425th Regimental Association

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

Third Annual Regimental Rendezvous

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425 CrestThe Third Annual Regimental Rendezvous will be held at Camp Grayling on 8-10 September 2017.

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 $49 per person to underwrite the cost of the building, range, and meals.  We have made arrangements for quarters in Building 656Q in the old “Tent City (600 area)” for Friday and 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 two twin-sized beds and private bathroom.  Quarters and all meals are included in the registration fee.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Friday, 8 Sep

Arrive at Camp Grayling. No meals will be provided on Friday.

Saturday, 9 Sep

0800 – 1000     Continental breakfast (Coffee, juice, and donuts)

1000 – 1200     Move to Range 3.

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

1200 – 1300     Lunch (on the range)       Subway party sandwich, Chips, Soft Drinks

1300 – 1500    Firing personal weapons on a Range 3 (25-meter range)

1500 – 1800    Free time to hang out at Building 656Q, visit the PX, etc.

1800 –  2000    Dinner (Camp Grayling Officer Club)

2000 –  TBD    Movie night in Building 656Q, featuring WWII Airborne movies

Sunday, 10 Sep

0800 – 1000     Pack up and clear Building 656Q

1000 – 1100     Brunch (Camp Grayling Officer Club)

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. This will be sent to all who register.

Logistics:

Everyone brings their own lawn chairs

We suggest that everyone bring a snack to share Saturday evening.

No alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Association, BYOB

There are no refrigerators in Building 656Q.

Reservations must be made NLT 31 Aug.

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

425th Regimental Association Newsletter

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Spring 2017

 

 

 

 

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 – 2017 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

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

Saturday. 29 July 2017 / 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 2-4 Sep (Labor Day Weekend).  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.  This year will feature the Blue Angels, so the crowds will be big. 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 or call him at (810) 560-4665.

3rd Annual Regimental Rendezvous

The Third Annual Regimental Rendezvous will take place at Camp Grayling on 8-10 Sep.  This year members are welcome to come up on Friday night.  We will be using Building 656Q and will have plenty of room.  Tentative plans are for range firing on Saturday with lunch on the range, dinner at the Camp Grayling “O” Club, a military movie fest on Saturday night, and a ceremony at the 425th Memorial Sunday morning.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We plan to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post in October (Date to be determined)  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.

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.

Home for wounded veterans being created in Flint

Two men who know the struggle wounded warriors endure are reaching out to offer help. They’re in the process of converting a Flint house into a place veterans can stay and get back on their feet.

“We can assist in certain indescribable issues that only others have faced. There’s no name for it. It’s like the shadow in the corner. We don’t know what to call it, but it’s there,” said Tobias Lerke, of the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation.

The home they are working on is in the College-Cultural area of Flint. There are six bedrooms in the 90-year-old house and they hope to have them fixed up and furnished during the next few weeks.

The two men have been making the house as energy efficient as they can. They have switched the lights over to LEDs and have been making the house as draft-free as they can. Toilets have been made low-flow and Retro Foam insulation will be added to the walls and attic. That will help keep the utility bills down so the home will be more affordable.

They don’t plan to charge the veterans until their guests are financially stable. When the first veterans arrive, the two men will provide counseling and help them enroll in the University of Michigan-Flint or Mott Community College.

“We’re just trying to get the home operational. We’re just trying to get it the most optimal healing place, the best air quality, water quality. The best set-up for natural healing,” Lerke said.

“I want this place to be a pillar, like a salvation. A place like a holy Mecca, if you will, so they can come here and feel extremely welcome, they know we’re going to help them once they’re here,” said Markeice Patrick, with the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation.

With help from Consumers Energy and the home improvement stores, the two have been able to find some inexpensive items that will lower their energy bills a lot.

Call the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation at 248-215-1488 for more information.

Selfridge Military Museum, Air Park to open for season

With the return of spring weather, the Selfridge Military Museum and Air Park will soon once again be open to the general public.

The museum and air park will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April 1 to Oct. 29. It will also be open on Independence Day and Memorial Day.

Visitors to the museum and air park will see more than $7 million worth of displays. The site features more than 30 military aircraft, all with a Michigan connection, and thousands of artifacts.

Displays include a full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII, a three-quarter scale historically accurate replica of the Wright Brothers first aircraft, the “Wright Flyer,” an interactive cutaway and motorized World War II aircraft engine, an interactive air traffic control radar display, an extensive display of original aviation art produced by noted aviation artists, a Korean War era “Jeep” and four aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 “Fighting Falcon,” a Vietnam-era A-7 “Corsair II,” a WWII LINK trainer that guests can sit inside of, and a functional LINK trainer that can only be operated by qualified individuals by appointment.

