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.

2015
U.S Army 2nd Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment, The Crew of United States Coast Guard Helicopter 6029
 
2014
Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators, U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons VMM-262 and VMM-265
 
2013
U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Elizabeth City
 
2012
C Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army
 
2011
Bravo Company 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, US Army
 
2010
U.S. Coast Guard Station / Air Station Kodiak, Alaska
 
2009
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162), US Marine Corps
 
2008
US Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk Air Station Astoria (Oregon) Team
 
2007
Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS)
 
2006
Army National Guard Aviation, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
 
2005
Norrlandsflyg S-76 SAR Helicopter Crew, Lifeguard 996, Baltic Sea Rescue
 
2004
West Virginia Army National Guard, 146th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) HH-60L Black Hawk Crew, Hamlin, West Virginia Flood Rescue
 
2003
U.S. Army 101st Regiment, 101st Airborne Div. Air Assault, Operation Anaconda (Afghanistan)
 
2002
U.S. Air Force 56th Rescue Squadron, Keflavik, Iceland HH-60G Pave Hawk Rescue
 
2001
The South African Air Force Mozambique (Operation Lichi) Helicopter Aircrews
 
2000
USMC VMR-1, Search and Rescue Detachment, Cherry Point, NC (Pedro)
 
1999
Australian Search and Rescue Helicopters/Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race
 
1998
The U.S. Coast Guard Flight Crew Members of Air Station Clearwater and the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Group at Patrick Air Force Base for the rescue of the Merchant Patriot
 
1997
Canadian Air Force Flight Crew of Labrador 303, 413 Squadron
 
1996
U.S. Marine Corps TRAP Rescue Team
 
1995
New York Air National Guard's 106th Air Rescue Group
 
1994
Walter Greaves, Era Aviation and Eric Penttila, Evergreen Helicopters
 
1993
U.S. Army Task Force 159
 
1992
Desert Storm First Strike U.S. Army Apache Team
 
1991
USSR Military and Civilian Helicopter Pilots Flying Initial Operations at Site of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, April-May, 1986
 
1990
ADM Paul A. Yost, USCG
 
1989
U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1472
 
1988
LTG Crosbie E. Saint, U.S. Army
 
1987
U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1467
 
1986
Colombian Helicopter Pilots
 
1985
U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1469
 
1984
U.S. Coast Guard Crew #1437
 
1983
CW3 Charles Hemphill, USA and CW4 Frederick Loehmer, USA
 
1982
Donald W. Usher and Melvin (Gene) E. Windsor, U.S. Park Police
 
1981
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District
 
1980
CAPT John Crowe, Canadian Armed Forces
 
1979
Columbia Helicopters
 
1978
British Airways Helicopters
 
1977
U.S. Army UTTAS Test Command (Provisional) 101st Avn GP., 101st Airborne Div.
 
1976
MG Manoucherh Khosrodad, Iranian Army Aviation
 
1975
No Award Presented
 
1974
Colombia Air Force, HELICOL., S.A.
 
1973
Ralph P. Pass
 
1972
Erickson Air-Crane Co.
 
1971
KLM North Sea Helicopters
 
1970
58th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
 
1969
The Petroleum Industry
 
1968
Armed Forces in Southeast Asia
 
1967
MG Keith B. McCutcheon, USMC
 
1966
MG Harry W.O. Kinnard 1st Air Cav. Div., USA
 
1965
Persons Participating in NW US Rescue 12/64
 
1964
BG John Tolson, USA Helicopter Units, Vietnam
 
1963
USA Tactical Mobilization Requirement Board, Ft. Bragg
 
1962
USAF Air Rescue Svc., Scott AFB
 
1961
56th Medical Platoon, USA, Ft. Bragg and 57th Medical Platoon, USA, Ft. Meade
 
1960
LTC William A. Howell, USA and COL Victor A. Armstrong, USMC
 
1959
New York Airways
 
1958
USA Trans. Aircraft Test and Supply Activity
 
1957
Robert L. Suggs, Petroleum Helicopters
 
1956
Don R. Berlin; T.P. Gerrity, USAF: LTG James M. Gavin, USA, VADM A.C. Richmond, USCG; LTG C.F. Schilt, USMC; and RADM J.S. Russell, USN
 
1955
Carlyle C. Agar, Okanagan Helicopters
 
1954
RADM Clarence E. Ekstrom, USN
 
1953
LTC George W. Herring, USMC
 
1952
LTC Jack Marinelli, USA
 
1951
COL Richard T. Knight, USAF
 
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