Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion 2017


June 19, 20, 21 & 22







Gordy Anderson

Don Bliss

Ned Costa

John Evenson

Bill Fielding

Ray French

Mike Gauntt

Steve Greene

Bob Jameson

Jim Jeffryes

Phil Johnson

Buddy King

Bill Krueger

Ed Liptrap

Bob Mac Glaflin

Art McBride

Robert McDonald

Don McKeough

Terry Lee Parker

Larry Pippen

Jim Revoir

Randy Schweitzer

Guy Strang

Stan Streicher

Jerry Terry

Rick Tompkins

Ken Thibodeaux

Doug Walton

Cliff White

Dave Woodard


Ned Costa

Event Planner

Casper Platoon

Challenge Coin

$10/per coin

This all newly designed challenge coin have sold out. But additional coins are now being produced for the 2017 reunion. For shipping cost info and to reserve your coins now, contact:

Steve Greene

YES - Casper Coin

Donny, Leslie &

Ryan Kidd, Jr.

KIA: Donny Kidd, Sr.

Marilyn Jones

DAT Family/Wife

Art McBride

Event Planner

Casper Platoon Reunion PX  

Casper Platoon Coffee Mug


11 oz. ceramic mug. The new design is on both sides of the mug. Dishwasher safe with glossy finish.  For more info, Contact:

Ned Costa

YES - Casper Mug

Casper Platoon Jacket Patches


This is your chance to purchase the 3 patches needed to make your own Casper Platoon leather jacket. More info, Contact:  Art McBride

YES - Casper Patch


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YES - Attend Reunion

Grand Prize


"Gift Certificate"

Aviation Artwork

By: Joe Kline

Special Raffle

$5 per ticket

This drawing will be for a $125 Gift Certificate good for a customized print of your choice.

See all of the Joe Kline Vietnam Series Aviation Artwork collection at:

Casper Platoon 4” Vinyl Decal


This newly designed 173d Airborne Brigade Casper Platoon vinyl decal/sticker is 4" round & looks great on your auto. For more info, Contact:  Ned Costa

YES - Casper 4” Decal

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Casper Platoon Hat


This navy blue hat has a embroidered Huey, LOH & Casper logo on the sides and back. Only available at the reunion.  Contact:  Art McBride

YES - Casper Hat


Casper Platoon Golf Shirt


JERZEES 6.5 oz. 100% cotton, navy blue, short sleeve polo shirt. Al sizes S - XXL.

Embroidery below logo:

173d Airborne Brigade

Casper Platoon

Only available at  reunion.

Contact: Ned Costa

YES - Casper Shirt

Hotel Reservation Instructions

The Casper Platoon Reunion is a 4-day event: Check in June 19, 20, 21 & 22. Check-out June 23.

Our Group Name: Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion and our Group Code: CAP

Book by Telephone: 615-277-4963 · Book Online (Fast & Easy), click here: Casper Platoon Online Reservation

The Hotel Room Reservation Deadline is: May 18, 2017.

Street Address: Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt · 1811 Broadway · Nashville, Tennessee 37203 · USA


Guest have access to FREE Hotel Shuttle Service up to a 2 miles distance.

Special Self-Parking Overnight: $20/day · Daytime Only: $12/day · Valet-Parking Overnight: $24/day.


Reunion Fees & Costs

Registration Fee: $50/per Casper

Casper Ice Breaker Party: Free Bar & Free Appetizers

Casper Casual Family Buffet Luncheon: $35/per person

Casper Banquet Dinner: $65/per person

Casper Aviation Platoon Membership: $25/per Casper

Other Costs

Joe Kline Aviation Art Raffle Tickets: $5/each

Other Raffle Prize Tickets: $20/per 20 tickets

17th Annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion Agenda

Monday, June 19

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hospitality Desk / Hotel Lobby Area

12 Noon - 5:00 pm

Casper Check-In / Hotel Lobby Area

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ice Breaker Party / Cocktail Reception / Patio / Free Bar

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Tuesday, June 20

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Desk / Hotel Lobby Area

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Casual Family Luncheon Buffet / Hotel Restaurant & Indoor Patio Area

