VETERANS OF THE FIRST ENGINEER

COMBAT BATTALION

www.diehardengineer.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Larry Blair, Chairman
Neal Teschendorf
Fred (Dick) Haas
Earl Dove
Dan Crowley


Richard Hauri, Treasurer
Brian Juneau, Secretary
Kim Thompson, Editor;
Publisher, Coordinator
Terry Hueser, Web Master



Summer News Letter

A while back we started to introduce some of our board members to you. In this newsletter I am pleased to introduce our Secretary, Brian Juneau.

Brian Juneau born 1948. Attended Plattsburgh State University SUNY and Miami-Dade County, Fl. Community College and graduated with a fire science Degree. Brian received his call to duty on April 1, 1968 serving in the US Army, with the First Engineer Combat Battalion, in Vietnam for 15 months. He returned to the world and spent some time finding himself. Eventually Brian married his sweetheart and in his words “his much better half” Helene. Not so many years later, tired of the cold winter weather, they packed up two cats and a dog and moved to Miami, Florida using the funds from a cashed in life insurance policy that the NVA didn't punch the ticket on. The employment opportunities were scarce and cash was dwindling, until a friend mentioned that the Fire dept was hiring. Brian took the exam and with his 5 veterans points added in, scored in the top 5 out of 2,500 applicants. He then spent the next 27-1/2 years moving up thru the ranks including 16 years as a Rescue Captain, running over 30,000 alarms. Brian’s honors for his service to the Fire Department include Miami-Dade County Fire department employee of the month and Miami-Dade county Fire Department Humanitarian of the Year.

 Brian retired from this challenging career in 2003. He and Helene then moved to the mountains where Brian continues to pursue his passion for beating the stock market as a day trader and swing trader. Brian has also served on the board of the Bent Tree Parcel 1A homeowners association for several years as well as a director on the Bent Tree homeowners association, an organization of over 1600 homeowners.

Says Brian: “One of my greatest honors is being asked and chosen to serve as Secretary of the First Engineer Combat Battalion.”



We extend a very special welcome to our newest member:

Fred Zingsheim of Theresa, WI

If we have missed anyone please let us know and we will make sure to include you in the next newsletter.

 

On a sad note, we have lost not only several members serving in Iraq, but one of our own veteran members, John Kingsbury. John served his country proudly during Vietnam. Our thoughts go out to his wife Peggy and his family.

 

 
A friend informed us of a great website to visit. WWW.Anysoldier.com . At this site you are able to adopt a soldier to correspond with or send a care package to. Although we are not very familiar with this site, we thought it might be a great idea to look into. If you do not have Internet access, but are interested, please send your requests/correspondence to:


Any Soldier Inc.
P.O. Box 29
Hoagland, IN 46745-0029

(Please do not send any packages to this address)


It was mentioned at our annual meeting that many of you would like to receive the newsletter and/or roster via e-mail. If you would prefer to receive these by e-mail please let Kim know.

Kim Thompson Phone 860-447-0676, kim@diehardengineer.com.





A Kodak  moment
 

Display Courtesy of Carl DiMare
 


2007     REUNION

Dates for our 2007 reunion are September 9th, 10th and 11th. The Reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Select in Minneapolis/St Paul, MN.


Holiday Inn Select
3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN. 55425

Complimentary 24 hour Airport Shuttle.
Complimentary Mall of America Shuttle Service.
Complimentary Parking.
Complimentary USA Today Newspaper delivered daily to guestrooms.

The rates for the Hotel for the 2007 reunion are as follows.

 Single occupancy   $114.67 per day, Total $344.01
 Double occupancy  $139.67 per day, Total $419.01

The above rate includes all tax’s and gratuities, 2 Buffet Dinners and 1 Banquet Dinner. If you wish to have a Hotel Suites you can request this when you make your reservations. The Suite will cost you $22.20 extra per day. To make your reservation please call:  1-952-854-9000 or Toll-Free 1-800-465 4329. When you call you must advise them you are making reservations for the 1st Engineer Combat Bn. Reunion for September 9,10,11, 2007. You may start making reservations NOW and the cut off date is August 26, 2007.  Reservation requests after the cut off date will be accepted on space and rate availability.

Enclosed you will find a form for the Banquet Dinner for September 11, 2007. You must fill out this form and send it to the address listed on the form. If you fail to do this you may not have a choice for the dinner when you get there.  Please do not send money with this form. This form has to be sent into the Hotel by August 31 2007. Mark your calendar so you will not forget.

We are in the process of organizing a tour. Please look for more information when you check in at the CP.

Reminder: As in the past, we will be holding our annual raffle the night of our banquet dinner. Please don’t forget to bring your donation items.




VETERANS OF THE FIRST ENGINEER
COMBAT BATTALION



Your Name ________________________________

Mail To:
Nancy Solinger, Sales Manager
Holiday Inn Select International
Three Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN. 55425

Tuesday 11 September 2007 Evening Banquet Choice

Please Choose One
___________ Broiled Walleye
___________Chicken Dijon

(Minnesota’s best fish)
Please Choose One For Your Guest
___________ Broiled Walleye
___________Chicken Dijon

Each Entrée Includes

Tossed Salad with Choice of Dressing, Wild Rice Blend, Fresh Steamed Vegetables,
Rolls & Butter, Coffee, Tea, Milk, Water

Dessert

Chocolate or Raspberry Mousse

Mail This Banquet Request to Nancy Solinger at above Address by August 31, 2007


As a reminder, dues ($10.00) are due in September of each year.  They can also be paid a year(s) in advance.  Please complete the below form and return to our Treasurer.     

Rich Hauri
PO Box 1157
Beloit, WI  53512-1157

Name_________________________________________________


Address_________________________


Unit/years served________________________




For a change of address, telephone number or to request a copy of the roster please fill out the request below and send it to me at the address below. 

Summer:          Date____________       Winter:          Date__________

Request a copy of roster_________
If via e-mail please provide e-mail address_____________________________

 Name:________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________

City:__________________ State:___________________ Zip:____________

Telephone:____________________ e-mail:________________________


Kim Thompson, 243 Niantic River Rd, Waterford, CT. 06385 Tel. (860)-447-0676, kim@diehardengineer.com.



Chairman: 1-505-821-1386   Secretary: 1-828-265-9450   Treasurer: 1-608-362-0422


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