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  Air Assault Parity Coalition - "We Put The Air In Air Assault"

Honorary Air Assault Badge form - use this link

FOR WIDEST POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION

Greetings,

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is pleased to once again honor Vietnam veterans of the 101st Airborne, 101st Air Cavalry, and 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) with an Honorary Air Assault Certificate. The Screaming Eagles of today recognize that the tactics and techniques that were developed and utilized by the Divisionís Soldiers in Vietnam created the foundation for what would become the Air Assault doctrine of today.

The 101st Airborne Division Association was asked to assist with this recognition last year and will again fill the role to accept and screen the applications on behalf of the Division. The application (attached) and a copy of the Veteranís DD214 (SSN Redacted) are all that are asked of the Veterans to apply. The Division realizes that time has passed, and some veterans may have long ago lost documents for attendance to specific training or schools, or there was no specific documentation. The Veterans attestation on the form and the DD214 are the only documents required. After we have received and screened the application, Veterans will be contacted by the 101st Airborne Division Association staff via the email or telephone number provided by the Veteran to confirm the receipt and approval of their application. Applicants who wish to attend the 101st Airborne Divisionís ceremony at The Sabalauski Air Assault School, at Fort Campbell, KY on May 26, 2022, are asked to indicate on the application that they will attend. Those who wish to attend the ceremony at Fort Campbell must have their application received by the 101st Airborne Division Association no later than May 4th to allow for screening and subsequent production of all the certificates. We realize this is a short amount of time, but time must be allocated for the printing process and delivery and organization of the certificates. Additional information about the Week of the Eagles can be found at this link (cut and paste into your browser)

https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/week-of-the-eagles?fbclid=IwAR2ioSUkDRi4ssS4jpLV2Bd_s3rM3_db4RLIn_9DuBDhsZjzMOX72GzyFQQ

which will be updated by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) periodically.

There will be an additional opportunity to be presented the certificate in a ceremony held at the 101st Airborne Division Association Annual Reunion held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, in Grand Rapids, MI from August 3-6, 2022. Details for attendance to the reunion may be found online at our website www.screamingeagle.org under the events tab. Membership in the 101st Airborne Division Association is not required for reunion attendance, but there is a $101 registration fee for reunion attendees that covers the cost of Hospitality Room for the duration of the event, a Breakfast Buffet, and Memorial Dinner on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The reunion attendance is open and encouraged for all Screaming Eagles.

Veterans who are unable, or do not wish to attend one of the ceremonies will receive the honorarium via U.S. mail following the last ceremony in August. .

Weíre happy to help with this recognition and ask your assistance in getting the word out to the Screaming Eagle Vietnam Veterans for widest distribution.

Please contact me if you have issues or concerns.

Very Respectfully,

Randal Underhill
Executive Director
101st Airborne Division Assn & Screaming Eagle Foundation
Office: 931-431-0199

NOTE: For information about the 2021 Honorary Air Assault Badge project, use link to the left

MISSION:

The mission of the Air Assault Parity Coalition is to advocate for change of the criteria for the awarding of the Air Assault Badge to include awarding the badge for combat assaults (see References page for more information).

MEMBERSHIP:

The Air Assault Parity Coalition is formed of members of the 101st Airborne Division Association, the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Assocation (Currahees), the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Associations and other interested veterans and civilians.

The 'Honorary' award is an acknowledgement of the error made in 1974 when the 101st 'considered and rejected' the retroactive award to Vietnam combat vets. The lifers said we 'lost the war.' Now Big Army will not make a retroactive award. Only political action can correct the 1974 insult to Vietnam combat veterans. If you have any political connections in congress please contact me:

Glamunyon@aol.com

For more information see DRAFT BILL link to the left.



















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