admin@chpa-us.org

Al Major amajor@chpa-us.org

Fax us! 719•687•4167

VP Membership – Rusty Bourgoyne membership@chpa-us.org

Rich Miller rmiller@chpa-us.org

Secretary – Robert Frost secretary@chpa-us.org

Randy Zahn rzahn@chpa-us.org

Write us! CHPA PO Box 42 Divide, CO 80814-0042 Remember! Feel free to contact us any time.

Treasurer – Loren McAnally treasurer@chpa-us.org HQ – Jay Brown HQ@chpa-us.org HQ@chpa-us.org

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