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Welcome to the Blackhorse Association

The Blackhorse Association, founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1970, is a non-profit, charitable, organization dedicated to serving our country and our fellow Blackhorse Troopers and their families. We remain committed to our founding principles:  to honor comrades who gave their lives in the service of our country and Regiment, to preserve and strengthen comradeship formed in the Regiment, to proclaim and publicize the achievements and traditions of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, to support the troopers actively serving in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and to establish and provide educational scholarships for the children of the Regiment.


As a major part of our mission, The Blackhorse Association conducts frequent reunions to bring together Blackhorse veterans and their families from all eras of Regimental service.


The Scholarship Fund has provided nearly $600,000 to help educate the children of Blackhorse Troopers killed or wounded in action and has now been expanded to assist all children of the Blackhorse.


Your membership helps us support the troops, veterans, and families of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Membership is open to all who served in the Regiment, as well as friends and family members.

The Blackhorse Association is totally dependent on contributions from our members. Your generous support helps fund The Scholarship Fund for our kids, as well as the basic operations of the Association. 

Recent news...

  • E-News — June 2023

    Troopers Down   Colonel (Ret.) John P. Carter. September 4, 1946 – March 13, 2023. John was born in a Navy family in the Canal Zone and lived the life of a Navy Brat through High School. He entered the Army through the Warrant Officers Flight Program in the Vietnam era, and he served as a WO1 and WO2 before receiving a direct commission as a first lieutenant in 1970. John’s distinguished career included serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division (B/4-77 Aerial Rocket Artillery) flying Cobras. After Vietnam, he was a...
  • E-News — May 2023

    Troopers Down Colonel (Ret.) Vincent Paul Baerman died in his home in Anacortes, Washington on March 8, 2023. Paul was the son of Charles and Kathleen (Murray) Baerman, born in Lansing Michigan on May 6, 1947. As an Army brat, he lived in various locations in the United States and Europe before embarking on his own 26-year Army career. A distinguished graduate of West Point in 1968, he married Kerry Ann Harrigan the same year. He served in Vietnam and commanded armor and cavalry units from platoon through brigade. Paul was awarded...
  • E-News Special: Funeral Services for Bob Merriman

    For any of our members who will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area next week, there will be services for Robert “Bob” Merriman, Jr., who served with the regiment’s Air Cav Troop during 1966 – 1967. Bob passed away on December 31, 2022, and services will be held on Thursday, April 27, 11:30 a.m., at the Dallas-Fort Worth Cemetery. The address is 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211. For further details on the services, please contact the Dallas-Fort Worth Cemetery at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - National Cemetery Administration ( or...
  • E-News — April 2023

    Troopers Down William Gann Glenn, 72, of Malvern, Arkansas passed away on February 3, 2023. He was born on September 15, 1950 in Benton, Arkansas to the late William and Ocia (Wallace) Glenn. William proudly served in the United States Army for 21 years. He served in 3rd Squadron, 11th ACR in Bad Hersfeld from October 1985 to August 1988, first in K Troop, and then the at sub-post. Following his retirement from the military, he began a 24-year career in law enforcement. William served as the Saline County deputy, Garland County deputy,...
  • E-News Special — Blackhorse Association Scholarship Deadline

    The April 1st deadline is fast approaching for completed scholarship packets to be submitted for consideration for this year’s awards. Since April 1 is on a Saturday, submissions will be accepted through Monday, April 3. The following is helpful information that can be used by scholarship applicants. To view the details of the scholarship submission process, please visit: The actual scholarship application can be found here: For tips on completing the application, please visit: As a reminder, scholarships are also available for spouses of active-duty members of the Regiment; this opportunity is discussed here:...
  • E-News – March 2023

    Troopers Down Harvey Jordan Hillyer II, 75, of Varnville, South Carolina, died March 13, 2022. Mr. Hillyer was born on December 29, 1946 in St. Petersburg, FL. He was the son of the late Harvey Jordan Hillyer I and Adel Carter Hillyer. Mr. Hillyer was Special Forces in the 1960’s, an Army Scout in the 70’s, and finally an Army Air Traffic Controller; he served over 17 years and reached the rank of Platoon Sergeant. He then went on to a career as a construction foreman helping to build many of...
  • E-News – February 2023

    Troopers Down Todd J. Beatty, age 51, passed away unexpectedly on January 22, 2023. He was born on February 20, 1971 in Richland Center, to Buzz and Jean (Longseth) Beatty. Todd graduated from Richland Center High School in 1989. He and his former spouse, Jacki (Faber) Heideman had 2 children together: Alyssa (24) and Nicholas (21), who he adored. Todd proudly served in the United States Army with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Persian Gulf War and received many awards including the bronze star. He enjoyed fishing, hunting for morel...
  • Planned Giving with Ambassador Advisors

    Reduce taxes while supporting The Blackhorse Association The Blackhorse Association has partnered with Ambassador Advisors, a trusted financial and legacy planning firm. Ambassador can help you help the Blackhorse association fulfill its mission to honor our members who gave their lives in service to our country and our regiment, to strengthen the bonds formed in the regiment, to proclaim the achievements and traditions of our regiment, to support the troopers actively serving the regiment, and to establish and maintain an educational scholarship program for children of the regiment. For more info, please...
  • Registration is live for The Blackhorse Reunion, 2023 Fort Benning/Columbus, GA

    We’re excited to announce that the registration and program information for the 2023 Blackhorse Association Family Reunion is now available. Activities will occur over a four-day period from May 31 to June 4. Our main optional events will be excursions to Fort Benning. These will include a visit to the Regiment’s Memorial, which is an awe-inspiring and hallowed site located in Pattons’ Park; an outing to the Blackhorse Classroom in Patton Hall; and a visit to the National Infantry Museum. Registration for Friday and Saturday is $170 per person. This includes the...
  • E-News – January 2023

    Wreath-Laying Ceremony The Blackhorse Association’s annual wreath laying, which honors our Regiment’s birthday, will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, February 2, 2023. Our wreath laying will occur immediately following the 11 a.m. changing of the guard. Lunch will follow at Joe Theismann’s Restaurant; 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite A; Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Please contact Guillermo Guillén at if you have any questions. A Proud Blackhorse Trooper Photos and note were provided by Jim Payne. I work with Deloitte and am very proud of the work our firm does to assist...

11th ACR History

Our regiment has served in the Philippine–American War, World War II, the Vietnam War, Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War), and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). The 11th ACR serves as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) for the Army and Marine task forces, and foreign military forces that train at the National Training Center.

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