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From the President's Desk

Your Board of Directors has been hard at work planning our 18th Annual Reunion. We held a Board meeting at JBM-HH on 18 April and, although we still have a few minor details to work out, we are just about complete with the Reunion plans. One of my goals is to try and get more of the general membership involved with the reunion and other TOGA business and my fellow Directors agree with me. In this issue of PRIDE you will find a letter from our Sergeant-at-Arms, Bill Morris requesting help tending bar in the Hospitality Room and at the President's Reception. The hotel has requested that we have a bartender on duty at all times when the bar is open. I hope you will consider giving back to TOGA and volunteer to tend bar for an hour or more; it is a great way to meet other members. You can email Bill at: toga0234@gmail.com and let him know when you can help out.

The Reunion dates this year are 30 September to 4 October 2015 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 South Orme St, Arlington, VA. We had a small rate increase this year to $118 per night but in exchange, all TOGA members will be given complimentary in-room internet service, as well as free parking and free continental breakfast every day but Sunday. You must make your hotel reservations by calling 1-800-325-3535 by 28 August 2015. Please ask for The Old Guard Association room block.

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Our keynote speaker this year will be MG Laura Richardson. MG Richardson was the first female Division Deputy Commander in the US Army and was also past Garrison Commander of Ft Myer and Ft McNair.

2015 Reunion ScheduleAt our 18 April meeting the BoD did vote on a few changes for the upcoming Reunion. Longtime member Mark Smith DuCre suggested we call the Hospitality Room "The Old Guard Lounge" and the BoD agreed to this. Another change will be that after the bar closes, half the room will remain open so you can stay as long as you like. For those that do not know, The Old Guard Lounge was around for many years, and was the NCO bar for 3d INF located in the rear of HHC building when I served. How well I remember when I made SGT and stopped in the Old Guard Lounge for a drink for the first time. 1SG Leake tagged my new stripes so hard he knocked me clean off the bar stool and my arm hurt for a week or more.

This year we will stay at the Tomb of the Unknowns until after the Changing of the Guard, and we will also have another new change that I will announce at the President's Reception on Thursday night. The uniform of the day for Friday Arlington ceremonies and Pass in Review has also been changed; we will no longer wear any caps. We will continue to wear the white TOGA golf shirt, black or blue pants and black shoes.

TOGA Secretary Mike Holub, who arranged the Fort McHenry tour last year, has put together another outstanding tour this year to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. We will lay a wreath at Washington's Tomb and Mike may have a few more surprises for us. More information on this Thursday tour can be found in this edition of PRIDE. The bus is limited to 55 passengers, and this tour should sell out quickly so sign up as soon as possible.

The theme of the TOGA Ladies Tea this year will be "Old Hollywood" hosted by Mireille Kolhof. Our longtime Ladies Tea hostess Wanda Wagner has some health issues this year and will not be able host the event. We all wish Wanda the best and hope that she will be able to return as hostess next year.

The TOGA website (www.oldguard.org) is up and running again after a change in hosting services. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all members I would like to thank our web master Susan Walsh for all her hard work. I would also like to thank Ron McGuff, TOGA member and Susan's employer, for allowing her to work on our site on his company time.

We also now have a TOGA Facebook page and after only 3 months we has 142 members. Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theoldguardassociation/

Since first posting the Facebook page we have 13 new applications for TOGA membership.

If any TOGA members have anything they would like to donate for the President's Reception auction, please email me at mjcpatch@aol.com. The items do not have to be military related. Remember all funds from the auction and our 50/50 drawing go to our Solider Outreach Program, so let's all support the troops.

Thank you all for your support of this great organization and I look forward to see you at the 18th Reunion.

'OLD GUARD'
Marty
Martin J. Cassidy
President TOGA

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2015 TOGA Reunion

The 2015 TOGA Reunion will be held on September 30th - October 4th, 2015.

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"A Salute to Those Who Serve and Who Have Served"

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Missing in Action

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