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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
L Trp 3 Squadron from Jan 1986 to Jul 1988 and From Oct 1991 to Mar 1992.
Where were you stationed?
Amberg Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
19D Cavaly Scout
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1986-1988 and 1991-1992
Tell us a little about your cav days.
My CAV days were the best days of my life, I had a lot of good friends in 2 ACR and served with many of them again later in other assignments to include CAV assignments in 1/7 CAV
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired from the Army after 24 yrs and currently working as a TAF analyst at JMRC in Hohenfels.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Eric Heller
Stafford Stubbs
James Gumbleton
Philip Garcia
Many others

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At 10:18pm on April 10, 2010, Henry L Martinelli said…
Hey buddy, dont know if you remember me from Amberg, but just thought id say hey there
At 2:08pm on February 22, 2009, Christopher Dement said…
Great to hear from you Buddy.
At 3:53am on February 13, 2009, Steve Wesnoski said…
Buddy you need to stop up at Vilseck for a cup of coffee
At 11:51am on February 10, 2009, Tommy E. Nester said…
Look me up when you get here. Tommy
At 2:56pm on February 4, 2009, David McGuire- Mac said…
He's good people. Tell him me and Dyer said hello and neither one of us is coming to Germany. We got our orders today and I'm headed to Fort Irwin with the 11th ACR. We were all stationed in Hohenfels together on the TImberwolves team...ask him about eating bloody chicken wings in the box!!!
At 9:24pm on February 3, 2009, David McGuire- Mac said…
Hey man, do you know a guy named Jonathon Kennedy there? A civilian, retired in 04-05 time frame I think.
At 7:16pm on February 3, 2009, David McGuire- Mac said…
Yeah I hear ya about Pond Barracks. I dropped by when they were tearing up the parade field and CAV symbol in the middle. It kinda tore at ya and I couldn't stay long. I went back a few more times and when they finished. I went to the pizza place in the old chow hall...obviously not the same. My boys are 17 this year and keep me updated with Amberg and Graph. The Cav is no longer the CAV...I have a fellow student in class with me now who worked at USAEUR and said the 2SCR was on a curfew for a while because they were tearing up the surrounding towns. I can only imagine... I keep reminding the airborne Infantry guys in class they get to Iraq and Afghanistan just like I did-On some type of wheeled vehicle!!! They don't appreciate that much:-)
It was pretty sad to see it turned into what it did. Hopefully soon I will have orders to Germany, but I'm not counting on it. I let ya know if I head that way. Good to hear from ya. Dave
At 8:14am on February 3, 2009, Eric Heller said…
Wecome aboard Bud! Hope all is well with you. Any contact lately with Stubbs or Garcia? Man--it was so long ago, but I keep going back! I'm going on 23 years--when I look back, it was the best time of my life and career.
At 12:19am on February 3, 2009, David McGuire- Mac said…
Hey man! Hows it going these days? I left hohenfels in 2003. I was with the Timberwolves. Currently I'm trying to get back to Germany..anywhere will do, but its not looking good. We should have our assignments w/n a week or so so we'll see. SO how has JRMC grown with the drawn down? Is Graph growing as well..I hear its huge these days. Drop me a line when you get the time. Good to hear from you, Dave
At 9:55pm on February 2, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Buddy,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or myself, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures(pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks Again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley



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