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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
Free Money for Schooling
REMINDER: Just One Month till the
Deadline! DUSTOFF Association SCHOLARSHIP
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 1.
The DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF
Association by the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The DUSTOFF
Association Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members,
spouses, children and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members. For
Eligibility Requirements and the Application Procedure, please visit the
If you have any questions, please contact our
Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards
is with a great deal of pleasure and pride in our legacy that the DUSTOFF
Association makes the announcement of the winners of the DUSTOFF Aviator of
the Year, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, and the
Rescue of the Year. This year’s selection was one of the more difficult in
recent memory with the dedicated and sacrificial service of our DUSTOFF
Awards will be presented at the 2017 DUSTOFF Reunion to be
held in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk Hotel on Saturday
evening, 1 April 2017. Since the DUSTOFF Association is not funded at
sufficient levels to provide travel and per-diem monies, we are hopeful that
supporting commands of the awardees will provide TDY funding or at least
Permissive TDY approval.
The following awards are officially
The DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year – CPT(P) Daniel Jones – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year – SSG Carl Piper – C/2-4
Crew Chief of the Year – SSG Troy Brown – C/2-1
The DUSTOFF Rescue of the
Year – Crews from F Co, 1-214th Avn Reg, UT/WY ARNG CW3 Christopher
Flannery, 1LT Jared Heiney, SPC Seth Lockard, SGT Timother Vasbinder, CW4
Scott Upton, CW2 Bryan Herget, SSG Derrick Perkins, SGT Bleu Hawkley
Online AAFES Exchange Opening to All Vets
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a
policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably
discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange
K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness,
signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective
Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice
before actions begin to implement the plan.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust
and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software
for verifying veterans’ status using Department of Veterans Affairs records.
Several million vets already are eligible to shop in exchanges — on base or
online — because they are active or reserve component retirees, or
100-percent disabled from service-connected injuries or ailments, or Medal
of Honor recipients.
This will reward their service with exchange product savings that, on
average, will be near to 20 percent versus commercial department store
prices when military exemption from state and local sales tax are considered
Shull’s other purpose was to increase exchange revenues to help offset
troubling declines due to the drawdown of active duty forces, base closures
and the end of military tobacco discounts for the higher priority of
With DMDC verifying shopper identifies electronically, the department
will not have to produce special identification cards. DMDC estimates that
13 percent of eligible veterans, primarily those who served before 1981
might not be in their data base when the shopping benefit becomes available.
Presumably guidance will be issued for veterans who might have access
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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