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199TH INFANTRY BRIGADE
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 April 14, 2017

THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS WILL BE HELD AT

THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING DURING THE REUNION IN RENO NEVADA.

Officer positions up for election are:

Vice-President

Secretary

All Director positions are up for election.

You can nominate yourself or someone else. 

Send all nominations to info@redcatcher.com.

April 6th, 2017

Please note correction to original message.

Colonel Albert W. Malone passed away this morning and will be laid to rest on April 12th, 2017 at 2PM in the cemetery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Col. Malone served as the Battalion Commander of the 5th of the 12th Infantry Battalion, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate)(Light) from November 1968 through May 1969 and as Brigade Operations Officer ( S3) from June 1969 through completion of his tour in Nov 1969. He will be honored, mourned and remembered by his many friends, family and those who served with him in several wars, especially those who served under him in Vietnam.

April 4th, 2017

 

 

Colonel Albert W. Malone passed away this morning and will be laid to rest on April 11th, 2017 in the cemetery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Col. Malone served as the Battalion Commander of the 5th of the 12th Infantry Battalion, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate)(Light) from November 1968 through May 1969.  He will be honored, morned and remembered by his many friends, family and those who served with hm in several wars, especially those who served under him in Vietnam.

March 30, 2017

 

THE REUNION IS ONLY 82 DAYS AWAY AND IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW 

NOTICE

There will only be a limited amount of merchandise that will be available for sale at the reunion.  If you want hats, shirts etc. it would be best to go to our website, click on the PX and order your stuff BEFORE you go.  It will be delivered to your door.

 

2017 REUNION

Hotel Information

2017 Redcatcher Reunion dates: Monday June 19th thru Friday June 23rd, 2017.

Early arrivals Saturday/Sunday June 17th and 18th.

Location: Silver Legacy Resort/Casino, 407 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada.

For room reservations: Phone 800-687 8733. Room rates are: Monday thru Thursday- $70.00, Weekends $100.00. Rates include one $10.00 food voucher per room. 

Just to let everyone know, there are fees and taxes that are added to the room rates when you register. The actual cost of the rooms with the fees and taxes added are Monday thru Thursday $96.07 per night and Friday thru Sunday $130.12 per night.

WHEN CALLING THE HOTEL FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS YOU MUST USE THE CODE IDENTIFIER: LIB17 

You can register and pay for all the reunion events online in the PX at redcatcher.org you must log in with your user ID and password to access the PX.

Or you can print a registration form fill it out and mail it in and pay by a check only.

Click here for mail in registration form.

Schedule of Events

Monday June 19, 2017

Register with the Reunion Committee in the Hospitality Room to pick up your name tags and any tickets or passes for events that you paid for. Remember you will need your name tags for access to the Hospitality Room during the week.

The Hospitality Room will be open everyday during the reunion, we will post the hours when they are confirmed. The time of the Opening Ceremony will also be posted when confirmed. Refreshments will be available throughout the day when the Hospitality Room is open ( beer, wine, liqueur, coffee, water and soft drinks along with a variety of snacks). The cost of this is included in your registration fees. Raffles and auctions will be held during the week and we hope you all will participate by bring something suitable for the raffles or auctions. Something from your home town or state is always good or a homemade item that you may make. !99th Redcatcher Memorabilia is also very popular. 

The PX will only be open for a limited amount of time with a limited inventory this year. So we suggest your order anything you are thinking about buying on line at the PX prior to the reunion.

Our Memorial Service to honor our fallen brothers will be conducted on Monday night.  Time and location will be posted at the reunion. 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

This is pretty much an open day for you to get out and see a little bit of Reno and the surrounding area. Remember the very popular Reno Rodeo will be in town the week of the reunion.                                                     

Click here for more information about the Rodeo.

2017 (RIF) REUNION GOLF TOURNAMENT

We will have shot-gun start at WILDCREEK GOLF COURSE at 7:30 hrs (sharp).  

This is a great course to play and the cost is $50.

Click here for more information

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Nothing scheduled during the day as of now.

Redcatcher Reunion Three Hour Dinner Cruise -  SOLD OUT

Thursday June 22, 2017

Banquet / Dinner Buffet

6 PM to 11 PM

The Total Cost of the Dinner Buffet Including Service Charge and Sales Tax is included.

$51.00 Per Person for Adults & Children, Over the Age of 3

Gold Star Family Members, Immediate Family of the Deceased Redcatcher No Charge


 

 

February 25, 2017 - Special Notice:

THE 2017 REUNION IN RENO IS FILLING UP AND YOU NEED TO GET YOUR REGISTRATION AND RESERVATIONS COMPLETED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

For more information click on "2017 Reunion" on the "Menu Bar" above.
 
SPECIAL NOTE: THE DINNER CRUISE IS SOLD OUT - REPEAT - SOLD OUT !!!!

