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2018 Army Aviation Photography Contest Winners

ARMY AVIATION Magazine is proud to present the winners of our annual photography contest. 35 qualified AAAA members, submitting 78 Army Aviation related photographs taken during CY 2017, competed for the top 12 places. We congratulate the winners and thank all of the contestants for their efforts and service. We invite all AAAA members to participate in our 2018 contest. Visit the AAAA website, quad-a.org for details and submission requirements. Bill Harris, Publisher

18pc 1 snowy sling

First Place - “Snowy Sling Loads in Grafenwöhr” By Captain Jaymon A. Bell, Headquarters, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, Germany, 
January 18, 2017; Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany
Soldiers from Cobra Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, hook up their M777 Howitzer to a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Company B, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, “Big Windy,” during environmental qualifications and sling load training.

18pc 2 see you

Second Place – “See You on the Ground” By Alcone J. LevierClarksville, Tennessee
August 30, 2017; The Plain, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
Cadets of the West Point parachute Team wave to onlookers as they fly past aboard a UH-72A Lakota from the West Point Flight Detachment.

18pc 3 hawaiian

Third Place – “Hawaiian Heavy Duty” By John M. Dibbs, Redmond, Washington
November 4, 2017; Wheeler Field Range
Two Chinooks from the Hawaii Army National Guard 171st Aviation Regiment face-down the camera with gunners flashing the local “Shaka” symbol.

18pc 4 gray eagle

Fourth Place – “The Eagle’s Nest” By Andrew GilbertHomestead, Florida,
June 2, 2017; Camp Mackall, North Carolina
An MQ-1C Gray Eagle from 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade staged in its hangar.

18pc hm1 crew loading

Honorable Mention – “Crews Loading a UH-60L” By Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon D. CampbellMaine Army National Guard, Hermon, Maine
July 27, 2017; Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine
Members of G Co, 3-126 GSAB secure two UH-60Ls on board a C-17 for transportation to Alpina, Michigan as part of Operation Northern Strike.

18pc hm2 shadow

Honorable Mention – “Shadow UAV Operator Finding the Enemy” By LTC Elizabeth Martin2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Honolulu, Hawaii
July 20, 2017; Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia
B/2-6 Shadow Operator locates the enemy during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia in support of Battle Group Pegasus.

18pc hm3 preparing

Honorable Mention – “Preparing for Deployment” By Sergeant Matthew L. Magreta, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas
November 9, 2017; Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas
SPC Ashtyn Zimmerman trims a wire from a de-ice box to prevent frost on UH-60 rotor blades.

18pc hm4 on th go

Honorable Mention – “On the Go” By LTC Jerry P. Mellick, U.S. Army Ret.Spokane Valley, Washington
October 13, 2017; Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
Three Army Aviation Historical Foundation Sky Soldiers aircraft take off for an airshow demo..

18pc hm5 little bird

Honorable Mention “Little Bird Bath” By Cynthia L. Maier, Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee
June 7, 2017; Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Last flight of Lieutenant Colonel Mike Mora.

18pc hm6 uh 60l

Honorable Mention“UH-60L Upload to a C-17” By CW5 Jon D. Campbell, Maine Army National Guard, Hermon, Maine
July 27, 2017; Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine
Members of G Co, 3-126 GSAB secure two UH-60Ls on board a C-17 for transportation to Alpina, Michigan as part of Operation Northern Strike.

18pc hm7 golden knights

Honorable Mention“The Golden Knights” By Andrew C. Gilbert, Homestead, Florida
February 27, 2017; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida 
The U.S. Army Parachute Team, “The Golden Knights,” execute winter training over Homestead ARB.

18pc hm8 all eyes

Honorable Mention “All Eyes Are On You” By Manuel Saladrigas Jr., Mesa, Arizona
August 23, 2017; Eglin, Florida
Apache E-model aircraft hovering during a maritime exercise near Eglin, Florida.

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