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Three Sergeant’s Major Retired Chaplain Assistant NCO’s

Three Sergeant’s Major Retired Chaplain Assistant NCO’s still serving our VeteransIMG_3583-2

Three former Chaplain Assistants who retired at the rank of Sergeant Major are still serving our veterans at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Sergeants Major Retired, David Klass, Bill Neuiszer and Ron Bowren all live in San Antonio, Texas and volunteer one day a week at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  They serve with the Military Service Detachment Honors Team as a rifleman, which renders military honors to veterans of all branches of service.  Two active duty service members begin the service by holding the U.S. Flag over the casket  while members of the Detachment fire three volleys of rifle fire and play taps.  After taps, the flag is presented to the next of kin family member and the honors team renders present arms.  A different team of volunteers  serve each day of the week.

David Klass retired in 1993 from Tradoc Headquarters, Fort Monroe, VA.

Ron Bowren retired in 1994 from USARPAC Headquarters in Hawii.

Bill Neuiszer retired in 2000 from 18th ABN Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

Each on of these NCO’s also serve on the San Antonio Local Chapter Committee of the U.S. Army IMG_3584Chaplain Corps Regimental Association.

2016 USACCRA Reunion

Are you ready to mark your calendars?  Excitement is building as the planning moves forward for the next United States Army Chaplaincy Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) 2016 Reunion!  The dates are set, the city is selected, and the hotel is contracted.

The 2016 USACCRA Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 October 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  The reunion will be held in the historic Menger Hotel which located across the street from The Alamo. The theme of the Reunion is “Telling Our Story.”San Antonio

San Antonio is a bustling, historical city.  Although San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the nation with the population of 1.4 million, it is known as “a large city that feels like a small town.” It dates back to the May 1st, 1718 when Franciscan missionaries and the Spanish crown established the first mission along the San Antonio River.  The mission was called Mission San Antonio de Valero.  Five other missions followed.  That first mission later became known as The Alamo.  The Alamo is number one on every visitor’s list; three to four million visitors from all over the world walk through its doors each year.

Not only historically significant, the city is a modern metropolis which offers unimaginable opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Following close behind The Alamo is the famous River Walk.  The River Walk originally began as a result of a plan to protect down town San Antonio from flooding.  Now it is a 15 mile long city park which draws visitors from everywhere across the world.

On July 5 of this year, the five missions in San Antonio were in scripted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is the only World Heritage site in Texas and the 23rd in the United States.  This designation has increased exponentially the number of international visitors to San Antonio.

Known as “The Military City,” San Antonio is home to more than 500,000 military members, federal civilians and their families.  The State of Texas and the city of San Antonio welcomes all military members and retirees to the city with open arms. You can click on the attached link to learn more about San Antonio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyD6zGWjPzE

As you can tell, the local USACCRA group is excited to host the 2016 Reunion.  As we grow closer to the date, we will introduce you to more and more details of our planning.

After the first of the year we will provide you with the link to make your hotel reservations and register for the Reunion.  In the meantime, review the attached link and begin getting excited with us!  Begin by blocking 26-29 October your calendar.  We look forward to welcoming you to San Antonio!

Chaplain Assistant BBQ Hosted by SGM (Retired) Tom Prost and wife Mary

This past September, I was happy to attend the United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association Reunion in Atlanta. De and I had a great time fellowshipping with both active and retired chaplains, chaplain assistants, DRE’s, and family members!
One of the many highlights of the reunion was the Chaplain Assistant BBQ that SGM (Retired) Tom Prost and his lovely wife, Mary, hosted at their home in the Atlanta area! It was such a joy to fellowship with the many great chaplain assistants and their spouses that I grew up in the Army with, who were my mentors, leaders, and associates!

It was great feeling young, looking through the many pictures of chaplain assistants through the past years that Larry Toelstede and Tom Prost brought to share with everyone! Those present represented over 40 years of religious support to the US Army!

The food was great and the stories and memories were enlightening! Everyone sang songs, led by Frank Gugudan and Jean McCalvey, playing their ukuleles! It was a day that I wished would not have ended. However, it was a day that I will not forget! I cannot wait until the next reunion that will be held in San Antonio, TX in October 2016!!! Again, many thanks to Tom and Mary Prost for hosting such a GREAT event in your beautiful home!!!

Steve Wilson
Honorary Chaplain Corps Regimental Sergeant Major

 

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1.  JoAnn Toelstede; 2.  Vicki Steppy; 3.  Dave & Vicki Steppy’s Granddaughter CJ; 4.  Steve Croft; 5.  Dave Zimmer; 6.  Susan Dahl; 7.  Gary Dahl; 8.  Bonnie Crawford; 9.  De Wilson; 10.  Mike Kutcher; 11. Becky Roger; 12. Lloyd *Becky’s finance; 13.  Bill Daniels; 14.  Helga Daniels; 15.  Ken McCalvey; 16.  Frank Gugudan; 17.  Larry Toelstede; 18.  Nancy Bowren; 19.  Ron Bowren; 20.  Dave Steppy; 21.  Lucky Simpson; 22.  Fran Simpson; 23.  Belinda Rectenwald; 24.  Charles Rectenwald; 25.  Annetta Redman; 26.  Tom Prost; 27.  Tomas Garcia; 28.  Mary Prost; 29.  Jim Schonefeld; 30.  Dot Schonefeld; 31.  Jim Nesmith; 32. Ken Todd (wife Geneva was there, but somehow missed the photo); 33.  Vicki Nesmith; 34.  Steve Wilson; Also, Abdul-Ali Shakur came after the photo (our 1st Muslim CA); Also,  Jean McCalbey was taking the picture.