425th Regimental Association
Newsletter – Spring 2020
This seems like this is the only item on the news these days. Some of the measures are viewed by some as excessive and unnecessary. Time will tell if these measures were necessary or not, but I look at it like calling for artillery and close air support – I want it now and I want a lot of it. The best way to keep this thing manageable is to slow it down and reduce the spread of the virus before it overwhelms the healthcare system. This chart shows the positive impact of reducing contact and “social distancing.”
What can we do as individuals?
- Maintain social distancing. If you don’t HAVE to go somewhere, don’t go there. Fist bumps instead of hugs. Use your credit or debit card instead of cash. Use a disinfectant wipe on the card reader key pad.
- Wash your hands. I have turned into a “germiphobe.” When I go to a public restroom I wash my hands for 20 seconds (The time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice), then use the paper towel to cover my hand when I turn off the tap and open the door, holding it open with my foot as I walk through. I have never been this picky but I don’t want to be a carrier.
- Call your family doctor if you start to show symptoms –
- Dry cough
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Difficulty in breathing
- Self isolate if you think you have been exposed.
- Disinfect you objects. Clean things like your phone, car keys, table tops, steering wheel, etc. When we go out to eat (Not doing much of that anymore) my wife used disinfectant wipes on the chairs and table top.
- Follow the advice of your local public health agency.
Taps and Prayers for three of our Members
Earlier this month our Treasurer, Tom Neff, became ill. It is unclear exactly what happened to Tom, but it appears he may have had a slight stroke and his body chemicals are out of balance. All this has left him in a weak and confused state. He is currently in rehabilitation and expects to be home soon. You can contact him on his cell phone at 248-618-4240.
Joe Summers is in the hospital at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. They believe he has also been stricken by the COVID-19 virus. You can contact him at 586-850-4450.
Sadly, we have to report the passing of SSG (ret) Don Johnson. He died on Sunday, 22 March at 2:47 PM. He may have died from the Corona Virus, but that is unclear at this time. He was a member of the Rigger Section and was known for his quiet, conscientious, and dependable manner. We don’t have any details on a funeral service, but will get the word out as soon as we know more.
Upcoming Association Events
In spite of the current health crisis, we are planning events for the remainder of the year. For the immediate future we are not planning and breakfast or lunch get-togethers. You can see all of our events on the Association website, just click on the Calendar of Events link on the left side of the website.
13-14 June 2020 – Regimental Rendezvous
We have tentative plans for a “Guys Only” Rendezvous at Scott Bradley’s place in St. Helens. There will be plenty to eat and drink as well as an opportunity to use your favorite weapon, either on the property or at a nearby commercial range.
25 Jul 2020 – Joint 82nd Airborne Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic
Held at the Bruce VFW Post in St. Clair Shores. This is a fun time with plenty to eat. This is also when we hold our annual meeting and election of officers. Make sure you don’t miss this great time!
22 August 2020 – Michigan Ranger Base “Shoot-Eat-Drink” event
Join with your fellow Rangers from Co F and Ranger battalions at Winnie Acres in Marine City. Ranges are available for pistol and rifle, followed by a sit down dinner. This is an event for the whole family.
29-30 August 2020 – Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
This is our one big fundraiser for the year. Help guide people parking their cars and you get fed and a chance to check out the air show and the re-enactors. This year will feature the Navy Blue Angel Demonstration Team.
3 Oct 2020 – Regimental Reunion Dinner
Bring your wife or significant other to enjoy a great meal at Bakers of Milford. We plan to have a speaker that you will want to hear and will never forget. Stay tuned as we finalize the plans for this.
New Rules for Commissary and Exchange Access
Effective 1 January 2020 access to Commissary, Exchange, and MWR Facilities (campgrounds, etc) has been expanded to the following veterans:
- All veterans will 1-100% service-connected disabilities
- Purple Heart recipients
- Former Prisoners of War
- Individuals who are designated as the primary family caregiver for an eligible veteran.
New patrons under this expansion solely under this expansion authority should be aware that they will be charged a small user fee to offset the increased expense caused by this expansion. You can get more information on this expansion at https://download.militaryonesource.access-fact-sheet.pdf.
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.
425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information
President: Fernando Campos – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Mark Evans – email@example.com
Secretary: Tony Lopiccolo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Dean Burchill (Acting) – email@example.com
Historian: Vacant – firstname.lastname@example.org
RCSM: Dean Burchill – email@example.com
Adjutant: Bob Wangen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Quartermaster: David Lincicome – email@example.com