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Michael Hrycak

Vice President
Bill Morris

Treasurer
Bill Gruss

Secretary
Vince Tirri

Historian
Dennis Dougherty

Membership Chair
SSG Pedro Martinez

Sergeant-At-Arms
Henry Wetzel

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MAJ Ryan C. Bailey

Editor Emeritus
Philip S. Notestine

 

     


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 The SPUR

BECOME A BOOSTER – RENEW YOUR BOOSTER

To become a Booster of The Spur, please send $10.00 for a year of inclusion as a Booster in four issues of The Spur. Make check payable to the 117th Cavalry Association - $10.00 for each year of support.

Mail to Bill Gruss, Treasurer, NJ Cavalry and Armor Association, 21 Blake Drive, Clark NJ 07066-1645.

Indicate how you wish to be listed:

 

In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak: We are constantly facing the past, the present, and the future. Our past, the Heritage Room Committee has been working diligently every Wednesday. They cleaned out the Heritage Room, removed all the old paneling, installed and painted new sheetrock, and are now reestablishing our historic displays and artifacts. Recently, Fred Rodman, brother of Walter l. Rodman, who served in F Company, 102nd Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II is organizing historical artifacts to contribute to the Heritage Room. The Heritage Room is taking an entirely new format, which shares the Squadron’s past and current service. When you enter into the Heritage Room you are immediately exposed to a work in progress that will take you on a tour of our Squadron’s history.

 

Squadron Commander's Message - MAJ Dennis Stiles:The Squadron recently completed our Annual Training at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, the last annual training that will focus on our Cavalry tasks prior to our 2019 deployment. As expected the Squadron accomplished all assigned tasks and safely returned to home station.

From the Editor – MAJ Ryan C. Bailey Troopers: thank you for your support of this journal as your internal communication instrument. Information Operations (IO) is defined as the integrated employment, during military operations, of information related capabilities in concert with other lines of operation to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp the decision making of adversaries and potential adversaries while protecting our own (JP 3-13). Your contributions, together with other lines of operations, serves to establish the favorable condition of informational dominance under a shared operational picture within the larger civilian sphere & helps bridge the informational divide and transcend generations within the extended family of New Jersey’s Cavalry Regiment, yesterday, today and forever, together continuously forging a future of greatness.

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Membership Update – SSG Pedro Martinez: First, please join me in extending our warm gratitude to SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan for his many years of faithful service to the organization. You have always been an outstanding supporter of the organization, will are grateful for your dedicated service. Fellow members, we will soon begin a campaign to remind you when your dues are due and extend the ability to pay electronically.

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"CAVALRY CROSSING A FORD"

A LINE in long array where they wind betwixt green islands,

They take a serpentine course, their arms flash in the sun—hark to the musical clank,

Behold the silvery river, in it the splashing horses loitering stop to drink,

Behold the brown-faced men, each group, each person a picture, the negligent rest on the saddles,

Some emerge on the opposite bank, others are just entering the ford—while,

Scarlet and blue and snowy white,

The guidon flags flutter gayly in the wind

-Walt Whitman

 

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak: Next meeting, 13 April 2018, our Troopers, and members, will be addressed by CPT Perfecto Sanchez, one of the heroes of Ramadi in 2006. As COL Tony Deane explained in his recent book, Ramadi: Declassified, "Lesson No. 4: Talent. The organizational chart doesn’t necessarily tell you who the real leaders at the front will be when the shooting starts.

 

Squadron Commander's Message - MAJ Dennis Stiles: The Squadron had a well-earned break in January with no scheduled drill after well over a year of high OPTEMPO training and mission support. As the BCT recovered from its hurricane relief mission in Puerto Rico, our Troopers finally wound down after several months conducting warehouse operations, receiving donations for the people of Puerto Rico, in SAD status at the West Orange Armory.

 

 Cavalryman of The Year Phil Notestine, Editor Emeritus, Phil Notestine is being honored for his faithful and true service as Editor of this journal for over a decade, 2006-2018.

 

From the Editor – MAJ Ryan C. Bailey Troopers, I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my friend Phil Notestine, Editor of The SPUR since 2006 (See feature article Cavalryman of The Year). I am presently working closely with him, our President and Executive Board on continuing his good work of telling Our Story; past, present, and future.

Membership Update – SSG Pedro Martinez: First, please join me in extending our warm gratitude to SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan for his many years of faithful service to the organization. You have always been an outstanding supporter of the organization, will are grateful for your dedicated service. Fellow members, we will soon begin a campaign to remind you when your dues are due and extend the ability to pay electronically. The Spur will be soon be published electronically to all members, unless you specifically request hard copy. Please send an email to me or CPT Harty at <117thcavmemberships@gmail.com> or call the Headquarters 1st Squadron 102d Cavalry (732)499-5662 so that we have your email on file. Send your dues to the return address on this issue.

* * * SPUR HEADLINES * * *

Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28th 2018
Spurs and Sabers Ball Final preparations are underway

New Jersey Cavalry and Armor Association Membership Life Membership

 

A Troop Change of Command Squadron Commander LTC Dennis S. Stiles passed the Cavalry Guidon

New Jersey Cavalry and Armor Association Meeting 9 February 2018

 

Next Meeting: 13 April 2018, the speaker is going to be CPT Perfecto Sanchez

 

42nd Infantry Division Warfighter Exercise 2018, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania SEP-OCT ‘17

 

From The Annals of Armor and Cavalry History

From Our Lineage & Honors; Marking the Centennial of World War One, WWI or The Great War

The WWI Victory Medal

 

Of note: MSG (Ret.) Thomas Bullock, my former Platoon Sergeant, who served in A Troop for two decades, is currently residing at Veteran's Haven North

 


In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak: We have forged a bond with our Squadron Troopers who are currently serving on the front lines of freedom. LTC (Ret.) Chris Sands, a former Association President, gave a stirring speech about Veterans Day during our last meeting on 10 November 2017. He reminded us what a commitment we all made when we first took our oath to serve our great country. LTC Sands also described how the current force is an Expeditionary Force that deploys our Troopers, both active and reserve component, all over the world to secure our freedoms and those of others.

