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Nebraska ANG Crew Receive
Air Medals with V for Bravery

Nebraska ANG DUSTOFF Crew honored for bravery.On 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.”

Following days of treatment, the wounded Soldier was reunited with his family.

Hawke 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.

Helicopter monument

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 ambulance markings?

UH-1M Medevac

Any info would be appreciated.
John "Pepe" LaDue
slngwng@yahoo.com
WO1 with B & D Co., 227th AHB, 1st Cav
1966-67


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 Scholarship Information page.

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director.


Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards

2015 DUSTOFF Association reunion picture.It 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 Warriors.

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 announced:
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
The DUSTOFF 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 products.

 

AAFES logoPeter 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 too.

 

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 healthier populations.

 

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 problems initially.


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 List]


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