Vol #2 – November 2008 Editor’s Note: From your former RH First Sergeant Hoof Prints is a periodical publication published MSgt (Ret) Pete Fludovich by the 201st RED HORSE Alumni Association. Opinions Dear Fellow Retirees, and articles appearing herein do not necessarily reflect the For those of you that attended our first reunion this opinion of the 201st RHS, the PaANG, or the USAF. This past April, I just wanted to say how great it was to see you and publication is intended to help keep 201st RHS alumni in- reminisce old times. I believe everyone enjoyed themselves formed and is for informational purposes only. This is not and had a good time, and only think it appropriate that we also an “OFFICIAL” military publication. thank those behind the scenes that made it happen. Without naming names and forgetting someone, you know who you are, thank you! We had a good turnout, good eats, and a lot of ca- 2009 COLA for Retired Pay maraderie. (Re-print from: military.com) Being retired myself for almost eight years, it’s hard to Each year military retirement pay is adjusted to meet imagine that the 201st is now over 37 years old! As the saying the increased cost of living. This Cost-of-Living-Adjustment reminds us, the older you get the faster the time goes. My point (COLA) varies from year to year based on the previous year's though with this thought is that you were a big part of the unit’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). history, and especially those of you that stood it up initially on 2009 Update: The 2009 military retired pay cost-of-living ad- 14 Sep ’71. The changes have been tremendous over the years, justment (COLA) will be 5.8%, nearly 2% higher than the 3.9% and not only the uniforms, but also the equipment, gear, and 2009 Military Pay Raise. This increase, which goes into effect training methods. Thank you all for your years of commitment, on December 1, 2008, also applies to SBP annuities, Social dedication, and participation in making the 201st the unit it is Security checks, and VA disability and survivor benefits. Retir- today. A bit of nostalgia: Do you remember annual shooting ees will see the increase in their January 2009 checks. qualifications with the .22 adaptors, and even one year using Note: This annual Cost-of-Living-Adjustment is NOT in any- the Army simulator because of the budget constraints for am- way related to the annual military pay raise for active duty and munition? reserve service-members. In fact, this year’s COLA increase is Anyway, maybe the best time to talk about things like larger than the 2009 military pay raise of 3.9%. this is at the next reunion. Keep in touch, and if you can, All retirees who retired before January 1, 2008 will receive please join us for the periodic breakfast meetings and help with the 5.8 percent Cost-of-Living-Adjustment. the planning for the next one. Also, please keep all our troops Retirees who first became a member of the uniformed services and our country in your thoughts and prayers. Take care and before Sept. 8, 1980 and retired on or after January 1, 2008 will God Bless! receive the 5.0 percent Cost-of-Living-Adjustment. Retirees who first became a member of the uniformed services on or after Sept. 8, 1980, and retired in 2008 will receive a Par- 1980 and retired before Jan.1, 2008 will also receive the 5.8 per- tial COLA on a prorated basis as follows: cent COLA. Retirees who first became members of the uni- Jan. 1, 2008, and March 31, 2008, will receive 5.0% formed services on or after Aug. 1, 1986 and elected to receive April 1 - June 30, 2008 will receive 3.8% a Career Status Bonus at 15 years, and retired on or before Jan. July 1 - Sept. 30, 2008 will receive 1.2% 1, 2008, will receive an increase of only 4.8 percent. Those who retired after Oct. 1, 2008, will see no COLA this year. A special thank you to the Military Officers Association Retirees who first entered the military after Sept. 8, of America (MOAA) for providing the 2009 COLA figures. Picnic - Spring 2008 National Red Horse Association Electric Shop President Greg MacDougal Leon Hoch, Don Sattazahn, Russ Yingst, Willis Liddick, Ken Waltermyer, Bob Clay http://www.rhassn.us/ Engineering Bob Gray, Tom Burson, Ed Poltonavage, Keith Loyd, George Kruger, John Buffington, Dewey Perkins, Joel Sattazahn 2 Greetings Fellow RED