DUSTOFF Crewmember of the Year

In what was again a superb competition, the DUSTOFF Crewmember - 2000 was selected by the Association's Executive Council. The candidates were a mirror of the diversity that is AMEDD aviation. Four of the candidates were from active component units, and one was from the reserves. Three represented CONUS-based units, and two were from overseas areas. Three were flight medics, and two were crew chiefs. Selected as the DUSTOFF Crewmember of the Year was Sergeant Glenn E. Fryer, 236TH Medical Company (AA), Landstuhl, Germany, who was eloquently recommended by his commander, MAJ Jon Fristoe. Sgt Fryer is a UH-60 helicopter repairman who takes the lead in the administration of emergency and routine treatment of patients in an international helicopter medical evacuation (medevac) unit. While his duties primarily involve superior maintenance and crew coordination as a crew chief, SGT Fryer has set himself apart from his peers with his vast medical knowledge and patient care during numerous deployments and missions. Among his superb efforts, he has:

Following are brief synopses of the achievements and qualifications of the other superb young men considered for this year's honor:

Staff Sergeant Patrick J. Caesar, 54th Medical Company (AA), Fort Lewis, Washington, nominated by his commander, Major Joseph B. House. SSG Caesar has, within one year:

Staff Sergeant Robert A. Fudge, 68th Medical Company (AA), Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, nominated by his commander, Major William B. Grimes. SSG Fudge has:

Master Sergeant Rodolfo Hernandez, 1042nd Medical Company (AA), Salem, Oregon, nominated by his commander, Major Matthew J. Brady. Upon notification of the unit's deployment to support SFOR 7, SFC Hernandez spent numerous hours of his personal time assessing and planning a training program that would enable the unit to deploy with the maximum number of fully mission-capable crews. Upon deployment on 15 February 2000, he had accomplished that difficult task. Additionally, he:

Specialist Rafael Lopez, 498th Medical Company (AA), Fort Benning, Georgia, recommended by his commander, Major Kyle D. Campbell. Among other superb efforts, he: