SCNG Rescues Hikers
U.S. Army CW4 Michael Hutto, CW5 Lester Furr, SSG Jessica Thibeau and SGT David Roupe, all South Carolina National Guard members, responded to a call for help to rescue an injured hiker from the Sumter National Forest along the Chattooga River near the South Carolina-Georgia border, 27 Aug. 16. The National Guard secures the homeland.
C/2-227th Returns To Hood
Recently the C/2-227 out of Fort Hood was welcomed home from their 9 month deployment to EUCOM. This allowed time for the added benefit of congratulating and presenting the award for the 2015 DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year Award to SFC(P) Armando Ocon in person (presented by Art Torwirt and LTC(R) Jim Wingate of Air Methods Corporation). COL Baker, the 1ACB Commander, opened up the ceremony congratulating DUSTOFF and celebrating the accomplishments of this stellar NCO and all he did to earn this recognition. CW5 Knowlton, CCWO of 1ACB, LTC Paul Eberhardt, 2-227 Battalion Commander, and CSM Scott Nutter were also present for the presentation and celebration. COL(R) Gower welcomed home the team and also presented spouses coins to the difference makers from the C/2-227 FRG Spouses (Danielle Wingate, Catherine Gilley, Amy King, Laura Ferioli, Brandy Phillips, and Michal Hawkins) and DUSTOFF Hero Coins to the difference makers for the company, CPT West, CW4 Eric Huff, CW3 Burnham, SFC Totten, SGT Lawrence, & SGT Carney. The rest of the company also received a DUSTOFF Association Coin for all their hard work these past 9 months. Welcome Home, DUSTOFF!
National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Fundraiser
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is raising funds to make the National Medal of Honor Museum a reality.
The museum will be designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience,
exciting and inspiring visitors of all ages, learning styles, objectives and
physical abilities. It will help visitors make personal and emotional
connections to recipients of the Medal of Honor and the events that prompted
The DUSTOFF Association has three Medal of Honor recipients (Patrick Brady, Michael Novosel, and Louis Rocco) as members and so individuals wanting to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund a National Medal of Honor Museum may do so at the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Web site.
2017 DUSTOFF Reunion Dates Set
aside the date. Put in for leave. Make plans now. The Dustoff Association
2017 reunion will be held in San Antonio, Texas at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk
location on South St. Mary's Street.
WO1 John Chrin Remembrance
Bill Sypher is looking for anyone who remembers WO1 John Stephan Chrin. John was in 57th Med Det from 5 July 1971 to 13 October 1971. On 13 October 1971, DUDTOFF 71 was lost on a night-time combat evac mission in weather. On last contact with radar control facility, pilot stated that he was IMC. Radar contact was lost approximately seven miles from a 2,000 foot mountain. Aircraft impacted on the side of a mountain near Chau Lang, RVN. A fire was spotted by ground observers who were unable to reach the crash site until the following morning. Five bodies were recovered.
13 October 2016, marks the 45th anniversary of John’s sacrifice. John was a resident of nearby Lebanon PA, and is buried in Lebanon at Holy Cross Cemetery. We would like to have a remembrance for John. We are looking for anyone who served with John, and/or any photos in-country or during Flight School.
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship Awarded
The Mike Novosel DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is being awarded to Matthew Campbell, son of COL John Campbell of Enterprise Alabama. He’ll be attending Auburn University. Other winners of AAAA Scholarships who used their membership in the DUSTOFF Association and AAAA to compete are Phoebe Smart, daughter of LTC Pete Smart and Jeremiah Cornell, son of LTC Jerry Cornell. Congratulations to our scholarship winners. [ Read more about scholarship. ]
Spring/Summer 2016 DUSTOFFer Published
The latest issue of our interesting Association newsletter has "hit the streets." As always, Jim Truscott and Suzie Gower have teamed up and prepared a super informative and professionally prepared newsletter.
The full-color issue may be seen by visiting the newsletter section of this site.
In this issue there are articles ranging from "Readiness Today", to "Carry On Medical Equipment" to the status of the Congressional Gold Medal Bill.
While you're on your way to this issue of the DUSTOFFer don't forget that you may catch up on past DUSTOFFers by visiting the buttons at the bottom of the newsletter introductory page.
DUSTOFF Hall of Fame Voting Open
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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