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Spring/Summer 2016 DUSTOFFer Published
latest issue of our interesting Association newsletter has "hit the streets." As always, Jim Truscott and Suzie
Gower have teamed up and prepared a super informative and professionally prepared newsletter.
The full-color issue may be seen by visiting the newsletter section of
In this issue there are articles ranging from "Readiness Today", to "Carry On Medical Equipment" to the status of
the Congressional Gold Medal Bill.
While you're on your way to this issue of the DUSTOFFer don't forget that you may catch up on past DUSTOFFers by
visiting the buttons at the bottom of the newsletter introductory page.
DUSTOFF Hall of Fame Voting Open
that time of year where members of the Association get to vote on the nominee(s) for possible induction into the
DUSTOFF Hall of Fame. The deadline for having your vote counted is 31 Oct 16.
Please vote yes or no for Cephus "Lee" Roupe, this year's nominee. We
would like you to consider his narrative and the following criteria in making your decision:
An outstanding contribution to DUSTOFF Aviation over an extended period,
A doctrinal or technical contribution,
An innovation with an identifiable impact on DUSTOFF Aviation,
Efforts that were an inspiration to others, or
Any combination of the foregoing.
CPT William P. Brake
Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1992 Induction
For every new item of equipment that is
proven on the field of battle, there are usually a few individuals who stand out as dedicated advocates - applying
heroic energies and skills to promote its success. So it was with the helicopter as it made its debut on the
battlefield of the Korean War. Aviators quickly proved the worth of the Bell H-13 as a key lifesaving factor in
battlefield casualty evacuation.
But it remained for CPT William P. Brake to prove the true workhorse dimensions of one aviator and one
helicopter. Brakes incredible record of 900 casualty evacuations in the span of 14 months in Korea has remained
unchallenged. He was on combat assignment with the 49th Medical Helicopter Ambulance Detachment from March 1952 to
A man of uncommon skill and enormous energies, he flew missions along the entire chain of casualty evacuation.
Alternately, he could be seen lifting patients from field hospitals to evacuation hospitals for shipment to Japan or
the United States. In his 14 months of service in Korea, Brake flew 567 missions of which 311 were combat missions,
lifting 415 casualties from the front lines to field hospitals. He lifted an additional 485 patients from the field
hospitals to facilities for evacuation
out of Korea.
Before leaving the Army, Brake was also an instructor pilot and member of the U.S. Army's helicopter
demonstration team. His pioneering spirit, dedication and energetic efforts to prove the productivity and worth of
the helicopter in medical evacuation roles profoundly influenced the post-war vision of the role of the helicopter
in the Army of the future.
Are You On the Roll of Honor?
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor, NY is the only facility in the nation dedicated to
collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of our nation's service men and women who have been killed or
wounded by enemy action while serving in the United States military.
They rely on family, friends, and Purple Heart recipients to share their stories with us. They need your help to
build the Roll of Honor database containing these stories.
To learn more about the Hall of Honor, sharing your story and FREE enrollment,
please visit their Web site or call the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at 845-561-1765.
Wyoming Army NG Receives Additions
Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly
used across the state, nation and abroad, is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second
A command aviation company will reside alongside the C Company, 5th Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment medical
evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions that were previously impossible due
to legal or operational limitations.
“Wyoming has always been a medevac-only unit and there are restrictions on medevac aircraft imposed by the Army,
so (there have been) many missions we have been unable to do or must ask special permission to do,” Roth said.
“Since we are picking up a CAC unit, none of those intricacies will apply which will better enable us to support
domestic operations missions.”
Charlie Med also known as Cowboy Dustoff, is the most deployed unit in the Wyoming Army National Guard. Its
missions include aeromedical evacuation, movement of patients, medical personnel, equipment and supplies to include
blood products, combat search and rescue, and air crash rescue support.
When in Wyoming Charlie Med’s missions include assisting with Domestic Support to Civil Authorities taskers.
Those missions may be firefighting or, like one of its more recent tasks, search and rescue of lost snowmobilers.
DUSTOFF Huey Hoisted Above Veterans Memorial Park In Las Cruces, NM
A Vietnam War-era Huey Helicopter is installed at the new Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park on 1 March 016.
The New Mexico Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Project in Las Cruces, NM, is a memorial paying tribute the 398 New
Mexico Vietnam veterans killed in action (1955-1975).
The memorial, titled “Heroes Never Thanked,” also honors all Vietnam veterans who served in Southeast Asia and
those who have made the ultimate
by giving their lives during the Vietnam War. Each KIA Vietnam Veteran from New Mexico have their photo metal
engraved and set in a semi-circular stone wall as part of the memorial.
[Watch the Hoisting]
Do We Have Your Current E-mail Address?
With the Army Knowledge Online move away from local e-mail servers to the new “mail.mil” e-mail, we are experiencing lost e-mail traffic with some of our members. If you have an e-mail address registered with the
DUSTOFF Association that is either a “us.army.mil” or “amedd.army.mil” domain – please take time to send us your new “mail.mil” domain
based e-mail address. [Read
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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