425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Summer 2014· Tags: 425 Infantry, 425th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Association, Army Ranger, Bruce VFW Post, Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry, Company F, LRSC, LRSU, skydive, Thunder over Michigan, vfw
425th Regimental Association
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425th Regimental Association 2014 Dining Out
The first Dining Out since the inactivation of the unit was held at the Bruce VFW Post on April 12th. It was well attended with 109 members and family present.
The evening started with time to reacquaint with old friends and comrades. Some had not seen each other in years and many of the most recent members of Co F were able to meet some of the original members of the unit. As the stories (jump lies) were told with the altitudes higher, winds stronger, and nights darker, the revelry was interrupted as everyone was asked to take their seats for dinner.
The formal portion of the evening was initiated with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Airborne Prayer.
The Roll Call of Absent Friends was followed by a moment of silence.
Regimental CSM Dean Burchill discussed the Memorial Monument at Camp Grayling and
President Dick Anderson recognized former First Sergeants and Commanders in attendance and introduced the guest speaker, former Co F First Sergeant and now CSM Bryan Merkel of the 1st Bn, 125 Infantry.
CSM Merkel recalled his time with Company F, his two deployments with the unit. When comparing his time on active duty prior to joining Company F and his time in other units since leaving the unit, he said his time with Company F was the best.
The key point of his presentation was that soldiers from Company F have been assigned to many other units and they are making a difference and adding value in every case. They are setting a new standard for excellence that is increasing unit performance.
Following CSM Merkel’s presentation dinner was served. It was generally agreed that the food was delicious and there was plenty of it.
The social gathering continued after dinner and many members hung around to adjourn to the post’s club room to continue the celebration.
We want to give special thank you to the team that coordinated this event:
- Dean Burchill – Team Leader
- Mark Day
- Mark Evans
- Tony Lopiccolo
- David Lincicome
- Richard Anderson
- Tom Neff
- Basil Zaviski
Thunder Over Michigan
Once again David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport. It will be the weekend of 9 & 10 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. 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 logo hat / T-shirt or license plate. For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome.
Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic
Saturday. 26 July 2014 / 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, (Burned to order) 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 A/C and fuel are not free so this pays for their expenses. Make as many guesses at 5 bucks per as you wish.
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/
425 Regimental Association Board Of Directors, Contact Information
President: Richard Anderson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Mark Evans – email@example.com
Secretary: Tony Lopiccolo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Tom Neff – email@example.com
Historian: Don Bugg – firstname.lastname@example.org
RCSM: Dean Burchill – email@example.com
Adjutant : Bob Wangen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Quartermaster: David Lincicome – email@example.com