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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.

Reunions

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.

Scholarships

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.

Membership

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 2022

    Thanksgiving Greeting from a Friend in Germany Hello to our friends, This year we can finally celebrate Thanksgiving again in our clubhouse after not being allowed to do so for two years due to the pandemic. As always, we have a lot to do and many more ideas to maintain and further strengthen German-American friendship, especially here in the Fulda region. We also think of our friends in the USA — and not only on Thanksgiving. We see Thanksgiving as a special day when we can express our feelings towards our friends and supporters...
  • E-News – November 2022

    Memorial Service for Colonel (Ret.) Chris Conrad   Colonel (Ret.) Chris Conrad (May 19, 1941 – July 17, 2021) will be buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Services begin at 9 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia. Interment will immediately follow. His obituary was published in the August 2021 E-News; it can be viewed here: https://www.blackhorse.org/e-news-august-2021/ Note From Point Alpha Foundation The following update (slightly edited) was sent to Glenn Snodgrass from Johannes at the Point Alpha Foundation; it mentions the...
  • E-News – October 2022

    Trooper Down Richard “DB” Bennett passed away July 3, 2022. He was a resident of Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania. DB served his country for well over sixty years. He served in the US Air Force, U.S. Army, Jersey City Police Department, and Shawnee Fire Company and Paramedics. He was the last surviving founder of the Monroe County Joint Veterans Honor Guard. Services with military honors were held on October 3, 2022. Memorial Service Legendary Blackhorse Chaplain Larry Haworth There will be a memorial service for Chaplain Larry Haworth on October 14, 2022. Eternal Valley Memorial...
  • E-News – September 2022

    Legendary Blackhorse Trooper Down   Chaplain Larry Haworth is now passing through Fiddlers’ Green on his way to a well- deserved reward and an honored seat in His Savior’s presence. Larry died of natural causes on August 15, 2022 at the Army Residence Community in San Antonio, Texas. Chaplain Haworth and his wife Deanna were known and loved by the phalanx of Blackhorse Troopers, not only those who served in Vietnam, but also many of the Fulda Gap Legion in Germany. Both were ever present at all the 11th ACVVC reunions from 1986 through...
  • Special Notice: Blackhorse Association partnership with AUSA

    As part of our continuous commitment to the strength of The Blackhorse Association (BHA), we are excited to announce that The Blackhorse Association has joined the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) as an Association Partner. Because we’re combining forces, we will both be stronger, have a cohesive message to the American people, and have a louder voice on Capitol Hill as we advocate for legislation that is important to us both — issues such as quality of life, benefits, readiness, modernization, and more. We support each other’s goals, and...
  • 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...

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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