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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 – August 2022

    Troopers Down   Timothy O. Drushal, 61, of Brandenburg, Kentucky, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 7, 2022 at University of Kentucky - Albert B. Chandler Hospital. MSG Drushal retired from the U.S. Army with over 21 years of service. During his time in the Army, Tim served with 3-5 Cavalry in Fort Hood, Texas; HHT and Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bad Kissingen, West Germany; 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 3-7 Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, West Germany;...
  • E-News – July 2022

    Trooper Down   Dennis Eugene Firestone died June 5, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dennis was born June 14, 1941, in Springfield, Missouri to Glenn and Neta Firestone. He attended Parkview High School and received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State). He received a Master's in Education from Augustana College (SD) and a Specialist's Degree in Education from the University of Louisville. Dennis served over 25 years as an armor officer in the United States Army and rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring in 1989. He...
  • E-News – June 2022

    Trooper Down   Colonel Arnold Houston Gaylor, U.S. Army (Ret.), went to Fiddler's Green on May 14, 2022 in Williamsburg, Virginia at the age of 81. Arnie was born in Roderfield, West Virginia on Nov 6, 1940 to Henry and Flora (Headley) Gaylor, though he considers his home to be Midfield, Alabama, where he grew up. His two older brothers, William and James, preceded him in death; he is survived by his sister, Patricia Simmons. Arnie graduated from Bessemer High School in 1958 and attended Birmingham- Southern College until he was appointed to...
  • E-News – May 2022

      Trooper Down   James Brian Schaffer went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2022. He died of natural causes and resided in Apopka, Florida. Jim was born in Brooklyn NY on May 8, 1944. While growing up in New York, Jim attended Rye High School where he ran track and wrestled. In his senior year, he was undefeated and named to the all-county wrestling team. After high school he attended Alfred University in Upstate New York where he earned his BA degree in Economics and English Literature in 1966. He...
  • E-News – April 2022

    Troopers Down   Charles Myers. On February 21, 2022, LTC (Ret.) Charles (Chic) Myers, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and soldier went to his Savior at the age of 77. Born in Greensboro, NC, December 18, 1945, he was the youngest of three children. After high school and earning his Eagle Scout Award, he entered the military. Chic was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on November 7, 1967 and retired from the Army February 2, 1992. He completed two combat tours in Vietnam and commanded a battalion...
  • Former bunkers in Fulda abandoned: why there are no more shelters in Germany

    By: Manfred Schermer This nuclear bunker with space for a total of 4000 people is located in Bremen - built in 1975 on the lowest level of the underground car park at Sedanplatz. The photo was taken in 2008, since 2020 the facility has been under monument protection. © imago/stock&people Russia's invasion of Ukraine has brought back into the public consciousness a type of building that had long been forgotten: the air raid shelter. In contrast to the Ukraine, however, things look bleak in Germany. Fulda - Many a Fuldaer will still remember: In the...
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day​: 29 March, 2022​

    The Blackhorse Regiment Served with distinction from 1966 to 1972 in the Republic of Vietnam. 25,000+ Troopers served with the Regiment, three were recipients of the Medal of Honor (MoH): CPL Jerry Wayne Wickam, F Troop, 6 Jan 68 SFC Rodney J.T. Yano, Air Cav Troop, 1 Jan 69 1LT Harold A. Fritz, A Troop, 2 Mar 71 The Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. bears the names of 760 of our brothers.   Follow this link to learn more about Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War. Learn more about the Vietnam War...
  • News from the Point Alpha Foundation

    This is how the Point Alpha Foundation is positioning itself after the Corona break By Harry Wagner Translated from the original German. Since February 1st, the Board of Directors of the Point Alpha Foundation has been complete again. Benedikt Stock and Philipp Metzler are bursting with energy as the Corona restrictions are being lifted. Geisa - The past two years have affected the foundation economically: significantly fewer visitors to the memorial in Hesse , hardly any educational offers in attendance. “ Corona has torn a hole financially. Our income is far below what...
  • E-News – March 2022

    If This Doesn’t Get You Fired Up – Nothing Will! The Regiment’s 120th Anniversary Video   Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier On February 2, 2022, I was privileged to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorating the 121st anniversary of the Regiment’s founding in 1901. Regimental commander and 69th Colonel of the Regiment COL Todd Hook brought his senior leadership team of squadron commanders and CSMs to mark this historic occasion. It was a real tribute to the Regiment’s troopers that RCSM Anthony Walker...
  • E-News – February 2022

    Troopers Down   Blackhorse Trooper Reggie (Bim) Hansen passed away the evening of January 7, 2022.Reggie Hansen lost his battle with cancer after fighting the good fight. He is survived by his wife, sons, their families, and his wonderful grandchildren. Reggie served a total of ten years of active service. His favorite assignment was with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was in 1st Platoon, Mike Company (Tank Company), 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He always mentioned how very proud he was being a tank gunner from 1977 to 1981 while stationed at...

11th ACR History

Our regiment has served in the Philippine–American War, World War II, the Vietnam War, Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War). 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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