425th Regimental Association

The regimental home of Company F (RANGER) 425th Infantry

The Regiment

The mission of the 425th Regimental Association is to perpetuate the history, lineage and honors of Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry.

Membership in the Association is open to anyone who served in Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry, or any successor unit.

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Summer 2016

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Summer 2016

NOTE:  If you are using an Army Knowledge Online email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Upcoming Regimental Events – 2016 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic

Saturday. 30 July 2016 / Family Picnic starts at 1100 hrs

Bruce VFW Post /  28404 E. Jefferson Ave,   St. Clair Shores, MI. (Located between 11 & 12 mile Roads)

As in the past, the 82nd Association will be supplying hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs).  The meal is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be an Association Membership meeting at 1400 in the VFW Club Room.  This is your best opportunity to participate in the decision making of the Association.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 20-21 August.  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession. We have done well  the past several years. The more volunteers we have, the more money we make. You can work both days or just one and get to see the air show for free.  Workers will be provided with lunch and receive their choice of a free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We plan to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post on Saturday, September 24th  The estimated cost will be $35 per person.  This will be a catered buffet dinner with an open bar.  This

is NOT a formal Dining Out, but an informal “Reunion Dinner.”  We hope that this will be an opportunity for both members and their wives to enjoy the camaraderie of Company F.

2nd Annual Regimental Rendezvous

The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!

Notify DFAS about any changes in your status

Immediately notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) about any changes in your dependents, such as births, deaths, marriage or divorce. Updates to SBP elections must be made within one year of the change to comply with federal law.  Immediately notify DFAS

about any changes to your mailing or email address to ensure you receive Army Echoes and all of your DFAS notifications involving your income tax withholding, Survivor Benefit Plan, Arrears of Pay beneficiary, and your retired or annuitant pay.  The fastest and surest way to update DFAS is to use myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx). You can also call DFAS at (800) 321-1080

The Military Wallet

The Military Wallet is a personal finance website for military members, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to help the military community better manage money and understand the variety of programs and benefits available to them.

This is a great One-Stop Shop for veteran benefits, tax and financial advice, military discounts and more.  Go to www.themilitarywallet.com and click on the Subscribe button on the menu get their e-newsletter.

Free Event Tickets for Military & Veterans at VetTix
Many organizations want to honor military members and veterans by offering them or their family members free event tickets. VetTix is an organization that helps distribute these tickets to qualified servicemembers and veterans.  VetTix is free to join, but you will need to provide proof of military service. Examples of free event tickets include concerts, sporting events, community events, exhibitions, and more. This is a great way to have some summer fun without spending much money!

You can learn more this organization here:

http://themilitarywallet.com/vet-tix-veteran-tickets-foundation/

TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: the right choice for active adults

Do you know that more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more chronic medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis? Older adults can have multiple health problems and not know whether they need to see a doctor or can administer self-care. Have you considered TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line (NAL)?

If you are suffering from a rash, a sinus infection, or perhaps you just have a common cold; there is help! When you call the NAL, a registered nurse will help you assess if you can handle your health concern with self-care or if you need to see a medical professional.

Since its launch, the NAL has been able to increase patient safety and further ensure a positive patient experience.  Military Health System Patient Centered Medical Home team members can access live NAL information so they are aware of their patients’ situation and can provide follow-up, if needed. The NAL is a great medical assessment tool that provides access to care, especially after hours and when traveling, which is great for retirees on the move. When you don’t know what kind of care you need, the NAL helps you access the right type of care at the right time. The NAL can also help you find a doctor and schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics when available.

The NAL is an option for beneficiaries to get information on their medical problems quickly and at any time. To access the NAL, dial (800) TRICARE (874-2273) and select option 1. Get more information on the TRICARE website.

Veterans Service Records — Replace DD Form 214, awards:

Retired 4/1/1996 or later: Visit http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/

Click on “Army White Pages” at the bottom, then log in.

Next click on “Click Here to Access Your Army Record.”

