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Latest DUSTOFF News

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.


2015 Reunion Pictures

Some of the pictures from the 2015 Association reunion in Nashville have been  posted. There are lots more to go, but take a look at what's there now and be amazed at how good looking we all are!

159th CAB, C7-101 (50th Med)
Deactivation Ceremony

the 159th CAB (including C/7-101st - the old 50th Med Co AA) Inactivation ceremony will take place Thursday, 7 May 15, at 1030 on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Parade Field at Fort Campbell.

A Vietnam Patient Reunion

Bob Barrett (L) and Mike DeFazio (R)

During the Vietnam War, Bob Barrett, like all of our Vietnam War DUSTOFFers, evacuated hundreds each month. Sometimes a small business card was dropped in the pocket of the wounded letting them know who had pulled them from the battlefield to life-saving care. Many went un-noticed. One such card surfaced last summer when, after over forty years, Mike DeFazio unpacked a duffel bag and donated the artifacts to a local museum. In the shirt pocket of his fatigues was a card that was discovered. It was from Bob Barrett indicating that Bob had evacuated him.

Mike Reading Card

At our reunion this April, Mike and Bob were reunited. It was quite an emotional time for Bob to see the results of just one mission flown so long ago. Mike returned from his injuries - he was within four minutes of bleeding out according to his surgeon. Mike married. Mike and his wife have three children, all of whom are now working in the service of our great Nation. In the words of MG Pat Brady "It's not just one man he saves, it's generations of children he saves." Welcome Home Mike and Bob!


Paul A. Bloomquist Inducted
Into AA Hall Of Fame

LTC Paul A. BloomquistLTC Bloomquist was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN on 30 Mar 15.


Throughout his short, but brilliant career, LTC Paul A. Bloomquist represented the very highest traditions of Army Aviation and strongly promoted the DUSTOFF spirit. Graduating from the Helicopter Officer’s Course in 1954, his initial assignment was with the 54th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) in South Korea.

After he returned to the U.S., his keen aviator skills were called on during a massive snowstorm that blanketed much of the northeast, in the winter of 1958. Flying a UH-19 helicopter in extremely hazardous conditions, Lieutenant Bloomquist logged 55 rescue missions and made 62 drops of food, medicine, and emergency supplies to travelers, farmers, and villagers cut off by the heavy snow and earned his first DFC.

It was during his initial tour in Vietnam that CPT Bloomquist distinguished himself as one of the Army’s finest military officers and premier aviators. He kept extending his stay in-country, and during 21 months of daily combat flying, was cited for heroism several times. Among his four Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, thirty-six Air Medal citations, one of his DFC actions exemplifies the kind of courageous and dedicated pilot he had become. [Read Full Citation]  [See Video]

James C. Wingate Inducted
Into DUSTOFF Hall of Fame

Jim Wingate was inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame on 28 Mar 15 during the 2015 DUSTOFF Association reunion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Congratulations to Jim for his life-long dedication to serving our Army and DUSTOFF. [Read Citation]








Former Medic Award Recipient
In Need Of Your Help

Heather (Springer) Wunderlich received the Medic Of the Year award in 2008. But upon her return from her second deployment in 2010-2011, she became quite ill and needs all the help the DUSTOFF community can afford.


A fund has been established by her friends and family and will be used specifically for the purpose of taking care of ordinary living expenses and outstanding medical bills. If possible and appropriate, please forward this link to anyone you would like to share with.


Military Order of the Purple Heart Observes George Washington's Birthday

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud to observe the 283rd anniversary of the birth of the nation's first elected President, General George Washington. As the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, it was General Washington who created the Badge of Merit on August 7, 1782 to recognize the bravery and meritorious service of the common soldier on the battlefield.

This year, patriot members of the MOPH will gather at the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City, the first Capitol Building of the United States of America, which marks the spot where George Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first President. On this occasion, the City of New York will present the MOPH with a proclamation designating the city as a "Purple Heart City," as an expression of its support and appreciation for its native sons and daughters who were wounded or killed in combat by the enemies of the United States of America, defending the very freedoms that make this nation so great. For their service and sacrifice they received the Purple Heart Medal.

Do We Have Your Current E-mail Address?

With the Army Knowledge Online move away from local e-mail servers to the new “mail.mil” e-mail, we are experiencing lost e-mail traffic with some of our members. If you have an e-mail address registered with the DUSTOFF Association that is either a “us.army.mil” or “amedd.army.mil” domain – please take time to send us your new “mail.mil” domain based e-mail address. [Read More]

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-abouts of someone on the list. [See List]

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