Captain William J. Kossler, USCG Award

Captain William J. Kossler, USCG Award

The Kossler Award, established in 1951, is given for the greatest achievement in the practical application or operation of a vertical flight aircraft, the value of which has been demonstrated by actual service during the preceding year. The award honors the memory of a US Coast Guard airman, aeronautical engineer, and early advocate of helicopters in search and rescue operations.

2015
  • U.S Army 2nd Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment, The Crew of United States Coast Guard Helicopter 6029
 
 
 
2014
  • Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators, U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons VMM-262 and VMM-265
 
 
 
2013
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Elizabeth City
 
 
 
2012
  • C Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army
 
 
 
2011
  • Bravo Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, US Army
 
 
 
2010
  • U.S. Coast Guard Station / Air Station Kodiak, Alaska
 
 
 
2009
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162), US Marine Corps
 
 
 
2008
  • US Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk Air Station Astoria (Oregon) Team
 
 
 
2007
  • Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS)
 
 
 
2006
  • Army National Guard Aviation, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
 
 
 
2005
  • Norrlandsflyg S-76 SAR Helicopter Crew, Lifeguard 996, Baltic Sea Rescue
 
 
 
2004
  • West Virginia Army National Guard, 146th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) HH-60L Black Hawk Crew, Hamlin, West Virginia Flood Rescue
 
 
 
2003
  • U.S. Army 101st Regiment, 101st Airborne Div. Air Assault, Operation Anaconda (Afghanistan)
 
 
 
2002
  • U.S. Air Force 56th Rescue Squadron, Keflavik, Iceland HH-60G Pave Hawk Rescue
 
 
 
2001
  • The South African Air Force Mozambique (Operation Lichi) Helicopter Aircrews
 
 
 
2000
  • USMC VMR-1, Search and Rescue Detachment, Cherry Point, NC (Pedro)
 
 
 
1999
  • Australian Search and Rescue Helicopters/Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race
 
 
 
1998
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Flight Crew Members of Air Station Clearwater and the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Group at Patrick Air Force Base for the rescue of the Merchant Patriot
 
 
 
1997
  • Canadian Air Force Flight Crew of Labrador 303, 413 Squadron
 
 
 
1996
  • U.S. Marine Corps TRAP Rescue Team
 
 
 
1995
  • New York Air National Guard's 106th Air Rescue Group
 
 
 
1994
  • Walter Greaves, Era Aviation and Eric Penttila, Evergreen Helicopters
 
 
 
1993
  • U.S. Army Task Force 159
 
 
 
1992
  • Desert Storm First Strike U.S. Army Apache Team
 
 
 
1991
  • USSR Military and Civilian Helicopter Pilots Flying Initial Operations at Site of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, April-May, 1986
 
 
 
1990
  • ADM Paul A. Yost, USCG
 
 
 
1989
  • U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1472
 
 
 
1988
  • LTG Crosbie E. Saint, U.S. Army
 
 
 
1987
  • U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1467
 
 
 
1986
  • Colombian Helicopter Pilots
 
 
 
1985
  • U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1469
 
 
 
1984
  • U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1437
 
 
 
1983
  • CW3 Charles Hemphill, USA and CW4 Frederick Loehmer, USA
 
 
 
1982
  • Donald W. Usher and Melvin (Gene) E. Windsor, U.S. Park Police
 
 
 
1981
  • U.S. Coast Guard 17th District
 
 
 
1980
  • CAPT John Crowe, Canadian Armed Forces
 
 
 
1979
  • Columbia Helicopters
 
 
 
1978
  • British Airways Helicopters
 
 
 
1977
  • U.S. Army UTTAS Test Command (Provisional) 101st Avn GP., 101st Airborne Div.
 
 
 
1976
  • MG Manoucherh Khosrodad, Iranian Army Aviation
 
 
 
1975
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1974
  • Colombia Air Force, HELICOL., S.A.
 
 
 
1973
  • Ralph P. Pass
 
 
 
1972
  • Erickson Air-Crane Co.
 
 
 
1971
  • KLM North Sea Helicopters
 
 
 
1970
  • 58th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
 
 
 
1969
  • The Petroleum Industry
 
 
 
1968
  • Armed Forces in Southeast Asia
 
 
 
1967
  • MG Keith B. McCutcheon, USMC
 
 
 
1966
  • MG Harry W.O. Kinnard 1st Air Cav. Div., USA
 
 
 
1965
  • Persons Participating in NW US Rescue 12/64
 
 
 
1964
  • BG John Tolson, USA Helicopter Units, Vietnam
 
 
 
1963
  • USA Tactical Mobilization Requirement Board, Ft. Bragg
 
 
 
1962
  • USAF Air Rescue Svc., Scott AFB
 
 
 
1961
  • 56th Medical Platoon, USA, Ft. Bragg and 57th Medical Platoon, USA, Ft. Meade
 
 
 
1960
  • LTC William A. Howell, USA and COL Victor A. Armstrong, USMC
 
 
 
1959
  • New York Airways
 
 
 
1958
  • USA Trans. Aircraft Test and Supply Activity
 
 
 
1957
  • Robert L. Suggs, Petroleum Helicopters
 
 
 
1956
  • Don R. Berlin; T.P. Gerrity, USAF: LTG James M. Gavin, USA, VADM A.C. Richmond, USCG; LTG C.F. Schilt, USMC; and RADM J.S. Russell, USN
 
 
 
1955
  • Carlyle C. Agar, Okanagan Helicopters
 
 
 
1954
  • RADM Clarence E. Ekstrom, USN
 
 
 
1953
  • LTC George W. Herring, USMC
 
 
 
1952
  • LTC Jack Marinelli, USA
 
 
 
1951
  • COL Richard T. Knight, USAF