2011 Old Front Page News
Retirement of DUSTOFF Warrior
Noted by COL Bob Mitchell, Director, Medical Evacuation
Army had to say goodbye to a true hero in the Medevac business on 6 October. LTC
Dan McCarthy retired in Huntsville yesterday. Although he played down the
ceremony and his contributions over a 30-year career, the Army Medical
Department didn't let him off that easy. Dan made significant contributions to
the AMEDD in regards to his assignments which culminated as the Assistant
Program Manager (APM)-Medevac Program Manager of the Medevac fleet. He has left
a legacy of achievements that will be hard to duplicate by anyone and the Army
is proud that he was on the job, especially knowing that his efforts put the
best equipment and technology in the hands of our aeromedical troops. COL
Mitchell's son, 1LT Zach Mitchell, who is currently flying Medevac in OEF, is
one of the benefactors of Dan's extraordinary efforts. All the members of the
Medical Evacuation Proponency team are honored to have worked with this
outstanding officer over the last three years. The legacy that he leaves in PEO
Aviation makes all of the members proud to have been a part of the Medevac Team
and the AMEDD family.
Call For Photos and Stories!
Arrowhead Films seeks photos or sort videos of veterans and
civilians who have been airlifted by Army Aeromedical
evacuation for possible use in a documentary film about the
legacy of Army MEDEVAC 'DUSTOFF' from the Vietnam War to the
If you or a loved one was medical evacuated by DUSTOFF and
you would like to help illustrate the importance of this
life-saving mission, please send us a photograph or short
video that captures the life you have because DUSTOFF came
(family photos are encouraged). Include your name, location,
contact information, and a short story about your
Submissions should be sent to:
email@example.com . For more information, visit
Arrow Head Films or Army DUSTOFF Legacy Film on
Facebook. Arrow Head Films plans to preview the documentary
at the VHPA 2012 Reunion in New Orleans.
82nd Med. Co. Flag Donated To Museum
15, 2011 - A flag flown in combat with the 82nd Medical
Company was recently donated to the Army Medical Department
Museum. Proud of their lineage, the members of C-2-1 Avn
Regiment stationed at Fort Riley, KS gave the flag to Dan
Gower to present to the museum. Accompanying the flag was a
certificate signed by CW2 Brian Bottolene, the pilot in
command of the aircraft. During the time this flag was flown
with the unit, it, too, came under fire from Iraqi
insurgents. Originally the flag was to be presented to Mike
Novosel (Jr. and Sr.) but a quick turn around re-deployment
to theater and the sad deaths of both the Novosels prevented
the presentation. Therefore, the unit felt it best to honor
their lineage and the service of the Novosels by preserving
the flag at the museum. Accepting the flag on the part of
the AMEDD Museum is Michael Vice, archivist on the Museum
Dan Gower and Pat Fries (Arrowhead Films) travel to Germany
to Welcome Home C-1-214th (Legacy 236th Med. Co.)
August 4 and 5, 2011 were spent welcoming home C-1-214th
Avn Reg from Afghanistan - this is the unit that Pat Fries
and Dan Gower spent 30 days with in June filming the
documentary "To Save a Life - The DUSTOFF Legacy." First was
the uncasing ceremony signifying the return of the guidon
and the unit to home station. For this ceremony, Dan was the
keynote speaker welcoming them home and thanking them for a
great year of saving lives in Afghanistan. Over 2300
missions were flown flying more than 2400 patients to
medical treatment. Following that was a BBQ and fun and
games for the kids - including a fund raiser dunk-tank.
Rock in front of C-1-214th HQ - Landstuhl, Germany
Company Formation prior to welcome home ceremony
Dan and Rich Gaylord at C-1-214th HQ, Landstuhl,
DUSTOFF Leadership - C-1-214 - Rock Stars, one and
COL Voorhees expresses his appreciation for a job
MAJ Menking accepts the guidon, the unit, and the
The following day the change of command occurred after
the award of MAJ Pat Zenk's end of tour award and a special
present of the unit's guidon to their outgoing commander.
