Time Remaining Until DUSTOFF Reunion In Atlanta, GA.
At the conclusion of the short ceremony, Dan and Suzie presented each
member of the unit with a hand shake and a hug (from Suzie) and a DUSTOFF
Association Coin. Also present to welcome them home were CSM (R) David
Litteral (Member at Large for DUSTOFF) and CW2 Retired Joe Bradley and his
wife Gail. Both Dave and Joe served at Fort Hood during Dan's time there
with the 3/507th Medical Company (AA).
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision that Unauthorized Wear of Military Decorations is a Right of "Free Speech
On 11 Jan 16, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling on a 2007 conviction of Idaho resident Elven Joe Shisher for violating the Stolen Valor Act, overturned the conviction, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution. In taking this action, the Court upholds the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2012 which struck down the Stolen Valor Act for the same reason.
With regard to the Court decision, it is disappointing that once again the courts have determined that the wearing of unauthorized military decorations is an expression of "free speech," as protected by the U.S. Constitution. For most veterans, and especially those of us who received the Purple Heart medal for wounds sustained on the battlefield or as the result of acts of terrorism, the Purple Heart is a badge of honor. It is the symbol that the recipient was willing to sacrifice his or her very life in defense of the United States of America and the freedoms all Americans are able to enjoy. When someone who is not entitled to any military decoration wears that medal, they not only denigrate its significance, but they dishonor those brave and heroic American military members who served to defend that same Constitution.
Hank (Okie) Tuell Inducted Into Hall of Fame
One of our members has added another honor to his name. In addition to being inducted into the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame in 2011, the notorious quid chewing Oklahoman, who flew as Medevac 1 in the 1970 timeframe, was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in November 2015.
Okie now resides in Red Lodge, MT and has been doing great and wonderful things for our wounded warriors through Operation Second Chance.
If we don't watch out for him, and keep his escapades in Vietnam on the hush-hush, the Queen of England will hear about his adventures in III Corps and dub him Sir Okie of Red Lodge!
Quad-A Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert
Planning on joining us at the 2016 DUSTOFF Association reunion? Since the reunion is where the AAAA annual meeting is being held, you may want to take in the Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert Saturday night. Chow down, renew old friendships, and hear some great music from the stars of the industry.
U.S. Army Helicopter Names in Vietnam
John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta, is asking for help from anyone with photographs of Army helicopters. He's looking for candidates for his next in-country Army helicopter photo book planned for 2017.
He's trying to identify and inform anyone that has Army helicopter pictures and any anecdotal information that can be obtained about these Medevac photos (date, place, crew, etc). He'd like to feature as many DUSTOFF photos he can assemble over the next 12 months for his new book. So far DUSTOFF has been vastly under-represented in his publications due to a shortage of decent looking images from prints or slides. His first book was U.S. Army Helicopter Names in Vietnam.
Fall/Winter DUSTOFFer Newsletter
The latest issue of our "must see" newsletter is hitting the post office soon, but you can read the latest issue right now by going to the newsletter page and either reading it online or downloading it to your tablet or printer.
Reading the DUSTOFFer newsletter is the easy way to keep informed with issues affecting the Association and the air ambulance community as well as being able to read interesting articles.
So flip on over to the DUSTOFFer section of this site and enjoy reading the latest issue.
2016 Reunion Golf Course
Golfers get ready. Ron Wilson has secured a great deal on our next Golf Tournament to be held during the 2016 DUSTOFF Reunion. The Cherokee Run Golf Club will be the venue. Take the virtual tour and get ready for a great day of golf with your fellow DUSTOFFers.
Registration and restaurant open at 0800. Shotgun start begins at 0900.
2016 DUSTOFF Reunion Info.
Room reservations now open - IF YOU SNOOZE - YOU LOSE! Room reservations are NOW open at the Downtown Embassy Suites in HOTLanta for the 2016 DUSTOFF Reunion. As we did last year, we are a sub-group to the Army Aviation Association Summit. [Read More]
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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