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Athapaskan Award

Historical Significance of the Athapaskan Warrior

Geronimo - Apache Chief The Athapaskan families of American Indians were part of the last migratory wave to reach the Pacific Northwest from Asia, nearly one thousand years ago.  They scattered from Northern Canada to Northern Mexico.  Numerous tribes of the Athapaskan family settled in the southwestern part of what became the United States, specifically in Texas.  Three of these tribes the Apaches, Kiowas, and the Commanches were of great repute.  They were known as the fiercest Indian warriors and were feared and respected by other Indian tribes and the white man.  They lived a nomadic life, roaming free in the rugged and barren deserts of the Great American Southwest.  They became as brutal and hostile as the land they inhabited. They traveled in small bands, attacking their prey when and where they chose with deadly results. Then they melted away, nearly impossible to catch and fight.

CAV Soldier It is ironic that the US Army, which was forced by circumstances to fight a life and death struggle against these fierce enemies, is now working so diligently to rekindle the fires of that great Athapaskan warrior spirit.  It is not by accident that the Army has named its three potent fighting machines after the three most notorious tribes of this society that inhabited the Badlands of West Texas.  Fort Hood, Texas, the birthplace of the potent attack helicopter battalions and squadrons equipped with the namesakes of these tribes.  Like the ancestral family of warriors for which they are named, the modern warfare techniques of the AH-64 Apache, its direct but more potent descendant the AH-64D Apache Longbow, and its cousins the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and the RAH-66 Commanche, are ready, quick, silent and lethal.  The recipient of an award named for these great warriors’ shares their warrior spirit.  They are recognized not only for their elan, but also for their sense of sacrifice and commitment to military excellence epitomized in this unique role of aerial combat.  These ground warriors whose “spirits” break free from the bonds of gravity in the fight for their country.

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