Retired 3/31/1996 or earlier: Call Human Resources Command at (888) 276-

9472 or visit http://vetrecs.archives.gov National Personnel Records Center

(Military Personnel Records); 1 Archive Drive. St. Louis, MO 63138-1002

Veterans Affairs (VA) Information http://www.va.gov

Burial & Memorial Benefits: http://www.cem.va.gov/ (877) 907-8199

Benefits and Services: (800) 827-1000 (Retired Soldiers overseas should contact the American Embassy/consulate); TDD (800) 829-4833 http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

GI Bill: (888) 442-4551; http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Health Care Benefits: (877) 222-8387; http://www.va.gov/health

Insurance: SGLI/VGLI: (800) 419-1473; All other insurance: (800) 669-8477

Michigan veteran designation for licenses and ID cards

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply.  The word “Veteran” will be printed in red on the front of the card.

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver’s license or state identification card.  Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Contact the Michigan Secretary of State office for more information.

Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous – May 2016

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DSC_4311 (2)The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

The weather was perfect all weekend; 75 degrees, clear sky, light breeze.  How many times were we at Camp Grayling when the slogan, “If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training,” was appropriate?  This was certainly not one of those!

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

DSC_4067 (2)Bob Saier was the master chef in our lobby kitchen, preparing Saturday lunch and breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Their menu ideas were excellent as was the quality of their food.   There was more food than anyone could eat and no one went away hungry.

Building 656Q was in good shape and the issuing people worked well with us by adding lots of extra rooms as more members showed up.  Hey guys, maybe next year you can register ahead of time?

DSC_4336 (2)After an evening of reliving events of the early days of Co F as well as the two deployments to Iraq, we ended the weekend by reading the roll of our fallen members at our unit Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden of the Camp Grayling Chapel.  The memorial service was concluded with our Regimental Prayer.

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!

 

2016 Regimental Rendezvous – Camp Grayling

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The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous will be held at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May 2016.

This is intended to be a “guys” weekend.  If members are welcome to bring a wife or significant other; however, there will be no special activities or arrangements made for them.

The cost for the weekend is $18 per person to underwrite the cost for meals.  We have made arrangements for a limited number of quarters in Building 656Q in the old “Tent City (600 area)” for Saturday night.  These rooms will be first come, first served.  Once all rooms have been assigned you will need to find lodging somewhere else in Grayling.  These rooms have one queen-sized bed and private bathroom.  The price for the first person in the room is $40.  The cost for a second person is an additional $9.  The second person may share the queen bed or bring their own air mattress/cot and sleeping bag.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, 21 May

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 – 1700    Firing personal weapons on a Range 3 (25-meter range)

1800 –              Dinner (Assoc provided)

Sunday 22 May

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1000 – 1100     Pack up and clear Building 656Q

1100 – 1130     Roll Call at 425th Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

 

We will provide a roster of all attendees to the front gate so those without a valid ID card can enter Camp Grayling.

Information on the range and how to bring personal weapons on post will be provided in a letter of instructions.

Logistics:

The preferred method of registration is through the Association website at http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1205

If you are unable to register online, mail the following form to Dean Burchill.

Regimental Rendezvous Registration

Name ________________________________________

Phone Number (_____) ____________

Address _________________________________________________

City ______________________________________ State _______

Zipcode  ________________

Email address: ____________________________________________

I request a room in Building 656Q.  Yes ____  No _____

I am willing to share this room with another person.  Yes _____ No _____

Enclose a check for $18 per person payable to the 425th Regimental Association.

Send this form to:

Dean Burchill

22533 Lincoln

St. Clair Shores, MI  48082

Second Annual 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

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2015 Reunion Dinner-4This was the second 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner. The dinner went very well.  The dinner was attended by 50-60 members and guests.  Our guest speaker, SSG (Ret) Quentin Waite, presented a Army newsreel about Merrill’s Marauders (5307th Composite Unit – Provisional) that lasted about 30 minutes.  It was interesting because of the background information it provided.  There was quite a bit of support provided for 2015 Reunion Dinner-3logistics by the Chinese and local personnel, especially litter bearers. The Marauders suffered more casualties from illnesses like cerebral malaria, amoebic dysentery, and/or scrub typhus than from enemy action. SSG Waite was in the Recon and Intelligence section for his battalion.  He said that he never saw any of the activities covered in the movie because they were always away from the main body.  Prior to joining Merrill’s Marauders, SSG Waite also fought on Guadalcanal and other Solomon Islands.  He was in a National Guard unit mobilized in the early Forties.

2015 Reunion Dinner-2The caterer Soprano’s again had an excellent dinner that included a 425th Regimental Association sheet cake with jump wings The Bruce post did a great job with the hall and keeping all our thirsty members and guests supplied with beverages at the bar.

Prior to SSG Quentin’s presentation the present chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association, SFC (Ret) Steven Mrozek, and the present chairman of the Wolverine Chapter, SGT (Ret) Dean Burchill, gave a short speech about the 82nd Airborne Association and their respective chapters.

At 10pm, many of the members and guests went into the club room along with the remains of the cake to share more stories about their experiences with Co F, 425th Infantry.

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Bruce VFW Post

28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Regimental Reunion Dinner. This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

The Reunion Dinner will include dinner, open bar, and a memorable speaker. There will also be unit and association t-shirts, hats, coins, and other memorabilia on sale.

1800    Bar opens

1900    Dinner

2000    Announcements, toasts, and speaker

2200    Formal activities are concluded. Members are invited to stay longer and socialize in the Post Club Room.

Our guest speaker will be SSG (ret) Quentin Waite. SSG Waite is one of the original members of Merrill’s Marauders, and one of the few remaining members of the Marauders. Although he is 94 years old, he is a dynamic speaker who is still active in the U.S. Army Ranger Association and the Chaplain of the Michigan Ranger Base. You have never heard a speaker with his experiences – experiences that are extremely relevant to veterans of Company F.

The cost of this event is $30 per person. Payment must be made in advance NLT October 9, 2015.

For credit card payments click on this link – http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1363, or copy and paste it into your preferred web browser.

Payment made be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association) and sending the form at the bottom of this invitation to Dean Burchill, 22533 Lincoln, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

There is no designated attire for this event. Members are encouraged to wear the Army Service Uniform, Class A Army Green Uniform, business suit, or sport coat and tie.

 

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner Registration

October 23, 2015

Registration Form

Name ___________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Highest rank held _________________ Number of guests _________________

Email address _____________________________________________________

Phone Numbers:   Home (______) __________ Cell (_______) __________

Amount Paid $ ______________

Send this form (with check) to:

Dean Burchill

22533 Lincoln

St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

Happy 75th Anniversary!

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Happy 75th anniversary to the U.S. Army Airborne!

Airborne!  All The Way!

National Airborne DayOn 16 August 1940, members of the U.S.Army Parachute Test Platoon made their first jump at Fort Benning, GA. American Paratroopers have been earning their jump wings there ever since. Here’s to our country’s finest!

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Fall 2015

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Fall, 2015

Renew your Membership and Shop Online on the Regimental website

The 425th Regimental Association has joined the ecommerce age! You can now renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.

You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store. We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Once again David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 29-30 August.  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession.

We have done well  the past several years. This fund raiser is one of the reasons that the Association is in a strong financial position and can conduct some activities at a loss. We need YOUR help as a volunteer for this event. Let’s make this another banner year.  You can work both days or just one and get  to see the air show free.

Workers will receive their choice of a  free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic – Saturday. 25 July 2015

DSCN5527Once again we had a great time at the joint picnic with the 82nd Airborne Division Association. There was plenty of food and drink. We were able to catch up with comrades from the past and meet new comrades who were in the unit before or after our own time. Unfortunately the parachute jump scheduled for 1500 was cancelled due to high winds (nothing we have ever experienced!), but that did not prevent people from having a good time.DSCN5522

There was a general membership meeting in the Club Room of the Bruce VFW Post. The minutes from that meeting are at the end of this newsletter.

Obamacare Requirement for Your Income Tax Return

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. Your TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage requirement under the ACA.

“The term “active duty” means full-time duty in the active service of a uniformed service for more than 30 consecutive days”.

Beginning in January 2016, DFAS will provide IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2015. An IRS Form 1095 documents you (and your family members, if applicable) have the minimum essential coverage.  More information will be forthcoming about the delivery method of these forms.

