The DUSTOFF Association is a nonprofit incorporated veterans’ organization for Army Medical Department enlisted and officer personnel, aviation crewmembers, and others who are (or ever were) engaged in (or actively supported in any capacity) Army aeromedical evacuation programs in war or peace.
Request for Information
We’ve been asked to help answer questions about the background of the aircraft in the picture. The aircraft is being purchased by Bill “Moon Mullen (past Pres. of the VHPA), and will be put on static display in Mt. Pocono, PA. The aircraft is a UH-1M, with Medevac markings. UH-1M model Hueys were used as gun ships in Vietnam, most being converted UH-1C model gun ships. So the question being asked is how did an aircraft built to be a gun ship end up with air ambulance markings?
Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards
It is with a great deal of pleasure and pride in our legacy that the DUSTOFF Association makes the announcement of the winners of the DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, and the Rescue of the Year. This year’s selection was one of the more difficult in recent memory with the dedicated and sacrificial service of our DUSTOFF Warriors.
Awards will be presented at the 2017 DUSTOFF Reunion to be held in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk Hotel on Saturday evening, 1 April 2017. Since the DUSTOFF Association is not funded at sufficient levels to provide travel and per-diem monies, we are hopeful that supporting commands of the awardees will provide TDY funding or at least Permissive TDY approval.
The following awards are officially announced:
The DUSTOFF Aviator of the Year – CPT(P) Daniel Jones – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year – SSG Carl Piper – C/2-4
The DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year – SSG Troy Brown – C/2-1
The DUSTOFF Rescue of the Year – Crews from F Co, 1-214th Avn Reg, UT/WY ARNG CW3 Christopher Flannery, 1LT Jared Heiney, SPC Seth Lockard, SGT Timother Vasbinder, CW4 Scott Upton, CW2 Bryan Herget, SSG Derrick Perkins, SGT Bleu Hawkley
Online AAFES Exchange Opening to All Vets
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.
Peter K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice before actions begin to implement the plan.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software for verifying veterans’ status using Department of Veterans Affairs records. Several million vets already are eligible to shop in exchanges — on base or online — because they are active or reserve component retirees, or 100-percent disabled from service-connected injuries or ailments, or Medal of Honor recipients.
This will reward their service with exchange product savings that, on average, will be near to 20 percent versus commercial department store prices when military exemption from state and local sales tax are considered too.
Shull’s other purpose was to increase exchange revenues to help offset troubling declines due to the drawdown of active duty forces, base closures and the end of military tobacco discounts for the higher priority of healthier populations.
With DMDC verifying shopper identifies electronically, the department will not have to produce special identification cards. DMDC estimates that 13 percent of eligible veterans, primarily those who served before 1981 might not be in their data base when the shopping benefit becomes available. Presumably guidance will be issued for veterans who might have access problems initially.
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 ]