The First Squadron 158th Cavalry is one of the premier fighting forces in the United States today. As part of the Maryland Army, National Guard, soldiers in the unit serve one weekend a month and two weeks during the year to maintain military preparedness.

The Squadron Headquarters is located in the Medford Armory near the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Route 2 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Commander, LTC Thomas Johnson, is a combat veteran from Viet Nam who provides experienced cavalry leadership for the Squadron.

The training provided for the unit is comprehensive, realistic and extensive.

Members of the unit take pride in their abilities to accomplish their missions while developing innovative techniques for other combat units to emulate. High technology is an integral part of the unit strength and members bring special skills from various backgrounds or civilian occupations. The following personnel can frequently be found online:

These are all "MAIL TO" type links:

CPT Kevin O'Brien is a key leader for helicopter operations and organizer of events.

CPT Todd Melton is the commander of Troop A and is a Mortgage finance expert and real estate appraiser.

CPT PJ Cisar is D Troop Commander who is an environmental expert at Aberdeen Proving Ground

1LT Mark Berglund is an operations expert who works at Aspen Systems

Lieutenants Andy Goldin and Carlos Santillian who both work at Calibre Systems.

CW3 Bill Earl is an instructor pilot for the AH-1F and is full time programmer at Social Security Administration, who has actually developed a special software package for managing aircraft flight operations, maintenance and crew endurance. Those interested in this program should contact him directly at

CW2 Craig Hoover is an AH-1F gunship driver who operates Integrated Network Strategies (INS) and the web server for this page and other distinguished clients.

CW2 Pete Doerr is an AH-1F driver who also works at Integrated Network Strategies installing WANS, LANS and emptying trash CANS.

CW2 Mark Conklin is our unit AH-1 Top Gun and a Police Officer with Anne Arundel County.

CW2 Casey Andrews is AH-1F gunship driver who works at FNMA.

CW2 Mark Rawl is an AH-1F instructor pilot and unit Standardization Officer.

CW2 Greg Bastien is an old Cav guy from Germany and Fort Rucker IP who now does gold work for a living.

CW2 Mike McQuade is a gun driver who is married to a UH-60 lady pilot.

CW3 Russ Johnson is AH-1F Instructor pilot who logs plenty of air time in the cockpit with Continental.

CW4 Robert Weber is the unit Safety Officer who is a consultant on aviation and the Internet (Comments about this page can be directed to: Squadron Webmeister).

SFC Bill Tabbert of HHT, is our full time administrative expert.

Don Craze and Rick DeGraffenreid serve important maintenance roles in D Troop.

Matt Nowlin and D Eggerman perform technical duties in B Troop.

Andrew Morehead is a medic with HHT.

We also have some special pages for those who like to cruise the web with the Cavalry spirit in mind:

First there is the Unit News which highlights the recent trip to Estonia by some unit members.

Then there is the Bosnia Link and another journalistic approach by a colleague who used to be with Virginia National Guard.

Then we have pages which provide a detailed account of TACTICS, TECHNIQUES and TOPICS. This section adds depth to our unit public information program and was designed by 1LT Andy Goldin.

The First Maryland Cavalry (CSA) which portrays history through re-enactment.

A modern look at current threat equipment with which our unit is familiar.

The U.S. Army Homepage.

The Helicopter Association International.

A directory for local military sites

AirCav Productions, which publishes an electronic newsletter for members entitled, NetRecondo.

Click here to see our original page which outlines our training program from 1995.

We have also provided a link for some additional images of unit activities.

There are now openings in our unit for new members. The most positions available are for AH-1F crew chiefs and armorers. Most positions involve maintenance on unit aircraft, however, other positions are open such as for cooks and communications personnel.Comments regarding this site can be sent to: Webmaster via email at

The unit phone number is (410) 974-7400.