Aerial Rocket Artillery Association

​​​​21st AERIAL ROCKET ARTILLERY REUNION
Fort Sill/Lawton, OK September 12 – 16, 2018

The 21st Annual ARA Reunion will be very special since it will also be the 50 Year Commemoration of deployment of the 4th Battalion, 77th Artillery (ARA), 101st Airborne to the Republic of Vietnam.  The reunion will be held at Fort Sill, OK and the dates are September 12 – 16, 2018. As Artillerymen we all know that Fort Sill is located adjacent to Lawton, OK.

For additional information about Reunion 2018 contact:
Host

Clovis Jones clovisjones@me.com 
Dave Borgeson dborgeson41@gmail.com

Reference ARA Reunion 2018 in subject line please


WHERE WE WILL BE STAYING
Headquarters for the Association will be:

HOMEWOOD SUITES (click here)

4155 East Interstate, Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 357-9800


This is an all suites hotel, one of the Hilton Hotel brands. They offer a guest social Monday through Thursday from 1730 – 1930 where complimentary beer and wine and a light meal is served. They will also provide a complimentary breakfast daily from 0630 – 0930. The hotel manager as blocked 40 rooms for our reunion, 30 are King Bed Suites and 10 Double Queen Bed Suites. Each suite has a kitchen.

ROOM TYPES AND CODES:

King Bed Studio  - everything in one room, $99.00 per night plus tax of 14.38% = $113.24. Room code is KSTN.

King Bed Suite  - separate bedroom, $99.00 per night plus tax of 14.38% = $113.24. Room code is KHWN.

Double Queen Suite - separate bedroom, $109.00 per night plus tax of 14.38% = $124.68. Room code is QHWN.

Note: Room rates are valid 2 days prior through 2 days after the Reunion.


IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT:

A VALID MILITARY ID OR VISITORS PASS WILL BE REQUIRED DURING PORTIONS OF THE EVENT

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As a group, we will go on to Fort Sill three (3) times during our reunion (see schedule) and we are required to travel by bus (same as Fort Benning in 2015);  we will need to be cleared by the Visitor Control Center each time we enter. It is highly recommended that members and guests without a Military ID Card go to the Fort Sill Visitor Control Center during the day on Wednesday, September 12th (or date of arrival if checking in earlier/later) to obtain a Visitor Pass for the duration of their stay. It will take about ten (10) minutes to obtain your pass.


The Visitor Control Center is located just prior to the Sheridan Road Gate at T6701 NW Sheridan Road, Lawton, OK 73503.


IF YOU OR YOUR GUEST DO NOT HAVE A VALID MILITARY ID YOU MUST BRING A GOVERNMENT ISSUED STATE OR FEDERAL ID WITH YOUR PICTURE - SUCH AS A DRIVER'S LICENSE, STATE ID CARD OR PASSPORT - IDs CANNOT BE EXPIRED.


REUNION SCHEDULE​
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Registration and Welcome Reception

- 0630 to 0930 Complimentary Breakfast

- 1200 to 1530 Registration

- 1600 – Buses Depart for Fort Sill Visitor Control Center (VCC)
- 1610 – Arrive Visitor Control Center
- 1640 – Buses depart VCC for Fort Sill Historic Patriot Club – Old Officers Club
- 1650 – Buses arrive Historic Patriot Club
- 1700 - 1750 Cocktails
- 1800 - 2000 Buffet Dinner
- 2130 – Buses depart for Homewood Suites
Thursday, September 13, 2018 Live Fire Observation and Museum Tours:
- 0630 – 0830 Complimentary Breakfast
- 0840 – Buses depart Homewood Suites for Fort Sill Visitors Center
- 0900 – Buses arrive at Fort Sill Visitors Center
- 0930 – Bus departs for Firing Point
- 0950 – Buses arrive at Firing Point
- 1000 – 1130 Observe Live Fire Exercise
- 1140 – Buses depart Firing Point for Field Artillery Museum
- 1200 – 1300 Lunch – Dining Facility
- 1320 – 1445 Guided tour of Field Artillery Museum
- 1500 – 1600 Guided Tour of Air Defense Artillery Museum
- 1600 – Buses depart Museums for Homewood Suites
- 1630 – Buses arrive Homewood Suites
- 1730 – 1930 Hotel Social
Friday, September 14, 2018 Open Time – Activities of your choice:
- 0630 – 0930 Complimentary Breakfast
- 0930 – 1600 Registration
- All Day – Open Time - Lunch and dinner on your own
 Saturday, September 15, 2018 Annual Meeting and Farewell Banquet:
- 0630 – 0930 Complimentary Breakfast
- 1000 – 1200 Annual General Meeting
- 1200- 1600 Open Time – Lunch on your own
- 1610 – Buses depart for Visitor Control Center (VCC)
- 1620 – Arrive VCC
- 1640 – Buses depart VCC for Historic Patriot Club
- 1650 – Buses arrive Historic Patriot Club
- 1700 -1750 Cocktails
- 1800 – 2000 Farewell Dinner
- 2130 – Buses depart for Homewood Suites
- 2200 – Arrive Homewood Suites
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Farewell Breakfast
- 0630 – 0930 Complimentary Breakfast and Good Byes

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:

During Open Time on Friday and Saturday places of interest in the Lawton area are the:

Museum of the Great Plains 

The Holy City of The Wichitas 

The Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center 

The Historic Mattie Beal House 


There are a couple of Casinos - Apache Casino Hotel & Comanche Nation Casino - if you would like to gamble. 


See you in OK!

For additional information about Reunion 2018 contact:

Reunion Host Clovis Jones clovisjones@me.com

Dave Borgeson dborgeson41@gmail.com. Reference ARA Reunion 2018.