Displays feature a variety of military memorabilia, including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models and photographs spanning the 100-year history of the base. The air park contains 33 full-size vintage military aircraft from WWI to the present day, plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. The large C-130A “Hercules” and P-3B “Orion” aircraft in the air park can be opened up to visitors when weather and the availability of docents permit. Photographs of the interior and exterior displays are permitted for private non-commercial use only.

All of the aircraft on display at the museum were either operated by the Michigan Air National Guard or by another military unit at a base in the state of Michigan.

The museum and air park is located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, accessible by vehicle only through the Main Gate at the intersection of M-59 and Jefferson Avenue on the south end of Chesterfield Township. For security reasons, guests arriving in a private vehicle driven by someone without a valid government identification card must register for a visitor’s pass at the base’s visitor’s center or main gate and be subjected to a background check. A current and valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance are required.

The facility can also be opened by appointment at other times throughout the year by calling 586-239-5035 or emailing info@selfridgeairmuseum.org.

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 

President:                    Stewart Boner  – president@425regiment.org

Vice President             Mark Evans – vicepresident@425regiment.org

Secretary:                    Tony Lopiccolo – secretary@425regiment.org

Treasurer:                    Tom Neff  – treasurer@425regiment.org

Historian:                    Don Bugg – historian@425regiment.org

 RCSM:                       Dean Burchill – csm@425regiment.org

Adjutant :                    Bob Wangen – adjutant@425regiment.org

Quartermaster:             David Lincicome – s4@425regiment.org

425th Regimental Association E-Newsletter – Fall 2016

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Fall, 2016

 

It was a busy summer for the Association –

Beat “Identity Theft With a Free Credit Report.

We hear a lot in the news today about “identity theft.” Here are some pointers on how to minimize the risk that you’ll become a victim.

For example, a man begins getting letters and phone calls from a credit card company telling him he is in default on his account. He doesn’t have an account with that company . . . or so he thinks. In fact, his daughter had opened an account in his name without his permission. As long as the daughter was paying on the account, he remained unaware. When she stopped making payments, that’s when the company began to contact him.

This “surprise” could have been avoided if he was a little more vigilant about his accounts. So how do you find out if there are accounts in your name you don’t know about? It’s pretty easy. Under federal law, you are entitled to obtain an annual free credit report, normally from the big three credit reporting companies: Experian, Transunion and Equifax. It’s really free . . . nothing to sign up for, no credit card required, no gimmicks. Simply go to www.annualcreditreport.com and follow the steps. You will have to provide a social security number and other personal information. Be prepared to print or save to your computer the credit reports as they are typically only available during that login session. You can only do this once per year. If you want to review your reports more often, you can request one report from a different company every four months.

You can also request your free report by phone by calling (877) 322-8228.  Read your reports carefully. Look for accounts that you do not recognize, addresses listed for you that you’ve never lived at, credit inquiries from companies you don’t recognize and make sure any other information on the report is completely accurate.

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)?

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.

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.

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 

2016 Regimental Reunion Dinner

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bruce VFW Post

28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI

 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Regimental Reunion Dinner.  This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

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

1700    Bar opens

1800    Induction of Association officers

1830    Dinner

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

We are inviting some members of the original Darby’s Rangers who are active in the U.S. Army Ranger Association and the Michigan Ranger Base.  They will not be formally speaking but will be available to chat with throughout the evening.

The cost of this event is $35 per person.  Payment must be made in advance NLT September 10, 2016.

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 also be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association) and sending the form at the bottom of this invitation to Mark Day, 27312 Red Leaf Lane, Southfield, MI  48076.

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.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Express & Suites- Roseville, 31900 Little Mack Ave, Roseville, MI 48066 with a special rate of $94.00 per night.

To get one of these rooms you must contact the Holiday Inn Express direct at (586) 285-5800 and tell them you are with the 425th Regimental Association.  These rooms will be available until September 9, 2016.  After this date you will have to pay the full prices.

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

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:

Mark Day

27312 Red Leaf Lane

Southfield, MI  48076

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

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

Regiment Newsletter – Winter 2015

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Winter, 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.

Update on COL Don Bugg

COL (ret) Don Bugg, our third commander suffered a massive stroke in January. Thanks to quick medical treatment and good shape he is recovering well. After treatment at Pontiac General Hospital he is now undergoing rehabilitation in at the Heartland Rehabilitation Facility – 925 West South Blvd Troy, MI 48085. Room 210. He will be there plus or minus 2 months.

He is able to have visitors and he is always glad to see someone from the unit. If you are going to make a visit, please call his daughter Julie to make sure that we do overwhelm him with too many visitors at one time.  Julie says his right side is moving now and his speech is improving. She also says he is frustrated that he is not getting better faster. (Some things never change!)

