The Gold Vault Chapter of the Association hosted a wonderful reunion in Louisville, May 30th – 2 June. The reunion team, led by Chapter President Richard Wells and Secretary and Prime Mover Rondo Jackson, made sure that the best attended reunion in years went off smoothly. Nearly 300 people attended the banquet on Saturday night, when MG HR McMaster, the CG of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, made a rousing keynote address. There was a fun golf outing in perfect weather at Fuzzy Zoeller’s course just north of Louisville, organized by CSM John Stephens. The memorial service at the Blackhorse Monument was timed perfectly to avoid heavy rain and was one of the best of its kind, according to people who have attended several at Patton Park on the grounds of the Patton Museum. The Blackhorse Motorcycles, along with some assistance from local motorcyclists, led the buses to the monument as part of their 4th Annual Reunion Rally. All the social events went well, and the business meeting was well attended and productive. (All members of the Board of Directors were re-elected, except for Gene Johnson, who has retired after decades of service – Dale Skiles was elected the new Membership Director.) The current Regimental Commander, COL Lanier Ward, and current Regimental Command Sergeant Major Stephen Travers presented a great update on what the active regiment was doing. The superb silent auction, organized and run by Rondo, garnered over $6400 for our Scholarship Fund, while an authentic cavalry pistol and a special Louisville Slugger bat (red and black with our patch and crossed sabers) earned us an additional $2400 in the raffle.
There were several awards ceremonies at the Reunion, recognizing selfless service in support of the Regiment. The Association also announced the winners of the 2-13 Blackhorse Scholarships (see below for a list of recipients).
Pictures were taken throughout the reunion by CSM Carlton Martin and are available now on the Association website at http://www.blackhorse.org/reunions.cfm.
The membership unanimously accepted the Board of Directors’ recommendation to hold next year’s reunion in Colorado Springs, CO. We are also moving the reunion to dates two weeks later in the year, to better accommodate those of you with families. By early July we will put out all the necessary information for your planning.
Our Golf Tournament
Stable Your Mount – Friday Evening
Inductees into the Honorary Regimental Rolls
Brewing the Regimental Punch – and YES, some did actually drink it!
The Banquet – Saturday Night
See you next year in Colorado Springs
2014 Blackhorse Reunion 12-15 June!
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If you run into Blackhorse veterans or serving members of the Regiment, let them know about the Association and point them to the website.