February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #400December 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm #2953
Riders, the PGR has been invited to participate in the homecoming of the 1st Squadron, Alpha Troop, 1-112th Cavalry Regiment (Ghost Riders), Texas National Guard out of Taylor. You may recall we enjoyed greeting a bus load of soldiers from this regiment when they returned home back in August.
Date/Time: Saturday, 11 December 2010. Flight arrival via SWA charter is expected at 11:00 am.
Staging Location: We will stage at the US Postal facility at ABIA.
Directions: From TX 71, take the ABIA CARGO exit and turn south onto Spirit of Texas Dr. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Freight Lane. Stay left at the fork and continue to USPS facility parking lot, which is on the right at the dead end. Map link: tinyurl.com/ABIAPostal
10:00 – 10:15 am staging
10:15 am briefing
10:30 am (approx), relocation from the staging area to the terminal/tarmac, pending ABIA approval.
Wx: Mostly sunny, low 52, high 72, in other words, a beautiful day. Please remember to bring two bottles of drinking water. The flag/water truck will not be present.
Notes: This charter flight may arrive early, so semper gumby. The soldiers will de-plane onto the tarmac to waiting buses. The LEO escorted procession will then depart for the 60 mile trip to the Guard Armory at 1411 N. Main in Taylor. The route will be determined by the organizers. If we end up on the toll road, individual riders are responsible for their toll charges. This is a procession only, with no intermediate stops, and no flag line.
Ride Captain: Steve von Roeder, firstname.lastname@example.org, work 512-972-7746, home 512-837-3843, cell 512-466-5769
Asst RC: Andy Lough
Please welcome home these troops and show our appreciation for all of the sacrifices they have made for US!December 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm #2956
the details are still not firmed up yet. should be a morning arrivial. Andy is working on getting us out on the tarmacDecember 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm #2958
If this will be a morning mission then we'll be there with the flags flying!December 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm #2960
affirmative JarHead, stage at ABIA at 10:00 KSU 10:30. We should arrive in Taylor around noon .. Get these folks home for Christmas!December 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm #2962
awesome…awesome…misson. I was proud to be there.December 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm #2964
It sure was, Jack! Great turnout.December 13, 2010 at 3:01 am #2970
Is there a link to any pictures? I forgot my phone/camera so I wasn't able to take any.December 13, 2010 at 3:15 am #2971
Is there a link to any pictures? I forgot my phone/camera so I wasn't able to take any.”
I haven't seen any yet, I do know that news 8 was there but again I haven't heard anything about that either.
Sure was a Great turnout, somewhere around 50 bikes and at least 2 cages.December 13, 2010 at 3:59 am #2974
Tony Richmond took a bunch of photos at this mission and sent me this link to post. Nice job, everyone.
picasaweb.google.com/adr257ynot/20101211TNGOfTaylorHomeComing?feat=email#December 13, 2010 at 4:13 am #2975
That's awesome!! Thanks for the link!!December 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm #2976
Great job on the Pic's Tony! Fantastic job! Glad your with us.December 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm #2977
Thank you note received from the 1-112 FRG:
While I was out on the lawn yesterday watching you roll in, a man I had never seen before walked up behind me. Somehow I knew he was a little different. He was an older rather thin gentleman dressed smartly in pressed jeans, boots, a western hat and a cigarette in his hand. I acknowledged him and then went on to ask him if he was there to welcome home his Trooper. He said no, I just came to see what it's like to have a homecoming. He quietly stated he spent two years in the jungles in Viet Nam but no one welcomed him home. I told him this homecoming was for him too. I never saw him again.
You never know how far reaching your presence can be. The roar of those engines, your larger than life presence in the Armory with all that leather, colorful badges, and bandanas…You are truly heroes that bring heroes home like no one else can.
On behalf of Alpha Troop families, please accept our thanks and God's blessings to you and yours always.
A Trp, 1-112 CAV”December 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm #2978
Nice job Tony! These are excellent.
KellyDecember 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm #2981
Another Thank you note from the TXARNG
“From SSG William A. Polly TXARNG 12-12-10
Steve, Robert, Lou and All Patriot Guard Riders
I want to thank you on behalf of the Soldiers and family's of A trp 1-112
Cav. Your presence that day showed how much this country appreciates our soldiers and families for the sacrifices they made. Not only are we proud of our returning soldiers, we are proud of people like you. When the Patriot Guard was escorting our guys in. I saw the look of pride in everyone's faces, soldiers, families and friends. The Patriot Guard made A troops homecoming second to none.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
SSG Polly, William A
A trp 1-112 CAV”
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