2018 Blue Spader Reunion

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 20th through Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

WHERE:
Charlotte, North Carolina

HOTEL:
Courtyard by Marriott

Concord, North Carolina

Located at: 7201 Scott Padgett Parkway, Concord, North Carolina, 28027
To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (704) 453-2600
or book online at the following link: Hotel Reservations Click Here.

If you book your reservation by phone, identify yourself as being with the 26th Infantry Regiment Association to get the group rate. hotelThe guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $129.00 (plus taxes; includes breakfast buffet for two guests per room).

TRANSPORTATION: Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) is approximately 15 miles south of the airport. Taxi fares are approximately $45 one way. A map and directions can be found at the following link: Directions to Courtyard by Marriott

Concord Regional Airport features Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline flying to limited cities, and is approximately 5 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and directions.

Amtrak has a station in Charlotte and Kannapolis, both approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and reservations.

REUNION CHECK-IN:
1000-1700 Wednesday through Friday

TOURS: All tours will be ticketed events and individuals must sign up and pay for each tour as part of the reunion registration process. The following provides an overview of the tours by day on Thursday and Friday.

THURSDAY TOUR(S): June 21st, 2018.

Kings Mountain National Military Park. Thomas Jefferson called it “The turn of the tide of success.” kings park ncThe battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle. We will travel by bus to the National Military Park. Upon arrival, we will have an opportunity to watch a short movie on site, tour the museum and battlefield park, and will have a box lunch at a local picnic area. We will return to the hotel in the mid afternoon for some downtime before heading to the second activity for the day.

Charlotte Knights Minor League Baseball. The Blue Spaders will watch the Charlotte Knights play the Toledo Mud Hens in our own picnic area above the left field wall. Attendance includes a ticket to the game, an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, and non-alcoholic drinks during the game. We will leave the hotel at approximately 6pm for a game start time of 7:05pm. We will return by bus at the end of the game.

FRIDAY TOUR: June 22nd, 2018.
Veterans Monument of Valor/ NASCAR Day . The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority honors veterans groups that visit the city with a personalized plaque on the Mark Syrkin Monument of Valor. We will attend a short dedication ceremony where a bronze plaque will be placed on the Monument of Valor to commemorate the Blue Spader’s service to our country. After we place the monument, we will tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR HoF honors the icons of the sport and is a high tech venue designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-race fans alike. Following lunch on site, we will take a tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tour cost includes transportation, tickets to the NASCAR Museum, Speedway Tour, and the Monument of Valor Dedication. There are a number of options for lunch to include the Pit Stop Café in the museum and local establishments nearby. After the Speedway tour, we will return to the hotel for the day.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: June 23rd, 2018

0900-1100 Annual Business Meeting (Coffee Service)
1100-1200 Silent Auction Last Chance before closing at noon
1200-1700 Command Post Operations
1700– Load buses for Banquet at the Speedway Club
1800-2100 Banquet
Reception followed by dinner

Dinner menu includes four choices for the main dish:
Fish – Grilled Mahi Topped with Mango Salsa
Beef – Filet grilled and served with sautéed mushrooms and demi glaze
Chicken – Pan seared chicken breast with mushroom marsala sauce
Vegetarian – Grilled vegetable ravioli with sautéed spinach and pesto cream

2100– Load buses for return to the hotel
2130-2400 Command Post Operations

COMMAND POST, SUPPLY ROOM, SILENT AUCTION: Wednesday through Friday, open at noon. Silent Auction open form 11 to noon on Saturday as well. Command Post open on Saturday from noon until the banquet and then open again after the banquet until midnight.

Click Here to Download Registration Form

Infantry Museum Reserved Section – Blue Spader Pavers

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment
Infantry Museum Reserved Section – Blue Spader Pavers

The National Infantry Museum has reserved Section 26B on the Heritage Walk for 26th Regiment Soldiers who want to purchase a paver. Print the attached paver form, fill it out, attach your check and send it in. Pavers purchased by 31 May will be installed in time for the reunion. Click the button below to download Paver form

Steve McClaflin
HSGMR

Click Here

 

2017 Blue Spader Reunion

NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest.
MUST BE RECEIVED NLT 22 MAY 2017.

 

Click here to download 2017 Reunion Information Sheet

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Click here to download 2017 Reunion Registration Form.

