www.18inf.org – MARCH 2007 – www.18inf.org
Meet Me in
did not include a history page this issue because I am “living 18th Infantry
history” and this year marks a significant event in my life. On
many of us, the reunion in
You are living history. This will be a special year. Come be part of it. Register on-line with the Society (see below).
Kelly Hartman, Alpha Company FRG, wrote us a
special “Thank you” note for our Holiday Soldier funds. The funds were used by the FRGs to provide
“stockings” for their soldiers, loaded with candy, phone cards, and other
personal and special mementos. Each
soldier got one. Please help us continue
to these projects. Checks for our
soldier’s projects fund should be made out to: 18th Inf Regt Assn, with
“Soldier Project” written on the Memo line.
Mail them to: Jim Stone, Treasurer,
ANNUAL COMBAT OFFICER’S DINNER
Annual Dinner of the Combat Officers of the First Division will be held on
information please contact Andy Wilson,
SOCIETY of the FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION
2007 BRO Reunion is scheduled at
information, please contact Jennifer Sanford,
E-mail: soc1ID@aol.com or www.bigredone.org
HONORARY COLONEL’S COMMENTS
is amazing how quickly time passes. I
know for the soldiers in the battalion that it does not pass quickly enough.
We’ve all been there, “wishing our lives away” as one of my old airborne
sergeants put it. As you can see from Vanguard 6's comments elsewhere in this
letter, the 18th Infantry continues its great, if sometimes burdensome
tradition, of always being in the thick of things. That we are infinitely proud
of George Glaze and his soldiers goes without question as they uphold the
honors and traditions of this great Regiment. The battalion is tentatively
scheduled to return to
the battalion will come home to
will have the opportunity to meet and get to know the new battalion commander
Bill Chamberlain, Striker 6, HCOR, 18th US Infantry Regiment
This is a novel about American soldiers in combat. It is also a story about power, corruption, greed, honor and love. When Army Colonel Sam Sampson is recalled back from retirement to execute one last mission for his country, he doesn’t know he will have to fight enemies inside the halls of power in Washington, enemies within himself, and finally with the enemies of his country.
A fast paced novel, the realism of the combat sequences in the story are gripping, and written as only a combat veteran could write them. The equipment and weapons in the story were state of the art at the time this novel was written in 1999. Some of them have subsequently come to pass and are in use in the Army today. Others, sadly, have been scrapped.. This is a book about war as it really is. There is no "shock and awe." There is only hard tank and infantry fighting done by memorable characters. Visit the following web page to purchase: "http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?”
A portion of book sale profits go to the 18th Infantry Regiment Association
American Iliad – The 18th Infantry Regiment in World War II
American Iliad – Written by Robert W. Baumer, with Mark J. Reardon. This is an outstanding book about the exploits and achievements of the 18th Infantry Regiment during WWII. Orders may be placed directly with the publisher by telephone at 866-265-9063. A portion of the proceeds go to the 18th Infantry Regiment Association. If you don’t have it, get it . If you have it, buy a copy for your local public or high school library. This story should be read by every American.
ANNUAL MEETING –
18th Infantry News from
[Editor’s note: The 1st
Battalion, 18th Infantry deployed to OIF 4 in August 2006, arriving in sector
VANGUARD SIX’S FOXHOLE (JANUARY 2007) –
the Regiment: your Vanguards continue to
conduct intelligence-driven, offensive operations against those that would rob
the Iraqi people of their chance for a new beginning. Our Bravo Company is doing extremely well out
in Ramadi, attached to the Steel Tigers of 1-77AR. As the Tiger Main Effort, the Predators of B
Company are hunting down those that would do harm and allowing the economy a
chance to begin again. Working jointly
with the Local Police and the Iraqi Army, CPT Rudy and 1SG Almario are subduing
the toughest sector in Ramadi and representing the Regiment very well. In
And back in Schweinfurt, CPT Ricky Torres and 1SG Hopson are maintaining the homefront, keeping the ladies informed, and solving daily challenges that free those forward deployed up to continue pressing the fight to the enemy.
