BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peter C. Bayer Jr. , President
Pete Bayer proudly served over 29 years as a Soldier in the United States Army and was the 61st Colonel of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment leading the Blackhorse during its combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He spent the majority of his career in operations and training with duty in multiple Armor and Cavalry units in Germany and the United States including four post 9/11 operational and combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq. Highlights include service as the commander of the 2nd Battalion 69th Armor; G3 Operations Officer of the 3rd Infantry Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq; Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Armor Center; Chief of Staff of I Corps and Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad in 2010 and Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy on the Army Staff in the Pentagon.
Pete joined Penske Logistics in 2014 and currently serves as the Area Vice President, Northeast. He and his wife Lhoryn live in Lancaster PA.
Ricky Pring, Vice President
Born in November 1959 in Warren Pennsylvania to George and Kathleen Pring as the youngest of eight children Ricky grew up on a farm until his family moved to Kissimmee Florida in the mid-seventies. Ricky joined the Army in January 1977 under the delayed entry program and completed Basic and AIT in one of the first OUST training courses at Fort Knox Kentucky in October.
He proudly served his first tour as a Loader/Driver/Gunner and Tank Commander in the 3rd Platoon, M Company, 3rd Squadron 11th ACR. He received multiple several awards for gunnery skills and leadership including Top Tank and NCO of the quarter. However, his most notable accomplishment was meeting the love of his life Petra Knoth a month into his assignment and marring her in January of 1980.
After a tour as and OSUT instructor from 1982 – 1984 A Company 1st Battalion 1st Training Brigade Fort Knox Kentucky he returned to Germany serving with the 7th CATC in Vilseck and then 2/37 Armor as a Platoon Sergeant, Company and Battalion Master Gunner before moving to D Company 1/37 Armor and serving as the Platoon Sergeant for the 1st Armored Division CAT Team. The CAT platoon finished second out of 16 platoons in the American team competition. With the international competition canceled due to Desert Storm, he deployed to Saudi Arabia with 3rd Brigade 1st AD and invaded Iraq participating in battles with two Iraqi Armor divisions as well as the battle at 73 easting.
He again joined the 11th ACR in 1998 at Fort Irwin serving saw the 1st Squadron Operations Sergeant Major. From 2001 – 2004 he was the Command Sergeant Major of 1/13 Armor at Fort Riley Kansas deploying in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom providing support to 3 ID/ 101st /82nd /1st AD in operations in Iraq.
In 2004 he became the 16th Regimental Command Sergeant Major of the Blackhorse and led the Regiment during a highly successful combat deployment to Iraq in 2005.
Provided support to rotational units and assisted in deploying the Regiment minus in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom providing two Squadrons in and around Bagdad and the Regimental HQ as the Multi National division North West HQ.
Ricky continued to support Soldiers after leaving uniform with A-T Solutions providing asymmetric warfare training to the US Military, police and other agencies holding positions as a Deputy Program Manager, Program Manager and Vice president of West Coast Training Operations.
RONDO JACKSON, Secretary
Rondo enlisted in 1974 as a Military Policeman and served at Ft. Carson, CO., and in Germany for 6 years. As an MP, he was a Narcotics Investigator and Customs Inspector and worked Scout, Patrol and Narcotics Detector Dogs. In 1980 he reenlisted to be a Cavalry Scout and served as a Senior Track Commander, M-3 Bradley Commander/Senior Cavalry Scout Instructor and Platoon Sergeant in the 6th and 5th Cavalry and 5th /15th Cavalry, 1st ATB. He served from 1983-85 in HHT 3/11th ACR in the S-3 and later in the S-4 as the Assistant Support Platoon Leader and Transportation Section Leader/ Squadron Ammo Sergeant. After 14.5 years he was medically retired from service. Rondo then went to work for the Idaho Department of Corrections Maximum Security Institution as a Corrections Officer, a Field Training Officer, Instructor and Parole Officer. He moved up to Department Security Threat Group/Gang Coordinator and Investigator. He went to work with the Oregon Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer and Gang Specialist, when he was again medically retired in 2008. Rondo and his wife Loraine moved back to Kentucky where he still consults with several different Gang Investigation groups.