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Wednesday, June 21

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Desk / Hotel Lobby Area

Open Day

Mini-Reunions or Open Time with your Family & Friends

Mini-Reunion group examples: Inferno Scouts, D-Maint personnel, Nighthawk crews

Thursday, June 22

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Desk / Hotel Lobby Area

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Casper Banquet Reception / Commodore Foyer / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Casper Banquet Dinner & Dance / Commodore A&B / Cash Bar

Friday, June 23

11:00 AM

Hotel Check-Out


This site was last updated: 4/14/17


At Embassy Suites by Hilton™ Hotels, our Caspers will enjoy a two-room suite perfectly equipped for comfort and convenience. You’ll feel relaxed and taken care of during our 4-day Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion. With a private bedroom and separate living room with a sleeper-sofa, you've got plenty of room for your family. A flat screen TV in each room with cable and in-suite movies means that everyone can watch what they like. Other amenities include wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and Wi-Fi.® You’ll also have a coffee maker, iron with board and hair dryer for added convenience. So make yourself right at home.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt is only minutes from Vanderbilt University, Nashville’s Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman Auditorium, The Wild Horse Saloon and within walking distance of a variety of restaurants. From major music venues and country music museums to bars and pubs, the city is throbbing with electricity from the live music that takes place each and every night.

Special Casper Group Room Rate: $189/night

4 Reunion Nights: June 19, 20, 21 & 22  Check-out is: June 23

Rate Includes: Two-Room SUITE

FREE = Cooked -To-Order Breakfast / Daily

FREE = Evening Cocktail Reception (2 Hours) / Daily

FREE = Hotel Shuttle Service (up to 2 Miles) / Daily

The Wildhorse Saloon

Wednesday June 21 has NO scheduled reunion events planned.  If you are looking for something to do, here’s a suggestion - The Wildhorse Saloon is near-by and offers a lot of fun. This three-level historic warehouse was turned into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. We visited this place at our last Nashville reunion and everyone had a great time!  

The Wildhorse is located just a few blocks from the hotel. There is a slight cover charge to get in after 6:00 pm.  They do have a restaurant, etc.  We have free hotel shuttle service!

Other Things To Do While In Town

Steve Greene: Reunion Guest Speaker

The Battle of Đắk Tô took place nearly 50 years ago from November 3 to 23, 1967.  Hill 875 was one of the largest and bloodiest of battles of the Vietnam War. The Initial assault on Hill 875 began on November 19th and culminated on November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day, when the Brigade made the final assault and captured The Hill. The official After Action Report for the battle lists: 191 KIA, 642 WIA and 15 MIA.

The DPAA (Defense Department POW/MIA Accountability Agency) still shows 3 MIA from the battle. In February and March of this year, Steve Greene of Casper Platoon, Wambi Cook from A/2/503 Infantry of the 173d Airborne Brigade and Jim McGlaughlin of the 335th AHC, along with a team of 10 other military and defense department members returned to Hill 875 as members of a DPAA Recovery Team to hopefully discover what may have happened to our missing.

As it is an ongoing investigation, there are many facts that cannot be shared. However, Steve, Wambi and Jim were selected for this mission because; hopefully they can provide more data in this quest. The site inspection is part of an investigation that has been going on for decades. This will be the first time that actual witnesses from the battle will go to the site. 

During our Banquet Dinner at the Casper Platoon Reunion in Nashville this summer, Steve Greene will be our honored "Guest Speaker" and will make his presentation on this Recovery Mission on Hill 875.


Men’s Casper Photo  

Its has become a tradition for the guys to get together each reunion to take a Group Leather Jacket Photo and 2017 will be no exception.

The group photo shown here to the right was taken during our first Nashville reunion at a very cool bar that was located near the Downtown DoubleTree.  Art McBride and I think this would be the perfect place to also take this years photo.

If you would like to participate this year, please bring your jacket to the reunion. We will take two different photos.  One with the Caspers only with their leather jackets and another one with all of the guys at the luncheon.

Check back soon…