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In Afghanistan’s ‘Valley Of Death,’ A Medevac Team’s Miracle Rescue

Originally published in Newsweek – November 12, 2012 By Tony Dokoupil and John Ryan The first bodies came on the first day of the operation. It was a Saturday, hot and quiet, the wind spinning eddies of sand around Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan. Out of the midmorning silence came the crackle of …

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The Little Unit that Could, by COL Retired Doug Moore

During the Vietnam War, the major focus was on helicopter ambulance units deployed in-country, and that is understandable. There was another unit that performed magnificently during that timeframe and went largely unnoticed, except by the men who were assigned and by the many thousands of patients transported by its crews.       Prior to 1966, hospitalization …

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Consultant’s Corner – F/W DUSTOFFer 2021

COL David Zimmerman, Aviation Consultant to the Army Surgeon General DUSTOFF Family, Greetings from the Land of the Morning Calm! C/3-2 GSAB (377th MED CO (AA) lineage) is setting the standard and continues to provide coverage for the entire peninsula in conjunction with the Armistice mission here. I’m so impressed with our President John McMahan’s …

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Quarterly Activity Report – 159th Medical Detachment – Vietnam

Provided by COL Retired Doug Moore – Report originally submitted last quarter 1968 and first quarter 1969 The 159th Medical Detachment (Hel Amb) has been extremely busy with several major combat actions occurring in our area and small unit contacts were a daily occurrence. The 101st Airborne Division finally moved out of our area and …

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Top of the School House – A Transitioning Community

1SG Eric W. Pelkey Over the past 20 years, Air Medical Evacuation Companies commonly referred to as “DUSTOFF,” provided continuity of patient treatment between the various roles of care in Afghanistan and Iraq.  They held the responsibly of executing one of the most sacred military missions. To many, the opportunity to remove our fallen brothers …

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