Together, the Vanguards know No Sacrifice Too Great.
VANGUARD SIX’S FOXHOLE (FEBRUARY 2007)
the Regiment: Continuing
VANGUARD SIX’S FOXHOLE (MARCH 2007)
the Regiment: The Operation Baghdad Security Plan is in full swing with your
Vanguards out in sector, forward deployed, making a significant impact in
establishing the Rule of Law. Out on
Combat Out Posts or COPs, the Vanguards are living with the Iraqi Security
Forces and conducting Joint Security Patrols and training alongside the
National and Local Police. Leaving behind
the Forward Operating Bases with Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream and Internet,
your Soldiers are pulling out their TA1 Radio Telephones and using vintage M14s
to secure themselves with the focus and discipline expected of Vanguards. Couple those tried and true systems with a
few night cameras, computers and Bradleys and you can see that today's
Vanguard is using all the tools. Just knowing that all the Vanguards here in
George A. Glaze, Vanguard 6, commanding 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry (TF 1-18IN,
18th Infantry News from
Vanguard family had a great holiday season, whether it was enjoyed here in
Kelly Hartman and Alpha Company are preparing a “Halfway Hooah” Party at the Bowling Alley in March for all of the families in the Battalion to celebrate making it half way through the deployment. Alpha Company also has several fundraisers planned including T-shirts and a build-a-stuffed animal theme
Gowin, Bravo Company’s FRG Leader, has planned a seminar during their February
meeting to focus on health, wellness, and relaxation to help families deal with
the many stresses of the deployment. With Valentine’s Day just around the
corner, Bravo Company wanted to send their “Hearts & Kisses” to the Bravo Predators
Sarah Johnson organizes a dinner out each month for the spouses of Charlie Company, in addition to their monthly meetings.
Nancy Gaskins and the families of HHC are keeping busy. Each month they have several social events to include a coffee social, a wine and cheese tasting social, recipe dish social, girls’ night out, and family night out events. HHC also has several helpful sessions each month. “Show Me the Money” is an opportunity for Highlander families to bring their financial questions and topics, offering helpful tips and counseling to each other. “Family Matters” incorporates the Chaplains office for workshops, books, and materials. If the families of Highlander FRG still have enough energy after all of the fun and helpful events they are encouraged to come out every Monday to the Finney Gym for a motivational fitness session called “Fit & Fabulous.”
“TF 1-18 IN Cookbook” is well underway. It will contain tasty recipes from the
wives, Soldiers, and their families. The cookbook will contain several
categories to include; appetizers/drinks, soup/salad, main dishes, side
dishes/vegetables, breads, German specialties, and Desserts. There will even be
a special section for “Soldiers’ specials” that will feature barracks room
dinners, MRE upgrades, and downrange delights. Valarie Glaze, Tanja Almario,
Charlene Ennis, and Mandy Mitchell are hard at work on this unique cookbook.
Look for it this June. [editor’s note:
Mrs Glaze has invited the 18th Infantry Regiment Association to submit recipes
for the cookbook – send them to: Mrs. Valerie Glaze, 1-18 IN CMR 464,
18th Infantry Print by Jim Dietz
Battalion,18th Infantry has commissioning a print by the famous artist Jim
Dietz to honor the valor of 18th Infantry soldiers. The original will hang at the
Rear Detachment, led by CPT Rickey Torres and 1SG Kurt Hopson, and the FRG, led
by Mrs. Valerie Glaze, are doing a tremendous job in looking out for the
families, following and caring for the wounded who are sent to Landstuhl, and
supporting the forward deployed soldiers.
Expression of thanks and support many be mailed to: CPT Rickey Torres,
ANNUAL MEETING –
IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP NOTICES !!!
