For our 2015 reunion, we will be going
"the Beach"! We will visit
Naval Air Station Oceana, the
Military Aviation Museum, and the Joint Expeditionary Base West
(formerly Amphibious Base Little Creek), where we will hopefully
board a ship. We also have a trip planned to Cape Henry (on the old Fort
Story Army Base) to see where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic
Ocean, where the first English colonists landed in 1607 before settling
in nearby Jamestown, and the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse.
Join us for
what promises to be another GREAT reunion!
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel
2800 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
$89/Night for standard (double double) suites
Rate is subject to all
current local taxes. This special rate includes a $10
coupon off breakfast menu each morning (for up to two people).
When making your hotel reservation, be sure
to mention that you are with the USS L. Y. SPEAR Reunion to
receive the special negotiated rates. These rates are also good
for 3 days prior to the reunion and 3 days immediately following the
reunion. Please note that if you do not make your reservations
through the group block, you may not receive the $10 breakfast coupon.
The hotel reservation cut-off
date is 5:00 pm (eastern) on Friday, August 7th to get the negotiated room rate.
After that date, the rooms will be released back into the
hotel's inventory and you may not get a room or the discounted
There are only a limited number of rooms reserved at this
special price, so please make your reservations as soon as
* * * HOTEL BONUS * * *
If you make your
hotel reservations by Friday, July 10th, your name will be
entered into a drawing to have one night's stay during the
reunion for FREE! The drawing will be held at the final
evening banquet, and you must be present to win.
* * *
Please note: This hotel does have
a Debit Card Policy. Please contact the hotel directly if
you need more
information or further clarification on their Debit Card Policy.
If you will be flying to the reunion, you will want to fly into
(airport code ORF). The airport is about 10 miles from the hotel.
Shuttle service is available from the hotel (currently $12/pp each way),
and you would need to contact the hotel in advance to request their
Reunion Starts - Wednesday, September 9th (noon)
The 2015 Reunion begins with the opening of the Hospitality Room
at noon on Wednesday. After checking into the hotel, come enjoy some light snacks while visiting with
your shipmates. Dinner will be on your own, but we usually
plan to go out to eat as a
group. We decide on a location about a month before the
reunion and make reservations. Anyone who is interested
may join us. Last year, we sampled
authentic deep dish pizza in Chicago. There are lots of
great seafood restaurants in Virginia Beach to choose from this
REUNION TOUR - Thursday, September 10th
EVENT A: Tour of Naval Air Station Oceana and
the Military Aviation Museum
(9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Our day starts with boarding a luxury motor coach at the hotel
with our guide to visit Naval Air Station Oceana, the East Coast's only
Master Jet Base and home of the Navy's fighter/attack squadron - the
F/A-18 Hornets. Squadrons rotate in and out of the base to
aircraft carriers operating on lengthy deployments. During our
tour of the base, we can catch a glimpse of our Naval Aviators and
ground crews in action, as the jets practice their "touch-and-go"
carrier landings and take-offs. We will also visit the Aviation
Historical Park to see 12 displayed aircraft.
Following our tour of NAS Oceana, we will go to nearby Dam Neck Base for
lunch at the Shifting Sands Club, right on the beach!
After lunch, we will visit Virginia Beach's newest attraction, the
Military Aviation Museum, located at the former Virginia Beach Airport.
This museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World
War II and Korean War era fighters, bombers, trainers and seaplanes in
the world. Most of the aircraft have been fully restored to their
World War II condition and are used for flight demonstration, movie
production or commercials. We will enjoy a guided tour of the
galleries and can shop in the gift shop which is stocked with all things
While at the Military Aviation Museum, you can schedule a 15- or
30-minute flight on either a restored 1941 Stearman or a 1940 North
American SNJ-2 aircraft. Anyone interested must pay & schedule
their flight in advance. If you wish to schedule a plane ride
during our Saturday "free time", you can do that as well. For
those who live locally, you can schedule a plane ride anytime.
After our tour of the museum, it's back on the bus. We should
arrive back at the hotel by 4:00 p.m.
Dinner is on your own. The Hospitality Room will be open.
REUNION TOUR - Friday, September 11th
EVENT B: Tour of Cape Henry and the Joint Expeditionary Base
West (Little Creek-Fort Story)
(9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
For our Friday tour, we will once again board a luxury motor
coach at the hotel.
will start our day with a quick drive along the Virginia Beach resort
strip, where our guide will provide some history of Virginia's largest
city and find out the latest happenings on Virginia Beach. We will drive
past the historic Cavalier Hotel, as well as the Tidewater Veterans
Memorial, a unique structure which pays homage to veterans everywhere.
