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.

2018
  • The Crew of Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB)
  • Georgia National Guard

For supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
 
Bravo Company self-deployed two Chinooks from Savannah, Georgia, to the island stricken by Hurricane Maria. During Oct. 14-21, 2017, the crews flew 67.5 hours carrying 1,045 sandbags weighing 3,000 lb (1,350 kg) each. In total, Bravo Company flew over 2.6 million pounds (1,200 metric tons) of cargo over 36 days. Their efforts were vital in supporting operations to restore power and water to the island after the monster hurricane.
 
2017
  • HS-1 Squadron Guerreiro 34
  • Brazil Navy

For its extraordinary accomplishments during the nighttime rescue of the crew of the fishing vessel Beira Mar XXV on August 11‑12, 2016.
 
 
2016
  • LT John Post and AMT2 Joshua Andrews

For a heroic seven-hour rescue to successfully save the lives of all 12 sailors of the Minouche cargo ship, at night during Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin
 
 
2015
  • 2nd Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment
  • US Army

For conducting missions in Liberia to ease suffering and combat the deadly Ebola outbreak
 
  • The Crew of Helicopter 6029
  • US Coast Guard

For rescuing a seriously injured ice climber in the Cascade Mountains in central Washington State. The crew's heroic nighttime rescue in at 1 mile (1.6 km) above sea level was followed by extraction through dense fog and icing conditions
 
 
2014
  • Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators

The pilots and crews are being recognized for their heroic efforts delivering lifesaving supplies and evacuating those in need due to catastrophic flooding and landslides in June 2013; within seven days of the disaster, helicopters had airlifted more than 20,000 people and delivered over 500 tons of aid in the Indian Himalayas
 
  • Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons VMM-262 and VMM-265
  • US Marine Corps

The squadron members are being recognized for their heroic efforts delivering lifesaving supplies and evacuating those in need during Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) relief operations in the Philippines in November 2014, saving thousands of lives
 
 
2013
  • Air Station Elizabeth City
  • US Coast Guard

For the outstanding rescue efforts of the HMS Bounty on October 28, 2012 during Hurricane Sandy
 
 
2012
  • C Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment
  • US Army

The regiment was responsible for providing aerial medical evacuation across Regional Command-South in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the 12 month deployment, the company logged 4,130 hours and evacuated 3,536 patients
 
 
2011
  • Bravo Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment
  • US Army
 
For providing emergency relief in "Operation Denali" (Pakistan) using the CH 47 Chinook aircraft. During their deployment the unit transported more than 19,000 individuals and moved more than 10,000,000 pounds of cargo during major flooding in Pakistan.
 
2010
  • US Coast Guard Station/ Air Station Kodiak, Alaska- the crew of HH-60J Jayhawk
  • US Coast Guard

For their outstanding efforts on January 4th, 2009 in the rescue of two men from the fishing vessel American Way which went aground on Aghiyuk Island, Alaska.
 
The Coast Guard received an SOS signal from the American Way and diverted the Jayhawk and crew to Aghiyuk Island, located nearly 200 nautical miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska. The crew battled low 500 foot ceilings, less than 3 miles visibility, and driving snow for the treacherous transit to the stranded crewmembers.
 
2009
  • Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162)
  • US Marine Corps
 
During its seven-month deployment to Al Asad Air Base in the Anbar Province of Iraq in harsh summer conditions tested and showcased the V-22's unique ability to fly at high speeds and high altitude with extended range in varied combat scenarios.
 
2008
  • HH-60J Jayhawk Air Station Astoria (Oregon) Team
  • US Coast Guard
 
For their outstanding achievement on December 4, 2007 in the rescue of 40 souls from severe flooding of Chehalis, Washington during the Great Coastal Gale of 2007. Crew members included LCDR Joseph McGilley, pilot in command; LCDR Eric Smith, co-pilot; AMT2 Adam Mayhugh (FM); and AST1 Michael Spencer (RS) of the US Coast Guard Group at Air Station Astoria. Combined with other search and rescue helicopters from the Coast Guard, US Navy, as well as the King's County Sheriff's Office UH1E, helicopter aircrews saved a total of 120 people in hurricane-force winds in elevated terrain.
 
