Pickerington Times-Sun

Veteran granted life membership in Airborne group

Patrick Tabor of Pickerington received his All-American Life Membership from the Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association at a recent meeting held at VFW Post 3297 in Delaware.

The Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter is a veterans group of former paratroopers and glider troops who meet regularly to maintain and promote the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the parachute and glider soldier.

The 82nd Airborne Division Association is chartered by the United States Congress and is the largest organization of its type in the country.

Tabor served from 1991 to 1999 in various support units within the 82nd Airborne Division, including the 407th Supply and Transport Battalion (ABN), 782nd Airborne Maintenance Battalion and then outside the division with the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion.

His most recent assignment was with the 612th Quartermaster Company (ABN) under XVIII Airborne Corps from 1999 to 2003.

Although affiliated with the 82nd Airborne Division, the central Ohio All Airborne Chapter currently has members that represent seven decades of Airborne service and a variety of units.

Members include those that parachuted or rode gliders with all the Airborne Divisions in World War II and those who have served with a variety of Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces units not only during peacetime, but in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the current Global War on Terrorism.

The group's members and officers said anyone who has ever been awarded jump wings or glider wings is eligible to join the group. They do not have to have served in combat.

Additional information about the Central Ohio All Airborne Chapter and how to join, can be obtained by sending email to Steve Holcomb at airbrnholc@aol.com; or by calling 614-260-9765.