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Comment by harold goldstein on May 25, 2018 at 2:30pm
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Comment by harold goldstein on May 25, 2018 at 12:41pm

Hey Sig, have you heard from Joe Nixon lately?  Last time you said he was not doing well.

Comment by Dave Gettman on May 23, 2018 at 5:48pm

General Lute was one of five former 2d Cavalry commanders (two of them 3-stars) at the reunion last year.

Comment by harold goldstein on May 23, 2018 at 5:24pm

MARK SIR, WELCOME TO THE OLD TIMERS.  I GUESS THE SEVENTIES, ARE NOW CONSIDERED OLD TIMERS.

I WAS THE  RADIO OPERATOR MORE OR LES IN CHARGE OF REGIMENTAL HQ IN NURENBURG.  THERE ARE THREE OR FOUR OF US  LEFT FROM THE 50'S.  THIS IS A VERY INFORMATIVE SIGHT AND IF YOU WERE IN GERMANY WOULD APPRECIATE ANY STORIES YOU MIGHT TELL FROM YOUR FIELD DUTIES.

Comment by Mark Grazier on May 23, 2018 at 5:04pm

Please join me in saluting our former Regimental Commander LTG Douglas Lute for his recognition  by the West Point Association of Graduates as  the 2018 Distinguished  Academy Graduate.

Douglas E. Lute ’75 – “In every generation,” writes GEN (R) Peter Chiarelli, “West Point produces one or two soldier-statesmen who make a difference at the national level—the Honorable Doug Lute is one.” As a soldier, Lute served as an Airborne Ranger in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment before returning to West Point to teach in the Department of Social Science, earning the Lincoln Award as best instructor. He served again with 2ACR during Operation Desert Storm, receiving the Bronze Star. Lute was promoted to general officer rank in 2001 and was the first in his year group to receive his third star in 2006. He commanded U.S. forces in Kosovo, served as the Director of Operations for U.S. Central Command and later for the Joint Staff, and was selected by President Bush to serve in the White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the senior White House official retained by President Obama, serving the two presidents for a total of six years. As a diplomat, Lute in 2013 was appointed the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, “the most important post in the diplomatic corps” according to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. During his tenure, Ambassador Lute used military expertise and skillful diplomacy to lead NATO’s response to the most severe security challenges since the end of the Cold War. As both a soldier and a statesman, Lute is, as former Vice President Joe Biden says, “a proven true American patriot.” Lute currently serves as the Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences at USMA.

Comment by Frank L Moseley on May 23, 2018 at 4:18pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2D CAVALRY / 2D DRAGOONS !!

182 Years of Continuous Service!!

Comment by Dave Gettman on May 23, 2018 at 11:03am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 2D DRAGOONS!!!

182 YEARS.

Comment by ErnieKeel on May 23, 2018 at 6:52am

Wishing all the fellas a reflective happy Memorial Day! Don't forget to fly your Flag! I breaking a new one in this weekend.

Comment by Dave Gettman on May 22, 2018 at 7:47am

OK, I bought the movie HOSTILES and watched it yesterday. Definitely 2d Cavalry involved. The 1SGT had G Troop 2d Cav crossed sabers on his hat, and G Troop was actually one of the troops in NM at that time but they were at Fort Stanton, not Fort Berringer.

And Troop G was actually part of the mission to escort the Nez Perce back to Idaho.

During the year of 1885, the Nez Perce Indians were returned from the Indian Territory to their old haunts in Idaho. There were rumors of threats of violence toward them by the white settlers for murders committed during the uprising of 1877. After arriving in the Department of the Columbia, the Indians were divided into two groups. Troop G, Lieutenant Lewis commanding, conducted one group to the Lapwai Reservation in Idaho, where they were soon absorbed among their friends and relatives. The other party, which included Chief Joseph, was escorted by Troop L, under Lieutenant Carleton, from Spokane Falls, Washington, to the Colville Reservation in Idaho. It was this troop which fought these Indians so valiantly at Camas Meadows, and now eight years later was protecting them against threats from the whites.

Comment by Dave Gettman on May 21, 2018 at 6:58pm

Jim, I haven't seen the movie but I saw some trailers and saw where people were talking about it on Facebook.

Looks like a good movie to check out. From what I've read it takes place from New Mexico to Montana in 1892. At that time we had Troops C, D, and H at Ft. Wingate, NM, and Troop G at Ft. Stanton, NM, so we definitely had a footprint in the area.

The plot of the movie is very similar to an actual mission the 2d Cavalry had to perform in 1885 here in the Northwest with the Nez Perce. After fighting them for so long over such a vast area, the 2d Cavalry was later tasked with protecting the tribe during their return home. Here is a quote from ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY:

The other party, which included Chief Joseph, was escorted by Troop L, under Lieutenant Carleton, from Spokane Falls, Washington, to the Colville Reservation in Idaho. It was this troop which fought these Indians so valiantly at Camas Meadows, and now eight years later was protecting them against threats from the whites.

4 Troopers from the 2d Cavalry received the MoH for Camas Meadows.

 

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