DAN CAUGHEY, Treasurer
Dan Caughey served with 1st BN 18th Infantry, First Infantry Division from 1972-75 leading a rifle platoon, 4.2 mortar platoon, scout platoon and finally serving as BDE HHC XO. Dan transferred to the Finance Corps after a serious spinal injury during a HALO jump with the 1st Division Sport Parachute Team. Dan Commanded 2nd Finance Section supporting 11th ACR, Fulda and Wildflicken Communities from 1980-1983, and commanded 22nd Finance in New Ulm, from 1984-1985 supporting the 56th Artillery BDE (Pershing) in Neu Ulm and the 1st Infantry Division FWD at Goeppingen. After CGSC, Dan served as an Inspector General then as Finance Officer and Deputy Comptroller at Presidio of San Francisco. Since retiring from active service in 1993, Dan has been in private practice as a Certified Public Accountant, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Helga. Their son, CPT Patrick J. Caughey continued the cavalry tradition serving combat tours with 3/7 CAV in Baghdad and 1/71 CAV in Kandahar before returning to his home town of San Francisco and working in the high-tech arena. Dan can be reached at email@example.com or 415-595-2118.
CHARLEY WATKINS, At-Large Director
Initially drafted into the Army in 1966 after 3 years of college he later attended Warrant Officer Flight Training 1967-1968. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 11th ACR in Vietnam and served as Command and Control Pilot for Colonel George S. Patton 1968-1969. Receiving a direct commission in 1970 to 1LT, he served as Helicopter Coordinator for COMPHIBRON ONE (Commander of Amphibious Group One, U.S. Navy) for 3 years. Served as Deputy G-1 for I Corp for 3 years and retired in 1989. Currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO,
BOB HATCHER, Director of Scholarships
Bob Hatcher was commissioned a Lieutenant of Infantry in 1988 after graduation from Marion Military Institute and went on to the University of Monetvallo while serving in the Alabama Army National Guard. Bob served on active duty from 1990 to 2016 in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, Korea, Norway and the Middle East. He attended the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and was later assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, CA from 2002 to 2006. There he served as the Support Squadron S3 and SPO, the Regimental XO, and Deputy Commander. While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Bob served simultaneously as the Regimental XO and the G4/C4 for Multi-National Force Northwest in Mosul, Iraq. Bob commanded 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3d BCT, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson and deployed for 15 months to Baghdad Iraq. He retired in 2016 from the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, VA where he served as the Chief of Staff. He and his wife are extremely active in nonprofit organizations serving military and local communities.
CLINT ANCKER, Director of Communications
Clint Ancker was commissioned from West Point in 1970 and served in Vietnam as Platoon Leader and Troop XO with G Troop, 2/11 ACR, rifle platoon leader with the 1-12 CAV, and Training Officer and PBO with Special Forces. From 1974-1977 he was Border Officer, Squadron Maintenance Officer, and the Commander of F Troop, 2/11 ACR. From 1984-1991 he served as S-3, 3/11 ACR; S-3, 11th ACR; Commander of 3/11 ACR: and G-3 of 2d Armored Division (Forward) during Desert Storm. Subsequent assignments included Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, US Special Operations Command, Chief of the USEUCOM Military Liaison Team to Albania, and Director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, as position he still holds today as a DA civilian.
SCOTT HARRISON, Director of Reunions
Scott Harrison enlisted in 1978, serving on Active Duty and the Ohio National Guard while achieving the rank of SGT. After graduating from the Ohio State University in 1988, he accepted a Direct Commission as 2LT in the Medical Service Corps. After graduating in the top 5% of his OBC class, he was transferred from the National Guard to Active Duty with assignment as Med Plt Ldr, Medical Platoon, HHT, Third Squadron (1989-1990), then Ambulance Plt Ldr, Medical Troop, Combat Support Squadron (1990-92). Other assignments include: Hospital Commander; Brigade S-3; Army Staff; Joint Staff; ISAF Staff, CENTCOM Staff and G-4, Army Reserve Medical Command. Scott retired after 36 years of service and is currently employed as a contract IT Project Manager in Tampa, where he lives with his two elementary age sons.