Membership renewal – Please review the mailing label on your newsletter. The date after your name is the year in which your membership expires. If the year after your name is 2006 (or before), then your dues are due. If you believe that the date is not correct, please notify Larry Van Kuran, 6378 Jamieson Ave, Encino, CA 91316. Phone: 818-427-1577. Email: email@example.com Association membership is based on a calendar year, and is paid every two years. Larry just mailed 163 notices last week. We need more members to remain financially viable. We have a list of over 700 contacts, but less than 300 paid members. Encourage your buddies to join, if they haven’t already, and find more names to add to our list and become new members.
Dues increase notice – Effective January 2007, dues are now $30 for two-years. This is the first increase in 15 years. 18th Infantry Regiment Association dues are still lower than most other similar organizations. However, the cost of business, especially printing and mailing rates, has risen significantly in 15 years and our Treasury has reached an all time low. .
Volunteers needed: This year we will investigate incorporation, IRS non-profit status, and Life memberships. If you have any experience or expertise that could help accomplish these goals, please contact the President, the Honorary Colonel, or any Association officer (see web page for address, phone, and email contact info). We are looking for a volunteer to manage our memorabilia sales – i.e., supply sarg or S-4-- could you do the job?. Also, our Membership Secretary can always use volunteers to help locate and contact old warriors who served in the 18th Infantry. There is plenty to do as we adapt to the changing situation of our active duty unit returning to Ft Riley.– make yourself known – help us out.
18th Infantry Memorabilia is available. 18th Infantry ball-caps, Golf Shirts, unit crests, lapel pins, belt buckles, and more! Profit from the sale of these items provide a substantial addition to our treasury. These items are usually for sale at our reunion CP, but they can be ordered by phone, mail, or email. Contact Larry Van Kuran, 6378 Jamieson Ave, Encino, CA 91316. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Battalion Web Page – http://www.1-18in.2bct.1id.army.mil/. – for recent pictures and commander’s messages. Also the 2nd Brigade web page has lots of good information: It is -- http://www.2bct.1id.army.mil/ – which publishes monthly “The Dagger’s Edge” with information about each of the units in the Brigade, including 1-18 IN..
Larry Paul’s Photo Album Lost! Did someone inadvertently pick up Larry’s photo album from Vietnam at the 2005 BRO Reunion in Washington DC (Crystal City Marriott Hotel). It has gone missing. He no longer has the negatives and it contains irreplaceable memories. Please look for it. Reward for its return. Larry Paul, 419-332-5782, email: LFP18inf@aol.com
Infantry Order of St Maurice
The Infantry Order of St Maurice was bestowed upon Michelle Senatore by the 1st Battalion. Michelle led the effort to raise funds to build Sergeant Gomez’s wheelchair accessible house and to have our battalion adopted by Wheaton. Her energy and enthusiasm raised the awareness of her fellow Americans to the service and sacrifice given by soldiers of the 18th Infantry and the 1st Infantry Division. Because of their outstanding contributions to benefit our infantry soldiers, LTC Glaze nominated Michelle Senatore & Mike Binkley for the Order of St Maurice, an award of the National Infantry Association (NIA). These awards were granted. Honorary Sergeant Major Binkley received his award in Germany directly from our active duty soldiers. Michelle Senatore will be invested at our reunion in St Louis. For information on the NIA and the Order of St Maurice, please visit the web site: http://www.infantryassn.com/awards.html
NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT, NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT, DUTY FIRST!
“To Our Fallen Brothers in Iraq”
SPC Eric G. Palacios-Rivera
B - 1 - 18, 14 November 2006 (Age 21 from Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Killed when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi.
SGT Lawrence J. Carter
HHC - 1 - 18 (S-3 Section), 29 December 2006 (Age 25 from Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad.
SSG Karl O. Soto-Pinedo
A - 1 - 18, 28 February 2007 (Age 22 from Panama and San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Died of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad.
Take a moment of silent reflection and prayer in tribute to these brave and courageous soldiers who have fallen in battle.
Please remember as well those who have been injured and wounded and their families.