MAJ Scott Menking took command of this great unit. Dan and
Pat then spent the next day following up with some
interviews for the documentary and ended the day at SGT
Campbell's house where they were treated to a great evening
Outgoing command team sing the Army Song!
Pat Fries, Billy Raines, Dan Gower - "Rockstar
Standing Tall - DUSTOFF - God I love this Nation!
Commander's most cherished present - that guidon has
seen some duty
SSG Jordan gets a DUSTOFF coin as Dan "Coins" unit
SFC Jarrett gets his coin - Rock Star Medic
CPT Terry Hill - "Future Hall of Famer" gets Hall
of Fame coin for his outstanding work
SGT Adame gets his coin - another Rock Star Medic
SPC Dan Miller - a dedicated young medic -
SPC Burns gets Hall of Fame coin for his outstanding
Proud DUSTOFFers pose one last time with commander
Shadow DUSTOFF Welcomed Home
COL Scott Drennon, current President of the DUSTOFF
Association, was in attendance and presented all returning
members of C-6-101 a DUSTOFF coin. Soldiers and significant
others of Shadow Dustoff, C/6-101 Aviation Regiment gathered
together at a company Formal and Welcome Home Celebration on
26 May 2011 at the Riverview Inn, Clarksville, TN. At that
event, some of the valorous awards that arrived late in the
deployment were presented. Also, the Commander, MAJ Jason
Davis presented volunteer awards to their key spouse/FRG
volunteers. Another event was the keynote speaker, one of
their favorite media embeds (award winning photographer
Louie Palu. COL Drennon distributed DUSTOFF Association
coins and brought the DUSTOFF Association's "welcome home"
for Shadow Dustoff!
COL D pins Bronze Star with V on
SSG Bradley Robbins
DUSTOFF Association CE Of the Year Award
MAJ D pins Bronze Star with V on SPC Bard - CE of
CW2 Neilson, CW2 Stratton, and
CPT Henderson, 1SG Hartman, CPT Scott
DUSTOFF Soldier at the ball
COL D presents coin to SGT Troy Halfhill
Beer glass souvenir for the evening
COL D presents coins
COL D & MAJ Davis present DUSTOFF Spouse coins to
Kristy Henderson and Morgan Robichaux
Some of awards and farewell plaques presented that
SPC CJ "Mo" Williams and SSG Adam Connaughton were
featured in Army Times articles by Kelly Kennedy
of Americans may be fighting our wars, but we need 100% of
Americans to be supporting our troops and their families.
Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get
involved in any way they can.
A fast and easy way to show your support is to send an
e-mail of encouragement to a military member or their
Use this link to share your message of thanks to a
military family, and it will be delivered by the USO.
Company C, TF Lobos, 1st Air Cav. Brigade
Conduct Joint Training In Afghanistan
Medical personnel from the German armed forces Company C,
Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry
Division, conducted joint aeromedical training in Jul 11.
The training event served as an opportunity for medical
personnel to gain experience retrieving patients from the
DUSTOFF crews in the advent of an actual medevac mission.
Before this final iteration of the training was conducted,
the medevac crews briefed the medical personnel on
procedures for approaching and exiting the aircraft area.
Then, ‘cold’ drills were conducted, which consisted of the
medical personnel loading and off-loading ‘patients’ while
the aircraft was shut down.
SPC J. Barton, crewchief, originally from Amalga
City, Utah, prepares for arrival of ‘patient’.
As part of this joint effort, soldiers from the 1st Air
Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted rescue hoist
training with a German extrication team.
SSG T Brown is lowered on the hoist.
SSG T Brown, flight medic and a German soldier.
