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Memorial Huey Update

In July of 1975 a UH-1 Helicopter was dedicated to those killed in action during the Vietnam War. The monument and aircraft are located on the grounds between the Army Medical Department Center of Excellence (formerly the AMEDD Center and School) and the current Medical Command Headquarters buildings on Fort Sam Houston. Over the years …

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Mike Bruce Does anyone remember FSB Henderson? In May 1970, we helped with a mass-casualty evacuation. Bodies were lying all over. Guys on the ground were begging for reinforcements. We would land, and they would throw on wounded (mostly), and we would drop them off in Quang Tri. Then repeat. Several other helicopters alternated with …

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DUSTOFF Association’s President’s Message S/S 2021

Greetings to our DUSTOFF Family! What a difference a year makes!  The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered all of our lives over the last 15 months.  Many of our DUSTOFFers have experienced isolation or the loss of Family and friends through this pandemic.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  I know we’re all looking …

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From the Wiregrass S/S 2021 – Modernizing Aircraft

Medical Evacuation Concepts and Capabilities Division (MECCD)Written by: Mr. George Hildebrandt, SFC Michael Bishop, SFC Billy Raines, and Mr. Lance Jones. Army Aeromedical Evacuation has been the sole platform for intra-theater patient movement for the last twenty years of conflict.  During that time we have seen changes across the fleet and community from the airframe, …

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Top of the Schoolhouse – “Change is Good”

1SG Eric W. Pelkey – US Army School of Aviation Medicine                 Change is good! It limits complacency and breeds innovation within organizations. The “status quo” is not always the best answer when faced with stressful transitions or global transformations. Despite continuous change, “the Army goes rolling along.” The leadership at the School of Army …

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By Phil Marshall, DMZ “Dustoff 711,” 237th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) Camp Evans and Quang Tri, Vietnam 1969, published in Association of Naval Aviation, “Cape Fear Seahawk Newsletter,” July 2012, Vol. XV, Issue VII. In order to be “Old and Wise,” one must first be young and stupid. —Ancient U.S. Army proverb I arrived in …


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