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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.

 


Rooms Scarce At Reunion Hotel

Rooms at the Opryland Hotel have all been snatched up by the “early birds.” – Please call the hotel (615-889-1000), make your reservations with the reservations clerk and ask them if they can place you in the Marriot across the street. They have shuttles that run between the two hotels. See you in Nashville.



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.


Mike Novosel Article In
Army Aviation Magazine

The Army Aviation Association of America's (Quad A) December 2014 Army Aviation Magazine dedicated the inside back cover to Army Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Michael J. Novosel.

"Chief Warrant Officer Three (later CW4), Michael J Novosel was a 'man for all seasons.' As a DUSTOFF pilot - that almost legendary breed of helicopter flier whose record in rescuing wounded men during battle is one of the proudest chapters in the Vietnam War - he was on of the best.

A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve when the Vietnam conflict began to broaden in the early 1960's, Novosel lived comfortably, but felt that he could be of help to his country in some capacity. Finding the USAF over-strength in its senior grades, he obtained four years' military leave from his employer, Southern Airways, and joined the Army Aviation Program in June 1960 as a warrant officer.

His desire to help was quickly answered when, as a member of the Special Forces in 1965, he evacuated wounded civilians to hospitals when the U.S. intervened in the Dominican Republic civil crisis. He was credited with evacuating more than 2,200 wounded persons and "extracting" some 5,500 wounded soldiers and Vietnamese in all. His 60 Oak Leaf Clusters to his Air Medal, his three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and his Purple Heart denote a remarkable man.

At age 48, he became the oldest member of the Army to win the Medal of Honor, the award being made for his repeated bravery in the face of heavy Viet Cong gunfire while he extracted 29 wounded South Vietnamese soldiers during 2 1/2 desperate hours of flying on 2 October 1969.

Always displaying the technical competence of the true professional, Novosel was a life-long member of AAAA who dedicated his life to aviation, to the military services, and to his country. He died April 2, 2006 at age 83."


MAJ Chris Wingate Assumes Command

At Fort Hood on 15 December 2014 history repeated itself. MAJ Chris Wingate, son of Vietnam DUSTOFF Veteran, LTC(R) Jim Wingate, assumed command of C/2-227 GSAB (legacy 571st Medical Co). They are known as the Witch Doctors and are in good hands with MAJ Chris Wingate. He and his new bride, Danielle, will be a fabulous command team. The unit is also lead by CPT Jason West, son of COL Retired Johnny West, himself a combat veteran DUSTOFF commander. One of the medics assigned to the unit is SFC Matthew Kinney who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan. The legacy lives on in today’s DUSTOFF Warriors.


Egor Takes His Last Flight

Our Founder, Thomas “Egor” Johnson filed his final flight plan – it was closed out this morning at 0640 hours.

One of our finest has made his final flight – he used up all of his nine lives and a few loaned to him by others. Were it not for his actions and drive and “bull-headedness” we might not have a DUSTOFF Association! [Read More]

 


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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