 

Hilton Garden Inn, Columbus, Georgia – 21-24 June 2017.
To make hotel reservations, call 706-660-hilton garden hotel1000. Identify yourself as being with the “26th Infantry Regiment Association” that is having a reunion in June 2017. The guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $119.84 per night, and includes taxes, Breakfasts, and two guests per room. Our Group rate is available 3 days pre- and 3 days post-reunion window. Parking and internet are free. If you encounter any problems making reservations contact Ms Gayla Johnson (gjohnson@vhghotels.com) Sales & Catering Manager. Or call or email the event coordinator: Mike Menser (706) 718-9751: mike.menser@icloud.com.

Reunion Check-In.
1000-1700
Wednesday thru Friday
at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby
Columbus, Georgia

Command Post (CP). Tom Wills has graciously volunteered to oversee the CP operations again this year, and volunteers to help run the CP are being sought. Open Wednesday 1200- 2300; Thursday 1500-1800 and 2000-2300; Friday (TBD); Saturday 1200-1830 and 2030-2300. All times approximate.
Supply Room. Located in boardroom across from CP. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP.
Silent Auction. Located in the boardroom. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP. Last auction bids on Saturday, 24 June @1200. We need help in two areas. First, we need contributions that can be auctioned off—all proceeds go into Association fund and help to further our mission. Second, is volunteers donating time and energy to help run this year’s auction (phone Mike Menser (706) 718-9751 if you can spare a few hours while at the reunion.
Annual Association Business Meeting. Located in the CP/Ballroom, 24 June, 0930-1100.
NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest to: Brynt Parmeter 972 N. California Ave Palo Alto, CA 94303
Please mail soonest—must be received no later than 22 MAY 2016
We are expecting a larger than usual turnout, so let me emphasize importance of early registration in order to guarantee these rates and have enough room for all attendees. There is an overflow hotel but it is a couple miles away.
EVENTS
Thursday 22 June – History, Lunch, Shopping.
0800 hours board bus to visit historic Warm Springs, Georgia, vacation home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, aka the

“Little White House”.From there we move to lunch at nearby historic Bulloch House— for buffet lunch. After lunch explore quaint Warm Springs and some unique shops. Board busses for return to hotel at 1300 hours. Ladies tea 1500. 1730 bus to VFW for our Welcome Dinner buffet, music and dancing.
Friday 24 June – National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning.

0800 hours (NLT) board buses to NIM; debark in front of museum, for short walk to reserved seats at Patriot Field for the graduation ceremony of a One Station Unit Training (OSUT) company. This is a one-hour great event and very interesting. Then walk to the National Infantry Museum and break into small groups for guided tour. After the guided tour, we are on our own to explore the museum and gift shop. 12:30 re-board the buses. On return to hotel, a lunch of pizza and salad will be waiting in the CP.

 

 

Hold the Mail

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

The Command Sergeant Major of our deployed Brigade has asked that we cease sending care packages and cards to our deployed Soldiers after 30 NOV 16. The influx of holiday packages and mail from families is stretching the Brigade delivery capability based on units being spread over an extremely wide area. The unit is trying to make certain family mail gets through for the holidays.
Thanks to all who have sent greetings to our deployed Blue Spaders. We will get the word out when the backlog is resolved.
McClaflin, HSGMOR

 

 

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment
Fellow Blue Spaders
A number of our Soldiers are currently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). CSM Matt Bartel, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, has provided the Facebook and unit contact addresses so members can send letters or care packages to our deployed Blue Spaders. CSM Bartel recommends sending all correspondence to the 1SGs and they will distribute to the Soldiers.

facebook.com/126Infantry/

1SG Michael Starnes (C Co)
C CO 1-26IN, 2BCT Union III
APO AE 09348

1SG Kevin Klepac
HHC 1-26 IN, 2BCT Union III
APO AE 09348

1SG Raymond Geise
D CO 1-26 IN, 2BCT
Camp Taji
APO AE 09378

We all know a short note can mean so much to a Soldier in the field.

CSM (R) Steve McClaflin
Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

2016 Blue Spader Reunion

NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest.
MUST BE RECEIVED NLT 20 MAY 2016.


 

Click here to download the registration form.


Click here to download 2016 Reunion  information sheet


 

Riverview Inn, Clarksville, Tennessee – 22-25 June 2016. To make hotel reservations, call riverview inn(877) 487-4837. Identify yourself as being with the “26th Infantry Regiment Association” that is having a reunion in June 2016. The guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $101.91 per night, and includes tax, Breakfast Buffet, and two guests per room. Our Group rate is available 3 days pre- and 3 days post-reunion window. Parking is free. If you encounter any problems making reservations contact Cassandra Walker, Group Sales Coordinator. Also, please call or email the event coordinator at (760) 267-3909, email: randal.dragon@aol.com to inform the Association.

