2014 Old Front Page News
Aviation Digest Issue Dedicated
To Aeromedical Evacuation
A "must read" issue of Aviation Digest is waiting for you
HERE. The whole
issue is dedicated to Aeromedical Evacuation (AE). See the "teaser" below to
get a feel for what's discussed in this issue.
James C. Wingate To Be Inducted Into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame
DUSTOFF Executive Council is honored to announce the induction of LTC
(retired) James C. Wingate into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame. After successful
consideration by the DUSTOFF Executive Council and having more than 2/3rds
of the votes cast in the election that ended 31 October 2014, Jim Wingate
will be inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame on 28 March 2015 during the
2015 DUSTOFF Reunion. The induction
ceremony will be held at 1430 hours that day at the
Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN in the Governor’s Chambers Rooms D
and E. Congratulations Jim and many thanks for your life-long dedication to
serving DUSTOFF and our Army.
Aeromedical Evacuation Campaign Plan 2020
Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) is a strategic and complex DoD mission that
provides a pivotal service to the success of every DoD operational endeavor.
At its core, the AE system is comprised of two distinct components:
Intra-Theater AE and Inter-Theater AE. Within this system, the Army remains
the sole DoD component with dedicated aircraft and crews to perform AE. [Read
the whole Plan]
Dedication Of the LTC Cephus Lee Roupe Memorial Bridge
On 19 Sep 14 a State Route 18 bridge over Fish Creek in New
Freeport Township, Greene County in south western Pennsylvania was named
in honor of the late LTC (R) Cephus Lee Roupe, MSC. LTC Roup's career
spanned 36 years of enlisted, warrant, and MSC officer service and he leaves
a legacy of passion and excellence that is the embodiment of our Army
C-7-101 Welcomed Home
Executive Director, Dan Gower, and his wife, Suzie, travelled to Ft.
Campbell, KY to welcome home Eagle DUSTOFF (C/7-101) from their deployment
C/7-101 formation in Eagle DUSTOFF hangar.
Dan with MAJ Huggins and 1SG Scott – command team.
Dan Gower hugs and thanks Molly Huggins for her FRG leadership.
It was a momentous tour with many saved lives and many heroic actions on
the part of these proud DUSTOFF Warriors. Dan and Suzie met with the unit on
27 August, at their hangar to welcome them home, honor two Difference
Makers, and honor the leaders of the Family Readiness Group.
Dan coins CW2 Brewer
Dan coins SGT Joe Campbell
Dan coins SPC Polite
MAJ Pete Huggins and his First Sergeant Randy Scott hosted Dan and Suzie
for dinner that night and it was a reunion of sorts as Randy and Dan were in
four other welcome home ceremonies (an indication of the number of
deployments for 1SG Scott).
Dan, SFC Brandon Coughlin and 1LT Norris – Brandon saved CW2 Jason
Didonato’s life when he was shot in the chest during a medevac in
Iraq. 1LT Norris flew with MAJ (Now LTC) Pat Zenk’s unit as a
Molly Huggins talks about her ladies and the support they provided
to the deployed unit. Members honored were Molly Huggins, Jenna
McClung, Jennifer Alford, Stacey Scott, Charity Godles, and Tawny
Campbell (not all were present)
Suzie Gower presents Proud DUSTOFF Wife Coin to Jennifer Alford.
Following the welcome home, Dan and Suzie spent time catching up with SGT
Joe and Tawny Campbell. Dan flew missions with Joe in Afghanistan while
filming the documentary “When I have your wounded” in 2011 (C/1-214th GSAB).
2015 Reunion Location Set
36th Annual Reunion
next DUSTOFF Association Annual Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 Mar 15 in
Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This date span will put our
reunion the weekend prior to the Quad-A Convention. Check the
Reunion page for more information.
Kelly Memorial Stadium Rededicated Honoring 50 Year Anniversary
The community of Sylvania, Ga., Screven County High School, and Soldiers
of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade joined local Vietnam War veterans in a
ceremony rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium in honor of Maj. Charles Kelly
Aug. 23 during a pregame ceremony before the Screven County Gamecocks' first
regular season football game of 2014.
