Blackhorse E-Newsletter Addendum 18 Jan 08

Army’s Top NCO to Speak at 2008 Blackhorse Reunion-Las Vegas

Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston has accepted the Blackhorse Association’s invitation to speak at the Blackhorse Reunion’s Memorial Service and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Seminar.

Throughout his 30 year career, Preston has served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his current position as Sergeant Major of the Army. His most recent duty assignment prior to assuming his current duties was as the Command Sergeant Major for Conbined Joint Task Force 7 during the invasion of Iraq. Preston is also a Blackhorse trooper, having served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Border Legion.
As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston serves as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devotes the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training, and talking to Soldiers and their families. He sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress.

A more complete biography on Sergeant Major of the Army Preston is available at:
Sign up for the reunion today at and experience two great speakers as they tell their stories and that of the US Army past, present and future as it continues to defend our great Nation!


Where & When

15-18 May 2008
Southpoint Hotel & Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89183

Obituary for a Legendary Blackhorse Lady, Letty Starry: A True Yellow Rose Among the Cavalry

WILLIAMSBURG – Letty Starry, 83, wife of General Donn A. Starry, U.S.Army (retired), died Jan. 4, 2008, of kidney failure, at their home in Williamsburg, Va., in the company of her husband of nearly 60 years and their children.

She was born in Parco, Wyo., lived in Kansas City, Kan., for many years and graduated from the University of Kansas. She and Donn met 70 years ago at a neighborhood social and became high school sweethearts. They were married June 15, 1948, in Kansas City, Kan., and immediately set out on a 35-year Army career.

She was the first lady of 3d Plt “C” Company, 63d Tk Bn, 1st Bn 32d Armor, the Armor Center at Fort Knox, the V Corps, U.S. Army Europe, the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, and the U.S. Readiness Command at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Fla. In all cases and places, she was an expert organizer, gracious hostess, caring friend, and had a passion for supporting young military families and community service. She sent Donn off to war three times and kept the home fires burning during countless other temporary absences. Through all this, she managed to get four children through grade school, high school, college and other assorted challenges of youth.

After retiring from Army life, Letty enjoyed summers in Crested Butte, Colo., among the mountains she enjoyed so much as a child. She was a practicing artist, assisted Donn in establishing a church community in Northern Virginia, and continued in her community service efforts.

She is survived by her husband, Gen. Donn A. Starry; their four children, Mike (Bonne), Paul (Emily), Melissa and Melanie (Kendall); brother, Paul Gibbs and wife, Charlene, of Leawood, Kan.; grandchildren, Erin, Kristen, David, Devon, Kyle, Andrew and Justin; and great-grandchildren, Aidan and Wesley.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Chapel of the Centurion, Fort Monroe, for family and close friends. A memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a date to be announced.

In honor of Letty’s service to soldiers and families, please make donations and remembrances in her name to the soldiers and families currently serving in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment- the regiment her husband commanded in Vietnam and led into Cambodia in 1970- in memory of Letty Starry.

Donations can be sent to:

The Blackhorse Scholarship Fund
The Blackhorse Association
P.O. Box 10423
Fort Irwin, CA 92310.
Donations can also be made via the Blackhorse Association Store Website at:
Additions to 2007’s Honor Roll of Donors

Glenn Allardyce

William H. Sheehan
George P. Sluzenski
John Hien
Dan Dall
Jack Morrison
Elizabeth Rice
Jerry Williamson
Frank E. Varljen
Vincent Carag
Tom Whitaker
COL Andrew R. Manuele
Randall C.Groncki
Francesco P. Mastracchio
Randy L. Bodo
Rick L. Gramoll
John P. Burns
Dale E. Hruby
Leonard M. McCarthy Jr.
Richard M. Rucker
Sandy Smith
Kristine Baltzell
Robert Buter
Guy Swan
Phil Lester
Gregory Hallmark
Cash Sales
Gene Johnson
Paul T. Lunarde
Glenn Elsing
John Hien
Arthur T. Carey
Ralph J, Harting III
Dee Cuttell
Jennifer T. Smith
Dien Zeigler
Robert Tamburri
James Angelini
Leigh Williams
Cash Sales
Robert E. Donaghe
John Sherman Crow
Robert Tamburri
John Hien
Clinton J. Ancker
Jack Morrison

2008 Honor Roll of Donors

Thomas D. Smart
LTG Robert J. Baer
John S. Ahl
COL. LeRoy W. Dyment Jr.
Tom Graves
MG Robert J. Sunell
Robert P. Fairchild
Andrew Haramis
Universal Voltronics
Joseph Buffington
Thomas E. White
Patricia Gates
Arnold Braswell
USMA Class of 1948
Ennis C. Whitehead, Jr.
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