President’s Letter – F/W DUSTOFFer

9 November 2021

Hello to everyone from the great state of Georgia!

I am honored to serve as your President and look forward to the many challenges over the next six months and beyond. I want to acknowledge how blessed we are to have Chris Wingate as our Vice President. Chris is currently serving as our VP, as well as serving on active duty. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas to the association that we are already capitalizing on!

As I write this letter, Veterans’ Day is approaching and I can’t help to think about the collective sacrifices that our association members have selflessly endured over the last 70 plus years. I think about the thousands of stories and individual moments that you have in your precious memories, and I applaud you for them. They are your stories and your moments, whether you’ve shared them or not, and they are special and you should be very proud. Thank you, and please know that I am grateful to all of you!

It’s a great time to be a DUSTOFFer! Why, you ask? Because we are moving forward with growth in mind. We have a lot of exciting actions and projects underway to make our association better. I plan to share all of our projects with you in my President’s Letter #2 that I will send out by the end of the year.

Dan Gower and team are well underway at planning for the 42nd Annual Reunion, which will be in San Antonio – at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk on 18-22 May 2022. We will open registration in January 2022. NOTICE: Original dates were posted as 12-15 May 2022, which were in error. Please mark your calendars with the correct dates (18-22 May 2022). As you know, the Riverwalk is a wonderful place to eat and socialize! We look forward to seeing you there!

We are America’s DUSTOFF and we should all be proud of this distinction! We have provided first-class MEDEVAC support to America’s fighting forces, in peacetime and war, for over 70 years. We are a precious group of people and we should never forget it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service and sacrifice to our country. Also, let’s never forget, the men and women who have selflessly given all in support of people they may not have ever known.


John McMahan
President, DUSTOFF Association

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