Operation Second Chance and DUSTOFF Association Montana
During the 2011 Annual Reunion the DUSTOFF membership voted
a generous donation to
Operation Second Chance (OSC). OSC is a 501 (c) 3
organization that supports wounded service members during
their recovery and assists them as they transition back to
duty or civilian life. Founded in 2004, OSC has supported
hundreds of wounded service members and their families. One
such support function is morale and entertainment trips.
Fishing trips, dinners, movies and BBQ’s are some of the
types of outings provided.
Picnic lunch on mountain top where wild horses roam
A portion of the herd of wild horses and their colts
Along the trail towards a restful picnic
The OSC assisted by numerous generous donations and the work
of many volunteers recently held Montana Adventure 2011
based out of Red Lodge, Montana (25-29 July 2011). Organized
and executed by a team of volunteers led by COL (R) Hank
DUSTOFF Hall of Fame member) and his wife Linda, Red
Lodge was the “base camp” for four days of outdoor adventure
for three wounded service members and their wives.
SPC Adam Wallace and wife Katie
Navy EOD Specialist Todd Hammond and wife, Christen
Army Ranger CPT Tom Garner and wife Kathleen
Monday was a trip to the Pryor Mountains and the Custer
National Forest where the largest herd of wild horses in the
National Forests was seen along with a trip into one of the
ice caves. Tuesday was a horseback trail ride into a
picturesque canyon with a gorgeous blue sky overhead and a
rushing mountain stream alongside the trail. Wednesday was
an ATV/Four-wheeler excursion to the top of a nearby
mountain (11,000 ft) and a picnic on top. Thursday was a car
tour of Yellowstone National Park. Each evening saw a
cookout or barbeque at one of the local ranches or dinner at
a local restaurant.
A bit of solitude away from the challenges of
(L to R) Adam and Katie, Christen and Todd, Hank
Tuell, Wade Christenson, Tom and Kathleen, and
pilot, Lonn Sanders. Wade is a wounded service
member living in Red Lodge and served as liaison to
the visiting wounded service members.
On Friday a plane donated by a local rancher launched to
return these great Americans to Walter Reed Army Medical
Center to continue their recovery. A bit more sunburned,
tired from the schedule, but refreshed from the toils of
hospitalization, smiling faces boarded the plane and winged
their way east. On Saturday nine more arrive for a second
week of the Montana Adventure 2011.
Operation Second Chance is one of two wounded warrior
programs picked up by CFC for this year's campaign - and is
certainly worthy of your consideration.
Donations may be made to OSC via their Web site or by
mailing a check payable to Operation Second Chance, Inc. to:
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Attn: Debbie Sacramo
18310 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Flight Medic Course Graduation
Another memorable Flight Medic Course Graduation was
conducted at USASAM, Fort Rucker, AL. This class began with
37 students and only 25 were graduated. The class consisted
of Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard students. The Coast
Guard has begun sending their Rescue Swimmers to the Flight
Medic Course to build on their medical skills. This class
was also the first class to have a student from the Army
that arrived directly after completing the Medical
Specialist (68W) at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. His
name is SPC Joseph Ramsey and he was a civilian paramedic
prior to joining the military.
The recipient of the Flight Medic Award for FMC Class 11-03
was CPL Edward Bader of F Co 5-159th of Clearwater, Florida.
CPL Bader was the Class Leader of the class.
New Meaning for the 4th of July
Having just finished 30 days flying combat rescue missions
with the brave men and women of C-1-214th GSAB - DUSTOFF - I
can tell you that there is pride in being an American that
is uniquely felt here in the war zone of this God-forsaken
9th century country that is Afghanistan.
Today we celebrated the 4th of July at Camp Dwyer and then
again here in Kandahar. (Once with C-1-214 and their
replacements C-5-159th and then again with aviators of an
attack helicopter battalion of the 159th Avn Regiment who we
actually stumbled into their party and the battalion
commander simply said "come on in")
One thing struck me today and brought tears to my eyes - as
we walked to the DFAC (Dining Facility) today at noon - the
temperature was 120 degrees - and there, running around the
perimeter of the Camp was a Marine in his PT clothes
carrying a 3X5 foot American Flag. God bless the Marines.