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 November 13, 2016 To Present and Past Members of the 199th

We end 2016 thanking all who made our reunion such a success. We welcome 2017 with new pavers honoring those killed and wounded of our Brigade. Colonel Streeter and Sargent Major attended the ceremony on Veterans Day that saw the installing of the pavers in Heritage Walk. One thousand dollars were donated to the Brigade for memorials. Few know that our Brigade is the only unit involved in training troops for combat and, at the same time, enhancing the bonds of friendship with China. Sargent Larry Morford, of the 199th, who was killed in Vietnam is recognized by many in the US and China as a role model of selfless service. Sargent Morford was a reluctant warrior who did not believe in war. When asked why, if he felt this way, had he volunteered he responded that he could not stay at home while other young men were fighting for his country. He is known by many by a sentence he wrote after a battle; The "Least Beastly of us should be doing the fighting." There are Sargent Morford awards given annually to individuals who help those in need. In China, a University has published a book that tells the Sargent Morford story. We can read excerpts of the English Version by clicking the title "China Our Enemy? A General's Story” on Amazon.com. We are also building Peacemaker communities of Hope in the Caribbean that honor Sargent Morford. At the entrance of these communities are signs honoring Sargent Morford. We visit, annually, one community to teach preventative medicine to children. We do the same with West Point cadets in villages in China. We have exposed many to the 199th, both at home and abroad. Get involved and join us. We leave for Honduras in February and to China in May.

May we all have soft landings in 2017.

Bernard Loeffke Major General US Army (R) Honorary Colonel 199th LIB Founder,

Helping Others Today

 

January 22, 2017

To all my Fellow Redcatchers,

It is with a very sad heart that I inform you of the passing of Charlie Liteky (Father Angelo J. Liteky).
I was to see him at the hospital this coming week but time ran out.
I am sure that those Redcatcher who knew him know that no man could do what he did while in Vietnam.
At the present there are no plans for a funeral,but is I find out I will pass it on.
He gave me this 8x10 photo prior to leaving Vietnam the first time and before receiving the Medal of Honor.
I salute you Charlie and may God Bless you for you’ve earned your rest.
 Fraternally,
Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher!
Johnny Velasquez
President, 199 LIB (Redcatchers)

January 20, 2017

 The 199th Mourns the loss of another Great Redcatcher.

Charles James "Charlie" Liteky (February 14, 1931 – January 20, 2017),

More about Father Liteky

December 11, 2016

Updated Reunion Information click on 2017 Reunion on the menu bar above.

For a mail in registration form click here or go to the PX to register on line.

For information about the Dinner Cruise click here.

For information about the Banquet / Buffet Dinner click here.

For information about the Reunion Golf outing click here.

 October 29, 2016

The Redcatcher family has lost another of our former soldiers, MG Alfonso E. Lenhardt (Ret.). His distinguished 31 year military career began as an enlisted man. He graduated from OCS and served as a platoon leader in C 4/12. Among his military duties, he served as chief of staff/executive assistant to the director for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Director of Personnel and Installation Management, head of the military police, and was commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. After leaving military service, he was Sergeant of Arms of the U.S. Senate. He later served in several executive positions in private industry and received an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania. He was scheduled to attend our last reunion but was unable to do so. As with all of our Redcatcher brethren, he will be missed.

Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher

Fraternally,

Johnny Velasquez


 

September 9, 2016

Fellow Redcatchers,

With all that is going on in my life these days is nothing more than a blessing as I open my eyes every morning I thank the good Lord for another day.

Speaking of blessings, we had nothing short of a tremendous reunion and turnout last June in Columbus and Fort Benning.

At times the Hospitality Room was standing room only, and the Memorial Banquet was a complete sell-out.

I want to thank all those who were involved in the preparation, and during the reunion helping out because it would not have been successful were it not for you all.

I also want to thank the Commander of the Active Duty 199th and all his personnel for rolling out the red carpet in making us feel welcomed on Post.

We had many Gold Star families attending including the wife and daughter of Billy C. Jones who was co-named for Camp Frenzell-Jones).

We also had the Daughter, Grandson, and Great Grandson of General Frederic E. Davison, the former Commander of the 19tth in Vietnam.

Never did I in vision all who attended weather it was the first time (and we had many), and to those who always show up.

The memories of the 50th Anniversary will linger for years to come.

I hope at this time you are considering coming to the next reunion to be held in Reno, NV. The hotel is outstanding and spacious. Some think that it will be hard to get to via Air. The airport is very large and flights come in from everywhere. 

There will be so much to do while they’re that you may not have enough time to play the machines.

Finally, it was my pleasure seeing everyone at the 50th and hope to see everyone next years.

And remember,

Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher

Fraternally,

Johnny Velasquez

June 27, 2016

 

2017 Redcatcher Reunion dates:  Monday June 19th thru Friday June 23rd, 2017. 

Early arrivals Saturday/Sunday June 17th and 18th.

Location:  Silver Legacy Resort/Casino, 407 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada.

For room reservations:  Phone 800-687 8733.  Room rates are: Monday thru Thrusday- $70.00, Weekends $100.00. Rates include one $10.00 food voucher per room.  WHEN CALLING THE HOTEL FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS YOU MUST USE THE CODE IDENTIFIER:  LIB 17.  We are planning to arrange a dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe for Wednesday evening and the banquet will be on Thursday evening.  The cost per event can not be determined until six months prior to the reunion date. The Reno Rodeo which is considered the Wildest, Riches Rodeo in the West will take place during the week of our reunion. This should be an exciting time for some if not all. There are many exciting things to do in the Reno Area. Therefore a lot of our reunion activities will be self paced. If you have questions relative to reservations or events you can contact Jim Brinker at 814 706 7475.

Just to let everyone know, there are fees and taxes that are added to the room rates when you register. The actual cost of the rooms with the fees and taxes added are Monday thru Thursday $96.07 per night and Friday thru Sunday $130.12 per night.

 


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