Alpha Company A/1-7
|Alpha Company (A/1-7)|
|CO||CPT Joe Highman|
|1SG||1SG Patrick Summerfield|
|Aide to Alpha Company (A/1-7)|
|Superior Unit||1st Battalion HQ|
|Esprit De Corps|
|Unit Motto||"Above The Best"|
Alpha Company serves as the premier Aviation unit within the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, a Tactical Realism Unit that strives to provide an environment of professionalism, training, loyalty, pride, commitment, and fun to all its members. We seek individuals who desire to become a member of our team of the highest qualified aviators, crew, and air controllers. Administratively known as A/1-7; this abbreviation is used in MILPAC and avatars (among other things). Alpha Company comprises two platoons: First Platoon is home to several multi-role rotary sections, while Second Platoon hosts the battalion's fixed-wing multi-role aviators as well as its forward air controllers.
Company Policies and Standard Operating Procedures
|Document Number||Policy Letters and SOPs|
|7CAV-A1-004||Mod Proposal Policy|
|7CAV-A1-006||Winged Pilot Master Callsign List|
Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, is the air asset of the 7th Cavalry. The mission of Alpha Company is to find, fix, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver; and to provide combat, combat support and combat service support in coordinated operations as an integral member of the combined arms team. Aviation can accomplish each of these roles, within the limits of finite assets and capabilities during offensive or defensive operations and also for joint, combined, contingency, or special operations.
Military Occupational Specialties
|Military Occupational Specialties||Warrant Officers||S7 AGCS Training|
Forward Air Controllers
The Warrant Officer ranks within the unit are the symbol of Aviation. The symbol of one's winged pilot status. Those that hold the Warrant Officer rank are now the go-to when someone needs an aviator. When ground troops need transport to a raid as rotary or a FAC needs a city block leveled in fixed-wing, Warrant Officers are now the face they see. It is their job to ensure they have the skills to accomplish this task. This is one's primary duty.
Senior Warrant Officers' further responsibilities are to aid in the training of new aviators. To aid in their endeavors of becoming a Warrant Officer. Just as others gave you their aid in your training.
All of this milsim training and instruction is made possible by the dedicated men and women of our S7 Department. We have many talented instructors that devote their time and energy to these milsim classes making the 7th Cavalry Gaming Regiment one of the premier milsim gaming groups in the world!
As an Aviation Trainee, you will be trained to a superior standard higher than regular forces, establishing and building upon your experience and expertise. You will be cross-trained in the craft of flight planning, advanced formation, all facets of communication, and all the roles of each airframe under your command!
Order of Battle
The Company consists of one multi-role rotary-wing aviation platoon and one mixed fixed-wing aviation and forward air control platoon, in addition to a headquarters section.
|Company Headquarters||Pegasus||Section||Company Command Team of A Company, including the Company Commander, Executive Officer and Company First Sergeant|
|1st Platoon||Archangels||Platoon||Multi-Role Rotary Aviation|
|A Section, 1st Platoon||Reapers||Section||Multi-Role Rotary Aviation, Rated & Non-Rated Crew Section|
|B Section, 1st Platoon||Ghost Riders||Section||Multi-Role Rotary Aviation, Rated & Non-Rated Crew Section|
|2nd Platoon||Valkyries||Platoon||Mixed Fixed-Wing Aviation & Forward Air Control Platoon|
|A Section, 2nd Platoon||Dragons||Section||Mixed Fixed-Wing Aviation & Forward Air Control Section|
|B Section, 2nd Platoon||Guardians||Section||Fixed-Wing Aviation Section|
Traditions and History
Aviation Sub-Units have traditionally awarded Call-Signs and Patches for aircraft and missions. In Alpha Company, there is an authorized Company Patch that is worn by the Company Command Team. Individual Sections are also authorized Callsigns, as are qualified Army Aviators.
Previous Company Commanders
|Rank||Name||Dates of Service|
|Captain||Joe Highman||30 Oct 2023 - Present|
|Major||Matthew Dread||27 Feb 2023 - 30 Oct 2023|
|First Sergeant||Patrick Summerfield||15 Feb 2023 - 27 Feb 2023|
|Major||Tazmin Hobbs||27 Jul 2021 - 15 Feb 2023|
|Major||Justin Robbi||16 Sep 2019 - 24 Jul 2021|
|Major||Jake Blackburn||29 Apr 2018 - 15 Sep 2019|
|Major||David Walsh||19 Jun 2017 - 21 Apr 2018|
|Major||Gavin Abassi||07 Apr 2015 - 19 Jun 2017|
|Major||Bruce Crandall||29 July 2014 - 09 Mar 2015|
|Major||Mark Oddie||22 May 2013 - 28 July 2014|
|Major||Jack Parry||07 Aug 2012 - 21 May 2013|
|Lieutenant Colonel||Ryan Hartman||14 Jan 2012 - 06 Aug 2012|
|Major||Carl West||20 Nov 2011 - 22 Dec 2011|
|Major||Carl West||27 Apr 2011 - 11 Aug 2011|