Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion 2018


June 25, 26, 27 & 28







Gordy Anderson

Don Armstrong

Tony Bolivar

Jerry Brown

Ned Costa

Art Cruz

John Esquivel

Mike Gauntt

Steve Greene

Walt Henerdson

Tom Iverson

Harold James

Bob Jameson

Jim Jeffryes

Phil Johnson

Buddy King

Ed Liptrap

Bob Mac Glaflin

Robert McDonald

Don McKeough

Glen McEntire

Gary O’Leary

Terry Lee Parker

Tomas Rendon

Jesse Saldivar

Don Sholett

Tony Simmons

Sal Sosa

Bill Starkey

Stan Streicher

Jerry Terry

Ken Thibodeaux

Doug Walton

Bill Wansing

Larry Welch

Cliff White

Dave Woodard


Ned Costa

Event Planner

Donny, Leslie &

Ryan Kidd, Jr.

KIA: Donny Kidd, Sr.

Marilyn Jones

DAT Family/Wife

Casper Platoon Reunion PX  

These Casper Platoon items will be available at the reunion.


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Casper Platoon 4” Vinyl Decal


This newly designed 173d Airborne Brigade Casper Platoon vinyl decal/sticker is 4" round & looks great on your auto.

Limited supply on hand,, only 1 per customer.

For more info, Contact:  Ned Costa

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Casper Platoon 4” Patch


This new embroidered 4-Inch Casper Platoon Patch looks great sewn on a leather flight jacket or in a display case with your medals.

Limited supply on hand, only 1 per customer.

For more info, Contact:  Ned Costa

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In Stock


$5 per ticket

"Gift Certificate"

Aviation Artwork

By: Joe Kline

The Joe Kline Aviation Artwork has been a long-time favorite raffle prize won at our past reunions. We will have a drawing to win two customized prints at our reunion luncheon along with a second raffle for another print at our banquet dinner.

Each Gift Certificate is valued at $125 and is good for a customized print of your choice.

Please visit Joe’s web site & view his Vietnam Series Custom Artwork.


The helicopters used at the top of this reunion web page were painted by Joe Kline and used in his: Good Vibrations and Eye of the Tiger artwork.

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 2018 reunion. For shipping cost info and to reserve your coins now, contact:

Steve Greene

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Good Vibrations Eye of the Tiger

17th Annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion Agenda

Monday, June 25

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hospitality Room / TBD

12 Noon - 4:00 pm

Casper Check-In / Hotel Lobby Area

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ice Breaker Party / Cocktail Reception / 2nd Floor / Cash Bar

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Tuesday, June 26

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Room / TBD · Welcome Desk / Lobby

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Western BBQ Buffet Luncheon / TBD (Inside Hotel) / Cash Bar

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Wednesday, June 27

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Room / TBD · Welcome Desk / Lobby

Open Day

Mini-Reunions or Open Time with your Family & Friends

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

Thursday, June 28

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hospitality Room / TBD · Welcome Desk / Lobby

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Casper Banquet Reception / TBD / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Casper Banquet Dinner & Dance / TBD / Cash Bar

Friday, June 29

11:00 AM

Hotel Check-Out


This site was last updated: 9/7/17

Clearly one of the BEST hotels in town, you will enjoy first-rate lodging at the historic Hilton Fort Worth hotel. Our guests will savor the spacious well-appointed accommodations. During our stay at this hospitable hotel you will enjoy such fine services and amenities as an onsite restaurant, lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center, concierge desk and free WiFi high-speed Internet access in our guest rooms. The Hilton is a centrally located downtown Fort Worth hotel and is convenient to just about everything. We will be within walking distance of the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square the home to a fine collection of shopping, dining and entertainment options. An array of popular attractions including the Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Zoo, Cowboys Stadium and several world-class art museums can be reached within a matter of minutes.


Special Casper Platoon Group Rate Only: $145 / per night!


Hotel Reservations

Our Reunion is a 4-day event: June 25, 26, 27 & 28. Check out June 29.

►►Special Online Reservation Link: BOOK A ROOM · Code: “CASPER· FYI, Sunday, June 24 date will automatically appear as your check-in arrival date. However, you can change/edit your arrival date during this quick & easy process.

Telephone Reservation: (800) 445-8667 · You must identify yourself with our group: "Casper Platoon" to get our special rate.

Reservation Deadline: May 26, 2018.


Stay in style in this comfortable guest room featuring a king Hilton Serenity bed. Each room has a 42-inch HDTV with cable for your entertainment. Complimentary WiFi access. These rooms are non-smoking.

Reunion Luncheon & Banquet Dinner

Our “Texas BBQ Buffet” Luncheon will include [ TBD ].

Our sit down "Plated" Banquet Dinner selection will include your choice of steak, chicken or seafood. Also included will be a green salad, rolls, dessert, freshly brewed coffee (regular of decaf), iced tea or water. There will also be a "cash" bartender present in our banquet room.

Parking & Airport Transportation

Hotel Overnight Parking: $28/valet (no self-parking). There are independent Self-Parking Lots near-by the hotel: $7 - $10/day.

Distance from DFW Airport: 24 Miles · From Airport: Taxi $50 - SuperShuttle $17 (Shared-Ride).

Street Address: Hilton Fort Worth · 815 Main Street · Fort Worth, Texas 76102 · USA

The Trinity Railway Express

The TRE offers premier commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas.  Jump aboard the Trinity Railway Express as they connect these two great cities and all points in between. Each city has its own unique attractions and events - all easily accessible. TRE is provided by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trains operate Monday through Saturday. No service on Sunday. The cost of a 1-Day Pass/Ticket is only about $5.

