Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Ted Dey, after a five year stint directing the nation’s first military reunion marketing campaign for the Convention & Visitors Bureau in Norfolk, Virginia. Ted wrote and the Bureau published a manual on how to organize and plan a military reunion from start to finish. In a clever takeoff on the TV series “Mission Impossible,” the Norfolk CVB titled its campaign “Mission Possible: Operation Norfolk.” The effort was hugely successful and it wasn’t long before cities nationwide launched marketing campaigns modeled on Norfolk’s program. Norfolk literally booked hundreds of reunions from all the service branches. There were two things Ted noticed in working with groups: 1) they were not receiving a high level of service elsewhere in the country and 2) groups had to rely on inexperienced volunteers to host the annual reunions. In 1988 Ted set out to fix this with the incorporation of Armed Forces Reunions – the first company dedicated to planning military reunions coast to coast.
In 1989 AFR planned 23 reunions from San Diego and Reno to Norfolk and Jacksonville. The number of military reunions planned by 1991 exceeded 100. To date we have planned thousands of reunions in 147 cities nationwide. No military reunion planning company can match the experience and depth of knowledge that AFR has gained over the past few decades. We know what cities and hotels are especially reunion-friendly and continually funnel business to those that are deserving. Your group can expect the best rates and most thoroughly negotiated hotel contracts in the industry. We will guide you to exciting destinations and to hotels that value military reunion groups.
We have planned countless Marine Corps reunions, Air Force reunions, Army reunions, and Navy reunions for veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War and for many outfits and ships that were lucky to experience peacetime service. The Dept. of Defense awarded AFR contracts to plan Yellow Ribbon Events coast to coast. The nation’s leader in military reunion planning, AFR is a woman-owned small business with an 8,000sf corporate office on historic Granby Street in downtown Norfolk, VA. Our staff has well over 150 years of collective event planning experience.
AFR now has five levels of staffing to ensure a successful military reunion for each of our groups. We have three departments of full-time, professional staff: Sales, Event Planning, and Administrative Support. There are two seasonal staffs: one for assembling registration packets and the other for on-site reunion management. Being fully staffed, there is always someone in our home office to assist your military reunion group. Don’t worry about your members handling the military reunion planning – our staff is here to handle all the reunion planning and make the reunion chairman look like a champion. CONTACT US to get a professional on your side!