Reunion Recap: Society of the 5th Division

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Members of the Society of the 5th Division traveled to Columbus, Georgia to attend their 96th Annual blog-1Reunion. The reunion was hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus.
Highlights of the reunion included: a special trip to the National Infantry Museum, a VIP tour of Ft. Benning Army Base, a tour of the National Civil War Naval Museum, and a trip to Andersonville, Georgia to see the National Prisoner of War Museum.
The National Infantry Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of military relics in existence. Recently opened, the museum houses poignant art and artifacts of war that showcase the role of the infantryman in American defense over the past 200 years and include military transport vehicles, tanks, assorted artillery weapons, and rare documents, along with U.S. and foreign military uniforms from nearly every major conflict. One special moment at the museum took place when Society of the 5th Division Member, and WWII veteran, George Klien was presented a Certificate of Honor and a lapel pin by the museum staff for his service. Mr. Klein was a US Army Ranger who scaled the cliffs at blog-2Pointe du Hoc on D-Day. The museum has a depiction of Pointe du Hoc and upon seeing it, Mr. Klein noted, “it looks familiar… but shorter.”
Attendees enjoyed a “Sample of the South” Dinner Buffet on Saturday night. Dinner was followed by the presentation of pins and certificates from President Obama to the Vietnam veterans in the room in honor of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Following the presentation of the pins, the group’s Guest Speaker, CSM Steven McClaflin (Ret.) took the podium. CSM McClafllin is currently serving as the Director of Operations and Security for the National Infantry Museum following a 27 year career in the Army, some of which was spent as a member of the 5th Infantry Division.
Sunday served as a day full of planning and remembrance for reunion attendees, beginning with the Non-Denominational Worship Service moving into the img_0430Memorial Service and General Membership Meeting. Society of the 5th Division members paid a special tribute to their brothers who lost their lives during the three years the company spent in Vietnam. For two hours on Sunday afternoon the association honored all 514 veterans who were killed in action with a photo presentation and reading of names.
The reunion wrapped up on Sunday evening with the dinner banquet and the Installation of 2016-2017 Society Officers, followed by dancing. Armed Forces Reunions has worked with the Society of the 5th Division since 2012 and is looking forward to next year’s reunion in Kansas City, MO!

Reunion Recap: NTPA

The National Timberwolf Pups Association held their 6th Annual Reunion in Washington DC this September in collaboration with the 106th Infantry Division. The joint reunion was hosted at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.
img_0105Beginning on Wednesday afternoon, reunion attendees began to arrive at the Sheraton Pentagon City where registration was held from 2:00pm- 6:00pm. Following registration, members of the NTPA had a Meet & Greet Mixer with the 106th Infantry Division members and spent time swapping stories in the Foxhole.
A highlight of the reunion was the group’s trip to Ft. Meade and the Holocaust Museum. Fort George G. Meade is an Army base that includes the Defense Information School, the United States Army Field Band, and the headquarters of the United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency. Originally opened in 1917, Ft. Meade has a rich history serving as a recruit training post and prisoner of war camp during WWII. Interestingly, many members of the 106th spent some time at Ft. Meade when active in the United States Army. The group enjoyed lunch at Club Meade, a base dining facility, and had a guest speaker visit with them as well as members of the band and active duty Army members present the Colors. After lunch, the group visited the Holocaust Museum, America’s only national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum which was established by a unanimous Act of Congress, contains a permanent exhibit of artifacts, films, photographs, and oral histories that document the Nazi genocide.
On Friday morning, members of the NTPA joined members of the 106th Infantry Division for a hot breakfast buffet and then qent into their Timberwolf Pups Meeting followed by their General Meeting. The group had a special guest speaker at their General Meeting – a holocaust survivor. The woman spoke about her experiences during World War II and liberation afterwards. A special connection to this group, as the 104th Infantry Timberwolves saw almost 200 days of fighting in northwestern Europe during WWII as they fought through France, Belgium, and western Germany – liberating many towns from the Nazi’s along the way.img_0145
That evening, the Timbewolves took a short drive to the Kennedy Center to see the entertaining, Shear Madness live theater performance. The hilarious, whodunit murder mystery show has been noted by DC critic Arch Campbell as, “the most fun he ever had at the Kennedy Center.”
Saturday morning members of the 106th Infantry and NTPA boarded buses to take in the sites of Washington on a Memorial Tour. Stops on the Memorial Tour included the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, U.S. Navy Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. On Saturday evening, the association held their annual Beer Bust in the Foxhole where attendees raffled on a magnitude of items donated to the association.
The reunion wrapped up on Sunday. The day began with a beautiful Memorial Service and concluded with a unforgettable banquet dinner. The association had the musical guest, Gary Ferris perform. Ferris performs over an hour long, WWII themed live radio show!
AFR has been planning the NTPA’s reunions since they became their own organization (the association is made up of the sons, daughters, families, and friends of the 104th Infantry Division) and we look forward to planning their 2017 Reunion!