Over these past 30 days I've had the privilege and horror of
witnessing both the terrible consequences that is war and
the heroic efforts of these DUSTOFF Warriors of Compassion
to save the Marines in their care. I've flown into the LZs,
exited the aircraft, and crossed those same LZs not knowing
the risks - but trusting in the men who were pulling
perimeter for our protection - I've watched as those same
medics sweated and toiled in the back of a broiling hot
helicopter rocketing along the desert at 150 kts working to
start IVs - administer oxygen - stop the bleeding and I know
of only one on my missions who later died of their injuries.
We've seen IEDs take off the legs of more Marines than we
want to remember - the IEDs of Iraq were aimed at vehicles -
those here in Afghanistan were aimed at Soldiers and Marines
- with horrible consequences in most cases. And yet, if they
reach the surgeons' table with a pulse they have between 95
and 98% chance of living.
And I've witnessed the resilience and complete lack of
regret on the part of double amputees who gave their legs in
defense of this nation in this land that will not know
democracy nor rule of law in my lifetime.
So, the 4th of July while it has always been special to me -
is now so much more meaningful. God bless America and God
Bless our Armed Forces - especially the Army and Marine foot
soldiers - and of course our DUSTOFF Medics/Pilots/Crew
Bedding down at Kandahar Air Field out of immediate harm's
Home on the 6th of July.
Update From Army DUSTOFF Legacy Film Project in
Gower, DUSTOFF Association Executive Director, Sends: We are
nearing the end of our stay here with C-1-214th GSAB.
Commanded by MAJ Pat Zenk, son of Vietnam DUSTOFFer Bruce
Zenk. Yesterday, 1 July, we marked the death of MAJ Charles
Kelly 47 years ago. MAJ Zenk held formation at 1800 hours
for two purposes. The first purpose was to once again remind
the DUSTOFF Warriors of both C-1-214th and the incoming
DUSTOFF Warriors of C-1-171/C-5-159 of their legacy. Each
day, these brave men and women rush to the aid of critically
injured and wounded Marines in the Helmand Province of
Afghanistan. MAJ Zenk recounted how MAJ Kelly lived his
life, pursued the saving of lives, and the challenges he
faced and overcame in those early days of DUSTOFF.
The second purpose was to promote 1LT Terry Hill to Captain.
LT Hill is yet one more stellar example of a DUSTOFF Warrior
- former enlisted Combat Engineer and a fine pilot. Now CPT
Hill has done remarkable things during his tour here serving
in the "hot spots" and facing the enemy with courage and
We have hundreds of pictures and hours of film saved and
ready for editing. We return to home station on 6 July.
Thank you for your prayers for our safety. Please continue
to support our deployed DUSTOFF Warriors here in Afghanistan
for we know that there are many hot spots across this
country - and many brave actions on a daily basis being
performed in the face of the enemy.
Vietnam Stories/Experiences Being Solicited By West Point
Center for Oral History
The West Point Center for Oral History is currently
developing a Web site set to launch online in Nov 11, featuring videos wherein
soldiers past and present will tell their stories of their time in uniform. Not
only will the content be used for educational purposes at the Military Academy,
but the videos will also be accessible to the general public and
more about COH and watch video explaining its mission.)
Mark Frankel has been charged by the COH to find and
interview Vietnam veterans. He is looking for persons who can talk candidly and
articulately about their wartime experiences as they are recorded on digital
video camera. He is looking for subjects who reside within roughly a 2�-3 hour
drive of New York City. In most cases, interviews will be conducted at the
subject’s home. The interviews usually last 1 to 2 hours, although there is no
time limit and interviews may run longer if warranted. The Vietnam war is vast,
still controversial subject, obviously, and trying to capture the entire breadth
of the conflict is difficult, but in this initial phase he is looking for
subjects who can talk on specific themes, such as the 1965 build-up, the 1968
Tet offensive and its aftermath, “Vietnamization” and the end of U.S. combat
operations in 1972, the Draft, race relations in the military during the late
60s, and the difficulties that surrounded coming home.
