VNAF-USAF Colorado Springs Reunion
All of us on the planning team (Curt Emery, Bill Newmiller, Tuan Nguyen and Gary Dehnel) are very excited about seeing all of you. Here is the latest information:
o The main source of information is on www.vnaf.info
- Directions. Go to maps, you will find key maps to all events, directions from the airport to the hotel, to the Aviation Museum on Friday’s schedule, and to the Air Force Academy and Doolittle Hall where the Vietnam Memorial is located. Recommend you make copies of maps from the web site before you arrive.
- Schedule. Go to schedule, you will see each day’s activities. In short:
§ Thursday. 5:00 PM, Reception and check in for the reunion at the Marriott, Aspen Leaf Room. Look for Tuan! You will receive your name tag, gift and for those needing special meals, tickets. Hot dogs/Hamburgers buffet style, weather permitting just outside the Aspen Leaf room, inclement weather, in the Aspen Leaf room. Dress: very casual.
§ Friday morning. Half of the attendees arrive at WWII Aviation Museum at 10 AM, second half at 12 PM. You will receive colored tickets which tell you whether you are in the first or second group. Plan on 25-30 minute travel time. Dress: tourist casual.
§ Friday dinner. 5:00 cocktails, 6:00 dinner. Sit down dinner at the Marriott in the salon area. There will be a quick welcome and updates to the schedule. Relax and spend time with old friends. Dress: casual, no jeans please.
§ Saturday morning. Travel to Doolittle Hall at the Air Force Academy. There is plenty of parking, the Memorial is to the north, recommend parking to the west in the large parking lot.
There is a path to the Memorial, 5-minute walk. Several of us will be there to guide you. Please be in place at 9:00
Travel time, getting through the gate and walking to the Memorial, plan on 35-40 minutes. Arriving early will allow a few minutes to look around. There will be seating in the Plaza of Heroes which is part of the Memorial.
There will be a presentation commencing at 9. Dress: nice casual (made that up!), nice pants and shirt for the men. We will honor, remember, those that were lost in Vietnam. After the presentation, you can tour the Memorial and grounds.
At 1130, in Doolittle Hall, we will have an information briefing on the Air Force Academy. Following, we will have a sack lunch at Doolittle Hall.
After lunch you can drive to visitors center, chapel and cadet area, recommend you make a copy of the map from the web site with directions from Doolittle Hall to the visitors center
§ Saturday Banquet. 5:00 cocktails, 6:25 take seats for dinner.
We will be in the same room as Friday night.
Dress: sport coat and open collar for guys, ladies as desired, a chance to dress up!
Colors will be posted, Tom Vo will sing both Vietnamese and US National Anthems.
We will have a speaker, a retired history professor from the Air Force Academy, who served in Vietnam.
There may be a stan/eval quiz.
There will be an empty table for memorabilia, bring pictures and other items to share. We will end with the opportunity to share memories.
Also, as was so enjoyable last reunion, during the banquet we will have time for short comments from the audience. Tell us about a poignant memory or an amusing memory of our days at SPS.
§ Sunday. You’re are on your own.
· Tourist information. The hotel has a concierge, a good source. The web site also has information. You will have time Friday to “play” tourist and a shorter window on Saturday afternoon. Here are a few suggestions:
o Drive to Garden of Gods, stop at the visitors’ center and then drive into the gardens and take a nice walk. There are beautiful rock formations, a great place for pictures.
o Take the cog rail to the top of Pikes Peak, rail is located in Manitou Springs, 25 minutes from the hotel. Important, you will need reservations, http://www.cograilway.com/reserve-now.asp.
o Drive to Old Colorado City, 15 minutes, very touristy but fun.
o Drive to Manitou Springs, 25 minutes, even more touristy, but more fun.
o Visit the Olympic Training Center, 1750 E Boulder Street. Colorado Spring is the home of the US Olympic committee, a number of the individual sports administrative offices are in the Springs.