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By Ned Costa, Casper Crew Chief
CAPO President Promoted To Executive Director
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 2004) -
"As your Commander" Ned replied, I will enjoy working with you and our slate of CAPO Officers now and in the future.
When Did It All Begin?
It all started in the fall of 2001. However, several of the Casper Pilots had already held mini-
When Don and I first met, we had a great time swapping war stories and discussing the possibilities of holding Casper reunions on an annual basis. We thought the easiest and most effective way to bring the guys together again was to simply tie into the 2002 VHPA reunion in Las Vegas. To help reach as many Caspers as possible, I volunteered (famous last words) to create the Casper Website. What I did not tell Don was that I didn't have a clue on how to build a website, but I wasted no time in learning. With our work cut out for us, we had many more intense and long grueling meetings like the one pictured above. Hey, no one said that it couldn't be fun! Things started to fall into place and the website started to look like the real deal, with Casper history, stories, directory and about 100 photos to start. It was a proud moment for me when I launched CasperPlatoon.com and published it into cyberspace on January 1, 2002. By now, several other Caspers and volunteers were getting involved, and it wasn't long before we started to locate others.
It was at our first Casper reunion in Las Vegas that we formed CAPO. We elected an Executive Board of Officers and Don Charlton was named as our first CAPO President. Our second reunion was also held in conjunction with the 2003 VHPA reunion in Orlando. It was then we decided to break away from the national group and hold our own reunions in the future. We did just that and held our third reunion back in Las Vegas in 2004. It was a great success with more than 76 Caspers, along with family members and friends in attendance. Over the years, the CAPO group has grown and the reunions have turned into great vacation time for everyone and their families who attend. I strongly encourage you and your family to consider future get together.
Let's keep this tradition going in the future.
Ned Costa: NCHuey721@aol.com
Don Charlton: DAT
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