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New T-shirt In DUSTOFF Store
you visited the DUSTOFF Store lately? When you have some time, take a walk
through the store and see the items we have for sale. We've just added
another item - a DUSTOFF Honor T-shirt.
Go ahead...click here to open the door to
the DUSTOFF Store. We'd love to have you stop in.
Restored Solo Pilot Aircraft
Honors War Casualties
dedicated team of structural aircraft mechanics with Company B (the
"Bandits"), 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade,
101st Airborne Division, has devoted numerous hours of their personal time
to restoring a
Hiller OH-23B Raven helicopter at Ft. Campbell, KY, soon to
be on display outside the Warrior Transition Battalion here.
"The Raven was used to transport wounded Soldiers from the battlefield to
the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MAST) units," said CPT Rodney Potter, the
XO for the WTB. "It's symbolic because we, as a WTB also. help Soldiers
either get back to the Army or transition out."
The Solo Pilots
were a group of courage, committed and innovative elite military aviators who
brought rotary wing ambulances into the battlefield environment during the
This aircraft will be dedicated on 13 Jun 13 at Ft. Campbell, KY.
SFC Armando Ocon Named
AAAA NCO of the Year
Armando Ocon, a flight medic from Company C, 3rd Battalion,
25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, was
presented with the 2012 Army Aviation Association of America
Rodney J.T. Yano Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award
at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth,
TX, 11 Apr 13.
During 2012, SFC Ocon served as a senior flight medic,
company standardization instructor, and platoon sergeant for
“Lightning DUSTOFF” in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
On more than one occasion, SFC Ocon selflessly risked his
own safety to save Troops on the battlefield. “SFC Ocon
embodies the NCO Creed,” said CPT Margaret Larson, executive
officer, C/3-25 AVN. “He is always willing to mentor
soldiers and leaders. He does the same tasks he asks of his
Montenegro Humanitarian Assistance
than six months after returning from a tour in Afghanistan
where CPT Hill saw some of the worst of the worst, he was
chosen to lead the Aeromedical Evacuation part of the
support of Montenegro during some horrible winter weather.
The 1-214th Aviation Regiment from Germany deployed with a
part of C-1-214th in support. Here is a clip from a video
highlighting the humanitarian mission performed. In the
words of his former commander Major Patrick Zenk, “Terry
Hill is a stud that represents those of us who came before
him, and presents a great example of a young DUSTOFFer who
is continuing the legacy."
AdoptaPlatoon Highlights DUSTOFF Unit
is an organization that sponsors campaigns for sending needed
items to our troops. One current campaign is "To Afghanistan
With Love." U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have a
difficult task and need to know they are supported. By
participating in one of their campaigns, support is sent to
chaplains and/or civilians supporting our troops in the area
and items are distributed to the troops. [See More Pictures]
FlightSafety Looking For UH-60 Pilots
FlightSafety International is hiring UH-60 pilots, here
and overseas, with attractive salaries. Check
Instructor Job and
Simulator Location documents for additional information.
All employment opportunities with FlightSafety International
are subject to specific job skill requirements,
qualifications and preferred experience. The
employment opportunities provided on their Web site are for
informational purposes only and subject to change in
availability and content at any time without prior notice.
Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit
Reading of the names of the 3,417 Texans who died in Vietnam
was conducted by more than 110 volunteers, including 30
names of fallen fellow Texans read by DUSTOFFer Wayne Aurich
was done at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium of the Lyndon
B. Johnson Presidential Library. On the same day, the Texas
Vietnam Heroes Exhibit of 3,417 hand-stamped dog tags
honoring each Texan was opened in the Great Hall of the LBJ
U.S. Army "DUSTOFF" crewmember aboard medical evacuation
helicopters, Aurich is beyond certain that among the tags
are names of those whose bodies he helped lift from the
battlefield. "Their lives are a part of me. They are in my
memory. They won't go away," said Aurich.
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