Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion 2019

LZ: las vegas Strip

April 23, 24 & 25







Casper Platoon

Gordy Anderson

John Ackelson

Don Bliss

Curt Blundell

Tony Bolivar

Jerry Brown

Ned Costa

Michael Dow

Kent During

John Evenson

Ray French

Mike Gauntt

Steve Greene

Hal Hickey

Bobby Horowitz

Jim Jeffryes

Bill Krueger

Tex Ladnier

Ed Liptrap

Bob Mac Glaflin

Robert McDonald

Don McKeough

Willie Moore

Bruce Neva

Bill Nottingham

Roberto Ontiveros

Terry Lee Parker

Walter Perron

Larry Pippen

Randy Plese

John Potts

Steve Richard

Jesse Saldivar

Randy Schweitzer

Don Sholett

Bruce Silvey

Sal Sosa

Ed Specht

Walter Tanaka

Bob Thackston

Ken Thibodeaux

Rick Tompkins

Tom Town

Randy Vestal

Doug Walton

Bill Wansing

Cliff White

Dave Woodard


173d Airborne Brig.

Richard Chegar

1/503d Infantry

Key-Note Speaker

Rene Macare

A/3/503d Infantry

Company A/82

Tom Keene


335th AHC/Cowboys

Donald Snyder

Door Gunner

501st Avn. Battalion

John Mateyko



53 Vietnam Veterans

Donny, Leslie &

Kidd, Jr.

KIA: Donny Kidd, Sr.

Marilyn Jones


DAT: Joe Jones

Casper Platoon 4” Vinyl Decal


This newly designed 173d Airborne Brigade Casper Platoon vinyl decal/sticker is 4" round looks great on your auto.

Limited supply on hand,, only 1 per customer.

For more information contact:  Ned Costa

YES - Casper 4” Decal

In Stock

Casper Platoon 4” Patch


This new embroidered 4-Inch Casper Platoon Patch looks great sewn on a leather flight jacket or in a display case with your medals.

Limited supply on hand, only 1 per customer.

For more information, Contact:  Ned Costa

YES - Casper 4” Patch

In Stock


$5 per ticket

"Gift Certificate"

Aviation Artwork

By: Joe Kline

The Joe Kline Aviation Artwork has been a long-time favorite raffle prize won at our past reunions. We will have a drawing to win three customized prints.  One at our Ice Breaker Party along with two others at our banquet dinner.

Each Gift Certificate is valued at $125 and is good for a customized print of your choice.

Please visit Joe’s web site & view his Vietnam Series Custom Artwork.


The helicopters used at the top of this reunion web page were painted by Joe Kline and used in his: Good Vibrations and Eye of the Tiger artwork.

Casper Platoon Challenge Coin

$10/per coin

This all newly designed challenge coin have sold out. But additional coins are now being produced for the 2018 reunion. For shipping cost info and to reserve your coins now, contact:

Steve Greene

YES - Casper Coin

In Stock

Casper Platoon Golf Shirt


JERZEES 6.5 oz. 100% cotton, white polo shirt.All sizes S - XXL. Embroidery of Casper Platoon Logo on front.

Text reads:

173d Airborne Brigade

Casper Platoon

(Only available at  reunion).

Contact: Ned Costa

YES - Casper Shirt

Order after Feb.

Casper Platoon 10 oz. Flasks


Beautifully engraved is this Casper Platoon Flasks made especially for this reunion.

Limited to supply on hand, and only available at the reunion. Only 1 per customer.

For more information, contact: Steve Greene

YES - Casper Flasks

In Stock

Eye of the Tiger Good Vibrations Don’t Be Left Out!!  If you are still on the  fence, please consider attending!  A lot of your friends will be in attendance  and this would be a great time to see them again!

This site was last updated: 12/1/2018


Experience the excitement of Las Vegas at the casually elegant Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. With acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and unsurpassed service, this unique Las Vegas Strip hotel has a South Beach rhythm and vibe.

Enjoy dining in the Tropicana at the Oakville Steakhouse, one of the resort's 6 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service.


Special Room Rate

Only: $75 / per night!


Our 3-day Reunion Dates are: April 23, 24, & 25. Check out: April 26.   However, our special Casper Platoon Room Rate can also be used to check-in early on April 22.  In fact, our rate can also be applied for the 2 days before and after the reunion.  Remember, The Tropicana is a Resort.  Have fun and relax!

The Tropicana has two Towers:  The Paradise Tower is near the front entrance of the hotel closes to the casino.  Our reunion is being held in the CLUB TOWER.  This is located by the north entrance of the hotel next to the swimming pools, health spa and conference center. This is where our hospitality suite, guest rooms, the ice breaker party and banquet will all be at.  Our $75/per night guest room rate is for the “Club Deluxe” Guest Rooms.

The absolute BEST way to make your reservation is by using our “Online Reservation Link”… It Is Fast & Easy!

►►Special Online Reservation Link: BOOK NOW

Again you should book the minimum 3 reunion nights: Tuesday April 23-24 & 25, checkout on the 26. Several of the Caspers have already made their reservations to arrive a day early on: Monday, April 22.

►►Telephone Reservation: (800) 634-4000 · You must identify yourself with "Casper Aviation Platoon" to get our special rate. Reservation Deadline: March 1, 2019 (based on room availability).

►► When you make your hotel reservation, you will be charged for your first night = $75 + tax.  However, there is a 48 hour cancellation policy.

