Posts Tagged ‘82nd_Airborne’

24- Airborne officer to deploy in the 505th PIR – interview with Major Crispin Burke

Friday, March 20th, 2015

In this episode, we pay honor to a current active duty Airborne officer, Major Crispin Burke. We trace his background from ROTC to various training and vital assignments, including that of a pilot of Blackhawk helicopters for different units in the Army — especially overseas in the middle of the decade-long conflicts.

We met Major Burke when he was adjutant to LTG William Caldwell, when the latter was Commanding General of Fort Sam Houston and the 5th Army, aka US Army North. Major Burke was instrumental in representing LTG Caldwell’s office at various ceremonies, memorials and meetings to honor the WWII Airborne and Infantry combat veterans.

 As an Army Aviation officer, Major Burke has served with many units, including the 10th Mountain Division and other support elements in the Aviation and UAV environment. He is Airborne qualified, and his next assignment (barring any emergency redeployment from the Army) will be a Brigade Aviation officer in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. MAJ Burke Bio Crop_________________________________________

The book to which Major Burke refers in the interview is titled FOUR STARS OF VALOR: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II.

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As you will hear in this audio episode, the last time we gathered with Major Burke was at the 2012 December CG Reception at Fort Sam Houston. Major Burke honored our 82nd Airborne Division Association Alamo chapter senior veteran member, D. G. Harris of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, aka “Devils in Baggy Pants” (who had 3 combat jumps in WWII, with a beach landing at Anzio, as well as fighting in the Battle of the Bulge).

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We wish Major Burke the best of luck and happiness with his military career (especially in the 82nd Airborne Division), his writing endeavors, and most of all — his future teaching career and possible podcasting.

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03- Meeting on 15 May at the Drop Zone Cafe- and upcoming Memorial Day Events

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

In this episode of the Texas Alamo Chapter’s 82nd Airborne Division Association blog, we deliver a summary of the meeting that took place on 15 May 2010 at the Drop Zone Cafe in San Antonio, Texas.

As you will hear in this audio episode, one of the events for which the chapter will bid is the 2011 SouthWest Airborne Days regional reunion of the local chapters in Texas. We have purchased a 1/4-page ad for the booklet of this year’s event (to be held from June 10-13 in Corpus Christi, Texas), and Fred Castaneda will be attending the reunion.

Alamo chapter ad in SW Airborne Days book for 2010 in Corpus Christi

Also, the other two items of great interest are:

(1) Memorial Day Ceremonies

We will have the Alamo Chapter represented in Austin on Monday, 31 May 2010, at the Cook-Walden Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas, at 11:00 a.m. for the Memorial Day ceremonies. There will be a free meal starting at 12:30 noon right after the close of the event at VFW Post 8787, just several miles south of the cemetery.

(2) The next meeting of the chapter will be on Saturday, 19 June 2010 at VFW Post 8787 in Austin, Texas. Meeting will start at 12:00 hrs (noon) sharp. We will close at 1330 hrs. (1:30 p.m.), as the CIb Association will begin their session at that time.

See you there! and have a valued and grateful Memorial Day, as we give honor and thanks to those who made our freedom possible.

Remember:  THEY GAVE UP THEIR TOMORROWS, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE OUR TODAYs.

Copyright (c) 2010, 82nd Airborne Division Association Alamo Chapter, Texas, and Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

02- Alamo Chapter to attend ‘American Heroes Celebration’

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Alamo Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will be attending the activities of  an Austin event that used to be called “Muster Day.” This 2-day affair is no referred to as “American Heroes Celebration” (which is an actual combination of 2 previously separate events).

On Saturday, 17 April 2010, the Alamo Chapter of the Association will have its meeting at the VFW Post 8787 in North Austin, Texas beginning at 11:30 a.m. Central time. You can get directions from the April newsletter that went out on 11 April 2010 to the current membership.

A guest speaker is expected. Richard Erlich is himself an 82nd Airborne Division (D / 325 AIR) veteran, as well as a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He is a software developer that is trying to help the veterans disadvantaged mainly from combat (such as our chapter member, Alan Babin) with the creation of mobile applications to make the health industry more productive for the medical professionals in using the new devices such as the Apple(R)  iPad (R) and iPhone(R).

He is the only guest that is on the agenda.

The meeting will also have members of the Austin Chapter H21 Southern Branch of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association (as we did in the Spring of 2009) to join us for social gathering, camaraderie and a sharing of good times later at Camp Maybry. Please note that some of the 82nd Airborne Division Association members are also members of the CIB Association.

After the brief meeting, the membership and other attendees are invited to go to Camp Maybry (a 13-minute trip), an Army Reserve post in Austin, to continue in the free event of AMERICAN HEROES CELEBRATION weekend. In addition to food, booths, veterans’ organizations and active-duty Army and Reserve units, there will also be WWII Re-enactments at 14:00 hrs (2 p.m.). What is available all the time is free admission to the Texas Military Forces Museum, which is one not to miss. There will also be living history exibits from WWI, WWII, Vietnam and other campaigns, as well as demos, military verhicle rides, pony rides, the American Heroes air show, K-9 search and rescue demonstrations and both a Texas Revolution and Civil War demonstration. For more infoormation, call       512-782-5770     .

In addition, the 82nd Airborne Division Association Alamo Chapter staffed the Saxet Shows in San Antonio for both March and April. Always on the first weekend of every month, thousands of people from San Antonio and the surrounding areas come to this trade show (for hunting, etc.). And, yes, the display that was created by long-time member, ex-Chairman and Gliderman Al Pike was exhibited.

As this is used for exposure, the event also helps recruit members to the Association. We are thankful for those who staffed the show as volunteers, as well as to the new 8 members that signed up for the Association in these events.

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