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|Reunion Name||:||ASA COMSEC / SIGSEC Reunion|
|Date||:||May 09 - May 13, 2020|
|Location||:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Place||:||Hyatt Place KC International Airport|
We are assembling in Kansas City Mo from May 9 to 13. [See itinerary below] The hotel is the Hyatt Plaza at Kansas City International Airport. They have a shuttle service to and from the airport. If their service for us is as good as the service I have had in setting up the hotel, we will be very pleased. A hospitality room will be available. If we get 25 rooms, we get it free, if not it is $50 per day. Anyone wanting to attend, please contact me: ken05g4@gmail..com Also, if you get your reservation, please let me know. If you have any suggestions, please let me know also. If you know of any COMSECers who may want to attend, please forward this. The hotel has given us a discount of about $20 a night--$99 for a single, $104 for a double. I just made my reservation and with the Hyatt Rewards it is easy. If you use the Hyatt Rewards number as your user name, it automatically gives you the free breakfast. To enroll: https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/enroll.html. In order for your group to confirm their reservation at the group rate, please have them call 816-891-0871 ext 3 or 1-888-HYATT-HP and ask for the Army Security Agency Reunion group rate. The group booking code is G-ARSE. They may also confirm their reservations using the personalized website-- https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/MKCZA/G-ARSE Those who have preregistered at the hotel have found if they register with Hyatt Rewards (NO COST) the reservation process is very easy. Also, you receive a free breakfast with the Hyatt Rewards reservation. I have contacted all the the sites except the Steamboat Museum and Patee House. I am waiting for firmer numbers before trying to confirm the activities and our dinner at the Tin Cup. I don't want to say we will have 50 and only 15 or 20 show up or vice versa. We have 51 attendees signed up at this time, which is 31 ASAers and their spouses. A list of attendees is attached below. A bunch of others have said they might attend, but are waiting to ensure their calendar is open. Don't worry. The hotel will not charge you if you cannot attend. Reservations can be cancelled at any time up until April 1, 2020. If an emergency comes up, you can cancel. The National WWI Museum will be providing us a guide and have reduced the admittance fee to $10 per person. The Fort Leavenworth Museum will provide us a guide and a bus and we will be shown the entire Fort Leavenworth area as well as the museum. The tour is free. It is the oldest Army post west of the Mississippi and has a number interesting sites to include the first fort on the site--a French Fort on the hill above the cemetery. You must have a driver's license or government ID of some kind for admittance to Fort Leavenworth. A missing man table, also known as a fallen comrade table, is a ceremony and memorial that is set up in military dining facilities of the United States Armed Forces and during official dining functions, in honor of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members. The table serves as the focal point of ceremonial remembrance, originally growing out of US concern of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. The missing man table has been set up at every reunion, I believe. It will be set up at the Tin Cup--purportedly the best BBQ place in the Kansas City area and they are known for the best barbecue in the nation (although some Chicagoans dispute this). They will setup a buffet for us. There prices are very reasonable. The building was built in 1842. It's brisket is supposed to be unsurpassed even in Kansas City. It has an attached Public House the TK2... http://www.tin-kitchen.com/ In Weston, you'll find locally produced wine, beer, and distilled spirits, and a pub in the underground vaults of an 1840's brewery. There's a state park on the bluffs of the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark walked, with beautiful views, trails, picnic, and camping sites Come shop, dine and stay a night, a weekend or a lifetime in peaceful, historic Weston. TK2 - The Public House at Tin Kitchen, offers craft beers on tap along with a full bar featuring a great selection of wine, spirits, and craft-cocktails. Catch all of the sports-action on the flat screen. Itinerary Day 1 [9 May-Saturday]: Arrival and hotel check-in. Meet and greet in hospitality room. Dinner at the hotel. Day 2 [10 May] Sunday: Kansas City, MO. Trip to Steam Boat Museum [$14.50 each]. Travel to WWI Museum [$10.00 each]. The Arabia Steamboat is only 20 minutes from the Hotel. It opens at 10:00 a.m. Two hours should be sufficient for touring. The WWI Museum is about 10 minutes away. It should take about 2-3 hours. That puts us at lunch (probably a late lunch), Harrah's is another 15 minute drive. I propose we go there. Enjoy their buffet, and spend a little time as you desire. We should be back at the hotel by 7:00 or 8:00. I realize most of you need to be in bed by then. Day 3 [11 May Monday]: Saint Joseph, MO. Trip to Stetson Hat Outlet [Free OR VERY COSTLY IF YOU BUY A HAT!]. Trip to St. Joseph Pony Express Museum [$6]. Trip to Patee House/Jesse James Home [$7] I have been there and it is a very enjoyable museum. [They are all very close together.] Return to hotel, activities as desired. Hospitality room will be open for a next to last day get together if desired. Jesse James home is the actual home where he was shot and killed. Day 4 [12 May Tuesday]: Leavenworth, KS. Trip to Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum [Free]. Travel to the Tin Cup, below. An alternative. Sleep in. Have a leisurely late breakfast/early lunch and depart to Fort Leavenworth at noon. I will have the hospitality room open for chats, and general BS. Tour the Museum and Fort Leavenworth http://www.kansastravel.org/FortLeavenworthWaysideTour.pdf by can/van. YOU MUST HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE, PASSPORT, OR A VALID GOVERNMENT ID TO ENTER THE POST. Have dinner in Weston Mo. Friend has recommended the "Tin Kitchen" in the Weston Historic District as a very good restaurant. The building was built in 1842. It's brisket is supposed to be unsurpassed even in Kansas City. It has an attached Public House the TK2. http://www.tin-kitchen.com/ Blair, Robert Bullock, Les Burget, Vince Closson, Charlie Clouser, Randy Daugherty, Doug Duvall, Rhea Fuller, Dave Garcia, Juan Haerle, Ron Hartmann, Charlie Hatfield, Dave Hibl, Stewart Hobby, Phillip Jacobson, Dan Lothrop, Fred Mahorney, Verne Marty, Larry McGibney, Phil McKim, Brad Nolan, Richard Nowak, Gary Pahnke, Tom Rounds, Bob Sanada, Glenn Shappie, James Shivers, Doug Strickland, Wayne Tate, Bill Tear, Bill Thompson, Mike Torres , Juan Vackar, Larry Van Guilder, Rod Wightman, Janice Wilks, Kenneth These have been updates since they were originally posted, so don't count on them as accurate today.