The Spring/Summer 2023 Edition of the Digital DUSTOFFer

This is the fifth edition of the DUSTOFFer that is all digital online and available on all platforms. We welcome your feedback and input by email to

DUST OFF – The Angels of Mercy

Featured in This Edition:

Quarterly Activities Report – 159th Medical Detachment – Vietnam

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.

Monuments to our DUSTOFF KIAs

The dedication ceremony for our DUSTOFF KIA Memorial was held 18 February 2023.

A Medevac Team’s Miracle Rescue – Newsweek, Nov 12, 2012

 Out of the midmorning silence came the crackle of a hand radio. “Medevac! Medevac! Medevac!” said the dispatcher, and eight camouflaged figures—the helicopter crews of DUSTOFF 73 and DUSTOFF 72—darted out of their tents, a rehearsed riot of belts and straps, buckles and Velcro.

The Little Unit that Could – COL (R) 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.

War didn’t stop for Christmas

There were no Christmas celebrations for Jim Williamson in 1966 and 1969.

Top of the Schoolhouse – “A Transition Community”

Emotion makes us better. It drives us to improve our skills and succeed. The School of Army Aviation Medicine, tries to recreate the emotion associated with real world missions.

“From the Wiregrass”

Greetings from beautiful Mother Rucker! Below, you’ll find updates along a few of our many important areas of interest. Its been an extremely busy, yet productive year and I’m excited about the future capabilities the MEDEVAC Enterprise is hard at work to provide for our future force.

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