Posts Tagged ‘82nd_Airborne_Division_Association’

25- 82nd Abn Div Assoc. Nat’l President- Harold Schroeder

Monday, August 28th, 2017





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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.

4 Stars of Valor book cover___________________________

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).


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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07- A chat with the National Executive Director has been removed

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

In this earlier episode of the 82nd Airborne Division Association-Alamo Chapter Podcast and blog, we did deliver to you a discussion and interview conducted by Fred Castaneda, Chairman of the Alamo Chapter, with our National Executive Director, Santiago Tijerina.

We have removed this content, since what was espoused by this National officer is NOT what he practiced in his behavior. We consider this duplicitous and thus have withdrawn the comments that he originally made — which look good on paper and in writing, but which contradict what actually happens.

Since that time, we did encounter an incident in which this National Director conducted himself with rudeness, antagonism and lack of courtesy. His behavior in August of 2012 to chapter officers that once sought advice from him was unprofessional–and there was no excuse for that.

Thus, we would rather have NO content at all, rather than bring you what would appear  to you to be duplicitous.

We thank you for your understanding and support.

The officers of the Alamo Chapter in Texas

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04- Memorial Day and upcoming June meetings

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In this episode of the Texas Alamo Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, we deliver 3 items for you:

(1) The Memorial Day ceremony in Pflugerville, Texas

This year, we participated in the ceremony at the Cook-Walden Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas, for the Memorial Day remembrance and gratitude to those in the military who had fallen in combat.

In attendance were Duane Williams (in his combat uniform from his combat parachute jump into Panama aka “Operation Just Cause” and also for Operation Desert Storm), Matt Rayson (in his combat uniform as a Combat Medic during the Normandy jump of D-Day, 6 June 1944, in World War II), Alan Babin (our local hero who was a Combat Medic in the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment), and Fred Castaneda (in his combat uniform as an AG in the Vietnam War). These four placed the 82nd Airborne wreath (carried by Alan Babin in his wheelchair) at the ceremonial location where the combat boots, helmet and rifle were located.

It was an emotional moment when all the members paid tribute to honor the fallen comrades in all the conflicts.

And these 1.4 million American servicemen did not lay down their lives voluntarily–their lives were TAKEN  away from them by the activities of the ENEMY. Another way to think about this is the saying from one of the British Airborne Infantrymen of World War II after the invasion of Normandy during D-Day, 6 June 1944:

“They gave up their tomorrows so we can have our todays.”

(2) The 28th Annual SouthWest Memorial Airborne Days Convention in Corpus Christi

This event is scheduled for June 11, 12 and 13 at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas. All the chapters from Texas and the regional area will be in attendance. Our Alamo chapter has purchased a 1/4-page ad for the book of the convention.

Fred Castaneda will be attending the Convention to represent the Alamo Chapter, and he will report the activities of the Delegates session and the Memorial Dinner to the chapter at the next meeting.

(3) The next meeting of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Alamo Chapter, meeting on 19 June 2010.

This meeting will be at VFW Post 8787 in Austin, Texas (located at 500 VFW Way, Austin, TX 78758).

The meeting will start at 12:00 noon. We will discuss the status of the Saxet Gun show staffing, as well as the upcoming Picnic in July.

Thanks to all the members of the Association for their remembrance, gratitude and honor to those who fell in Combat during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend.

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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.


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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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01- Alamo Chapter shines at Veterans’ Day Parades – 2009

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Alamo chapter kicked off the new year with New Officers. Listen to the audio podcast episode for a summary of the events, activities and meetings in January and February of 2010.

Also, the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Alamo Chapter, participated in the Veterans’ Day Parades both in San Antonio, Texas (on 7 November 2009) and in Austin, Texas (on 11 November 2009).

At the San Antonio Parade, which is usually held on the Saturday prior to the holiday, Darrell G. Harris led the group to represent the “All Americans” from the Downtown Staging area to the end of the parade at San Saba Park by Market Square.

In Austin, Don Bailey carried the commemorative wreath, while Duane Williams carried the Colors and Fred Castaneda called cadence in the parade from the Congress Street bridge in Downtown to the southern steps of the Texas State Capital. The group also had the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, H21 Southern Chapter of Austin, marching with them.

During the formal ceremonies that took place at precisely 11 a.m. (commemorating the Armistice that ended World War I), the group placed the wreath at the solemn memorial at the mock-up of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Afterwards, the camaraderie was shared with both the combat infantrymen and the Airborne Paratroopers, including Duane Williams, Don Bailey, Fred Castaneda and the CIB Association Commander, Bobby Briscoe.

Don Bailey-Fred Castaneda-Duane Williams share a moment with CIB Association Commander Bobby Briscoe at Veterans Day Parade in Austin

Thanks to all the Troopers who attended and participated in these events.

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History of 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc. Alamo Chapter

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Alamo Chapter was chartered in 1982, with 12 charter members. The Charter Chairman was Malcolm J. Goodman. Officers elected were Benny B. Scroggin Chairman, Paul E. Brown Secretary/ Treasurer, and Antonio C. Vargas Sergeant-At-Arms.

OUTSTANDING EVENTS: The most outstanding event the chapter has participated in was the support of families of men injured in the Green Ramp accident at Fort Bragg. On March 23, 1994, while attempting to land at Pope Air Force Base, an F-16 fighter collided in mid-air with a C-130 cargo plane forcing the pilot and passenger to eject. The fighter then went on to collide with a C-141 on the tarmac. The resulting explosion and fireball killed twenty-four soldiers and wounded one hundred others as they waited at Green Ramp to board planes for a training jump. On 24 March the twenty Fort Bragg soldier patients selected for burn treatment arrived at Fort Sam Houston, Brooke Army Medical Center. The 82d Airborne Division sent a liaison team to Fort Sam Houston to take care of their families’ needs. The Alamo Chapter under the direction of Chapter Chairman, Ed Asbury, working out of the Fort Sam Houston Family Assistance Center, provided private transportation services, toilet articles, and monetary funds to the families of the burn victims. Two months after the accident only one paratrooper remained critical, while the others were either in satisfactory condition or convalescing at home. Prior to the liaison team returning to Fort Bragg the Chapter hosted a party for the team at the Fort Sam Houston NCO Club. Lt. Gen. Henry H. Shelton XVIII Airborne Corps, MG William M. Steele, division commander, division Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. Slocum, thanked the chapter for their support. For more information go to:

: The chapter for several years laid the Wreaths of the five Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Coast Guard) at Ft Sam Houston Nation cemetery during the Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.

MEMBERSHIP: The chapter has received numerous Certificate of Merit for Membership Achievement from national headquarters. The chapter won the best newsletter award in 1992 in small chapter category. During Operation Desert Storm one member, a Dept of the Army Civilian took his Bagpipes to Saudi Arabia and had the opportunity to play for troopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.