Army leadership honors top Aviation units
Soldiers from four top Aviation units pose with their Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Aviation Unit Awards after a luncheon Jan. 28 during the 2010 Aviation Senior Leaders Conference at Fort Rucker.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Four Army Aviation units received prestigious Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Aviation Unit Awards at a Jan. 28 luncheon in conjunction with the 2010 Aviation Senior Leaders Conference.

The awards, established after Parker's retirement in 1992, recognize units for excellence in leadership, training, maintenance and safety during the preceding fiscal year. The competition is open to active-duty and reserve component Aviation battalions.

Soldiers in the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky., took home top honors and also won the Best Combat Battalion award.

The 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, also from Fort Campbell, garnered Best Combat Support Battalion Award, while the 277th Aviation Support Battalion, Fort Drum, N.Y., earned Best Combat Service Support Battalion honors.

Soldiers with the 78th Aviation Battalion, Camp Zama, Japan, received the Best Table of Distribution and Allowances Award.

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, and Parker presented the awards.

Retired Gen. Bryan D. Brown said he was proud to speak at the awards ceremony named for one of his commanders and mentors.

Brown, a former Aviator, said the Branch is dawning on a new horizon, and the new journey requires great leadership.

"Aviation is under popular demand. Our (operations) tempo is blistering," he said, noting some challenges "can only be met with leadership (and) great detailed planning."

He said as a civilian, he does not know all the changes occurring in Aviation, but said people in the general public "all see slices of it, and it's fantastic."

The units honored displayed the high level of leadership Brown said was necessary for Aviation's new horizon.

According to Col. Russ Stinger, 110th Aviation Brigade commander and event emcee, "major commands throughout the Army held internal competitions and submitted eighteen finalists this year to compete in four categories" and judging was based on "excellence in leadership, training, maintenance and safety at the battalion and squadron level."

Soldiers in the 7th Sqdn., 17th Cav. Regt., accomplished plenty in winning the top Parker Award. The unit members flew more than 22,500 combat hours with 35 helicopters. During that time, they moved 20,000 troops and delivered more than 8 million pounds of equipment.

The unit's medical evacuation Soldiers also treated more than 1,100 patients, and others also conducted more than 45 air assault missions.

Seventh Bn., 101st Avn. Regt. Soldiers flew 31,000 combat hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom XI en route to their Best Combat Support Battalion Award. The unit conducted more than 220 deliberate and hasty air assault missions and registered 1,100 reconnaissance, security and attack missions. The medevac unit also cared for more than 1,100 patients.

The 227th Avn. Support Bn. Soldiers conducted a wide variety of missions in support of 10th Combat Aviation Brigade in Iraq for their Best Combat Service Support Battalion Award. The quick reaction force completed numerous site exploration and 90 combat patrols, while their aid station members treated 7,500 patients and certified 900 Soldiers as combat lifesavers. The unit's cafAfA served more than 75,000 meals.

The distribution company pumped 2.5 million gallons of fuel, distributed 800 short tons of ammunition and operated warehouses on two forward operating bases. The Aviation Support Company completed 25 helicopter phase maintenance overhauls and more than 9,000 work orders, maintaining 168 aircraft resulting in more than 140,000 hours flown on 16,000 combat missions.

In support of U.S. Army Japan and other numerous Pacific theater operations, 78th Avn. Bn. Soldiers flew 2,700 hours without Class A or C accidents and maintained an 86-percent operation readiness rate, helping them garner the Best Table of Distribution and Allowances Award.

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