709th Maint Bn.
99th CSB Assoc.
Here is the current Association Officer list and application form to join the Association.
Also inlcuded is the first Association President's Letter, written by Frank Szustak, first CO of C Company, 709th Mtce Bn, following the first reunion in 2005.
If you could not open them you can read or print them from here.
In 2005, 22 fellow soldiers and their wives participated in our first reunion and all had a good time. You can view the photos and comments on the web site at www.alwaysable.org and click 2005 reunion photos. ENJOY.
At the reunion we established the Association in an effort to create a framework for veterans of the 709th and 99th to share experiences and memories related to their service in lives after Vietnam. We elected officers and set the following priorities:
Keep annual dues low
Hold an association reunion annually
Maintain a website to facilitate interaction among our "brothers" and to provide information about and a record of 709th and 99th activities during the Vietnam War Era.
We need you. Lets all pull together and make this work!!! ALWAYS ABLE
Message From The First Association President
Dear Vietnam Veteran,
As the newly elected president of the 709th Maintenance Battalion and 99th Combat Support Battalion Association, I want first to extend a greeting of "Hello" and a heartfelt "Thank You" for your honorable service in Vietnam. You are an Army soldier who is a part of our country's national treasure - the U.S. Military. You rightfully deserve to be proud of your military service.
The Association consisting of members who served in Vietnam have banded together to form a group in which we can share our special memories of that time so long ago. At our first reunion this past summer, we exchanged stories of fear, anxiety, loneliness, and friendship all of which are imbedded in our memories. It was heartwarming to be together again with our special brothers. The events at the first reunion were hosted by our good friend, Dean Ayres who organized many activities including hayride, trap shooting, horseshoes, fireworks and enough food and beverages to feed an army. It was simply a great occasion and so much fun.
In order to maintain our initial momentum, we need your support. I would like you to please consider participating in our next reunion and become a member of our Association; The reunion for 2006 will be the last weekend of July and it again will take place in the Baltimore, Maryland area. We are preparing an agenda, which will include a special trip to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. as well as a number of other great activities. Please mark your calendar now and plan to bring your spouse (the wives had a wonderful time and I'm sure they are looking forward to our next reunion). Although we have not firmed up the membership fee, it will be nominal, probably around $15.00 per year. These monies will be used to defray administrative costs such as mailings, printings, etc. All the effort in keeping our Association viable is done on a voluntary basis and we sincerely appreciate the effort of our current members.
In closing and in behalf of our Association, we wish you well and we hope that you will join our group.
Frank G. Szustak
Col. U.S.A. (Ret)
Phone (Home)________________________Phone (Office)________________________
E Mail (Home)_______________________E Mail (Office)________________________
What Company and Platoon were you in:______________________________________
What Base Camp did you call home:__________________________________________
What Dates were you in the 709th or 99th:______________________________________
Dues:______ Annual - $ 20.00 ______ 3 year - $ 50.00 Donations: _______________
Please make all checks payable to; 709th Maint. Bn. & 99th CSB Association and Mail to
John F. Delong 2325 Huntingdon Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA. 19006
Please refer to the web site at www.alwaysable.org for more Info.
To Join the Assoc click on this link to print a Membership App.
Page started 10/18/2005
Page updated 2/5/2015