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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 — December 2023

    Trooper Down   Jonathon Ray Reed, 74, of Pennsboro, West Virginia, departed this life on October 24, 2023, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer. John was born December 13, 1948 in Pennsboro, WV a son of the late Francis and Geneva (Mossor) Reed. For 45 years, John worked as an over-the-road truck driver; he started in 1970 for Cook Motor Lines. Over the years, he had worked for several companies and also owned and operated his own truck. For the last nine years, John volunteered at “The Gym” in Harrisville,...
  • E-News — November 2023

    Blackhorse Family Reunion 2024! The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs, Colorado Mark your calendars for July 25–28, 2024 for next year’s reunion. We have the details for the hotel and reunion activities to pass along to you. Registration fees are $100 per person. This will include the Friday night social, Saturday night social, and AV fees. Optional fees include the reunion coin and tours. We expect the registration cut-off date to be June 25, 2024. However, as the reunion site has limited seating for the banquet, registration will be first-come, first-served with the possibility that...
  • E-News Special: Services for Mrs. Patton

    The family has opened this service to members of the association that would like to pay their respects to Mrs. Patton. For details, and to RSVP, go to
  • E-News — October 2023

    Troopers Down   Joanne Holbrook Patton. Mrs. Patton passed away recently, and we’ll have a formal obituary in an upcoming E-News. She was the wife of Major General (Ret.) George Smith Patton, the 39th Commander of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, while it was in Vietnam. Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by her husband, and also by her eldest son George Smith Patton, Jr., who passed away earlier this year. Mrs. Patton was a recipient of the Noble Patron of Armor medallion by the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association, and she...
  • E-News — September 2023

    Troopers Down   The 43rd Colonel of the Blackhorse Wallace Hall Nutting. General Wallace Hall Nutting, 95, moved from life to life on August 17, 2023, at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco, Maine, surrounded by family. He was born June 3, 1928, in Newton, Maine, the son of Gerry and Ethel Nutting. Wallace attended schools in Saco and joined the Maine State National Guard at the age of 14 from 1942-1944. After graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy, Wallace attended West Point Military Academy. He graduated in 1950 in the last class of Cavalry Officers....
  • Trooper Down

    We’re sending this E-News Special because of the time-sensitive Celebration of Life Service in Louisville on September 2. James M. “Jimbo” Angelini, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away from natural causes on August 6, 2023. Jim proudly served his country as a Sergeant in Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment) in the Vietnam War in 1970. He was a Life Member of the 11th ACVVC. Jim was retired from Louisville Metro Corrections. He is survived by his wife Kay and sons Nick and Eric. The Angelini family will be hosting...
  • E-News — August 2023. Warning Order! The Last Patrol

    The note below is provided by the Point Alpha Stiftung. We will pass along updates as they are sent to us. We would like to host a veteran’s reunion of the 14th and 11th ACR next year in the context of the Last Border Patrol ceremony. U.S. Army Europe and Africa has already confirmed the date for the ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2024. I have already spoken to Winfried Jäger from the Blackhorse Museum in Fulda, who would also like to contribute along with his association. Our tentative plan is as follows: Wednesday,...
  • E-News — July 2023

    Troopers Down   Matthew A. McNally III. Matthew A. McNally III, 72, of Grove City, passed peacefully on June 11, 2023, following a brief illness. Matthew was born in Newton, MA, on May 31, 1951, to Matthew A. and Kathryn A. (Penney) McNally, Jr. He married Debra S. Vandewalker on February 4, 1978. He was a graduate of St. Sebastian High School (1970) in Needham, MA and Norwich University (1974) in Northfield, VT. Matthew began 40 years of dedicated service to the United States when he joined the Army in 1976. He attended...
  • E-News Special – June 2023 Upcoming Mini-Reunions

    The Blackhorse Association is excited to announce five upcoming mini-reunions that will be held in 2023. These mini-reunions are great opportunities to reconnect with friends and fellow troopers who are enthusiastic about all things related to the Blackhorse. We expect additional mini-reunions to be announced in the upcoming weeks, and we’ll be sure to communicate this to the association’s members in our E-News and on our website. __________________________ 2023 Reunion for BHA Air Cav Troop Chapter When: June 14-18, 2023 Where: Hyatt Place, 1818 S. Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108 Hotel Reservations: Please contact Mr....
  • 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...

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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