Adam Givens


Ohio University


Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

Academic Interests:

U.S. Military History
Modern American History
U.S. Foreign Policy
Comparative Empires


On the Wing: United States Army Aviation in the Cold War

Bio Note:

Adam Givens is a Ph.D. student at Ohio University studying military history with Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer. Adam’s MA thesis examined U.S. Army Aviation during the Vietnam War and doctrinal innovations of assault helicopter units throughout the conflict. Tentatively, his dissertation will expand this line of inquiry, bringing it up to the Persian Gulf War. It questions what= lessons the Army Aviation community learned from the Vietnam War, and seeks to discover what effects the post-Vietnam era had on the institution. In 2010 Adam won the Society for Military History’s Kevin J. Carroll Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Military History at the Missouri Valley History Conference for his paper,  “Air Assault: The Evolution of U.S. Army Helicopter Tactics in the Vietnam War.” At Wright State University, where he received his MA, Adam also won the Department of History’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award for both 2010 and 2011. He has received funding from various sources to support his research, including the U.S. Army Military History Institute’s General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant, the Robert L. and Robert C. Ruth Research Fellowship from the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cantigny First Division Foundation Research Fellowship, and the US Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16.

Updated February 2016