These forms will document the information that DFAS will provide to the IRS on yourself and your authorized family members. The forms will be required to be reported with your 2015 federal tax return. DFAS will provide you with IRS Form 1095 series forms no later than Jan. 31, 2016.

You can find more information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your federal income tax at: http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act.

Warning Order! 425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We are making plans to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post on Friday, October 23. The cost will be $30 per person. This will be a catered buffet dinner with an open bar. This is NOT a formal Dining Out, but an informal “Reunion Dinner.” We hope that this will be an opportunity for both members and their wives to enjoy the camaraderie of Company F. Look for an invitation via email and Facebook.

Minutes from 25 July 15 General Membership Meeting

425th Regimental Association Board Of Directors & Contact Information 

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic Saturday. 25 July 2015

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DSCN5521Once again we had a great DSCN5527time at the joint picnic with the 82nd Airborne Division Association. There was plenty of food and drink. We were able to catch up with comrades from the past and meet new comrades who were in the unit before or after our own time. Unfortunately the parachute jump scheduled for 1500 was cancelled due to high winds (nothing we have ever experienced, right!), but that did not prevent people from having a good time.

DSCN5522There was a general membership meeting in the Club Room of the Bruce VFW Post.

Two items are upcoming were as a result of the meeting:

  1. The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show is on 29-30 August.  This is our major fundraiser for the year and the more volunteers we have to help direct the parking of cars, the more money we earn.  Contact Dave Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org if you can help out.
  2. We are in the process of planning a “Reunion Dinner” to be held at the Bruce VFW Post in late October.  Look for more information to be posted to Facebook and in an email.

2015 Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling

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DSCN5035The first Annual Ranger Rendezvous was held at Camp Grayling on 30-31 May. Approximately 30 of our members attended the event. Some attended both days and some just dropped in on Saturday. The quarters were outstanding, the officers that attended said they were better than any BOQ they had stayed in.  There was plenty of food, more food than anyone could eat.

Everyone enjoyed telling “Jump Lies” about their time in the unit.  Dave Lincicome discovered some Super 8 film that was shot by SFC Rasmussen and had them converted to DVD.  SFSC Rasmussen may not have been the best camera man in the world, but it was fun to see video of the “old days!”

The weather could have been more cooperative, but the rain cleared enough in the afternoon that we were able to get on Range 3A and fire a variety of personal weapons. It appears the time on the range was the highlight of the weekend. We fired everything from .22 cal, 5.56mm up to a German Mauser and a 30.30 lever-action Winchester rifle.  I enjoyed myself in the range tower, reminded my of my days as a Lieutenant.

After an evening of reliving events of the early days of Co F as well as the two deployments to Iraq, we ended the weekend by reading the roll of our fallen members at our unit Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden of the Camp Grayling Chapel. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!DSCN5052

Heads up!  We are planning to make this an annual event on the weekend after Memorial day, so make a note on your calendar to keep that weekend clear to join us for another great time!

First Annual Ranger Rendezvous – Camp Grayling 30-31 May 2015

425 CrestThe first Annual Ranger Rendezvous will be held at Camp Grayling on 30-31 May 2015.

This is intended to be a “guys” weekend. If members are welcome to bring a wife or significant other; however, there will be no special activities or arrangements made for them.

The cost for the weekend is $15 per person to underwrite the cost for meals. We have made arrangements for a limited number of quarters in Building 656Q in the old “Tent City (600 area).” These rooms will be first come, first served. Once all rooms have been assigned you will need to find lodging somewhere else in Grayling. These rooms have one queen-sized bed and private bathroom. The price for the first person in the room is $26. The cost for a second person is an additional $14. The second person may share the queen bed or bring their own air mattress/cot and sleeping bag.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, 30 May

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 –              Tour of Camp Grayling

1600 – 1700     Happy hour (Location TBA)

1800 –              Dinner

Sunday 31 May

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1100 – 1130     Roll Call at 425 Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

 

Logistics:

Everyone brings their own lawn chairs

Refrigerator space will be available to store the “dish to pass” for Saturday dinner.

No alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Association, BYOB

Payment for quarters in Building 656Q will be made upon arrival at Camp Grayling.

Reservations must be made NLT 13 May.

The preferred method of registration is through the Association website at http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1205