HORSE Comrades, First of all I want to thank all of you who came to our 1st 201st RHS Alumni Association picnic in April. I know many re-acquaintances were made. I have never seen so many hugs from a bunch of old folks ever. For those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to make the picnic please consider our next one to be held on 16 May 09. None of us are getting any younger so please take the opportunity to see who got BALDER, FATTER, UGLIER, or in my case CUTER than you remember. Following is a list of people who we have lost touch with and we are hoping some of you might be able to help us locate them. If you know the whereabouts of anyone listed please have them call me at 717-273-9886 or Duke Munford at 717-865-4391 or Randy Eckert at 717-838- 8659. These are folks whose last newsletters were returned with no forwarding address. We have not heard from quite a few others but we can only assume they received the newsletter. So if you know of any fellow HORSEMEN please spread the word about our group and have them contact us. Walt Barner Roy Betz Doug Eversmeyer George Floyd Ray Hanshaw Richard Lord Barry Mertz Dan Mykut Gardette Oharra Kathy Olinick Gerald Rishel Richard Stoudt John Swartz Jay Trautman Colin Wenrich Richard Wilbur A small group of us old retired dude and dudettes along with current unit members meet usually once every month or two for breakfast to discuss upcoming issues (picnic, unit deployments, unit events, etc). If you are interested in joining us, just drop me a line or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number above. We would love to have you join us. Listed below is a list of retired/former members of the 201 st RED HORSE SQUARDON who attended our last picnic. If I missed anyone, I offer a humble apology. Bill Baker Dwight Barber Tim Bard Dusty Benach Lindy Black Mike Bomberger John Buffington Benjamin Burson Jim Buterbaugh Bob Clay Dick Clay (**) Ron Combs Dan Coughlin Scott Dull Gordie Ebright Randy Eckert Rick Eisenhauer Sam Eisenhour Sr. Pete Fludovich Bob Freed Marlin Garman Gary Gillen Bryan Girton Glenn Gogets Bob Gray Ron Guers Denny Hartman Leon Hoch Gerald Hochberg Jay Hoover Harry Kapp Richard Killian Jan Kleckner Ed Klinger Jr. (**) Mike Kopinetz Herman Krall Larry Krepich George Kruger (**) Ron Levan Sr. (**) Ron Levan Jr. Willis Liddick Bob Lehman Allen Lucas Joe Martoccio Joe McDemus Dave Mendini Danny Morrison Torrey Moyer Duke Munford Ken Murray (**) H.D. Perkins Ed Poltonavage (**) Gary Rhoads Gene Roberts Don Sattazahn Ed Seyfert Paul Shover Don Stoudt Bill Trusty (**) Allan Witkus Russ Yingst Larry Young ** denotes 201st RED HORSE Flight original member I also want to personally thank George Vasiloff, Keith Lloyd, Rich McDemus, and many other current members of the 201st who helped put our picnic together. You guys were great. And I know there were many others who helped so on behalf of the Association THANK YOU for not forgetting the past. Please mark 16 May 09 for 201st RHS Association Picnic - SPREAD THE WORD!!! Rick Eisenhauer 3 Second Annual 201st RED HORSE Special Extra Earnings for Military Service From: Social Security On-Line ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PICNIC THIS IS GREAT NEWS you can use and share with When: 16 May 2009, 1000 TO 1900, Rain or Shine others! You must bring your DD-214 and/or Retirement Where: AREA 1 (Rec Center – known as “The Club”) Point Summary to the Social Security Office - and you Who: ALL FORMER MEMBERS OF THE 201ST must ask for this benefit to receive it! Visit the Social Se- RED HORSE AND THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS curity website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm to ARE INVITED. see for yourself. This is what the Social Security website What: Bring along pictures/stories of past deployments says. . . you wish to share. Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be Please RSVP to one of the following personnel: credited to your record for Social Security purposes. Rick Eisenhour: email@example.com: 717-273-9886 These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for So- Duke Munford: firstname.lastname@example.org: 717-865-4391 cial Security or increase the amount of your Social Secu- Chip Koons: email@example.com: 717-861-1037 rity benefit. We need a good RSVP count for food, beverages, etc. Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods This is NOT a drill weekend for RED HORSE. We have of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra exclusive use of the facilities. earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training. A separate flyer will be sent giving final details of this If your active military service occurred grand event!! Please plan on attending. From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Secu- rity benefits. From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do We are also on the web anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record. Go To After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service. http://www.193sow.org/ How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings RH Alumni The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earnings from 1957 through 2001. For our Color Edition of the Hoof Prints Here's how the special extra earnings are credited on your record: Breakfast Club Meeting Minutes Service in 1957 Through 1977 and more to come You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay. To Our Fallen RED HORSE Comrades. . . Service in 1978 through 2001 For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are cred- TSgt. Peter Bickford MSgt. John Messner ited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum TSgt. Larry Bond MSgt. William Myers of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, MSgt. Dicko Dolan TSgt. Andrew Panko and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or TSgt. Gary Edris SSgt. Robert Pannebaker your full tour, you may not be able to receive the addi- TSgt. Robert Fulk MSgt. Michael Patt tional earnings. Check with Social Security for details. MSgt. Elvin Fulton Jr MSgt. Earl Peterman MSgt. Morris Gaucker MSgt. Frank Reichard MSgt. Stanley Gerst MSgt. Jonas Harman TSgt. Stephen Richards TSgt. Sonny Rohrer Support Our Troops SMSgt. George Heblow TSgt. Dale Rudy MSgt. Paul Heisey TSgt. Tom Runkel TSgt. Daniel Knabb III TSgt. Leroy Shambach AMVETS Honor Guard Volunteers SSgt. Michael Kost TSgt. William Wagner SMSgt (Ret) Harry Kapp SSgt. Lloyd Mann Jr. Col. Scoop Withers Anyone interested in volunteering to participate They’ve moved on to greener pastures. . . in the AMVETS Honor Guard is asked to contact Harry May They Always Be Remembered. . . Kapp at: 717-865-4186, or via e-mail at: pattk@lmf. net. 4 Original “Charter Members” – Duke Munford st The 201 RED HORSE was activated on 14 September 1971. There were sixty-two “Charter Members” as- signed to the 201st Civil Engineering Flight (HR) on 14 Sep 71 and the unit had a total authorized strength of six (6) officers and two-hundred and two (202) airmen. The “charter members” were: AB Robert Adams A1C Brian Backenstose TSgt James Barnes AB Michael Bashore SSgt Roy Betz SSgt Peter Bickford SSgt Robert Butter AB James Chamberlain Sgt Richard Clay AB Charles Eyerly Jr. SSgt Kenneth Finch MSgt Jay Fishkin MSgt George Floyd SSgt Elvin Fulton TSgt Morris Gauker TSgt Jay Gindlesberger Sgt William Gorman Amn David Grider MSgt Jonas Harman TSgt William Hassler Sgt Terry Heckman TSgt Paul Heisey AB Alan Hoffman TSgt Ronald Keeney SSgt Gary Kile Amn Paul Kirsch Jr. Jr. SSgt Edward Klinger Jr. AB George Kruger AB William Kunkle Amn Thomas Lawler Amn George Levan Jr TSgt Ronald Levan Sr. 1st Lt Paul Long SSgt Robert Masalle Sgt Dennis Mateer MSgt Ralph McNaughton Capt Marshall Messimer Jr. SSgt Howard Miller Jr. SSgt Kenneth Murray SSgt William Myers Sgt Jerome O’Leary TSgt Andrew Panko SSgt David Pawling SSgt Thomas Pines III TSgt Edward Poltonavage SSgt Thomas Reifsnyder Jr. Amn Stephen Richards TSgt Gerald Rishel Sgt Harold Ruhland A1C Franklin Schoch AB David Shollenberger A1C David Smoker MSgt Raymond Soliday MSgt Richard Stichter SSgt Terry Stoner A1C Michael Tiazkun MSgt William Trusty Amn Dennis Wagner AB Larry Wagner AB Larry Wimmer Lt Col Clarence L. Withers Jr. TSgt Richard Zimmerman 5 Web-sites of Interest Upcoming Retirements The following websites may be of interest and On Jan 10 at 1500 during Commanders help to RED HORSE alumni. They provide news Call join us in the retirement ceremony of 3 of the articles, magazines, and (in many cases) “official” up old timers. SMSgt. Larry Boyer with 100 years of -to-date information concerning