CHPA Enrolls 65 New Members In July -- Now Nearly 300
The Combat Helicopter Pilots
Association (CHPA) tells ANN that it enrolled 65 new members in
July, bringing its new member count for 2006 to 132 and propelling
the organization to nearly 300 total members. CHPA was incorporated
in January 2005.
According to Steve Reilly, president of the organization, CHPA
was formed to provide a community for combat helicopter pilots and
their crews, regardless of branch of service or theater of
operation. CHPA offers a growing set of benefits and support for
its members and veterans. These include a monthly electronic
newsletter, online community and resources, and an Annual Reunion
and Meeting, which will take place Oct. 6-8 at The Menger Hotel in
San Antonio, Texas.
Additionally, the organization created The Goldie Fund, which
will be used to assist Veterans, particularly Helicopter Veterans,
in honor of James “Goldie” Goldthorpe and the ideals
for which he lived. Goldie was a Founding Member of CHPA and was
active with the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. He passed
away Oct. 6, 2005, in a helicopter accident in the Gulf of
“Our organization has quickly established itself within
the community it serves. As we grow, our plan it to offer more
support for veterans, and to establish regional units and
chapters,” says Reilly.
“We have a close relationship with many military-related
groups and work with them to support one another’s
CHPA is a veteran’s organization whose purpose is to
define and preserve the legacy of the combat helicopter pilots and
their crew members. CHPA recognizes the entire spectrum of active
duty, reserve, National Guard, inactive reserve, retired, and
honorably discharged pilots and air crew members who flew
helicopter combat missions as members of US armed forces,
regardless of military service branch.