Aerial Rocket Artillery Association

Aerial rocket artillery association (ara) 2022 reunion plans

     Reunion host Jule and Joan Szabo have put together the following information for our upcoming reunion, September 14 - 18, 2022.

     ​Headquarters will be the Marriott Fair Oaks Hotel in Northern Virginia. Hotel address is 1787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033. The hotel is just off I66 and Route 50 exit.

     There are 35 Standard King rooms priced at $99.00 + $12.87 tax for a total of $111.87 and 5 Standard Double rooms priced at $109.00 + $14.17 tax for a total of $123.47. They will honor this rate for two days before and after the reunion if you want to come early and/or stay over. Last day for registration at these rates is August 17, 2022. Parking for registered guests is free.

     You may make reservations by calling the hotel direct at 703-352-2525 and reference our group name and the dates of the reunion. You may also call the Director of Sales, Seth Weiner, at 703-667-2102. The hotel has also created a special web site for our reservation needs. The referenced link in the Newsletter may or may not work. Our Editor has forwarded an email link which will take you directly to reservations. If you still encounter difficulty - contact Jule Szabo at 703-447-9556 or email


      Wednesday, September 14 - Registration/check in will be the first order of the day. There will be a welcome dinner at the hotel starting at 6:30 PM.

     Thursday, September 15 - Depart hotel by bus at 9:30 Am, Our first destination is the Vietnam Memorial for a wreath laying ceremony/taps and viewing of the wall and locating the names of our comrades who were killed in action. After a few hours at the Wall we will travel to the National Army Museum, which is just off the Fairfax County Parkway, for lunch at Vet Hall. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent touring the Army Museum, it's theater, art gallery, Medal of Honor Experience, and store.

     Friday, September 16 - Depart hotel by bus at 9:45 AM. Destination is the Smithsonian Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center. Box lunch from Panera will be served during our visit.

     Saturday, September 17 - We will conduct our annual business meeting between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Afternoon is free time. Farewell Banquet will be at hotel starting at 6:30 PM.

     Sunday, September 18 - Breakfast and departure for home.

     This will be a fun-filled week in the Washington Metro/Fairfax area. Virginia is a special place with many sights (such as the Washington Monuments, National Archives, Smithsonian Museums, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, etc. ) to visit and see, so plan ahead to take advantage of your time here.

     Airports: Dulles International (IAD) is closest to hotel, next is Regan National (WAS), or Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). BWI is about 55 miles from hotel and will take about an hour + travel time.

     We look forward to seeing everyone and sharing time together.