From The Command Track
By: Allen Hathaway
3rd Quarter, 2018
This is perhaps the most difficult Command Track article I have written because it is my last article. Although my term as President ends on December 31, 2018, I submitted my resignation on June 7. It was a decision I didn't make lightly, but after careful consideration it was a decision I thought was best for me. There were several reasons, a few of which I'll share with you. I want to assure everyone that I am healthy!
Before I begin I need to
inform the membership that Steve Page resigned as
Director and Reunion Chairman on June 4. These two
resignations weren't in any way connected, they were
just coincidental. Having said that I'd like to take
this opportunity to say a few things about Steve.
Steve has served as a Board Member for the past 8 years and Reunion Chairman for the past 16 years. Sixteen reunions are half the number of the reunions we've had for the entire life of the organization!
Steve is a valuable asset to our organization. He has devoted countless hours of his personal time over these past 16 years to ensure that each reunion was successful. Like all of us, he is a volunteer. He has given up opportunities in his personal life to serve this organization. I know he cares deeply for the members, the organization and our future.
We have a reunion program that is top notch. The annual attendance is impressive. Through these reunions we have reunited countless numbers of old friends who share a very special bond. We have healed as a group and have renewed the pride each of us has in serving our country and our regiment. Along the way we have recorded the history and distinctive service of the 11th Cavalry in Vietnam.
The job of Reunion Chairman is
challenging. Like many of the other projects in the
organization, reunion planning follows a cycle. In
this case, the immediate attention is given to the
current reunion ensuring that every detail is
covered. At the same time, plans are being made for
the following year reunion. In addition, preliminary
work begins for the reunion two years out. The cycle
is never ending and Steve has done a tremendous job
coordinating all these details for what is basically
Over the years Steve has been recognized for his outstanding work. His awards include, Outstanding Trooper Award (2002), Trooper of the Year (2008) and Quilter Award (2010). In 2014 he was inducted into the Regimental Honor Roll, an honor bestowed by the regimental commander. All of these are considered prestigious awards.
We owe Steve a debt of gratitude for his many years as Reunion Chairman. He'll be 77 years old this year. Although I regret his leaving, I respect his decision. I know it was a decision he didn't make lightly. I hope each of you can appreciate his commitment over these past 16 years.
I've had the privilege of serving
as President for the past 10 1/2 years and
Vice-president and director four years prior to that.
I've also served as Membership Chairman and KIA
researcher for the past 14 years.
This was my second term as President having served in 1992-1997 and as a Board Member from 1988-1991 all while serving as Quartermaster for 11 years and Membership Chairman 7 years. All told, that's 24 1/2 years in some capacity on the board.
It has been a privilege to serve our members as President and I hope that I have represented the 11th ACVVC as a strong, well respected organization. Our members are the greatest! They are proud of their service to our country and proud to have served in the Blackhorse regiment.
There were several reasons for my decision, one of which is that I'll be 73 this year. In the past year I've realized that I'm not getting any younger. I've devoted much of my personal time to the organization over these years and I have loved every day, but I also have a family. I'm so blessed to have a wife who has supported and encouraged me throughout the years. I have three grandchildren who are involved in many activities. I've found that it's becoming more difficult to balance my personal life with my family and my commitment to the organization.
This would have been my last year as President. Four years ago I talked with the board about my intentions to serve through 2018. Earlier this year at our board meeting I talked again about my intentions to finish this term and not run again for President. I originally planned to finish my term but it just didn't turn out that way.
I thank each of you for your help and support throughout my term. I look back at the accomplishments this organization has made since that first reunion in 1986. It's because of the support of our members that this organization is what it is today. I am so proud to have been a part of it all.
I'm not going far. I'll still be involved with membership and Operation Embrace. I plan to continue to attend reunions. I'll just scale back a bit.
I'll close this article as I have always done for many years by saying, "Always give thanks to the men and women in uniform who serve our nation each and every day”. To our members, Welcome Home, it's good to be "Together Again"."