SGT 1ST CLASS CHRIS SEATON
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Philip Learn of VCorps' 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation, 12thAviation Brigade, poses in a hangar at theIllesheim (Germany) Army Airfield. Learn wasrecently named Aviator of the Year by theArmy Aviation Association of America.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2007
V CORPS PILOT EARNS ‘AVIATOR OF THE YEAR’ TITLE
By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Seaton
12th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office
ANSBACH, Germany --
On a routine air assault mission in Afghanistan, six aircraftfrom what is now V Corps’ 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and members of theCanadian Special Forces were ordered to perform a raid on a high-value target. Asthe first aircraft, a CH-47 Chinook, started downward to insert the Canadian Soldiers,a rocket-propelled grenade struck its side, engulfing the big twin-rotor helicopter inflames.That’s when Chief Warrant Officer 2 Philip Learn,an AH-64D Apache "Longbow" pilot from the12th’s 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation took action.As the burning helicopter attempted to land,Learn said, 10 enemies with small arms andRPGs advanced on it.The pilot quickly redirected a second Chinook, preventing it from landing in thehostile landing zone.