Blackhorse E-News – Febuary 2011


We are saddened to learn of the passing of several Troopers recently.

Sgt Bill Davis, 11 ACR, RVN 1966 67 died in Columbia, Tennessee, 12 jan 11. Oaks & Nichols made arrangements


The following correspondence informing the association of the passing of SGM Greg Frederick LaVigne was provided by his devoted wife, Paula.

"I am contacting you to inform you of the passing of my husband SGM Greg Frederick LaVigne on January 1, 2011. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on February 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Greg loved being a part of The Blackhorse Association, he was a lifetime member and always spoke highly of everyone he knew. Thank you so much for always sending us the Blackhorse Association Bulletin. Greg always enjoyed reading it.


CSM Charles Preston Cox, age 54, of Spring Hill, TN, passed away on January 16, 2011. He served as First Sergeant of G Troop, 2nd Squadron before serving as 1/64 Armor as CSM.

He was a 1974 graduate of Titusville High School in Florida and later graduated from Regents College. He is survived by his daughter Catherine of Norman, OK, son Robbie Cox of Franklin, TN and his mother, Lucille Cox of Titusville, FL.

Funeral was conducted January 22, 2011 at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusvillewith full Military Honors.

This announcement provided by a friend, CSM (R) Samuel M. Rhodes.


Flangas-McMillan provides funds for wounded soldiers.


Gus Flangas of Flangas-McMillan Law Group in Las Vegas presents a check for
$5,600 for aid to soldiers wounded in Afghanistan to LTC Kurt Neddenriep, Commander 1-221 Cavalry (Wildhorse) and Command Sergeant Major James Robinson.



Children of the Blackhorse who intend to submit applications for 2011 Blackhorse Scholarships should be pleased to note that the submission deadline has been extended to 1 April 2011. We found that the previous 1 February submission deadline created some timing problems in gathering and submitting transcripts from the previous semester.

Applications postmarked 1 April 2011 or earlier will be processed and selections made and announced on June 5, 2011 at the Las Vegas Blackhorse Family Reunion.

Applicants are advised to read carefully the application instructions found on our website at by clicking the "Programs" link and then the "Scholarships" link. Application forms are available at that link in printable form.


Reunion Information

The 2011 Blackhorse Family Reunion will be held from Wednesday, June 1st, through Sunday, June 5th, 2011, at Treasure Island Resort and Casino centrally located along the "strip" in Las Vegas. Treasure Island is almost next door to one of Las Vegas’ largest shopping malls.

Our point man in Las Vegas is Gus Flangas, a former Cobra pilot in Air Cavalry Troop and now head of a successful law practice in Las Vegas. Gus will have staff personnel from his law firm available to assist attendees in scheduling sightseeing in the area and reservations for the many wonderful plays and shows available along the strip.

Reunion planning is progressing and we have completed our hotel contract with Treasure Island. You should begin now to reserve your room at the special reunion rate. Reservations may be made by calling (800) 944-7444 or (888) 503-8999 Monday through Sunday 6am to 10pm Pacific Time. Our Group or Block Code is: THEBLAC. Be sure to identify yourself as being with The Blackhorse Association Reunion and use our Block Code in order to take advantage of reduced room rates.

In addition to making your room reservations, you’ll need to mail us your completed registration form along with your payment.

Click here to download a registration form.
Instructions are included in the form.

Click here to download a tentative Schedule of Events
for the 2011 Blackhorse Family Reunion



From Steve Spriggs, Commander, American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291:

Hello fellow Blackhorse Troopers,
The 6th Hoedown is coming up shortly. In order to make it as successful as in the past,
we need to make every one of your friends aware. So;

1. I hope that you can attend
2. If you cannot, please sponsor a ticket for a Blackhorse Trooper to attend
3. Please forward this announcement to your email list.



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