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David C. McAlpine
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Steve Wesnoski left a comment for David C. McAlpine
"Hello David good to hear from you. ZStop over and have a beer. :-)"
Feb 16, 2012
David C. McAlpine joined Tommy E. Nester's group
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Amberg, Third Squadron

Third Squadron from Guardians of Peace to Gulf War Warriors and Guardians of peace.
Jan 16, 2012
Joel Loiacono left a comment for David C. McAlpine
"Hi Dave, I do remember from Amberg. I also remember when we were in the platoon at ROTC Advance Camp at Ft. Lewis in 1983. It’s good to hear from you. I branch transferred back in 1988 to the Transportation Corps. My next assignment was at Ft.…"
Jan 16, 2012
David C. McAlpine left a comment for Scott A. Porter
"Scott!  So good to be able to reach out to you.  I've thought about you many times over the years.  You were one of the finest officers I served with.  You were an inspiration.  Of course, then there was Whalley! …"
Jan 7, 2012
David C. McAlpine left a comment for Joel Loiacono
"Hello, Joel!  We served together in Amberg.  I was 3rd Plt, Ldr. M Co. until I became LNO to the 12th Panzer Brigade.  Good ol' days, eh?  Hope all is well!"
Jan 7, 2012
David C. McAlpine left a comment for Kenneth R. Block
"Hi Ken,  I just joined this group.  Glad to see some recognizable folks.  I served as 3rd Plt Ldr in 1985.  Greg Whalley and Gary White were the other plt leaders.  Scott Porter was M Co. XO at the time.  Dave Dryer was…"
Jan 7, 2012
David C. McAlpine left a comment for Steve Wesnoski
"Oh yeah.  and Whalley!"
Dec 24, 2011
David C. McAlpine left a comment for Steve Wesnoski
"Ski! Great to see ya.  Great lookin' family there.  I envy you still being in Deutschland.  I haven't been there since 1995.  Scary to think it's 23 years since we saw each other.  Maybe we can share a Weizen…"
Dec 24, 2011
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Amberg

For those who remember or want to share with others who also served at Pond barracks. Pleasepost lotsof pics. We love them.
Dec 24, 2011
Dave Gettman left a comment for David C. McAlpine
"Forgot to mention Steve is still in Germany. Here is the link to his profile page: STEVE WESNOSKI Dragoon for Life!"
Dec 24, 2011
Dave Gettman left a comment for David C. McAlpine
"Welcome to Dragoon Base, Dave. 12th Panzer is still partnered with 2d Cav. They were at the Vilseck Fest, Change of Command, and several other ceremonies last July when I was in Vilseck welcoming the Regiment back home from Afghanistan. Does anyone…"
Dec 24, 2011
Jesse Kelley left a comment for David C. McAlpine
"Toujours Pret Sir Welcome David. The Dragoonbase.com, has plenty of updated features (HTML and format friendly), lots of sub-groups, (Officers Club,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,and the always busy Oldtimers club). Also links for “2nd Cavalry…"
Dec 24, 2011
David C. McAlpine is now a member of Dragoon Base
Dec 24, 2011

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3rd Plt, M Co. 3/2
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks (aka Moehl Kaserne)
What MOS or job description did you have?
Armor Officer
What was your rank/title?
2Lt - Plt Ldr
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan-Nov 1985. I was recruited to serve as LNO to Panzerbrigade 12 at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Kaserne in Amberg. They were our Partnership Unit. CAPT Sinclair wanted to leave the job to become HOW Battery Cdr and he had to find a replacement from 3/2 so he could move over. I spoke fluent German. And they "offered" me the job . . .
Tell us a little about your cav days.
i was there a short time. Arrived while everyone was on REFORGER so I had almost a week to explore Amberg. Got to do one gunner at Graf on the new combined arms range; my tank was high-tank in the Sqdrn. My crew all got AAMs (except me. My Co. Cdr. told me to submit myself. I just couldn't do that). Also got to do maneuvers at Hohenfels in the snow. Awesome. Loved those Reagan defense budgets! Served with some great guys. 2LT Greg Whalley, SFC Gary White, and many others. At least I got to stay in Amberg until i left in March 1988. A great experience overall.
Tell us a little about you now.
I'm an attorney barred in CA and DC, but presently serve as an Intel Analyst in the FBI's Counterterrrorism Div. working on the GTMO detainee prosecutions. Formerly served as Dep. Asst. Sec. of Education in the Bush Admin. Prior to that spent years in private sector and earned my MBA at USC. Any Trojans in here?
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Greg Whalley; Gary White; Steve Wesnoski; Scott Porter and others.

