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Tusi Army Airfield

A landing/takeoff area for helicopters is located at Tusi Army Airfield within Fort Hunter Liggett, California. Tusi Army Heliport [AH] is a US Army Reserve asset which is under the Air Traffic Services Command (ATSCOM) at Fort McPherson, GA.

Tusi Army Heliport is named for Chief Warrant Officer (W2) Ronald L. Tusi, one of Army Aviation's most outstanding attack helicopter pilots. During five tours in the Republic of Vietnam, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars, eight Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars (one with "V" device), 67 Air Medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, and the American Legion Aviation Award for Valor in 1972. CW2 Tusi's brilliant aviation career was cut short by his untimely death in a Cobra accident on the night of 6 August 1974. He was participating at the time in the dangerous "Night Owl" experiments which were used as a basis for today's night fighting techniques.

At the time of his Army Aviation Hall of Fame induction in 1983, CW2 Tusi's record of killing ten tanks with helicopters had never been equaled, and he was considered to be Army Aviation's leading tank killer.

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