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Latest DUSTOFF News

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.

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 saving lives.


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 Maker.”

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

An 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

Jake 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.

 

 


American Made
Songs for Unsung Heroes

American Made was created to raise funds for non-profit organizations that assist and support our troops and veterans. It is the maiden release of STONE SOUP 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 American hero.

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 appointment.


2015 Reunion Location Set
36th Annual Reunion

The 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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