Specialist Jacob R. Ostrowidski, Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment is the Regimental Soldier of the Quarter for 1st Quarter, FY 14. Specialist Ostrowidski is married to Tiffany Ostrowidski. He joined the Army in 2012 and this is his first duty assignment. He is a 19K and assigned as a driver for the RS4. He is also the RS4 Regimental Tactical Operations Center Battle NCO during training rotations. He is currently enrolled in two courses through the American Military University and is seeking an AA in Business. His short-term goals are to earn his EIB and Silver Spurs. His mid-term goal is to attend airborne school, complete his AA and BA in Business and to reclassify into 31D Criminal Investigation Special Agent. His long-term goal is join the Audie Murphy Club, become a drill sergeant, and attend either OCS or WOCS.
The website below has pictures and a short biography of commanders of the11th Cavalry from 1901 to 1941. Well worth a visit.
This is a sight you have probably never seen. This is a rare memorial to our veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War. It hangs in the National Veteran’s Art Museum, Chicago. Did you know this existed?
When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.
In the photo, dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.
The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above and Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.
The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents.
Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.
The following note is from David Ervin, the author of the book and a veteran of the 11th ACR in Iraq.
There you can read the synopsis, intro to the book, and some reviews. If you have any questions regarding the book, its content, or author information, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I would be happy to provide certain members of the association with a free copy in the hopes that they can garner more support for it. Regardless, thanks for doing what you do in keeping the Blackhorse legacy alive.
In addition, an unit history of the squadron’s Iraqi experience is located on the Blackhorse Association website at http://www.blackhorse.org/pdf/2-11_Official_Unit_History.pdf
This note from the Newport Historical Society:
Subject: 11th Cavalry in Newport
Mr. Snedeker –
We have a second copy of the postcard that you saw on our web site in our files, dated June 26, 1908, with the message "This picture was taken the day the soldiers were here." In addition to the postcard that you saw at our web site, we have a postcard of four soldiers, postmarked Sep 30, 1908, with no message.
Barb Curran, Historian
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Blackhorse Association will hold its annual Blackhorse Family reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, June 12 -15, 2014. The reunion is open to all past and present troopers who served with the Regiment, the Regimental Community, and all separate units that supported the Regiment.
The reunion will be held at the Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The Elegante is in the process of a major several million dollar renovation. Rooms have been set aside for reunion attendees at a special negotiated rate of $115 per night.
Attendees are encouraged to make plans early. For reservations, please visit https://www.reseze.net/cassets/mkt/mcmelegante/landing_pages/MCM_Colorado_Blackhorse_Association.html or call (800) 981-4012 (reservations). You can phone their Front Desk directly at (719) 576-5900 (be sure to give them our Group ID number – 693108 – and say you are attending the Blackhorse reunion).
For additional lodging options, go to http://www.expedia.com/Colorado-Springs-Hotels.d602991.Travel-Guide-Hotels.
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You can always find the latest news and information on the Blackhorse Association at: http://www.blackhorse.org
If you run into Blackhorse veterans or serving members of the Regiment, let them know about the Association and point them to the website.