VCA presents Morten Marott CPT of the Royal Danish Army Reserves – Queen’s Artillery Regiment with Honorary Membership

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CPT Morten Marrot and COL. Charles Lucas
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On Friday, January 8, 2011 COL Charles C. Lucas, Commandant of the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York presented CPT  Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment with an Honorary Membership in the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York.  The presentation was made at the 221st Annual VCA Mess Dinner held at Noble House in Lower Manhattan. Noble House is a historical building in what is NYC’s historical district and home to other historical buildings such as Fraunces Tavern.  In addition to the presentation of the honorary membership to CPT Marott the VCA was honored to have as guest speakers for the evening, David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulhivill.

CPT Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment is a highly decorated Danish Military officer with extensive experience both domestically and internationally.  Internationally, he served in Croatia in 1995 with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) as Captain, Liaison Officer and Operations Officer of the Danish UN Battalion.  In August, 1995, while in the war zone in Croatia, CPT Marott successfully led a group of eleven other stranded UN peacekeepers through the ordeals of the hotspot of the conflict during the week-long Croatian attack on and bombardment of the area.  During his service with  the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) CPT Marott conducted several negotiations with armed Croatian and Serbian commanders and war lords.

Domestically, in Denmark, CPT Marott was Commander of an Air Defense Missile Battery mobilization unit in the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment.  As Commander, CPT Marott was responsible for seventy two troops including six other officers and a large inventory of weapons, vehicles and high tech equipment.

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Mr. David Rohde's receiving Honorary Membership Vice Commandant MAJ. Stephen Ryan
Kristen Mulvihill & David Rohde

The evening’s guest speaker, David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his work on the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a War Correspondent and author.  He has covered the war in Afghanistan for the New York Times since 2001. In November 2008, en route to meet with a well-known al-Qaeda commander at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Rohde was kidnapped.  He was eventually taken over the border into a stronghold in the mountains of Pakistan.  While in captivity, as you might expect, Rhode had the opportunity to converse with his captors often.  Those talks helped him develop a strong understanding of his captors’ political positions and their thinking.  Held by the Taliban in hopes of reaping major ransom money, they nicknamed Rohde “Golden Rooster.”  It took him and his interpreter seven months to engineer their daring escape.  Rohde shared his experiences as a captive of the Taliban, how he maintained his edge during seven months in captivity and the details of his escape with the VCA Mess Dinner guests. Rhode’s book, A Rope and A Prayer, written with his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, delves into that harrowing experience in great detail.

The Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York, is the senior active military unit in the Empire State. It was originally raised in 1790 to defend the harbor of New York City. Although today, its duties are largely ceremonial, it continues to provide a firing battery for the annual salute to the nation held on the 4th of July at Battery Park in New York City. Additional information about the storied past and current activities of the VCA is available at: and

By: LTC. Allen I. Milman


Fort “HamiltonConnection”

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VCA Detail for U.S. Army 236th Birthday Celebration at Fort Hamilton

Here is the latest copy of the Hamilton Connection which is published by the PAO in Fort Hamilton Brooklyn. This issue (Volume 5, No. 19 June 17, 2011) includes an article and photo of the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday celebration that took place on 14 June, 2011. Photo courtesy of “The Hamilton Connection”

HOOYAH!! – Kudos to our Navy SEAL’s- Osama Bin Laden killed

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It’s been nearly 10 years since the attack on 09/11/01, but the search never stopped. Finally, after years of tracking Bin Laden’s “favorite” courier, U.S. intelligence was able to close in on him.  When they felt there was enough information for action, President Obama authorized the operation.  According to news sources, he was in  a room with his son, and others, when the SEAL’s entered the room. A firefight ensued, and Osama, his son, and others (including a woman he used as a shield), were killed.  At that point, the SEAL’s took control of his body for positive identification.  In accordance with Muslim tradition, he was buried at sea within 24 hours.

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New requirememt for Army standard headgear

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Attention all VCASNY troops:

As you know various parts of uniforms are scheduled for transition. Please review the following article that details the transition to new head gear.  Per regulations, all officers and enlisted personnel are “encouraged” to purchase new gear ASAP. Questions are not solicited.

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Stetson hat to be new Army standard headgear.

This crazy quilt called America

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As many of you know, the 7th Regiment Armory, which is now called the “Park Avenue Armory” by many New Yorkers, is a also home to a not-for-profit organization “whose mission is to revitalize this important landmark as a unique alternative arts space”.

This week it is home to a quilt exhibition dating back to the Civil War.  Very appropriate for the Armory. Click on the link below for more information.

This crazy quilt called America.

250th NYC St. Patricks Day Parade

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Please join the Veteran Corps of Artillery on Thursday March 17th as it marches down 5th Avenue in celebration of the NYC 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The VCA will provide a Color Guard and other troops beginning at 11AM.  Also participating in the parade will be New York’s own “The Fighting 69th”. If you follow this blog, you might remember that the VCA and 69th march together for the commemoration of the “Irish Brigade”, during December.  For more information please visit

Last American WWI Veteran Dies

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CPL Frank Woodruff Buckles

February 28, 2011 – Frank Woodruff Buckles the last surviving American WWI Veteran dies at the age of 110 in his West Virginia home. 16-year-old CPL Buckles lied about his age (Telling them he was 18) to the Marines and Navy, but they told him to go home.  Finally an enterprising Army recruiter signed him on the spot after the CPL said he was 21 🙂 In 1942, he was a civilian, but he was captured by the Japanese when they invaded the Philippines.  He spent three and a half years in the Los Baños prison camp. He was rescued on February 23, 1945.

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St. Barbara’s Dinner

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LTC MICHAEL K. HOBLIN, BN/CDR 258th FIELD ARTILLERY cordially invites members of the Veteran Corps of Artillery to attend the Annual Saint Barbara’s Celebration conducted at the New York State Armory 93-05 168th Street, Jamaica, New York, 11433 on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 1900 hrs. To reserve your seat at this auspicious event, contact SSGT Roger Levy at e-mail– Please see previous memo for payment information.

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Corps Blazer, Civilian Semi-formal (civilian)

Corps members are encouraged to attend in support of the 258FA, and in honor of SPC Andrew Wilson, who was killed in an accident at the Armory on December 2nd, 2010.

Military programs will suffer if budget not approved

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So says the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in front of the House Armed Services Committee. Adm. Mike Mullen and SecDef Robert Gates warn that the Defense Department face a crisis if they are forced to operate under a continuing resolution with less money than it needs. The decrease of $23 Billion dollars has forced the services to take “disruptive and sometimes irreversible steps” that make the military less effective than they should be.

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