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HSL-94 Reunion
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
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I am very much looking forward to your good company on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the McGuire Community Center, Tommy B’s, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey for our 21-year reunion since the HSL-94 decommissioning.  It will occur this year.  It will not be postponed again.  This will be a fun time with ever present Titan electric enthusiasm.   So please bring your spouses!  We will also have a golf scramble at noon at Fort Dix Fountain Green Golf Course, and we have consistently had beautiful golf weather at every March reunion.  Do make some phone calls, spread the word to those not on the attached email list, and let me know if any of the email addresses are out of date.  

 

To provide required headcount notification to Aramark for the necessary food and allow time for our loyal Treasurer, Joe Gardner, to do the accounting, check writing, and generate an attendee’s list, we need you to complete the attached form and mail the check. 

 

The RSVP form and the $49 dinner check has a deadline of February 18th.  

 

We will start with a cash bar in the Colonial Room from 1800 to 1900 and open the sliding walls to the main Cotillion Room from 1900 to 2300 for dinner.  We are planning 13 tables with 8 persons per table and have room for more.  During the reception hour, we have the following light hors d’oeuvres: 1) Bacon Wrapped Scallops 2) Crab Cakes and 3) Vegetable Spring Rolls.

 

For dinner, we will be served plated entrees at our tables rather than stand in line at a buffet with the following dinner options: 1) Crab and Andouille Stuffed Chicken Roulade 2) Grilled 6 oz. CAB Fillet Mignon and 3) Grilled Tuscan Vegetable Lasagna.  There will be blue and gold overlays over white main table cloths.  Asparagus, roasted rosemary potatoes, water, tea, coffee, rolls, butter, and salad come with the meal.  Cake with squadron logo will also be served.

 

The attached picture captured attendees of the September 2021 aircrew and friends reunion in Panama City.  Back row: Bob Andrea, JR Simonds, Mike Walsh, Curt Clements, Rusty Russell, Mark Goodwin, Dwight Rumery.  Front row: Dean Savage, Tom Schier, Doug Moody, Chad Bruckschen, Kyra Maillard.  Rusty Russell’s daughter created the graphics including the H-2 at the top.  Rusty ordered his HSL-94 flag from https://aviationwizards.com/search?q=Flag+HSL-94.

 

The other attached pictures of a flight of SH-2Gs flying over the pyramids were taken by Greg Lachenmayer more than 12 years ago while training the Egyptians.

 

The HSL-94 email list is also attached.  Again, let me know if any of the email addresses are out of date.

 

Very much looking forward to seeing you on March 19th,

 

Tom

 

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: The megabase is the largest military base in the country by acreage.  The McGuire side has a Commissary, Exchange, and two on-base gas stations.  The Dix side offers Fort Dix Fountain Green Golf Course (pro shop 609-562-5443), an indoor pool (609-562-2808) next to Griffith Field House/Gym (609-562-2769) and the bowling alley (609-562-6895).   According to mapquest.com, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is 35 miles or 47 minute drive from NASJRB Willow Grove.  From Washington, D.C., the drive to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is 10 miles further than to Willow Grove.  However, those coming from D.C. will avoid the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and 611 traffic, which will make the drive much more fun and quicker.  Maps of the base are attached.  The phone number for the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Operator is (609) 562-1011.

 

Accommodations at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:  There is no drill weekend March 19th, and we are arranging group discounts at two local hotels.  A large multi-month Air Force mission has locked up all on-base housing at the All American Inn (609) 754-4667. 

 

  • The Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western (previously it was the Quality Inn) (609) 723-6500 just to the right departing McGuire’s main gate on Wrightstown/Cookstown Road offers a free scrambled egg breakfast.  We have a discounted block of 40 rooms at $85 plus $10 tax. When making your reservation, ask for the “HSL-94” group block discounted price.  Cancelation allowed with 48-hour notice.
  • If you want a newer more upscale hotel and are willing to drive 15 minutes on Route 68 to Bordentown, try the Hampton Inn on Route 206, (609) 298-4000.  Ask for military discount at the Hampton Inn.  Are awaiting a HSL-94 group discounted price.

 

Transportation around Fort Dix:  Taxis such as Bailey Main Street Taxi (609) 815-8524 may seem expensive but are worth every cent if you have been drinking.  McGuire Base Trans for on-base shuttle (609) 754-3004.  NJ Transit bus (973) 275- 5555.

 

Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jerseycan be even easier than Philadelphia or Newark International.  Frontier Airlines www.flyfrontier.com (801) 401-9000 has non-stop seasonal flights.  For example, Angelo Zuino can buy a $66 round-trip ticket departing Tampa at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th arriving Trenton Mercer Airport at 10:53 a.m., play in the golf scramble, join the reception, eat the reunion dinner, enjoy a good brunch, and fly back March 20th at 2:43 p.m. arriving Tampa 5:30 p.m. 

 

Driving on base:  According to the Visitor's Welcome Center, retired military and military ID cardholders do not need a vehicle decal to enter McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  As a visitor, they will scan your military ID card or DoD ID card at any gate and check for "wants and warrants."  So if you have a military or DoD ID card, you do not have to check into the Visitor's Center.  Security Dispatch (609) 754-6001. 

 

Space A military travel – Space A has been down due to Covid for over a year.  Passenger Terminal with military hops across the country and from Europe. McGuire Flight Information (609) 754-5023.  Flight Recording Line (800) 569-8284, 7549950.  Passenger Service Fax (609) 754-4621.  Email sign-up [email protected].  Flight information for all bases is available at: www.pepperd.com Gives all flights for the next three days at all bases.  You can put yourself on the waiting list for 60 days for each base from which you would like to fly.  It is recommended that you call the base you want to fly out of two days after you put yourself on the list to confirm that they actually put you on the list. 

 

Note: Since some recipient servers reject emails with too many recipients, the HSL-94 group email list has to be broken up into multiple lists.  So, with regards to this email, if you were to select the "Respond to All" button, you would only be responding to a portion of the recipients.  To view all the group lists, first open the attached Excel file.  The first worksheet is an alphabetical list and the second worksheet contains the group lists.