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      Col. Mark Johnson, commander for 3rd CAB, 3rd ID, puts the Safety Excellence streamer on 4-3 Avn. colors, May 3, at Hunter Army Airfield.  

      Marne Air maintains safety excellence

      Marne Air Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, received a safety streamer and the Brig. Gen. Carl I. Hutton Memorial Award, May 3, on Hunter Army Airfield.

      The Brig. Gen. Carl I. Hutton Memorial award is presented annually to a major command that demonstrates outstanding professionalism and invaluable contributions to the advancement of flight safety in Army aviation.

      “This year marks the 40th anniversary of this award,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen Nicholas Kehoe, the National Commander of the Order of Daedalians. “The Brawler battalion has a lot to be proud of.”

      The Brawler battalion distinguished themselves by making safety and readiness their top priority. From their last deployment in Afghanistan alone, Soldiers were able to conducted 45 multi-missions with a stellar safety record which consisted of zero Class A, B or C mishaps and zero ground accidents while conducting combat aviation operations.

      Kehoe shared his knowledge of Brig. Gen. Carl I. Hutton and what Hutton meant to Army aviation.

      “Brig. Gen. Carl I. Hutton, was the director for Army Aviation training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for a number of years,” said Kehoe. “He was one of the pioneers in Army aviation, and the first commanding general of Fort Rucker, Alabama, so there is a lot of history in this award.”

      As Kehoe congratulated the Brawler battalion, he then presented the award to 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, brigade commander, Col. Mark Johnson, who presented the award to Lt. Col. Clay Livingston, battalion commander for 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation regiment. This passing of the award symbolized 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation regiment As the U.S. Army top safety aviation.

      “The aviation Soldiers which stands before you, truly represent the letter ‘G’ in Fight stemming from our battalion motto, “Here to Fight,” said Livingston. “The Hutton award represents the letter ‘G’ in fight and the ‘G’ stands for goals, the true goal in any unit military is to have no accidents, injuries, or deaths.”

      As Livingston gave his final words during the ceremony, he gave emphases on the Brawler battalion goals.

      “The goal is to constantly implement procedures to reduce risk and to accomplish the mission, said Livingston. “They have lived and continued to work toward this goal of impeccable safety.”

      Livingston thanked the battalion and congratulated them on a job well.

      “Keep up the good work and we are always here to fight,” said Livingston.


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