11th cavalry

Roger Holder of the 11th ACR, 1967.

Holder was seriously wounded when a landmine hit his M113 APC. Later, after serving time for marijuana possession, he went AWOL. Then, in 1972, he hijacked a plane with his girlfriend.

From Wikipedia:

June 2, 1972: Western Airlines Flight 701 from Los Angeles to Seattle was hijacked by Willie Roger Holder, a Vietnam War veteran, and his girlfriend Catherine Marie Kerkow. The hijackers claimed they had a bomb in an attaché case and demanded $500,000 and that Angela Davis, who was then on trial, be freed. After allowing half the passengers to get off in San Francisco and the other half to get off in New York on a re-fueling stop, they flew on to Algeria, where they were granted political asylum, joining the International Section of the Black Panther Party. It was and still remains the longest-distance hijacking in American history. Later, $488,000 of the ransom money was returned to American officials.

The story of the hijacking is chronicled in Brendan Koerner’s book The Skies Belong to Us.

Fire and Smoke

Photograph by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

Original Caption: US Army Soldiers, assigned to 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, fire the main gun of an M1 Abrams tank at targets during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. Part of #OperationDragonSpear, the training was part of a joint forcible entry operation with XVIIIth Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, The 75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Special Forces Group and the United States Air Force. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

A UH-72 Lakota Helicopter of the National Training Center’s Aviation Company provides air superiority cover for the opposition forces engaged with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division’s ground forces during an encounter in the Siberian Flats at the National Training Center, June 15, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Austin Anyzeski, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment)