Merritt H. Powell

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Merritt H. Powell, 81, passed away in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 10, 2015.

For many years until traveling got to be too much for him, Merritt volunteered at his own expense to go all over the country and often overseas to play his bagpipes at 2d Cavalry ceremonies and funerals.

He first joined the Regiment as a young PFC at Merrill Barracks in 1954 with Battery B, 70th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, which became 1st Howitzer Battery while Merritt was with them. He was standing on the parade field in uniform 50 years later when Howitzer Battery’s colors were cased at Fort Polk, Louisiana to become 4th Squadron Artillery Hell.

A retired attorney and long time life member of the 2d Cavalry Association, Merritt was instrumental with the legal aspects of incorporating the 2d Cavalry Association. His dedication, devotion, service and contributions to both the 2d Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association are unmatched. He will be sorely missed.

Haigh-Black Funeral Home of Ormond, Florida are handling the arrangements. A viewing will be held on Monday 18 May, from 1600 – 1800, at the funeral home. The address is 167 Vining Ct, Ormond Beach, FL 32176.

The Funeral will be held on Tuesday 19 May 2015 at 1300 at Palm Cemetery, in Winter Park Florida. There will be a graveside ceremony only. Click here for maps and directions: http://www.haigh-black.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1579247

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2nd Cavalry Regiment Team wins Gainey Cup

Story by Maj. Neil Penttila

Photo by Sgt. William Tanner

A six-man team representing 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, bested eighteen other teams from across the United States Army to take home the coveted William J. Gainey Cup, at Fort Benning, Ga, May 8, 2015.  The squad was made up of Sgt. Cesar Cavazos, Spc. Glen Gianello, Spc. Joshua Castro, Pfc. Daniel Casillas and Pfc. Justin Cope. Coaching the team was Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Wiesner, while also being lead by Staff Sgt. Kyle Cooper.

A six-man team representing 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, bested eighteen other teams from across the United States Army to take home the coveted William J. Gainey Cup, at Fort Benning, Ga, May 8, 2015. The squad was made up of Sgt. Cesar Cavazos, Spc. Glen Gianello, Spc. Joshua Castro, Pfc. Daniel Casillas and Pfc. Justin Cope. Coaching the team was Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Wiesner, while also being lead by Staff Sgt. Kyle Cooper.

ROSE BARRACKS, Germany – The 2nd Cavalry Regiment has the Best Scout Squad in the Army and they have the trophy to prove it.

A six-man team representing 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment bested eighteen other teams from across the United States Army to take home the coveted William J. Gainey Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia, May 8, 2015. The winners were selected by rigorously testing the Trooper’s knowledge, tactical competence, and fortitude in the fundamentals of reconnaissance and security operations according to the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence’s website.

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2d Cavalry Association 2015 Scholarship Program

It’s time to get your entries in for the 2d Cavalry Association 2015 Scholarship Program.

Please click on the link for details.

2d Cavalry Association Scholarship Program

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DNA Samples Needed for MIA Identifications

There are 83,000 missing and unaccounted for Americans from World War II forward, yet many families of the missing have yet to provide a family reference sample to assist in DNA identifications. Currently, 89 percent of Korean War families have provided samples, as well as 83 percent of Cold War families and 81 percent of Vietnam War families, but only 4 percent of WWII families have. The government last year identified 107 MIAs, but more could have been identified—and faster—if more family reference samples were on file. Please forward the following service casualty office contact information to MIA families in your hometown, as well as to local newspapers:

Army: 800-892-2490
Marine Corps: 800-847-1597
Navy: 800-443-9298
Air Force: 800-531-5501
State Department: 202-485-6106

As some of you may already know, members of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Cavalry’s Reed Museum have teamed up with citizens of the Czech Republic in an effort to locate and identify several MIA’s lost in Czechoslovakia at the end of WW II in Europe. Much progress has been made and we are very hopeful. Let’s bring these boys home to their families.

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Did You Serve in Desert Storm?

Next year will mark 25 years since Desert Storm!

Did you serve in Desert Storm? If you did, General Franks and General Holder are looking for you to join in a celebration!

Here is a message from General Franks for you:

“As you know, we are approaching the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. Increasing interest in a special 25th that provides an opportunity for many hundreds of VII Corps Soldiers to get together to reflect on our accomplishments and honor the 111 who didn’t return with us. Recent leveraging of social media by our VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association has led to more than 1000 hits already and rapidly increasing interest in the 25th. At our 24th Reunion event last month many suggested that we not only make the 25th the “best ever” but that we also make it a Friday-Sunday event so that units, branches, and other functions can have their own events, parties, and hospitality rooms that weekend. The initiative of our Soldiers and families in 90-91 created what became the model for now familiar “Family Readiness Groups” (FRGs). Providing an opportunity for our Soldiers AND families to get together to relive our achievements-both in the desert and at home base-is our goal. . .

I need your help in organizing such a weekend . . . I need for you to find a few volunteers from your unit who live in the Washington, DC area and are willing to become part of the planning cell that is forming up now to make the 25th weekend event happen. VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association is not large; the work has been done by the same 4 or 5 individuals each year to produce two annual events, the September golf tournament and the February reunion dinner. We have raised and given more than $360,000 in scholarships to more than 137 VII Corps Soldiers and their children. Please let me know as quickly as practicable if you agree we can work together to make the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm a memorable event.”

If you would like to participate in this effort please contact me.
I would also ask you to please share this message with other Desert Storm troopers.

Toujours Pret!

Chris
Chris Golden
Executive Director
2d Cavalry Association
Email Chris: adjutant.2dcavalry@gmail.com

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