Our Next Reunion Will be June 15 - 18, 2015
at Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Arc Light - Young Tiger Association Reunion
June 15-18, 2015 *
The Arc Light-Young Tiger Association's 2015 reunion. This reunion will recognize the 50th anniversary of the first B-52 combat mission flown in the Vietnam war. The reunion will also celebrate the numerous accomplishments of the KC-135 crews that occured throughout the Vietnam War.
Reunion Cost $125 per person + $7.87 Processing Fee = $132.87
Price includes Hospitality Suite admission four nights
Welcome Reception Buffet
AF Museum Tour
Reunion Banquet at tables under the wings of the B-52
Arc Light - Young Tiger Association
The mission of the Arc Light - Young Tiger Association is to honor, perpetuate, and ensure the historically accurate depiction and recognition of the achievements of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) bomber and tanker operations in the Vietnam War.
The Arc Light - Young Tiger Association is comprised of former members of SAC units that participated in B-52 Arc Light and KC-135 Young Tiger combat and combat support missions in the Southeast Asia (SEA) area of operations between 1965 and 1973.
The association’s purpose is to recognize and preserve the memory of all those who served, maintain an active roster of known participants, and hold biannual reunions at differing locations in the United States. These reunions offer members the opportunity to share memories with fellow SAC warriors, memorialize lost comrades, and celebrate past and present strategic Air Force achievements. Reunion attendance is encouraged for members, their families and friends, active duty strategic bomber and tanker personnel and their families and friends, and all others who support the objectives of this association.
* THE DATE REFLECTED FOR THE TICKET (June 2) IS THE REUNION PAYMENT CUTOFF DATE. The actual reunion dates are JUNE 15 to JUNE 19, 2015. You need to purchase your ticket before the cutoff date.
We have made arrangements with the Hope Hotel and Conference Center for a special rate for our reunion. The reservation line is 937-879-2696. Ask for the AL-YT rate of $99 per night and that includes breakfast. You need to make your own reservations.
Reunion Check-in: 1300 to 1700
Hospitality Suite Open: 1300 to 1700
Welcome Reception: 1730 to 2030 (Cost included in reunion package) Southern Buffet. Cash bar and entertainment by “Tommy Towery” from 1800 to 2030.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
Reunion Check-in: 0900 to 1700
Golf 0900 to 1600 Wright-Patterson Course: Depart hotel at 0900 for a 1000 Shotgun Start.
Shopping Excursion to Dayton’s Outlets: (Depart Hotel 0900 return 1500 or earlier at the discretion of the group) 6 hour Excursion, Transportation Cost Only.
Alternate Tour Wright “B” Flyer 0900 to 1500 (On your own. See www.wright-b-flyer.org for details)
MOAA Membership: Never Stop Serving: 1530-1630 Hospitality Suite
Business Meeting: 1630 to 1730 Hospitality Suite
Dinner on your own
Hospitality Suite opens 1900 to 2200
WEDESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
Hospitality Suite Open 1000 to 1700
Group “A” 0830 to 1630 Special Hosted Tour of Dayton’s Historic Aviation Venues with Wayne and Karen Pittman (See attached detail schedule) Note: The US Park Service limits groups to 150. This tour will be conducted on TWO days.
Group “B” Tour AF Museum 0900 to 1630
Dining on your own - 1700-2000
Hospitality Suite Open: 1900 to 2200
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
Hospitality Suite Open 1000 to 1630
Group “A” Tour AF Museum 0900 to 1630
Group “B” 0830 to 1630 Special Hosted Tour of Dayton’s Historic Aviation Venues with Wayne and Karen Pittman (See attached detail schedule). This is the second day of the same tour as above.
Arc Light – Young Tiger Reunion Banquet with Special Guest Speaker (Cost included in reunion package)
The banquet will be held in the Air Force Museum “Under the Wings” of the B-52.
Cash Bar (1730 to 1830).
Opening ceremony (1830 to 1900), A brief Welcome, Presenting the colors, the national anthem and missing man tribute.
Dinner (1900 to 2000).
Introduction of the Guest Speaker and speaker comments (2015 to 2100).
Recognition of distinguish guest. (2100 to 2115).
Closing ceremony 2115-2130 (Retire the colors).
Hospitality Suite Open: 2200 (Clean up/Pack up)
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
Memorial Service (0730 to 0830)
Departure Breakfast (Buffet Breakfast, included for hotel guest) 0830 to 1000 (Cost for non-Hope Hotel guest is $10).
WarbirdsNews has learned that the B-52D Stratofortress 56-0586, long on display at the Arc Light Memorial Park on Guam is due to be scrapped. The airframe has simply deteriorated too far to save, despite the dedicated efforts of local airmen over the past thirty years. This is the second B-52D to succumb to the elements at the park, with 5,000 hour combat veteran 55-0100 having lost its fight in 1983. The Arc Light Memorial Park is dedicated to the 75 airmen who perished in the Viet Nam war while flying Arc Light bombing missions from Guam’s Anderson Air Force Base and other Pacific island stations. The memorial park’s opening ceremony on February 12th, 1974 coincided with the first anniversary of the initial release of American POW’s by Viet Nam, and has remained a powerful statement to the sacrifice of so many US servicemen ever since.
Since preserving an aircraft as massive as the B-52 in a sea-air climate like Guam’s is no longer a practical venture, the memorial will follow a new design which features a B-52D’s silhouette on the ground. The vertical tail from 56-0586 will be preserved though; mounted on a plinth at the park. It will be joined by the vertical tail from a B-52H to mark the continued service of the Stratofortress and her crews in protecting America and its interests. Some other sections from 56-0586 will also find their way into preservation in a display at Anderson AFB’s Heritage Hall in the AMC Passenger Terminal.
Republished with permission of WarbirdsNews.