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If it's been a couple of weeks since your last visit to our site, you may want to visit our Old New Page (or any of the past years located in the left buttons) and get caught up on what you may have missed.

 

DMZ Dustoff 2016 Reunion

The 2016 reunion will be April 4 thru April 7, 2016 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

Medic Geoffrey Morris has done a great job of finding us the best deal for our get-together. $52.00 a night (plus taxes) is almost unheard of. For those that attended in 2006 and 2008, it's the same Hotel. A couple blocks from the Strip, these folks have given us a super deal.

Call into The Orleans Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267 or go online and use group code: A6DMC06. To avoid long hold times they encourage making your reservations online.

Reservations must be made on or before Saturday, March 5, 2016 to ensure availability and group rate.

More details later, such as a fee to cover reunion expenses, but for now, it is important that you make your reservations at the Hotel AND let Geoffrey know if you will be attending so we can get a head count. Geoffrey's e-mail address is DELETETHISPARTgeoffm1946@gmail.com.

Please let Geoffrey know for a head count!


DUSTOFF Pilot That Paints

CW4 David Eckerson is a DUSTOFF pilot with a painting hobby. He deployed with the Originals in 2003 and 2005 and also with the Montana National Guard in 2011. The paintings are from pictures he took, or others took of his crew while in Iraq. He may be contacted at ogdustoff@live.com .

 



Definition of a Long Mission

SP5 Dennis M. Fujii distinguished himself in February 1971 in Laos while serving as a crew chief aboard a helicopter ambulance of the 237th Medical Detachment.

The team's mission was to evacuate seriously wounded Vietnamese military personnel from a battlefield. While approaching the heavily defended landing zone Fujii's helicopter was shot down. Another American helicopter extracted all the downed crewmen except for Fujii, who was unable to board due to intense enemy fire directed at him. Rather than further endanger the lives of his comrades aboard the second helicopter, Fujii waved the craft out of the combat area and remained behind as the only American on the battlefield in Laos.

During the night of Feb. 19 and all through the next day, Fujii disregarded his own wounds as he administered first aid to the South Vietnamese casualties. When his position was attacked by a reinforced enemy regiment supported by heavy artillery, Fujii called in American helicopter gunships to assist the small unit in repelling the attack. For more than 17 hours, Fujii repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire as he left the security of his entrenchment to better observe enemy troop positions and to direct air strikes against them. On Feb. 20 he was evacuated, but the helicopter was shot down. Two days passed before Fujii finally was rescued.

For this and other contributions, Fujii was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Air Medals, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

 

Dennis Fujii was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.


Hall of Fame Voting Opens

DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame wall.The deadline for submissions for the 2015 DUSTOFF Hall of Fame was extended to 31 July 2015. One nominee was considered by the DUSTOFF Executive Council to be sent forward to the entire membership for voting. Please take part in this extremely important program of your DUSTOFF Association.

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Voting ends 31 October 2015


Spring-Summer DUSTOFFer Newsletter

The spring-summer 2015 issue of our informative newsletter is now available for reading online or as a download. Visit the DUSTOFFer newsletter section of this site for your copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medal Montford Point Marines.jpgMG Brady is spearheading efforts to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for DUSTOFF Crews. He noticed in the last issue off the VFW magazine that not only individuals but units as well, mostly WWII, have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The article questioned why units from other wars, Vietnam for example, had not been so honored. No units in any war are more deserving than the DUSTOFF crews. The procedure for submission requires an act of Congress. To that end, he has been successful in getting Senator Cornyn’s office on board assisting in an effort to get the CGM for the DUSTOFF crews. Senator Cornyn told MG Brady he would personally sponsor the bill. Members of the DUSTOFF Association all should be aware of this effort and when the time comes you may be helpful by soliciting your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Bill. More to follow!


Vietnam DUSTOFF Association Reunion

The Vietnam DUSTOFF Association's reunion is 23-28 Sep 15. Their guest speaker is Meg Prior. Meg was embedded with American forces in Afghanistan over a four year period filming a wide variety of units and capturing war from the soldiers perspective. I have viewed her movie trailers and found them to be awesome.

She has also been given the opportunity through the Mike Novosel Foundation to create a documentary film on Mike Novosel's life. Part of her visit with us at the reunion is to capture 'what is was like to fly DUSTOFF in Vietnam?' These insights will aide her in capturing the essence of the DUSTOFF role and missions flown so that she can capture this perspective when applying it to Mike's life in DUSTOFF.

If you have time to make the journey, we encourage you to make the journey to San Diego, CA not only for this aspect of the reunion but also for the other activities that they have planned.


Hot damn!! The DUSTOFF Store is having an inventory reduction sale and price reductions on select items. Now's your time to save big on a number of items in the story. Go to the Store NOW and check it out.


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 More]


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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