Blackhorse E-News – September 2011


It is with much sadness that we report the loss of SFC Christian Riege from the Wildhorse squadron. SFC (posthumously promoted to MSG) Riege was among the soldiers gunned down in a Nevada IHOP last week. He was a right shoulder Blackhorse Trooper that served with our 1st Squadron, 221 Cavalry in their recent deployment to Afghanistan.

MSG Riege leaves behind four children. A memorial service was held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Nevada National Guard Headquarters in Carson City for all victims. MSG Riege’s family has chosen to have a closed burial ceremony in his hometown in Nebraska at a later date. Our thoughts and prayers are forever with the Riege family.

Also killed in the attack were LTC Heath Kelly and SFC Miranda McElhiney of the Nevada Army National Guard. Our thoughts and prayers go out equally to their families.

Wildhorse Forever! and Blackhorse Forever!


Arlington National Cemetery Services for John B. Whitehead III

Services for John Whitehead have been announced for the Catholic Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery for 1 December 2011 at 12:30 PM.



2009 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Remember, you need only submit from your Registar/Scholarship department a confirmation of your enrollment as a full time student for the Fall Semester 2011. The confirmation should be emailed to CSM (Ret) Ernie Ford at or send it via regular mail to:

CSM (Retired) Ernie Ford

P.O. Box 56122

North Pole

Alaska 99705-1122.

As you will recall, your continuing scholarships are guaranteed so long as you have been classified as a full time student.

Best wishes from all the Blackhorse Family for a successful school year!

2011 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Recipients should present their award letter to their Registar/Scholarship department. This letter clearly states the institution must present to CSM (Retired) Ernie Ford confirmation of enrollment as a full time student to the address indicated in the announcement letter. Once the institution confirms enrollment and provides an active mailing address for scholarship payment, the payment will be made immediately.

Further, it is imperative that recipients maintain a functional email address with CSM (Retired) Ernie Ford at We are ready to do our part in providing your scholarship funds, you have the responsibility to read and follow instructions to insure the process is completed.

Best wishes for a successful and rewarding year from the Blackhorse Family.



Glenn Snodgrass and his great crew have planned an interesting reunion during the period June 7 – 10, 2012. Please register early so the planners can insure our meetings and banquet halls are of adequate size to accommodate the various events. Our attendance numbers are growing each year and we need good estimates of attendance in order to insure we do not over commit for the various event venues. It is also recommended that you reserve your hotel room early. The hotel has a very satisfactory cancellation policy. More detailed reunion information is posted at Notice—- that is ".com". The same information may be found on our website at the Programs/Reunion Link at

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