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Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards
is with a great deal of pleasure and pride in our legacy that the DUSTOFF
Association makes the announcement of the winners of the DUSTOFF Aviator of
the Year, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, and the
Rescue of the Year. This year’s selection was one of the more difficult in
recent memory with the dedicated and sacrificial service of our DUSTOFF
Awards will be presented at the 2017 DUSTOFF Reunion to be
held in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk Hotel on Saturday
evening, 1 April 2017. Since the DUSTOFF Association is not funded at
sufficient levels to provide travel and per-diem monies, we are hopeful that
supporting commands of the awardees will provide TDY funding or at least
Permissive TDY approval.
The following awards are officially
The DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year – CPT(P) Daniel Jones – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year – SSG Carl Piper – C/2-4
Crew Chief of the Year – SSG Troy Brown – C/2-1
The DUSTOFF Rescue of the
Year – Crews from F Co, 1-214th Avn Reg, UT/WY ARNG CW3 Christopher
Flannery, 1LT Jared Heiney, SPC Seth Lockard, SGT Timother Vasbinder, CW4
Scott Upton, CW2 Bryan Herget, SSG Derrick Perkins, SGT Bleu Hawkley
Online AAFES Exchange Opening to All Vets
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a
policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably
discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange
K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness,
signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective
Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice
before actions begin to implement the plan.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust
and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software
for verifying veterans’ status using Department of Veterans Affairs records.
Several million vets already are eligible to shop in exchanges — on base or
online — because they are active or reserve component retirees, or
100-percent disabled from service-connected injuries or ailments, or Medal
of Honor recipients.
This will reward their service with exchange product savings that, on
average, will be near to 20 percent versus commercial department store
prices when military exemption from state and local sales tax are considered
Shull’s other purpose was to increase exchange revenues to help offset
troubling declines due to the drawdown of active duty forces, base closures
and the end of military tobacco discounts for the higher priority of
With DMDC verifying shopper identifies electronically, the department
will not have to produce special identification cards. DMDC estimates that
13 percent of eligible veterans, primarily those who served before 1981
might not be in their data base when the shopping benefit becomes available.
Presumably guidance will be issued for veterans who might have access
DUSTOFF Association Honors Soldier
for aid under fire
In October, 2016, SFC Brian Miles contacted the DUSTOFF Association to
inquire about honoring a Soldier who had performed life-saving actions under
fire during a combat tour in Afghanistan. The DUSTOFF Association responded
with a DUSTOFF Association Certificate of Appreciation and Association Coin
for CPL Kyle Boucher’s actions.
Kyle Boucher exemplified himself as an Infantry man during his combat tour
in Afghanistan, May 2010-April 2011. On one occasion during an intense
firefight the Squad’s only Medic sustained a significant gunshot to the
neck. Without hesitation CPL Boucher jumped into action as the Eagle First
Responder (EFR). He provided lifesaving measures while preparing a 9-Line
MEDEVAC. CPL Boucher packaged the patient and prepared for movement to the
The LZ was under sustained and accurate gunfire. The squad laid
down suppressive fire to keep the enemy at bay so the DUSTOFF aircraft could
land. He and his Squad loaded the patient on the aircraft without sustaining
any additional casualties.
CPL Boucher demonstrated medical and
tactical grit during an intense engagement with a formidable enemy. He
treated life-threatening injuries and prepared the patient for a MEDEVAC.
These actions are in keeping with the traditions and mission of the DUSTOFF
CPL Kyle Boucher, formerly of 1-327th, 1st BCT, 101st
Airborne Division is now a fire fighter with West Springfield, MA. At the
ceremony, Mayor William Reichelt and Fire Chief William Flaherty made the
award along with DUSTOFF Association Member SFC Bryan Patrick Miles on 22
What Do Coins Left On Grave Markers Mean?
you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins lying on a tombstone? All these
coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who have
perished, depending on their denomination. Leaving coins on the headstones
of those who served in the military, especially those who died in combat,
dates as far back as the Roman Empire.
A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know
someone stopped by to pay their respect. Leaving a penny means you visited.
A nickel means you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together.
If you served with the soldier in some capacity, you leave a dime. A quarter
is significant because it means you were there when that service member was
Vietnam Dustoff Association Reunion
promised at our 2016 reunion, we would have our 2017 reunion data posted on
our webpage. The 2017 reunion for Vietnam Era Dustoff Crewmembers will be
held in Dover DE. All of the information minus a lodging reservation link is
provided on our Web site:
In reunions past, our agenda has
included many different tours and informational presentations along with
exciting guest speakers. The 2017 reunion is no different with the exception
being that WE ARE BEING INVITED. Yes, your
eyes read correctly. This year, our host is local Vietnam Veterans
Association who have invited us to be their guests for a dinner, at their
cost, a memorial dedication of a brick honoring Vietnam Dustoff Crew Members
which will be placed in a walkway beneath a "Huey on Stick" which is decked
out in a Dustoff paint scheme along with a having a 45th Dustoff Patch
painted on the aircraft.
Our guest speaker, has asked to speak to us,
and is retired US Air Force Officer shot down over the north and spent 6
years as a POW. The governor of Delaware has asked to speak at one of the
gatherings as well. We are sure as the agenda develops further that
additional dignitaries will be present and wanting to speak.
can see the differences between past and present is that we went somewhere,
had to ask for assistance and support and seek out a guest speaker. Now the
tables are reversed--we are invited, we are hosted, we have speakers of
keynote wanting to talk with us and we have organizations wanting to say
'thank you' for what we did for them.
Take a look at the webpage,
check your calendar and please consider joining us for this event. I believe
you will find it to be a very rewarding event.
Fall/Winter DUSTOFFer Newletter
latest edition of our world-famous newsletter is now available. So get in
your helicopter and hover over to the nearest newsstand, or maybe just visit
our Newsletter section and read it
online. It's available for reading online or downloading to your tablet for
enjoyment standing on a line somewhere or your sitting waiting for your next
medical appointment. Sure beats reading the 1973 edition of Field and
Reunion Events Schedule Taking Shape
again we will be in Military City, USA, San Antonio, TX, for our reunion.
The Holiday Inn–Riverwalk has provided us with all the requested amenities
and locations for our events. So, mark your calendar and make your
travel plans. Get those hotel reservations locked in. We are excited to be
coming back to “the Mother Ship” as Ben Knisely calls San Antonio.
The dates are 30-31 March and 1
April. Checkout on Sunday 2 April after memorial service. Hotel
accommodations may be made by
visiting this reservation site. You can then select the dates, and
select the rooms and the group rate is applied (Group Code is WEG).
To liven up things a bit we’re expanding the
dates a little bit and exploring some ways to enjoy Texas culture and each
other’s company. For those who want to arrive early, we have a
smaller block of rooms available for early check-in and departure.
If you want to arrive on the 29th and go to a
SPURS basketball game, we suggest you lock in tickets now. They are
not cheap and by then can/will go up in price. We are not providing tickets
and it’s up to you to go to http://spurs.com or to http://ticketmaster.com
purchase your tickets. We suggest you get together with your own groups and
make those connections.
On Thursday, 30 March 2017, we’ve secured
transportation to and from Fredericksburg, TX, for a day of shopping, some
good German food, and THREE winery tasting tours. Transportation is
round-trip and the three tasting tours are a special group rate with wine
tasting fees included. Bus will depart the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk at 0900
hours and return you to the hotel at about 1830-1900 hours—full day of
exploring, good food, and wine tasting.
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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