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August 2016 Newsletter

Vol 3, Issue 4

Ted’s Talk

This week Armed Forces Reunions is hosting The Chosin Few in San Diego – heroes from the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a brutal 17-day battle in freezing weather during The Korean War. Their amazing story and how the Tootsie Roll saved the day bears repeating. The First Marine Division, along with elements of two Army regimental combat teams, were completely surrounded by over 120,000 Chinese troops in rugged mountains. In the worst winter in Korean history daytime temperatures averaged five degrees below zero, while nights plunged to minus 35 and lower. Jeep batteries froze and split. C-rations ran low and cans were frozen solid. If truck engines stopped, their fuel lines froze. 60-millimeter mortars were the most valuable weapon the Marines had to break up wave after wave of Chinese assaults, but the supply of mortar rounds was quickly depleted. Resupply could only come by air and that was spotty in such foul weather.

The Marines’ requests for resupply were sent by radio, using the code words for 60mm mortar ammo: “Tootsie Rolls.” But the radio operator receiving the request, not having the Marines’ code sheets, passed along the need for Tootsie Rolls, of which there were tons at supply bases in Japan. Parachutes bearing pallet-loads of Tootsie Rolls descended on the Marines. Initially befuddled, the troops thawed the frozen Tootsie Rolls in armpits and their sugar provided instant energy. For many, Tootsie Rolls were their only nourishment for days. Warmed Tootsie Rolls were also used to plug bullet holes in fuel drums, gas tanks, cans and radiators, where they would freeze solid again, sealing the leaks.

After two weeks of utter misery and suffering 3,000 killed in action and 6,000 wounded they reached the sea, demolishing several Chinese divisions along the way. Hundreds credited their very survival to Tootsie Rolls. At every Chosin Few reunion since the war Tootsie Roll Industries has shipped pallets of Tootsie Rolls to the reunion hotel. But ask any Marine and he’ll tell you a good Tootsie Roll is a frozen one.

The Featured Veteran this month is Col. Patricia Chappell USAF (Ret), President of the Society of Air Force Nurses and an amazing woman and Air Force officer with a distinguished 30 year career.  Armed Forces Reunions has planned their biennial reunions since 2007.

And what Air Force reunion hasn’t met in Dayton, Ohio, this month’s Featured Reunion Destination?  A Top Reunion Destination for reunions of all service branches, groups having met there before now have reason to return with the expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors can once again walk in the footsteps of presidents, astronauts, test pilots and those brought out of captivity as the Museum opened its fourth building on June 8. So make plans to meet in Dayton, the Crossroads of America!

BookMyReunion.com can help find your group the best deal, with attrition-free contracts for groups of less than 50 rooms.  Armed Forces Reunions’ First-Timer Promotion gives groups a chance to earn money just by giving us a try:  http://www.armedforcesreunions.com/reunion-rebates/

 


DESTINATION OF THE MONTH: DAYTON, OH

Every day is Veteran’s Day in DAYTON!  Home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton as a community has a special respect for veterans.

Exciting News! The BEST has become EVEN BETTER!

The FREE National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum opened a new 224,000 square foot hangar in June 2016.  Your reunion group can be among the first to experience the new 4th hangar which houses more than 70 aircraft in four galleries—Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Learning Nodes.  Board and tour four of the nine presidential aircraft on display, including the plane that flew Kennedy’s body back from Dallas and that Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president on.  Board and tour a NASA Space Shuttle.  The museum now has a total of 19 acres of enclosed exhibits featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles.  Laid out in chronological format, veterans can easily access the conflict periods they are most interested in touring.  The museum is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm and includes a cafeteria, a giant screen 3-D theatre an extensive gift shop, a Memorial Park and free parking.

 

Dayton, the Birthplace of Aviation and So Much More! is proud to successfully host nearly 75 reunions each year, and we would be delighted to have the opportunity to host your prestigious group! Home to the Wright Brothers your group will be able to explore and enjoy numerous authentic, one-of-a-kind aviation assets (many of which are FREE!).

 

 


MEET OUR FEATURED VETERAN: COLONEL PATRICIA CHAPPELL, USAF (RET)

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Patricia Chappell knew in ninth grade she wanted to be a nurse, an Air Force nurse and marry an Air Force officer. She did all three. “Not many people know what they want to do in life when they enter college, let alone at such as young age. I was fortunate, followed my dreams and worked hard to make it happen,” Chappell said.

