Announcing the 2017 Reunion
38th Annual Reunion
29 Mar 17 - 2 Apr 17
your calendars. Make your travel plans. Get those hotel reservations
locked in. We are excited to be coming back to “the Mother Ship” as Ben
Knisely calls San Antonio. Once again we will
be in Military City, USA, San Antonio, TX, for our reunion. The Holiday
Inn–Riverwalk has provided us with all the requested amenities and
locations for our events.
The dates are 30-31 March and 1
April. Checkout on Sunday 2 April after memorial service. Hotel
accommodations may be made by
visiting this reservation site. You can then select the dates, and
select the rooms and the group rate is applied (Group Code is WEG).
To liven up things a bit we’re expanding the
dates a little bit and exploring some ways to enjoy Texas culture
and each other’s company. For those who want to arrive early, we have a
smaller block of rooms available for early check-in and departure. Some
ideas have taken off, and we’re providing some entertainment
If you want to arrive on the 29th and go to a
SPURS basketball game, we suggest you lock in tickets now. They
are not cheap and by then can/will go up in price. We are not providing
tickets and it’s up to you to go to
http://spurs.com or to
http://ticketmaster.com and purchase your tickets. We suggest you
get together with your own groups and make those connections.
Thursday, 30 March 2017, we’ve secured transportation to and from
Fredericksburg, TX, for a day of shopping, some good German food, and
THREE winery tasting tours. Transportation is $20/person
round-trip, and the three wine tasting tours are a special group rate of $79/person.
Bus will depart the Holiday Inn – Riverwalk at 0900 hours and return you
to the hotel at about 1830-1900 hours—full day of exploring, good food,
and wine tasting.
On Friday, the golf gurus have planned another
great DUSTOFF Chuck Mateer Memorial Golf Tournament at either the
Willow Springs Golf Course located near the AT&T Coliseum area. Get your
teams together and enjoy some golf with your DUSTOFF Buddies.
Saturday, the ladies will enjoy the annual Spouses' Luncheon at the
Ostra Restaurant in the Mokara Hotel, just around the corner from
the Holiday Inn–Riverwalk. They’ll enjoy a great lunch, fellowship, and
the traditional door prizes.
Ladies’ Luncheon information:
- Seafood Gumbo
Shrimp, crab, chorizo, peppers, rice
- Field Greens
Granny smith apple, pomegranate, aged cheddar, cider vinaigrette
- Redfish Tacos
Avocado, cabbage and grilled pineapple relish
- Ostra Cobb
Romaine, shrimp, crab, jicama, avocado, bleu paradise, egg,
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Applewood smoked bacon, pepperjack, avocado, piquillo mayo
We will journey to Fort Sam Houston Saturday
afternoon for the induction ceremony of LTC Lee Roupe into the DUSTOFF
Hall of Fame. Following that event, we will have another great
meal at the hotel and be honored to present the winners of our Annual
We are excited to have invited our DUSTOFF
Paramedic Students who are attending the Flight Paramedic Course at the
University of Texas Health Science Center. We are asking our members who
are willing and able to sponsor one or two of these great DUSTOFF
Warriors for the evening. If you can and will, simply let us know
how many on the registration form and we’ll add the price of their meal
to your bill. They will be invited to sit at your table, where they can
meet and get to know some of those whose legacy they are fulfilling in
the careers. Let’s make them feel welcome and encourage them to join our
The ever-popular hospitality suite will be open
on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. Margaritas will flow!
We will enjoy the Seventh-Floor Skyline Atrium again this year for a
spacious event. And, as always, Karen “Hugz”
Hill will be selling our store items and passing out hugs. We
have some new items to sell this year and are moving out old inventory
at reduced prices.
Sunday will see our annual Memorial Service,
where we honor those who have closed out their flight plans in the last
year. We’ll then depart and start making plans for next year.