Alamo DUSTOFF Helps in Houston
Alamo DUSTOFF is assisting residents of the Houston area as part of Texas Taskforce 1.
WO1 John Stephen Chrin Day
On 13 October, a remembrance will be held for WO1 John Stephen Chrin and
the crew of DUSTOFF 71, 57th Med Det. DUSTOFF 71 was lost on a night time
mission in rain and fog in the Seven Sisters Mountains of Viet Nam, on 13
October 1971. John Chrin was a native of Lebanon, PA and is buried in
Lebanon. A remembrance for John and A/C CWO Ronald K. Shultz, CC SGT Michael
Darrah, Flight Medic SGT Hugo Gaytan, PFC Rickey Pate, OJT Crew Chief, and
all veterans, will be held the morning of the 13, “WO1 John Stephen Chrin
Day in the City of Lebanon”.
Longest DUSTOFF Unit Self-deployment
Twenty-seven years ago this month the 45th Medical Company (AA), commanded by MAJ Richard S. Ellenberger, MSC, flew twelve Black Hawk helicopters 3,500 miles from Darmstadt, Germany, to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The trip, which was spread over five days, took the crews south from Germany, through Austria, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt, and into Saudi Arabia-the longest unit self-deployment of the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter ever attempted. It challenged their resourcefulness in mountain, over-water, and open desert flight. One crew repaired a rotor blade skin separation by drilling holes in the blade with a hand drill and injecting glue using syringes from their medical supply kit.
A “slick” Blackhawk without ESSS tanks has about a 300 nautical mile flight range (very “short” legs). The takeoff at Pathos, Cypress to Port Said, Egypt required a “tail wind” to make landfall on the Egyptian coast with the required 20-minute reserve fuel (225 lbs. of JP5).
Army personnel lost contact with the UH-60 Black Hawk DUSTOFF helicopter about 2130 Tuesday, 15 Aug 17, half an hour after it left Wheeler airfield. The helicopter was flying with a second Army helicopter on a routine training mission. The search for the downed craft began immediately after the aircrew lost visual and video contact with the other helicopter.
The crew consisted of 1LT Kathryn M. Bailey, 26, of Hope Mills, N.C., CW3 Brian M. Woeber, 41, of Decatur, Ala., CW2 Stephen T. Cantrell, 32, of Wichita Falls, TX, SST Abigail R. Milam, 33, of Jenkins, KY, and SGT Michael L. Nelson, 30, of Antioch, TN. CW3 Woeber flew with C/1-214 DUSTOFF commanded by Pat Zenk in Afghanistan and ILT Bailey was the daughter of COL Tom Bailey a DUSTOFF Aviator.
The massive search for the five soldiers started shortly after the chopper went down and continued through the weekend, extending up to 160 miles from Kaena Point and as far as Niihau.
The Coast Guard and Army made the tough decision 21 Aug 17 to suspend the search for five crewmembers missing since 15 Aug 17, and begin a salvage and recovery operation.
Spring-Summer 2017 DUSTOFFer
The latest issue of our award-winning newsletter has been published. Make sure you visit the newsletter to keep up with what's happening in the aeromedical field, read more about the Memorial Helicopter Fund, and read the credentials of this year's nomination for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame.
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.
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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