Time Remaining Until Next Reunion in Williamsburg, VA.
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reunion agenda published
Wanna know what's going to happen at the reunion? Well Fang has published an (tentative) agenda to guide you in knowing what day to arrive and what functions are planned. The reunion agenda is published on the Reunion Page and may change at any moment. So check back periodically and make sure you know what's gunna happen and when.
Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, 18 Apr 18 at 1600.
The monument will honor the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War, and is the only monument established to honor all who died operating rotary-wing aircraft in what is frequently called, “the Helicopter War.”
During the Vietnam War the helicopter became the mainstay for joint operational mobility. Approximately 12,000 helicopters operated in the combat zone and were used by all military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Of this number, 5,086 were destroyed.
Arlington National Cemetery holds the greatest cluster of helicopter casualties from the Vietnam War made up of immediate casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and the remains of MIAs recovered in the decades after the war ended in 1975.
The dedication ceremony will see Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, and helicopter combat crewmembers rejoin to honor friends lost in combat. “With more than 40 years having passed since the end of the Vietnam War,
reunion hotel rooms running out
The initial block of rooms in our reunion hotel are nearly filled. Fang is requesting additional rooms, but the problem is the hotel is also having another large gathering of folks and is running low on available rooms. If you haven't made your room reservation yet, our advice is to do it quickly - you snooze you lose.
If you run into problems making a room reservation at the Great Wolf Lodge, alternative accommodations at the La Quinta (pronounced La Keenta) around the corner from GWL may have available rooms. Their phone number is 757-229-0200.
Changes effective 1 Jan 2019 to Retiree Dental Program
The retiree dental plan and the addition of a vision plan will allow for beneficiaries to choose from several dental and vision carriers with a variety of benefit options. The FEDVIP program lists 10 dental carriers and four vision carriers (Delta Dental is included) with comprehensive dental and vision insurance at competitive group rates.
Beneficiaries must choose a plan during TRICARE's open season (November 12, 2018-December 10, 2018). Beneficiaries need to understand there is no automatic transition for those currently enrolled in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program. Changes can only occur during open season and life changing events.
A partial list of coverage TRICARE beneficiaries receive with FEDVIP include: No wait period for most dental services; No annual maximum benefit for some dental plans; Access to regional and national dental networks; No deductible for some vision plans; No limit on brands for frames or contacts for some vision plans; Discounts on LASIK offered by some vision plans.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to start getting information and pre-enrollment communications at: https://www.tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/indexAction .
Veteran ID cards
A law was passed in 2015 by Congress to have the VA issue Veteran ID cards. A Web site was first available in Nov 2017 but the system crashed because so many Veterans were applying. Requesting an ID Card is not mandatory, but may be useful to have a Veterans ID to obtain Veteran discounts (especially if you are not Retired Military or do not have a VA Health ID Card).
Log-in at: https://www.vets.gov/veteran-id-card/
- You have to apply online
- You do not go into a VA facility to get one
- It is mailed to you once you apply online
- It does not cost you anything.
Before you start to apply make
sure you have photos in your computer of:
1. Current Driver License
2. Current Photo of yourself - passport photo size
3. Photo of your DD-214 that specifies "Honorable Discharge"
BG TURNER TO BE HONORED
AT MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER
The family of BG Guthrie L. Turner Jr. (26 May 1930- 9 January 2014) has informed the 15th Medical Battalion Association that a building on the Madigan Army Medical Center Campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Olympia, WA will be renamed in honor of the General. The Memorialization Ceremony for the renaming of the building will he held on 2 February 2018 at 10:00.
The building to bear BG Turner's name is presently the “ Preventive Medicine Clinical Services Building” (Building 9025).. The new building name will be the “ Brigadier General Guthrie Turner Preventive Medicine Clinical Services Building”.
BG Turner was the 15th Medical BN Commander and 1st Cavalry Division Surgeon from June 1968-June 1969. He completed his medical internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1953, and served as the Commander of the facility from 1980-1983.
