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.


Award winners

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

2017 - HS-1 Squadron Guerreiro 34

2016 - LT John Post and AMT2 Joshua Andrews

2015 - 2nd Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment

2015 - The Crew of Helicopter 6029

2014 - Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators

2014 - Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons VMM-262 and VMM-265

2013 - Air Station Elizabeth City

2012 - C Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment

2011 - Bravo Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment

2010 - US Coast Guard Station/ Air Station Kodiak, Alaska- the crew of HH-60J Jayhawk

2009 - Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162)

2008 - HH-60J Jayhawk Air Station Astoria (Oregon) Team

2007 - Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS)

2006 - Army National Guard Aviation

2005 - Norrlandsflyg S-76 SAR Helicopter Crew, Lifeguard 996, Baltic Sea Rescue

2004 - 146th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) HH-60L Black Hawk Crew, Hamlin, West Virginia Flood Rescue

2003 - Killerspades- A-Company, 3rd Battalion, US Army's 101st Airborne Division

2002 - HH-60G Pave Hawk Iceland Crew- 56th Rescue Squadron

2001 - Mozambique (Operation Lichi) Helicopter Aircrews

2000 - US Marine Corps Squadron -VMR-1, Search and Rescue Detachment, Cherry Point, NC (Pedro)

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

1997 - Flight Crew of Labrador 303, 413 Squadron

1996 - Marine Corps Trap Team

1995 - 106th Air Rescue Group

1994 - Walter Greaves and Eric Penttila

1993 - Task Force 159

1992 - Desert Storm First Strike Apache Team

1991 - USSR Military and Civilian Helicopter Pilots

1990 - ADM Paul A. Yost

1989 - Crew #1472

1988 - LTG Crosbie E. Saint

1987 - Crew #1467

1986 - Colombian Helicopter Pilots

1985 - Flight Crew #1469

1984 - Crew of Coast Guard Helicopter #1437

1983 - CW3 Charles Hemphill and CW4 Frederick Loehmer

1982 - Donald W. Usher and Melvin (Gene) E. Windsor

1981 - 17th District

1980 - CAPT John Crowe

1979 - Columbia Helicopters

1978 - British Airways Helicopters

1977 - UTTAS Test Command (Provisional) 101st Aviation Group(Combat)

1976 - MG Manoucherh Khosrodad

1975 - No Award Presented

1974 - Colombia Air Force, HELICOL., S.A.

1973 - Ralph P. Pass

1972 - Jack A. Erickson

1971 - KLM North Sea Helicopters

1970 - 58th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (MAC)

1969 - The Petroleum Industry

1968 - Armed Forces in Southeast Asia

1967 - MG Keith B. McCutcheon

1966 - MG Harry W.O. Kinnard 1st Air Cav. Div.

1965 - Persons Participating in NW US Rescue 12/64

1964 - Helicopter Units in the Republic of Viet Nam; BG John Tolson

1963 - Tactical Mobility Requirements Review Board, Ft. Bragg

1962 - Military Air Transport Service- MATS

1961 - 56th Medical Platoon Air Ambulance, 57th Medical Platoon, Air Ambulance

1960 - Executive Flight Detachment,Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-l),LTC William A. Howell and COL Victor A. Armstrong

1959 - New York Airways, Inc.

1958 - Transportation Aircraft Test and Supply Activity

1957 - Robert L. Suggs

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

1955 - Carlyle C. Agar

1954 - RADM Clarence E. Ekstrom

1953 - LTC George W. Herring

1952 - eld ForLTC Jack Marinelli

1951 - COL Richard T. Knight