The 2003 Reunion

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Flash!! 14th Annual Reunion Extra
Nov 5th – 8th
Radisson Airport Hotel
Charleston, SC

Tours – Tours – Tours

Early November is a perfect month for touring historic Charleston.  We will have an airlift mission-briefing luncheon followed by a tour of a C-17 at Charleston AFB on Thursday, Nov 6th . We will make a BX run for anyone wanting that before returning to the hotel. Contracted busses will be used to expedite security processing to get on the base for those who don’t have their own POV with a current military base ID on it and for those who want the convenience. On Friday, Nov 7th we go downtown to do historic Charleston. Each bus will have a professional tour guide for the first hour and half to and through Charleston. We will offer many tour or event options after the bus tour. Our first stop will be at Liberty Square. At Liberty Square there are 3 major events from which to choose.

  1. Charleston’s new aquarium;

  2. IMAX Theater; and

  3. Tour of Fort Sumter. We have blocked 120 seats on a SpiritLine cruise ship that will take you to Fort Sumter – where the Civil War began.

If this doesn’t stoke your pipe, your forth option is to remain on the bus that will proceed to the downtown market area where you can get some of the best seafood as well as other cuisine. Then spend the afternoon on walking or carriage tours or window shop. Later, everyone including those who did the Liberty Square events will be offered a bus ride to The Citadel campus. There you may have the Citadel Campus and view the cadet dress parade. After the parade everyone will be bussed back to the hotel. On Saturday, Nov 8th you may either take a plantation tour of the Middleton Place Plantation where you will have lunch or you will be offered another half day downtown Charleston and return after lunch. The Middleton Place entrance fee and walking tour is $15 or less, depending on the size of our group.

Other tours that are available on an individual basis include harbor cruises, plantation tours and a trip to the nearby old Navy base where there is an old civil war submarine that was recently raised.


This year’s reunion will be great because of the convenient transportation. Those who come by airlines won’t need to rent a car. The Radisson hotel provides courtesy shuttles from the airport and to restaurants in the vicinity. If you arrive a couple of days early the hotel will coordinate for convenient inexpensive transportation to get around. We have busses contracted for the 3 main days of tours for our group. The bus schedule is setup in a way that provides options and flexibility.

The bus schedule and activities are as follows:

Thursday, November 6, 2003

  • 0945- 0950 Board commercial transportation (probably 2 small busses)

  • 0955- Depart the Radisson hotel

  • 0955-1005 Arrive @ the CAFB gate where Public Affairs personnel will clear us through with the security police

  • 1010-1015 En route to the Charleston Club

  • 1015-1130 Welcome & Wing Mission Briefing given by Wing CC or CV

  • 1130-1230 Lunch at the Charleston Club

Only groups of 40 are allowed on the flight line at one time. Also, Charleston AFB limits the total size of our group to 80. Therefore at 1230 the entire group of 80 will divide into 2 groups of 40. If we find that only about half the group of 80 want to go to the BX, then that group of 40 will be taken via a military bus to the BX while the other group of 40 is taken via military bus to the guided tour of the C-17. Those who don’t have military ID cards will be signed-in by members who have ID cards.

Each group will have about 45 minutes on the flight line. After the first group that tours the C-17, they will be returned by military bus to the commercial bus and taken directly to the Radisson hotel (unless the majority want to go to the BX).

The transportation schedule will look like this:

For the 40 people going first to the flight line to tour the C-17 —

  • 1230- 1235 Board USAF bus and proceed to the flight line

  • 1245-1330 C-17 Static for 1st group of 40

  • 1330- 1335 Board USAF bus

  • 1335- 1340 Enroute to commercial bus

  • 1340- 1345 Transfer from USAF to commercial bus

  • 1345- 1400 Return to Radisson hotel (unless the majority of this group wants to shop at the BX before returning to the hotel)