Squadron Commander's Message - MAJ Dennis Stiles:

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the holiday season and had the opportunity to spend time with your families. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce the new Squadron Command Sergeant Major, CSM Eric Maney. Eric jumped in with both feet and you can rest assured that the Squadron is in great hands.

 

From the Editor - Phil Notestine:

Troopers, I have been editor of The SPUR since 2006, some 11 years. It is time to pass the Guidon. It has been an honor and an adventure.

This is my last issue. I look forward to helping the new editor and reading The SPUR in the future.

"Larry’s War" continued - Final Installment…

Membership Update – SSG Pedro Martinez: First, please join me in extending our warm gratitude to SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan for his many years of faithful service to the organization. Fellow members, we will soon begin a campaign to remind you when your dues are due and extend the ability to pay electronically. The Spur will be soon be published electronically to all members, unless you specifically request hard copy. Please send an email to me or CPT Harty at <117thcavmemberships@gmail.com> or call the Headquarters 1st Squadron 102d Cavalry (732)499-5662 so that we have your email on file.

In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak:

During our last meeting, on 7 April 2017, several issues affecting the future of our Association were resolved. We held the final vote to accept renaming the Association to the New Jersey Cavalry and Armor Association d/b/a (doing business as) 117th Cavalry Association. The goal is to bring the Association within our current configuration, which involves members who served in the 5th Squadron 117th Cavalry Squadron, those who served, or are currently serving, in the 1st Squadron 102nd Cavalry Squadron, as well as those that served in any Cavalry or Armor unit in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps.

Squadron Commander's Message -  MAJ Dennis Stiles:

The Squadron has done a tremendous job preparing for our XCTC rotation at Fort Pickett, VA. The equipment is loaded, vehicles are staged for rail operations and the Combined Arms Rehearsal is complete. I imagine that by the time you are reading this our Troopers will be packing up for the return trip home!

From the Editor - Phil Notestine:

I was surprised but elated to receive an inquiry about the WWII 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz) operating in the Rhineland Palatinate of Germany, February 1945.

The 5th installment of "Larry’s War" is included in this issue.

Lieutenant Brendan Cahill Junior Officer of the Year 2016 Congratulations to LT Brendan Cahill. He was selected as the recipient of the COL Harold J. Samsel Junior Officer of the year for 2016 for the 1-102d Cavalry.

Ed. Note: We learned last month that LTC Ian C. Palmer, past SCO of the 8-1 Cavalry, Joint Base Lewis McCord will stand up the 1-38th Cavalry 1ST SFAB Fort Benning GA beginning in June. A Cavalry Warrior – Scholar with over 20 years’ service.

LTC Palmer is pleased for this honor and has been studying about the WWII 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz), awarding a Presidential Unit Citation for actions at Monschau, Germany during the "Battle of the Bulge".

Membership Update – SSG Pedro Martinez & SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan: First, please join me in extending our warm gratitude to Ken for his years of faithful service to the organization. You have always been an outstanding supporter of the organization, will are grateful for your dedicated service. Fellow members, we will soon begin a campaign to remind you when your dues are due and extend the ability to pay electronically. The Spur will be soon be published electronically to all members, unless you specifically request hard copy. Please send an email to me or CPT Harty at 117thcavmemberships@gmail.com or call the Headquarters 1st Squadron 102nd Cavalry (732)499-5662 so that we have your email on file.

Send your dues to the address below. Annual regular dues of $20.00 and Associate dues $15.00 are due in September. Make checks Payable to 117th CAV Association.

The SPUR

c/o SSG Pedro Martinez

500 Rahway Ave.

Westfield, NJ 07090

To Members behind in their dues, you will have the date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown above.

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak: The Association is continuing to progress as an organization, both among our members, as well as our projects. During our last meeting, on Veterans’ Day, SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan, proudly announced, as Membership Chair, that 15 new members joined our organization.

From the Squadron Commander -  MAJ Dennis Stiles: It is my great honor to address you as the incoming Squadron Commander. Serving as the Executive Officer under LTC Tim Coakley has been a great experience for me personally and I wish him well as he gets ready to take over the 50th IBCT as the Brigade Commander. I have no doubt that the Brigade will continue to succeed under his watch. Our Squadron has had a tremendous year and we will get no rest in the coming months.

From the Editor - Phil Notestine: Shortly after moving from Mountain Lakes, NJ to Pinehurst, NC I sought and found an NRA Affiliate range and club. A Life-Patron member of the NRA, I had belonged to the NRA affiliate "Association of NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs" at Cherry Ridge, Highland Lakes, Sussex County NJ. One of my favorite pastimes is shooting pistol, rifle and sporting clays. Our club, the Moore County Wildlife and Conservation Club http://www.mcwcc.org/ has good ranges and a large membership. We often have informal matches. Recently I shot a rimfire pistol match at 25 and 50 yards. At my left positions were a 13-year-old girl named Lily, and a soldier SPC Anthony Heinauer. Lily is a member of the club rifle team, and an excellent marksman. She outshot me; that is all I will say!

We continue "Larry’s War", installment #4:

Membership Update –SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan: Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment.

KENNETH L. MAHAN

12 W. WALNUT ST.

METUCHEN NJ 08840-2616

To Members behind in their dues, you will have the date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown above.

TAPS Update


 


Editor's Column

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