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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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2020 Outlaw Reunion Shirt

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUTLAW REUNION 2020

go / no go decision for the reunion to be made May 15th

We are in a war! This comment has been made by the President on numerous occasions. I sincerely hope and pray this newsletter finds you and your loved ones doing well. Please follow the guidance provided which, I believe, will help keep you from contracting the CORONAVIRUS.

In my lifetime, the only thing that comes close to our current situation is how I faintly remember what happened during World War II. Then, the Nation came together to defeat an enemy. There was full mobilization. People sacrificed, looked out for one another, and were dedicated to defeating an enemy. That same effort is required now in my humble opinion. We are strong with a will to win, so hang in there!

When I wrote last, I stated that we are pretty well prepared for our reunion in San Antonio during the period 17 to 21 September 2020. We are still prepared for our reunion. Having said that, I have been in touch with Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) to determine a way forward should the CORONAVIRUS issue persist. I believe it too early to make any changes right now but that we need to be prepared to make changes should the situation dictate. We felt it prudent to wait until 15 May to make a decision regarding the reunion. We feel that by then we will have a much better understanding about the long-term impact and persistence of the CORONAVIRUS.

If a decision must be made to make any changes, we will notify you promptly. We will do that through another edition of the newsletter and emails, as appropriate. It will provide guidance regarding registration and next steps.

I know how important having an Outlaw reunion is to all of us. As we learn more, I commit to you that I will do all that I can to conduct a reunion worthy of each and every one of you. You deserve the best because you are the best!

In closing, I want to encourage you to take all necessary measures to remain healthy and safe. I am remaining away from crowds to maximum extent possible. Of course, our individual situations are different but one thing is certain, this disease is serious and, so, it requires precaution so as not to contract it.

God Bless each and every one!

Bert L. Rice

Reunion Group Photo Charleston 2019

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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