AFR is currently involved in planning the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Korean War in the nation’s capital. The dates of the celebration will be July 24-28, 2013. We have secured hotel contracts for the Korean War Veterans Association and the Korean Ex-POW Association. Special events being planned in conjunction with DoD and the Republic of Korea Embassy: a special Evening Parade at 8th and I Marine Barracks and reception hosted by Commandant James F. Amos, a DoD sponsored commemoration likely to be held at the Korean War Memorial on Saturday, and a gala banquet Saturday evening. AFR was involved in planning the 2003 50th anniversary celebrations, and we are thrilled to again be selected to handle preparations to honor our great veterans of the Korean WAR.
Over the past few years AFR has established itself as a highly acceptable Event Planner for DOD conferences. In over 25 years of event planning 100% of events planned by AFR have been military oriented. The Department of Defense took notice. We specialize in contracting for Returning Warrior Workshops, Strong Bond Retreats, Family Readiness Retreats, and other DoD conferences.
In July, 2008 AFR was awarded a two year contract (N0018908PZ739) to provide hotel and event planning services for a series of U.S. Navy Reserve Returning Warrior Workshops. for planning U.S. Navy Returning Warrior Workshops nationwide. AFR managed hotel, food and beverage, and conference services to support workshops in 31 cities from September, 2008 through July, 2010. The program served 4,100 Navy reservists and their spouses. Capt. Virginia M. Torsch, special projects coordinator for the Office of the Chief of the Navy Reserve, stated: “We selected AFR over other bidders because of AFR’s experience in planning and managing military conferences. Their understanding of military protocol and procedure was invaluable.”
In September, 2012 AFR was reawarded a contract (N0018913CZ002) to continue planning this series of U.S. Navy Returning Warrior Workshops in 2013 and 2014. Clearly, the Navy was highly satisfied with AFR’s performance.
In 2011 AFR was awarded and planned an Air Force Public Affairs conference for 250 attendees in the Washington DC area (FA7014-11-P-0055). AFR provided all logistical and administrative support necessary to conduct the seminar, from planning through execution, including AV and IT support, speaker support, and professional consultation, advice and research. Commented Brigadier General Les A. Kodlick, Director of Air Force Public Affairs: “Please accept my sincere thanks for your outstanding support to the Air Force Public Affairs Professional Development Seminar. Through the exceptional service provided by you and the entire Armed Forces Reunions Team, you helped ensure the event was a resounding success!”
AFR has also been awarded contracts in the past for Strong Bonds Marriage Retreats for the Virginia Army National Guard.
Art Sifuentes, Executive Director of the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) and a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps, said “AFR is absolutely golden. They work with the customer better than any other organization I’ve ever seen. Defense contracts are a perfect fit for them because they understand military culture so well and how to match it with the civilian side of hotel, hospitality, transportation and catering services. They are a complete organization.”
AFR planned the Marine Aviation Centennial celebration in Washington D.C. in conjunction with Marine Corps HQ and the Marine Corps Aviation Association. The Gaylord National Harbor Hotel played host to the events, culminating in a gala banquet presided over by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos. A special commemoration was held at the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), with special guest SecDef Leon Panetta speaking. Many dignitaries and corporate sponsors participated in events all week. Molly has planned MCAA’s annual symposiums for years and really pulled off an exceptional event for the Marine Corps’ 100th anniversary of aviation.
Gala Banquet. MCAA Exec. Director Art Sifuentes, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Molly and Ted Dey
Sec Def Leon Panetta and Gen. James Amos at Centennial Ceremony, USMC Memorial Iwo Jima
Julie Wysong, AFR’s top-notch Account Executive, blocked 600 rooms for the 196th Light Infantry Brigade Association for 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Thank you Warren Neill! We look forward to an awesome reunion in the nation’s capital. The 196th LIB was posted in the III Corps Tactical Zone, initiated Operation Attleboro in Tay Ninh Province, and moved to I Corps Tactical Zone as part of Task Force OREGON. The brigade joined the Americal Division in February, 1969. In 1971 the brigade was relocated to Da Nang for major port security duties. The new 196th works with Reserve Component units in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa, and Japan.
Click here for a story about Frank Buckles, the last living WWI who passed away February 27 at the age of 110. We salute Frank and all our veterans for their service!