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Outlaw Logo

Outlaw Logo
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Anderson

Anderson
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Anderson and Crew

Anderson and Crew
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Day Operations

Day Operations
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Slicks in LZ

Slicks in LZ
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Maverick Lead

Maverick Lead
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Bergquist Gunner Injured

Bergquist Gunner Injured
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Bushwhackers Enroute

Bushwhackers Enroute
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Mavericks Return

Mavericks Return
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Protecting Vinh Long

Protecting Vinh Long
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Protecting Vinh Long

Protecting Vinh Long
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Vinh Long base

Vinh Long base
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Mavericks at Sadec

Mavericks at Sadec
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Mavericks become Bushwhackers

Mavericks become Bushwhackers
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Former Maverick & Outlaw Lead

Former Maverick & Outlaw Lead
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Memorial to Outlaws

Memorial to Outlaws
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REUNION UPDATE

The reunion is rescheduled for September 2021

I have decided to reschedule the reunion to 22 to 27 September 2021 at the Holiday Inn as previously planned.  The rates we were to get this September will apply in September 2021.  Of course we will work to develop an agenda much like that planned for this September. By the way, this decision does not come easily or lightly as I know we all want to get together as soon practical for the good times we enjoy! 

The dates requested in March 2021 were not available and I learned that the rates would be in the $229.00 per night range well above our base rate of $129.00.  Spring break occurs in San Antonio during the first two weeks in March and the city becomes very crowded with visitors - causing the rates to increase.  April is also a very active, busy visitor month with higher rates.

The other matter that still gives me the "willies" is the coronavirus issue.  Changes are occurring daily.  I really hope and pray that our country begins to recover and we can return to something that resembles normal life.  While not necessarily relevant to our situation, our country being on fire right now should give us all pause as it seems to threaten our Nation at its very core - I find it shameful!

A side note, I just received notice from another veterans organization of which I am a part (The Military Order of the World Wars) that it has cancelled its convention scheduled this August near Detroit and is rescheduled to August 2021. Interestingly, a member who is a medical Doctor did rather extensive research to try help members better understand the complexities of the coronavirus issue.  In part, the decision by the Order to cancel and reschedule was based on his research.  Just thought I would mention this as I think we will be living with the pandemic for quite awhile.

In closing, I trust that my message finds you all well and safe, please stay that way!  Also, I greatly appreciate your thoughts and support regarding VLOA and the way forward regarding our reunion.

R/r

Bert Rice

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JOIN THE VINH LONG OUTLAWS ASSOCIATION!

The Vinh Long Outlaws Association (a 501(c)19 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization) was formed from personnel previously assigned to aviation units with lineage to the original and all succeeding Outlaws, Mavericks (later called Bushwhackers), and Roadrunners that deployed to and operated out of Vinh Long, Vietnam, and to a more recent unit that bore the same Outlaw call sign and fought in Iraq.

The 62nd Aviation Company Outlaws was formed on 6 August 1964 from assets assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division (Airmobile) at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was truly the vanguard of the huge U.S military buildup in Southeast Asia.  After arriving at Vinh Long in September 1964, the Outlaws and its armed platoon Mavericks immediately conducted 30 days of in-country training prior to release for full combat operations through the IV Corps Tactical Zone, essentially responding to request throughout the Vietnam’s Delta Region.  The 150th Transportation Detachment Roadrunners provided aircraft maintenance and technical supply support.  The 28th Signal Detachment provided maintenance on communications equipment, and the 25th Infantry Division attached infantrymen to the Outlaws/Mavericks/Roadrunners as doorgunners.  In December 1964, the 62nd was redesignated as A Company 502nd Aviation Battalion, and retained all equipment, personnel, and call signs previously assigned to the 62nd.

A Company 502nd Aviation Battalion was deactivated in September 1966 and the 175th Aviation Company activated in its place, from personnel and equipment formerly assigned to A/502nd and retained their call signs.  On 2 November 1967, the 175th Aviation Company was redesignated as the 175th Assault Helicopter Company and retained that designation until deactivation in February 1972 in Vietnam, but the armed platoon Mavericks were designated as the Bushwhackers in January 1971 on deployment of AH-1G Cobra helicopters.  The 175th Outlaws were reactivated in May 1972 at Fort Knox, KY, operated there for two years, and then deployed to Germany for operations until their deactivation in December 1977.

In September 1987, the Outlaws were reactivated as B Company 1st Battalion 158th Aviation Regiment from Fort Hood assets, and redesignated as B Troop 1st Battalion 158th Avn Rgmt Outlaws in 1996.   In 2001, the Outlaws were deployed for Iraqi Freedom II in Iraq, and continued the call sign Outlaws, thereby continuing the name and tradition of Outlaws combat aviation begun in August 1964.  Please visit our History Tab for more details on the history of the Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwhackers, and Roadrunners or to join click here.

 

Sincerely,

Bert Rice
National Director