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Welcome Home, Fort Hood’s own, C/2-227 DUSTOFF from Afghanistan
Dan Gower, Executive Director, had a great day "in the motor pool" on
Monday, 18 August - always fun to be back with DUSTOFF Warriors. He had the
distinct honor of welcoming back off block leave the DUSTOFF Warriors of
C/2-227 from their recent deployment to Afghanistan. The Battalion Commander
allowed him to speak to the entire battalion and welcome home those who
deployed from other units in the battalion as well. There is cohesion and
support among our Aviation Units - they help us perform our mission of
Dan and Major Geddie
CW4 Brandon Schmich, Unit Standardization IP, awarded Mike Novosel
Hall of Fame coin as a “Difference Maker.”
SGT Tanya Foderingham, paramedic qualified Flight Medic and awesome
admin clerk awarded Mike Novosel Hall of Fame coin as a “Difference
We honored two "difference makers" and four of the FRG leaders plus gave
a DUSTOFF Coin to all assembled. One, SFC Brown got his FOURTH coin from Dan
– they go all the way back to a trip he made to Katterbach Germany to
welcome home that unit a "long time" ago.
CW2 Hernandez gets DUSTOFF Coin – he was awarded his PIC orders in
the Battalion Formation that day.
Dan and the FRG Leaders – From Right to Left – Angie Adams, Yvonne
Telles, Savannah Bailey and Gaby Marulanda
Open Invitation from the
Mayor of Sylvania GA
invitation to the rededication of the Local Football Stadium in honor of
Major Charles Kelly – Saturday 23 August 2014 – Screven High School –
Address 110 Halcyondale Road, Sylvania, GA 30467 at 1800.
We will be so honored to have you come to Sylvania Saturday for the
Rededication of Kelly Memorial Stadium, named in honor of our hero, Major
Charles L Kelly who was killed in action on July 1, 1964! Saturday will be a
day we will never forget!!!!! We have an awesome afternoon planned! We are
also looking forward to having Captain Chad Ashe and Major Jason Jones along
with Ron Elliott, Director of Public Affairs for Fort Stewart and Hunter
Army Airfield and hopefully many more! There has been great excitement
amongst the planners and also all those who have assisted in this endeavor.
We have decided after Saturday, there is no chance anyone will ever forget
for whom our Football Stadium was named! You will just have to come to see
for yourselves! I promise you will not be sorry you came! We are planning to
have Vietnam Vets line the fence at the football stadium from goal post to
goal post!! I promise it will be awesome and as I said, we will be most
honored to have you come!
Jake Almquist Awarded
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship
Almquist is the winner for this year's DUSTOFF Association scholarship. He
is the son of our Association Vice President Brian Almquist. Jake is heading
to Texas Tech University as a Petroleum Engineering major.
Not aware our Association has a scholarship? Then head over to the
DUSTOFF Association Scholarship page and read
about the requirements. Then start getting the paperwork together for
submission for next year's scholarship.
Songs for Unsung Heroes
Made was created to raise funds for non-profit organizations that assist and
support our troops and veterans. It is the maiden release of
RECORDS, a subsidiary of Imagine a Better World Productions, dedicated
to addressing the needs of people by the people.
Spanning multiple genres - including country, pop, folk, hip-hop and rock -
American Made is a heartfelt tribute to those who have served our country.
One song is entitled "Dust Off" and is about DUSTOFF Association member Doug
Moore's mission to rescue three POWs during the Vietnam War.
From the anthemic optimism of the title track to songs of gut-wrenching
loss, this compilation evokes a range of emotions. Through it all, one fact
remains true: in the face of adversity, we are a nation that always soldiers
on. Listen to these stories... and hear what it truly means to be an
Listen to a sample
of the music here and find out how to purchase the CD in our
DUSTOFF Association Store.
VA ID Card Update
The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased
security for your personal information - no personally identifiable
information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a
salute to your military service. The emblem of your latest branch of service
is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The
VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only
to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. Its purpose is
for identification and check-in at VA appointments. It cannot be used as a
credit card or an insurance card, and it does not authorize or pay for care
at non-VA facilities.
In February 2014, VA began issuing the VHIC to newly enrolled Veterans
and enrolled Veterans who were not previously issued the old VIC but
requested an identification card. Beginning in May 2014, VA started
automatically mailing VHICs to enrolled Veterans who were issued the VIC.
Because VA will be reissuing more than 6 million cards, they ask for your
patience during this time. Veterans who were issued a VIC do not need to
return to their VA medical center to have a photo taken for the VHIC.
Enrolled Veterans who do not have the VIC can contact their local VA medical
center Enrollment Coordinator to arrange to have their picture taken for the
new VHIC, or they may request a new VHIC at their next VA health care
2015 Reunion Location Set
36th Annual Reunion
next DUSTOFF Association Annual Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 Mar 15 in
Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This date span will put our
reunion the weekend prior to the Quad-A Convention. Check the
Reunion page for more information.
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