Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maryland Defense Force Cavalry Troop A to participate in 136th Preakness Stakes

By 1LT(MD) Daniel Holt
Maryland Defense Force Public Affairs
10 May 2011

The Maryland Defense Force Cavalry Troop A will participate in the opening ceremonies of the running of the 136th Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2011 at the Pimlico Racetrack. Troop A will escort the colors as presented by the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard from Fort Meade.

After an impressive performance at Laurel Park for Military Appreciation Day last November, the Maryland Racing Commission invited Troop A to participate in this year’s Preakness Stakes. The mounted escort detail will be lead by Deputy Commander Capt. Cindy Minken on “Patriot’s Pride,” Staff Sgt. Linda Losey on “Rocky,” Sgt. Tallulah Pollard on “Image,” and Sgt. Thomas Kiefer on “Johnny Cash.” Supporting the mounted detail will be Troopers 1st Sgt. Matthew Shertzer and Master Sgt. Steve Wojciechowski.

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