Before the ceremony, a memorial was unveiled for the Vietnam War hero. Kelly
was honored not only for his bravery during wartime, but also for the
standards he set for generations of MEDEVAC missions to come, and his
legendary last words spoken during his last mission.
Kelly, a 1947 Sylvania High School graduate, died from a single bullet to
the heart 50 years ago on July 1, 1964, when he attempted a MEDEVAC during
an intense firefight in the Vinh Long province of South Vietnam. Kelly was
told he would have a secure landing zone but immediately, upon arrival, took
a barrage of enemy fire as he was told to withdraw repeatedly. His reply,
"When I have your wounded," has become the battle cry for the DUSTOFF pilots
Charles Kelly Jr. was on hand to honor his father's legacy. He also
assisted in unveiling the memorial crafted to honor his father. Kelly also
talked about why it was so important to rededicate the stadium in his
"It's important, I think, to pass these things along so that the kids that
attend this high school understand why it's named Charles Kelly Stadium,"
said Kelly Jr. "They probably don't know the story, but after today they
will. There are so many things he did, and it's important to pass that
along. I'm very proud of my father and I'm in awe of what he did."
Welcome Home, Fort Hood’s own, C/2-227 DUSTOFF from Afghanistan
Dan Gower, Executive Director, had a great day "in the motor pool" on
Monday, 18 August - always fun to be back with DUSTOFF Warriors. He had the
distinct honor of welcoming back off block leave the DUSTOFF Warriors of
C/2-227 from their recent deployment to Afghanistan. The Battalion Commander
allowed him to speak to the entire battalion and welcome home those who
deployed from other units in the battalion as well. There is cohesion and
support among our Aviation Units - they help us perform our mission of
Dan and Major Geddie
CW4 Brandon Schmich, Unit Standardization IP, awarded Mike Novosel
Hall of Fame coin as a “Difference Maker.”
SGT Tanya Foderingham, paramedic qualified Flight Medic and awesome
admin clerk awarded Mike Novosel Hall of Fame coin as a “Difference
We honored two "difference makers" and four of the FRG leaders plus gave
a DUSTOFF Coin to all assembled. One, SFC Brown got his FOURTH coin from Dan
– they go all the way back to a trip he made to Katterbach Germany to
welcome home that unit a "long time" ago.
CW2 Hernandez gets DUSTOFF Coin – he was awarded his PIC orders in
the Battalion Formation that day.
Dan and the FRG Leaders – From Right to Left – Angie Adams, Yvonne
Telles, Savannah Bailey and Gaby Marulanda
Jake Almquist Awarded
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship
Almquist is the winner for this year's DUSTOFF Association scholarship. He
is the son of our Association Vice President Brian Almquist. Jake is heading
to Texas Tech University as a Petroleum Engineering major.
Not aware our Association has a scholarship? Then head over to the
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship page and read
about the requirements. Then start getting the paperwork together for
submission for next year's scholarship.
Open Invitation from the
Mayor of Sylvania GA
invitation to the rededication of the Local Football Stadium in honor of
Major Charles Kelly – Saturday 23 August 2014 – Screven High School –
Address 110 Halcyondale Road, Sylvania, GA 30467 at 1800.
We will be so honored to have you come to Sylvania Saturday for the
Rededication of Kelly Memorial Stadium, named in honor of our hero, Major
Charles L Kelly who was killed in action on July 1, 1964! Saturday will be a
day we will never forget!!!!! We have an awesome afternoon planned! We are
also looking forward to having Captain Chad Ashe and Major Jason Jones along
with Ron Elliott, Director of Public Affairs for Fort Stewart and Hunter
Army Airfield and hopefully many more! There has been great excitement
amongst the planners and also all those who have assisted in this endeavor.
We have decided after Saturday, there is no chance anyone will ever forget
for whom our Football Stadium was named! You will just have to come to see
for yourselves! I promise you will not be sorry you came! We are planning to
have Vietnam Vets line the fence at the football stadium from goal post to
goal post!! I promise it will be awesome and as I said, we will be most
honored to have you come!
Songs for Unsung Heroes
Made was created to raise funds for non-profit organizations that assist and
support our troops and veterans. It is the maiden release of
RECORDS, a subsidiary of Imagine a Better World Productions, dedicated
to addressing the needs of people by the people.
