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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.


DUSTOFF Awards Program

It’s that time of the year. Commanders please consider your DUSTOFF Warriors and nominate your “water walkers” for one of the DUSTOFF Association Awards. DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year, or the DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year. Nominations are due NLT 31 December 2016 and will be awarded at the 2017 DUSTOFF Reunion in San Antonio, TX.

The letter shown HERE (Adobe Reader Format) explains the process, the criteria, and the format for submission. This program is to honor the heroics and hard work of our Active Duty DUSTOFF Warriors.

IF you are NOT a commander, please remind your commander of this opportunity!


CW3 Joval Eblen, a DUSTOFF Aviator with C/2-4 GSAB out of Fort Carson, has produced a stellar work of art. It's available in prints now. The image will be the same size as the original of 18" X 24" with a half inch border added for framing around the image. The contact information for ordering prints is Joval via e-mail at iiieblenjf@aol.com . Prints will cost $150 plus S&H

SCNG Rescues Hikers

DUSTOFF crew rescues hiker.

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

C/2-227th Return to Ft. 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 their sacrifices.

Exhibits, programs and activities will meet the highest standards for preservation, conservation and curatorial care of the artifacts and will be designed and developed with maintenance requirements in mind. They will take full advantage of scholarship, technology and learning techniques.


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

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.

The dates are 29 March 2017 ending on Sunday 2 April 2017. Hotel accommodations will be made available sometime in the November 2016 timeframe. So check back periodically for updates about room reservations, itinerary of events, and an online registration form.


WO1 John Chrin Remembrance

John ChrinBill 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.


William Sypher
56 Lincoln School Road
Jonestown, PA 17038

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

DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame wall.It's that time of year where members of the Association get to vote on the nominee(s) for possible induction into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame. The deadline for having your vote counted is 31 Oct 16.

PPlease vote yes or no for Cephus "Lee" Roupe, this year's nominee. We would like you to consider his narrative and the following criteria in making your decision:

  • An outstanding contribution to DUSTOFF Aviation over an extended period,

  • A doctrinal or technical contribution,

  • An innovation with an identifiable impact on DUSTOFF Aviation,

  • Efforts that were an inspiration to others, or

  • Any combination of the foregoing.

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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