Click the link below for the official Invitation form with directions to the building. Also, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to email@example.com stating the names of attendees. There will be a section designated for 15th Medical BN Veterans.
The U.S. Flag, adopted on 14 June 1777, is the fourth oldest national flag in the world. Denmark's flag, adopted in 1219, is the oldest.
- A flag expert is called a "vexillologist."
- The blue field on the U.S. Flag is called the "union."
- On Memorial Day (the last Monday in May), to honor all who died in battle, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff for the remainder of the day.
- Since 1834, the U.S. Flag has flown continuously next to the grave of the Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, near Paris, France.
- June 14 was proclaimed Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. While Flag Day was a popular celebration in scores of communities for many years after Wilson's proclamation, it didn't receive its official Congressional designation until 1949.
take a knee... my ass
Wait for opening music to stop and then click triangle in middle of picture.
Virginia International Tattoo during reunion
The Virginia Fines Arts Festival is hosting the annual Virginia International Tattoo during the time of our reunion. The event is in Norfolk, VA a little over an hours drive (43 miles) from our reunion site. Our illustrious Reunion Coordinator Fang and his wife went to one in 2013 when they honored Vietnam Veterans and he says it was a great show. Fang has been to a couple of them and he says it is inspiring to watch the military marching bands from all over the world performing. Lots of bagpipes, drums and such. This year they’re honoring Medal of Honor recipients.
Tickets are in the $40 range (Military and senior rate) and it looks like there isn't a bad seat in the house. For more information visit their site and don't forget to stroll over to the Tips Page. You may also be interested in downloading their brochure.
If you're interested in going, Fang is checking on a group rate for a block of seats. E-mail Fang (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know you're interested. If he receives enough e-mails with interested folks he will be able to get a better price.
It is only about six months until the 20th annual 15th Med BN Assn. Reunion, 26-28 April 2018 in Williamsburg, VA. Reunion Coordinator Dan Toothman (Fang) is a busy guy putting together a terrific program for us!
Registration forms and other information are now available. Just click on “ Reunion Info.” The detailed schedule is still being prepared and is expected to be available around 1 Jan 18. Arrangements are being made for a group visit to Langley AFB for an F-22 Raptor Flight Demonstration by the East Coast Flight Demo Team, which is part of the First Fighter Wing stationed at Langley. If they are not on the road for air shows they do practice demos each week all Spring and Summer. What is not yet known is whether the practice demo during the reunion will be on Thursday or Friday. This is expected to be known in early 2018, and the detailed schedule posted here.
For planning purposes by reunion attendees, reunion activities will begin on Thursday morning 26 April and end after the banquet on Saturday night.
Williamsburg is located in one of the most historically significant areas of the U.S. Reunion attendees will be able to choose from a multitude of available tours.
The reunion will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Check the Reunion tab for detailed hotel reservation information. Call 1-800-551-9653 or go to www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg . Our group rate is $111.89 per night, which includes all taxes and fees. Be sure to specify our group code of “15THMED “(no spaces between figures) to get the group rate.
IT'S GOING TO BE
ANOTHER GREAT REUNION! OUR 20TH! DON'T MISS IT!
Do you know your history?
To know why we did what we did in Vietnam, you need to understand the efforts of the pioneers of medical evacuation. They forged the way for the 1st Cav Div. to realize it needed dedicated air ambulance support for its deployment to Vietnam.
