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8th ATTACK SQUADRON ASSOCIATION

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REUNION INFORMATION

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8th Attack Squadron Association Reunion

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Reunion 2004
Walton Beach, FL

The date of our reunion is set for 12 - 15 May 2004 at the Holiday Sunspree in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. The CO of the 8th Special Operations Squadron, LtCol Doug Galipeau, will be the guest speaker at our banquet on the 15th. The 8th S.O.S. is stationed at Duke Field in the Eglin AFB complex.

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By Hans Petermann. Excerpted from November 2003 Newsletter:

After much consideration of several potential sites for our next reunion, it was decided to hold it at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, home of Eglin AFB, Duke Field, and the 8th Special Operations Squadron - our successor - from May 12-15, 2004. Plans are being made for a tour of the 8th S.O.S., the Eglin AFB Museum and other local attractions. To coordinate all these activities we have enlisted the support of the "The Reunion Brat," an organization with much experience in setting up reunions for service connected organizations. Brad has contacted the current CO of the 8th, LtCol Doug Galipeau, and he has graciously consented to be the speaker at our banquet on the 15th. We will disseminate the final details for reunion registration, schedules, tours, business meeting and banquet in a newsletter as soon as they are available.

The hotel selected is the Holiday Inn Sunspree, which is the Holiday Inn's new line of resort hotels. It is located on the beach, has two incredible lagoon pools, a fitness center, spa on site, convenience store, full service restaurant and lounge. They offer free parking and airport shuttle service at about $15 each way. All rooms have refrigerators and microwaves in them. The rates that have been negotiated are $99 a night plus tax for a studio suite, which includes 1 queen bed, 1 queen sleeper and has a kitchen, or $109 a night plus tax for a beachfront standard room with 2 double beds or 1 king bed. More details can be viewed at: www.holidayinnfwb.com.




SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Plans and arrangements for the activities of our Reunion 2004 have been completed. Registrations can now be processed and accepted. The Reunion BRAT has been responsible for making all the arrangements and will process and document the registrations.

For more information contact:

Hans Petermann, Phone: (619)-583-7299, Email: haspet@cox.net

The Reunion BRAT, 50721 State Hwy 410E, Greenwater, WA 98022; Phone: (360)-663-2521, EMail: Info@The ReunionBRAT.com; .)
The 8th Attack Squadron Reunion is to be held at the Sunspree Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach in beautiful Ft. Walton Beach. Hotel rates are $99 per night, plus tax for a Studio Suite with 2 queen beds, kitchen, microwave and refrigerators. Beachfront standard rooms are available at $109 per night plus tax. Call the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort at 850-244-8686 no later than April 12, 2004 to make your hotel reservations. Registration will be $117 per person and include the following:
  • Welcoming Package with name button, intinerarary; list of attendees & local information

  • Wednesday Welcome Reception 2/ hors d'ouvres, beer, wine and punch

  • Saturday Banquet Dinner & Program

  • Saturday Evening Dance

  • Hospitality Room stocked with snacks and beverages & cocktails all 4 days

  • All associated taxes and gratuities


The following is the time table of the schedule of events:

  • Wednesday -- May 12th -- 5-7 pm -- Reception w/Food, Beer and Wine

  • Thursday -- May 13th -- 9-5 pm -- Optional Tour Eglin/Duke AFBs and the USAF Armament Museum; Includes lunch on base. Tour time 8 hours. (Price per person: $32)

  • Friday -- May 14th -- 9-4:30 pm -- Optional Local Guided Tour and Gator Beach; Includes lunch at Fudpuckers on Gator Beach. After lunch enjoy watching and feeding over 80 alligators including rare albinos, on Gator Beach as their trainers entertain us with their abilities. Tour time 7 hours. (Price per person $38)

  • Saturday -- May 15th -- 10-12 am -- Business Meeting

  • Saturday -- May 15th -- 6-7 pm -- Cocktails 2/background music

  • Saturday -- May 15th -- 7-8 pm -- Dinner w/ background music

  • Saturday -- May 15th -- 8-9 pm -- Program

  • Saturday -- May 15th -- 9-11pm -- DJ Dance

  • Sunday -- May 16th -- -- -- Checkout



Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort
Fort Walton Beach FL

573 Santa Rosa Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 US

General Information:
  • General price range: US$ 76 - 129
  • Rooms: 195
  • Floors: 7
  • Time Zone: CST


