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Posted: 8/5/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: "Hi" to all. Sorry 'bout the looong note. Discovered, too late, I got to double click in order to "paragraph!" Like this! I'll try to do more better next time. Hi Will Langdon! Sent ya a "Get well," card a while back. So glad ya did not need it! Take care in your travels. See ya next SPRING!. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/4/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Don't recall the year, early nineties. made a stop at MRC, just to 'look around. As I walked down the hill from the Head Shed, I saw a couple of young troops, strolling towards the mess hall. I asked one of the NCOs, who was nearby, who they were. Oh, he said, they're "Recycles." What! I was amazed. How come they are WALKING???!!! Ranger Studs, as we called them, did not walk any where, except in their barracks or tent, back in the ol' days. Things have changed, he told me. I shrugged, and walked off. Don't know about the rest of your fellows, but when we went through the Course, in 1961, there was no such thing as "Recycle." We'd turn around one day and say "Wonder where ol' what's his face is?" Guys were quietly released from the Class, sent back to their unit. We had about 50% attrition rate. First day, after PT test, the Class was really whittled down! I have hoped, for a long time, that the standards would not change, with the introduction of females into the course. The folks at "Disney Land East"(The Pentagon,) must be under a lot of pressure to get a female through, and award the Tab! Just last night, read my Army Times. Front page news, w/ article 'bout the female Ranger students.They're making a big deal out of it. I have a warm spot in my heart for the Ranger Instructors, who are probably under lots of pressure and observation , 24/7! Can't imagine walking the hills, w/ a Patrol consisting of Female Ranger Studs, OOPS, wrong term!!! Bet there has been a lot of info passed from The Mountains to the Florida Camp about how thing were going/went. Perhaps they'll change their mind and award a "Plaque" instead of a TAB! Jim RLTW/L&P PS; I had two MI, "Go to War" Battalions, from 1978-1983. One at Ft. Hood, the other in Germany. The first Bn. had about 17% female Soldiers, the next Bn., had 35% Female Soldiers. These Soldiers were ; Communications, Intel Analysts, Linguists, Computer persons, Vehicle Maintenance, and even Truck Drivers. They did what every other Soldier did in the Bn. From PT in the morning, to packing/loading up, ready to go to WAR! They pulled their own weight, and one Gal was even selected as the III Corps NCO of the Quarter @ Ft. HOOD. What ever they did, no Male Soldiers helped them carry their load. They helped each other. I was always proud of ALL the Soldiers in the Bn.Sooo, that's my "two cents" re; Female Soldiers. Oh, almost forgot, worked for and with a Female, One Star, at Fortress Belvoir. She and I worked to transition Ft. Belvoir from "The Engineer Center & School," to a Military District of Washington, (MDW) Post. I let her be the General and she let me do my magic as a Post CSM! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/4/2015
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Hello, everyone. I hope to make the meeting Thursday. I have really missed it the last few months. I'm the caregiver for my 90 yr old aunt in NC. She has Parkinson's disease & dementia (a terrible combination),and I have been occupied taking care of her farm, financial business, and in getting her in a nursing home. It's turned out that I spend about half of my time there (8 hours from home), & it seems that each time I'm required to go, it winds up being the first part of the month. This is a long term commitment for me. She has no children & I'm all she has.

We have a strong Association & I'm thankful that there's always someone who is willing to step in & cover for each other. Even though I have not been with you physically, I have not stopped praying for everyone. Hope to see you Thursday.

Thanks, Willard


Posted: 7/31/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Here is the link to the article if anyone is interested: http://wapo.st/1JVGqss

Posted: 7/31/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: A friend sent me an article about two women completing the Mountain Phase of Ranger School and going on to the Jungle Phase in Florida. Apparently, there was a third woman in the class who failed the Mountain Phase and was recycled. In addition, there were two or three who were recycled through the Benning Phase, so maybe now they're in the Mountain Phase with the two recycles there. It looks like a sure bet that one or more will graduate and get a Ranger Tab. I hope the standards haven't changed. If that is the case, then all I can say is more power to 'em.

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