Alpha Company A/1-7

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Alpha Company (A/1-7)
A-1-7 Guidon.png

CO Joe Highman
XO 1LT Nate Thumper
1SG 1SG Patrick Summerfield
Aide to Alpha Company (A/1-7)  
Superior Unit 1st Battalion HQ
Reporting Units  
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
Document Number Documents
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


Rotary/Fixed Trainee

Multi-Role Rotary-Wing

Winged Pilots

Non-Rated Crew

Multi-Role Fixed-Wing

Winged Pilots

Airspace Managers

Combat Controllers

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.

Element Callsign Size Role
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.

"A" Company Patch

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