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2018 Reunion After Action Report

Hats off to Lou Lerda for flawless execution of his OPLAN for the 2018 mini-reunion. With just 26 hours of official reunion from Thursday evening to Friday evening, we had opportunities for local area activities thru Wednesday and on Saturday. On Thursday, we had the run of the official museum and viewed the cycloram presentation. (Your webmaster got lost in the museum; as usual.) On Friday, we held the board meeting followed by the general membership meeting and advanced new officers. The ladies had their activities during our official business. Friday afternoon, we accomplished a nationwide first by conducting our memorial service at the rostrum in the cemetery where President Lincoln presented his Gettysburg Address. The evening entertainment included a catered BBQ (read feast) and a serenade by the group Jerry Rigged.

Waltzing with our own Beetle on vocals
Dueling ...



Click here for the 2018 Registration Form

I finally have the majority of the 2018 Mini Reunion at Gettysburg finalized.

The following are schedules activities that are programmed for the 26 hours from 6:00 pm, Thursday, 13 September 2018, through 8:00pm, Friday, 14 September 2018:

The rest of the time is open for you to discover the Gettysburg Area. As a suggestion look at the following options:

  1. I can arrange for three special Battlefield tours with a qualified tour guide in air-conditioned busses for $22.00 per person if 40 of you are willing to go at the same time. Individual tours will cost you $32.00. There are three two hour tours available, each covers a day's battle. Please let me know if you are interested ASAP.
  2. I can arrange tours of the special museum at the Gettysburg Seminary that is dedicated to the civilian problems and also allows you to go to the copula where General Buford monitored the initial Confederate advance into Gettysburg.
  3. There are tours available at the Eisenhower Farm.
  4. For those interested, we can schedule a trip to The Army Historical Center in Carlisle to for those of you who don't wish to immerse yourselves in the G-burg thing.
  5. Saturday there will be a World War II reenactment of the capture and repatriation of a town in the Netherlands. This takes place about 10 miles away and starts at 8:00am and is about three hours in duration.
  6. Public transportation is available and very reasonable. (will come to the motel)
  7. Multiple shops and restaurants are within easy distance of the Motel and the Tourist bureau will provide coupons for discounts.
  8. I will have additional information available within the next two weeks for local attractions.

Please advise us as to where you will be arriving (if you fly or come by train) in order to determine transportation options.
If you are traveling by RV, please advise and we will provide local input as to location.

More data to follow, this will get your planning started. DO NOT BUY TICKETS FOR THE MUSEUM, they are included in your fee and you will have a private showing Thursday evening.

Lou Lerda
Boots on The Ground


gettysburg gate The 281st Assault Helicopter Company Association announces its 2018 Mini-Reunion will be in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from September 11 to September 16, 2018:

You said keep it simple and this is about as simple as it gets. We are booked for September 11th through the 16th of September 2018 for our mini reunion in Gettysburg, PA at the Comfort Inn & Suites. As long as we fill a minimum of 21 rooms, the PX and hospitality suite are ours free. Each room is allowed four free breakfasts per day and public transportation will be free if we go to one of the designated destinations that will be outlined for us, otherwise it will cost One USD for the trip. I am working with the park service for our memorial service and other caterers for our pig roast.

I will post more as details become available. The hospitality room can function as we always have with wine, beer and liquor, also the sandwich fixins because the hotel has no bar or restaurant. We will not be in violation of any LCB rules or hotel restrictions. Cost for the rooms will be $131.47 per night, including all taxes and fees. THIS IS THE BEST AVAILABLE PRICE for the time period.

I am working with RV parking areas for those of you who wish to use your own lodging and I am reviewing all available activities for the lady's brunch. Do not judge the facility by the number of stars. They are rated low because of no bar or restaurant facilities. They have hosted 16 military reunions in the past 3 years and NO complaints or negative comments. It is in a good location and there are no parking fees. Note the dates and look for more information to follow as I am setting a deadline of 1 March for everything to be in place for you.

gettysburg gate The phone number for the Comfort Inn is

(717) 334-6715
and our group is the
"281st Assault Helicopter Company (11 to 16 September 2018)"

Lou Lerda
Executive Board, Senior Member at Large
Reunion Committee Boots on the Ground

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