Mark wants to make sure the experiences of Army airmen and
are represented in this project. He is seeking the
perspectives of both former officers and enlisted men. Because the Center for
Oral History is a West Point project, he is only interviewing U.S. Army
Anyone interested in participating should contact him via
e-mail, and provide a brief description of their Vietnam experience, being
sure to include their rank, unit, and years in country and anything noteworthy
about their tour of duty, as well as their current phone number. He’ll need to
“pre-interview” prospective subjects on the phone, to get a fuller sense of
their experience and how they can help illuminate this still resonant chapter of
DUSTOFF Association Executive Director Visits Afghanistan
The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful. A balmy
120 degree day in Helmand
The DUSTOFFers here are saving lives and making a difference
- 97 percent survival rate - the Marines LOVE us here.
Marine Doctrine is changing as a result - "casevac" is a bad
word (so to speak) as a result of having "dedicated" (in
more than one sense of the word) medical evac assets
supporting their Warriors. It's truly an honor for me to be
here with Pat Fries documenting their work and their stories
(and there are many). I anticipate this documentary will
live up to its billing - I know these guys are leaning far
forward in the foxhole to save lives and render care - and
they are dedicated professionals and proud of the ethos of
Charles Kelly - ask any medic or officer and you hear the
pride in knowing who MAJ Kelly was and what he means to them
today. Pat Zenk, their commander, demands that they read his
story - know his standards - and then live by them everyday!
follow the progress of the documentary by visiting their
Arrowhead Films To Document the
Story of DUSTOFF
Arrowhead Films of Austin announced production began on
its latest documentary, a one-hour feature to tell the story
of Army helicopter medical evacuation for the U.S. Army
Medical Department (AMEDD) Center for History and
Heritage. The film will document the history and legacy of
the life-saving role of “Dustoff” from its origins to the
film will be directed by Patrick Fries, whose documentary
films about American military service have won numerous
awards in both the film industry and the veteran
community. Fries' feature In the
Shadow of The Blade, first introduced him to the
Dustoff story. In the Shadow of the
Blade follows a combat UH-1 “Huey” helicopter across
America to tell the stories of Vietnam veterans.
Fries will film current Dustoff crews at work in Helmand
Province, Afghanistan, including the unit commanded by Major
Patrick Zenk, whose father Bruce served in the original
Vietnam War Dustoff unit and inspired his son to follow in
his footsteps. The film will explore the key roles of
Dustoff medics and crew chiefs in saving lives, and the
importance of the mission to combat infantry troops who know
that if they are wounded in action, DUSTOFF will come for
them, a heroic legacy established during the Vietnam War.
"Arrowhead Films has a proven history of telling the
story of the American warrior, and extensive knowledge of
the history, mission and people of Dustoff. The story is in
good hands," said Colonel Dan Gower (US Army, RET),
Executive Director of the DUSTOFF Association. Gower is
assisting as a technical advisor on the production.
Cheryl Fries, wife of Patrick Fries doing the documentary
To Save A Life in Afghanistan, has made
Facebook page to follow development of the documentary. She is
particularly looking for comments/entries by DUSTOFF crewmembers
from Vietnam and from the 57th Med Det (RA) "The Originals" because
they may want to interview them for the documentary.
To share a DUSTOFF story or tribute and to follow the film
production, join Army Dustoff Legacy Film on Facebook.
For more information about Arrowhead Films, visit
DUSTOFF Crew Trains For Canine Rescue
Story by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rebecca Sanderson
Task Force Comanche
F Co. 1-126th Aviation “Chaos Dustoff,” a MEDEVAC
helicopter company recently simulated a rescue involving an
injured Soldier and his canine companion. American
combat-ready service dogs face the same danger from
insurgent attacks as their partnered Soldiers – bombs,
missiles, grenades and machine gun fire. American military
dogs in combat zones do everything from calm the anxious, to
search-and-rescue, drug detection and bomb detection. A
dog’s injuries are treated just as seriously as a human’s,
possibly with evacuation by a medical helicopter crew.
