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Task Force Marauder training with Romanian Armed Forces

Task Force Marauder trained Soldiers with the Romanian Armed Forces on hot and cold-load procedures for a UH-60 Black Hawk, November 2017, in order to know how to safely load a patient in the event of a real-world emergency in Afghanistan where TF Marauder medevac responds.

Soldiers with Detachment 1, C Company, Medical Evacuation, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion with the Iowa National Guard, currently deployed to Afghanistan, trained more than 150 Soldiers with the Romanian Land Forces over the course of a week on the proper procedures for calling for a medevac and loading a casualty.

U.S. Army CPT Erin Doyle, Det. 1, C Co., 2-211th GSAB commander, explained the training came as a result of a recent mass casualty attack where members of the previous task force’s medevac unit responded and provided medical care and transportation for the Romanian Soldiers. The event showed the importance of the ground troops understanding the procedures for calling the medevac and how to approach the aircraft with a casualty.

The training covered what information needs to be reported in order for the medevac to launch, what equipment and medical capabilities are available in the aircraft, preferences for signaling the aircraft for landing for both day and night, how to prepare and secure a patient before the helicopter arrives, and how to approach the aircraft and interact with the medic to give a patient report.


AUSA 2017 Black Hawk Breakfast

AUSA Black Hawk Breakfast

Sikorsky Aircraft has been a valued supporter of the DUSTOFF Community for years. They are honoring us at a breakfast to be held in conjunction with an AUSA event. If you are in the area and can attend, you are invited to represent the DUSTOFF Family of Warriors.

MG Pat Sargent, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Medical Command is the guest speaker this year. Sikorsky Aircraft will recognize the MEDEVAC/DUSTOFF community for their outstanding support to the US Army and Army Aviation.

PLEASE RSVP in accordance with this flier by Friday 22 September by e-mailing Rita Burke rita.a.burke@lmco.com 

 


DUSTOFF Association Scholarship Winner

DUSTOFF Association Scholarship.Congratulations to Taylor J. Slagle – Grandchild of DUSTOFFer LTC (R) Jim Wingate – he’ll be attending University of Arizona.

 

The DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF Association by the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The DUSTOFF Association Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members, spouses, children and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members. [Read More]

 

 


 

Alamo DUSTOFF Helps in Houston

Alamo DUSTOFF is assisting residents of the Houston area as part of Texas Taskforce 1.

 

 

WO1 John Stephen Chrin Day

On 13 October, a remembrance will be held for WO1 John Stephen Chrin and the crew of DUSTOFF 71, 57th Med Det. DUSTOFF 71 was lost on a night time mission in rain and fog in the Seven Sisters Mountains of Viet Nam, on 13 October 1971. John Chrin was a native of Lebanon, PA and is buried in Lebanon. A remembrance for John and A/C CWO Ronald K. Shultz, CC SGT Michael Darrah, Flight Medic SGT Hugo Gaytan, PFC Rickey Pate, OJT Crew Chief, and all veterans, will be held the morning of the 13, “WO1 John Stephen Chrin Day in the City of Lebanon”.

Anyone who may be in the area of South Central PA (Lebanon is 25 miles East of Harrisburg – 20 miles North of Lancaster – 20 West of Reading) is welcome to attend. E-mail Bill Sypher at sypher1@comcast.net or call 717-865-5982 for directions and specific information.


2018 DUSTOFF Reunion Dates Set

Mark the dates NOW for DUSTOFF Reunion 2018. We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn - Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX the first week of May. Early check in will be Wednesday, 2 May 2018, for a possible repeat of the wine tour to Fredericksburg, TX with a stop specifically planned for Lukenbach, TX will be on Thursday, 3 May 2018. The Golf Tournament will be on Friday, May 4, 2018. The General Membership Meeting and Spouses' Luncheon will be Saturday Morning, 5 May 2018, followed by the Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet that evening. We'll close out the 39th Annual Reunion with our Memorial Service on Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Block the dates now - and let's have a really large turnout!


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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