MARCHING FORWARD WITH ARMY REUNIONS
AFR’s long history of planning Army reunions began in 1989 when we handled the 25th Infantry Division’s Nashville reunion. The following year we added the 247th Combat Engineering Bn. and others. Things really took off in the1990s; before long we were planning reunions for the following Infantry Division associations: 63rd, 69th, 83rd, 87th, 94th, 96th, 102nd, 104th, and 106th as well as the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 11th Armored Division associations.
In recent years we’ve developed partnerships with the Americal Division, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, OV-1 Mohawk Assn., Army Otter Caribou Assn., the 5th and 9th Infantry Divisions, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 14th Transportation Bn., and the 4/9 Manchu Infantry (Vietnam) Assn.
What’s great to see are the sons and daughters of our WWII vets taking over the reins and keeping the reunions alive. We now plan reunions in conjunction with the legacy chapters of the 87th, 104th, and 106th Infantry Divisions. AFR is able to join older and smaller groups together to help keep the flame burning.
Some of the more popular Army reunion destinations are:
- Columbus, GA (or Atlanta): home to Fort Benning and the National Infantry Museum and the temporary location for the National Armor & Cavalry Museum
- Fayetteville: home to Fort Bragg and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Museum, and the Natl. Museum of the Army Reserve.
- Harrisburg, PA: near to Carlysle Barracks and the Army Heritage Museum
- Louisville: for 60 years Fort Knox was home to the U.S. Army Armor Center and is home to the Gen. George Patton Museum of Leadership.
- San Antonio: home to Fort Sam Houston, the Fort Sam Houston Museum, and the U.S. Army Medical Dept. Museum
- El Paso: home to Fort Bliss and the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery & Fort Bliss Museum
- Bloomington: home to the Fort Snelling Military Museum
- Norfolk, Hampton VA: area home to Fort Eustis and the U.S. Army Transportation Museum and the Casemate Museum
- Washington DC: a magnet for any reunion group