“We look at our dogs as partners, not just as dogs,” said
the training kennel master for American K-9 Detection
Services. “If we go out on a mission and a dog gets hurt,
it’s important to us they won’t just be treated as a dog. It
makes the handlers feel better when they go to work to know
that if something happens to their dog it will be taken care
of. They are more confident in their mission and it’s one
less thing to worry about.”
With this in mind, F Co. arranged for special training to
learn how to transport and treat military working dogs on
their helicopters. Apollo’s handler decked out the black
Labrador retriever in a set of booties, goggles, ear muffs,
and a backpack just like other working dogs who travel by
|DUSTOFF crew tends to a U.S. Army
Soldier with simulated shrapnel wounds as his
working dog, SFC Apollo, a black Labrador retriever,
stands by, having received care for simulated wounds
� Pepper Jay
Productions LLC 1991
Michael Ferrari, penned a song, entitled "Dustoff" while
serving in Vietnam in 1966. The song honors the DUSTOFF; the
military helicopter that scoops down to pick up the wounded
and dead. Pepper Jay produced the song for him. The song, in
MP3 format, may be heard by clicking below.
The picture here is a photo of John in Nam with his
guitar the week he wrote this song.
Click here if
you'd like to read the story of the fire fight in Vietnam
that inspired the song.
2011 Reunion Photos
Photos from the great reunion we had in February are
starting to be sent in. Check out the photos and who's in
them by going to the
2011 Reunion Photos.
DUSTOFF Crew Earns German Award
Eight Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade, 4th Infantry Division hold the honor of receiving
the German Armed Forces Combat Action Medal, awarded May 20
at a ceremony in northern Afghanistan. German COL Norbert
Sabrautzki, commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team
Kunduz, presented the awards for their valorous rescue of a
wounded German Soldier in October.
Awarded were CPT Abilgail Horvath, CW3s James Brown, Justin
Kiker and Aaron Maguire, CW2 Robert Tackett, SSG Peter
Woken, SPC Nickolas Grant and SPC Shane Shafer. Maguire and
Woken, who have returned to the United States, were not
present for the ceremony.
Horvath, pilot of the MEDEVAC aircraft that landed in the
firefight, said of the decision to take on the mission, “You
don’t really have time to think, you just want to launch.
Whenever we have the opportunity to do that, it’s going to
take a lot to get in our way.”
As the aircraft neared the site of the wounded German
Soldier, the crews saw plumes of smoke and impacting mortar
rounds. The firefight, as Horvath recalled it, was a
surprise. “It wasn’t until we saw rounds hitting the ground
that we knew they were in contact,” she said.
Flight Medic Award
Medic Award recipient of Class 11-02 was SPC Allen Cote. He
impressed the instructors from the beginning with his
knowledge of patient treatment. He was also the overall pick
by his fellow students for the award as well. The course
began with over 30 personnel from Army, Navy and German
services. Only 16 were graduated.
CW2 Christopher Miller and his wife, Tina, contribute the
award that is a print of "When I have your wounded" by Paul
Fretts. The Millers do this out of their own funds because
they love DUSTOFF Warriors and the DUSTOFF Mission.
MEDEVAC Crew Performs Realistic Simulated
Emergency Extraction Training
The hands-on training at Ghowrmach followed typical Army style
with a “crawl-walk-run” progression, first offering advice on how to
properly secure a wounded Soldier to a stretcher or “litter.”
Soldiers then learned how to safely approach an aircraft with
low-swinging rotor blades, and load a patient.
