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A Battalion Gathering of Old And New Friends

he 3rd 71st has been gathering for reunions, reestablishing old friendships and making new friends since 2002. Much of its effort and success can be attributed to former Warrant Officer Howard Webb.

Long before the Internet Howard worked tirelessly to contact and connect former members of the battalion. It's hard to imagine what an effort it was trying to contact people by Long distance without all of online aids that exists today to find people. Howard also created the original 3rd 71st ADA website that, by reading his guest book entries, really touched the guys.

Also, recognition should be given to key members of the component batteries who also took on the personal responsibility and effort to establish contact of their former comrades. Clete Hall of Bravo Battery, Jim Fitzpatrick of Charlie Battery, and Donald (Byrd) Yarbrough of Delta Battery were and are equally hardworking in this area. And their individual efforts help insure the success of the Battalion Reunions as well.

The Reunions have traditionally been held at a destination vacation area in Branson, Missouri, and Bravo and Delta Batteries have also held their own individual reunions in various parts of the country.

The Next Reunion

The next Battalion Reunion has been scheduled for August 17-20, 2014, at the Academy Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The reservations will open exactly one year from the reunion date, so if you are planning on attending, you can make your reservations starting on August 17th this year.

Here's what's available at this time. The entire Academy Hotel has been reserved for this event and it has a total of 200 rooms. As previously stated, we aare certain that this hotel will fill up very quickly, because there has been received over 150 responses already, and we are hearing from others every day.

Based on these responses it is estimated we will have between 400 to 800 attending this reunion and the excitement we are hearing from everyone is incredible. There are 2 other hotels as a back-up for overflow, but all of the events will be at the Academy Hotel, so if you plan to attend, it would be in your best interest to be staying at the Academy Hotel. The room rates are $69.00 per night and this is a beautiful hotel and this room rate also includes a hot breakfast every morning.

Hospitality Rooms

The reunion will feature hospitality rooms that will be opened during the entire reunion which will include deli style sandwiches such as roast beef, ham, turkey, cheeses, chips, crackers, lemonade, bottled water, coffee, tea and other items. That way you can eat all of your meals at no extra charge and it will make it a great place to relax and enjoy old friends and memories.

The reasoning being that we can actually reunite with each other in house instead of seeing how many places we can go, and it will be relaxing for everyone. Also we will have each unit represented in the hospitality suites each day so everyone can see what each unit had that was so special.


Registration Information:

The Academy Hotel
8110 N. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reservations phone number: 719-598-5770 - Please state you're with the 3/71ST ADA Reunion

Since we have 4 days each Battery will get the honor to be the host for a day. Alpha will get the first day, Bravo will get the second day, Charlie will get the third day, Delta will get the fourth day, and Battalion we be the overall theme for the entire event. The reunion will include several events, such as a memorial service, a banquet, opening ceremonies event, unit meetings for each unit of the battalion, themes for each unit on certain days and a whole lot more.

We will all have colored name tags that will be on lanyards and laminated and both sides will be printed so you can see the names, highest rank, location where they worked (Admin, Launching Area IFC) in an effort to make it easier for you to identify each person since we have all changed our appearances a little since we left the battalion. We will put their unit and years at that unit. Also, all spouses will also have name tags as well.

Other Costs

The only other cost for the reunion besides the rooms will be a registration fee which will include the cost for the opening ceremonies food and drink ($15.00), the banquet meal ($28.00) which is what the hotel will charge, the food for the entire event in the hospitality suites, registration packets including the lanyards and other items in your registration packet My goal is to keep the total fees around $75.00 per person in an attempt to allow as many of us too attend as is possible.

Please Note: The registration fees will not be due till next spring after all the final plans for events are put together, and all members will receive periodic final plan updates.

There have had people from the late 50s through the mid-80s that have told me they are attending, so this should be incredible for all. One thing to know is that our spouses are as important as our soldiers. After the Delta reunion several spouses said that they thought they were going to just another army get together, but they were very glad that they came because it was more than that and they made it clear that they felt welcome.

All of the spouses out there please know that you are as big a part of this reunion as the soldier. Many of us including myself would not be where we are without them in our lives. Another important thing is that we will be having many of our German wives attending the reunion, with many of the German wives staying in communication with each other to this day. The way I see it is that a reunion is to reunite with old friends and make new life-long friendships and that will be the theme of this reunion.

Although the Reunion will probably leave little time for outside activities, there are options for those who want to later explore the area by viewing some of the suggestion listed below. The Academy Hotel website has some videos ideas and suggestions you can view, and you can use their link below to visit their website.

Also, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is another good source of ideas and information, and their web link is also included just below in the Area Activities Links section.

Also if you feel that you can help with the reunion Don Yarbrough would love to hear from you. He is going to start a list after this letter and write names of those that want to participate and you can call him anytime so he can let you know what we need. If he spoke to you already about helping, please call him again.

If you have any questions or suggestions please call:

Donald (Byrd) Yarbrough
309-689-0449 or 309-361-0637

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- Web Link Click Here -Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tours

From the early beginnings of the Mollie Kathleen Mine, many passersby would often wander in, pleading to tour the underground mine. Visitors without hesitation rode an open ore skip.

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- Web Link Click Here -National Museum of World War II Aviation

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a cog, or rack, railroad uses a gear, “cogwheel”, meshing into a special rack rail (mounted in the middle between the outer rails) to climb much steep grades than those possible with a standard adhesion railroad.

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- Web Link Click Here -United States Air Force Academy

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