Fort Wayne, Indiana
This event was the first for
the Guard this year and if it is any indication
of what is in store, I can't wait for the rest
of the season.
Emphasis on Saturday was on
training classes and drill. Thanks to everyone
who contributed their time and expertise. We
concentrated on stacking arms and by the
afternoon, got it down to 16 seconds. I
urge you to continue to focus on this function
so by Perryville, our three battalion brigade
can stack arms in, oh say, 15 seconds.
Their was an unfortunate
injury Saturday night when the Sergeant of the
Guard, a member of the 19th US, slipped when his
heelplates hit the blacktop road and it resulted
in a broken collarbone. ugh!! Nonetheless, he
was back on Sunday but as a spectator. Now there
is true grit.
We met our new Chaplain at
this event. Chase Wilhelm is youthful but has 1.
Studied in Tibet with Monks, 2. Hiked across
Cambodia, 3. learned to speak Chinese fluently,
etc, etc. Stop in and meet him. (ask him what he
thinks of Nassau Royale).
Wont (Will Ott) provided
first person name signs for the staff which adds
a touch of authenticity.
From a personal side, Will
Eichler and Kurt Loewe (dirty) presented me with
the beginnings of a new uniform made of the
finest English wool and to be hand stitched. I
cannot express my thanks adequately for this
wonderful gift. It seems these two rascals have
quietly been taking up a collection from
EVERYONE in the Guard and your generosity has
provided this opportunity. It will be presented
to me at Conner Prairie. Scott Cummings of the
5th Michigan could not attend but he sent a
glorious set of General Stars for the events
when I wear that rank. What can I say other
than, Thank You-you guys make all of this
We also practiced the long
roll and I pulled a surprise long roll at 9 PM
on Saturday. The response was great and it was
quite humorous to watch guys running to the
color line in various degees of dress and
sobriety. Watch Out-we may do that at other
So, as your season
progresses, keep practicing stacking arms. See
you at Conner Prairie.