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Johnny Oliver Hand j.r.
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Mark Mauer left a comment for Johnny Oliver Hand j.r.
"Hey Hand! Just found this site and I'm glad to see you on it. I hope all is good with you. I'm still hung over from my last night at MC's. Have you heard from anyone else from K-Troop (Aceman, Gus, Bowanna, Alex)? I haven't…"
Feb 2, 2012
Michael Steaphens left a comment for Johnny Oliver Hand j.r.
"Hello,Johnny,thanks for the request.Toujours Pret!"
Apr 24, 2011
Johnny Oliver Hand j.r. commented on Keith Froebel's group Desert Storm
"I remember landing in Rome thinking how weird it was to be sitting on a commercial jet with an m16 in my hands. I should have taken a picture from the front of the plane cause it was a unique sight."
Apr 10, 2011
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Desert Storm

A Group for the Troopers of Desert Storm/Shield/Sabre
Apr 4, 2011
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The Two Beer Limit

All things beer. Dedicated to the two beer limit (Border Camp, Grafenwoehr, BNCOC at Hohensfel, etc) Share your favorite beer stories or beer news or beer anything. Beer, beer, beer, beer, beer....See More
Apr 1, 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.
Apr 1, 2011
Johnny Oliver Hand j.r. replied to John G Boyd's discussion Cafe Roma in the group Amberg, Third Squadron
"Had the most awesome meal of calzone and dark beer often."
Apr 1, 2011
Johnny Oliver Hand j.r. commented on Tommy E. Nester's group Amberg, Third Squadron
"I thank 3/2 ACR for the opportunity to serve. That's where I grew up. Glory to the fallen and bless the ones still with us."
Apr 1, 2011
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Amberg, Third Squadron

Third Squadron from Guardians of Peace to Gulf War Warriors and Guardians of peace.
Apr 1, 2011
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Mar 31, 2011
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Mar 31, 2011
Dave Gettman left a comment for Johnny Oliver Hand j.r.
"Didn't mean to come off so gruff, but sometimes you old war vets are hard to get through to. There is a very common misconception among disabled vets....they think, oh, the other guy needs it more than I do so I don't want to screw up his…"
Mar 31, 2011
Jesse Kelley left a comment for Johnny Oliver Hand j.r.
"Toujours Pret Johnny Welcome home Trooper. The Dragoonbase.com, has plenty of updated features (similar to MySpace), lots of sub-groups, (Officers Club,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc), and links for “2nd Cavalry Assn.” News and History…"
Mar 31, 2011
Johnny Oliver Hand j.r. left a comment for Dave Gettman
"Roger that. Good advice."
Mar 31, 2011
Johnny Oliver Hand j.r. left a comment for Gajandra Durgiah
"hey Dee! It's Hand. 4 alpha charley. Hawk is on facebook I think.  "
Mar 31, 2011

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3rd squadron Amberg HHT and S-4
Where were you stationed?
Pond barracks amberg. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait.
What MOS or job description did you have?
94B and FLL
What was your rank/title?
PFC Wolfpack 4alpha charley
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
89-91
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Pretty much a blur of border camp and war. I was very young. Gunnery was cold. Reforger too. Best medal I recieved was an ARCOM with Valor.
Tell us a little about you now.
Superintendant of a construction company. I am a husband and father. I still play music and drink beer.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Chris Thelan, Mick White, Mark Mauer, James Hollister, Mike Wellington, Jeff Yenner, Aceman.

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At 9:31pm on February 2, 2012, Mark Mauer said…
Hey Hand! Just found this site and I'm glad to see you on it. I hope all is good with you. I'm still hung over from my last night at MC's. Have you heard from anyone else from K-Troop (Aceman, Gus, Bowanna, Alex)? I haven't really heard from anyone. Toujours Pret!
At 1:04am on April 24, 2011, Michael Steaphens said…
Hello,Johnny,thanks for the request.Toujours Pret!
At 12:38pm on March 31, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Didn't mean to come off so gruff, but sometimes you old war vets are hard to get through to.

There is a very common misconception among disabled vets....they think, oh, the other guy needs it more than I do so I don't want to screw up his chances of getting his. It don't work that way. The more vets that file, the stronger the VA gets. You earned your benefits, don't be afraid to use them. It can also mean medical and educational benefits for your wife and kids, too, so it is real important to file that claim. Get the VFW, American Legion, or Disabled American Veterans to help you. They have trained officers who's job it is to help vets with their disability claims. Doesn't cost you a penny and they will act as your representative through the entire process.

At 12:09pm on March 31, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 10:49am on March 31, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Johnny,

Welcome to Dragoon Base and welcome home from the war.

I've read several comments from you and friends of yours who are sick now after serving in the Gulf. You guys need to get together and file VA claims, damnit! You will not only be helping yourselves and each other, you will be helping every disabled veteran.

It's like the census, or those demographic surveys they took back in school. Those are designed to find out who is where, and what they need. The VA is the same....the more vets in need of care, the more money Congress gives them and the more research is done. If vets don't file claims, the government sits on its ass thinking everything is good to go. They aren't going to hunt you down to see if your OK. You have to grab them by the nuts and tell them, "Hey, I'm fucked up and you did it!"

Use each other for witnesses on your claims. The fact that you guys were all over there at the same time and you are all sick now is undeniable evidence. The sooner you file a claim, the better. You will have limited medical benefits while your claim is being processed, and if you do win your claim you will get retroactive compensation all the way back to your filing date. Anything prior to that date is dust in the wind.

 
 
 

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