Blackhorse E-Newsletter October 2008

A Word from the President:

We are pleased to announce that our quest for permanent classification as a public charity under the IRS Code was received effective 3 September 2008 stating our organization to be exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501 © 3 of the Code.

Last month in your Blackhorse E-News we told you of the impending publication of our twice annual Blackhorse Newspaper—-Gene Johnson, our Director of Memberships is also our editor and publisher and advises the paper was mailed to nearly 19,000 members on Tuesday, 23 September 08. Watch for your copy and if you do not receive it within the week, email Gene your current address for mailing.
We encourage any of you who have interesting material for use in the newspaper to get your article to Gene at the address given in the paper.

The new and upgraded association web page, is approximately 85% complete and would have been completed except for Gustav and Ike—the web architect and I were 12 days without power but we are back in comms and moving forward. Give us two or three more weeks and we should have it in place of our old web page. We need members to contribute to the web just as we need your input to the newspaper. One of our biggest shortcomings in the past was that we didn’t do a consistently good job of communicating with our members. Now with the newspaper back in publication, our web presence improved and our monthly E-News, we hope to be able to tell all of you the good news of our Association and our Regiment. In all our publications and activities you should be aware that to maintain our classification with our regulator, the IRS, we are required to be apolitical and may not endorse political candidates of any party at any level.

The Blackhorse Sutler Store was closed to orders at COB on 15 September 08. We are negotiating with Finish Line Awards as an outlet for our memorabilia. They currently serve several other units and we have good reports from two regiments and a division that their service is excellent and price compatible with other military retail outlets. All online orders and mail-in orders received at our store by COB, 15 Sep. were filled and shipped. Online and mail-ins received after 15 Sep. were not processed for payment therefore, no charges will be reflected on customer credit cards. Mail in orders received will be returned to the customer. We hope to have a source for our memorabilia for our members and the Regiment in the near term. We have tried very hard to keep the Sutler Store open for online and store front sales but their profitability was such that we continued to face a short fall that could not be covered by our operating account. We will continue to pursue a solution to providing our memorabilia to our soldiers and members.

The Association mailing address has changed to the following:
The Blackhorse Association
P O Box 630141
Nacogdoches, TX 75963-0141

And, effective immediately, all mail-in donations to the scholarship fund or to the operating fund should be made to:
The Blackhorse Association
Attn: Treasurer
P O Box 84093
Lexington, SC 29073

In the coming months, we will initiate our mail out raffle ticket fundraising effort to sure up our operating fund. Our Association has traditionally had a problem with generating enough operating funds to be able to administer the scholarship program—-our core purpose. We ask your full support in responding to this effort in a generous and timely manner.

Your Officers, Directors and Staff have worked diligently to get our Association through a difficult transition. We are almost there but we cannot make it without a majority participation of you 19,000 members giving of your time, talent and treasure. So I ask of each of you to stay active, find a way to contribute at whatever level you can whether it be in giving of your time, your talent or your treasure. A more noble cause does not exist.

I know you will answer this call.

Allons! and Blackhorse Forever!

John Sherman Crow

President 2008-2009

News from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin

1LT Cummings

Horse Detachment Commander

FORT IRWIN, CALIF. – Last time the 11th ACR participated in the National Cavalry Competition was four years ago and they won 3rd place in the Platoon Drill. This year had better results with the 11th ACR earning three First Places, and two Second Places. Also, we had the third fastest time in the Major Howze event, a night time event covering over 4 miles ending with a saber charge on 8 targets.

1st Place – PFC Joseph Sellars – Mounted Saber Level II

1st Place – Gus, co SPC Britlan Kamstra – Pegasus Award (Best Cavalry Remount)

1st Place Authenticity Spanish American Period – SSG James Davis

2nd Place – SPC Britlan Kamstra – Mounted Saber Level I

2nd Place – PFC Joseph Sellars – Mounted Jumping Level II

11th ACR had the honor of being the Mounted Color Guard for the Opening Ceremonies Saturday morning.

We also participated in the Mounted Platoon Drill with Ft. Huachuca

Next year the National Cavalry Competition will be held in Ft. Robinson, Nebraska where we plan to return with more ribbons and at least one Overall Champion in one of the three levels.

The Blackhorse Association has temporarily suspended all orders to the Sutler Store while we negotiate with Finish Line Awards of Colorado as our source of memorabilia.
All online orders ceased at COB 15 Sep 08 and those orders have been processed and shipped. Orders placed online after 15 Sep 08 were not processed and no credit card charges were processed.
Mail in orders also ceased at COB 15 Sep 08 and those orders have been processed and shipped. Mail in orders received after 15 Sep 08 will be returned to sender.
We have high expectation that we will be able to again offer memorabilia through Finish Line Awards in the very near future.
Correspondence regarding this matter may be addressed to:
Glenn Allardyce
Director at Large
The Blackhorse Association at:

Welcome COL Paul Laughlin, 63rd 11th ACR Regimental Commander!


Colonel Paul J. Laughlin is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a 1985 graduate of Springfield College, Massachusetts. As a Lieutenant and junior Captain, he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader and Adjutant with 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.

Over the next four years (1990-1994) Colonel Laughlin served the Battalion S3 Air for 3rd Battalion 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany and Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He then commanded D Company, 1st Battalion 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany and later served in Vilseck as Brigade Assistant S3 (Plans/Training) and as HHC Commander for 3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division.

From 1995-1997, COL Laughlin served as a Secretary of Defense Intern in Washington DC and then served at Armor Branch, PERSCOM in Alexandria, VA. Following CGSC attendance in 1998, he was assigned as the I Corps Field Grade Assignment Officer, Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment 2nd Infantry Division, and as the S3 of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (IBCT-Stryker) at Fort Lewis, Washington. During this tour, he was temporarily attached to 1st Cavalry Division and served as the Division’s Liaison and Military Advisor to Ambassador Farrand of Brcko, Bosnia.