Spanning multiple genres - including country, pop, folk, hip-hop and rock -
American Made is a heartfelt tribute to those who have served our country.
One song is entitled "Dust Off" and is about DUSTOFF Association member Doug
Moore's mission to rescue three POWs during the Vietnam War.
From the anthemic optimism of the title track to songs of gut-wrenching
loss, this compilation evokes a range of emotions. Through it all, one fact
remains true: in the face of adversity, we are a nation that always soldiers
on. Listen to these stories... and hear what it truly means to be an
Listen to a
of the music here and find out how to purchase the CD in our
DUSTOFF Association Store.
VA ID Card Update
The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased
security for your personal information - no personally identifiable
information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a
salute to your military service. The emblem of your latest branch of service
is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The
VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only
to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. Its purpose is
for identification and check-in at VA appointments. It cannot be used as a
credit card or an insurance card, and it does not authorize or pay for care
at non-VA facilities.
In February 2014, VA began issuing the VHIC to newly enrolled Veterans
and enrolled Veterans who were not previously issued the old VIC but
requested an identification card. Beginning in May 2014, VA started
automatically mailing VHICs to enrolled Veterans who were issued the VIC.
Because VA will be reissuing more than 6 million cards, they ask for your
patience during this time. Veterans who were issued a VIC do not need to
return to their VA medical center to have a photo taken for the VHIC.
Enrolled Veterans who do not have the VIC can contact their local VA medical
center Enrollment Coordinator to arrange to have their picture taken for the
new VHIC, or they may request a new VHIC at their next VA health care
Spring-Summer DUSTOFFer Newsletter Published
latest issue of the DUSTOFFer
is now available for reading online or for
your mobile device to read at another time. Don't miss the article
"When I Have Your Wounded" penned by BG Patrick Brady and the
article "An Unusual
DUSTOFF Mission" written by Doug Moore.
Lots more great articles you need to read so you can stay up-to-date with
what's going on in the DUSTOFF world.
Bob Mitchell Retires
Dena Mitchell surprised her husband Bob Mitchell with the flag flown in
his honor. The flag was flown by C/2-227 in Afghanistan in honor of Bob's
service to the Army and to the DUSTOFF Mission. The flag was to have been
presented at this year's DUSTOFF Reunion but Bob's work prevented him from
traveling to the Reunion. So, at dinner with Mike Pouncey and Vincent
Carnazza (both of whom are active in DUSTOFF proponency at the Medical
Evacuation Proponency Directorate at Fort Rucker) and their wives, Dena
surprised Bob with the flag. Thanks for a great career on active duty as
both a Warrant Officer Aviator and Commissioned Officer and your service
both in Combat and in peacetime.
9-Line for DUSTOFF Founder
“Egor” Johnson is in the hospital and has been for a little over a month.
The picture is our official DUSTOFF HUGGER, Karen Hill visiting him
recently. He’s battling complications from diabetes and a broken
leg/hip. He needs some encouraging a spirit lift. If you would, take a
moment and send him a get-well/get-better and cheer up card to:
Thomas L. "Egor" Johnson
C/O R.D. "Eagle" Johnson
317 W. 54th St S.
Wichita, KS 67217
You may also call his cell phone and speak directly to him – let him know
you are a DUSTOFFer. 316-617-0261
Most Popular T-shirts Restocked
Thanks to "DUSTOFF Dan the Man", we've just received a new shipment of
the most popular DUSTOFF T-shirts - The Ride Of Your Life and the Louder You
Scream shirts. The last shipment went fast so trot over to the
DUSTOFF Store and place your order
before they're in limited supply again.
2013 Reunion Pictures Found
It took a while - over a year - but the pictures from the 2013 reunion
have been found and added to the reunion section of this site. If you were
at the reunion, check out the pictures and see just how great you
looked...you good looking devil!! If you missed that reunion, check out the
pictures and maybe you'll run across a long-lost buddy or two. [See
Association Membership Now Searchable
Association members may now access information about other Association
members. Information about members is ONLY available to current members of
the DUSTOFF Association.
Before you may verify your information or search for other members you
must register online at our Web site and obtain a user name and password.
Once you've created a user name and password you will have the opportunity
to make your information non-searchable (Opt-out) or search for members by
name, state, or unit.
