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“If there is one aspect of life that unifies all of America’s Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Cavalry – 24th and 25th Infantry, and now the Buffalo Soldiers Ironhorse Chapter’s, is the spiritual belief of Oneness”…

January 1, 1986 – Charles F. Long II, Founder.

The name Buffalo Soldier paints an image of rugged horseback riding military men fighting America’s battles in the mid-19th century in what one could refer to as the “Wild West”.  In truth, America’s Buffalo Soldiers derived its name from black Americans who were denied the right to serve this country in prior wars because of their race.  A group of these Black Americans found a way to serve their country in 1866, immediately after the Civil War as the, 9th & 10th Cavalrymen and 24th & 25th Infantrymen whose job it was to keep the peace with the Indians because of the perceived comity which these minorities would have with each other.  Many blacks were eager to enlist because the United States Army afforded them an opportunity for economic betterment, which society did not.  From 1882 to 1894, 18 of America’s Buffalo Soldiers became Medal of Honor winners.  These four regiments were ultimately painted with the name “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Plains Indians.

home3America’s Buffalo Soldiers’ tradition carried them through virtually intact until the integration of the armed services by President Truman in 1947… Their reputation of Honor, Respect and Discipline became unparalleled.  They fought in the Indian Wars, the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition, Cuban Crisis, WWI and WWII and since then Black Americans serving in the United States military have fought in many other conflicts like Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Charles F. Long II is the Founder and Chairman of America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association (ABSRA), 9th & 10th Cavalry, 24th & 25th Infantry, born in the territory of Detroit, Michigan.  He wears the rank of Colonel and is the great-grandson of Charles F. Long, an original member of the 10th Cavalry, and the grandson of Frank Long, a member of the succeeding 24th Infantry.  Charles F. Long II, a patriot with a brave heart, came to Arizona in 1986 and is divorced with five children and two grandchildren.  Prior to planting his roots in Arizona, Mr. Long attended Wilberforce University, was an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps serving two tours of duty in Vietnam from October of 1965 till June of 1967, a Washington DC police officer, a radio and television talk show host, Disc Jockey, Founder and President of the National Motorcycle Safety Club and a Maryland junior high school substitute history teacher.  Since being in Arizona, he has served as a football and basketball coach for the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club.  Ultimately, Long worked with Arizona stunt master Ron Nix and actor Richard Roundtree in a western movie entitled Bad Jim.  Long worked on feature films Posse, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp and TV series Young Riders.   He is also a former member of the Arizona Governor’s African-American Advisory Council (Under, Former Governor’s Fife Symington, George Bush and Jane Hall).

 

In 1986, Charles Long created a way to keep America’s Buffalo Soldiers name alive by training new recruits to play roles as Buffalo Soldiers, stuntmen, cowboys and extras in western movies, commercials, public service announcements, TV specials, national and local parades, school performances, color guard, honor guard, funeral details, Annual Humanitarian Awards and various State and National civic events.  Mr. Long went further and acquired a United States Patent, Trademark and Service Mark in hopes to keep an important part of America’s military apparel, equestrian tack and regimental history alive.  In ABSRA’s national effort to keep America’s Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th Cavalry, 24th & 25th Infantry’s history thriving, ABSRA’s State directors wear the rank of Captain, Regional directors wear the rank of Major and ABSRA Headquarters director will always wear the rank of Colonel.  America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association is a Ministry similar to the Salvation Army, yet guiding young people and adults of all persuasions, with a special emphasis on youth-at-risk in a no-nonsense military environment via “Caring Adults Providing Support and Guidance”/SM (CAPSAGSM).

 

home5After coming to Arizona, ABSRA’s Colonel “Chuck” Long was asked by General Colin Powell to use America’s Buffalo Soldiers’ “Desire, Dedication and Discipline” existing in its ABSRA adult program to additionally give something back to the community by helping America’s youth and adolescents with difficult and often times, violent histories; to redirect their considerable negative energy in a positive and productive manner – so was born and added the present America’s Buffalo Soldiers CAPSAG Youth Programs for “America’s Promise”.  Because of Long’s attendance and experience at the Hall of Divine Child Military Academy (Monroe, Michigan), St. Thomas Military Academy (St. Paul, Minnesota) and the United States Marine Corps, ABSRA’s Colonel Long believed that with a military style boot camp discipline program, these troubled youth could be taught and redirected to become positive members of society rather than lost souls, troubled teenagers and some future baby face criminals of America.

 

Colonel Long’s philosophy, stemming from America’s Buffalo Soldiers’ history of adversity, was to teach these youth Sacrifice, Honor, Respect, Desire, Dedication and Discipline.  Starting with honor and respect for themselves and a belief that if one respects himself or herself, he or she will then deal with and treat others with that same respect.

Colonel Long implemented this concept in September of 1988 and over 2,500 adults and troubled youth from across the United States have participated in ABSRA’s Youth or Adult programs.  The youth who have participated have come from all walks of life in Arizona and the Nation.  They have been referred to the program by the juvenile courts, probation officers, city police, the Sheriff’s Department, culturally diverse parents, local churches and word of mouth.  For many of these children, America’s Buffalo Soldiers CAPSAG Youth Program is the court of last resort for both them and their parents.

