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Dedication Of the LTC Cephus Lee Roupe Memorial Bridge

On 19 Sep 14 at 1330, a State Route 18 bridge over Fish Creek in New Freeport Township, Greene County in south western Pennsylvania will be named in honor of the late LTC (R) Cephus Lee Roupe, MSC. LTC Roup's career spanned 36 years of enlisted, warrant, and MSC officer service and he leaves a legacy of passion and excellence that is the embodiment of our Army Values. 

Speaking at the dedication will be: COL Kyle Campbell, Cdr Brook Army Medical Center, BG Dennis Doyle, the 17th MSC Corps Chief, and MG (R) David Rubenstein, the 16th MSC Corps Chief. 


C-7-101 Welcomed Home

Executive Director, Dan Gower, and his wife, Suzie, travelled to Ft. Campbell, KY to welcome home Eagle DUSTOFF (C/7-101) from their deployment to Afghanistan.


C/7-101 formation in Eagle DUSTOFF hangar.

Dan with MAJ Huggins and 1SG Scott – command team.

Dan Gower hugs and thanks Molly Huggins for her FRG leadership.

It was a momentous tour with many saved lives and many heroic actions on the part of these proud DUSTOFF Warriors. Dan and Suzie met with the unit on 27 August, at their hangar to welcome them home, honor two Difference Makers, and honor the leaders of the Family Readiness Group.


Dan coins CW2 Brewer 

Dan coins SGT Joe Campbell 

Dan coins SPC Polite 

MAJ Pete Huggins and his First Sergeant Randy Scott hosted Dan and Suzie for dinner that night and it was a reunion of sorts as Randy and Dan were in four other welcome home ceremonies (an indication of the number of deployments for 1SG Scott).


Dan, SFC Brandon Coughlin and 1LT Norris – Brandon saved CW2 Jason Didonato’s life when he was shot in the chest during a medevac in Iraq. 1LT Norris flew with MAJ (Now LTC) Pat Zenk’s unit as a Warrant Officer)

Molly Huggins talks about her ladies and the support they provided to the deployed unit. Members honored were Molly Huggins, Jenna McClung, Jennifer Alford, Stacey Scott, Charity Godles, and Tawny Campbell (not all were present)

Suzie Gower presents Proud DUSTOFF Wife Coin to Jennifer Alford.

Following the welcome home, Dan and Suzie spent time catching up with SGT Joe and Tawny Campbell. Dan flew missions with Joe in Afghanistan while filming the documentary “When I have your wounded” in 2011 (C/1-214th GSAB).


Kelly Memorial Stadium Rededicated Honoring 50 Year Anniversary

The community of Sylvania, Ga., Screven County High School, and Soldiers of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade joined local Vietnam War veterans in a ceremony rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium in honor of Maj. Charles Kelly Aug. 23 during a pregame ceremony before the Screven County Gamecocks' first regular season football game of 2014.

Before the ceremony, a memorial was unveiled for the Vietnam War hero. Kelly was honored not only for his bravery during wartime, but also for the standards he set for generations of MEDEVAC missions to come, and his legendary last words spoken during his last mission.

 

Kelly, a 1947 Sylvania High School graduate, died from a single bullet to the heart 50 years ago on July 1, 1964, when he attempted a MEDEVAC during an intense firefight in the Vinh Long province of South Vietnam. Kelly was told he would have a secure landing zone but immediately, upon arrival, took a barrage of enemy fire as he was told to withdraw repeatedly. His reply, "When I have your wounded," has become the battle cry for the DUSTOFF pilots of today.

Charles Kelly Jr. was on hand to honor his father's legacy. He also assisted in unveiling the memorial crafted to honor his father. Kelly also talked about why it was so important to rededicate the stadium in his father's honor.

"It's important, I think, to pass these things along so that the kids that attend this high school understand why it's named Charles Kelly Stadium," said Kelly Jr. "They probably don't know the story, but after today they will. There are so many things he did, and it's important to pass that along. I'm very proud of my father and I'm in awe of what he did."



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

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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