For the second group of 40 who want to do the BX and the C-17 tour —

  • 1230- 1235 Board USAF bus and proceed to the BX

  • 1245- 1330 Shopping at the BX

  • 1330- 1335 Board USAF bus

  • 1335- 1345 Enroute to flight line

  • 1345- 1430 C-17 Static

  • 1430- 1435 Board USAF bus

  • 1435- 1440 Enroute to commercial bus

  • 1440- 1445 Transfer from USAF to commercial bus

  • 1445- 1500 Return to Radisson hotel

Friday, November 7th, 2003

  • 0945 Board busses

  • 1000 depart Radisson

  • 1000 - 1130 guided bus tour of Charleston

  • 1130 drop off at Liberty Square for Ft Sumter tour, Aquarium & IMAX

  • 1145 drop off downtown

  • 1415 pickup at Liberty Square

  • 1440 pickup/drop off downtown

  • 1500 drop off at Citadel

  • 1640 pickup of all downtown people

  • 1700 pickup at Citadel

  • 1730 arrival at the Radisson

Saturday, November 8th, 2003

One or 2 busses for:

  • 0900 depart Radisson

  • 0930 drop off downtown Charleston

  • 1330 pickup from downtown Charleston

  • 1400 arrive Radisson

One or 2 busses for:

  • 0900 depart Radisson to Middleton Place Gardens

  • 1400 arrive Radisson


The registration fee is $5 less than it was for members last year. It will be $15 per person and will cover administrative costs, heavy hors d’oeuvres at Thursday evening’s welcome reception, door prizes and other surprises. We encourage everyone to arrive NLT Wednesday, Nov 5th.

War Room

Our War (Hospitality) Room is large (2,100 square feet). It is on the first floor near the hotels lobby. Since it is large, we will use it as a multipurpose room, for reunion registration and gathering place for war stories. This War Room will be open for registration beginning Wednesday afternoon. It will be open each evening until our banquet on Saturday. It will be stocked with drinks that will be offered for $1 each. The price of each drink will just cover the cost of the drink and good supply of snacks.

Welcome Reception

Thursday evening we will have a welcome reception in the War Room with quite a spread of hors d’oeuvres that should suffice for dinner for most.


Our Saturday night banquet will follow a business meeting and group pictures in the afternoon. The choice of entrée is listed on the registration form. At this point we are not planning on a high profile speaker or long drawn-out program. We feel that what most want is to get together and talk about the days in the Caribou.


All events that you sign-up for on the registration form are inclusive of tax and gratuities. Therefore there will be no tipping on group arranged events and busses. The

price that you pay is the Association’s negotiated group cost that will in most cases save you money as compared to your individual walk-up rate. The cost of $74 per night for your room at the Radisson hotel is not inclusive of taxes, however.

General Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 5th

War Room opens at 1400 for reunion registration & socializing until 2300

Thursday, November 6th

Day at Charleston AFB with mission briefing and aircrew tour of C-17. Evening – Welcome Reception in War Room

Friday, November 7th

Day of tours downtown Charleston (see Tours section for schedule of events). War Room Open in the evening.

Saturday, November 8th

  • Morning to Middletown Place Plantation through lunch or,

  • Morning downtown Charleston through lunch Business meeting - 1415 

  • Group pictures – 1630

  • Cocktail hour – 1730

  • Banquet – 1830

  • War Room Open – after the banquet

Note: The times may be changed slightly but they will be announced and posted. Also, there will be information about additional ideas for touring in the War Room’s registration desk.

Radisson Hotel Reservations

The Radisson hotel will hold a block of rooms for us until October 7, 2003 at 1500 hours. You are responsible for making your room reservation as described on the registration form. After this time any rooms remaining in the block will be released for public sale. Any individual calling after the 30-day release date will be sold on a space available basis at the group rate. The discounted group rate is valid five days before and after the reunion dates. Check-in time is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is at noon. Extensions can be made in advance if available.

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2003 Charleston Reunion

November 5th-8th, 2003

Mail your Registration Form to:

Christine Phillips
P.O. Box 143
Folcroft, PA 19032

(610) 522-5981

13 Jan 2009 05:54 PM