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Clifford A J Hackett
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Ktrp, 3rd Sqd, Amberg
Dco, 1st Sqd, Bindlach
Where were you stationed?
Amberg and Bindlach
What MOS or job description did you have?
11E, 19E, 19D, 19K4X
What was your rank/title?
Ktrp = Pvt E2 - Sgt E5 held positions of loader, driver, TC of M551A1, Scout section Sgt as corporal E4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Ktrp 1975- 1979 then again in 1981 for about three weeks
Dco 1991 until drawdown...
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Spent most of career in the CAV including: 2ACR, 3rd ACR, and 11th ACR. Crazy days on the border during cold war, REFORGER, Graf, Hohenfels, tearing stuff up all around Germany during REFORGER exercises. Black berets, tanker jackets, jump boots, gunnery patches....Border patrol caps... ass kicked at Katterbach PNCOC/CA ..... Drawdown
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired Dec 1996 from almost 22 years in Army, worked 15 years as an over-the-road truck driver, business owner.
Do you have a web site?
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
SFC Wolfgang, Sgt Brinkmeier, Sgt Patterson, SSG Colburn, Sgt Boyd, , Pvt Colson, Pvt Hargis, and many others whose names I cant remember....

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At 12:28pm on October 22, 2017, William J. Taylor said…

Hi I was in Germany at The Rock from October of 1977 until October of 1978, the winter of 1977, while doing field training at Grafwhor there was a incident that happened and I'm looking for someone that remembers the incident and it looks like you may have been there around that time, do you recall what happened and the names of the members that were involved, if so I sure could use some help with more information. So if you could get back to me that would be great and thanks for any help you can give me.

At 9:58am on August 4, 2013, Michael Wayne Roberts said…

Hello Cliff, welcome to the site,waiting to see all the pictures...I was there a long time ago 1968-1970 on the rock, spent several tours on the Border out of camp pittman with radar...these guy's have done a wonderful job with this site...TOUJOURS PRET...LATER  Mike

At 1:15am on August 3, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Hey Clifford,

Here is an article I posted about a historic meeting of the "Lucky 16" back in 2008.


At 7:08pm on August 2, 2013, Jesse Kelley said…
At 4:52pm on August 2, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

How did you manage to miss 14th ACR? One of the squadrons is still out here at Ft. Lewis.

You'll be happy to know that the 2d Cav is home based back in Germany, just down the road from Amberg in Vilseck, but currently deployed to Afghanistan for the 2d time.

At 3:50pm on August 2, 2013, Shannon Ryan said…

Hey Clifford, welcome, I was in Mco from 78 until 80 Mike Trahan sent me to the E-5 board twice, before I left Amberg, made it the second time. He sure believed in me, and was a good man and leader. I have seen his profile on a web site called linked in I have not tried to contact him, but looks like he has done well for himself after he left the Army. Toujours Pret..

At 1:45pm on August 2, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Trahan's name I've heard numerous times around here, but he is not on the members list.

LTC Scott Marcy is a member here, living in Alaska. http://dragoonbase.com/profile/ScottMarcy?xg_source=profiles_memberList

Col. Wagner is in assisted care, but still kickin'.

Make yourself at home, and if you run into any trouble, give me a holler.

At 12:30pm on August 2, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Clifford.

So, you helped lock the door on the Rock? The end of the longest era in the 2d Dragoons 176 year history. I visited "Bindlacher Berg" as it is now called in 2008 and 2011. Still a few of the original buildings left, but I think all the old barracks have been replaced.

I spent some time in Amberg 2011 also. Not much of Pond Barracks at all. M/K Trp Barracks, mess hall, and the big stone eagle is pretty much it.



Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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