Receive a warm welcome with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie before settling into a stylish, residential-style guest room with a breezy beach atmosphere. Decorated in a sunset palette of warm shades, your room features custom-designed furnishings, a 42-inch HDTV and Serta Perfect Sleeper beds™ with 300 thread count linens.

Hotel Parking & Airport Transportation

Casper Platoon guests who drive will receive ”FREE Self-Parking” at the Tropicana Hotel.

A variety of shuttle/limousine services are available at McCarran International Airport (LAS). There are also Taxi's and UBER rides everywhere, along with the Las Vegas Monorail.

Street Address: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA.

Flat Rate Cost

Our 2019 reunion fees are based on a flat rate to make payments easier. The reunion fee and dues are paid for by the Casper Platoon members. The Casper Member and Guest fee includes a name badge, access to our Hospitality Room, our Poolside Ice Breaker Party, Banquet Reception and one (1) Banquet dinner ticket.

Casper Member Only: $173/each.

Other: $65/each. Includes Spouse, Family, Guests, KIA & DAT Families.

Payment Deadline: Full payment is due on or before February 4, 2019. However, a $50 minimum payment is due now.  Fees are non-refundable.

Men’s Lunch & Group Photo: $20/person.

Wednesday April 24 The Main Events



Taking advantage of the cooler weather in April, this event will be held outside at the Sky Beach Club where we can enjoy a good time poolside with friends while relaxing by a nearby tropical waterfall.

There will be appetizers and a cash bar.



TBA soon.

This is an optional event



A time at our reunion to honor our fellow Caspers who are no longer with us.

Also a great time to have cocktails & dinner with our Casper family and enjoy our company together.

There will be a cash bar.



Just like at our 2018 reunion in Fort Worth, we will once again have our own Hospitality Suite located in the Club Tower.

This Landing Zone is called the Ashton Room.  I imagine it will also be a popular place to set down and hangout.

Our LZ will be open Tuesday through Thursday and configured with round tables & chairs. Stop by, pull up a chair and relax!



At The Leatherneck Club. This is the only Military theme restaurant and bar in all of Las Vegas.  This is a great place for us to hangout, eat, drink and take a group photo while enjoying a BBQ buffet.

This is an optional Men’s event.  $20/person

Our Mission

Casper Aviation Platoon (CAPO) sponsored reunions are designed to provide a good time for ALL of the Caspers, their family and friends.  Click below & let us know if you will be joining us in Las Vegas:

YES -  Attend 2019 Reunion

18th Annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion Agenda

Tuesday, April 23

12 Noon - 4:00 pm

Casper Check-In / Welcome Desk / Hospitality Room: Ashton Room

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ice Breaker Party / Cocktail Reception / The Cliffs (Poolside) / Cash Bar

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hospitality Room / The Ashton Room

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friend to Explore Las Vegas

Wednesday, April 24

9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Hospitality Room & Welcome Desk / The Ashton Room

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Men's Lunch & Group Photo / Optional Event / Leatherneck Club/Bar

TBA am - TBA pm

Las Vegas Stage Show / Optional Event / TBA

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friend to Explore Las Vegas

Thursday, April 25

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hospitality Room & Welcome Desk / The Ashton Room

TBA am - TBA pm

Casper Hotel Group Photo / Optional Event / TBA

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Casper Banquet Reception / Montecristo 3 / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Casper Banquet Dinner / Montecristo 3 / Cash Bar

Friday, April 26

11:00 AM

Hotel Check-Out


If you are like most of us, your best friends are probably the guys you served with in Vietnam.  Our reunions create a great place to hang out with them at least one-time a year.  You have probably also heard over the years that “we aren’t getting any younger”.  This statement is very true.

Our annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunions are also open to Vietnam Veterans who were affiliated with the 173d Airborne Brigade, LRRP, N/75 RANGERS, 335th AHC and 61th AHC veterans who would like to attend.

So why should you attend… To enjoy a few days with your best friends!

“April is Cooler”

Avg. Temp: 80° / 57°

A $100 Tropicana Hotel & Casino Gift Card or one of these additional raffle prizes below. This special drawing will be held Tuesday Night at 6:00 pm during our poolside “Ice Breaker Party”.  Buy your tickets now!

Other raffle prizes also include:

  • Las Vegas Strip

            Helicopter Ride

  • Custom Engraved

            Bottle of Stranahan’s

            Diamond Peak Whiskey

  • Joe Kline Aviation Art

            Gift Certificate


4 Raffle Tickets / $20

Enter for a Chance to Win

COME JOIN US! Here are just a few of the guys below who will be attending the reunion

YES -  Attend 2019 Reunion

Major General Richard D. Chegar

To Be Reunion Key-Note Speaker

Richard D. Chegar, Major General, United States Army (Retired) served in the 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate) from its beginning on Okinawa in 1963 and in the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry in Vietnam during 1965-66, including Operation Hump.  1LT Chegar served as a Platoon Leader at that time, then also became the Aide to General Ellis Williamson.

We are honored to have General Chegar as our Key-Note Speaker at our Casper Platoon 2019 Reunion.  He will address our group at the banquet dinner and discuss how important all of the aviation support was to the 173d Airborne Brigade from that was provided by the Casper Platoon and the other aviation assets from Company A/82d Aviation Battalion… You won’t want to miss this!