Leadership

Pete 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 a Vice President – Operations leading numerous warehousing and transportation operations across the United States.   He and his wife Lhoryn live in Bayou Vista Texas.
BLACKHORSE61@ME.COM

Ricky Pring, Vice President
Born 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. 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, where he received multiple 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. They were married in January 1980.

After a tour as a OSUT instructor with A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky, he returned to Germany. While in Germany, he served with 7th CATC in Vilseck and 2/37 Armor, serving as a Platoon Sergeant, then Company and Battalion Master Gunner before moving to D Company 1/37 Armor, where he served 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. During Desert Storm, he deployed to Saudi Arabia with 3rd Brigade 1st AD, participating the Iraqi Invasion as well as participating in battles with two Iraqi Armor divisions and the battle at 73 Easting.

In 1998, he rejoined the 11th ACR Fort Irwin, serving as 1st Squadron Operations Sergeant Major. From 2001 – 2004 he served as the Command Sergeant Major for 1/13 Armor at Fort Riley Kansas, deploying in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004 he became the 16th Regimental Command Sergeant Major of the 11th ACR, during a highly successful combat deployment to Iraq in 2005. The Regiment provided training support to rotational units, preparing for Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as deploying the Headquarters and two Squadrons in and around Baghdad, with the Regimental HQ serving as the Multi National Division – Northwest HQ.

After retiring from the military, Ricky continued to support soldiers as a Deputy Program Manager, Program Manager and Vice president of West Coast Training Operations with A-T Solutions, providing asymmetric warfare training to the US Military, police and other agencies holding positions.
blackhorse711acr@yahoo.com

Brian Cook, Secretary
Brian Cook is transitioning from more than 33 years in the United States Army where he proudly served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from 2002-2006 culminating as the Regimental Operations Officer when the BlackHorse prepared, deployed to support and redeployed from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF III). A career armor cavalryman, Brian’s had the opportunity to plan, coordinate and synchronize joint and multinational operations at the strategic level in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Defense Language Institute (Turkish), Turkish Army’s Command & General Staff College, Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the Naval War College, Brian has experience across the defense enterprise. In addition to his operational tours in support of Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, Brian commanded at every level from platoon to battalion, served as the Army’s Chief of Leader Development and taught at the Army War College.

Brian retired from the Army in January 2020. He has 3 children — Tiffany (22), Jorden (21) and Grace (9). He, his wife (Dr. Sara Gilliam) and Grace live in Austin, TX.
couragesix@icloud.com

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 caughey@sbcglobal.net or 415-595-2118.

Robert L Hatcher, Director of Operations
In 1988, after graduation from Marion Military Institute, Bob Hatcher was commissioned a Lieutenant of Infantry in the Alabama Army National Guard. He went on to attend the University of Monetvallo before serving on Active Duty with the US Army. 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 Iraq – Northwest in Mosul, Iraq. Afterwards, Bob commanded 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd 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.
robert.lee.hatcher@gmail.com

