EVENTS & PHOTO GALLERY 2021

March 25, 2021

 

The 603D Aviation Support Battalion flew two Helicopters (1 Chinook and 1 Blackhawk) from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Ga to Toccoa on Thursday Mar 25 2021. This educational visit to Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc came after viewing the 1st Episode of “Band of Brothers”.

 

Approximately 35 members of the 603D ASB visited Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc. They were shown Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc by volunteers Steve Lathan; Chuck Sippel; Don Markusen and George Smith. They were welcomed in the Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc gift shop by volunteers Patricia Smith and Diane Estes.

 

At the conclusion of the rain shortened visit, Captain Nick Ortiz presented Gary Bellamy, President of Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc, with a Certificate of Appreciation. A picture of this presentation is attached.

 

Transportation from, and back to the Toccoa Airport, was courtesy of the Stephens County School Board and Superintendent and the Stephens County Senior Center.

May 17 & 18, 2021

 

Members of the 75th Ranger Military Intelligence Battalion visited Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc on May 17 and 18 2021. They spent the night at CTaC and ran Currahee 3 times on May 18, their best time for the runs up and down Currahee was SPC Dalton D Edwards at 41 minutes,

 

After the 3 runs up and down Currahee they were presented T shirts (pic) and treated to grilled Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. They enjoyed their time at CTaC and plan to make it an annual event.

 

The battalion is Commanded by LTC Timothy J Sikora (CO) and Executive Officer MAJ Melissa A Valken (XO) the event coordinator was CAPT Roman V Hatala.

May 21, - 23, 2021

Members of the HHC Brigade 1 504 PIR 82AB from Ft Bragg NC visited and stayed at CTaC on May 21 22 23 2021. This followed the visit and stay by the 75th MIB Ranger Battalion from Ft Benning Ga.

 

Members of the HHC Brigade ran Currahee on the morning of May 22. They stayed in the 506th barrack the evenings of May 21 and 22.

 

This event was planned and led by CAPT Darren N Cinatl. During their visit the public relations officer interviewed 88 year old Rodney Coleman a CTaC volunteer and former member of the 82ND AB.

 

CAPT Cinatl also plans to make the visits to Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc a regular event for members of the 82nd AB.

May 26 2021

2 506th India Company from Ft Campbell Ky visited CTaC and ran Currahee on May 26 2021.

 

The event was coordinated by 1Lt Daniel A Gregorio.

May 27 - 29, 2021

 

JD Huitt from YouTube “History Underground” coordinated the clean up of Currahee Mountain during the Memorial Day weekend.

 

JD spent the evenings of May 27 28 and 29 2021 in  the 506th barrack at CTaC. Mr Huitt was joined by other members of the cleanup team on the evenings of May 28 and 29.

Attached are pics of JD receiving a one of a kind original board with the front and back of both CTaC challenge coin from CTaC Pres Gary Bellamy, the other pic is JD on a WWII bunk in the 506th reading about the impending D Day invasion and freeing of Europe.

 

He also created a YouTube video about his stay at CTaC and the cleanup of Currahee. History Underground Episode 135.

History Underground episode 135

The clean up team watched the first episode of “Band of Brothers” in the HQ building at CTaC on Friday evening May 29.

 

JD had visited CTaC in Aug of 2020 and released Episode 100 re CTaC and Currahee on Veterans Day 2020, it has been viewed more than 238,000 times.

History Underground episode 100

May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day

A community Memorial Day service was conducted on Memorial Day 2021 at 11 AM. The service was conducted by the local Veterans organizations and was attended by more than 100 people.

June 4 & 5, 2021

The DDAY Banquet and run was a big success. Guest speaker, "Rosie the Riverter" (Carol Cain) entertained the attendees, Jason Wetzel autographed his book and Chaise Patton, great grandson of George Patton of WWII fame won the quilt. 

June 12, 2021

On Saturday June 12 2021 Cadet Nikhil Patel’s swearing in as 2nd Lt Patel and pinning of 2ndLt bars was conducted at the pavilion at CTaC. President Gary Bellamy presented Lt Patel with a piece of original wood from a structure at Camp Toccoa embedded with the two Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc challenge coins.

 

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, including US Congressman Andrew Clyde who spoke.