E-News – December 2019

A Great Example of Blackhorse Pride

Michael Black (goosebouncer.mb@nullgmail.com) had the spare tire cover below created through Tirecovers.com for $85. He states “On the homepage, there will be a category tab to click on. 2nd line down will be the custom page to click. Then just follow the instructions from there.”

Tire Cover


The Latest from the Regiment

The October and November 2019 11th ACR Blackhorse Newsletters, the Regiment’s- own newsletter from Fort Irwin, is posted on the Blackhorse Association website at this link. There’s lots of information about the activities of the Regiment, and it’s a good way to stay abreast of what our Regiment is doing.


2020 Reunion Update Colorado Springs, CO (June 4-7, 2020)

Financial Planning presentation:

We are conducting free presentations on retirement planning and charitable giving on Thursday. There are two sessions for this presentation (1500-1600 and 1600-1700). Please mark your calendars for this event. Make your reservation at bha-reunions@nullgooglegroups.comor indicate your interest on your registration form.

“Charting a Course to Financial Freedom and Leaving a Lasting Legacy.” Bernie Bostwick is the President of Ambassador Advisors and has spent nearly three decades as a manager in business and industry, with a particular focus on financial planning for the last 20 years. He has received a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and he has earned his Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, CAP. He has just completed the requirements for the Certified Kingdom Advisor designation. He is a member of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP) and Kingdom Advisors.

Bernie is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Beth. He has two daughters, four grand-daughters, and one on the way.

Reunion registration information: Registration can be completed by mailing the enclosed to AFR or completing it online at http://www.afr-reg.com/Blackhorse2020. The cut-off for registration is May 1, 2020, though we are hopeful that you will complete your registration earlier because we are expecting a large crowd.

Hotel reservations: Reservations must be made by May 1, 2020. You can book your rooms for next year’s reunion by calling the Elegante at 800-981-4012 and using group code 2262554. Alternatively, use their website at https://www.reseze.net/servlet/SendPage?hotelid=1410&skipfirstpage=true&page =2262554. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. We have reunion room rates from Sunday, May 31st through Monday, June 8th, 2020.

To ensure there is no confusion, check your calendars and make certain to book the night you plan on arriving and the date you plan on leaving. If you fail to show, say, because you booked your room for Tuesday, but your plane doesn’t arrive until Wednesday, you risk having your reservation cancelled as a “no show.” Double-check your dates and book in advance. First come, first served.




Prices and times may vary based on hotel location.

Royal Gorge Train Ride

Friday, June 5

Experience America’s most spectacular rail journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt described it best as “the trip that bankrupts the English language!” Come experience gorgeous scenery on a narrated ride on the two- hour train trip through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” – an unforgettable journey under the famous suspension bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of the Royal Gorge, towering over 1,000 feet above. You’ll be served a box lunch which includes a sandwich, chips, fruit cup, cookie, and water. Don’t miss the train ride that has been called “The most spectacular 12 miles of railroad in America.”

1045 board bus, 1615 back at hotel
$112/Person includes bus, guide, box lunch, and train ride.

National WWII Aviation Museum & Airplane Restaurant

Saturday, June 6

Start the day at the National WWII Aviation Museum, the only museum in the world that focuses exclusively on the unique story of the role of aviation in World War II. The museum is located on an active airfield; the docent-led tours go through the workshops and aircraft restoration facilities. Aircraft include the B-25, P-47, and many more. Keeping with the theme of the day, stop for lunch at the Airplane Restaurant. Part of the restaurant is truly inside a Boeing KC-97 tanker, but the attached building is full of memorabilia too.

Lunch includes a choice of Swiss Mushroom Burger,
Corned Beef Reuben, or fried fish all serviced with French fries (or slaw), or a Caesar salad with chicken.

1130 board bus, 1630 back at hotel $78/Person includes bus, escort, admission and lunch.

Guide gratuities are not included in the tour prices.
Please plan to be at the bus boarding area at least five minutes prior to the scheduled time.
All tours require a minimum of thirty people, unless otherwise noted.


Thanksgiving Greetings from Fulda, Germany

Dear friend,

Hello from Fulda, Germany.

As always, we have much to do to hold the German-American friendship in Fulda alive.

Of course we also think a lot about our friends in the US and do not want to miss wishing you and your families a great Thanksgiving 2019.

I wish you a Thanksgiving full of peace, love and joy.

We gather on this day to be grateful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessing that will come. Happy Thanksgiving!

We also like to remember our many friends in the US at our Thanksgiving dinner in Fulda; we will celebrate with some 70 members.

Many greetings and ALLONS!

German-American Friendship-Cultural & Sportsassociation KONTAKT Fulda Blackhorse Museum Fulda
Winfried Jäger

Happy Thanksgiving from Fulda


The Southeastern Blackhorse Regiment Mini-Reunion

The Southeastern Blackhorse Regiment Mini-Reunion was held in Neptune Beach, Florida on 11-13 October 2019. This was the third time that the southeastern troopers have gathered at the beach in North Florida.

As troopers settled in on Friday afternoon, they made their way to the Lemon Bar for an informal social. After a few hours at Jacksonville’s number one beach bar, several groups walked to local restaurants for dinner.

On Saturday morning, there were two activities planned: a tour of the Okefenokee Swamp and the John “Paintman” Clark Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The ride was planned so that riders arrived at the swamp in time to take the tour with the rest of the group. The two-hour tour took the attendees through the swamp by boat, as the guide pointed out alligators, birds, plants, and more alligators. After the tour, the group enjoyed burgers for lunch before heading back. On the way back, the motorcycle riders visited fallen brother John Gabbard at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. They then road along the north

The main event was the dinner at the German Schnitzel Haus. Due to scheduling conflict, there was no German band this year. Their absence did not take away from the good times of reminiscing with old friends and making new ones. During the dinner, three pieces of the border fence were auctioned and drawings for other items were held. A 50/50 drawing was won by Gene Johnson. Gene graciously donated his winnings back to be donated with all other money collected to the Blackhorse Scholarship Fund in memory of John Gabbard. After the smoke cleared, the group donated $600 to the scholarship fund.

Sunday morning everyone went their separate ways with memories refreshed and new friends made. The planning has already started for another mini-reunion during fall 2020.

Mini Reunion Group One

Mini Reunion Group Two

Mini Reunion Group Three

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