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Spring-Summer 2017 DUSTOFFer
latest issue of our award-winning newsletter has been published. Make sure
you visit the newsletter to keep up with what's happening in the aeromedical
field, read more about the Memorial Helicopter Fund, and read the
credentials of this year's nomination for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame.
Memorial Helicopter Fund
In 1973 MG Spurgeon Neel and then LTC Patrick Brady (now MG Retired)
dedicated a UH-1 Helicopter as a memorial to the 213 DUSTOFF Crewmembers who
died during the Vietnam War while flying to save lives on the battlefield.
In the ensuing years, the helicopter remained in that spot serving as a
visible symbol of the ultimate sacrifice of those brave men (no female
DUSTOFFers were killed during the Vietnam War).
Despite the paint jobs on the aircraft the airframe deteriorated due to
corrosion. In December 2007, the rear strut collapsed due to high winds and
corrosion of the cross tube and retention straps. The aircraft was repaired
but access to it was limited as a caution avoiding injury to onlookers and
visitors to the site. In 2010, the existing helicopter was traded with a
newly refurbished UH-1 helicopter through an “intra-Army Museum trade”
between the AMEDD Museum and the Army Aviation Museum. That aircraft was in
place on July 1, 2010. To date, no further painting, maintenance or
protection of the aircraft from the elements of the Texas weather have been
The DUSTOFF Association membership voted at the Annual Membership
Meeting at the 2017 Annual Reunion to take on this project and raise the
funds necessary to construct a suitable structure on the site as well as
installation of a first-class memorial to not only our Vietnam War KIAs but
also all other DUSTOFF Crewmembers who were killed in the conduct of
life-saving missions, both in peace and during combat operations.
To aid in raising this money, the DUSTOFF Association Executive Council
has contracted with Foundation Search and formed a fund-raising committee to
search out grants and philanthropic Foundations who donate money for such
projects. Membership participation has already begun to bring in money for
this major effort.
Contributions may now be made by printing and filling out the donation
form and sending with a check or making a contribution with a credit card,
debit card or PayPal account.
We need your help!
to read more about this project and make a donation.
Belated DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year Award Presented
Tuell made the trip from Red Lodge MT to Cheyenne WY to assist the governor
and the State AG present the award of the DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year award
to those crewmembers able to make our last reunion.
CW2 Bryan Herget and SSG Derrick Perkins were part of an aircrew on a
UH-60 Black Hawk during a MEDEVAC mission in Afghanistan in 2015. Thanks to
their heroic actions during the mission they save the lives of five
Governor Matt Mead as well as the Wyoming Military Adjutant
General helped honor them at F.E. Warren. [View
Video of ceremony]
Lowes Veteran Discount Program changes
Veteran discount program is changing. In the past you would show your VA
health photo ID Card or your Retired Military photo ID card to get the 10%
discount. They are transitioning to a program called MyLowes.
It's easy to apply at:
Enter general information and then your military
information that they will verify your honorable service. There is a possibility you might have to
provide your DD-214 if you have not used the discount in the past.
Once you are approved you only give them your telephone number and you
receive the discount. It is also good for immediate family members (Spouse
or children in your household). You can request a MyLowes card if you want
one, but you don't need it to receive the discount. I process my application
and it was approved in 30 seconds.
Nebraska ANG Crew Receive
Air Medals with V for Bravery
9 Feb near Sangin, Afghanistan, in Helmand province the crew were dispatched
to evacuate a wounded Soldier. The LZ still was receiving heavy enemy fire
as they arrived and it was already difficult to approach because of a number
of nearby obstacles.
After the mission, someone saw that the aircraft
had been hit with at least one round of gunfire penetrating the helicopter’s
back window and passing within inches of crew members.
At the ceremony, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts presented the four — CW3
William Score, CW2 Hector Lima-Bermudez, SSG Matthew Hawke and SGT Jared
Cornell — the Air Medal with Valor.
The crew could have decided “there was too much risk to the helicopter,”
Cyrulik said. Instead, he said, the crew “swept in at low altitude and high
speed, surrounded by dust and chaos and explosions, and landed in broad
daylight in an area that would only fit one aircraft.”
of treatment, the wounded Soldier was reunited with his family.
said there never was any question what the crew should do: “We were there to
do a job. One of our comrades was down, so we had to take care of him.”
2018 DUSTOFF Reunion Dates Set
Mark the dates NOW for DUSTOFF Reunion 2018. We will be meeting at the
Holiday Inn - Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX the first week of May. Early
check in will be Wednesday, 2 May 2018, for a possible repeat of the wine
tour to Fredericksburg, TX with a stop specifically planned for Lukenbach,
TX will be on Thursday, 3 May 2018. The Golf Tournament will be on Friday,
May 4, 2018. The General Membership Meeting and Spouses' Luncheon will be
Saturday Morning, 5 May 2018, followed by the Hall of Fame Induction and
Awards Banquet that evening. We'll close out the 39th Annual Reunion with
our Memorial Service on Sunday, 6 May 2018.
Block the dates now - and
let's have a really large turnout!
Monument Honoring Vietnam Helicopter Crews Approved
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Congress came together for
the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, directing the secretary of the
Army to place a 2 1/2-foot by 2 1/2-foot monument at the cemetery in
Virginia. It will be placed in Section 35 along Memorial Drive, not far from
the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
will donate this monument to Arlington National Cemetery.
A monument that honors the Vietnam-era helicopter crews is important not
only for family members who visit Arlington Cemetery to see their loved
ones, but also for those who aren’t directly impacted.
Request for Information
We've been asked to help answer questions about the background of the
aircraft in the picture.
The aircraft is being purchased by Bill "Moon Mullen (past Pres. of the
VHPA), and will be put on static display in Mt. Pocono, PA. The aircraft is
a UH-1M, with Medevac markings. UH-1M model Hueys were used as gun ships in
Vietnam, most being converted UH-1C model gun ships. So the question being
asked is how did an aircraft built to be a gun ship end up with air
Any info would be appreciated.
WO1 with B & D Co., 227th AHB, 1st Cav
Help Find Lost Association Members
We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no
longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to
announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as
"Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the
list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your
name or you know the where-about of someone on the list. [See
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