The Crossed Sabers Chapter invites you to join the rest of the First Team family in Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas for the 70th Annual Reunion of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 7-11 June 2017. Most of the First Team will be home for this reunion and we are planning an excellent event. All Life members and Associate members of the 1st Cavalry Division Association are welcome to attend this special event. As always, family members of our war dead, Gold Star Families, and widows of our members are welcome to join us for this reunion.
Please register early to assist us in coordinating the best reunion possible. Some events will have limited seating available due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the Registration Fee in order to attend the reunion. Early registration, December 2016 through 4 May 2017 will be $20 for members, except those on active duty. Active Duty Troopers pay $10 to register. Those sending in Registrations post-marked after 04 May 2017 must pay late registration fee of $40. Family members attending with an Association member, widows of 1st Cavalry Division Troopers and Gold Star Family members that attend do not have to pay a registration fee.LODGING
We will be utilizing the Shilo Inn Hotel as the Reunion Headquarters and will hold many of the reunion events that are scheduled this year in the Killeen Civic and Conference Center (KCCC) located adjacent to the Shilo. There are no hotels in the area large enough to hold our group so we will be utilizing busses to get together for our events.
The Shilo Hotel has guaranteed a room rate of $104 per night plus tax for up to 125 rooms on peak nights and there is no charge for parking. Call (254) 699-0999 reserve a room. The reservation toll-free number is (800) 222-2244. Make sure that you identify yourself as attending the 1st Cavalry Division Association reunion and make your reservations prior to 9 May 2017. The Shilo breakfast in the restaurant, which will be open to support our reunion. The hotel does provide a free shuttle service from the Killeen Airport. Shuttles and rental cars are available at the airport. The hotel is located at 3701 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.
We have rooms blocked at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 1721 E. Central Texas Expressway. Many of you may recognize this as the address of the hotel which we used to use (Plaza) but this is a much improved hotel. The Courtyard Marriott has been completely renovated and remodeled and looks brand new with new plumbing and air conditioning and a fresh new look. Updates will be posted in the January/February 2017 Saber.
Shilo Inn & Suites $104 (800) 222-2244 or (254) 699-0999
3701 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas
Courtyard Marriott $104 (800) 321-2211 or (254) 616-2000
1721 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, Texas
400 E Central Expy, Killeen, Texas (254) 634-1020
Holiday Inn Express
300 E Central Expy, Killeen, Texas (254) 526-2022
2300 Florence Rd, Killeen, Texas (254) 501-3990
2401 Florence Rd, Killeen, Texas (254) 554-8899
There are several other good hotels in the general area in Killeen but if you choose to stay at one of those hotels we will not be able to provide bus transportation for you. All of the hotels provide free parking and there is ample parking at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
If you are coming in a Recreational Vehicle there is an RV Park directly behind the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The fee is $20 per night and they provide electric, water and dump facilities. Contact the KCCC at (254) 501-3888 for additional information. If you are active duty or retired military the West Fort Hood Travel Camp would also work but it is several miles from the KCCC and they do not take reservations. The RV Park in Belton is still open but is no longer a KOA facility.
REUNION EVENT OVERVIEW
The 70th Annual Reunion will run from Wednesday, 7 June through Sunday morning, 11 June 2017 and is full of events and time to visit with one another.
This year we will be running our usual events and have again included a Golf Tournament (four-person team, best-ball scramble) that will provide support to our Scholarship Foundation on Wednesday. The golf tournament will be held on the Courses of Clear Creek on Fort Hood. We are seeking sponsors to help off-set costs to maximize our income for the Foundation and its scholarship programs. We will have some teams from the active duty Troopers and hope that many reunion attendees will also want to play and enjoy this event. We have also added back into our schedule a Texas Barbecue that will be on post on Friday afternoon.
As usual, we will also have our Welcoming Mixer, War Era Lunches, Unit Lunches, Gold Star Family Breakfast, Purple Heart Breakfast, Ladies Tea, Sweetheart Dance, Annual Association Banquet, Group Breakfast and Memorial Service. We will have meetings of the Chapter Presidents, Foundation and Museum Foundation Trustees, the Board of Governors and our General Membership meeting. During our General Membership meeting on Saturday morning, we will hold elections for the Association and both Foundations and select the location for the 2020 reunion. We expect bids from several Chapters to host the 2020 reunion and will have specific details to provide at the reunion.
The Ladies tea will be a bit different in 2017. The ladies will be taken to a local establishment called Painting with a Twist (http://paintingwithatwist.com/harkerheights. Artwork will be established prior to the reunion. Be sure to leave room in your suit case for the trip home.
Seating for all events is open with the exception of the Reunion Banquet on Saturday night. If you are attending the banquet, you must get your tickets marked with a table number at the Banquet Seating table when picking up your registration packet. If you want to sit with specific people, we recommend that you all go to the Banquet Seating table together with your tickets available. Donít wait until the last minute or we may not be able to accommodate your needs.
Cavalry casual attire is appropriate for all reunion events. We are always questioned about attire for the banquet. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing; a coat and tie, your uniform (if it still fits), casual clothing with open collar, or jeans or shorts. We want you to attend and arenít overly concerned with what you wear, as long as it isnít indecent!
The Association will provide a Reunion Room in the Shilo Hotel during the reunion fo r you to gather together and enjoy yourself. Drinks in the Reunion Room are free but we ask that you generously donate to help us pay for this room.
The Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop will set up a store in the Shilo Hotel to sell all kinds of First Team merchandise including shirts, hats, Stetsons, pins, decals and other items too numerous to mention. The Souvenir Shop will also be open in the 1st Cavalry Division Museum during the reunion. A Reunion T-shirt may be ordered and the order form is located on this page.
The Division leadership is coordinating a special event on the evening of Friday, 9 June entitled ďSpirit of the CavĒ and other events on post during that day as well. Busses will transport reunion attendees from the hotels and KCCC to Fort Hood on Friday for a vehicle display visits to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum and a Demonstration by the Horse Cavalry Detachment. Visits to some of the unit areas will also be available and you can get a first-hand look at todayís Army. Coordination for additional events is also being done. If you havenít been to Fort Hood for a reunion, make sure you attend and see the great Troopers of todayís First Team.