145th COMBAT AVIATION BATTALION (VIETNAM) ASSOCIATION

"OLD WARRIORS"

2017 Reunion information packet

2017 Reunion Information Packet

This is the information packet for the 2017 Reunion of the units that served with the 145th Combat Aviation Battalion in Vietnam.

The planning for the 2017 Reunion is well on its way. It will be held in New Orleans, LA and Iíd like to see all of you there. I really enjoy seeing everyone I have met at the past reunions and meeting many new friends at each reunion. We have many members that have attended most of the reunions over the past 30 years, we have many members that have attended only a few, we have many members that have not been able to attend any of the reunion so far, I would like to see each and every one of them at the reunion, that's what makes all the work worthwhile.

At the 2013 Reunion we asked for ideas and volunteers to organize our 2017 Reunion. We decided we wanted to go to New Orleans, LA and Mike Breaux volunteered to organize it for us. Mike told us at that time that New Orleans is really expensive and he has worked really hard to get us really good deals.

Mike talked about getting a hotel around the central business district and the French Quarter. He thought a tour of The National WWII Museum, Plantation tour and maybe a swamp tour would be fun activities.

Our main Banquet on Saturday night will be right at the hotel.

We are planning a Plantation Home Tour / Swamp Boat tour with a brown bag lunch on Thursday 18 May. The buses will leave the Hotel about 8:30 AM and return to the hotel around 2:30 PM.

The National WWII Museum Tour, we are working on getting a special Victory belles Lunch show on Friday 19 May. To be able to do this we must guarantee at least 50 people. And we need to know before January 12, 2017 if we have the 50 people, so let us know as soon as possible.

This is just an over view of what we have planned for the Reunion. In the next couple of pages I will highlight each item a little more. We really want you there. Some of the items are time sensitive for the minimum number needed to schedule the activity. We need to hear from you as soon as possible so we have a better idea of the numbers we are looking at.

Mike Breaux and his wife Catherine have been working hard to put together a fun, relaxing, and affordable reunion in New Orleans. They have gotten some really good deals in the city best known for being expensive. They have many interesting activities scheduled and still enough free time for everyone to visit the other points of interest in New Orleans.

I will be putting all this info on our website. The website will be updated with the most current information as we go alone. So if you are on-line please take a few minutes and check out the 145th web sites. We have three web site addresses, all are the same site. I tried to make it easy to remember:

http://www.145thcab.com, http://www.145cab.com and http://www.oldwarrior.com.

Also I put a lot of work into the website and I'm really proud of it. So please check it out if you can. Most local library have computers you can use to check out our web page. Iíve redone the web page so it should load faster. The summer of 2015 I added about a thousand in-country pictures to the site, it was about a two year project. Please check them out and give me your feedback.

My cell phone number is printed above because a lot of the time we are not at home or we're working in the yard or barn, if you use it let try to keep the cell minutes short, we usually only use about 2/3 of our minutes.

James L Bodkin, Editor

Hotel

Wyndham Garden

Baronne Plaza New Orleans

201 Baronne St

New orleans, LA 70112

1-504-522-0083

The Wyndhan Garden, Baronne Plaza is our Reunion Hotel. Please call 1-504-522-0083 to make your reservations. Please let them know that you are making a reservation for the "145th Aviation Reunion".

You will need a credit card to guarantee your reservation. You must call before April 17, 2017 to reserve your room in order to guarantee availability and group rate. On or around April 17, 2017 your credit card will be charged for the amount of the first night's room and tax as a deposit for your stay. The remainder will be charged upon arrival.

