E-News – June 2019

1901 Blackhorse Whiskey

The following is from the MG (Ret.) Terry Tucker, President of the Cavalry and Armor Association:

Fewer than 100 bottles remain. Expect zero balance by mid-summer. We have decided to offer an additional 420 bottles after the current inventory is depleted. Will make minor changes to the label. Should be available by fall 2019.

More to follow when we have more definitive information.


Further Update on Vehicle Restoration
at Point Alpha From Bill Hutton

Finished the A3 today with the mounting of the completed faux M85 and coax extension. Built faux gunner’s optics and rangefinder optics too. Finished painting the A3 Friday. Have some small detail stuff to do but it’s a wrap!

Have had folks wanting their bumper numbers, but I remind them that the folks that volunteered picked them… Joel Parker – see the May E-News – the 113 and me the tank with Martin Dorey numbering a truck 58th Engineers.

Long distance help from: Jim McEvers, Charley Watkins, Joe Tellup, Earl Hickman. Volunteers that worked here were Joel Parker, Dale Lawless, and Martin Dorey! Joel spent a week and the other two did a 1/2 day. Lawless provides a new 5×8 foot flag, paint suits for me (PAINT), and other hard to find painting materials. I will bring the smaller US flag back and auction it at the reunion.

And again from the Association, a hearty Blackhorse “Well Done!” to Bill and the other volunteers for their hard work preserving our heritage in Germany. Please see photos below of their handywork.

Blackhorse Restoration
Blackhorse Restoration
Blackhorse Restoration
Blackhorse Restoration



Amazon Smile donates to Blackhorse Association

Please take a moment to read this and consider using this opportunity as a simple way to donate to the Blackhorse Association scholarship program.

Total Donations to BHA:

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2 years of donations have been generated by BHA members.

We created the Blackhorse Association account on AmazonSmile in 2Q, 2017. Since that date, the association has received quarterly contributions from Amazon, totaling almost $402. These donations were generated by BHA members, who use AmazonSmile to make their Amazon purchases. We currently have 82 unique users, who identify BHA as their charitable organization. Our goal is to get every member of the Association who buys from Amazon, to use AmazonSmile and identify BHA as their designated charitable organization. It is estimated that if we had 1,000 unique users, we could generate sufficient funds for a single scholarship. All for doing what people are already doing on the Amazon website.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as you would at www.amazon.com.The added bonus is that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding, or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. Please click on the link below, and then add the Blackhorse Association as your Amazon charitable organization.

Click here to add theBlackhorse Association as your charitable organization on Amazon Smile.

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2019 Blackhorse Association Scholarship Winners

The Blackhorse Association continues to grow in the support of named scholarships of $3000 annually to “take care of our kids,” which is the founding purpose of the Association. We are excited about the growth and potential of this program and encourage others who might want to designate an annual scholarship to contact our Scholarship Director. See the Blackhorse Association web site for details. www.blackhorse.org

Named Scholarship Recipients for 2019 are:

Recipient/Named Scholarship

  • Parker Ferrel – CSM Robert McCord
  • Vanessa Schultz – Cold Steel
  • Joseph Felician – Armor and Cavalry Association
  • Riley Collins – Workhorse
  • Joy Hatcher – Blackhorse OIF Remembrance
  • Zachary Boal -Ironhorse Commanders
  • Tea Pusey – Alpha Troop Scholarship, sponsored by the Benefield Family
  • Elayna Snyder – Alpha Troop Scholarship, sponsored by the Benefield Family
  • Elizabeth Brandl – Point Alpha

Other recipients for 2019 are:

  • Brittany Crouch
  • Emma Birkenbuel
  • Charles Mack
  • Jessica Peterson
  • Alise Boal
  • Kierra Taylor
  • Jennifer Westbrook
  • Elizabeth Wright
  • Victoria McCuen
  • Lauren Buzzell
  • Abigail Brandl

Congratulation’s to our scholarship winners and thanks to all who have contributed to the scholarship fund. This is one of our most important functions as an Association. Please consider donating to the scholarship fund this year.


An Item of Possible Interest to Members

Note: The Association is not sponsoring this nor endorsing it; we’re only providing information if our members want to pursue it.
Hello fellow Vietnam veteran,

My name is Mark Knowles. I am a lifetime member of Chapter 596 of the Vietnam Veteran’s Association in Cleveland, Tennessee.

After three years of retirement, I decided I would like to make a return visit to Southeast Asia, spending two weeks in Vietnam.

After thinking, I thought it would be great to reexperience Vietnam with some fellow veterans.

I’ve inquired about a two-week tour that hopefully several of our veterans can share together, as well as have a reunion of sorts.

The two-week tour itself is $1,100 for shared (two to a room) accommodations. Round trip flights range from $925-$1,400, depending on where you fly from.

If you would be so kind as to forward my e-mail to your chapter members. I would appreciate your assistance.

The tentative date is the 1st or 2nd week of January 2020.

If anyone is interested, please send me an email at VVAVietnametours@nullgmail.com. I will be happy to provide interested members with answers to their questions and additional details.

Thank You.
Respectfully, Mark Knowles


11th ACR Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Ramin Shahin Ott

Staff Sergeant Ramin Shahin Ott, Blackhorse NCO of the Year

SSG Ramin Ott was born June 22, 1989 in Pagopago, American Samoa. Son of John and Tausaili Ott. He has been happily married for 8 years and is blessed with four daughters.

He attended and graduated from Tafuna High School in June 2004, and he traveled the Pacific islands as part of the American Samoa National Soccer Team before deciding to join the U.S. Army out of Mesa, AZ in January 2010. SSG Ott started basic training in January 2010 at Fort Knox, Kentucky and advanced individual training as a light wheeled mechanic (91B) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

After entry level training, he was assigned to Echo Company, 3/2 GSAB at Camp Humphreys, South Korea in July 2010. After a year in Camp Humphreys, he was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division, where he served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic for Echo Company, 5th Battalion 101st Aviation Brigade, to include a tour to Bagram, Afghanistan for 7 months. SSG Ott also graduated from the Sabalauski Air Assault School, completed the Warriors Leaders Course and was promoted to sergeant by the end of his time in Fort Campbell.

In October 2014, he was assigned to HHB, Division Artillery, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he helped stand up the battery motor pool and arms room. SSG Ott took the initiative to write not only the scheduled service SOP for the motor pool but the SOP for the unit arms room as well. Prior to reporting to Fort Irwin, SSG Ott completed the Advanced Leaders Course. He is section sergeant for the Automotive Section in Maintenance Troop and serves as the Troop’s Master Driver and UPL.

One of his short-term goals is to be a unit motor sergeant. SSG Ott’s goals are to successfully complete his Army career, retire as Senior NCO, and make leaders along the way!


Vietnam Documentary about the Blackhorse

Below is a link to an old video from The Big Picture about the Blackhorse in Vietnam. It’s well worth a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtatvG7QB2E

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