Date - Thursday, September 9 to Sunday, September 12
Location - The Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
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July 7, 2021 update to our Schedule of Activities from Dave Blake.
The staff at Kirtland Air Force Base has been difficult to work with on trying to arrange a visit there and today (Jul 7) I received an email from them telling me of a visit that Friday afternoon (when we were supposed to be there) by a Lt. General that apparently has the whole place jumping. They are telling us to reschedule our visit for first thing that morning but also warning of potentially more changes or even a cancellation that could happen as the time gets closer. Plus now they let me know that they need to run all of us, including any bus drivers or other personnel through a security check. They needs names, addresses and driver’s license numbers for all and cannot add to the list after August 1.
Based on the uncertainty of this visit, we worked out a new excursion with our tour operator. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have already submitted your registration form and wish to cancel this trip, we will refund your monies.
Thursday, 9/9 Arrival and Check In Day
Registration desk and hospitality room is open from mid-morning - ?? There will be deli sandwiches, various snacks and drinks throughout the day.
6:15PM - An optional informal welcome dinner (most likely an Italian buffet with extra help to carry plates for our folks) followed by a short welcome and information meeting.
7:15PM - A greeting time and informal informational meeting.
The hospitality room will reopen after the dinner meeting until ??
9:00 depart the Sheraton Uptown and go to NM Veterans Memorial
9:30-10:30 Military Memorial Ceremony (folks that are not paid on the tour may go to the ceremony but go back to the hotel using the motor coach following the ceremony)
10:30 – Noon Guests visit the Memorial gardens and exhibits
Noon – 12:45 Lunch in the hall of the Memorial building.
1:00- 2:30 Albuquerque highlights tour (a couple of interesting stops included)
3:00 Return to the hotel
5:00 PM - Social hour for Individual Group Dinners beginning with a cash bar at about 5:00 PM.
6:00 PM. Dinner is served.
Hospitality room is CLOSED between 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Hospitality room will reopen after the Individual Group Dinners and remain open until ??
8:30-945 AM- Ladies Crafts Demo
10:00 AM - 4:00PM - Veterans Presentations today. Individual speaker times TBD but will have about a 15 minute bathroom break in between each session,
12:00 PM-2:00 PM - Lunch on your own.
5:00 PM - Veterans group picture taking. Location TBD.
5:15 PM - All Groups Banquet Social Hour; Cash bar opens.
6:00 PM. Dinner is served. Hospitality room is CLOSED between 5:15PM - 8:30PM
7:00 PM - Entertainment provided by Bob Hope, aka Bill Johnson.
8:30 PM - Program ends, hospitality room reopens until ??
9:00 AM - Optional Church Service led by Chaplain/Captain Chris Cairns
10:30 AM - 483rd BGA Private Military Memorial Ceremony
Noon, 12:10 & 12:20 - Stagger departure from hotel for lunch at Furrs Fresh Buffet and tour of National Nuclear & Science Museum
4:00 PM - Depart the museum for return to the hotel.
6:00 PM - Informal Farewell dinner. Hospitality room reopens after dinner until ??
Friday, September 10, 2021 - The New Mexico Veterans Memorial. The bus will drop you off just outside of the Visitor's Center, right next to the World War II section of the grounds. The total memorial grounds are expansive so you can explore and visit as few or as many of the sections as you choose. Seating throughout the park to stop for a break is plentiful. We will also have many wheelchairs on hand for our veterans.
The visitor's center is like a small museum in itself so be sure to allow time to explore inside!
While at the Visitor's Center we will gather in the meeting room for a box lunch without the box! From there we will move to the courtyard that is just outside "in back" 'of the meeting room for our Military Memorial Ceremony conducted by our Reunion Chaplain, Captain Chris Cairns, who is an active duty Army Chaplain whose Grandfather, Col. Douglas Cairns was the final commanding officer of the 485th BG.
Following the tour and Memorial Ceremony we will be treated to an open house on Kirtland Air Force base hosted by active duty members of the 512th Squadron whose linage takes them back to the 376th BG.
Al Brennecke presenting an honorary membership to the Squadron in November 2017.
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - After a stop at Furrs Fresh Buffet for a delicious lunch we will visit the National Nuclear & Science Museum. There we will learn more about the origins of nuclear energy, how "the bomb" was made and delivered. Outside on display are aircraft to deliver nuclear weapons and a tower like the testing was originally done with. This is a fascinating museum that you won't want to miss.