Reunion Recap: 18th and 54th Aviation Company Otternest

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Two Army Veterans groups from the Vietnam era descended on the Sheraton Pentagon City last week.  The 18th and 54th Aviation Company Otternest Reunion was one of the groups to hold their annual reunion there.  Close to 100 veterans, spouses, and guests enjoy a great time seeing the sites of our nation’s capital.

The reunion started Thursday with registration and greeting everyone in the 15th floor hospitality room with beautiful views of the city.  A welcome dinner buffet followed with an open bar sponsored by one of their generous members.  On Friday, a bus took a group into Washington DC for a narrated tour.  They saw the Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and WWII Memorial, just to name a few.  Regardless of the busy itinerary, they paused for remembrance at the Vietnam Wall to honor departed comrades.  Saturday’s trip took them in a westerly direction toward Dulles Airport to spend time at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the annex for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and home to the famed Enola Gay.
The reunion wrapped up Saturday evening with their banquet held on the 16th floor of the hotel with more breathtaking views through large glass windows.

Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. has planned previous reunions for this group in Nashville and Branson, and looks forward to helping with the next one in the Minneapolis area.

Reunion Recap: 106th Infantry Division Reunion

14316853_640317852803776_4239387242271484622_nVeterans of the 106th Infantry Division and their families and friends joined together for their annual reunion in Washington DC in early September. The reunion was hosted at the Sheraton Pentagon City. The reunion, which was joint together with the National Timberwolf Pups Association’s (104th Infantry Division)’s annual reunion was chock full of meals, tours, and special events.

Beginning on Wednesday afternoon, reunion attendees began to arrive at the Sheraton Pentagon City where registration was held from 2:00pm- 6:00pm. Following registration, the 106th Infantry Division members had a Meet & Greet Mixer with the 104th Infantry members and spent time swapping stories in the hospitality room.

A highlight of the reunion was the group’s trip to Ft. Meade and the Holocaust Museum. Fort George G. Meade is an Army base that includes the Defense Information School, the United States Army Field Band, and the headquarters of the United States Cyber Command and 14316969_640309359471292_6578210575975425496_nNational Security Agency. Originally opened in 1917, Ft. Meade has a rich history serving as a recruit training post and prisoner of war camp during WWII. Interestingly, many members of the 106th spent some time at Ft. Meade when active in the United States Army. The group enjoyed lunch at Club Meade, a base dining facility, and had a guest speaker visit with them as well as members of the band and active duty Army members present the Colors. After lunch, the group visited the Holocaust Museum, America’s only national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum which was established by a unanimous Act of 14329889_640312196137675_878952522921123904_nCongress, contains a permanent exhibit of artifacts, films, photographs, and oral histories that document the Nazi genocide.

Upon returning from their Thursday tour, members had a little bit of time to rest and clean up before their Welcome Dinner, which was followed by an evening of fun spent in the hospitality room.

Friday morning began with the group’s Memorial Service followed by a Combined Men and Ladies Luncheon and Business Meeting. Friday evening wrapped up with a trip to see Shear Madness at the Kennedy 14333149_640317612803800_6975227837603889484_nCenter.

Saturday morning members of the 106th Infantry and NTPA boarded buses to take in the sites of Washington on a Memorial Tour. Stops on the Memorial Tour included the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, U.S. Navy Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. The reunion wrapped up on Saturday night with a Cash Bar Reception and a Banquet Dinner.

Reunion Recap: Rakkasan

fullsizerenderThe Hilton Kansas City hosted two of our reunions this past week.  One of them was the 35th Annual Reunion of the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association – known as Rakkasan.

The event started Tuesday with the early-bird arrivals.  Attendees continued checking-in on Wednesday and Thursday, and were welcomed into the hospitality room, the center of activity for the reunion.  Each morning, attendees greeted each other in the restaurant at breakfast, which was complimentary for our attendees. Thursday’s group dinner buffet featured Kansas City BBQ style meats.  Folks stayed busy on Friday with the President’s Meeting, Board Meeting, and special lunch for the ladies.  Some took the complimentary hotel shuttle to nearby shopping and restaurants.  Saturday’s agenda included the General Membership Meeting and final Banquet.

Armed Forces Reunions, Inc.  has handled most of the Rakkasan reunions since 2007.  It’s always an honor to plan events for our military!