Guillermo Guillen, Assistant Operations Director
guillermo.guillen.03@gmail.com

Murph Gagne, Assistant Director for Scholarships
Drafted in 1966, initial assignment was to the 1st Bn. 61st Artillery, an Air Defense Artillery Unit as a Fire Control Crewman. Changed status from Draftee to Regular Army Enlisted. Reassigned to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama for schooling as a Radar Repairman. Reassigned to The Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1969. Commissioned as a 2LT in March 1970. Assigned as a Platoon Leader to the 1st Bn, 81st Artillery a Pershing Missile Unit at Neu Ulm, Germany from 1970 to 1973. Reassigned to the 2d Bn, 320th Field Artillery at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the Adjutant. March 1974, reverted to enlisted status and assigned to the 1st Bn, 29th Field Artillery. From March 1974 to May 1976, served in various positions from Recon Sergeant, Section Chief and Liaison Sergeant. 1976 to 1980 assigned to Grafenwoehr Training Area Tank Gunnery Branch until Tank Gunnery Branch was disbanded, and then as a Range Safety NCO. Attended NCOES 13E at Fort Sill in 1978. 1980 to 1981, assigned to 101st ABN Division at Fort Campbell, KY as a Fire Support Sergeant and 1SG at HSB 1st BN 321 Field Artillery. 1981 to 1982, 1st Bn, 17th Field Artillery Korea as Fire Support Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant. 1982 to 1984, 3d Bn, 319th Field Artillery, Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the B Battery 1SG and Operations Sergeant. 1984 to 1988, 3d Squadron 11th ACR as the Howitzer Battery 1SG. 1988 Reassigned to XVIII ABN Corps Artillery as the Operations SGM. Participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Retired in 1993. Attended College at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. After graduation sold Real Estate in Clarksville. In 2000 moved to Smithville, TN. My son and I started a Trucking Company (Allons Enterprises).
lgagne@dtccom.net

Clint Ancker, Director of Commuications
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. He taught military history at West Point from 1980-83. 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, a position he held until his retirement as a DA civilian. He is currently a consultant to the Army Science Board on future tank and writes for the ASA (ALT). He and his wife, Jan, are currently enjoying retirement in Washington State.
banditsix@aol.com

Scott K Harrison, Director of Reunions
Scott Harrison enlisted in 1978, serving on Active Duty and with the Ohio National Guard, achieving the rank of SGT. After graduating from the Ohio State University in 1988, he accepted a Direct Commission as a 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, 3/11 ACR (1989-1990), then Ambulance Plt Ldr, Medical Troop, CS/11 ACR (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 military service and is currently enjoying retirement in Florida.
sharrson@gmail.com

Dan Newcome, Assistant Director for Reunions
In 1985, Dan Newcome enlisted into the Army as a 52F Turbine Generator Operator Repairer. He attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ and AIT at Fort Belvoir, VA prior to being assigned to Maintenance Troop, CS/11 ACR in Downs Barracks until April of 1988. Afterwards, Dan was reassigned to 801st Maintenance Battalion, DISCOM, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

After completing his contract and leaving the Army, Dan worked on the floor of The New York Mercantile as a commodities broker. Dan now lives in NJ with his wife, two children and two labs.
dannewcome@verizon.net

Jeff Corbin, Director of Finance & 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. He held numerous roles in S3 Plans and Operations: TOC driver, S3 driver, M3 Bradley driver/gunner and squad leader. At the end of his border tour, Jeff returned to Ft. Knox, where he supported Armor Basic and Advanced Schools with the 5th Cavalry.

Jeff attended Jefferson College in Louisville, KY and completed an AAS in Business Management and Technology. Today he serves as Senior Director of Consumer Lending Operations for an east coast bank but calls Phoenix, AZ his home for wife and two adult children.
jeffcorbin@cox.net

William Frobe, Assistant Director for Membership
William Frobe served as the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s S1 from 2004 – 2006 and as the Multi-National Force Northwest C1 during the Regiment’s 2005 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. He retired from active duty service in 2016 and resides in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area with his wife and family. For more detail, check out his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/wfrobe.
bh1iraq2005@icloud.com

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., in 1995. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Tammy. His daughters Savannah and Chandler are proud children of the Regiment.
spirit867@gmail.com

Randall Ponder, 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.com or by email.
randallponder@gmail.com

