Sponsor and Donation Information
Armored Cavalry's Homecoming Celebration
The Odessa Chuck wagon Gang, the 11th Armored Cavalry
Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia (11ACVVC), the Blackhorse Association (BHA)
the City of Barstow, the Regimental Support Squadron (RSS), the Fort
Irwin Commanding General and all the people of Fort Irwin have set up a
gala "Welcome Home" party for the soldiers of the 11th
Armored Cavalry Regiment when they return from Iraq.. Brigadier General
Robert Cone, Fort Irwin's post commander, has set the
dates for the celebration to be March 16th, 17th
and 18th. I believe that Maj. Mike Martel (XO RSS) or Lt
Laura Tobias (POC RSS S-1) will be putting out a schedule of all the
actives for each day. However,
Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang,
along with all our volunteers, will be serving everyone
with its world famous Texas barbeque at 1400 hours on Saturday March 18,
2006. As you know, all of the
11th ACR troopers and their families will be guest of
our sponsors and receive the meal at no cost.
In order to raise the necessary funds to pay for the meals of the
troopers & their families, we are soliciting sponsorship funds from
companies and individuals. Our "Drover"
sponsors will be companies or individuals who make a contribution of
$1,000.00, contributions of $5,000.00 will be our
"Wrangler" sponsors and those
that make contributions of $10,000.00 or more are our
"Trail Boss" sponsors. All of
these will receive the following acknowledgments:
1. A listing in
the Odessa American after the event; thanking our sponsors.
Your name and your company name on two
large banners that will be displayed at the Fort Irwin
3. A wall plaque
denoting your support of the 11th Cavalry troopers, the 11th
Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia, (11ACVVC)
the Blackhorse Association (BHA) and the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang.
4. If you elect, we
will provide you or your company representative with the
An invitation for you and your wife to go
to Fort Irwin with the Chuck
Wagon Gang, but like the
gang members it will be at your own expense. (You will get the chuck
wagon discounted rates on travel and rooms).
A one year honorary membership in the
Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang.
An official chuck wagon gang shirt and
Participate in all chuck wagon actives
during the trip.
The final concept of the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang's trip can not be
firmed-up until we can get a good count on the number going with us,
then we will contact bus companies & hotels to get everything finalized.
. However, we think the plan will be: 1) Fly from Odessa
to Las Vegas on March 16th, spend that night at the Rivera
hotel and perhaps have a no host cocktail party with the 11th
ACVVC & BHA. 2) Depart Las Vegas on March 17th and travel by
bus to Fort Irwin; hopefully arriving by 1300 hours and have lunch with
the Fort Irwin volunteers. The lunch will be provided by the OCWG and
prepared by some of the Gang's "Past Bosses". We will then attend the
welcome home ceremony/review at 1500 hours and spend some time touring
some of the fighting vehicles of the regiment. At 1800 hours the gang
and volunteers will "roll the meat" at the feed site. (You will have to
be there to see this secret recipe) 3) Saturday, March 18th
we will spent the day at the cook site preparing and putting on
the feed for everyone. 4) Sunday, March 19th we will bus back
to Las Vegas and spend the night before flying home the next day. Of
course, all of this could change depending upon the number of rooms and
buses we can book.
If you would like to be one of our
"Drover", "Wrangler" or "Trail Boss" sponsors or just make a
contribution in any amount, you can do so by making your tax
deductible checks out to: OCWG 11th
Cavalry Homecoming and send them to Jerry
Hensley %OCWG P.O. Box 12905 Odessa, Tx 79768.
If you are making, or have already made a donation ($1,000.00 or more)
please send me your shirt size (these are long sleeve, so send neck size
& sleeve length) and provide me with your travel plans. Also, let me
know if you will be traveling with us by bus from Las
Vegas to Fort Irwin and if you would like me to get you rooms with us at
Las Vegas or Fort Irwin.
If you are just making a
donation for the troopers and their families, but would like to
participate with the Gang, BHA and the 11thACVVC; please let me know
your travel plans. Note: We would like to have a donation from everyone
attending to at least pay for their food. The cost is $8.00 per plate.
For everyone who has
made a pledge to help support our Regiment's Troopers; it's time to send
in those funds. For all of you who have already sent in monies; we all
thank you so very much.
I will be sending out
additional information, at a later date, to all of the people who have
volunteered to help with the feed or with serving.
OCWG Feed Boss
D Co 69-70