What she didn’t know was that her distinguished career in the Air Force would help lead to a new career of award-winning volunteer service, working for the Red Cross, government agencies and private groups in missions of disaster relief and community support, starting with Hurricane Katrina to today’s onslaught of western wild fires. “Military service instills discipline, steadiness under pressure and an understanding of command and control, all invaluable skills for volunteer service and disaster relief,” said Chappell, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She spent more than 30 years in numerous capacities in health care administration with the Air Force Medical Service the Veterans Affairs Administration and Department of Defense. Col. Chappell served on active duty from 1967-1972 and then was assigned to the Air Fore Reserves for the next 23 years. Duties included Flight Nursing, Medical Inspection Team member, and nursing administration. Coinciding with her Reserve career, over the next three decades Chappell moved up from Assistant and Director of Nursing Services for Veterans Administration Medical Centers to Chief of Quality Services with the Office of the Command Surgeon at Strategic Air Command to Director of Clinical Services for DoD Tricare in Colorado Springs. She received the Certificate of Valor from the Department of Veterans Affairs, for her role in emergency evacuation and dispositioning of approximately 1000 patients from the Denver VA Medical Center within two hours. Col. Chappell is also the recipient multiple Air Force recognitions to include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Legion of Merit Medal before retiring in 2001.

Within a year Chappell was asked to enlist her administrative and nursing expertise for disaster relief. “The Command Nurse at the Air Force Academy invited me to meet with the Red Cross and that was the beginning of a new career – challenging, but rewarding,” she said. On the administrative front lines in missions to assist victims of storms, floods and fire, today Chappell is the Red Cross’ volunteer partner, Division Disaster State Relations Director for Preparedness, Response and Recovery for the nine-state Southwest and Rocky Mountain region. She has received numerous recognitions, including the Red Cross Clara Barton Leadership Designation Award in 2010. In 2012 she was on national TV for her role as Job Director in assisting up to 80,000 people affected by at that time what was the largest wildfire outbreak in Colorado history.

Chappell for the past three years has also been president of the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) with 1,500 members nationwide and in chapters overseas. Nurses from WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operations Desert Shield and Storm are represented. This membership also includes Active, Guard and Reserve nurses – a true Total Force approach.

“SAFN exists to be there for our members, and in many cases to provide a sense of family. Nurses in WW I and II could not be married, and when marriage was finally allowed, it was not until 1973 that they were allowed to have children thus so many nurses during that time period have no families,” Chappell explained. “Times of course have changed for the better, but the need for care, support and advocacy continues. We are the “ patient” advocate for many of our nurses, especially those that are on one of our key programs, “Outreach.” Additionally we often provide transportation services to members in need, assist with home care, provide socialization and networking activities, along with memorial tributes and other support functions. It is my job to make sure we have teams and programs in place that meet members’ needs and wants.”

SAFN’s reunions, many of which are managed by Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) are another important element of support. “Our reunions and conventions afford an opportunity for the military nursing family to reunite, share mutual memories and a feeling of belonging,” she said.

Scott McCaskey is a contributing writer for BMR.com; Account Director at Goldman & Associates Public Relations and former staff writer for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

 


Crowne Plaza Hotel
San Diego
For Reunions held in 2016:
• Specially priced Reunion Menu
• Complimentary internet access in guestrooms and meeting space (valued at $9.95 per day and $75.00 per day, respectively)
• Complimentary parking (valued at $12/day)
• Complimentary hospitality room with client welcome to bring own Food & Beverage, including alcohol
• Discounted daily Breakfast Buffet coupons available
• Complimentary One-Bedroom Suite upgrade for planner (valued at $750.00 per night)

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Holiday Inn Va. Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center
Virginia Beach, VA
For reunions booked in 2016:
• Complimentary welcome reception (beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres).
• Complimentary Breakfast Buffet (two guests per room)
• Large Hospitality Rooms where groups can BYO
• Complimentary internet in sleeping rooms and meeting space
• Free parking and airport shuttle

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Sheraton West Port Chalet
St. Louis, MO
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel
Pensacola, FL
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Group may provide own food and beverages (incl. alcohol) in hospitality room
• Free Airport Shuttle 6am-10pm
• No Room Attrition

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Holiday Inn Market Square
San Antonio, TX
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Radisson Suites Tucson
Tucson, AZ
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Hilton San Antonio Airport
San Antonio, TX
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Silver Legacy
Downtown Reno, NV
Rates $69-109 (weekday/weekend)
• Complimentary meeting rooms with no attrition or food and beverage minimum
• Group allowed to provide own wine/beer/dry snacks in hospitality room
• With a minimum of 25 peak rooms Group receives two complimentary upgrades to Deluxe Suites.
• Each room receives $100 in Bonus Coupons including $5 off in Flavors Buffet and Café Central, 2 for 1 cocktails, and 20% discount in Health Spa

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Crowne Plaza Providence/Warwick
Providence, RI
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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The Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Portland, ME
• Free Full American Buffet Breakfast
• A complimentary one hour welcome reception with beer, wine, soda, cookies, cheese and crackers, and vegetable crudite
• Three free suite upgrades
• Free high speed wifi in the rooms and throughout the hotel
• Free parking

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Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
Colorado Springs, CO
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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MCM Eleganté Suites
Colorado Springs, CO
• Rates starting at $99/night in summer, and $69/night during the off-season
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space for your reunion guests!
• Rates include breakfast and WIFI
• Located just 10 minutes south of the US Air Force Academy
• You may bring in your own food in banquet space, or have us cater your events!
• Located close to I-25, on Academy Blvd. near many attractions
• Kitchens in all rooms!

