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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.

 

Memorial Helicopter Fund

In 1973 MG Spurgeon Neel and then LTC Patrick Brady (now MG Retired) dedicated a UH-1 Helicopter as a memorial to the 213 DUSTOFF Crewmembers who died during the Vietnam War while flying to save lives on the battlefield.

 

In the ensuing years, the helicopter remained in that spot serving as a visible symbol of the ultimate sacrifice of those brave men (no female DUSTOFFers were killed during the Vietnam War).

 

Despite the paint jobs on the aircraft the airframe deteriorated due to corrosion. In December 2007, the rear strut collapsed due to high winds and corrosion of the cross tube and retention straps. The aircraft was repaired but access to it was limited as a caution avoiding injury to onlookers and visitors to the site. In 2010, the existing helicopter was traded with a newly refurbished UH-1 helicopter through an “intra-Army Museum trade” between the AMEDD Museum and the Army Aviation Museum. That aircraft was in place on July 1, 2010. To date, no further painting, maintenance or protection of the aircraft from the elements of the Texas weather have been accomplished.

 

 The DUSTOFF Association membership voted at the Annual Membership Meeting at the 2017 Annual Reunion to take on this project and raise the funds necessary to construct a suitable structure on the site as well as installation of a first-class memorial to not only our Vietnam War KIAs but also all other DUSTOFF Crewmembers who were killed in the conduct of life-saving missions, both in peace and during combat operations.

 

To aid in raising this money, the DUSTOFF Association Executive Council has contracted with Foundation Search and formed a fund-raising committee to search out grants and philanthropic Foundations who donate money for such projects. Membership participation has already begun to bring in money for this major effort.

 

Contributions may now be made by printing and filling out the donation form and sending with a check or making a contribution with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

 

We need your help! Click HERE to read more about this project and make a donation.

 


Belated DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year Award Presented

Hank Tuell helps award DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year award.Hank Tuell made the trip from Red Lodge MT to Cheyenne WY to assist the governor and the State AG present the award of the DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year award to those crewmembers able to make our last reunion.

 

CW2 Bryan Herget and SSG Derrick Perkins were part of an aircrew on a UH-60 Black Hawk during a MEDEVAC mission in Afghanistan in 2015. Thanks to their heroic actions during the mission they save the lives of five Soldiers.

Governor Matt Mead as well as the Wyoming Military Adjutant General helped honor them at F.E. Warren. [View Video of ceremony]

 


Lowes Veteran Discount Program changes

Lowes Military DiscountLowes Veteran discount program is changing. In the past you would show your VA health photo ID Card or your Retired Military photo ID card to get the 10% discount. They are transitioning to a program called MyLowes. It's easy to apply at: Lowes.com/Military

 

Enter general information and then your military information that they will verify your honorable service. There is a possibility you might have to provide your DD-214 if you have not used the discount in the past.

 

Once you are approved you only give them your telephone number and you receive the discount. It is also good for immediate family members (Spouse or children in your household). You can request a MyLowes card if you want one, but you don't need it to receive the discount. I process my application and it was approved in 30 seconds.

 


Nebraska ANG Crew Receive
Air Medals with V for Bravery

Nebraska ANG DUSTOFF Crew honored for bravery.On 9 Feb near Sangin, Afghanistan, in Helmand province the crew were dispatched to evacuate a wounded Soldier. The LZ still was receiving heavy enemy fire as they arrived and it was already difficult to approach because of a number of nearby obstacles.

After the mission, someone saw that the aircraft had been hit with at least one round of gunfire penetrating the helicopter’s back window and passing within inches of crew members.


At the ceremony, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts presented the four — CW3 William Score, CW2 Hector Lima-Bermudez, SSG Matthew Hawke and SGT Jared Cornell — the Air Medal with Valor.

 

The crew could have decided “there was too much risk to the helicopter,” Cyrulik said. Instead, he said, the crew “swept in at low altitude and high speed, surrounded by dust and chaos and explosions, and landed in broad daylight in an area that would only fit one aircraft.”

Following days of treatment, the wounded Soldier was reunited with his family.

Hawke said there never was any question what the crew should do: “We were there to do a job. One of our comrades was down, so we had to take care of him.”

 


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!


Monument Honoring Vietnam Helicopter Crews Approved

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Congress came together for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, directing the secretary of the Army to place a 2 1/2-foot by 2 1/2-foot monument at the cemetery in Virginia. It will be placed in Section 35 along Memorial Drive, not far from the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will donate this monument to Arlington National Cemetery.

Helicopter monument

A monument that honors the Vietnam-era helicopter crews is important not only for family members who visit Arlington Cemetery to see their loved ones, but also for those who aren’t directly impacted.


Request for Information

We've been asked to help answer questions about the background of the aircraft in the picture. The aircraft is being purchased by Bill "Moon Mullen (past Pres. of the VHPA), and will be put on static display in Mt. Pocono, PA. The aircraft is a UH-1M, with Medevac markings. UH-1M model Hueys were used as gun ships in Vietnam, most being converted UH-1C model gun ships. So the question being asked is how did an aircraft built to be a gun ship end up with air ambulance markings?

UH-1M Medevac

Any info would be appreciated.
John "Pepe" LaDue
slngwng@yahoo.com
WO1 with B & D Co., 227th AHB, 1st Cav
1966-67


Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards

2015 DUSTOFF Association reunion picture.It is with a great deal of pleasure and pride in our legacy that the DUSTOFF Association makes the announcement of the winners of the DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, and the Rescue of the Year. This year’s selection was one of the more difficult in recent memory with the dedicated and sacrificial service of our DUSTOFF Warriors.

Awards will be presented at the 2017 DUSTOFF Reunion to be held in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk Hotel on Saturday evening, 1 April 2017. Since the DUSTOFF Association is not funded at sufficient levels to provide travel and per-diem monies, we are hopeful that supporting commands of the awardees will provide TDY funding or at least Permissive TDY approval.

The following awards are officially announced:
The DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year – CPT(P) Daniel Jones – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year – SSG Carl Piper – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year – SSG Troy Brown – C/2-1
The DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year – Crews from F Co, 1-214th Avn Reg, UT/WY ARNG CW3 Christopher Flannery, 1LT Jared Heiney, SPC Seth Lockard, SGT Timother Vasbinder, CW4 Scott Upton, CW2 Bryan Herget, SSG Derrick Perkins, SGT Bleu Hawkley


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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