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Elite paratroopers en route to Cottage Grove for annual meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 26th, 2013

West Coast Airborne Association features famed soldiers among its membership

An elite group of military personnel will gather at the Cottage Grove Elks Lodge this weekend, but this time, their mission will be much more casual in nature.

On Saturday, March 2, Cottage Grove will play host to the annual meeting of the West Coast Airborne Association, a non-profit organization composed of ex-paratroopers, air assault troopers, Army Rangers, special forces and troop carrier personnel who reside in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.

The group began in southern Oregon in 1985 as a way for retired Army personnel to keep in touch, according to Cottage Grove’s Pat Simpson, himself an Army veteran who joined the Association after retiring in 1991.

Simpson said the Association was originally linked with the 82nd Airborne Division but now accepts a wider group of soldiers. The group holds an annual picnic in June and, for the past seven or eight years, a March meeting at the Cottage Grove Elks Lodge.

For the complete article see the 02-27-2013 issue.

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