your military bene- RED HORSE service. Larry has been every where fits (pay, medical, travel, discounts, etc.) along with in his HORSE travels. SMSgt. Richard Rettew additional links to other very informative sites: also has 100 years of RED HORSE service. Rich- Air Force Association: ard has done it all in his career in RED HORSE. http://www.afa.org/ SMSgt. George Rautzhan the oldest of them all has 150 years of RED HORSE service. George Air Force Sergeants’ Association: came to RED HORSE straight from high school. http://www.afsahq.org//AM/Template.cfm? George with all his years not only has traveled Section=Home every wear but has done everything while he was Armed Forces Vacation Club: there. http://www.afvclub.com/ Military Information Website: http://www.military.com/ RED HORSE Retiree Coin National Guard Association: http://www.ngaus.org/ CMSgt (Ret) Duke Munford National Guard Enlisted Association: The 201st RHS Alumni Association is plan- http://www.memberconnections.com/eangus/ ning to design and sell a “RED HORSE Retiree RED HORSE Association: Coin”. The idea is to reserve these coins strictly for http://www.rhassn.us/ 201st RED HORSE Retirees. The coins will be Retired Pay Website: “numbered” and any funds generated by the sale of https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx the “201st RHS Retiree Coins” will be used in sup- port of our 201st RHS Alumni Association. The coin TRICARE Website: http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/ is in the design phase and will be ready for you to order by the 201st RHS Alumni Association Picnic on Express Scripts (TRICARE Mail-order Prescriptions): 16 May 2009. See you then! https://member.express-scripts.com/web/member/ loginreg/loginStart.do If you use website “favorites”, not listed RED HORSE PHONE DIRECTORY above, that can help other RED HORSE alumni in The following full time sections can be reached any day obtaining the benefits you’re earned by being in the during the week by dialing the respective phone numbers. military; please e-mail them to Duke Munford, dmun- AREA CODE: 717-861-XXXX DSN: 423-XXXX firstname.lastname@example.org so we can list them in our next FAX NUMBER: 1075 Hoof Prints publication. SECTION: NAME EXTENSION: COMMANDER LTC Terry Robinson 1201 ELEC/POWER PRO TSgt Robert Rathfon 1041 ENGINEERING CAPT Joel Sattazahn 1038 RED HORSE FY 2009 Drill Schedule EQUIPMENT SMSgt Larry Boyer 1063 INFORMATION MGT MSgt Robert Stock 1195 MOBILITY MSgt Mike Fritz 1248 Oct 18-19, 2008 Apr 4-5, 2009 OPERATIONS SMSgt George Rautzhan 1085 Nov 8-9, 2008 May 1,2 & 3, 2009** PERSONNEL Staff 1008 Dec 6, 2008 Jun 6-7, 2009 READINESS 1080 Jul 11-12, 2009 RECRUITING Staff 1007 Jan 10-11, 2009 REOTS CMSgt Kenneth Deck 1018 (Super Drill) Aug 8-9, 2009 STRUCTURES MSgt Troy Shindel 1052 Feb 7-8, 2009 Sep 19-20, 2009 SUPPLY SMSgt George Vasiloff 1068 Mar 7-8, 2009 **There will be a TRAINING MSgt Robin Lehman 1004 3-day drill in May UTILITIES/ HVAC TSgt Mathew Bennett 1051 VEHICLE MAINTENANCE MSgt Richard Werni 1045 6 “B” Sector Joe McDemus, Robert Freed, David Blough, Randy Eckert, Rich McDemus, Jay Hoover, Mike Roberts, Gene Roberts, Ben Gardner, Dewey Perkins, Tim Bard, Bob Clay Kerry Gaffney, Mike Fritz, Dan Coughlin, Pete Fludovich, Karolyne Buffington, Victoria Simmons, Rick Eisenhour, Joy Warner, Ed Klinger, Dusty Benach Structures Pete Fludovich, Ron Guers, Gary Rhoads, Carson Jones, Jan Kleckner, Matthew Bennett, Allen Lucas, Duke Munford Dusty Benach, Ed Klinger, Harry Kapp, Stanley Poleshuk, Gary Gillen, Donnie Hall, Gordie Ebright, Joe Martaccio Equipment Operators Bob Gray, Richard Clay, Larry Young, Al Witkis, Dweight Barber, Brian Girton Tom Burson, Glenn Gogets, Herm Krall, Dave Mendini, Bill Baker 7 201st RHS Alumni Assoc NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Circulation Dept US POSTAGE PAID 701 Center Drive GRANTVILLE PA 17028 PERMIT No. 8 Palmyra PA 17078 Address service requested New Construction (Left) - The new RED HORSE Operations & Training facility concept drawing. (Below) - MG Jessica Wright, Congressman Tim Holden, and RED HORSE Members break ground for the new 22,000 sq ft RED HORSE Operations & Training Facility in Sep 2008. Construction site in Oct 2008. The new facility is pro- grammed for completion by October 2009 with a dedi- cation date to be announced."