425th Regimental Association

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

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

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 

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!

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.