Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion 2018


June 25, 26, 27 & 28







Gordy Anderson

Don Bachali

Don Bliss

Curt Blundell

Tony Bolivar

Ned Costa

Art Cruz

Bill Fielding

Mike Gauntt

Steve Greene

Walt Henerdson

Bob Jameson

Jim Jeffryes

Phil Johnson

Buddy King

Ed Liptrap

Bob Mac Glaflin

Art McBride

Robert McDonald

Don McKeough

Chuck Merkel

Roberto Ontiveros

Terry Lee Parker

Steve Richard

Don Sholett

Richard Smith

Sal Sosa

Bill Starkey

Stan Streicher

Ken Thibodeaux

Doug Walton

Bill Wansing

Cliff White

Dave Woodard

Ned Costa

Event Planner

Donny, Leslie &

Ryan Kidd, Jr.

KIA: Donny Kidd, Sr.

Marilyn Jones


DAT: Joe Jones

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 information contact:  Ned Costa

YES - Casper 4” Decal

In Stock

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 information, Contact:  Ned Costa

YES - Casper 4” Patch

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.

Good Vibrations Eye of the Tiger

Linda Quinn

Brandi Lawson Wife/Daughter

DAT: Tom Quinn

Casper Platoon 10 oz. Flasks


Beautifully engraved is this Casper Platoon Flasks made especially for this reunion.

Limited to supply on hand, and only available at the reunion. Only 1 per customer.

For more information, contact: Steve Greene

YES - Casper Flasks

In Stock

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

YES - Casper Coin

In Stock

Casper Platoon Beer Glass


This uniquely designed Casper Platoon 12 oz.

Beer Glass was also made especially for this reunion.

Limited to supply on hand, and only available at the reunion. Only 1 per customer.

For more information, contact: Doug Walton

YES - Casper Beer Glass

In Stock


Casper Platoon Golf Shirt


JERZEES 6.5 oz. 100% cotton, white polo shirt.All sizes S - XXL. Embroidery of Casper Platoon Logo on front.

Only available at  reunion.

Contact: Ned Costa

YES - Casper Shirt


LaRue Terry


DAT: Jerry Terry

Martha Beasley


DAT: Rod Beasley

Nan Williamson


DAT: Ellis Williamson

17th Annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion Agenda

Monday, June 25

12 Noon - 4:00 pm

Casper Check-In / Welcome Desk / Hotel Lobby Area

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ice Breaker Party / Cocktail Reception / East Promenade / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hospitality Room / Citizens C Room

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Tuesday, June 26

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Men's Group Discussion (VA Claims - SITREP) / Citizens C Room / Coffee

10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Room / Citizens C Room · Welcome Desk / Lobby

12 pm - 1:00 pm

Western BBQ Luncheon / Continental Room (Inside Hotel)

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friends

Wednesday, June 27

9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Room / Citizens C Room

10:00 am - TBD pm

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour & Casper Group Photo / Optional Event

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Casper Banquet Reception / West Promenade / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Casper Banquet Dinner / Crystal A Room / Cash Bar

Friday, June 29

11:00 AM

Hotel Check-Out


This site was last updated: 6/8/2018

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 SOLD OUT

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. SOLD OUT


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” Luncheon will be served inside of our hotel.

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 Luncheon: $35/per person

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

Casper Aviation Platoon Membership: $25/per Casper

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour & Casper Group Photo $22/per person

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.

Click here & let us know if you will be joining us:

YES - Attend 2018 Reunion

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 when we take it at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

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.

Men’s Group Discussion: VA Claims

Tuesday 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Citizens C Room

Our Casper Platoon Ed Liptrap will conduct this very important Q&A meeting.

Ed is very understands this subject very well and has been extremely helpful with many our guys regarding the VA Disability Claims process.  Besides answering your questions, he will also have information to give you.  If you are in the process of filing a VA Claim or would like to start one, please come to this meeting.  We will serve coffee at this event.