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Military Order of the Purple Heart Observes George Washington's Birthday
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
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.
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.
Mike Novosel Article In
Army Aviation Magazine
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
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.
DUSTOFF Reunion Hotel Rooms Getting Scarce
The next DUSTOFF Association Annual Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 Mar 15
in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This year’s reunion
immediately precedes the Army Aviation Association Quad-A Summit making
available rooms scarce.
Hotel rooms in the Gaylord are almost sold
out. When the Quad-A Summit registration opens 5 Jan 15 it is anticipated
the remaining rooms will go fast. If you are planning to attend our
reunion in Nashville, it is imperative you make room reservations promptly.
Better to have the room reserved and later cancel than to decide later to
attend and not find a room.
Egor Takes His Last Flight
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!
Fall/Winter DUSTOFFer Newsletter
Now Available Online
available for download in Adobe Reader format (PDF) in the newsletter
section of this site. It's another "must read" for those who want to stay
abreast of what's going on in the Association, updates on programmed events
and programs, and how Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) is being influenced and is
influencing Army aviation doctrine.
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
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
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