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With airlines lagging, Army looking to bring former aviators back

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — With airlines running a reduced flight schedule and generally not hiring, the Army is open to accepting former aviators and crew members back into the service, according to the Army’s command chief warrant officer for the aviation branch.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon Koziol appeared on a Facebook livestream Wednesday evening from Fort Rucker, Alabama, and explained the opportunities to those tuning into the page for the Rotary to Airline Group, known as RTAG, founded to help veterans transition to the airline industry.

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Annual Worldwide Aviation Logistics Conference held in Huntsville

Can the U.S. Army improve aviation readiness rates consistently above 75 percent? That is the burning question that more than 60 senior Army aviators, logisticians and maintainers from across the Aviation Branch tackled during the 2019 Worldwide Aviation Logistics Conference, held at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Headquarters in Huntsville May 21-23.

Lt. Col. James Barber, the Army?s G-4 Aviation Logistics Division Chief, kicked-off the WALC by posing this question and discussing the importance of their efforts during the conference.

?The recommendations we produce will be used by senior Army Aviation leaders to address sustainment issues and close known and emerging capability gaps,? said Barber. ?We must have one Aviation Branch effort focused on future readiness and combat capability.?

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