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The following excerpts are from the Summer 1997 DUSTOFFer Newsletter. The complete newsletter, and all the stories, is mailed to each DUSTOFF Association member. If you are not a member, become a member now and read the complete, intriguing stories.
Last year was a great year for our DUSTOFF Association, in terms of membership, activity throughout the year, and a great reunion. The Kelly family made some moving and heartwarming presentations, adding a very special perspective - and touch - to our gathering. Your Executive Council met on 3 May, and hopes are high for this year to be another good one. We continue to search for those members who have not been seen at a reunion or heard from in many years. Help your board with that search - send us the names and address of our "wayward friends" and we will contact them. If you have comments, suggestions, or ideas which might enhance our Association and/or the annual reunion, please write me at my home address (301 Holly Hill Road, Enterprise, AL 36330) or e-mail. I assure you your comments will be given consideration, that I will respond to you, and will discuss any issues at the next Executive Council meeting. I look forward to serving as your President, and to seeing you next February. DUSTOFF! Charlie Webb
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 1997 REUNION BANQUET
Colonel Dan Gower's statements: One of our goals this year was to make the Association more visible in the units, to generate new membership, and to return to the organization something in the manner of recognition. To that end, we instituted the first award of the DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year and the DUSTOFF Crewmember of the Year. Nominations were solicited from the Unit Commanders, and the Executive Council met in November to select the recipients.
The intriguing article tells the story of the two crews that participated in this mission. Crew one was made up of CW2 Mike Hangge, CW2 Bryan Judson, SGT Peter Carroll, and SPC Robert M. Toussaint. The second crew consisted of CW2 Stuart May, CW2 Scott Henry, SGT Victor Stickles, and SPC David Scott. The article also tells the story of this year's recipient of the Outstanding Crewmember of the Year Award, SFC Scott Spiva from the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
The next speaker was Charles Kelly, Jr. who gave a very stirring talk about his memories of his father.
DUSTOFF EUROPE PERFORMS FIRST HOIST
FROM THE WIREGRASS
In this article Colonel Randy Sexton brings us up to speed with the efforts to modernize the air ambulance fleet. He explained Phase II (Integration and Qualification) for the UH-60Q program.
A new series was started with the biography of Colonel Charles L. Webb, the DUSTOFF Association's President. The riveting story follows him from the time he entered the Army in Dec 56 as a draftee, commissioning in the Infantry, branch transfer to Medical Service Corps, through his career-long achievements, to his retirement in Jul 90.
It became apparent to CW2 Snyder that the hostile resistance would not be quickly suppressed and that further delaying an extraction attempt would endanger the lives of the crash victims. With gunships providing covering fire, he then made a high speed approach at low altitude, dipping the evacuation helicopter down into a cramped jungle clearing near the wreckage. Enemy fire ripped through the emergency landing zone as CW2 Snyder waited while the crew loaded the sole survivor. Upon liftoff, the hostile fire gained in intensity, hitting the evacuation helicopter, but he skillfully maneuvered the craft out of the fire-swept jungle clearing and delivered the wounded man to a medical facility.
If you are not a member, become a member now and read the whole newsletter and the other articles on locating DUSTOFF films in the National Archives, completion of a DUSTOFF documentary by Wingspan Network, and other exciting articles.