2018 Old Front Page News

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, 18 Apr 18 at 1600.

 

The monument will honor the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War, and is the only monument established to honor all who died operating rotary-wing aircraft in what is frequently called, “the Helicopter War.”

 

During the Vietnam War the helicopter became the mainstay for joint operational mobility.

 

 Approximately 12,000 helicopters operated in the combat zone and were used by all military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Of this number, 5,086 were destroyed.

 

Arlington National Cemetery holds the greatest cluster of helicopter casualties from the Vietnam War made up of immediate casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and the remains of MIAs recovered in the decades after the war ended in 1975.

 

The dedication ceremony will see Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, and helicopter combat crewmembers rejoin to honor friends lost in combat. “With more than 40 years having passed since the end of the Vietnam War,

 


Graig Honaman Inducted

Craig Honaman was inducted into the 2017 Class of the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame for his heroism and numerous acts of selfless bravery as an Army Medical Service Corps Dustoff helicopter pilot and aircraft commander in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. As a Dustoff pilot, he provided life-saving medical extractions for wounded or killed-in-action American Soldiers, wounded allied soldiers, wounded Vietnamese civilians, and wounded Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army Prisoners of War.

Graig Honaman

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Hurricane Harvey Support

SGT Joseph Shelley deployed with a National Guard/Reserve Component DUSTOFF Unit in support of the flooding after Hurricane Harvey. He sent us these pictures of hoist missions performed in support of Texas Residents. Great shots and Thank you and your DUSTOFF Warriors for all you did.

 

Joseph Shelley flight medic

 


2018 Membership Survey

Please take the survey titled "DUSTOFF Association Membership Survey 2018". Your feedback is important!

 


Pair Retire

Two great DUSTOFFers complete their career and enter into a well-deserved retirement. COL Scooter Drennon served as President of the DUSTOFF Association as well as commanding at the Brigade level. Jason Didonato was our first DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year. Congratulations on a job-well done!

 


DUSTOFF Scholarship

The DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF Association by the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The DUSTOFF Association Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members, spouses, children and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members.

 

  • One of the greatest benefits of being an DUSTOFF Association and AAAA member is you and your family members are eligible to apply for a Scholarship!
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted by 1 May 2018.
  • Before you can apply you must submit the Pre-Qualifying Form .
  • You may apply for a scholarship every year you attend college as long as you are not already receiving an AAAA Scholarship.

Combat Medical Badge Update

CMBThe CMB was created as a "companion" badge to the CIB with criteria for its award intended to parallel that of the CIB. It was designed to provide recognition to the field medic who accompanies the infantryman into battle and shares with the experiences unique to the infantry in combat. There was never any intention to award the CMB to all medical personnel who serve in a combat zone or imminent danger area, that is, a division-level medical company supporting a maneuver brigade. As with the CIB, the infantry unit to which the medical personnel are assigned or attached must engage the enemy in active ground combat. Since inception, the intent of the Department of the Army regarding this requirement has been that medical personnel must be personally present and under fire in order to be eligible for the awarding of the badge. So stringent was this requirement during the Vietnam era that recommending officials were required to document the place (in six digit coordinates), time, type, and intensity of fire to which the proposed recipient was exposed. This fact naturally precludes the awarding of the badge to those medical personnel who accompany infantry units into a potential engagement area but do not come under enemy fire. Over the years, there has been some confusion concerning the phrase "...in direct support of an infantry unit...". The CMB is intended for, and awarded to, those medical personnel who accompany the infantryman into combat. The Army has never approved of deviations from this purpose and its restrictive criteria.

On or after 18 September 2001: medical personnel assigned or attached to or under operational control of any combat arms or combat aviation unit of brigade or smaller size, who has satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in active ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire. Retroactive awards under these criteria are not authorized for service prior to 18 September 2001.


2018 DUSTOFF Reunion Dates Set

Mark the dates NOW for DUSTOFF Reunion 2018. We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn - Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX the first week of May. Early check in will be Wednesday, 2 May 2018, for a possible repeat of the wine tour to Fredericksburg, TX with a stop specifically planned for Luckenbach, TX will be on Thursday, 3 May 2018. The Golf Tournament will be on Friday, May 4, 2018. The General Membership Meeting and Spouses' Luncheon will be Saturday Morning, 5 May 2018, followed by the Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet that evening. We'll close out the 39th Annual Reunion with our Memorial Service on Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Block the dates now - and let's have a really large turnout!


SCUBA Diving Trips

DUSTOFF SCUBA diving trips.Are there any SCUBA divers out there looking for a fun group to connect with, for exciting dive adventures around the globe? We have a couple of Lifetime DUSTOFFers that travel and dive, and we're always looking for other fun people to travel with. Contact Andy Skuntz, askuntz@yahoo.com , or Analou Eisner, pilotae1955@gmail.com , if you want to get some upcoming dive trip information. Andy runs 6 trips every year, to the most exciting dive destinations in the world. And, if we get enough interest, we could even promote a DUSTOFF Dive Trip.

Andy Skuntz's mailing address is: Andy Skuntz, 4634 Vireos View, Colorado Springs, CO 80922 and phone number is 719-322-6941.