2023 DFC SOCIETY REUNION
We are going to Tucson, Arizona, Oct 19 - 22. Arrival day is Thursday with several Reunion events in late afternoon and evening, and departure day is Monday. We’re going in October to avoid the Arizona heat. The October daily mean temperature in Tucson is 72.6 degrees, with average highs and lows of 86 and 59 degrees.
(Cutoff Date is September 18) Our hotel is the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites. Room rates will be $139 for a traditional room and $149 for a suite, as always plus taxes, for single/double occupancy. It’s another $10 per person for additional occupancy. You may purchase breakfast vouchers at check-in for a reduced breakfast price.
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Call the hotel at 520-323-6262 and ask for the "DFC Society Room Block".
(Cutoff Date is September 19) You may register electronically for the Reunion with a credit card at our Reunion contractor. Scan the QR code or download, print, and mail your registration.
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We begin activities on Thursday late afternoon with Chock Talk #1. On Thursday evening, we will be going to Catalina State Park, located at the western base of the Santa Catalina Mountains and home to nearly 5,000 saguaros and desert plants, for a Cowboy BBQ, catered by Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon and BBQ.
On Friday, we will go to Old Tucson for our Welcome Day lunch with Maj Gen (Ret) Donald Shepperd as our speaker. Maj Gen Shepperd was a Misty FAC in Vietnam and later served as Director of the Air National Guard. We return to the hotel for our evening buffet dinner, Chock Talk #2, and our membership meeting.
On Saturday, we have several opportunities: a visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum or Army Heritage Vietnam Cobra and Huey helicopter rides and an A-10 demonstration flight at Davis-Monthan AFB. The helicopter ride prices per person are $625 for the Cobra and for the Huey $110 ($100 for Veterans), payable at the site. In the evening, we will have the Silent Auction with proceeds supporting our Scholarship program.
Sunday’s events will be a trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or another opportunity for Army Heritage helicopter rides. In the evening, we have our Gala Banquet where we will honor our Society members who were awarded DFCs in Vietnam. Our speaker will be Gen (Ret) Ronald Fogelman, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Gen Fogelman flew 315 combat missions in Southeast Asia, eighty as a Misty FAC.
Dress for the Gala Banquet is Semi Formal. You are encouraged to wear your Service's specific uniform that is equivalent to civilian "black tie" wear (for example: Mess Dress or Dinner Dress). For those not in a military uniform, the dress code is a conservative dark suit with a dress shirt, dress slacks, and tie (Men), and a cocktail or evening dress (Women). You are welcome to wear more formal attire, but "business casual or casual attire" will not be allowed to participate in the Gala Banquet.