Airport Shuttle. If you fly into Nashville, it’s about 50 miles to the Hotel. You can make reservations for ground transportation and there are several options. One option is to contact Jarmon Transportation, a company that routinely provides Airport transport support to Soldiers and Families from Fort Campbell. The one way cost is $97, with $10 for each additional person up to 8. To reduce the cost, recommend pooling with others who may be flying in and using this service. Phone Jarmon to make a reservation at (615) 275-1715. Jarmon’s Nashville Airport desk is on the ground level of the main terminal.

Reunion Check-In.
1000-1700
Wednesday thru Friday
at the Riverview Inn
Clarksville, TN.


BLUE SPADER REUNION BASICS (* All times tentative)

Check In. Tom Galvin is donating his time and energy again to orchestrating our Welcome and Inprocessing of all 2016 Reunion attendees. Tom will set up a station near the front desk in the lobby.

Command Post (CP). Tom Wills has graciously volunteered to oversee the CP operations again this year, and volunteers to help run the CP are being sought. Open Wednesday 1200-2300; Thursday 1600-1800 and 2000-2300 (closed for Welcome Dinner); Friday (TBD); Saturday 1200-1830 and 2030-2300. All times approximate.
Supply Room. Located in the Commodore Room. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP.

Silent Auction. Located in the Commodore Room. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP. Last auction bids on Saturday, 25 June @1200. We need help in two areas. First, we need contributions that can be auctioned off – all proceeds will go into the Association fund and help us to further our mission. Second, Earl Wade is donating his time and energy to organize and run this year’s auction (phone: (252) 531-2373; email: ewade@suddenlink.net) – he will need some help and so please contact him if you can spare a few hours while at the reunion.
Annual Association Business Meeting. Located in the Grand Ballroom, 25 June, 0930-1100.

 

NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest.
MUST BE RECEIVED no later than 20 MAY 2016.


TOURS

Thursday Tour – 23 June — Day with the Blue Spaders. We’ll board a bus and depart the hotel at 0900 and visit historic Fort Campbell, Home of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. The day is packed with visits to a number of places to see how today’s Soldiers train, operate and live. Our “Rendezvous with Destiny” travels will take us to the 1-26 Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Company Operations Facilities, the famed Sabalauski Air Assault School, 101st Airborne Museum and the Division Headquarters. We will eat lunch with Soldiers at the 2nd Brigade Dining Facility (included in price).

Friday Tour – 24 June – Nashville: Music City. We’ll board a bus and depart the hotel at 1230 and head to the Capitol of Country Music. The tour will stop first at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where we will visit the home for this popular American art form, and view over two and half million artifacts on two expansive floors. We will travel to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, where we will have dinner on our own (not included in price) from a selection of 16 restaurants. After dinner, we will travel to the one and only Grand Ole Opry, where we will view a show of 6-8 contemporary country music artists. At the end of the show, we will return by bus to the Riverview Inn. This day is a once in a lifetime experience!!


 

MEALS

Thursday Dinner Buffet – 23 June. Will be 1800-2000, Montgomery Room. Ticketed event. Our welcome Dinner Buffet this year be in the historic Montgomery Room at the Riverview Inn. We will be joined by some of our Active Duty Leaders and Spouses, and will sample the local cusine with a good old-fashioned Tennessee Barbeque with: Smoked pulled pork, Roasted red potatoes, Seasoned mixed vegetables, Tossed green salad with a variety of dressings, and a selection of tasty deserts.

Saturday Blue Spader Annual Banquet – 25 June. Will be 1830-2030, Grand Ballroom. Ticketed event. This year’s banquet is special since we are honored by the Soldiers and Spouses from 1-26 Infantry joining us. With the background setting on the historic in the Riverview’s Grand Ballroom overlooking the historic Cumberland River, our night starts with traditional toasts and a select champagne and includes a meticulously prepared meal with:

Spinach Salad with Mandarin oranges, strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Your choice of Main Course entrée, either:
Chardonnay Chicken – a tender breast of chicken lightly sautéed and topped with chardonnay cream sauce full of sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and artichoke hearts; served with Wild Rice Pilaf
OR

Beef Tenderloin – most tender cut of beef that is charred for flavor and then slow-cooked and accompanied by a traditional red wine reduction sauce; served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Green beans Almondine
  • Assorted dinner rolls
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Iced Tea, Water, Coffee