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Army Avn DUSTOFF Flight Medic
Of The Year Award
Vitaly A. Tsaregorodtsev, Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Task Force Shadow serves as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic in support of
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Bagram Airfeld, Afghanistan. He participated
in all of the major events executed by his unit transporting and providing
medical care to 35 critically injured patients on 54 separate medical
evacuation missions (MEDEVAC), with over 140 combat ﬂight hours, between
March and August 2015. He excels at his duties providing appropriate medical
treatment to many U.S. and coalition service members. His most notable
achievement was on 7 August 2015, when he transported and expertly treated 6
critically injured patients in a high profile mass casualty in Northern
Kabul. His timely and appropriate emergency medical treatment ensured the
patients’ survival and eased long term care for them. Although all MEDEVAC
crews ﬂew patients that night, SGT Tsaregorodtsev provided care for the
most. He took control of the situation and guided his crew chief who was
helping him treating casualties. His professionalism, dedication and
willingness to do whatever necessary to preserve life serve as a heroic
example of the ongoing Dedicated Unhesitating Service To Our Fighting Forces
Awards Recipients Selected
Another tough selection year. We appreciate all of the hard work and
dedication that our DUSTOFF Warriors exhibit on a daily basis. It is on
their shoulders that our legacy lives and breathes and continues to save
lives on both the battlefields of our turbulent world and the peacetime
locations where we serve.
I am proud to announce the following named
to receive the DUSTOFF Association Awards at the 2018 DUSTOFF Association
Reunion in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn-Riverwalk on the 5 May 2018:
DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year – CW2 Brandon Mathis, C/2-1 GSAB
DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year – SGT Edward Keene II – C/3-82 GSAB
DUSTOFF Medic of the Year – SGT Alyssa Benford – C/2-1 GSAB
Recue of the Year – C/2-1, DUSTOFF 62
It goes without saying that ALL
of those nominated displayed great courage, dedication, and skill resulting
in their nomination by their commanders. We salute them all.
that each command will make every effort to gain approval for TDY order for
travel to San Antonio for the purpose of participating in our Professional
Meeting on Saturday morning as well as the Awards Banquet that evening. Both
events will be held at the Holiday inn – Riverwalk location in San Antonio.
If there is anything that I can do to facilitate or assist with those orders
please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please also extend a great debt
of gratitude to our Corporate Sponsors – Lockheed-Martin/Sikorsky
Helicopters, AirMethods, Breeze Eastern, and Eurocopter USA/AirBus.
ALL awardees and attendees MUST register with the DUSTOFF Association for
reunion attendance – you may do so on on this site – hotel rooms are going
fast at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk so please book early – the room block is
already sold out on the “shoulder dates” – however, the main dates of the
reunion 4 May check in and 6 May check out should be available. If you run
into issues please contact me and I’ll work with the sales staff at the
hotel to get you in our room block (code is “MUY”)
Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument
Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument will be dedicated in a
formal ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, 18 Apr 18 at
The monument will honor the nearly 5,000
helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War, and is the
only monument established to honor all who died operating rotary-wing
aircraft in what is frequently called, “the Helicopter War.”
During the Vietnam War the helicopter became
the mainstay for joint operational mobility.
helicopters operated in the combat zone and were used by all military
services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Of this number, 5,086 were
Arlington National Cemetery holds the
greatest cluster of helicopter casualties from the Vietnam War made up of
immediate casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and the remains of MIAs
recovered in the decades after the war ended in 1975.
The dedication ceremony will see Vietnam
Veterans, Gold Star Families, and helicopter combat crewmembers rejoin to
honor friends lost in combat. “With more than 40 years having passed since
the end of the Vietnam War,
Graig Honaman Inducted
Craig Honaman was inducted into the 2017 Class of the Georgia
Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame for his heroism and numerous acts of
selfless bravery as an Army Medical Service Corps Dustoff helicopter pilot
and aircraft commander in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. As a Dustoff pilot, he
provided life-saving medical extractions for wounded or killed-in-action
American Soldiers, wounded allied soldiers, wounded Vietnamese civilians,
and wounded Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army Prisoners of War.
Two great DUSTOFFers complete their career and enter into a well-deserved
retirement. COL Scooter Drennon served as President of the DUSTOFF
Association as well as commanding at the Brigade level. Jason Didonato was
our first DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year. Congratulations on a job-well done!
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF Association by
the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The
Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members, spouses, children
and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members.
- One of the greatest benefits of being an DUSTOFF Association and
AAAA member is you and your family members are eligible to apply for a
- Scholarship applications must be submitted
by 1 May 2018.
- Before you can apply you must submit the
Pre-Qualifying Form .
- You may apply for a scholarship every year you attend college as
long as you are not already receiving an AAAA Scholarship.
Hurricane Harvey Support
SGT Joseph Shelley deployed with a National Guard/Reserve Component DUSTOFF
Unit in support of the flooding after Hurricane Harvey. He sent us these
pictures of hoist missions performed in support of Texas Residents. Great
shots and Thank you and your DUSTOFF Warriors for all you did.
Combat Medical Badge Update
CMB was created as a "companion" badge to the CIB with criteria for its
award intended to parallel that of the CIB. It was designed to provide
recognition to the field medic who accompanies the infantryman into battle
and shares with the experiences unique to the infantry in combat. There was
never any intention to award the CMB to all medical personnel who serve in a
combat zone or imminent danger area, that is, a division-level medical
company supporting a maneuver brigade. As with the CIB, the infantry unit to
which the medical personnel are assigned or attached must engage the enemy
in active ground combat. Since inception, the intent of the Department of
the Army regarding this requirement has been that medical personnel must be
personally present and under fire in order to be eligible for the awarding
of the badge. So stringent was this requirement during the Vietnam era that
recommending officials were required to document the place (in six digit
coordinates), time, type, and intensity of fire to which the proposed
recipient was exposed. This fact naturally precludes the awarding of the
badge to those medical personnel who accompany infantry units into a
potential engagement area but do not come under enemy fire. Over the years,
there has been some confusion concerning the phrase "...in direct support of
an infantry unit...". The CMB is intended for, and awarded to, those medical
personnel who accompany the infantryman into combat. The Army has never
approved of deviations from this purpose and its restrictive criteria.
On or after 18 September 2001: medical personnel assigned or attached to
or under operational control of any combat arms or
combat aviation unit of brigade or smaller size, who has
satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in active
ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire.
Retroactive awards under these criteria are not authorized for service prior
to 18 September 2001.
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 Luckenbach,
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!
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
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