Rates:

Prepared especially for: 145th Combat Aviation Battalion Reunion May 17th - 21st, 2017

Wednesday 05/17/17 $99.00

Thursday 05/18/17 $99.00

Friday 05/19/17 $199.00

Saturday 05/20/17 $199.00

Group Rates: $10.00 per additional adult after double occupancy ~ Rate is net non-commissionable ~ Hotel policy requires groups that fall over weekend dates must stay a minimum of 2 nights ~

Miscellaneous charges: Room Tax: 15.75% Occupancy Tax: $1.00 per room per night

Hotel Features & Amenities:

The hotel is located on the border of the Central Business District and the French Quarters. It is only 2 blocks from Bourbon Street as well as 1 block from the ever busy Canal Street. You can venture into uptown only a few steps away by catching the Street Car and sight see the beautiful architecture that is only New Orleans. Only footsteps from their doors you will find restaurants, bars, night life, shopping, Harrah's Casino, the Superdome, The River Walk, Canal Shopping Center, The Aquarium and so much more!

At the hotel, P.J.'s Coffee House opens evey morning. They also offer complimentary Wi-Fi in both the sleeping rooms and meeting spaces, they also offer a fitness center and business center. All the rooms feature flat screen TV, mini-fridges, in room safes, alarm clocks and in room coffee & tea services. You will be inspired by their warm surroundings and remarkable staff who create a unique atmosphere.

Parking: The hotel offers self-parking for $20 per day as well as valet parking for $30-$35 per day. These prices are subject to change due to special events and are on availability only. Please note larger vehicles MUST be valet parked because they will not fit in their clearance. Parking is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Motor coach parking is available within a 3-5 block radius of the hotel and can range from $50-$100 for overnight parking.

Plantation Tour/Swap Boat Tour

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour by Boat in a short 6 hour trip.

Pickup at the Hotel at 8:30am with a short 30 minute ride to Destrehan Plantation. You will spend 1 hour 20 minutes viewing the oldest standing plantation in the Mississippi Valley that is surrounded by majestic 300 year old Oak Trees. The house has been beautifully restored to it's original glory. The plantation house and grounds has a professional tour guide that will enlighten and entertain you on this trip through history. A Slave Quarter museum is a part of your tour of the plantation grounds.

Then off for a Cajun Blast! Enjoy the best that the Cajuns have to offer. Experience the Barataria Swamp by Tour Boat or Airboat. (the airboat is an extra fee, paid at that time). See gators up close. The Swamp tour returns back to the dock by 1:50pm. Arrive back at your hotel usually by 2:45pm. The price of $103.50 per person includes a sack lunch.

National WWII Museum New Orleans

Friday 19 May 2017

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is one of the best rated museum in the US and the world. They offered us the discounted group Military rate to visit the Museum galleries including the Beyond All Boundaries 4-D movies (produced by Tom Hanks) for just $19.06 per person including tax. They just ask for 1 form of payment for all of the tickets upon arrival.

They also offered us a special lunch show option. They would be able to add a Victory belles Lunch show on May 19th. The Victory belles lunch show is $37.55 per person and this is inclusive of all tax and gratuity. In order to add a public show on this date we would need to guarantee 50 tickets purchase by our group. We need to have 50 people signed up for that before 12 January 2017. If we need more than 50 tickets, that's no problem, the theater holds 160 people. Any tickets not purchased by our group would be open to the public for sale.

Saturday May 20, 2017

Saturday morning we are planning on holding the Business Meeting. Saturday evening we will have our Dinner Banquet, (includes salad, two meats, vegetables, fresh baked rolls deserts, tea and coffee). Most of the day Saturday is open time to spend with friends, visit sites, and enjoy the Reunion.

