Division Association Updates
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
May 23, 2006
April turned out to be a very good month. The dedication of the Memorial on the 4th, the coordination meetings in Louisville to prepare for the 59th Reunion, and a successful trip to Riverside to begin the coordination and sign contracts for the 60th Reunion are among our successes.
The end of May is coming soon and I want to remind each of you (I know that isnít necessary) that Memorial Day is scheduled for Monday, 29 May. Iím sure that everyone has a Memorial Day ceremony within a short drive of their home and I encourage you to attend one of those ceremonies if it isnít part of your regular schedule. I normally attend the ceremonies conducted in Killeen but will be in Arkansas visiting family over the weekend and will go with my father-in-law, World War II Army Air Corps, and family to the ceremony held in Mountain Home. Iíll be out of the office on the Friday before and Tuesday the day after Memorial Day traveling. The office is closed on Memorial Day.
Things are on track for our Reunion in Louisville and I expect a big group of Association members and their families to be in Louisville for the Reunion 9-13 July. As of 19 May 2006, we have 332 Association members that have signed up for the Reunion and including guests there are 565 total people registered. These numbers indicate that we will have a crowd at the Reunion because they are ahead of every reunion held away from Fort Hood since 1992 at the same time (8 weeks out). There will be more registrations coming in because of a couple of nights we have over 450 rooms reserved in the two hotels, Executive West and Executive Inn. There are others staying elsewhere and many of those that are local will be staying at home. Iím coordinating with the Division to bring some of our Active Duty Troopers from Forts Hood and Bliss as we usually do at reunions held away from Fort Hood. If you havenít sent in your registration form or reserved your room please do so quickly. Early registration ends on 9 June and the fee goes up to $25 on that day.
The Division is deep into training for their next deployment. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) is currently at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) located at Fort Polk, Louisiana conducting training in preparation for deployment. The 2nd BCT is in the midst of deploying to the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California to go through training there. The 1st BCT is conducting training here at Fort Hood and will leave for JRTC soon. The 4th BCT is training at Fort Bliss and will go to NTC for training before deploying. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (ACB) has been supporting disaster relief missions (Katrina and Pakistan) and is also providing aircraft for the BCTís training at home base and during the training center rotations. The 15th Support Brigade has completed their major training and is getting ready to begin loading out equipment soon for their scheduled deployment later this summer. Visit the Divisionís web page to see current news articles that are done by the Division Public Affairs Office at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/. You can also sign up to receive news updates from the Division PAO at that web page and view Cav Country and read Crosses Sabers.
On April 19th the Finance Forum, a non-profit professional association in the field of commercial finance, held their annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Twin Creeks Golf Course in Allen, Texas. Their goal was to raise money for the Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association and through that provides support to the Troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division and their families. At the Tournament they presented me a ďceremonial checkĒ, one you canít cash, for $13,000. They thought that the amount would be slightly higher but guaranteed that amount. We recently received the ďreal checkĒ and it was for $14,554.23. I attended the tournament and posed for photos with many of the teams that were playing. Photos of the event on their web page may be viewed at http://www.thefinanceforum.com/index.htm.
If you know of similar organizations that provide support to non-profit organizations, please recommend to them that they support either the Foundation or the Museum Foundation. Both of these organizations are non-profit, 501(c)(3), and depend on the donations of our members and other groups like the Finance Forum to accomplish their goals. The Foundation provides scholarships to the children of Troopers that have been killed or totally and permanently disabled while serving with the Division in combat and also provides some support to active duty and family members. The Museum Foundation provides support for the Division Museum and wants to raise money to construct a new museum building. The Museum Foundation was also responsible for the building of the new Division Memorial at Fort Hood. Donations to both of these Foundations are tax-deductible.
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