2007
  • Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS)
 
 
During the course of Typhoon Prapiroon last August 3, 2006, the pilots and crews of the GFS carried out a major and heroic rescue operation in the South China Sea that saved 91 lives from two sinking barges. The demonstrated professionalism and skill of the crews and their AS332 Super Puma L2 helicopters, in the face of extremely hazardous weather conditions, were truly remarkable. Despite wind speeds of up to 100 knots, waves of close to 65 feet, turbulence, low visibility and the violent pitching and rolling of the foundering barges, the GFS crews were able to carry out this most challenging search and rescue (SAR) mission and bring 91 people safely back to land.
 
2006
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • Army National Guard Aviation

from August 28 through October 2, 2005 conducted disaster relief response in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, saving 15,984 residents, evacuating 13,114 medical patients, transporting 59,886 displaced civilians to safe collection points, and delivering 6,246 tons of Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and bottled water to those in distress.
 
 
2005
  • Norrlandsflyg S-76 SAR Helicopter Crew, Lifeguard 996, Baltic Sea Rescue

Rescued a tug boat captain and the rescue swimmer of another SAR helicopter during a horrendous storm in the Baltic Sea.
 
 
The aircrew of a Norrlandsflyg S-76C search and rescue helicopter pulled the captain of a sinking vessel and a rescue swimmer from a Finnish rescue helicopter from the Baltic Sea during tumultuous weather. The crew members include: Carl Tengblad, Aircraft Commander; Mats Johan Mattson, Co-pilot; Anders Bodin, Winch Operator and Engineer; and Daniel Ericson, Rescue Swimmer.
 
2004
  • 146th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) HH-60L Black Hawk Crew, Hamlin, West Virginia Flood Rescue
  • West Virginia Army National Guard

For the rescue of an elderly woman and two youngsters from rising flood waters on November 12, 2003.
 
 
2003
  • Killerspades- A-Company, 3rd Battalion, US Army's 101st Airborne Division
  • US Army

For conducting combat operations in Afghanistan and using the Apache,they performed magnificently and provided attack helicopter support to all conventional, special operations and coalition forces in the country.
 
 
 
2002
  • HH-60G Pave Hawk Iceland Crew- 56th Rescue Squadron
  • US Airforce

For their daring rescue of Eythhor Gardarsson from the 30 ton fishing boat Svanborg.
 
 
 
2001
  • Mozambique (Operation Lichi) Helicopter Aircrews
  • The South African Air Force
 
 
 
2000
  • US Marine Corps Squadron -VMR-1, Search and Rescue Detachment, Cherry Point, NC (Pedro)
  • US Marine Corps Squadron VMR-1

VMR-1, HH-46 aircraft and crews flew 50 sorties and 63 flight hours in emergency conditions and recovered 399 people stranded in trees and roof tops and flooded vehicles. They also delivered nearly 15,000 pounds of food, water and medical supplies to North Caroline communities in need.
 
 
Recipients of this heroic award are Major Cliff Porter, Captain David S. Hill, Captain Thomas J. Romuald, Gunnery Sergenat David P. Cummiskey, Gunnery Sergeant Edward R. Morris, and Hospitalman 1st Class Robert E. Brown.
 
1999
  • Australian Search and Rescue Helicopters/Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race
 
 
 
1998
  • Flight Crew Members of Air Station Clearwater and the 920th Rescue Group at Patrick Air Force Base
  • The US Coast Guard and US Air Force Reserve

For the rescue of the Merchant Patriot.
 
 
They saved 28 sailors from the sinking Merchant Patriot. Representing the U.S.Coast Guard Rescue Team are Captain Crea and representing the U.S.Air Force crews are Captain Phil Kennedy, Aircraft Commander; Senior MSGT Dana Beach, Pararescueman Senior RA David Biddinger, Pararescueman and Major Jay Flournoy, Director of Operations.
 
1997
  • Flight Crew of Labrador 303, 413 Squadron
  • Canadian Air Force

For performing the successful rescue of the crew of the 35-foot sailboat, Alexis Le Trotteur.
 
