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For those who served at Christensen Barracks.

Location: Bindlach, Germany
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Comment by Joe Harten on January 25, 2009 at 2:06pm
We had a rodeo on the Rock one year, opened the post to the surrounding communities. It was a great rodeo, the highlight was the arrest of a couple of Baader-Meinhof Gang members at the front gate. If memory serves me right, they got collared on their way off the Rock with all sorts of maps and stuff. That was the last rodeo we had.
Comment by Pete Salerno on January 25, 2009 at 1:46pm
I had the exact same thing happen. Got on the bus at Frankfurt and four hours later I was the only guy on it. Felt like we had driven forever by the time we got to the front gate. Got to squadron and the SDNCO had the duty driver give me a tour. I was back in five minutes. I had spent four years at Bragg so I had never been on a post that small before. Figured the upside was that the food would be good on a post this size. Wrong again. The messhall was in the process of being rebuilt and the food blew chunks for my first six months on the Rock. As far as brown nosers go, we had CPT Thomas F. Lynch III, possibly the most hated officer I have ever met. He had a "open house" up at Gates. Place just flooded with civilian rads. Everybody but him knew it was a horrible idea. He even had his tank on static display. And got the PVS5's boosted out of it. After a couple of days of "hands across Deustchland", he finally admitted to squadron that they'd been stolen. Jackass.
Comment by Joe Harten on January 25, 2009 at 3:24am
Hello fellow troopers,
I guess I'm a cruit to this group.

Remember the method of determining seniority? Time on the Rock trumped time in service every time. A PFC could "out rank" a SSG fresh from CONUS. Funny thing was, often times the PFC could read a map, use a CEOI and maintain his vehicle better than the SSG.

I can remember getting my assignment at the Reception Center in Ramstein AFB. They told me I was going to Beirut! The boob couldn't pronounce Bayreuth correctly. I was the last guy on the bus when we finally arrived at the Rock in the middle of the night. The Staff Duty NCO was glad to see me and promptly assigned me to his tank and then called the barracks and had a few guys from the senior spec4 room come down to HQ's to help me with my bags. I knew right then that I would like this place.

Anybody with a similar experience?
Comment by Wilfred L Collins on December 7, 2008 at 12:41pm
Hey Dave. The 2nd Cav rotated back to Ft Meade in Aug of 55. It was called Operation Gyroscope. They were replaced by the 3rd Armd Cav. I think that they changed places again in 58.
Comment by Tom Costine on December 7, 2008 at 12:34pm
Davfe, I got there August 15th 1955 our advance party went over in May someone in it may have known your dad. I wish I had met him. Yes the 2nd Cav rotated back to Meade then came back to Germany in Feburary of 58.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 7, 2008 at 10:55am
If you need a link to the Dragoon store, go to the menu at the top of this page where it says Links, and click on 2nd Cav ASSN. There is a link there to the Sutler's Store.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 7, 2008 at 10:49am
When did you get to the Rock in 1955? You probably missed my dad, as he left in May. He was the motor officer for HQ Co from 1953-55.

Didn't the 2nd Cav rotate back to Ft. Meade from 1956-58?
Comment by Tom Costine on December 6, 2008 at 11:35am
I spent 32 months on the ROCK from 55-58 . Supply clerk of Hq Co and I spent so much time in Bayreuth that several of the locals called me Burgermeister. "Just where is that place called BORRACHO? Looks familar, like one of the 3 off limit places in Bayreuth in55. I spent a lot of time at the Gasthaus Schere or Cherry Bar on Markgrafenallee. The three off limit places where the Japanese Teahouse ablock from the Bahnhof, the DP Camp down by the river , we called it a creek, and we were not allowed to travel through the town of Bindlach if we wanted to walk there it was O.K. but no cars or Army trucks. I am not sure why but it was rumored that an Army truck hit an old lady down there in the late 40's and to appease the mayor the US Army banned all traffic from that road.
Comment by Bill Silveria on December 1, 2008 at 3:58am

Who remember this place?
Comment by Jim Ward on November 29, 2008 at 12:00am
My first and most lasting memory of the Rock was my first day there. An alert! I wasn't assigned to a crew yet, so I was told to sit in the back of a 113 on post and monitor the radio traffic. There wasn't any because we were under a radio blackout! Talk about not knowing what the hell was going on. Ah, memories. : )

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Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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