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Registration for the 37th Annual Reunion, 27-30 Apr 16 is now open. Make your hotel and reunion reservations now.

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.


15th Med Bn 2016 Reunion Information

The 15th Medical Battalion Association’s 18th annual reunion will be held in Olympia, Washington April 11-16, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel.

15th Medical Battalion unit crests and patches.

The theme of this year’s reunion is “Western” beings the Pacific Northwest has lots of ranches and farms. As such, there will be awards for the best dressed in Western garb at the BBQ banquet featuring the “Oly Mountain Boys” Nationally awarded blue grass band. So, cowboys and cowgirls boots are in order along with a ten-gallon hat.

There are several tours on the agenda as well as great dinning places. Tours include Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, LeMays Auto Collection (over 2,500 vintage vehicles), NW Helicopters, and Olympic Flight Museum. This will be a very memorable reunion.

Saturday will feature meetings, group pictures, opening ceremonies, awards, presentations, and an exciting auction. Cabela’s is booked at 6:00 pm for an evening of eating game meat (if desired) and shopping.

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Dust Off Crews of Vietnam War
Congressional Gold Medal Act


Congressional Gold Medal

Right, Senator John Cornyn hosted a press conference at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum on Veterans Day to highlight his recently filed legislation, The Dust Off Crews of Vietnam War Congressional Gold Medal Act. Left, Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a Dust-off veteran, described the contributions of Dust Off crews during the Vietnam War.


The members of Army Dust Off units in Vietnam were some of the most heroic and talented service members in the history of American aviation warfare. “Dust Off” was the tactical call-sign for helicopter ambulances operated by crews who performed aeromedical evacuation for United States, Vietnamese, and allied forces that were wounded on the perilous battlefields of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War imposed an extraordinary cost of life and limb suffered by so many of our service members who fought there. Dust Off’s mission in Vietnam was to expedite the relief and remedy of pain and injury by transporting the wounded to a waiting US medical facility as fast as human and machine would allow. These intrepid American warriors boldly executed this humanitarian mission by rescuing nearly 900,000 souls in the process. At great risk to their own safety, they often innovated new procedures and techniques that allowed our wounded on the battlefield to be rescued in the face of insurmountable odds and unrelenting conditions. These crews were an inspiration to so many and attracted praise from some of the highest leaders in the U.S. military for their common displays of courage and bravery while under fire.”

U.S. Army Medical Department Museum
Foundation Speaker Series

The Board of Directors of the United States Army Medical Department Museum Foundation are excited to kick-off our Speaker Series with Colonel James G. Van Straten, United States Army Retired presenting his recently published book, “A Different Face of War Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam.” The series will begin on Thursday 10 Dec 15 at 1700. The museum is located on Fort Sam Houston at 2310 Stanley Road, Building 1046.


A reception will follow the presentation and dress is informal. R.S.V.P are requested at 210 226-0265 or amedd.foundation@att.net (Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 0800-1200)

Documentary About John Travers' Life

Several years ago, John Travers (known to his friends as JT) helped launch a campaign to get the Combat Medical Badge Awarded for all DUSTOFF Crew Members. JT also fought for the introduction of the Combat Aeromedical Badge specifically designed for DUSTOFF Crew Members.


For those of you who know JT we are asking for your help in the production of a documentary about JT's life, his passion for the mission, and his perseverance under fire and adversity.

If you know JT, and are willing to share your stories about JT, we are asking you contact his wife, Kathleen, so you can be do just that. She can be reached at 916-944-2149 or his e-mail torchia03@gmail.com .

2016 Reunion Golf Course

Golfers get ready. Ron Wilson has secured a great deal on our next Golf Tournament to be held during the 2016 DUSTOFF Reunion. The Cherokee Run Golf Club will be the venue. Take the virtual tour and get ready for a great day of golf with your fellow DUSTOFFers.


Registration and restaurant open at 0800. Shotgun start begins at 0900.





2016 DUSTOFF Reunion Info.


Room reservations now open - IF YOU SNOOZE - YOU LOSE! Room reservations are NOW open at the Downtown Embassy Suites in HOTLanta for the 2016 DUSTOFF Reunion. As we did last year, we are a sub-group to the Army Aviation Association Summit. [Read More]

DMZ Dustoff 2016 Reunion

The 2016 reunion will be April 4 thru April 7, 2016 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

Medic Geoffrey Morris has done a great job of finding us the best deal for our get-together. $52.00 a night (plus taxes) is almost unheard of. For those that attended in 2006 and 2008, it's the same Hotel. A couple blocks from the Strip, these folks have given us a super deal.

Call into The Orleans Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267 or go online and use group code: A6DMC06. To avoid long hold times they encourage making your reservations online.

Reservations must be made on or before Saturday, March 5, 2016 to ensure availability and group rate.

More details later, such as a fee to cover reunion expenses, but for now, it is important that you make your reservations at the Hotel AND let Geoffrey know if you will be attending so we can get a head count. Geoffrey's e-mail address is DELETETHISPARTgeoffm1946@gmail.com.

Please let Geoffrey know for a head count!

Hot damn!! The DUSTOFF Store is having an inventory reduction sale and price reductions on select items. Now's your time to save big on a number of items in the story. Go to the Store NOW and check it out.

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-about of someone on the list. [See List]

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