Our hotel staff at the Fort Worth Hilton will map out and chart the appropriate stops for us to visit & explore DALLAS.  The train station is only 2-blocks from our hotel.

Reunion Fees & Costs

Registration Fee: $50/per Casper

Casper Ice Breaker Party: Cash Bar & Free Appetizers

Casper Western BBQ Buffet Luncheon: $35/per person

Casper Banquet Reception & Dinner: $65/per person / Cash Bar

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

Some Of The Fun Things To See & Do In DALLAS & FORT WORTH

Molly The Trolley

See Downtown in style! This vintage trolley offers several routes, guaranteed to get you to all of the Downtown hot-spots.

Molly The Trolley operates 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm and the fare is FREE!

The Molly route travels from the Fort Worth Convention Center to Sundance Square. There is a Molly The Trolley bus stop right outside our hotel and trolleys pickup every 10 to 15 minutes making this a great way to visit & explore FORT WORTH.

JFK Tribute

A Place in Time · A Place in History

The Hilton Fort Worth is the former Hotel Texas, where President John F. Kennedy and the First Lady stayed on November 21, 1963. The next morning, after a speech in the hotel's ballroom, the President's motorcade departed, taking with it the final moments of a more innocent America.

The JFK Tribute is located directly across from Hilton Fort Worth, celebrate the 50th Anniversary where then President John F. Kennedy gave his final public address to an adoring Fort Worth crowd.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Attractions · Shopping · Entertainment · Dining

Located only 3 miles from our hotel and you can ride Molly The Trolley to get you there.

The FW Stockyards consists of mainly of entertainment and shopping venues that capitalize on the "Cowtown" image of Fort Worth. Home to the famous Boot Making, fine Western Wear and a Saloon where customers "can “belly up” to the bar, relax and have a cold beer while in the Stockyards; just like they did in the days of the big cattle drives", as they shop around the store. The city of Fort Worth is often referred to as "Where the West Begins."

Vintage Flying Museum

A very nice museum located at the south end of the Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. They have about a dozen aircraft housed in a WWII B-29 Hanger. The centerpiece of the collection is a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress. They have other wartime aircraft to also enjoy including an Army UH-1 Huey on display.



Sundance Square

Shopping & Entertainment

Sundance Square is the name of this 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Named after the Sundance Kid in western folklore, it is a popular place for nightlife and entertainment in Fort Worth. The area includes numerous hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, museums, clubs, movie theatres, performing arts, concerts and festivals throughout the year.  Our hotel is located in Sundance Square.

George W. Bush

Presidential Center

The GWB Presidential Center is a complex that includes former President George W. Bush's presidential library and museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. It is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas, near Dallas.

You can take the Trinity Railway Express to Dallas.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The building is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) in downtown Dallas, Texas, overlooking Dealey Plaza at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets. The museum examines the life, times, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and is located at the very spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President on November 22, 1963.

The museum's exhibition area uses historic films, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the reports by government investigations that followed, and the historical legacy of the national tragedy.

Tour the Legend

AT&T Stadium

While also being the home turf of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium also offers a host of other sights to see. Within these walls you’ll find art, a pro shop, and the venerable locker rooms; you'll also be able to stretch your legs out on the hallowed field! Whether you’re a Cowboys fan through and through or you’re simply looking to take in some stunning architecture, a tour of AT&T stadium should fit right in on your Dallas trip plan.

Self-Guided Tours give fans access to the most popular areas of AT&T Stadium. You'll start your Self-Guided tour in the AT&T Stadium Pro Shop. Self-guided tours give you access to the field, the Cowboys and Cheerleaders locker rooms, the Miller Lite Club and the post-game interview room. Our knowledgeable Tour Ambassadors are stationed in each area to provide you with information and answer your questions about the stadium. On the field, we invite you to throw passes, run around and take pictures at your leisure. We have a photo station at midfield for fans to get their picture taken on our famous star.

Our Mission

The Casper Aviation Platoon (CAPO) sponsored reunions are designed to provide a good time for ALL of the Caspers, their family and friends.

We are planning another great get-together for everyone to enjoy and would really like to see all of you celebrate with us at the Hilton Fort Worth.

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Men’s Casper Platoon Group Photo

Its has become a tradition for the guys to get together each reunion to take a Group Leather Jacket Photo and 2018 will be no exception.

The group photos shown here to the left were taken during our 2017 Nashville reunion at the hotel bar.

If you would like to participate in this photo shoot at our 2018 reunion, please bring your leather 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.

The Hilton Fort Worth is our reunion base and where our Reunion Ice Breaker Party, Buffet Luncheon and Banquet Reception & Dinner will be held. There is also a lot of free time during our reunion for you, your family and friends to explore fun things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth as you can see below.


OH-6 Rotor Blades Awaiting Your Autograph!

I happy to report that fellow Casper Crew Chief Jerry Brown will be bringing his OH-6 Main Rotor Blades to our 2018 Casper Platoon Reunion. Jerry has made these blades available for us to sign at a couple of past reunions and there has been many-many Casper Platoon Crew Member signatures already displayed on them, but there is room for more!

This will be the last time you will have a chance to look at, touch or sign these rotor blades as Jerry will be donating them to a 173d Airborne Brigade or aviation museum after this reunion.