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At 9:49am on February 16, 2012, Steve Wesnoski said…

Hello David good to hear from you. ZStop over and have a beer. :-)

At 3:22am on January 16, 2012, Joel Loiacono said…

Hi Dave,

I do remember from Amberg. I also remember when we were in the platoon at ROTC Advance Camp at Ft. Lewis in 1983. It’s good to hear from you.

I branch transferred back in 1988 to the Transportation Corps. My next assignment was at Ft. Ord where I participated in Operation Just Cause and then commanded a Light-Medium Truck Company. I left Active Duty in 1992 while teaching ROTC at Eastern Washington University. I was out processing at Ft. Lewis when the 2nd ACR returned to the Ft. Lewis. I watched COL Eberle uncase the Regimental Colors.

I was assigned to the 39th Transportation Battalion from 1994-96 in Kaiserslautern. I did my 2 weeks Annual Training with them. I was mobilized in 1996 for Operation Joint Endeavor and commanded the Movement Control Team in Bamberg. My wife and I have been to Germany a couple of times. Our last trip was to the Christmas Markets in 2006. I’ve had many opportunities to see Amberg, Nurnberg, and Camp Reed. I also visited several places in the Czech Republic that we could only see through binoculars back in 1985.

I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in Kuwait on my last deployment before I retire from the Army Reserve. I’m the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command’s LNO to Camp Buehring and the 1/1 CAV. We should be home in July. My wife and I live in Spokane. I’m the Executive Director of the Inland Northwest Alzheimer’s Association.

I saw Scott Porter in Afghanistan back in 2003 when I was with the Office of Military Cooperation – Afghanistan in Kabul. Jeff Underhill, 3/2 ACR ADA Platoon Leader, is now a Brigadier General and the Deputy Army G-8. I don’t know where Whalley is. Shawn Graves (Major Grave…Squadron S-3) retired a Colonel and works as a defense contractor in Colorado. LTC (CH) Ingilterra (the Regimental Chaplain) retired a Colonel to New Jersey. He officiated at my marriage in 1992.

You’re with the FBI. You must have left Active Duty right after Germany and headed to law school. You must have put in many years to in DC to achieve the position Dep. Asst. Sec. of Education. Great job! I take it that you’re living in the DC area. I’ve been back to DC several times on business. Do you remember Mike Powell? He was the 2nd Platoon Leader in K-Troop when I was the 1st Platoon Leader. I’m sure that you know him given your position in the Bush Administration.

It’s good to hear from you.

Joel

At 1:45pm on December 24, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Forgot to mention Steve is still in Germany.

Here is the link to his profile page:

STEVE WESNOSKI

Dragoon for Life!

At 1:41pm on December 24, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Dave.

12th Panzer is still partnered with 2d Cav. They were at the Vilseck Fest, Change of Command, and several other ceremonies last July when I was in Vilseck welcoming the Regiment back home from Afghanistan.

Does anyone in this photo look familiar? Wesnoski is a member here at Dragoon Base. Had the pleasure of meeting him last summer. This is he and Shannon Ryan at the 2d Cavalry's Reed Museum re-dedication ceremony at Rose Barracks in Vilseck July 25, 2011.

At 1:32pm on December 24, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
 
 
 

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