Earl Bernard Schonberg Sr. Earl Bernard Schonberg Sr.
, age 74, of Killeen, Texas, was born on November 22, 1941 to the late Allen and Ida Mae Schonberg in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Earl passed away after a short battle with cancer on July 21, 2016, in Temple,
Earl graduated from St. Catherine of Sienna High School in Donaldsonville, Louisiana in 1960. Yearning to see the world, he enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from high school. He rose through the ranks to retire with over 30 years of service as a Command Sergeant Major.
As part of his military service, Earl had a combat tour of duty in Vietnam and was stationed throughout the world. Earl graduated from several military Non-Commissioned Officers leadership schools to include the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He concluded his military career in 1991 as the 2nd Armored Division DISCOM Command Sergeant Major in Fort Hood, Texas.
Among his many decorations, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Earl's success in the military can be directly attributed to his meticulous work ethic and his love for the uniform.
Earl's attention to details was legendary. He took pride in the fact that soldiers under his command respected one another and were committed to the Army's values. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest. He was a life-long soldier and his passion was passed on to his sons, who are currently serving in the military.
He was actively involved in the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Paul Chong Hasang in Harker Heights, Texas; the Catholic Church was a big part of Earl's life. He was a quiet philanthropist who faithfully donated to Catholic missions and the less fortunate.
Earl leaves behind to cherish in his memory his wife of 48 years, Elsie Schonberg. Other loved ones include sons Earl B. Schonberg Jr, (Bridgette) and Allen B. Schonberg II (Bianca); step-daughters Lincoya Brown, and Haydee "Bunny" Collins; sister Mrs. Eleanor Schonberg Sherman, grandchildren McKenzie Schonberg, Ariel Simone Hill, Johnny Bryan, Tony Bryan, Edward Bryan, and Magnolia Collins; nephew Leo Sherman; niece Marcia Taylor; and a host of other family members and dear friends who will miss him dearly.
Blackhorse NCO and Soldier of the Quarter
Sergeant Tyler C. Bertsch
Sergeant Tyler C. Bertsch entered the military in October 2010 from his hometown of West Fargo, North Dakota. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and he graduated as an M1 Armor crewman 19K10 on March 4, 2011.
His assignments include: C Company 1-30 Infantry Battalion as an M1A2 SEP V2 Loader/Gunner and G Trop 2/11 ACR as an M1A1 Gunner/OSV Commander.
His military awards include: 2 ARCOM, 1 NDSM, 1 ACM-CS, 1 GWTSM, 1 ASR, 1 OSR, 1 NATOMDL, 3 AAM, 1 NCOPD, 1 AGCM.
Sergeant Bertsch's major military accomplishments include achieving the recognition of Battalion Soldier of the Month in March 2013 and Brigade Soldier of the Quarter of April 2013 while at Fort Stewart. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February 2012 to October 2012 in which he drove over 12,000 miles and delivered much-needed supplies to Village Stability Platforms spread out across RC North and RC West.
He is an expert with the M9 Pistol. He has loaded for two Abrams gunneries and was a gunner for an additional two gunneries. As a gunner, he shot 901 and 879; all four of the gunneries resulted in first round qualification. Sergeant Bertsch has earned his silver spurs. In December 2014, he earned the recognition as 2/11 ACR Noncommissioned Officer of the Month.
His short-term goals are to attend Advanced Leader Course, earn Excellence In Armor, and be promoted to Staff Sergeant. His long-term goals are to retire from the Army as a First Sergeant, become an M1A2 SEP Master Gunner, achieve a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, participate in the Sullivan Cup competition, and become a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. His hobbies include building models of armored Vehicles from the World War Two era, physical fitness, reading historical novels, watching movies, and traveling.
Specialist Holly Jo Mach
Specialist Holly Jo Mach was born March 31, 1993 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated high school in May 2011 and attended college for a year at Hastings College of Nebraska before joining the Army in March 2012. She attended basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and graduated in June 2012. She then attended her Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where she graduated and became a qualified Avenger crewmember in August 2012.
Specialist Mach was assigned her first duty station at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea from September 2012 to September 2013. While assigned to Echo Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Field Artillery Regiment, she achieved several accomplishments to include February 2013 Soldier of the Month, March 2013 Soldier of the Quarter, May 2013 battalion's "Best by Test" winner, June 2013 selection by 2nd Infantry Division Commanding General as Warrior of the Week, and August 2013 Soldier of the Month.
Specialist Mach was assigned to India Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin in October 2013. While with India Battery, she became Soldier of the Month in February 2014 before trying out for the Horse Detachment in March 2014, where she is currently assigned. While in the Horse Detachment, she won the April 2014 Soldier of the Month. She received her spurs in May 2014 and attended the Warrior Leader Course in August 2014 when she received various awards to include selection as Student First Sergeant, Commandant's List, and Distinguished Leadership Award.
Specialist Mach's awards and decorations include four AAMs, NDSM, GWOTSM, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, ASR, Overseas Ribbon, and Certificate of Achievement.
Her near-term goals include becoming the NTC Soldier of the Quarter and reenlisting in the Active Component. Her long-term goals include receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology and becoming a command sergeant major.
Blackhorse Association Corporate Membership Update
We are expanding our corporate membership program. This is a great opportunity for those who have contacts in both small and large companies to help in our fundraising efforts and for the Association to provide recognition to companies that choose to join and support us. The plaques that we are providing are professionally made and will be eye-catching on the wall in an office or lobby. Due to the Blackhorse Association's 501(c)(3) status, the companies can deduct this membership as a charitable expense.
We hope you are as excited about this opportunity as we are and you will not be shy about approaching potential donors. The program is outlined below, and if you have any questions, please contact Dale Skiles at 501-749-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blackhorse Association's Corporate Membership Program and Awards:
Basic Corporate Membership is $500. Members will receive an 8 x 10 walnut plaque with a brass plate with black matting and brass lettering.
Silver Corporate Membership is $1,000. Members will receive a 10.5 x 13 walnut plaque with a silver-colored plate with black matting and silver lettering.
Gold Corporate Membership is $3,000. Members will receive a 10.5 x 13 walnut plaque that is laser etched with gold-colored foil embedded in the etching.
Platinum Corporate Membership is $5,000. Members will receive a 10.5 x 13 walnut plaque that is laser etched with platinum/silver-colored foil embedded in the etching.
The new membership form that includes corporate membership information can be found at the following link: