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Jason Hastings
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LTC Todd Clark, KIA afghanistan 8 JUN 13, former Lightning 6
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
C Troop
I Troop
L Troop
Where were you stationed?
Fort Polk, LA, Iraq
What MOS or job description did you have?
19D
What was your rank/title?
PSG/1SG
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1995-1998 C-Troop
2001-2004 I, L- Troops
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired MSG, defense contractor in Colorado Springs.

2007-2009 G3 Operations, Division West HQs FT Carson

2009-Present- Training Developer SMDC-FWC-DOTD (Contractor for Army Space)

MEN WHO HAVE BEEN TO WAR

MEN WHO HAVE BEEN TO WAR

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell
stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed together, who were stripped of their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men.

I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something
more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the
memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades... Such good men."

Author Unknown--

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At 3:18pm on October 11, 2016, Wayne Dixon said…

JASON, I had went on the group, Honorary Dragoons to see who were members, don't know if I ever was enrolled as such, had received a Border Certificate from my Squadron Commander. Sorry if I intruded. Just interested.

At 12:46pm on July 31, 2014, Dave Gettman said…

Thought you might find this of interest, and it gives you a chance to take out your 2d Dragoon glass and toast a couple possible ancestors (they were brothers).

HASTINGS, William; enlisted: August 4, 1847, Fort Wayne, by Lieut. Armstrong; born: Orangeville, New York; age: 23 yrs; occupation: blacksmith; grey eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, 5’10”; Company G, 2d Dragoons; discharged: July 17, 1848, Jefferson Barracks, expiration of service; rank: private; [a war man].

HASTINGS, Lorenzo; enlisted: August 12, 1847, Fort Wayne, by Lieut. Armstrong; born: Orangeville, New York; age: 18 yrs; occupation: blacksmith; grey eyes, light hair, ruddy complexion, 5’8”; 2d Dragoons; died October 20, 1847, Jefferson Barracks; rank: private; [a war man].

There are also numerous 2d Dragoon enlistments who were enlisted by Lieut. Hastings, who must have been a 2d Dragoon officer but is not listed on my rosters.

At 9:51am on November 25, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
Yes. I was going to do a write-up eventually, but I've got so many projects going I just haven't had the time. He definitely belongs in Fiddler's Green. He was one of us.

TD
At 9:07pm on November 17, 2009, Jeanine Madrid said…
thank you, I will. Didn't realize there was a Dragoon tag. Jeanine Madrid
At 12:58pm on October 19, 2009, Paul J. Maas said…
I would love to join the Colorado Platoon. What do I need to do?
Paul
At 3:34pm on October 6, 2009, David Badal said…
Hello Jason,

thanks for the invite for the Colorado 2ACR group. I'd like that; sound like a great idea. Cant wait to hear more.

Thanks,
David
At 3:08pm on October 6, 2009, David Badal said…
Hello Jason,

thanks so much for the response; yes I did have the pleasure of serving with 1SG Virrill. He was a good soldier and 1SG. Yes I did serve with him in the Gulf and was a part of the 73'rd easting. Havent talked about that stuff in years. Seeing this site brings back memories.

Thanks David
At 1:34pm on August 14, 2009, Don Caughey said…
Jason,

You're literally 6-8 blocks away, I'm on the other side of Lexington from you south near the shopping center. No reason to wait until May for a beer, shoot me an email at dccaughey@aol.com and we'll get something set up.
At 12:49pm on August 11, 2009, Don Caughey said…
We're really close, I'm on Helmsdale. Mine's only 2, so he won't be over to Academy Internat'l for a while yet.
At 11:20am on August 11, 2009, Don Caughey said…
Jason,

I'm kind of in between as far as status goes. I was retired for almost a year and a half, then took a two year retiree recall to active duty to teach ROTC in Golden. So other than a long commute, I'll be around for a while. The house and the schools for the young'un are in Briargate, so I won't be moving anywhere anytime soon.

Incidentally, I think you said you know Rick Cormier? he came out on the CSM list last week.

Blog-wise, I write about those grey felas from time to time, but they plenty of press of their own vice the regulars.

Don
 
 
 

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