We will then
access the former Fort Story Army Base to visit Cape Henry and will be
able to see the First Landing Cross where the English colonists first
came ashore in 1607 prior to settling at nearby Jamestown. We will
get to walk out onto the overlook to see where the Chesapeake Bay meets
the Atlantic Ocean, and where the famous Battle of the Capes took place
during the Revolutionary War. We will also stop at the Old Cape
Henry Lighthouse. Built in 1792, this lighthouse was active until
the late 1800s and is currently a Virginia Historic Landmark. You
can choose to climb to the top of the Lighthouse (for a small admission
fee) or shop in the gift shop for all things Lighthouse related.
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse)
will travel to the Joint Expeditionary Base West (formerly the Naval
Amphibious Base, Little Creek) and enjoy lunch on base at the CPO Club.
After lunch, we will do a windshield tour of the base, which is the
major operating base for the Amphibious Forces in the United States
Home to 27 ships of the Atlantic Fleet's
amphibious forces and 15,000 personnel, the JEB is located on 2,120
acres adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay and provides many of the troop and
tank carrying ships for the Marine Corps. This base is the largest
base of its kind in the world.
availability and approval, we will have the opportunity to tour an
active duty ship.
Your name badge must be worn while on both of our tours, but you
also need to have your picture ID with you to get on the base. You won't be admitted
without it. Also, f
security purposes, no bags other than pocketbooks or camera
cases will be allowed on base.
After our visit to the Joint
Expeditionary Base, it's back on the bus. We should arrive back
at the hotel by 3:00 p.m. (sooner if we are not able to board a
"Back to the Beach" Pasta Buffet
Join us for a drink or two in the designated banquet room before
we have our Friday night buffet. A cash bar will be
available throughout the evening.
dinner selection will include Fresh Garden Salad Bowl with
Assorted Toppings (with Ranch & Italian/Vinaigrette dressings),
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Marinara with Meatballs, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables,
Bakery Fresh Rolls & Butter, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea & Water, and
Tiramisu for dessert
"Beach Blanket BINGO"
In keeping with our "Back to the Beach" theme, we will
have five games of Beach Blanket BINGO! Thankfully, we
won't be dressing up this year, but if you're feeling brave, you
are welcome to
wear your best Frankie or Annette swimsuit! Fun Fact: This
year marks the 50th Anniversary of that movie's release in 1965!
Prizes will be awarded for each game winner, with the final
"Cover-All" game winner receiving $100 cash! If you
paid for the buffet meal, you will receive one 5-game BINGO
sheet pack for free. If you did not pay for dinner
(but arriving in time for BINGO), the 5-game sheet pack is
$5.00. Anyone who wishes to purchase additional 5-game
sheet packs (to increase their chances of winning), may do so
for $5.00/pack. For you diehard BINGO players, feel free
to bring your "lucky charms" to increase your chances of
Saturday, September 12th
Business Meeting (8:30 am - 9:00 am)
Our Annual Business Meeting will be held in the Hospitality
Room. After that, the rest of the day is on your own.
Group Photos (5:30 pm)
Be sure to get back in time to clean up for our group
photographs. Muster in the designated area for our group shots
(we'll post the location in the Hospitality Room).
Cocktail Hour & Banquet Dinner
After our photo shoot, join us in the Banquet Room to unwind
with a drink or two. Cocktails will be available from the cash
bar starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
Our final evening's Banquet meal will be a plated dinner choice
of Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes,
Grilled Chicken Breast with
Roasted Au Jus & Saffron Rice Pilaf, or Baked Stuffed Portobello
Mushroom Cap filled with Spinach & Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic
and Fontina Cheese over Julienne Vegetables and Red Pepper
option). Dinner includes Fresh Garden Salad (with Ranch & Italian Vinaigrette
dressings), Chef's Choice of Vegetables, Bakery Fresh Rolls &
Butter, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea & Water, and Petit Cut
New York Style Cheesecake for dessert! Meals for special dietary needs are available upon request.
Please make your selections on the Registration Form.
Once again, we will be having our Raffle Prize and 50/50 Cash
Drawings to be held after dinner (must be present to win).
Tickets are $1 each or 12 tickets for $10, and will be sold
whenever the Hospitality Room is open. If you are interested in
donating a raffle prize, please contact Patty Kelso via email at
After a fun few days, it's time for goodbyes. The Hospitality
Room will be open until about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to gather and say
"goodbye", and to pick up your memorabilia items.
* * * TOUR BONUS * * *
This year, we are able to offer a
FREE TOUR for each tour day! If you sign up for a tour,
your name will be entered into a drawing to receive that tour
for FREE! For each paid tour (you and your guests), your
name will be entered that many times into the daily drawing.
