2015 RHC News
29 Dec 15 - The New Zealand Air Dispatch Association (equivalent of the Red Hat Chapter in New Zealand) has unfortunately laid to rest a past President. Trevor Baker lost his battle with cancer early the morning of 29 Dec 15. The Red Hat Chapter passes our condolences to Dal and family for their loss. Funeral details to be advised as soon as they come to hand. Meantime ADAA President Nic Nicolai can be contacted with any inquiry - email@example.com.
21 Nov 15 - During our normal monthly luncheon 1SG (R) Del Weitman, 78, past RHC President decided to retire his Red Hat and trade it in for a newer model. Up to that point he had worn the same Red Hat for over 57 years! Click on picture to enlarge.
30 Oct 15 - Investigation: Loose rucksack contributed to Army paratrooper's death. Read the story of PVT Josh Phillips' jump into JRTC that cost him his life. The story is located here, the original article in the Army Times is here.
19 Sep 15 - Chapter Meeting is cancelled due to the Pig Pickin' on 12 Sep 15.
12 Sep 15 - RHC Member Appreciation Day was celebrated with a free Pig Pickin' for RHC members and their families. A big thanks to Ken & Nancy Studer for hosting the event at their beautiful home in Raeford. There was lots of great food, drink, swimming, stories, and camaraderie. You can check out some pictures here.
2 Sep 15 - We received a copy of Clipped Wings, from Nick - the President of the Australian Air Dispatch Association (Riggers). To view their September newsletter, click here. This issue contains information on the 2016 International Rigger reunion.
15 Aug 15 - National Airborne Day!! The public is invited to join paratroopers, past and present as they gather at Fayetteville’s Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOFM) to celebrate some of the first U.S. soldiers to jump out of perfectly good airplanes as they recognize National Airborne Day. This year’s event marks the 75th anniversary of the Army’s first sets of parachute jumps. For more information, please visit the AFSOFM's website.
18 Jul 15 - We had the drawing for this year's raffle fundraiser on 18 Jul 15 during the RHC monthly meeting. The Grand Prize (.22 Cal AR-15) went to Del Weitman, 2nd Prize ($250) went to Ted Hebron, and 3rd Prize ($100) went to Frank Castillo (not present). This fundraiser was a huge success and we would like to thank all the RHC members for their support. It helped the Chapter raise funds for operating expenses and other charitable endeavors. Click here for the pictures.
5 Jul 15 - Calling all Riggers! The 824th QM CO Alumni Association cordially invites you to the dedication of their Company monument at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum on Sunday, July 12th at 1500hrs. Click here for the invitation, sequence of events, and 824th QM CO history.
27 Jun 15 - Ever forget how to rig your MOLLE for airborne operations? An informative video put together by SGT Charge may help you out. Check out his YouTube video on the right.
13 Apr 15 - 50 Paratroopers injured in major airborne operation - About 2,100 paratroopers participated in Monday night's airborne operation. Most of the injured troops were Americans; about 10 were British paratroopers, said Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne Division. For the full article, click here or view the original source here.
10 Apr 15 - Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Parachute Rigger SPC Williams who is assigned to the 4th Quartermaster Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, tells her story. You can read the article here or go to the original source online here. "I Will Be Sure - Always!"
26 Mar 15 - U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mike Garcia, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron aircrew flight equipment rigger, secures the suspension lines onto the outside of a parachute using rubber bands, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Read the full article here.
24 Jan 15 - The Jan 2015 Red Hat Chapter Newsletter is hot off the press. Members should receive a hard copy in the mail shortly. Until then, you can view it here.
18 Jan 15 - The Fayetteville Observer ran an article on CW5 Joe Jimenez's 40 year career. You can view the article here. Congrats on a long and prosperous career Chief Jimenez!
18 Jan 15 - The United States Army Reserve Command Headquarters Office of Army Reserve History Requests the honor of your company to attend "The Army Reserve in Vietnam - Veterans Commemoration" 1000-1130hrs, on 05 Feb 15, in the FORSCOM/USARC Atrium. Click here for the invitation and details.