Golden Helix-Most Senior Naval Aviator on Active Duty-Admiral Lescher, USN VCNO, R-15986, NHA Lifetime Member #48

VCNO Admiral Lescher, USN NHA Lifetime Member #48 is coined with his NHA Lifetime Membership Challenge Coin by CAPT Peter M. “Schnap” Schnappauf, USN, NHA Board of Directors

The Golden Helix Award

The Golden Helix Award honors the Naval Aviator on active duty with the earliest date of designation as a naval helicopter pilot.   The Golden Helix Trophy is sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed-Martin Company.

RECIPIENT                                                 DATE DESIGNATED         DATE AWARDED

VADM Donald S. Jones, USN                       5 May 1953                             24 Apr 1983

LtGen Charles H. Pitman, USMC                  22 Aug 1953                           1 May 1987    

RADM Roger L. Rich, USN                          20 Aug 1958                           1 Oct 1990

RADM Robert Harrison, USN                       9 Sept 1960                             2 Oct 1992

MajGen Rick Phillips, USMC                        18 Jan 1965                             1 Oct 1994

RADM Andrew A. Granuzzo, USN               5 Feb 1963                              30 Sep 1995

RADM Frank M. Dirren Jr., USN                  21 Jan 1966                             1 Jun 2000

MajGen Thomas A. Braaton, USMC             7 Jun 1968                               1 Jun 2001

Gen Michael J. Williams, USMC                   11 Feb 1969                            1 Oct 2001

LtGen Michael P. DeLong, USMC                15 Mar 1969                           24 Apr 2003

Gen Robert Magnus, USMC                            8 Jan 1971                             22 Apr 2004

LtGen Emerson N. Gardner, USMC               14 June 1974                          16 Jul 2008

LtGen George Trautman III, USMC                9 Apr 1976                             May 2010

               RADM William E. Shannon III, USN           10 Dec 1976                            10 May 2011              

LtGen Thomas L. Conant, USMC                 9 Sep 1977                              May 2013

VADM Paul A. Grosklags, USN                   28 Oct 1983                             May 2014

ADM Bill Lescher, USN                                03 Apr 1981                            August 2015