We're still east of the Mississippi for our 2016 Reunion, but we've moved considerably south from last year's venue of Columbus, OH.
In fact, we've moved to the Deep South, clear to Mobile, Alabama located on the Gulf of Mexico!
Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the colonial French Louisiana Territory, few American cities boast a history as rich as Mobile's. The birthplace
of Mardi Gras in the United States, the area’s sheer beauty, modern architecture, amazing museums and famous seafood continue to impress visitors and locals alike.
During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1813, with the annexation of West Florida under President James Madison. In 1861 Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which surrendered in 1865.
The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city beginning with the city as a key trading center between the French and Native Americans down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States
As one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, Mobile has much to offer both locals and visitors alike. Consider just a few of these following attractions:
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Explore the mighty USS Alabama, winner of nine battle stars in World War II. See a Mach 3 A-12 Blackbird supersecret spy plane, the B-52 Stratofortress Calamity Jane, the submarine USS Drum, an original plane that was used by the Tuskegee Airmen, plus 22 other aircraft and weaponry from all branches of the military.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath is a 65-acre estate garden with a 15-room museum home and bayou boardwalk. Enjoy great shopping in the gift shop and plan to stay for lunch in the cafe. If you’re visiting over the holidays, don’t miss the Magic Christmas in Lights display. Nearby attractions include historic Mobile, the USS Alabama Battleship, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, the History Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde, Point Clear and more.
Mobile Carnival Museum
The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights Mardi Gras in Mobile - both the regal and raucous sides. The museum boasts 14 galleries and 5 video presentations. Experience royalty in a restored mansion - majestic crowns, scepters, and bejeweled roes. Get rowdy in the Den with a behind the mask view of the street party. Climb aboard a rocking flor and throw beads to a cheering crowd. Youth can become a costumed masker in the Little Mystics Den. Tours by docents, audio by cell phone, or self-guided. Educational school tours also available. The musuem and grounds can be rented for private events.
Mobile Botanical Gardens
You will find both natural and cultivated areas in Mobile Botanical Gardens. The Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden contains over 300 species of azaleas, including natives and Satsuki hybrids. The Sawada WinterGarden was recently designated a "Garden of Excellence" by the International Camellia Society. Herbs, Japanese maples, roses and ferns also have special sections. Of particular pride to the gardens staff is the Longleaf Pine Forest, which fills with more returning species each year, including the gopher tortoise. Hike the trails in fall to see amazing native wildflowers.
Gulf Coast Exploreum
With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aspires to increase science literacy among the people of south Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, residents and visitors alike. The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is one of 495 professional science centers worldwide that holds membership in the Association of Science and Technology Centers.
One of the Gulf Coast's grandest estates and the most photographed building in Mobile today. This 20-room mansion, built in 1855, offers visitors rare opportunity to glimpse life as lived in the Old South. Available for rentals.
GulfQuest National Maritime Museum
GulfQuest is the first museum in the world dedicated to the Gulf Coast’s rich maritime traditions – and one of only two interactive maritime museum in the U.S. Visitors spend hours exploring the Gulf of Mexico, a national treasure that serves as the international doorway to the Americas, from its discovery in the 1500s to the present day. The 90 interactive exhibits are housed on multiple decks of a life-sized replica of a container ship. There are many places to sit and enjoy the view, both inside the museum and outside overlooking the beautiful Mobile River and the busy of Port of Mobile.
To help you find the information you need on this webpage, click any of the following links
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301 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
If you're flying to the reunion, you will most probably fly into
Mobile Regional Airport (MOB),
which is about an 35-minute drive to our hotel.
The hotel does not provide an airport shuttle, but for more information on transportation
and the hotel itself, click HERE.
Your hotel reservations should be made as early as possible, and must be made prior to Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
to secure your negotiated room rate.
You will be able to make your hotel reservations during the Reunion Registration process below, OR you may
call the hotel directly at 251-694-0100, making sure to reference THE MISAWA PROJECT to receive the discounted room rate.
Click on the registration button below to link to the reunion Registration Form.
You'll be able to complete your registration and pay online using one of several credit cards.
Under REUNION INFORMATION you'll also be able to click on MISAWA PROJECT to
link to the hotel website and make your hotel reservations.
