AVGC-E 11 April 1967

SUBJECT: Welcome


TO: Commanding Officer

191st Aviation Company

Fort Bragg, North Carolina


1. It is a distinct pleasure to welcome you to your new station. You will soon become an integral member of this battalion which is a part of the 12th Combat Aviation Group of the 1st Aviation Brigade, the keystone in the Vietnam perimeter of our countryís defenses. I know you will be proud to join us in the accomplishment of our urgent mission.

2. You have been selected for assignment to this provisional battalion which is destined to become the 214th Combat Aviation Battalion. Plans are for your company to be co-located with this headquarters at Bear Cat (near Long Thanh North), Republic of Vietnam. Our location is 14 miles, as the Huey flies, due east of Saigon.

3. Please tell me the composition of your advanced party and the day your various elements are scheduled to arrive in RVN. Iím sure you also have many questions. Direct communication is encouraged. My staff stands ready to assist you in any way possible:

XO: MAJ Raymond L. Smith, SigC

S3: MAJ Robert C. Hallmark, Inf

S4: MAJ William C. Bradley, Inf

Avn Maint Off: MAJ James R. Goetchess, Inf

Standardization Off: MAJ Charles L. Miller, CE

Adj: CPT Hudson A. Schnell, Arty

4. I am looking forward to having you as a member of the Buffalo Combat Aviation Battalion (Provisional). I am confident you will find your assignment both challenging and profitable.

s/ J. M. Leslie

t/ J. M. Leslie

LTC, Infantry



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