Louis A Litkett, Historian
BlackhorseAssocDigitalArchives@klhwb.com

Karl F Hees, Director of Facilities
When he was seventeen, Karl Hees enlisted into the Army as a 98G Russian Voice Interceptor under the Delayed Entry Program. Karl attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC in September of 1981. Upon completion of Basic Training, he spent a year at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center on the Presidio of Monterey, CA for the Basic Russian Course. Subsequently he continued his AIT training at Goodfellow AFB, TX and Fort Devens, MA. With AIT completed in March 1983, he was re-routed to the 11th ACR from the 21st Replacement Bn, where he was assigned to the 340th ASA Co. (later re-designated as the 511th MI Co.). While with 340th ASA he had the privilege to be assigned to a three man quick reaction force with man-packable intercept and direction finding equipment. With the 511th MI Co. and later with Alpha and Sierra Troops, 4th Squadron, he had the opportunity to be assigned to an airborne intercept and jamming platform, utilizing EH-1H Helicopters (Quickfix). During this time, he re-enlisted for five years and requested to stay with the 11th ACR (applied and received extensions to remain with the 11th ACR for his entire re-enlistment). After two and a half years with the Quickfix Program, he had the opportunity to work on a variety of wheeled and tracked intercept, direction finding, and jamming platforms, before ending his army career in 1990, working as the Assistant Special Security Officer in RS-2.

Taking advantage of the VEAP Program, Karl received his BSCE in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1994, worked in the capacity of a structural engineer at several Structural Engineering firms in Atlanta, GA and Sarasota, FL, and established his own structural engineering firm in Sarasota, FL in 2006. He currently lives in Sarasota, FL with his wife of 30 years, Christina and two rescued dogs.
karl@heesassociates.com

Robert N Bell Jr., Assistant Director for Marketing
bbell34a@yahoo.com

Timothy E Birkenbuel, Database Administrator
Tim Birkenbuel was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1985 after graduating from New Mexico Military Institute and went on to Montana State University where he graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Tim served on active duty from 1988 to 2008 in a variety of command and staff positions in Germany, Korea, Kuwait and Korea. His first duty assignment was as a platoon leader and XO of the Maintenance Troop, Combat Support Squadron, 11th ACR in Fulda, Germany from 1989 to 1992. While in the Regiment he also served as the General Supply Officer in the Material Management Center and the Squadron S-1. He deployed with the Regiment to Kuwait in 1990. Upon completing the Quartermaster Advanced course and Petroleum Officer course, Tim served with the 101st Corps Support Group at Fort Campbell, Ky where he commanded the 196th Quartermaster Detachment. From there he went to the Military Traffic Management Command as a Transportation Analyst and served as the G-4 Plans Officer in the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud Korea. After leaving Korea, Tim served as an Operations Research Systems Analyst for the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and then went to the Missile Defense Agency’s Joint National Integration Center at Schriever AFB, Colorado where he served as the Wargaming Branch Chief. Tim ended his military career as a Joint Capabilities Analyst in the Joint Staff J-8 at the Pentagon. Currently, Tim is a program manager with Aviation Training Consulting, managing the USAF B-52 simulator. He currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and two teenage children. He has one son who is a 15E at Fort Drum, NY and a daughter in ROTC at the University of Oklahoma.
tebirken@gmail.com

Bill Clark, Assistant Director for Operations Funding
tank311@googlemail.com

Aaron Nelson, Regimental Liaison
Originally from North Dakota, Aaron graduated high school and enlisted in the Army as a Warrant Officer Flight Training Candidate. He graduated flight school as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot and was assigned to Stetson Troop, 4/11 ACR at Sickels AAF in Fulda, Germany. Aaron gained his initial tactical flying experience supporting the Blackhorse Air Assault School and was also selected as the 55th RCO’s pilot. Following the deactivation of the Regiment in Fulda, he completed additional tours in Germany, Cyprus, and Hawai’i before transferring to the Hawaii ARNG and starting a civilian flying career. Aaron later accepted a direct commission in the HIARNG and completed a deployment to Honduras before leaving the HIARNG for a helicopter pilot position with the U.S. Coast Guard. Aaron completed two flying tours and a District staff job in the USCG before retiring in 2015 and returning to his job at Hawaiian Airlines as an Airbus A330 pilot. He currently resides in the Las Vegas area with his wife and two sons.
tnanelson@msn.com

David Snyder, Chaplain
usarmy.ch@gmail.com

Barb Worrell, Assistant Director for Store Operations