Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
On February 2, 2022, I was privileged to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorating the 121st anniversary of the Regiment’s founding in 1901.
Regimental commander and 69th Colonel of the Regiment COL Todd Hook brought his senior leadership team of squadron commanders and CSMs to mark this historic occasion.
It was a real tribute to the Regiment’s troopers that RCSM Anthony Walker and his squadron CSMs were selected to lay the Regiment’s commemorative wreath.
It was amazing and humbling to be among these fellow BLACKHORSE troopers. Our Regiment is in very good hands.
Stay safe! ALLONS! Guy Swan 57th Colonel of the RegimentPhotos provided by Glenn Snodgrass.
LTG (Ret.) Swan with the Regimental Commander, Colonel Hook.
LTG (Ret.) Swan with the Regiment’s Command Sergeants Major.
A New Patriotic Song Courtesy of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum
Pigapalooza – A Blackhorse Mini-Reunion
Pigapalooza has been held the past 4 years in various locations in the Midwest and Southwest. This year’s event will be held September 23-24, 2022 at 1999 Fort Ave, Vine Grove, Kentucky 40175-6209.
Schedule: Friday Noon – Midnight: Meet and greet; appetizers; music by D.J. Bill – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday Noon – Midnight: Socializing; full dinner; band – 8 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $25 per person (paid on arrival) includes:
Drinks, food, and band. Any monies left over will be turned over to the Blackhorse Association.
Headcount is very important. If anyone has questions, please reach out to Rita Schutt or Dale Lawless.
Rita and Bill Schutt are coordinating with local motels and hotels for a special rate, and they have room for 5 trailers in their pasture. If you bring your trailer/RV, you will need your own power.
Contact information for Rita and Bill: 270-668-3966 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Annual Newsletter 2021
The link at https://www.blackhorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2021-Annual-Newsletter-FINAL-OVERALL.pdf takes you to the Regiment’s 2021 Newsletter. This is well worth a look – 19 pages of color photos and descriptions of what the Regiment did last year. A “Well Done” to the Regiment’s PAO for a great product.
Recognize This Guy?
Tank Display at the Army War College
Note From Brent Bakus
I worked at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center from 2012 to 2019 as the Oral History Branch Chief doing Senior Officer Oral Histories for the Army. While there, an M-60A1 static display on the trail was being repainted. Jack Leighow, the Museum Director who was tasked with its repainting, approached me because he knew I served with the 11th on the Border. I gave him some pointers about the paint scheme because they wanted a Cold War motif. He then asked me if I wanted to contribute info for the plaque, and the rest is history.
I served with the Workhorse from July 1981 to December 1982, first with L Troop as a Platoon Leader and then with HHT as the Assistant S-1. Then I moved down to Mannheim with 3/68 Armor. Stan Cherrie was our Squadron Commander, and Fred Franks was at the Regiment.
In addition to the note above, Brent recently published a book:
They Also Served: How the National Defense Act of 1916 forever changed the landscape of the U.S. Military
(Boiling Springs, PA, February 2022) – From 1918-1953, state governors were asked to raiseand equip replacement National Guard units for national emergencies, like World Wars I & II.
As a result, the Pennsylvania State Defense Force became the second line of defense if and when a national emergency occurred — which it did. These “Home Guards” were made up of volunteers with service experience and those who were well-versed in the martial arts. These units served the states well for two conflicts, answering the governor’s call for natural and manmade disasters. They Also Served (Sunbury Press, January 2022) is their story.
About the Author:
Brent C. Bankus held command and staff positions in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve. He retired in 2005 as a promotable Lieutenant Colonel after 25+ years of service in the Army National Guard Active Guard Reserve Program. He has over 60 publications to his name and is the Program Manager at the U.S. Army Strategic Education Program office located at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA.
The Regiment is Still Represented at Carnival in Germany
The ex-Marshalls of the Carnival Club Haimbach opened the carnival Sunday in front of the clubhouse in Haimbach.
Remembrance of the Border Legion is Still Alive
The following note is from Glenn Snodgrass about the three photos below.
Here are two small markers that I consider “Regimental property”; I am sure most everyone has forgotten about them since we left Fulda in 1994. A great trooper — John U.S. O’Hanlon (what a great name) — has been keeping his eye on them for several years and cleans them every year. I am attaching three photos: (1) the former regimental headquarters, which I think now is a police headquarters; (2) the Blackhorse stone and plaque, which covers the years 1972 – 1994; and (3) the 14th Cav stone and plaque (I think 1948-1972). These represent all those years along the former East-West German border, both before and after the fence was erected.
2022 Reunion Update – Las Vegas, NV (June 9–12, 2022)
Reunion registration information: Please visit our webpage at www.blackhorse.org/reunions and review the details of the reunion. You will find information about the daily agenda, room rates, as well as our location. Registration can be completed by mailing the form below to Scott Harrison or registering online at www.blackhorse.org/reunions. The cut-off for registration is May 2, 2022. Please consider registering sooner rather than later as the association has assumed all reunion planning and conduct. Having an accurate headcount is crucial to maintaining reunion costs. We are expecting a large crowd of between 150-200 attendees.
Hotel reservations: Reservations must be made by May 2, 2022. You can book your rooms for this year’s reunion by calling The Orleans at 800-675-3267 and using group code (ABA2C05). Alternatively, please use their website at https://www.orleanscasino.com/groups. 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, 6/5/2022 to Monday, 6/13/2022.
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, for example, 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.
Regimental attendance: Regimental leadership and troopers will be attending our Saturday night dinner. To defray costs for the junior enlisted to stay at the hotel on Saturday night and share our meal, we have included the option to donate for this cause on the website as well as the registration form. We are expecting as many as 80 to 100 troopers for the event. Also expected at the event are the Horse Detachment for the Color Guard, RCO, RCSM, Squadron Commanders, and CSMs. We hope you can attend the reunion, share stories with the current generation, and meet friends from your own generation of troopers.
Silent Auction: As always, we will be conducting a Silent Auction to generate funds to offset reunion costs and provide donations to the scholarship fund. For this to succeed, we need people to donate goods or services to be auctioned. If you are planning to donate items to the reunion and are attending, please ensure you pack them for the trip. If you cannot attend but would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Scott (email@example.com) or Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange delivery.