The drawings will be held during
the Thursday and Friday tours. Must be present to win.
To qualify for the FREE TOUR
drawings, your Reunion Registration Form must be
postmarked or emailed by
Friday, July 10th.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Registration Forms are
due by July 31, 2015
To attend ANY part of the reunion, you MUST send in a Reunion
Registration Form. Unregistered guests are not be
permitted in the Hospitality Room due to liability reasons
(hotel policy). This form requires that you have
Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To download the
latest version of Adobe's free Acrobat Reader, click
Notes Regarding Your Registration: Please Read!
Registration forms received after the due
date of July 31, 2015, are accepted on a space
Refund requests must be made in writing, received
on or before August 31, 2015, and are subject to a
10% cancellation fee. Please note that NO REFUNDS FOR
TOURS can be given if received after the August 31st
deadline, as we must make final payment to the tour company
by this date.
Keep a copy of the completed Registration Form for your
records. Once your Registration Form is received, you
will be sent a confirmation letter.
We are offering two ways to pay your reunion
Mail your form along with either a
check or money order, or
Email your form and be sent an invoice to pay by
either credit card or PayPal account.
The Registration Form will require you to
indicate which payment and form submission you intend to use.
The two methods listed above are the ONLY way to pay your
reunion registration fees. DO NOT SEND CASH or MONEY VIA
ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC SERVICE, as it will be rejected.
If you want to pay electronically, you will be sent an invoice
Your check or money order must be accompanied by your
completed Registration Form.
In the "Select a Payment Option"
at the bottom of the form, select the option (click on the
small circle to the left of the description) to pay by check
or money order.
Click the "Print Completed Form" button.
Mail your check and form to:
USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36) Association
6916 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66204
Pay by Credit Card or
PayPal/Submit Form by E-Mail
To pay using this option, you must complete the "EMAIL" field
on the R
In the "Select a Payment Option"
at the bottom of the form, select the option (click on the
small circle to the left of the description) to have an
invoice sent to you.
Click the "E-mail Completed Form" button.
If prompted by
a Security Warning box, click "Allow".
A window will
open asking you to indicate whether you use a Desktop/Default
Email Application (such as Microsoft Outlook) or Internet Email/Webmail
(such as Yahoo). If you
are unsure which option to select based upon the guidance
provided in the wizard, choose Internet Email/Webmail.
If you use a
Desktop/Default Email Application, the wizard will automatically
create a new message. All you need to do is send the
message to complete the submission. Please note:
If your email software program (such as Outlook) is not already open, you may
need to open the application and make sure the
"send/receive" function moves the message from your "Outbox"
If you use
Internet Email, you may be prompted to save the form so
that you can attach it to an email message later. This will
save the completed form. Please make sure that you give the
form a filename and save it in a location that you will
remember when you are ready to attach it to your message. (Depending
on your operating system or version of Adobe Acrobat, the
steps may be slightly different and ask you to either choose
the email web program or manually enter the email address.
You may need to go to your "Draft" folder in Yahoo, Gmail,
etc., to manually send the message.)
Log-in to your email, create a new message, attach the
completed form, and send to
Once your email
has been received, an electronic invoice will be emailed to
you. If you have any questions regarding submitting
your registration form, feel free to email or call the
number on the form.
So, you think you're ready for an L. Y. SPEAR
reunion?? Read through this checklist to see if there's
anything you forgot.
Punch a hole in your 2015 calendar now
to make sure your reunion dates are available.
However you decide to travel, make
arrangements well in advance (tickets, stop mail, house sitter,
dog walker, etc.).
Complete your Reunion
Registration Form and submit it as directed on the form ASAP. It must be
no later than
July 31, 2015.
To guarantee a hotel room at our negotiated
rate, make your hotel reservations no later than
August 7, 2015
if you want to be entered into the drawing for one night's stay
during the reunion for FREE), and
remember to jot down your reservation number.
To qualify for a
free tour, get your Reunion Registration Form in the mail no later than
Arrange for personal transportation
to/from hotel (shuttle, taxi, rental car, etc.)
If you are able to donate one or more items
to the Raffle table, give some thought now to your selection.
Contact Patty Kelso (PH: 913-677-1837, EMAIL:
to let her know what you're donating.
Remember to pack photos, keepsakes,
memorabilia, and all your stories (true or fabricated) from your
days on the SPEAR to share with your friends and comrades, old
A week or two before you hit the road, call
the hotel (with that confirmation number you wrote down) and
confirm your reservations to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Come prepared for a great time, and we'll do
our best to make sure you're not disappointed!