The Association is an official military unit representing one of the most famed, military units in the history of the American Armed Forces. The Buffalo Soldier played a prominent role in the Arizona Territory becoming a state. They were postmen, park rangers, police officers, and armed forces all rolled into one. The Buffalo Soldiers, originally the 9th 10th, 24th, and 25th U.S. Military regiments, were common figures around the U.S./Mexico border during the turn of the century. Henry Flipper, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (1877), and Charles Young, an officer of the 9th and 10th Cavalries and the 25th Infantry, both spent time patrolling the barely tamed outpost of Fort Huachuca. Also, Fort Huachuca was the one-time home of every regiment of the original Buffalo Soldiers, starting in 1892, with the arrival of companies from the 24th Infantry.
GREATER SOUTHERN ARIZONA AREA CHAPTER
The Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry National Association is a non-profit charity organization (Tax ID # 86-0793058) founded in 1995. We are organized and operated as an affiliate of the Ninth and Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association. The GSAAC is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers of the United States by informing, educating, and engaging the community, especially Black youth, reinforcing the tremendous and often forgotten impact of these brave soldiers’ achievements in past, present, and future.. The GSAAC, through education, community service, and outreach programs in researching, interpreting, collecting displaying, and preserving historical artifacts and documents. One of our main thrusts is to offer encouragement to local high school seniors and community college transfer students to fulfill their educational goals by providing annual scholarships. To date, we have awarded approximately 23 scholarships, totaling approximately $22,000 to local Tucson students. The Buffalo Soldiers want to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.
Congressional Gold Medal
The congressional medal seeks to honor those, individually or as a group, “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.