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The Presidents Message
By: Peter Walter
2nd Quarter, 2019
I hope you all survived the winter and feel revitalized by the spring weather!
All the plans for our 34th annual reunion August 21 – 25 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV are finalized and we expect another great turnout highlighted by our trip to visit the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Details and a registration form are in this issue and on our website: 11thcavnam.com Our previous reunions in Las Vegas drew an average of 1,442 attendees. As of April 1, we have already filled 73% of our room block for Friday and Saturday, August 23 – 24. It is imperative that you make your reservations today! Don’t delay!
This issue of Thunder Run contains everything you need to know to enjoy the Las Vegas reunion. Please read it all carefully. Because there is so much info in this issue I’ll try to keep my message short.
REUNION GUEST SPEAKER - We are pleased to announce that Colonel Brian Cook will be the guest speaker at the Saturday evening banquet and program. Colonel Cook has served in every leadership position from platoon leader to battalion commander deploying 5 times in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Colonel Cook is the Director of Theater Strategy at the US Army War College.
MORE HONORS! Another long-time 11th ACVVC member is being recognized for his six decades of nose-to-the-grindstone work in and in support of the 11th ACR. During Armor Week, at the St. George Ball, on May 3 at the Rivermill Event Center in Columbus, GA, Allen Hathaway (President Emeritus, 11th ACVVC) will be honored with the Noble Patron of Armor Award, Gold Medallion. Allen was nominated by BG (Ret) John Sherman Crow (49th Colonel of the Blackhorse) and COL (Ret) Glenn Snodgrass. Congratulations Allen and “Well done!”
Breakfast at Poor Richard’s Café – The North Texas members of the 11th ACVVC will be gathering at Poor Richard’s Café, 2442 K Avenue, Plano, TX 75074 for breakfast and friendship on Friday, April 19 at 10:00am, 2442 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074.
East Texas Round Up will be held at the Tyler State Park, May 3rd, Friday evening fish fry and May 4th, Saturday for Lunch. For more information please call Jan Beamon at 903-780-5621 or 903-805-0703 and we will help with any info you need. We have one more camper spot available Wednesday – Sunday.
Memorial Day Wreath Laying – Once again, Blackhorse Troopers from all eras will gather near the Three Soldiers Statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, DC 20245. All Blackhorse Troopers, family and friends are invited to participate in the Annual Memorial Day wreath laying at the Wall at 10:00am, Monday, May 27, 2019. We will initially gather near the statue of the Three Soldiers, make introductions, say a few words, and informally carry the wreath to the apex of the Wall. Look for the Blackhorse Patch Wreath that will be there by 9:30am. Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in participating. If you can’t attend, take a moment wherever you may be and remember our comrades-in-arms. They shall not be forgotten. Our memories of them will live forever.
11th ACVVC Women’s Group – Please be sure to read Sheryl Myers informative report and learn more about what our Women’s Group is doing.
Registration – BOD member Bob Moreno covers all the bases in his must-read article.
11th ACVVC Scholarship – The application and a complete report by Chm. Mike “Doc” Rafferty is in this issue.
Silent Auction – Greg Mason spells out the format for donating to and bidding in the Silent Auction.
11th ACVVC 2019 Calendar – If you haven’t received your copy of the 11th ACVVC 2019 calendar, please contact me or Allen Hathaway. If you did receive your copy and like it, please mail in a donation. Thank you!
Finally, thank you to everyone who donates to our various funds; thank you to all our Committee Chairman, our Officers and our Women’s Group and a special thanks to every member of the 11th ACVVC; without you, we would not exist or succeed.