More than 130 people participated in a PEO 101, a three-day introduction to Program Executive Office Aviation at the various sites on Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Oct. 30 -- Nov. 1.

The purpose of PEO Aviation 101 was to familiarize new PEO Aviation team members with the U.S. Army, the Army Aviation enterprise, and how PEO Aviation supports the Soldier. It began with an introductory video featuring MG Thomas Todd III, Program Executive Officer Aviation, and CSM Roy Sullivan, PEO Aviation command sergeant major, followed by a presentation by Col. Robert Barrie, military deputy to the Program Executive Officer.

"The reason we do this is that there is a culture in PEO Aviation. That culture did not happen by accident and it is not something that changes quickly," Barrie said. "What we're trying to do is reinforce our organizational themes, our organizational structure, and ensure we can maintain the culture of PEO Aviation," he continued. "The culture is focused on the Soldier and delivering capabilities above all else." Barrie closed by saying "welcome, it is fantastic to have you on our team."

"PEO 101 gave me the opportunity to learn how PEO Aviation supports Soldiers by designing, delivering, and developing capabilities that build a more lethal force, strengthen alliances, and prepare for the future," said Jacquline S. Mahaffey a management analyst with APEO International. "During the presentations, it was obvious that PEO Aviation is composed of people who are focused on maintaining performance, affordability, and agility to keep the Army strong."

Other parts of the program included presentations by the PEO staff sections and each of the 10 PEO Aviation program managers discussed their missions. The participants also visited the Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer and a static display consisting of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, an AH-64 Apache helicopter, and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

PEO Aviation is the Army manager for ten program offices including: Apache Helicopters, Aviation Mission Systems & Architecture, Cargo Helicopters, Utility Helicopters, Improved Turbine Engine, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Fixed Wing Aircraft and Multinational Aviation Special Projects. The organization's primary responsibility is to Serve Soldiers and our nation by Designing, Developing, Delivering and Supporting advanced aviation capabilities for operational commanders and our allies.