 
 
1996
  • Marine Corps Trap Team
  • US Marine Corps

The team performed the successful Bosnia rescue of USAF Capt. Scott O' Grady.
 
 
 
1995
  • 106th Air Rescue Group
  • New York Air National Guard
 
 
 
1994
  • Walter Greaves and Eric Penttila
  • Era Aviation and Evergreen Helicopters
 
 
 
1993
  • Task Force 159
  • US Army

For the greatest achievement in practical application of or operation of rotary wing aircraft, the value of which has been demonstrated by actual service.
 
 
Col. John O. Benson, Commander, AATD, accepted the Kossler Award from outgoing Society president Edward Renouard and Dean Borgman, Society chairman.
 
1992
  • Desert Storm First Strike Apache Team
  • US Army
 
 
 
1991
  • USSR Military and Civilian Helicopter Pilots

For Flying Initial Operations at Site of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, April-May, 1986.
 
 
 
1990
  • ADM Paul A. Yost
  • US Coast Guard
 
 
1989
  • Crew #1472
  • US Coast Guard
 
 
1988
  • LTG Crosbie E. Saint
  • US Army
 
 
1987
  • Crew #1467
  • US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard crew of helicopter #1467, certainly extended the definition of practical application and operation beyond what most would consider possible.
 
The crew, stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, is no stranger to poor weather conditions. But they had to have more than second thoughts about the conditions they experienced during the rescue operation they conducted off the Alaskan coast on December 19,1986. A fishing vessel, with two aboard, was foundering in severe weather. The winds were blowing at 50 knots, with gusts to 80, visibility was as low as one-half mile, seas were as high as 30-40 feet, and the pre-dawn skies were still pitch-black when the call came to the crew. With great skill and determination, the crew showed just what the helicopter can accomplish, Pilot Tom Walters, Co-Pilot John Filipowicz, Mechanic Third Class Antonio Juan, Avionics Technician 2nd class Donald Nolan, and Health Services Technician 3rd class John Holcomb certainly went beyond the call of duty to perform this heroic act.
 
1986
  • Colombian Helicopter Pilots
 
 
1985
  • Flight Crew #1469
  • US Coast Guard

For its rescue operations off Cape Tolstoi, Alaska.
 
It is safe to say USCG flight crew 1469 under LCDR Jimmy Ng went to extraordinary lengths to complete its mission. Detailed story is published on page-31 of Vol.31, No-4 of Vertiflite.
 
1984
  • Crew of Coast Guard Helicopter #1437
  • US Coast Guard

For its life-saving rescue of three people in the vicinity of Larsen Bay, Alaska.
 
 
 
1983
  • CW3 Charles Hemphill and CW4 Frederick Loehmer
  • US Army

For their skill and bravery in rescuing an injured climber from Mt. Ranier.
 
Under the most extreme weather conditions, they demonstrated individual and crew coordination and skill, in maneuvering their CH-47 helicopter to a hover above a glacier while their crew loaded the victim into the aircraft.
 
1982
  • Donald W. Usher and Melvin (Gene) E. Windsor
  • US Park Police

In recognition of their efforts in saving five passengers of a crashed airliner.
 
 
On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90, carrying 79 persons, crashed into the Potomac River after striking the 14th Street Bridge. Six persons were able to escape from the aircraft into the freezing water. Just minutes after the crash, Usher and Windsor arrived at the scene and began to scoop up the victims, despite high winds, snow, and freezing weather conditions. At one point Usher hovered the helicopter with both skids in the water and the tail dangerously close, while Windsor stood out on a skid and pulled an exhausted woman to safety. This daring rescue was shown coast to coast on network television and demonstrated to the entire nation the unique and public service benefits of the helicopter and the safety and skill of pilot Don Usher and paramedic Gene Windsor.
 
1981
  • 17th District
  • US Coast Guard

For its overall responsibility for the planning and execution of the Prinsendam rescue on October 4, 1980. The rescue was extraordinary because of the number of survivors involved and the conditions under which they were rescued.
 