Being able to search by state or unit allows you to find members in your
area or find members previously assigned to the same unit as you making it
easier to visit members that are friends or set up mini-reunions.
Remember, this information is only available to
Association members and you may opt-out at any time after you've registered.
Landstuhl DUSTOFF Deploys One Last Time
A detachment from the helicopter medical evacuation unit, Company C, 1st
Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, led by CPT Michael Chase, will spend the
next few months in Kuwait, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
This is likely Company C’s last deployment from Landstuhl, as the unit is
slated to move to Grafenwehr in the coming year, said the company commander,
MAJ Jesse Delgado. Army medical evacuation helicopters have flown from the
hilltop behind Landstuhl since 1952, Delgado said.
Company C’s lineage dates back to 1968 in Vietnam. In 1989, the unit moved
to Landstuhl as the 236th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), deploying to
Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Storm and Bosnia for Operation Joint
Endeavor. They also supported disaster relief operations in Europe. In 2004
and 2007, the unit served in Iraq.
The 236th furled its colors, and the unit became Company C, 1-214th Aviation
Regiment. Two years ago the unit’s Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan.
“In the European theater and this side of the world, this unit has been in
every major operation,” Delgado said. “This is the culminating event.”
Association Elects New Officers At Reunion
This year's reunion is in the history books and the Association elected
new offers and members at lodge at the business meeting held 12 Apr 14.
You may see how to correspond with them, as well as all the past Association
officers by visiting the Officers and
Members page. The new officers for this year are:
President: Jon Fristoe
Executive Director: Dan Gower
Vice President: Brian Almquist
Treasurer: Dan Gower
Secretary: Dustin Elder
Members at Large:
2014 Reunion One For the Books
year's reunion was an outstanding event with record breaking attendance held
at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk on South St. Mary's Street. If you missed it
you can catch up next year when we meet in Nashville, TN.
CPT Douglas Hill – Pilot in Command of the Rescue of the Year Crew – in
his thank you remarks to the DUSTOFF Association audience – the quote of the
“I have deployed 4 times, 3 times as aviation: I have 650 combat hours, I
flew 150 MEDEVAC missions, and evacuated 175 patients, for you (Vietnam era
pilots) that was February!”
Check out the
photos taken during the 2014 reunion by going to the
2014 Reunion Photos
Screaming Eagle Aviation Association
recognition of the many accomplishments and sacrifices made by past and
present 101st Airborne Division Aviation Soldiers, the Screaming Eagle
Aviation Association was formed in May 2012 to support the Screaming Eagle
Aviation Soldiers, family members and to memorialize those who made the
We are reaching out to ask you to join us in making the SEAA Memorial a
reality. To date a Memorial exclusively dedicated to the Men and Women of
the Army Aviation community who made the ultimate sacrifice, does not exist
at Fort Campbell.
We NEED your help to raise the $600,000 to build and sustain this lasting
tribute to our fallen Aviation Soldiers. Our first order of business is to
secure funding necessary to build this memorial that will encompass every
operation (Peace or War) that any 101st Aviation Soldier has ever
Please help spread the word to all 101st Airborne Division Aviation Soldiers
(past and present), and visit the
SEAA Web site today
to learn more about our organization, and to make an on-line Individual, or
Corporate donation to the Memorial Fund. Your tax exempt donation and your
Corporate Matching document can also be sent to “Screaming Eagle Aviation
Association” c/o Robert L. Huffman, 3925 Sango Road, Clarksville, TN 37043.
KLRN Hosts Hall Of Fame Members
Julie Coan, COO of KLRN hosted an informal reception allowing DUSTOFF
Hall of Fame members, and those who are featured in the documentary “When I
Have Your Wounded – the DUSTOFF Legacy”, to mix and mingle with those who
supported KLRN with a large donation during the fund raising airing of
documentary last month.
FLATIRON Air Ambulance/Crash-Rescue Reunion
ALL former or current: pilots, firefighters, medics, crash guards and
maintenance personnel. The 2nd Bi-Annual FLATIRON reunion will be held 25-27
April 2014 at Ft. Rucker, AL.
Warren R. Blake
P.O. Box 67
North Conway, NH 03869
Gene A. Bess
447 Marshall Drive
Saint Robert, MO 65584