After a few dry-runs, the helicopters fired up their engines and
the simulated missions started, complete with radio communication
between the aircraft and a nearby armored vehicle from C Battery. As
the helicopters neared, a Soldier would “pop smoke,” igniting a
colored-smoke grenade signaling the landing zone. Soldiers practiced
shielding their strapped-down patients with their own bodies from
the dust and debris of the landing helicopter. They then rushed
toward the aircraft with a Soldier on each corner of the litter.
Col. Daniel Williams, commander of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade,
personally oversaw the training. He said aviation units play the
role of guardians of the ground forces in the war effort. Being able
to get them out of life-threatening situations is what this type of
training is all about.
The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade also recently trained German
forces in MEDEVAC procedures in the eastern portion of the
coalition’s Regional Command-North, with a “live fire” mission April
18 to show the value of air weaponry in successfully suppressing
enemy forces. A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, similar to a MEDEVAC
aircraft, fired a side-mounted 7.62mm machine gun at a simulated
insurgent defensive position near staged casualties. The MEDEVAC
helicopter then swooped in to pick up those patients before
transporting them to a nearby U.S. forward operating base for
Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunduz in north-central Afghanistan.
AAAA Inducts Steve Hook
Army Aviation Association of America honors SP5 Steve Hook
with induction into the Quad-A Hall of Fame. Along with five
other inductees, Steve Hook was honored for his
contributions on the battlefield during his outstanding, yet
brief, career as a DUSTOFF medic. Escorted by MG (R) Patrick
Brady, Medal of Honor Recipient and member of both the
DUSTOFF and Quad-A Halls of Fame, Steve accepted the honor
on behalf of all of his DUSTOFF buddies, especially his crew
chief (Gary Lowder from Albemarle, NC) who saved his life on
Steve’s last mission, administering CPR twice. Steve had
personally trained him in CPR and referred to him as “his
honor student.” Among his friends in attendance were COL (R)
Bruce Crandall (Medal of Honor Recipient), COL Bob Mitchell,
COL (R) Dan Gower, LTC (R) Ron Wilson, Nancy Brady, Wayne
and Jeanette Aurich, as well as Steve’s wife, Pam, and his
two daughters Sara Hook and Polly Tousey.
14th CSH Welcomes New Commander
William Drennon (current DUSTOFF Association president)
replaced COL Judith Lee as commander of the 14th Combat
Support Hospital at Freedom Hall. COL Bruce McVeigh, the
reviewing officer, welcomed Drennon as the commander and
said Drennon was no stranger to the “Silver Knight Team” of
the 1st Medical Brigade.
C-2-1 Welcome Home
Fort Riley's Charlie Company (Air Ambulance) Second Battalion of
the First Combat Aviation Brigade of the Big Red One (Legacy 82nd
Med Co) returned from Iraq late the week ending 10 March 2011. On 15
March, Dan Gower, Executive Director of the DUSTOFF Association
visited them to welcome them home, thank them for their service, and
honor them with a DUSTOFF Association Coin. Outstanding members CPT
James Tullis and SSG Steve Graham were given Mike Novosel Hall of
Fame coins in honor of their work to make things happen while
deployed. Also honored with Proud DUSTOFF Wive's Coins were Terri
Tullis and Leighann Swartz for their work on the Family Readiness
LTC Prather (GSAB Commander) Dan Gower and MAJ Sam Fricks
SSG Graham and CPT Tullis were honored for their outstanding
Dan coins CPT Tullis for his outstanding work as Flight Ops
Dan Gower presented Mike Novosel Hall of Fame coins to CPT
Tullis and SSG Graham
Thanks for a job well done CW2 Cruz
Welcome home CW2 Koshinsky
Grip and grin for CW2 Bulford
CPT Perry gets his DUSTOFF Association coin
Welcome home, Chief! CW2 Dean
Dan welcomes home SPC Burce
Dan and SSG Blake share a laugh at the welcome home! She
Dan coins SSG Northrup
Dan coins SPC Helms - she took all the photographs at the
Dan thanks SPC Sneed for his tour in Iraq with a welcome
home handshake and a DUSTOFF Association Coin
Dan gives Proud DUSTOFF Wife coin to Leighann Swartz
Leighann Swartz and Terri Tullis were presented with Proud
DUSTOFF Wife coins for their work on the FRG
Yakima Huey Retirement Ceremony 26 Jan 11
On 26 Jan 11, the US Army Air Ambulance Detachment
(USAAAD)-Yakima hosted the retirement of the last UH-1V at the
Yakima Training Center. It was a phenomenal event attended by about
150 folks, including local Yakima area veterans, news agencies,
Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials, and YTC service members and
civilian employees. Additionally in attendance was COL(R) Phillip
Courts, former 9th AVN BN Commander in Vietnam from 1974-1976, and
two-time Distinguished Flying Cross recipient; COL(R) Bruce
Crandall, former Alpha Co. 229th Assault Helicopter BN Commander,
and Medal of Honor recipient.
