Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Blackhat Reunion, 2015

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules
dropping green parachutes

 "Jumpers ... Hit it! Check canopy!"
--Sergeants Airborne (Black Hats)

We anti-violent. Anyone says different,
I'll bust a cap in their ass.
--Fear of a Black Hat (1993)


The annual meeting of Airborne Instructors, past and present, will take place in Columbus, Georgia on October 2nd and 3rd. Historically, the group meets the first Friday and Saturday in October. Informally they call themselves "The Old Airborne Instructors Group," but the meetings draw a mixed bag. This is truly an historic gathering.

Friday night is a cash bar at 17:30 hours, and Saturday is a covered dish lunch, 11:30 until 1300 hours; bring a dish or dessert to share. Both events take place at the American Legion, 3361 North Lumpkin Road. Attire is casual.

All former instructors and former students are invited. Last year a 94 year-old trooper attended, and World War II instructors have also attended. The Triple Nickels (555th Parachute Infantry Battalion), the first all-black Airborne Battalion in WW II, are also well-represented. They are as historic as the Tuskegee Airmen, though less well-known to the general public.

Point of Contact is Cary Rutland, 706-587-5543; email:

Hope to see you there.

[cross-posted @ RangerAgainstWar.]


  1. a former Blackhat [ABN and JM], I didn't know this was a thing.

  2. CI,
    This is why we did the announcement because the event gets little play.
    Most of the black hats have retired at Benning, so they are a insular group.
    I live 130 miles away so i seldom miss the event.
    You are welcome to attend.
    I will answer any questions that you may have.

  3. Appreciate the assist, but as I retired to Virginia and have family flying out at that time...I cold not hope to make it. But it's good to know that Sergeants Airborne will be rising a glass.

  4. good read. I would say when giving advice to self pleasure to the bible you should recommend passages from Songs of Solomon. Some of that is pretty graphic.
    ld hardas

  5. Does this group still meet? I was a Black Hat in the 70s and would like to participate