In the year 1999, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Club was introduced to the internet.
Up until the first part of 2001 many of us were led to believe it was a true and established motorcycle organization. Through many turns of events it was found out that CVMC was an internet scam to milk money from Combat Veterans.
In the early months of 2001 many of the members found this scam out & alerted one another. Since we were all interested in the issues of Veterans, 45 members decided to form a Combat Veterans Association. After this was decided, the birth of CVMA appeared as a non-profit Association on or about May 1st 2001 and we now will be able to continue with our main objective which is helping Veterans.
The 2 main things that brought us together was motorcycle riding & being Veterans from Combat zones or theaters. The original 45 members have adopted a patch to wear indicating that they are the original founding fathers of CVMA.
In May of 2001 the CVMA adopted the CVMA/VFW patch. This was done with the VFW’s ok as all CVMA members were or became VFW members and entitled to wear the VFW patch.
On September 1, 2001 after submitting Articles of Incorporation, we were granted official status by the State of Missouri. In December 2002, the CVMA membership voted to move on towards the Association it wanted to be. Along with this, VFW membership was no longer required, thus opening the CVMA up to all Combat Veterans who ride a motorcycle.
On December 15, 2002 it was voted that the CVMA would wear a combination of the CVMA background and the old skull logo as a one-piece patch. Membership requirements became that a new member had to be a Combat Veteran and ride a motorcycle as a hobby. This patch is worn by Full Combat Members only.
At the 2005 Nationals they voted on a Supporter back-patch, for those that served in the military who had no combat service. Auxiliary and Support could now wear a smaller 10” back-patch.
CVMA now has chapters in all 50 states, DC, Germany and South Korea. CVMA has 327 chapters sectioned off into 11 different regions.
18-2 Was formed July 2007 by Medicine Man, the chapters first Commander. This was only seven months after Tennessee started its first chapter. The first chapter was chapter 18, and it was formed December 2006. When 18-2 was formed they changed chapter 18 to chapter 18-1.
In July 2011 18-2 voted to help maintain Patriots Park, located in the center of FT. Campbell Blvd in Clarksville. As part of our mission to maintain Patriots Park members of the chapter helped build a tiered flower bed in the park. 18-2 continues to maintain the large tiered flower bed to this day.
In 2014 18-2 voted to place American flags, in Patriot Park. 18-2 places a flag for every soldier that has been KIA, from Fort Campbell, since Sept 11, 2001. 18-2 places the flags on: Memorial Day, September 11th, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. The flags can be seen while driving to and from the main gate of Fort Campbell.
In 2016, under Smoke’s guidance, 18-2 held its first Armed Forces Day poker Run. This is 18-2’s only CVMA sanctioned event. We are currently putting finishing touches on our 7th annual Armed Forces Day poker run.
18-2 voted to be known as the Red River Crew for several years. At the time there was a Motorcycle club in the area that went by Red River Crew. In 2017 18-2 decided to drop Red River crew and was known by our identifier “18-2” until 2021.
In 2018 18-2 helped fund the obstacle course, at West Creek High School, for the Montgomery county JROTC program. There is a placard at the obstacle course recognizing 182’s contribution. The obstacle course was completed in Oct 2019.
In 2021, under the leadership of Gator, 18-2 voted build a memorial wall at Patriots Park. The memorial wall, like the American flags, will represent all the soldier KIA from ft Campbell since 911. All plans have been approved and we are seeking donations to build the memorial. The memorial has been named “Combat Veteran’s Memorial of the Fallen”
In 2021 18-2 voted on a new name. Many names were given and it came down to a tie. The Deuce and Queen City. The current Commander, Master Blaster, voted to break the tie and we became known as the Queen City chapter.
The Queen City Chapter has had 8 Commanders.:
Medicine Man NOV 07 – SEP 08
Top Dawg SEP 08 – NOV 08
Medicine Man FEB 09 – JUL 10
Field Rat JUL 10 – JAN 11
Smoke JAN 11 – JAN 12
Opee JAN 12 – MAR 13
Longtime APR 13 – AUG 13
Smoke AUG 13 – JUL 17
Gator JUL 17 – SEP 21
Master Blaster SEP 21 – Present
18-2 has grown to be the largest chapter in Tennessee, and one of the largest chapters in the organization.