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.