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DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF Association by
the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The
Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members, spouses, children
and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members.
- One of the greatest benefits of being an DUSTOFF Association and
AAAA member is you and your family members are eligible to apply for a
- Scholarship applications must be submitted
by 1 May 2018.
- Before you can apply you must submit the
Pre-Qualifying Form .
- You may apply for a scholarship every year you attend college as
long as you are not already receiving an AAAA Scholarship.
Lost DUSTOFF Coin Replaced
past year Joseph Shelley, Flight Paramedic NREMT-P, CCP responded with his
unit to Hurricane Harvey down in Houston, TX and the surrounding area. He
conducted numerous hoist rescues. He always carries his Dustoff Coin in his
pocket, but after being lowered into the water so many times he lost his
To the rescue came our beloved Executive Director Dan Gower and as fast
as you could say USPS mail, a replacement coin was sent to Joseph.
Combat Medical Badge Update
CMB was created as a "companion" badge to the CIB with criteria for its
award intended to parallel that of the CIB. It was designed to provide
recognition to the field medic who accompanies the infantryman into battle
and shares with the experiences unique to the infantry in combat. There was
never any intention to award the CMB to all medical personnel who serve in a
combat zone or imminent danger area, that is, a division-level medical
company supporting a maneuver brigade. As with the CIB, the infantry unit to
which the medical personnel are assigned or attached must engage the enemy
in active ground combat. Since inception, the intent of the Department of
the Army regarding this requirement has been that medical personnel must be
personally present and under fire in order to be eligible for the awarding
of the badge. So stringent was this requirement during the Vietnam era that
recommending officials were required to document the place (in six digit
coordinates), time, type, and intensity of fire to which the proposed
recipient was exposed. This fact naturally precludes the awarding of the
badge to those medical personnel who accompany infantry units into a
potential engagement area but do not come under enemy fire. Over the years,
there has been some confusion concerning the phrase "...in direct support of
an infantry unit...". The CMB is intended for, and awarded to, those medical
personnel who accompany the infantryman into combat. The Army has never
approved of deviations from this purpose and its restrictive criteria.
On or after 18 September 2001: medical personnel assigned or attached to
or under operational control of any combat arms or
combat aviation unit of brigade or smaller size, who has
satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in active
ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire.
Retroactive awards under these criteria are not authorized for service prior
to 18 September 2001.
SCUBA Diving Trips
there any SCUBA divers out there looking for a fun group to connect with,
for exciting dive adventures around the globe? We have a couple of Lifetime
DUSTOFFers that travel and dive, and we're always looking for other fun
people to travel with. Contact Andy Skuntz,
firstname.lastname@example.org , or Analou Eisner,
email@example.com , if you
want to get some upcoming dive trip information. Andy runs 6 trips every
year, to the most exciting dive destinations in the world. And, if we get
enough interest, we could even promote a DUSTOFF Dive Trip.
Skuntz's mailing address is: Andy Skuntz, 4634 Vireos View, Colorado
Springs, CO 80922 and phone number is 719-322-6941.
Task Force Marauder training with Romanian Armed Forces
Force Marauder trained Soldiers with the Romanian Armed Forces on hot and
cold-load procedures for a UH-60 Black Hawk, November 2017, in order to know
how to safely load a patient in the event of a real-world emergency in
Afghanistan where TF Marauder medevac responds.
Detachment 1, C Company, Medical Evacuation, 2-211th General Support
Aviation Battalion with the Iowa National Guard, currently deployed to
Afghanistan, trained more than 150 Soldiers with the Romanian Land Forces
over the course of a week on the proper procedures for calling for a medevac
and loading a casualty.
U.S. Army CPT Erin Doyle, Det. 1, C Co.,
2-211th GSAB commander, explained the training came as a result of a recent
mass casualty attack where members of the previous task force’s medevac unit
responded and provided medical care and transportation for the Romanian
Soldiers. The event showed the importance of the ground troops understanding
the procedures for calling the medevac and how to approach the aircraft with
The training covered what information needs to be
reported in order for the medevac to launch, what equipment and medical
capabilities are available in the aircraft, preferences for signaling the
aircraft for landing for both day and night, how to prepare and secure a
patient before the helicopter arrives, and how to approach the aircraft and
interact with the medic to give a patient report.
AUSA 2017 Black Hawk Breakfast
Sikorsky Aircraft has been a valued supporter of the DUSTOFF Community
for years. They are honoring us at a breakfast to be held in conjunction
with an AUSA event. If you are in the area and can attend, you are invited
to represent the DUSTOFF Family of Warriors.
MG Pat Sargent, Deputy
Commanding General, US Army Medical Command is the guest speaker this year.
Sikorsky Aircraft will recognize the MEDEVAC/DUSTOFF community for their
outstanding support to the US Army and Army Aviation.
PLEASE RSVP in
accordance with this flier by Friday 22 September by e-mailing Rita Burke
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship Winner
to Taylor J. Slagle – Grandchild of DUSTOFFer LTC (R) Jim Wingate – he’ll be
attending University of Arizona.
The DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF
Association by the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The DUSTOFF
Association Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members,
spouses, children and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members. [Read
2018 DUSTOFF Reunion Dates Set
Mark the dates NOW for DUSTOFF Reunion 2018. We will be meeting at the
Holiday Inn - Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX the first week of May. Early
check in will be Wednesday, 2 May 2018, for a possible repeat of the wine
tour to Fredericksburg, TX with a stop specifically planned for Lukenbach,
TX will be on Thursday, 3 May 2018. The Golf Tournament will be on Friday,
May 4, 2018. The General Membership Meeting and Spouses' Luncheon will be
Saturday Morning, 5 May 2018, followed by the Hall of Fame Induction and
Awards Banquet that evening. We'll close out the 39th Annual Reunion with
our Memorial Service on Sunday, 6 May 2018.
Block the dates now - and
let's have a really large turnout!
Help Find Lost Association Members
We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no
longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to
announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as
"Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the
list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your
name or you know the where-about of someone on the list. [See
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