425th Regimental Association

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

2017 Regimental Rendezvous

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The 2017 Regimental Rendezvous was another success.  We encountered a number of new obstacles and tried some new things, and it all worked out in the end.

The biggest obstacle was that Camp Grayling has turned Building 656Q from a chargeable quarters building into a barrack. This made it more difficult to schedule and the accommodations were not a plush as they had been in the past.

Bldg 656Q-2

Because they had removed the big refrigerators from the building, we explored having our meals at the Camp Grayling Officers Club.

Based on the availability of Building 656Q, we scheduled the Rendezvous for September instead of May. Our less than expected turnout may have been a result of this decision as some of our members told us that they were tired up with fall sports and school activities.

We also opened the schedule to allow members to arrive on Friday afternoon/evening.

The time on the range was as enjoyable as ever. The Big Ranger in the Sky cooperated by providing beautiful weather for the weekend.  We again used Range 3, a 25-meter range. Some members have asked about using Range 10, an automated record fire range; however we again chose Range 3 for several reasons.

This range can be run with a minimum number of range personnel allowing more of our members to shoot on the range, rather than running it.

A 25-meter range allows use the flexibility to fire handguns and rifles at the same time.

Range 3 allows us to put more people on the firing line at the same time, increasing the amount of time people have for shooting, rather than waiting for their turn.

Range Ops-1

Range Ops-3

Bill Poynter, once again, entertained everyone by bringing his A3 .30 caliber machine gun. This is actually a semi-automatic version but, with an agile trigger finger, it is “almost” a machine gun.

Range Ops-2

A3 .30 cal video

Phil Griglio continued his performance by providing breakfast on Saturday morning and lunch on the range.

In the afternoon, everyone had the chance to visit the PX and Class Six store, before we went to the Officers Club for dinner. At the Club, Merry Meredith and her staff provided our members with a great meal in a historical setting. Rasmus Hanson, one of the state’s lumber barons donated the land for Camp Grayling to the National Guard back in the 1913. The Officers Club was built in 1917 and has been a focus of military social activities since then.

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CG O-Club-2

The rest of the evening was spent watching “A Bridge Too Far” and “The Great Raid,” the story of the rescue of American POWs in the Philippines by the 6th Ranger Battalion in WWII, and telling jump lies.

Bldg 656Q-1


After cleaning and clearing the building on Sunday morning we had a wonderful breakfast at the Officers Club and conducted a brief service at our Company F Memorial near the Camp Grayling Chapel.

The Association would like to thank the volunteers that worked so hard to make this year’s Rendezvous a success.

Our next big event will be our Annual Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post on November 18, 2017. If you couldn’t attend the Rendezvous, don’t miss the Reunion Dinner!

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