Check-In: 4:00 PM
Check-Out: 11:00 AM

Hotel Description:


Great times galore! Located directly on the sugar-white shores of the Gulf Coast, ranked #1 beach in the nation by a USA Today poll, we are ideally suited for a family vacation or weekend getaway. With world-class fishing, challenging golf courses, and attractions nearby, everyone is sure to find a way to pass the sultry Florida days. Or you can relax by one of our pools, beach side, or enjoy a frosty refreshment at Manatee®s Outdoor Grill, the choice is yours. For breakfast and dinner, make plans to join us in the Bella Sera Cafe, specializing in exceptional Italian fare with a nod to the sea. Our Chef is anxious to tempt you with his amazing creations straight from the shores of Italia. Are you hungry yet® While we specialize in providing a vacation haven, we haven®t forgotten the business traveler or conventioneer. With 5,000 square feet of meeting space, we can accommodate any size meeting or event. Our professional banquet staff is capable of organizing your event to ensure complete success. A variety of room types, including deluxe one bedroom suites, allow us to offer many options to meet your lodging requirements. All our luxurious rooms are equipped with a compact refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and board, and an in-room safe for your valuables. Our suites have fully appointed kitchens, too! Most rooms have private balconies and a water view. Our gorgeous pools are sure to delight the young and young at heart. Our state of the art fitness center will help work off those wonderful seafood meals you will enjoy and is complimented by an outdoor whirlpool designed for unwinding. From the General Manager to a silly mascot named Johnny Jaws, our friendly and efficient staff stands ready to deliver the finest vacation experience possible. With sun-drenched days and neon rights, the Emerald Coast awaits your decision. Just imagine.... This hotel is committed to providing accessible facilities under the American Disabilities Act. If your accessibility needs are not met, please contact the Hotel Manager on Duty. Should you require additional information regarding accessible facilities for guests with disabilities, please call 1-800-Holiday (U.S. and Canada) or contact the hotel directly. For the hearing impaired, TDD service is available at 1-800-238-5544 within the U.S. and Canada.

Services/Facilities/Amenities:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bar
  • Bath Tub
  • Coffee Maker
  • Concierge Desk
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Copy Service
  • Cribs Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • FAX
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf
  • Exercise Gym
  • Hairdryer In Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Kitchen
  • Guest Laundromat
  • Multilingual
  • Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking
  • Radio
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Room Service
  • Safe
  • Cable TV
  • TV Remote Control
  • Laundry/Valet
  • Vending Machines
  • Wake-up Service
Property Location: Areas Served: DESTIN,DOWNTOWN


Driving Directions: DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE PROPERTY - FROM NORTH - FROM I-10 TAKE EXIT 56 HIGHWAY 85 SOUTH GO 25 MILES TO HIGHWAY 98 AND TURN LEFT AND CROSS BROOKS BRIDGE TURN RIGHT ONTO SANTA ROSA BOULEVARD AT BASE OF BRIDGE GO 1 MILE AND HOTEL IS ON THE LEFT FROM EAST - TAKE HIGHWAY 331 FROM I-10 GO WEST ON HIGHWAY 98 APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES TO OKALOOSA ISLAND TURN LEFT ONTO SANTA ROSA BOULEVARD GO ONE MILE WEST AND HOTEL IS ON THE LEFT


Popularity index: #6 in Fort Walton Beach out of 23 hotels

Comments on Hotel: Three reviews from Trip Advisor.

"Loved Fort Walton, liked the hotel," A TripAdvisor User, Olathe, KS, November 3, 2003 Visited in July 2003. My wife and I had to cancel our wedding anniversay trip to Cozumel because of a...

"Loved the Hotel," A TripAdvisor User, Denton, TX, August 12, 2003 The hotel was great. Huge rooms with balconies that overlook the beach and ocean. We saw dolphins and...

"loved your resort," A TripAdvisor User, atlanta, ga, August 10, 2003 we loved your resort.our suite over looked your lagoon pool and the beach.we actually were comfortable...


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28 October 2003


For inputs or comments, contact Kalani O'Sullivan.

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