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.
- Dean Burchill – Team Leader
- Mark Day
- Mark Evans
- Tony Lopiccolo
- David Lincicome
- Richard Anderson
- Tom Neff
- Basil Zaviski