425th Regimental Association

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

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



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)


1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 –              Tour of Camp Grayling

1600 – 1700     Happy hour @ NCO Club

1800 –              Dinner


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.



The Regimental Quartermaster Store is OPEN!

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425 CrestThe Regimental Quartermaster Store is now open for business. We are online and can pay for your orders with PayPal, Mastercard, or Visa.

We have T-Shirts (long and short sleeve), hats, license plates, and coins. Unit decals and sweatshirts will be added soon.

You can customize your shirt by size, Airborne Ranger or Long Range Surveillance Scroll, and Novice, Senior, or Master Wings.

If there are other items you would like to see in the store, send an email to me at adjutant@425regiment.org.


A Soldier’s Christmas

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Airborne ChristmasThe embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered,  perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
to the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night”

“Its my duty to stand at the front of the line,
that separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”
then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red white and blue… an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home,
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,
I can carry the weight of killing another
or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
who stand at the front against any and all,
to insure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
to know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

Michael Marks
December 7th, 2000

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2014

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Fall/Winter, 2014


Renew Your Association Membership Online!

You may now enroll in the Association and renew your current membership online through the Association website. We are using PayPal to accept credit cards, but you do not need a PayPal account. You can use either MasterCard or Visa. Go to this link to go to the Association Membership Center to renew your membership. http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1040

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

We had our joint picnic on July 28th at the Bruce VFW Post in St. Clair Shores. A good time was had by all. Shirts, hats and other Association clothing was available.

During the Association business meeting, the following items were addressed:

  1. The Dining Out was discussed and the was a sentiment that a more casual event was desired. It was decided to hold a “Prop Blast” at Kennedy’s Irish Pub on September 20th.
  2. It was decided that it was in the best interests of the membership to incorporate the Association. Dean Burchill was tasked to submit the appropriate paperwork to the State of Michigan.
  3. Dave Lincicome reported on the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run. This is a great fund-raising event and a lot of fun for those who volunteer for it.
  4. It was decided that the current officers would continue for the next year.

Kennedys Prop Blast - 2014Prop Blast – Kennedy’s Irish Pub

We gathered at 1600 and those that attended had a terrific time. The Association provided food, everyone bought their own drinks, shared jump lies, and generally enjoyed the being with old friends.

Thunder Over Michigan

The 125th Infantry and the 425th Air Show 2014 - Pete BonderczukRegimental Association assist the air show by providing guides for parking. This is a lot of fun and a great fund-raising opportunity. Volunteers get a chance to see much of the show from the parking lot, and some close up views during breaks. It’s also interesting to see the re-enactors as they wander through the area. We want to give a big thanks to the following volunteers.

Bob Lagana                 Chuck Lovett

Dean Burchill              Pete Bondurzuc

Tony Lopiccolo           Heather Lopiccolo

Phil Griglio                  Richard Anderson

Richard Fox                 Murray Ruppel

Dave Lincicome           Mike Lincicome-USMC

Craig Lehr

half staff flagFarewell To SSG Guy Skabardis

We are sorry to report that Gaitis (Guy) Skabardis, passed away suddenly on Saturday July 12, at the age of 77.   Guy was a former member of Co F (Ranger) 425 Infantry Regiment. He also had a son, Eric Skabardis that was a member of Co F  as well.

Services were held at the W.L. Case Funeral Chapel in Saginaw on July 17th

Military Star Card

Consider applying for the Military Star Card and get a 10% discount at Exchange food courts and $.05 discount at the Exchange gas station. (NOTE: The discounts only apply at Army and Air Force Exchanges.)   http://www.shopmyexchange.com/exchangecredit

Serve Your Community Through “The Mission Continues”

In 2013, The Mission Continues introduced a new way for veterans to continue serving at home – the service platoon. A service platoon is a team of veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen and reservists that mobilizes together to solve a specific challenge in their community.

In Washington, D.C. a service platoon works to reduce hunger amongst inner-city youth. In Phoenix, another platoon works to eradicate chronic veteran homelessness. And in Orlando, members of the local platoon are mentoring at-risk youth.

United by the common bond of military service, platoons offer veterans the opportunity to make an impact in their community, and connect with others through regular social and networking events. It’s an opportunity to serve alongside a motivated team and tackle a tough and meaningful mission. It’s an opportunity to make a difference.

With the city in bankruptcy, the Detroit Service Platoon has stepped in with a commitment to community regeneration as it helps tear down some of the 40,000 dilapidated buildings recommended for removal, clear space for sustainable urban projects, and get the city back on its feet.

For more information, click on this link – https://www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoon/Detroit-1st-platoon

425th Regimental Association Board Of Directors, Contact Information 

President:                   Richard Anderson – 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 – quartermaster@425regiment.org

425th Regimental Association Prop Blast

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20 Sep 2014

Kennedy’s Irish Pub
1055 W Huron St, Waterford Township, MI 48328
(248) 681-1050

Meet at the Company F table – Yes, it’s still there!

1600 hrs until ?????

We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at 4350 Pontiac Lake Road Waterford, MI 48328. 248-674-3434.
Ask for block code RAA. Double rooms for $ 95.00 + tax per night.
This offer is good till 17 SEP 14.
There is no shuttle from the hotel.

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