The 281st Assault Helicopter Company Association announces its 2017
Annual Reunion will be in Washington, D.C. (actually, Arlington, VA, but
close enough). We have planned exciting trips to museums and to
Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath ceremony, fun
filled evenings with a buffet style dinner and our Saturday evening
awards banquet is always the highlight of the weekend. Don't forget the
"Hospitality Room" that will be fully stocked with beverages (alcoholic
and non-alcoholic) and providing lunches and late night socializing on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Room rates are $109/night, plus tax and parking ($16 - if you are driving).
This rate is good from Wednesday (10/11) check-in until Monday (10/16) check-out for those who want to have a couple of extra days in our capital.
Hotel shuttle bus is available from Reagan National Airport, which is 10 minutes away.
A random check of about six cities showed that airfares will be reasonable for most of us. Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore Washington (BWI) are optional airports with greater surface travel times to the hotel.
Here are the slides used at the 2016 Reunion to make this announcement.
Let's not forget the real reason why we have these reunions
- we see our brothers in arms that we haven't seen in decades and renew friendships we've built up over the years.
In 2017, it will have been 51 years ago that the 281st was organized; then sent to Vietnam.
Five years later the company was deactivated. In that 5-year plus period of time, hundreds of us spent many months doing many different jobs; each and every one of them contributing to the success of the 281st. Celebrate that this year.
Last year, 2016, we saw the most in attendance and most reunion "first timers".
Let's do even better for 2017. If you've never been to a reunion, this is a great time to start.