 

home7The participants range from pre-teens to adolescents.  They are participating in a prevention program with the written consent of parents, guardians and the local court system when applicable.  On the mild side, they range from individuals with extreme rude and disrespectful behavior to parents, teachers and the laws of our community and, on the sever side, individuals who have assaulted their parents, slashed car tires, stolen cars, done drugs and failed in their academic programs.  Some of them have already engaged in criminal behavior and have been part of the past and present criminal justice system. Their parents have turned to America’s Buffalo Soldiers as a “last resort”.  No other form of self-imposed parental discipline, psychological counseling or court punishment has altered their behavior.  These individuals are not participating in America’s Buffalo Soldiers to be coddled.  They are there to understand that their behavior is unacceptable and be taught to redirect their substantial negative energy in a way that will positively impact their lives and the lives of everyone around them.  These children are guilty of adult and community abuse… not victims of child abuse.

The Code of Conduct for America’s Buffalo Soldiers teaches respect for self, respect for parents, respect for teachers, respect for the laws of our community and respect for the history of America’s Buffalo Soldiers.  The Honor Code among the participants teaches “to be forever loyal to the history of America’s Buffalo Soldiers and not lie, not cheat, not steal nor tolerate anyone in [their] lives who does, so help [them] God.”

 

home8Understanding that all conventional records of altering the behavior patterns of these participants has failed, ABSRA’s Colonel Long imposes a military-style discipline, leading to self-discipline and self-respect.  This program may seem extreme to the average well-mannered and well-disciplined family, but it is absolutely necessary to avoid many of the program’s participants from becoming short or long-term residents of Arizona’s infamous “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s” jails or any other jail in America. ABSRA’S Colonel long is a survivor of a 2005 Arizona, “Modern day-Lynching, In a Kangaroo Court, With White Sheets In The Jury Box”, that did not allow Long to “Stand His Ground”!

 

ABSRA’s Membership

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All Divisions of America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association MUST meet the following requirements in order to enlist:

  • United States Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • MINIMUM of twenty-seven (27) or more enlistees
  • 178 hours of Headquarters scheduled “Rito de Pasaje”
  • Initiation Fee of: One Time Registration Fee is $2,000.00 and 10% payment of your State; Division’s ANNUAL gross to ABSRA’s Headquarters Division for life; One Time Registration Fee is $1,000.00 and 25% payment of your State Division’s ANNUAL gross to ABSRA’s Headquarters Division for first three years and 15% thereafter for life
  • Adopt ABSRA’s Faith Based Commitment, ABSRA’s By-Laws, Honor Code and Pledge of Respect
  • File Division Name and ABSRA Crest with Applicant’s Secretary of State Office
  • File with Applicant’s State Corporation Commission
  • State Founder serves on Advisory Board to ABSRA Headquarters.

 

Int. Cl.: 41
Prior U.S. Cls.: 100, 101 and 107    Reg. No. 2,395,228
United States Patent and Trademark Office    Registered Oct. 17, 2000
Service Mark
Principal Register

America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association
9th & 10th Cavalry, 24th & 25th Infantry

America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association (Arizona Non-Profit Corporation) 7349 Via Paseo Del Sur suite 515, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258

For: Conducting entertainment exhibitions in the nature of parades, color guard and honor guard performances, and participation in funeral processions; presenting dramatic reenactments of wild west show; organizing and conducting trail rides and cookouts; and educational services, namely, conducting classes, seminars, conferences, workshops in the fields of drama, physical fitness, herpetology, desert survival, equestrian arts and water safety and distributing course materials in connection therein, in class 41 (U.S. CLS. 100, 101 and 107). First use 4-0-1992; in commerce 4-0-1992. No claim is made to the exclusive right to use “Re-Enactor Association”, apart from the mark as shown. SEC. 2(F).
SER. NO. 75-701,435, Filed 5-10-1999
Nadia Droumbanis, Examining Attorney

Int. Cl.: 42
Prior U.S. Cls.: 100 and 101    Reg. No. 2,395,225
United States Patent and Trademark Office    Registered Oct. 17, 2000
Service Mark
Principal Register

America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association
9th & 10th Cavalry, 24th & 25th Infantry

America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association (Arizona Non-Profit Corporation) 7349 Via Paseo Del Sur suite 515, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258

For: Counseling services, namely, guidance and mentoring for young people in the areas of safety, discipline, hygiene and physical fitness, confidence, life coping skills, brotherhood, etiquette and ethics, in Class 42 (U.S. CLS. 100 and 101). First Use 4-0-1992; in Commerce 4-0-1992. No claim is made to the exclusive right to use “Re-Enactors Association”, apart from the mark as shown. Sec. 2(F).
SER. NO. 75-701,243, Filed 5-10-1999
Nadia Droumbanis, Examining Attorney

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