Blackhorse E-News – Spring, 2011


The Blackhorse Association welcomes CSM Clinton J. Reiss, the 19th Regimental Sergeant Major of the Blackhorse. Allons!

CSM Reiss’ Bio: Command Sergeant Major Clinton J. Reiss enlisted into the United States Army in November, 1984. He has held leadership positions as a Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Division Operations Sergeant Major and Squadron Command Sergeant Major. His previous assignments were with the 10th Mountain Division (Light), 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, 82nd Airborne Division and 2d Infantry Division. He is currently serving as the Regimental Command Sergeant Major for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Command Sergeant Major Reiss has completed Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Naval SERE Course, Drill Sergeant School and Scout Leaders Course. He is a graduate of all NCOES courses, the First Sergeant Course and Class 57 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Command Sergeant Major Reiss’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, Bronze Star Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with nine oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (sixth award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with three bronze stars), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Valorous Unit Award, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge and Pathfinder Badge.


Second Annual "Last 11th ACR Patrol" Celebration takes place at Point Alpha

On another cold, blustery Spring day – not unlike those so many of us older Blackhorse troopers can personally recall – visitors and distinguished guests again gathered at the former US Border camp, Observation Point Alpha, near Rasdorf, Germany. It was March 31, 2011, twenty-one years after the final elements of K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th ACR, patrolled and reported along the former Inter-German Border (IGB). These individuals, both US and German, came together for the second year in a row to celebrate the final US patrols that occurred so long ago.

Click here to read the full article by S.R Steininger.


Great review for William Haponski’s One Hell of a Ride


Colonel Timothy D. Kerns, a former D Company, 11th ACR lieutenant in Vietnam, gives Colonel William C. Haponski’s book One Hell of a Ridea "thumbs up", calling it "the best book on combat in Vietnam I have read."

"It is a brutally honest and candid account of command at the cavalry squadron level," Kerns writes. "Haposki describes life ‘on the track’ perfectly – the intense tropical heat, the dust that filled every human, the mud that could swallow a 52-ton tank, as well as the hours of boredom and the intensity and sheer terror of close combat."

Click here to read the full review.


Reunion Details

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
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