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Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Spring and Fall 2016 Rates $79 to $119. Sign by Dec 31, 2015.
• Complimentary Personalized Logo Cake for Banquet (send us your logo)
• Three Standard Room Upgrades to Suites (minimum 20 paid rooms per night)
• One Site Inspection Guestroom
• Complimentary Private Hospitality Room
• Double IHG Award Points
• All Guestrooms have a view of the Atlantic ocean from your personal balcony.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel
Trevose / Northeast Philadelphia , PA
For 2015 Reunions:
• Complimentary Hospitality Room
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Beer, Wine, Light Hors D’oeuvres)
• 10 Free Overnight Guest Room Upgrades
• Complimentary Wireless Internet
• Complimentary Parking

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Crowne Plaza Dayton
Dayton, OH
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport
Nashville, TN
• One hour complimentary wine, beer, and cheese welcome reception
• Complimentary guestroom for reunion planner
• Discounted breakfast coupons available
• Complimentary hospitality room
• Complimentary parking
• Complimentary airport and mall shuttle
• Complimentary wireless Internet

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Crowne Plaza Phoenix North
Phoenix, AZ
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
San Diego, CA
• Large Hospitality Rooms where reunion groups can BYOB
• Complimentary Internet (WiFi) throughout the hotel
• Complimentary AV during reunion (to watch past reunion footage, listen to CD’s in the Hospitality Room, Banquet Dinner Keynote Speaker’s Presentation, etc)
• Parking fee Waived (regularly $10/day)
• Complimentary Suite Upgrade for VIP of group’s choice
• Reunion rate offered 3 days pre and post reunion
• Free 24 hour airport shuttle

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Renaissance Orlando Airport
Orlando, FL
Reunion Group Bookings (minimum of 10 rooms for (3) nights based on availability) for July, August and September 2016 Reunions
• Complimentary Hospitality Suite (client permitted to bring in own beverages and snacks)
• One (1) complimentary upgrade for the event planner over their outlined dates
• Complimentary upgrade to the concierge level over the outlined dates
• Complimentary Cookie and Coffee welcome reception
• 15% discount in our outlets on food and beverage (excluding alcohol)
• Complimentary self-parking (Savings of $14.00 per day)
• Complimentary guestroom internet (Savings of $9.95 per day)

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Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel
Metairie, LA
For Reunions held in 2016:
• Complimentary WI-FI
• Large Hospitality Room ~ you are allowed to BYO snacks & beverages
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception {Chef’s Choice of Food & Beverage}
• Rates from $99.99 to $119.99 – June-August rate is $89.99-$99.99
• Free upgrade for Reunion Planner
• Complimentary Parking
• Complimentary Business Center
• Complimentary: Podium, Microphone, American Flag, Screen & Projector

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Holiday Inn Historic Downtown Mobile
Mobile, AL
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Holiday Inn Riverwalk
San Antonio
BMR Star 2016 Hotel Promotion
• $200 Credit to Group’s Master Account (only good through BookMyReunion)
• Complimentary One Hour Welcome Reception (Hotel’s Choice of Food & Beverage)
• 10% Discount in Hotel Restaurants (Excluding Alcohol)
• Discounted Reunion Banquet Menus
• No Room Attrition
• No Food & Beverage Minimum
• Complimentary Meeting/Banquet Space
• Complimentary Room and Upgrade for the Planner
• Free Wifi in Guest Rooms
• Complimentary Hospitality Room (Group Can BYO Beverages and Dry Snacks)

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Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center
Branson, MO
• No attrition
• No food and beverage minimum
• The room rate will include our hot breakfast buffet.
• Hotel will extend the group rate to include the 3 days prior and 3 days post the event, based on availability with the pre and post nights counting toward the room block
• The per day Hospitality room rental will be waived, but a set-up fee will still apply. The set-up fee provides the Group with the ability to bring in own dry/prepackaged snacks and canned/bottled beverages. Perishable food items are not allowed in hospitality room, unless purchased from hotel.
• The Hospitality Package includes ice drops each day, daily trash removal & replacement cloths for tables, hospitality room set up.
• Hotel will provide American Flag, Missing Man Table, Podium & Mic, & up to 3 exhibit tables in hospitality room
• Group will be allowed to bring in own A/V at no charge.

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