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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
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
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
Definition of a Long Mission
Dennis M. Fujii distinguished himself in February 1971 in Laos while serving
as a crew chief aboard a helicopter ambulance of the 237th Medical
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
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
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
To read the narrative click here.
To enter the voting booth click here.
Voting ends 31 October 2015
Spring-Summer DUSTOFFer Newsletter
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
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
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
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
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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