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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 29 2018, 20:51:30 PDT
Author: STEVE GATTIS
Author Host/IP: h75.145.40.69.dynamic.ip.windstream.net / 69.40.145.75
Subject: 2018 VSPA REUNION - TUCSON, ARIZONA

Vietnam Security Police Association
24th Annual Reunion
Tucson, Arizona – October 3-7, 2018
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Home of the 355th Security Forces Squadron
Which was our own 355th SPS at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

The VSPA reunion will be held at the DESERT DIAMOND CASINO AND HOTEL, 7350 South Nogales Highway, Tucson, Arizona 85756. Phone toll free 1-877-777-4212 or local (520) 342-3012. The contract room rate is $119 per night, plus tax, AND INCLUDES A FOOD CREDIT of $10 per person (two per room) PER DAY making the final room rate for two occupants $99 per night plus tax! The food credit may be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the hotel. The rooms include a refrigerator. The room rate is good for three days before and three days after the reunion. Complimentary airport transportation is available between 0700 and 2200 ONLY. Complimentary SELF-parking is available at the hotel. Use the following link to see more information about this beautiful hotel and casino: https://www.ddcaz.com/tucson/ .

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call 1-877-777-4242, ask for Reservations and refer to our Group: Vietnam Security Police Association. Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 noon. The room rate is locked in for us, but there will be a deadline for reservations of September 10, 2018. After that date, rooms will be space available only and AT THE HOTEL’S PREVAILING RATE. Make your reservations early! If you encounter any difficulty with hotel reservations, reserve the room, obtain the confirmation number and contact the Reunion BRAT at 1-360-663-2521. Explain the problem and she will correct it for you.

AIRPORT INFORMATION: Book your flight to “Tucson International Airport” (AIRPORT CODE: TUS).

REUNION REGISTRATION: To be determined and posted at a later date based upon bus contracts and optional events.

AGENDA: The agenda is generally accurate, but is subject to change due to base operational requirements for the 355th Security Forces Squadron and their Op Tempo for a base visit:

• Reception dinner buffet, Wednesday evening, October 3rd
• Thursday, October 4th: Graveside memorial service for Millard Lehman, KIA Binh Thuy Air Base, RVN, and brief base tour. Lunch. Evening open.
• Friday, October 5th: OPTIONAL TOUR of PIMA Air and Space Museum and the Boneyard. Lunch at the museum. Evening open.
• Saturday morning, October 6th: VSPA Business Meeting. Afternoon open.
• Saturday morning, October 6th: VSPA Sisterhood gathering of wives and companions. Afternoon open.
• Saturday evening, October 6th: Banquet dinner with guest speaker, awards and raffle.
• Sunday morning, October 7th: Memorial service – reading of the names we lost in Vietnam and Thailand. End of reunion.
• Hospitality Room stocked with FREE snacks & beverages will be open as much as possible.
• VSPA BX Store will be open as much as possible.

SPECIAL NOTES:

Two different couples from the VSPA have inspected this hotel. They have attended several reunions and are very familiar with our reunion requirements, including those for the Sisterhood. They met with the Reunion BRAT and the special event staff at the hotel/casino to ask extensive questions prior to agreeing to this contract. All of the questions were based upon comments and concerns from members who attended our last reunion. After two different inspections, the inspection teams feel that the Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel will be an outstanding venue for our reunion. The food is excellent, the rooms are very nice, and the areas for the BX and Hospitality Room are both easily accessible for all members while also providing enough space for our members.

Members who attended our last reunion also expressed concern regarding fatigue and the extended day while on base. Therefore, our planning for events will reduce the time on base Thursday, and offer an optional tour of the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Boneyard on Friday. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for a reunion with less physical demands and more time to visit with each other.

Due to time concerns and gaming laws, we will not be selling raffle tickets during the awards banquet. However, the raffle is vital to paying for all of the beverages and snacks in our Hospitality Room. Raffle tickets will be sold in the Hospitality Room and the BX and, thereby, reduce the time required for our banquet, allowing us to adjourn earlier.

If you have a question or need some more info about this reunion, please contact VSPA President Greg Cain gjcain@roadrunner.com or VSPA Sisterhood President Sheila Cain smgervase@yahoo.com or, call them at (716) 771-1157. We hope to see you in TUCSON for our 24th Annual VSPA Reunion!

“We Take Care of Our Own!”

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