Mike Novosel Article In
Army Aviation Magazine
Army Aviation Association of America's (Quad A) December 2014 Army Aviation
Magazine dedicated the inside back cover to Army Aviation Hall of Fame
inductee Michael J. Novosel.
"Chief Warrant Officer Three (later CW4), Michael J
Novosel was a 'man for all seasons.' As a DUSTOFF pilot - that almost
legendary breed of helicopter flier whose record in rescuing wounded men
during battle is one of the proudest chapters in the Vietnam War - he was on
of the best.
A lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve when the
Vietnam conflict began to broaden in the early 1960's, Novosel lived
comfortably, but felt that he could be of help to his country in some
capacity. Finding the USAF over-strength in its senior grades, he obtained
four years' military leave from his employer, Southern Airways, and joined
the Army Aviation Program in June 1960 as a warrant officer.
His desire to help was quickly answered when, as a member
of the Special Forces in 1965, he evacuated wounded civilians to hospitals
when the U.S. intervened in the Dominican Republic civil crisis. He was
credited with evacuating more than 2,200 wounded persons and "extracting"
some 5,500 wounded soldiers and Vietnamese in all. His 60 Oak Leaf Clusters
to his Air Medal, his three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and his Purple
Heart denote a remarkable man.
At age 48, he became the oldest member of the Army to win
the Medal of Honor, the award being made for his repeated bravery in the
face of heavy Viet Cong gunfire while he extracted 29 wounded South
Vietnamese soldiers during 2 1/2 desperate hours of flying on 2 October
Always displaying the technical competence of the true
professional, Novosel was a life-long member of AAAA who dedicated his life
to aviation, to the military services, and to his country. He died April 2,
2006 at age 83."
MAJ Chris Wingate Assumes Command
At Fort Hood on 15 December 2014 history repeated itself. MAJ Chris
Wingate, son of Vietnam DUSTOFF Veteran, LTC(R) Jim Wingate, assumed command
of C/2-227 GSAB (legacy 571st Medical Co). They are known as the Witch
Doctors and are in good hands with MAJ Chris Wingate. He and his new bride,
Danielle, will be a fabulous command team. The unit is also lead by CPT
Jason West, son of COL Retired Johnny West, himself a combat veteran DUSTOFF
commander. One of the medics assigned to the unit is SFC Matthew Kinney who
was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan. The legacy lives
on in today’s DUSTOFF Warriors.