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

Saturday. 25 July 2015 / 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)

Dinner is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be games for the kids, so you are also encouraged to bring a prize to donate (possibly something from the dollar store) for kids up to age 12.

At present there will be a skydive demo jump between 1300 and 1400 hours.  The 82nd will be running a “Closest to the Pin Raffle” where for $5 you can buy a measurement (in increments of two inches).  (Time subject to change). If you pick the closest skydiver to the target you will win  50% of the money taken in.  The skydivers volunteer their jump to help the 82nd Association but the Jump aircraft and fuel are not free so the “Closest to the Pin Raffle” helps to pay for their expenses.  Make as many guesses at $5 per as you wish.

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

Military Discount for Veterans

Verizon offers discounts to service members, veterans and federal employees, including 15% off plans $34.99 or higher. They say you can apply online but you have to get a form from a Verizon service center and fax it in.

New U. S. Army Retired Lapel Buttons are now available

WASHINGTON — The new U. S. Army Retired Lapel Button (depicted to the right) is now available through the Exchange stores and website at https://www.shopmyexchange.com. The lapel button costs $5.80 online and the larger Retired Service Identification Badge, which is worn by Retired Soldiers on the Army Service Uniform, costs $12.25. To quickly find the new items on the Exchange website, just type “Soldier for Life” into the keyword search box at the top of the site and hit enter.

Identification Badge is slightly different than the official Army logo due to manufacturing requirements. The new Soldier for Life window stickers, which incorporate the official Army  Soldier for Life logo, will be available this summer.

Did You Know? More uniform policy for Retired Soldiers

Wearing military medals on civilian clothing. Retired Soldiers are authorized by Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, to wear military medals on appropriate civilian clothing. This includes clothes designed for veteran and patriotic organizations on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day, as well as at formal occasions of ceremony and social functions of a military nature. Personnel may wear either full-sized or miniature medals. Personnel who wear medals on civilian clothes should place the medals on the clothing in approximately the same location and in the same manner as for the Army uniform, so they look similar to medals worn on the Army uniform.

How to wear the Retired Service Identification Badge. The Retired Service Identification (ID) Badge (see photo above) will only be worn by Retired Soldiers when they wear the Army service or dress uniforms. Department of the Army Pamphlet 670-1, Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, says the badge is worn on the wearer’s left side. Also, no more than two ID badges may be worn on one pocket or side of the coat. The higher badge is worn on the wearer’s right. DA Pam 670-1 lists the order of precedence of all 12 Army ID badges in par. 22-17a. On males, ID badges are centered between the bottom of the pocket

flap and the bottom of the pocket and from left to right. When two badges are worn on the same side, they are spaced equally from left to right on the pocket. On females, ID badges are worn parallel to the waistline with one inch between badges when two are worn on the same side.

When Retired Soldiers are prohibited from wearing the Army uniform. AR 670-1 (par. 3-7k, 23-1, and 23-3d) says Retired Soldiers are prohibited from wearing Army uniforms:

Commissary Rewards Card Helps Patrons Save

FORT LEE, Va. – Customers looking to save even more than the usual 30 percent on their groceries can reach for their personal plastic: the Commissary Rewards Card. The Defense Commissary Agency’s digital coupon redemption system allows commissary patrons to access and clip coupons and store them on their card to be scanned at the store.

Customers have several ways to access the digital coupons. There are two apps – one for iPhone/iPad and one for Android – both of which allow for on-the-go coupon clipping. The apps also feature information on the commissary closest to the customer along with promotions and contests. There is also a website for those who prefer to use a computer to track their coupons. The site is http://www.commissaries.com/rewards/. For quick tips on using the Commissary Rewards Card, check out the following easy steps:

Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling

We have begun planning the first Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 May 2015. That is the weekend following Memorial Day. We will meet at the cottages on the shore of Lake Margrethe. We will have some quarters at Camp Grayling that we will make available of a first come, first serve basis. Other options are the trailer park operated by the Officers’ Club and local hotels and campgrounds. This is intended as a “guys weekend,” but wives and girlfriends are welcome to attend if they choose to do so. They should be aware there will be no planned activities for them.

The cost for the weekend is $15.00 per person to defray the cost of the meals. Any cost for Camp Grayling quarters is the responsibility of the member, not the Association.

Here is the tentative plan, although it may be subject to change as the planning continues.

Tentative Schedule (Everyone brings their own lawn chairs)

Sat

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 –              Tour of Camp Grayling

1600 – 1700     Happy hour @ NCO Club

1800 –              Dinner

Sun

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1100 – 1130     Roll Call of Absent Friends at 425th Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

Please contact Bob Wangen at robertwangen@gmail.com if you plan to attend. This does not commit you but will give us some idea of how many to plan for. A more formal invitation will be sent out in a couple of months with a link for reservations through PayPal.