2024 Blue Spader Reunion

2024 Reunion Information

Denver Colorado
June 12 – June 16, 2024

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 12 through
Sunday, June 16, 2023

 

WHERE:

Denver, CO

HOTEL:

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Denver Central Park,
4444 Havana St, Denver, CO 80239

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Mail registration and your check to:
26th infantry Regiment Association
ATTN: MATT BARTEL
875 Gip Manning Rd
Clarksville, TN 37042

 

To make hotel reservations online click the button below OR call the hotel directly at
1-844-209-1802 and identify yourself as being with the 26th Infantry Regiment Association to get the group rate of $150 per room per night ($173,63 with taxes and fees). 

Cutoff date for the guaranteed pricing is 5/12/2024. (Rooms during this period are normally over $245 per night).

Problems or questions with hotel reservations should be directed to: Mr. Jeremiah Cordova Ph# (720) 587-5097 or email: Jeremiah.cordova@eshgateway.com

The Embassy Suites is very supportive of military service members and veterans, and they have worked with us to provide a great value of benefits for our group, including:

  • Discounted Room Rates (over $300 value)
  • A waived resort fee ($180 value)
  • Discount on overnight parking (12 dollars per night)
  • Made to order breakfast from 0630-1000 (Free but hours may be different on weekends)

Rooms at these highly discounted rates are first-come first-serve so please book your rooms early as we only have a limited quantity. 

 

OR

Call 1-844-209-1802

TRANSPORTATION: The closest airport is Denver International Airport. The hotel is approximately 15 miles from the airport and takes about 35 minutes to drive depending on traffic. There is not a dedicated Embassy Suites hotel shuttle but there are ample taxi and ride sharing services available and rental cars are also an option.

REUNION CHECK-IN: Upon arrival Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Reunion Check-in will be in the Sage Room on the first floor of the Hotel. The hotel front desk staff will provide you with information upon check- in to orient you to the hotel and where the Sage Room is located.

COMMAND POST, SILENT AUCTION, SUPPLY ROOM: The CP will be in room 234, the Silent Auction and Supply Room will be on the first floor in the Cottonwood Room. We will be able to bring our own Association purchased drinks and snacks into the CP, but discretion must be adhered to regarding all hotel patrons. A cash bar will be available in the evening, or the hotel bar downstairs will provide complimentary drinks from 1700 – 1830 for those with a reunion badge.The CP will be in room 234, the Silent Auction and Supply Room will be on the first floor in the Cottonwood Room. We will be able to bring our own Association purchased drinks and snacks into the CP, but discretion must be adhered to regarding all hotel patrons. A cash bar will be available in the evening, or the hotel bar downstairs will provide complimentary drinks from 1700 – 1830 for those with a reunion badge.

SILENT AUCTION: Please bring your items to the silent auction so we can raise money for the association, if not, please consider making a cash donation to the 26th Infantry Association. You can bring items with you or mail them ahead of time to the Hotel. Mailing address is Embassy Suites, 26th Infantry Reunion, 4444 Havana St, Denver, CO 80239

WELCOME RECEPTION:3:30 – 5:30 pm Thursday afternoon in the Sage/ Aspen Room. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as we officially kick off the 2024 reunion.

BANQUET: The Saturday evening reception and banquet will be held at the Embassy Suites in the Cottonwood Room / Aspen Room from 6pm-8pm. We will have a plated dinner to include entree selections of beef, chicken, or vegetarian. This is always a special event!

TOURS: We do not have any formally planned group tours during the reunion to give people the maximum amount of flexibility to enjoy your trip and do what suits you. Here are some great activities, tours, and events in the area to consider. You will need to schedule your own transportation to visit these great attractions.

The Shops at Northfield. This is an Outdoor retail and entertainment center also Bass Pro Shop located 1.5 miles from the hotel, you can walk or taxi and be there in minutes.