From 2001-2003, COL Laughlin served as the NTC’s Operations Group Chief of Plans at Fort Irwin, California before assuming command of 1st Battalion (CAB), 72nd Armor Regiment on 29 May 2003 in the Republic of Korea. He then served as the G3 of the 2nd Infantry Division from 2005-2006. From July 2006 to July 2007, COL Laughlin served as the Armor Branch Chief, Maneuver, Fire and Effects Division at the Human Resources Command in AlexandriaVA.

He is a 2008 graduate of the NationalWarCollege at Fort McNair, WashingtonD.C. Additional military schoolings include the Combined Arms and ServiceStaffSchool, Armor Officer Advanced and Basic Courses. Additional civilian schooling includes a Master’s Degree in Administration from CentralMichiganUniversity.

His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal ( 5th OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4th OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.

He is married to the former Judi Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts.

Welcome to the Blackhorse Family COL Laughlin!

Register for the 2009 Border Legion Reunion Now!

24 – 28 JUNE 2009

The third gathering of the Border Legion will convene in Germany 24 – 28 June 2009. All current and former members of the 11th and 14th Armored Cavalry Regiments, assigned and attached supporting units and members of community support organizations, their family and friends are invited to attend. This might be our last reunion in Germany.

Cost is $100 per person and includes registration materials, entrance to the Friday Fest in Fulda, transportation to the Saturday memorial service at OP Alpha, entrance to the OP Alpha museum, lunch at the OP, and the Saturday night Border Legion Banquet at the Orangerie in Fulda. The cost for children 12 and under attending the banquet is $40; no cost if not attending the banquet. Additional events for Wednesday and Thursday are being organized by the Squadrons and will take place in the host cities. Any expenses for these events will be paid for separately through the Squadron sponsors. Transportation, including airfare and rental car, and lodging must be organized separately. You are encouraged to make hotel reservations early. A listing of hotels with telephone numbers and web sites can be found at or You may receive assistance with making hotel reservations by contacting Renate Stieber in Fulda at 011-49-661-79822 or 34265, FAX at 011-49-661-241036 or email at "".

The reunion agenda, hotel information, planning updates and Squadron Points of Contact can be found at the Blackhorse and 14th Cavalry web sites listed above. Updates will be published regularly via email. For those without email a regular mailing will be sent spring 2009. If you have questions you may contact:

Glenn Snodgrass at (703) 250-3064, for 11th Cavalry
Tom Smart at (703) 375-6450, for 11th Cavalry
Greg Wilcox at (703) 247-8467, for 14th Cavalry

2008 Allons Club Donors

Gen.(Ret) Donn Starry
Letty Starry
John Poindexter
MG (Ret) Steve Rippe and Ms. Kate Rice
John Sherman Crow
Frances G. Jones-Crow
BG (Ret) Tom and Susan White
CSM (Ret) C.C. Brown
CSM (Ret) Bill Hutton
COL (Ret) Glenn Snodgrass
Joan Snodgrass
Betty and Bob Kelso
LTC (Ret) and Mrs. Glenn Allardyce
CSM (Ret) John Stephens and Vickie
MSG(Ret) Rick "Gunner" Wagner
Jerry and Sandy Hensley
Mr. and Mrs. Dom Izzo
Mr. F. Scott Tuck
BG(Ret) and Mrs. Doc Bahnsen
Bob and Lois Hurt
COL(Ret) Dave Cowan and Beate
SGM(Ret) George Sluzenski and Kathleen
Bob Grossman
CSM (Ret) Don Wicks
COL(Ret) and Mrs. Richard Leibert
Phil Lester
Joe and Suzanne Sutton
Charlie Watkins
Francis Gowie, Jr.
Wesley Walters
BG (Ret) Jimmy Leach and Marion

BHA Houston/Southeast Texas Chapter News:

There will be a meeting on Monday night, 20 October. MG(ret) Bob Ivany (RVN era 11th ACR vet and BHA member) + President of Houston’s St. Thomas University will be speaking at our meeting. The subject of his talk will be "What We Can Learn about Leadership from the Army "

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and our new location in West Houston will be Goode Co Texas Bar-B-Q at 8911 Katy Freeway (on Interstate 10) {tel: (713) 464-1901} Everyone should arrive NLT 6:30, go thru the downstairs serving line to select and purchase their meals, then go upstairs for the meeting. MG Ivany’s presentation will begin at 7:15pm.

We hope you can join us!
For more information contact Glenn Allardyce at:

NOVEMBER 11, 2008

KSU 08:30
OTHERWISE BE AT San Fernando Mission Blvd & Laurel Canyon Blvd off the 5 freeway
Meet us there at Carls Junior

For more information contact Beau Richards at

Date Scheduled for the 4th Annual Newport Beach Hoedown
4th Annual Hoedown Fundraiser
To Support 11th ACR Blackhorse Troopers
and The Blackhorse Association Scholarship Fund

Make your plans to travel to the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 on the bay in sunny Newport Beach, CA. Once again the charge will be lead by 11th ACVVC member, Blackhorse Association member and Post 291 Commander Steve Spriggs. The Hoedown has raised an average of $10,000 each year and we expect a full house once again.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291
215 15th Street; Newport Beach, CA 92663
5:00 PM- 11:00 PM
5:00 No host happy hour and the post saloon
6:00 Grub (cowboy style)
7:00-11:00 Kick up your heels dancing
Music by The Misfit Cowboys
Contests & Raffle prize drawings throughout the evening!
For tickets please call (949) 673-5070 (no tickets sold at the door)
Dress: Hoedown duds

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