I think that Bryan accounted for 24 riders, most of whom are in this photo in front of the USS Razorback.
When I was coming of age in the Vietnam Era, the Guard was thought of as a safe place to avoid combat duty. It was difficult to get into many companies without connections. Some did see combat, many of the units that were called up saw duty asready reserve on bases in the U.S.. That's not the case today, and many of these soldiers have been deployed to Iraq and elsewhere.
Andreas deKunffy and Bryan Shipman followed by Dan Lysk of Arkansas Cycling and Fitness and Marcus Pierce.
The National Guard Cyclists are drawn together by their love of the bike and the common bond of service. Their numbers are already growing and as a group they will be a presence at events like the BDB100, likely making for a very positive impression of the National Guard while promoting fitness among their peers. I appreciated the opportunity to ride with them on Veterans Day, though the Siren song of work forced me to cut my ride short.