U.S Mint. Witness the production of billions of coins. Tickets are free. (10 Miles from Hotel)

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour. Distilled using water from the Colorado mountains. Learn about ingredients, process and equipment with a public guided tour. Whiskey tasting seasons are available to complete your visit. (13 Miles from Hotel)

Denver Art Museum. A must visit for those who are looking to add some culture to your trip. One of the largest Art Museums in the western United States. (10 miles from hotel)

16th Street Mall. Grab a bite to eat at one of the 42 cafes or take in a movie at one of the 12 theaters. Dozens of unique shops and restaurants. (10 Miles from Hotel)

Tour the Coor’s Brewery. Established in 1873. The tour is free and kid friendly, with complementary soft drinks, while grown-ups can sample some Coor’s brews. (21 miles from hotel)

Stroll through Washington Park. Enjoy numerous facilities and a peaceful atmosphere. 165 acres of planted gardens and two massive lakes. (11 miles from hotel)

See the animals at the Denver Zoo. Stop by the African Penguin Point, or the Down Under Experience. You will discover species from Australia and New Zeeland along with over 1800 other animals and 300+ species. (7.2 miles from hotel)

Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Visit Egyptian Mummies, take a trip through space and get a glimpse of Native Americans. (6.9 miles from hotel)

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Over 50 aircraft on display with flight simulators. Founded in 1994 at the former Lowery Airforce Base. Named 2016’s best event in the Denver metro. (5.9 miles from hotel)

These are not 26th Infantry Regiment Association organized or sponsored activities and are just a sample of the great opportunities to enhance your reunion experience and vacation.

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Wed, June 12th:

  • Command Post (CP) Room 234: 6:30pm – 10pm

Thu, June 13th:

  • Registration packet P/U, Silent Auction, Supply Room (Sage/ Cottonwood Room): 10am – 6pm

  • Explore Colorado

  • Welcome reception w/ hors d’oeuvres in Sage Room: (3:30pm- 5:30)

  • Command Post Operations Room 234 (1-3pm then 5:30pm – UTC)

Fri, June 14th:

  • CP, Silent Auction, Supply Room: 10am-12pm & 5- 6:30pm

  • Command Post Operations Room 234 (1pm- UTC)

Sat, June 15th:

  • CP, Silent Auction, Supply Room in Horizons: 9-10am

  • Annual Business Meeting in Sage Room: 10-1130am

  • Silent Auction last chance Cottonwood Room: 11:30am-12pm

  • Silent Auction Closes: 12pm

  • No later than pick up Silent Auction Items: 2pm

  • Explore Denver

  • Pre-banquet reception in Prefunction Area: 5-6pm (Cash bar available)

  • Formal banquet in the Cottonwood Room / Aspen Room: 6-8:00pm

  • Post banquet festivities / Cash Bar: 8:00pm–10pm

  • Command Post Operations Room 234: 8:30pm- UTC

Sun, June 16th:

  • Check out and travel safely home

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.

 

 

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

Strike welcomes Blue Spaders

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unfurl their unit colors during an activation ceremony at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center. The Blue Spaders lineage dates to 1901 when the United States Congress authorized five additional infantry regiments to include the 26th Infantry Regiment.

activation ceremony

Photo by Sgt. David L. Cox | 2nd BCT.
Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unfurl their unit colors during an activation ceremony at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center. The Blue Spaders lineage dates to 1901 when the United States Congress authorized five additional infantry regiments to include the 26th Infantry Regiment.
Posted: Thursday,

The addition of a third infantry battalion brings 2nd BCT on par with its sister brigades within the 101st Airborne Division, which already have added an additional maneuver unit in accordance with the Department of the Army’s restructuring initiative, BCT 2020.
During his speech at the activation ceremony, Col. Peter N. Benchoff, the commander of 2nd BCT, told an anecdotal story about the activation of the 101st Airborne Division in 1942.
“On the activation of the 101st in 1942, Maj. Gen. Lee published General Order No. 5, that stated that the ‘101st has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny,’” Benchoff said. “Unlike the 101st at its activation the [Blue Spaders] have a distinguished and accomplish history and I am extremely honored to know that on any future battlefield, [1-26th] won’t fight on our flank but fighting as a member of this brigade to accomplish our next rendezvous with destiny.”
“This opportunity to build a new unit in 101st is unpreceded,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, the commander of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. “It’s important to [Leaders and Soldiers of 1-26th] to embrace the legacy of 1-26th Infantry Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division. Becoming Air Assault qualified [as a unit] is a critical part of our integration into this team.”
Among those in attendance were members of 26th Infantry Regiment Association who have served in the historic unit.
“It’s great to have [Blue Spaders] here in the Strike Brigade,” said Randal Dragon, a retired brigadier general and the honorary commander of the 26th Infantry Regiment. “It’s important to stay in touch with these Soldiers so they understand how much history, sweat and blood has gone into the unit before them.”
The Blue Spaders linage dates back to 1901, when Congress authorized five additional infantry regiments to support the nation’s responsibilities overseas. Since then the Blue Spaders have been engaged in every major conflict from World War I to the Global War on Terrorism.