JEFF CORBIN, Director of Finance and Strategy
Jeff enlisted in 1984 as an Armored Reconnaissance Cavalry Scout. After completion of OSUT at Ft. Knox, KY, he was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th ACR.
Over the course of the next three years, Jeff held numerous roles in support of the border mission in S3 Plans and Operations; TOC driver, S3 driver, M3 Bradley driver and gunner and Squad leader. He completed Primary Leadership Development Course at Baumholder Germany and obtained the rank of Corporal. At the end of his border tour, Jeff returned to Ft. Knox, where he was promoted to SGT and supported Armor Basic and Advanced Schools with the 5th Cavalry.
After ETS, Jeff attended Jefferson College in Louisville, KY and graduated with an AAS in Business Management and Technology. Since this time, he has held a progression of banking roles and today serves as Senior Director of Consumer Lending Operations for a regional east coast bank. Jeff calls Phoenix, AZ home for his wife and two adult children.
BILL FROBE, Assistant Director for Membership
William (“Bill”) Frobe grew up in Whitney Point, NY. He had already earned an Associates Degree when he enlisted for a five year term with the United States Army as an Administrative Specialist. Bill served his enlisted tour of duty during the 1990s drawdown in Germany and Washington, DC before exited via the Green-to-Gold scholarship.
Bill was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in May 1999 and sent to Fort Benning, GA, for the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Leaders Course, and Basic Parachutist Course before reporting to his unit on Kelley Hill – the Sledgehammer Brigade (3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division). Upon promotion to Captain and following the Adjutant General’s Captain Career Course, Bill was reassigned to Seoul, South Korea, where he commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 516th Personnel Services Battalion and was simultaneously the Battalion S2/S3 for his year-long tour. Following Korea, CPT Frobe was reassigned to Fort Irwin as the Regimental S1 for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in July 2004. Bill’s monumental task was to reorganize the personnel systems and the S1 section from the OPFOR-centric systems they had used for years into a deployment viable operation within six months for Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06. Following a successful operational deployment, redeployment, and reintegration, CPT Frobe was reassigned as the Executive Officer to the Cleveland Military Entrance Processing Station, where he was centrally selected for the Information Systems Management Course and transfered to Functional Area 53. Following FA53 school and the Intermediate Level Education, Bill was promoted to MAJ and reassigned as the Chief of Network Operations for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, HI for three years followed by two years as Program Manager for the Defense Information Systems Agency-Pacific at Camp Smith, HI. MAJ Frobe then graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado and moved to Fort Huachuca, AZ as the Executive Officer to the CIO/G6 of the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence prior to retiring in 2016 with over 22 years of active duty service to the nation.
Since retirement, Bill has been an IT Project Manager for Super Systems, Inc, a part-time Consultant for Leidos, and most recently, Knowledge Manager for the Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, MD on the Yorktown Systems Group contract.
Bill is married and has two sons.
GREG HALLMARK, WEBMASTER
Greg served with HHT 2/11 in Support Platoon from Jan 1977 to Sep 1979. After his time in the service, he attended LSU-S on the GI Bill, achieving a BS degree in Business Administration. Greg founded the web development company DesignPath Media, Inc.,opens in a new window in 1995. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Tammy and his daughters Savannah and Chandler.
RANDALL D. PONDER, COPY EDITOR
Randall’s first assignment as a Second Lieutenant in 1980 was with the Fulda Regional Personnel Center, which supported all units of the Regiment. He remained in the Army for twelve years as an Adjutant General’s Corps and Foreign Area Officer, with his last two assignments at Headquarters, Department of the Army and at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is a self-employed copy editor, writer, and communication project specialist. His company, Randall Ponder Editing, provides a variety of copy editing assistance to individuals and businesses. Please contact him at www.Editing-Expert.comopens in a new window or by email.