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Update 02/23/2017

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Note: There are no restrictions for any attendee; a Bird Dog crew or support participant is welcome.  As an IP in D-1 Phase In the Fixed Wing Dept at Ft Rucker, anyone that attended the OFFWAC/WOFWAC is a Bird Dog pilot.  Even the RWAC or FW Trans Course are to be included.  All Bird Dog support personnel are especially welcomed to participate in the 17-20 August 2017 Reunion in DC.

 

The All Birddog Units Reunion 2017 website is live and ready to accept your reservations!

http://www.afr-reg.com/Birddog2017

The reunion will be held in Washington, DC August 17-20, 2017 with HQ at the Sheraton Hotel in Pentagon City. This 3-day event is planned to bring together members of Birddog units from all services (Army, Air Force, Marines, and Allies) for the purpose of gathering and dedicating the Cessna O-1 Birddog that is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Annex at Dulles International Airport. The event planners have worked hard with Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. to organize this premier event so you won’t be disappointed!! All planned activities are shown on the reunion website.

Now is the time to mark your calendars and make plans to join us in Washington, DC to share mutual experiences and celebrate the installation of our little war fighter aircraft in the Smithsonian. If you have any questions about the reunion or the Washington, DC area please contact me at nwood5143@comcast.net or 703-998-9248 (leave msg). Looking forward to seeing you!!

Norm Wood 199th Swamp Fox Coordinator

 

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Gathering 2017 (non-reunion)

A get-together of aging Delta Birddoggers

3 February 2017

Sorry folks for the delay in getting some information  together for you but we suffered a couple of set backs during the past month including the crash of my aging computer.  Following is the latest information available for our Gathering this year.  There will be additional  bulletins regarding what will be happening and as that information is provided it will be sent to you.

First, the dates:

The Gathering will take place beginning on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and ending on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Where will it be:

As mentioned previously, the Gathering will take place in San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo City.

The hotel:

A block of rooms has been arranged for us at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown near the Mercado and a short stroll or shuttle ride to the famous River Walk.  The registration code and telephone number will be sent to you in a few days.  Accomodations will include free parking (normally a $15.00 charge) and a free breakfast buffet.

The schedule:

· Thursday, 21 September—A welcome gathering at the hotel.  There will be a cash bar and some light snacks.

· Friday, 22 September—Early departure by convoy for the New Braunfels, Texas airport where we will meet with a few of our friends from the IBDA and their pet O-1 Birddogs.  Lunch will be on your own at one of the great restaurants in this shopper’s paradise.  We will convoy back to our hotel where everyone can make there own plans for an evening out or resting with the TV.

· Saturday, 23 September — A free day for you to take time to explore San Antonio.  A visit to the Mercado or studies in history at the Alamo might be your choice.  A leisurely walk and lunch at one of the fine restaurants on the River Walk might be in your plans or you can just gather with some of your comrades and relive those times of the “Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines.”                                                In the evening we will plan on assembling again to have dinner together at one of the local establish­ments.  The venue has not yet been chosen because we need numbers to obtain seating.  Just a reminder, all meals and beverages are “on your own” for the Gathering.

· Sunday, 24 September—At 0900 we will observe our traditional Memorial Service followed by goodbyes and fare-thee-wells.

That wraps it for now, be sure and mark the dates on your calendar and make transportation arrangements Hotel information for reservations will be comining your way in just a few days.

If you have questions please direct them to Bob McKenzie at jnbmcken@gmail.com .

 

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