 
To successfully rescue 519 people without injury or the loss of a single life from the violent Gulf of Alaska during a winter storm, took the combined efforts of land, sea and air forces of the U.S. and Canada. Both military and civilian aircraft and personnel were involved in the rescue. Award was accepted by Captain Verne E. Cox, Chief of the Operations Division, USCG 17th District.
 
1980
  • CAPT John Crowe
  • Rescue Pilot
  • Canadian Armed Forces

Crowe received the award in recognitton of the courage and outstanding piloting achievement he demonstrated in mid-March, 1979, in the rescue of a crewman from the disabled tanker, Kurdistan, under adverse weather conditions.
 
 
He demonstrated exceptional courage and flying ability in positioning a CH-113A Voyager helicopter close inboard to the ship's rigging and deck house to enable the use of the rescue hoist through the center hatch of the cabin. The crew of the tanker, less one man, had taken to life boats and were later rescued by a Coast Guard vessel. To get to the rescue area, Crows had to conduct an IFR flight in snow at 7,000 feet from his origin to a point sixty miles at sea and 180 miles from his home base of operation. Considering that the rescue mission was a night operation, the temperature was at zero degrees farenheit, the seas were high and the weather conditions were extremely adverse, this was one of the most dangerous missions undertaken by a pilot.
 
1979
  • Columbia Helicopters
 
 
 
1978
  • British Airways Helicopters

For the daring rescue of eight crewmen from the trawler Elinor Viking, which was disabled off the cost of Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands, by the BAH crew, Captain George Bain, commander, Captain Campbell Bosanquet, copilot; Brian Johnston, winch operator; and Captain Alistair Campbell, winchman.
 
Award was received by Captain John A. Cameron, Managing Director of British Airways Helicopters.
 
1977
  • UTTAS Test Command (Provisional) 101st Aviation Group(Combat)
  • US Army-

In recognition of outstanding achievements in deploying 348 helicopters to Europe, maintaining a 93% operational availability during extended tactical exercises and conducting the operational test and evaluation of the YUH-61 UTTAS helicopters.
 
It was accepted by Col. Lawrence Baughman, C.O. of the 101st.
 
1976
  • MG Manoucherh Khosrodad
  • Chief of Army Aviation
  • Imperial Army Ground Forces, Iran

For his leadership, management and technical knowledge which has been the driving force behind the successful development, training and logistical support of the Army Aviation program for Iran.
 
 
1975
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1974
  • Colombia Air Force, HELICOL., S.A.

For the heroic and spectacular rescue of nearly 400 persons from the Avianca Building in Bogota, Colombia, when that building was razed by fire.
 
The Kossler Award was presented to "The six crewmen of Helicol, S.A., and to the eight Colombian air Force personnel.
 
1973
  • Ralph P. Pass
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

For application of the heavy lift helicopter for aerial delivery of concrete during the construction of the William P. Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge.
 
Pass had the exemplary courage and made the perceptive decision to utilize a Skycrane for delivery of concrete in the construction of an important transportation facility. A total of 12,300 cubic yards of concrete was poured from a helicopter-borne bucket to build the bridge support piers. Making 10 fights per hour, this helicopter capability greatly sped the progress of the bridge-making. Ralph P. Pass said he was accepted the award on behalf of "those people at Sikorsky Aircraft, United Aircraft, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company who made this possible."
 
1972
  • Jack A. Erickson
  • President
  • Erickson Air-Crane Co.

For his pioneering effort in proving the practical application of logging by helicopter.
 
His operation of a Sikorsky CH-54B illustrated that the aircraft can harvest timber from forests without causing ecological damage to surrounding growth, as is sometimes necessary with other methods. Erickson became the first commercial purchaser of a Skycrane.
 
1971
  • KLM North Sea Helicopters

For development of IFR and approach capabilities to serve North Sea oil rigs and provide harbor pilot service for ships on a 24-hour basis.
 
 
1970
  • 58th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (MAC)
  • Search and Rescue
  • US Air Force

For the greatest achievement in the application of rotary wing aircraft during 1969 in the rescue and relief of civilian personnel during the Tunisian flood in the fall of 1969.
 