In attendance was the current President of the DUSTOFF
Association., COL Bryan Harp, who gave DUSTOFF coins to the guests
on stage and the flight crew who performed on the final flight. That
crew was: CW4 Joe Long (the oldest pilot and Vietnam vet), SFC Mike
Schantz (Detachment 1SG and oldest crewmember), and SPC Michael
Hofhenke (crewchief and youngest crewmember). They did a great job,
and COL(R) Crandall really enjoyed being back on the controls again!
Official Party-MAJ Johnson LTC Klaus COL(R) Crandall COL(R)
CW4 Long requesting permission to launch final flight.
MAJ Johnson looking on.
The Final Flight crew and MAJ Johnson.
72-21570 on its last flight.
COL(R) Crandall climbing out after the flight.
SSG Kenneth Griffin Receives Flight Medic
Flight Medic Award is provided by Christopher and Tina Miller out of
their own funds and presented to the student that gives the most
effort and by sheer will demonstrates that they are most deserving
of being what a FLIGHT MEDIC should be.
The award is a print of "When I have your wounded" by Paul Fretts.
The FMC 11-01 recipient was SSG Kenneth Griffin.
Charlie Company, 2/3GSAB Homecoming
Charlie Company, 2/3 DUSTOFF unit at Hunter Army Airfield, GA was
welcomed home 6 Dec 10. Welcoming the unit home was COL Scott
Drennon, his wife Melissa, and COL Bob Mitchell and his wife, Dena.
Proud DUSTOFF Wife coins were presented to members of the Family
Readiness Group and DUSTOFF Hall of Fame coins were presented to
those members of the unit chosen by the unit commander, MAJ Wilson,
who contributed to the success of the mission above and beyond.
The coin COL Bob Mitchell is discussing in the photo below is the
Proud DUSTOFF Wife's Coin designed by Beth Sylvester when Ernie
Sylvester was President of the DUSTOFF Association.
COL Mitchell is the immediate past president and current aviation
consultant to the Surgeon General and COL Drennon is assigned to
Fort Gordon, GA and is the current Vice President of the DUSTOFF
Association. Welcome home and thank you for your selfless service
continuing the proud DUSTOFF legacy of saving lives of American
MAJ Wilson 1SG Osborne
COL Mitchell discusses the coin
COL Mitchell discusses DUSTOFF Association
Hall of Fame Coin Presentation - 1SG Osborne
Hall of Fame Coin Presentation - CPT Noyes
COL Drennon coins SGT Williams
Wife coin presented to Mrs Kristin Dickerson FRG Co-Leader
Wife coin presented to Mrs Christy Wilson FRG Leader
Coin Presentation - CW3 Lami CW2 Widich CW3 Sheen
Coin Presentation - SPC Hicok SGT Moore SPC Hill
Coin Presentation - SGT Smith PFC Solley SPC Campos
COL Mitchell coins SPC Hill
COL Drennon coins SPC Hicok
Coin Presentation - SSG Rudd SGT Simmons SSG Carpenter