145th CAB (Vietnam) Reunion

17-20 May 2017 New Orleans, LA

TIME

EVENT

REMARKS

Wednesday 17 May 2017

1430

Early Bird Reception

Thursday 18 May 2017

0800-2200

Registration and reception

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL; Magnolia Room Snacks & soft drinks provided; Dinner on your own;

0830

Busses departs for Plantation / Swamp Tour

Destrehan Plantation

1445

Busses return to Wyndham Garden

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL

1445-2200

Registration and reception

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room


Friday 19 May 2017


0800-2200

Registration and reception

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room

0830

Bus to National WWII Museum

National WWII Museum

1545

Bus returns to Wyhnham Garden

1700

Dinner on your own Unit Dinners

1700

Reception Wyndhan Garden Hospitality Room

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room

Saturday 20 May 2017

0800-2200

Registration and reception

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room

0900-1000

Business Meeting

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room

1800-1900

Social Hour

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL

Jazzhall Ballroom

1900-2100

Banquet Dinner

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL

Jazzhall Ballroom

2100

Reception Wyndham Garden Hospitality Room

Wyndham Garden, Baronne PL Magnolia Room

Reunion over, see everyone in two years

145th CAB (VN) REUNION 2017

REGISTRATION FORM

18, 19, 20, 21 May 2017

NAME ___________________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________________

HOME PHONE ________________________EMAIL _____________________________________________

NUMBER ATTENDING REUNION ________________________________ UNIT/DATES____________________

NAMES OF PERSONS ATTENDING WITH ME:________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

PLANNED ARRIVAL DATE _______________________________________

TEMPORARY LODGING SITE _______________________________________

HOW TRAVELING: POV ________ AIR _________________________________

OTHER (Explain) _______________________________________________________________

REGISTRATION FEE

1. REUNION PACKAGE $60.00 † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † $60.00

2. SATURDAY DINNER BANQUET
(Includes salad, two meats, vegetables, coffee or tea & desserts)
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _______ PEOPLE @ $78.00 EACH = † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †† _________

3. PLATATION TOUR / SWAMP TOUR
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _______ PEOPLE @ $103.50 EACH = † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _________

4. NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM TOUR
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _______ PEOPLE @ $19.00 EACH = † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _________

5. VICTORY BELLE LUNCH SHOW
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †_______ PEOPLE @ $38.00 EACH = † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † _________

We need at least 50 people to signup for this before 12 January

† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †TOTAL =__________

Please send your pre-reunion cost by check or money order payable to: 145th CAB (Vietnam) Reunion along with your completed Registration Form by 7 March 2017 to:

Michael Breaux

37241 Quiet Lake Rd

Prairieville, LA 70769

Phone: 225-278-4526 cell 225-278-4527

Email: 1stavbatt@gmail.com


Registration Form examples

The Reunion Package is $60 for Member and their guest.

Member is anyone that served with any of the unit of the 145th in Vietnam.
A guest can be anyone that didn't serve with any 145th unit in Vietnam. Usually the guest is a spouse, family member, sufficient other, sometimes just a traveling friend.

Couple doing all activities

Reunion Package † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †$60.00
2 Banquet Dinner @ $78.00 each † † † † † † † † † † † † † $156.00
2 Plantation/Swamp tour @103.50 each † † † † † † ††† $207.00
2 Museum Tour @ $19.00 each † † † † † † † † † † † † †† †† $38.00
2 Victory Belle Lunch Show @ $38.00 each †† † † † †† $76.00
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Total† $537.00


One person doing all activities

Reunion Package † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † $60.00
1 Banquet Dinner @ $78.00 each † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †$78.00
1 Plantation/Swamp tour @103.50 each † † † † † † † † †$103.50
1 Museum Tour @ $19.00 each $ † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † 19.00
1 Victory Belle Lunch Show @ $38.00 each † † † † ††† $38.00
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Total $298.50


Couple just doing Reunion and Banquet

Reunion Package † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †$60.00
2 Banquet Dinner @ $78.00 † † † † ††† $156.00
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Total $216.00


Member just doing Reunion and Banquet

Reunion Package † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † $60.00
1 Banquet Dinner @ $78.00 † † † † † † † †† $78.00
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †Total $138.00

We need to know if we have 50 people signed up for the Victory Belle Lunch Show be 12 January 2017 so we can book the Show.

Please fill out the form and send it to Mike before 7 March 2017. I'll see you there. Thank you,