 
1969
  • The Petroleum Industry

For making possible, through established helicopter operators, exploitations of the unique capabilities of helicopters in the oil exploration, including operations in which these vehicles were the sole means of transport.
 
 
1968
  • Armed Forces in Southeast Asia

For innovative and imaginative operation techniques, making significant contributions to the effectiveness of the helicopter.
 
 
1967
  • MG Keith B. McCutcheon
  • Deputy Chief of Staff (Air), Headquarters
  • US Marine Corps

For pioneering the vertical envelopment concept of tactical military operations using helicopters, culminating in effective large-scale employment in South Vietnam by US and Allied forces.
 
 
 
1966
  • MG Harry W.O. Kinnard 1st Air Cav. Div.
  • Commanding General for the officers and men of the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
  • US Army

For organizing, developing tactics and doctrine, and deploying in effective combat service the first large military striking force using helicopters as its primary means of mobility.
 
 
1965
  • Persons Participating in NW US Rescue 12/64
  • US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and civilian organizations

For participation in the numerous rescues and supply and resupply missions during the disastrous floods in the Northwestern United States in December, 1964.
 
 
1964
  • Helicopter Units in the Republic of Viet Nam; BG John Tolson
  • The Officers, Warrant Officers and Enlisted Crewmen
  • US Army

For developing and proving under combat conditions new and decisive operational techniques which enabled their helicopters to become a dependable means of basic mobility for the Republic of Viet Nam forces engaged in conflict. This otherwise unattainable mobility was possible due to the development of advanced tactics in suppressive fire support, evacuation of downed personnel and aircraft, armed helicopter escort and landing zone protection.
 
 
1963
  • Tactical Mobility Requirements Review Board, Ft. Bragg
  • US Army

For the development and demonstration of the concept that the helicopter can be a more practical, efficient and economical means of transportation than conventional systems. U. S. forces have demonstrated the helicopter's unique ability to operate in the ordinary home environment of people either in metropolitan areas or remote villages, making it possible to support defensive operations and humanitarian assistance with great discrimination and timeliness.
 
 
 
1962
  • Military Air Transport Service- MATS
  • Scott AFB
  • US Air Force

For saving the lives of hundreds of airmen and civilians in the year 1961.
 
 
1961
  • 56th Medical Platoon Air Ambulance, 57th Medical Platoon, Air Ambulance
  • Air Ambulance
  • US Army

For participation in the rescue operations in the earthquake stricken region of Southern Chile in May and June of 1960.
 
 
1960
  • Executive Flight Detachment,Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-l),LTC William A. Howell and COL Victor A. Armstrong
  • US Army and US Marine Corps

In recognition of their consistent demonstration of helicopter convenience and safety through the regular transportation of the President of the United States and other government officials.
 
 
1959
  • New York Airways, Inc.

Since their founding in 1952 they have, in keeping with the spirit of their certificate, been a pioneering airline constantly alert to the need to develop and test operationally new techniques and equipment
 
 
 
1958
  • Transportation Aircraft Test and Supply Activity
  • US Army
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1957
  • Robert L. Suggs
  • President
  • Petroleum Helicopters
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1956
  • Those Organizations Who Participated In The Numerous Rescues During The Disastrous Floods In The United States and Mexico During The Year 1955; Don R. Berlin, T.P. Gerrity, LTG James M. Gavin, VADM A.C. Richmond, LTG C.F. Schilt, and RADM J.S. Russell
  • US Air Force, US Coast Guard, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, The Helicopter Industry of the United States
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1955
  • Carlyle C. Agar
  • Chief Executive
  • Okanagan Helicopters, Ltd.
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1954
  • RADM Clarence E. Ekstrom
  • US Navy
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1953
  • LTC George W. Herring
  • Aide to the Commandant, US Marine Corps
  • US Marine Corps
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been dcmonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1952
  • eld ForLTC Jack Marinelli
  • HQ, US Army Field Forces, Fort Monroe, VA
  • US Army
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been demonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 
1951
  • COL Richard T. Knight
  • Commanding Officer, Air Rescue Service, M.A.T.S.
  • US Air Force
 
 
For greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary-wing aircraft, the value of which has been demonstrated in actual service during the preceding year.
 

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