To be proud of what we did in Vietnam, you need to see the current efforts or our air ambulance soldiers in the war against insurgency. Take a few minutes and view the video linked below. It's well worth the time.
beautiful lite-weight satin jackets
Have you visited our online store lately? Well that's too long! Customizable lite-weight lined satin jackets are now available. You may customize the jacket to be a one-of-a-kind jacket. Available in many colors with your choice of three different patches on the jacket back. Get one now and be ready to wear it at the next reunion.
new historical documents added
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our historian Terry McCarl and for the money put up by Corky Walsh, we've been able to add two new documents to our site; Activities Report 1 Jan 66 - 31 Dec 66 and Annual Historical Report 1 Jan 70 - 31 Dec 70. Both make interesting read so check them out for yourself by going to the Historical Documents section of this site.
how to obtain PERSONNEL ROSTERS
The 15th Medical Bn Association now has available personnel rosters
requested from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO
for 1965-1970. These rosters were generally prepared only for the months of
April and October of each year during the Vietnam War, except during 1965
and 1966, when they were prepared during some additional months as well.
Enlisted Personnel Rosters for 1968 are available only for 10/68. Officer
rosters are available for 07/65, 08/65, 10/65, 01/66, 07/66, 07/67, 09/67,
04/69 and 10/70
Rosters must be requested and will be sent by e-mail only, unless special arrangements are made by e-mail. Go to the How To Obtain Personnel Rosters page for further instructions.
The reason to attend reunions
I bask in the afterglow of attending another reunion where it was so great to see so many friends again. Those attending our reunions have a bond of friendship few civilians would understand. It was while thinking about the reunion that I received the latest edition of Purple Heart Magazine where I read one particular essay that hit home with me.
In the article, An Extraordinary Experience with Exceptional Men, LTC Ken Donovan (US Army Retired) provided a well constructed trip down memory lane during his tour with 155th Assault Helicopter Company. I'm going to cherry-pick some of the sentences that made me dwell the longest.
"We now gather in the twilight of our years, to recall events that occurred nearly 50 years ago, but more importantly to share our lives since we came home. I guess I always knew this but it has taken this long to come to the full realization that I survived an extraordinary experience and that I shared it with truly exceptional men. I am alive today because of them, and they are the best of their generation."
"This shared commitment to each other was unlimited; while it was not something we openly talked about, we were willing to turn landing zones into aircraft junkyards to get our guys out."
He concludes with, "For some reason thanks does not seem enough, but thanks for helping me survive an extraordinary experience and sharing your lives with me."
You'll have to trust me on this, but if you missed our last reunion and haven't yet starting thinking about attending the next reunion, I believe you'd be missing out on an extraordinary experience with exceptional men.
Webmeister Needs Your Help
The database making up the Unit Member Search has been scrubbed to make it as accurate as we can at this time. All e-mail addresses were checked for currency and "dead" e-mail addresses deleted. This leaves many members without an operating e-mail address associated with their data. I need your help in filling in the blanks. Please search for friends you served with and if you notice an individual's name doesn't have an e-mail address, but you known what the e-mail address is, then please let me know at medevac2@15thMedBnAssociation.org . Thanks.
New Pictures Added To Photo Page
Some new pictures of Company B after the ammo dump explosion were added to the Photo page 5. Many thanks to Jerry Kuklok for taking the time to send them. So what's keeping you from scanning a few pictures and sending then in to us. We'd love to post them and let the whole Association see them. Send them as an attachment to an e-mail to medevac2@15thMedBnAssociation.com . No scanner or not comfortable with attaching items to an e-mail, just sent the pictures to R. (Baby Huey) Huether, 110 Cedar Hills Dr., Fredericksburg, TX 78624. I'll scan them for ya and then return your pictures.
15th Medical Battalion Association EIN: 82-1517632
Texas Taxpayer Number: 32064960969
15th Med Bn Searchable Database
After some very long days and nights of typing in over 753 member names into a database, Terry McCarl and I are finally finished and the works or our labor are available on our Unit Member Search page. Now's where the hard part comes in.
We need everyone to help cleanse the database and report inaccuracies to us. We also need to know of anyone that may have died so we can move their data to another searchable table.
So go over and see if we have your data and check that it's correct. If there are any inaccuracies, fill out the corrections form and send it in.