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 — July 2024 Troopers Down

    Tribute to BG John Sherman Crow From Greg Hallmark: John Trigg and I were honored to attend our great friend John Sherman Crow’s Celebration of Life service in Bastrop, Louisiana on June 1, 2024. John Sherman was my commanding officer when I was in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Here is the video we made of that event. *********** Another Tribute to a Fallen Soldier Photos/Videos from BG Doc Bahnsen’s Celebration of Life Provided by Louis Litkett Front and Back of Program: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:us:13f4cd98-39fd-4eed-8acd-aac87bc3c4d7 Inside of Program: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:d45c1d55-d2cd-4477-9ba6- 1446993665a5 Photos/videos from BG Doc Bahnsen’s Celebration of Life Ceremony – April 20, 2024: (After clicking the...
  • 2024 Blackhorse Association Family Reunion Info

    Mark your calendars for July 25-28, 2024 for this year’s reunion. If you plan to attend our reunion, the registration deadline is June 23 for the hotel and the reunion registration. Registration fees are $100 per person. This will include the Friday night social, Saturday night social, and AV fees. Optional fees include reunion coin and tours. Online and mail- in registration information is provided on the Blackhorse Association reunion website and our Facebook event page (Blackhorse Association 2024 Family Reunion). As the reunion site has limited seating for the banquet,...
  • E-News — June 2024

    Troopers Down Interment for Colonel (Ret.) Glenn Snodgrass Interment for Colonel (Ret.) Glenn Snodgrass will be June 25, 2024, 1 p.m., at Arlington National Cemetery. The address is 1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, Virginia. If attending, please go to the Administration Building and not the Fort Myer Chapel. Follow the directions of the guards as you approach. There is a 100% photo ID check. Please arrive at the cemetery by 12:15 p.m. Vehicles will be lined up adjacent to the Administration Building. There will be a reception at the Army Navy Country Club following...
  • E-News Special — May 2024

    Troopers Down The information below was provided by our brothers in the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. Joseph Delbert Rogers III, of Woodmont, passed away on May 7, 2024. Joe, or Joey to his family and many neighborhood friends, was born on August 21, 1946, the son of Joseph D. and Mary Murphy Rogers of Milford. Joe graduated from Milford High School and Stonehill College. He proudly served his country in the 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment) in the Vietnam War in 1970 -...
  • AUSA Scholarship Deadline Extended – May 27

    We would like to pass along this college scholarship update from AUSA, which is the Blackhorse Association's major partner that offers BHA members easy access to dozens of programs, discounts, and services as part of your BHA membership. AUSA has extended its scholarship application deadline to May 27, 2024; it has a robust college scholarship program that could help you or someone close to you with the cost of a college education. Please read the following information about AUSA's scholarship program. AUSA SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE EXTENDED: 27 MAY 2024 Dear AUSA Member, Don't leave money on the...
  • E-News — May 2024

    Trooper Down Charles R. Barnes was born in Charles County, Maryland on April 16, 1948, the son of Evelyn Proctor and Paul Diggs, who both preceded him in death. Similarly to Charles’ quiet disposition, he peacefully departed this life on April 4, 2024 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Charles received his early education in the Charles County, Maryland School System, where his class was first to integrate and graduate at LaPlata High School. He furthered his education at Prince George’s County Community College taking various courses such as communications, economics, writing, and law. Education...
  • E-News Special — April 2024 Passing of the Beloved 49th Regimental Commanding Officer Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow

      Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow passed away on April 7, 2024 in Natchez, Mississippi, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was the proud 49th Colonel of the Blackhorse Regiment and Past President of the Blackhorse Association. There are not enough words, nor words large enough, to capture what General Crow has meant to the Blackhorse Regiment and its Association. He was the epitome of a concerned cavalry leader, and he truly loved the Regiment and its troopers. He was one of a few who in 2006 worked hard to...
  • E-News — April 2024

    John Doc Bahnsen Memorials The note below is from Doc Bahnsen’s family. Doc’s first memorial service will be in Rochelle, Georgia at 440 McWhorter Road, 2 p.m. on April 20. The second service will be in New Cumberland, West Virginia at 993 Gas Balley Road, 2 p.m. on May 4. ******   John Casterman left us peacefully on February 19, 2024. John was an intense and challenging man, and he was well loved. John grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas where his family ran the local Coca Cola Bottling Plant. He graduated from the University of Kansas...
  • E-News Special – March 2024 Blackhorse Mini-Reunion in Arizona

    Tom and Terri Morrison will host a mini-Blackhorse get-together on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Details: 1 – 5 p.m. 5121 W. Creedance Blvd. Glendale AZ 85310 We’ll order pizza for lunch, and it’ll be BYOB. If you’re able to go, please RSVP to help us with the planning. Thanks! Ron Krueger ronkrue@nullhotmail.com Phone: 530-304-4249
  • E-News — March 2024

    Troopers Down A Blackhorse Hero Passes From the Weirton Daily Times — February 23, 2024   ROCHELLE, Ga. — The nation lost one of its most highly decorated combat veterans Wednesday with the death of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John C. “Doc” Bahnsen, who rode helicopters with his troops into battle in the jungles of southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He was 89. Bahnsen died of natural causes with his wife and family members present in a home he recently had built on the ancestral family farm in agricultural southeast Georgia. He had returned...

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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