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If it's been a couple of weeks since your last visit to our site, you may want to visit our Old New Page (or any of the past years located in the left buttons) and get caught up on what you may have missed.


DUSTOFF Scholarship

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.


  • 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!
  • 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

Joseph Shelley flight medicThis 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 coin.


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

CMBThe 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

DUSTOFF SCUBA diving trips.Are 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, askuntz@yahoo.com , or Analou Eisner, pilotae1955@gmail.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.

Andy 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

Task 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.

Soldiers with 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 a casualty.

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

AUSA 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 rita.a.burke@lmco.com 


DUSTOFF Association Scholarship Winner

DUSTOFF Association Scholarship.Congratulations 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 More]



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 List]

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