If you prefer instead to print and snailmail your Registration Form with your personal check,
to print a copy of the form. Following the instructions at the top of the sheet,
complete the form and mail it with your check to the address provided.
Regardless of which way you choose to register, remember that your reunion registration
and payment must be COMPLETED AND RECEIVED no later than
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016!
To view and/or print the reunion itinery as well as the scheduled bus tours,
A long-standing member of The Misawa Project, Skip Wright announced recently that he would personally
provide a 2016 Mobile Reunion Medallion for each and every Misawa Vet who attends this year's reunion.
The front and reverse of the medallion can be seen in the photo to the right, but the photo doesn't do the
medallion justice. Unfortunately, the scanner's light reflected off the bright gold color of much of the
medallion and these areas were interpreted as black rather than the bright gold. The actual medallion is
a stunning coin.
Any extra medallions would be available at $7.50 apiece at the reunion.
Our project treasurer,
Syd Scales, is heading up our Raffle Table again this year.
Our thanks to Syd for meeting the challenge
Each year, the Reunion Raffle is our one and only fund raiser.
Raffle ticket sales allow us to provide each Misawa Vet with an absolutely free membership to
The Misawa Project.
Raffle proceeds also cover the cost of operating our
members-only website at www.spokt.com, our public portal
Companion Site, all associated overhead costs,
and generally keeps our organization financially afloat.
But, raffles don't work well without raffle prizes,
and we depend upon you and your raffle item donations to drive the sale of tickets.
This is your opportunity to contribute to your organization, and we very much appreciate your generous donations.
If you have one or more items to place on the Raffle Table this year, but they're perhaps too large to travel with -
or maybe you're unable to attend - consider mailing them well in advance to
who has agreed to provide our Drop Point and promises to make sure your contribution
makes it to this year's Raffle Table. Your item must be received no later than
Monday, June 20th to make it to the Reunion. Woody's snailmail address is -
744 Live Oak Drive
Biloxi, MS 39532
Important Reminder - Before you mail anything anywhere or pack it in your luggage, please remember to take
at least one really good photo of each item and email it, along with descriptive verbiage of each, to
so the item(s) can be featured on the Virtual Raffle Table prior to the reunion.
We've learned that previewing raffle items helps boost our ticket sales significantly.
Note - If you're unable to attend, but would still like to participate in the Raffle, here's how -
You need only complete the blanks that are HIGHLIGHTED.
Under RAFFLE TICKETS, enter the dollar amount you wish to spend on tickets.
Under TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE, enter that same dollar amount.
Enter your FIRST and LAST name.
Enter your MAILING ADDRESS and a PHONE NUMBER in case we need to reach you.
Mail your Registration Form and personal check - payable to ARMED FORCES REUNIONS, INC -
to the Armed Forces Reunions address found near the top left of the Registration Form.
Contact someone you know who's attending the Raffle and ask him/her to act as your proxy when/if your name is called.
Give them a list of the items you'd like to win and prioritize them.
Finally, arrange for your proxy to pack/mail your winnings to you at your cost.
So, are you ready to make this happen?? Let's run through this checklist and see what you're forgetting.
Convince your spouse/your significant-other/a special friend/your Moose (pick only one!) to accompany you.
Punch a hole in your 2016 calendar today to make sure your reunion dates are open.
However you decide to travel, make arrangements well in advance (tickets, stop mail, house sitter, dog walker, etc).
Your magic date is May 18th to complete both your reunion registration AND
make your hotel reservation so as to guarantee our negotiated room rate (Don't forget to jot down your reservation number).
Arrange for personal transportation to/from the hotel (shuttle, Stateside Taxi, rental car, blue goose, etc).
If you are able to donate one or more items to the raffle table, give some thought now to your selection.
Take a photo of that item and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your best description, then pack it in your bag or get it in the mail to Woody Wilson.
Remember to pack photos, keepsakes, souvenirs, and all your stories (true or fabricated)
from your days in Misawa to share with your friends and comrades, old and new.
A week or two before you hit the road, call the hotel (with that confirmation number you wrote down earlier)
and confirm your reservations to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Come prepared for a great time and we'll do our level best to make sure you're not disappointed!
Still have questions? You'll find answers by contacting -