72nd Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion
5-9 June 2019 – Killeen, Texas
The Crossed Sabers Chapter invites you to join the rest of the First Team family in Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas for the 72nd Annual Reunion of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 5-9 June 2019. Most of the First Team will be home for this reunion and we are planning a CAV-tastic event. All Life and Associate Members are welcome to attend this special event. As always Gold Star Families and Widows of our members are welcome to join us at the reunion.
Please register early to assist us in coordinating the best reunion possible. Some events will have limited seating due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the $20 Registration Fee except for our Active Duty Troopers who pay $10 to register. Early registration is November 2018 through 03 May 2019 for all members. Those sending in registrations post-marked after 03 May 2019 must pay a late registration fee of $40. Family members attending with an Association member, Widows of 1st Cavalry Division Troopers and Gold Star Family members that attend do not have to pay a registration fee. NOTE: Cancellations are non-refundable after the May 03, 2019 deadline.
We will be utilizing the Shilo Inn as the Reunion Headquarters and holdng all our paid events (with the exception of the Ladies Tea) in the Killeen Civic and Conference Center (KCCC) located adjacent to the Shilo. There are no hotels in the area large enough to hold our group, so we will be utilizing buses to transport members to the Shilo Inn.
The Shilo Inn has guaranteed a room rate of $109 per night plus tax for up to 130 rooms on peak nights and there is no charge for parking. Make sure that you identify yourself as attending the 1st Cavalry Division Association Reunion. The Shilo Inn tends to fill quickly so make your reservations sooner rather than later. The Shilo restaurant will be open for breakfast to support our reunion. The hotel does provide a free shuttle service from the Killeen Airport and rental cars are available at the airport.
Additional hotels to consider are:
Shilo Inn (bus stop):
3701 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas
(800) 222-2244 or (254) 699-0999
Premium Inn and Suites (short walk to the Shilo)
2603 E. Elms Rd, Killeen, Texas
Holiday Inn Express (bus stop):
2603 Gateway Dr, Killeen, Texas
Holiday Inn Killeen (bus stop):
300 E. Central Texsas Expy, Killeen, Texas
Residence Inn (bus stop):
400 E. Central Texas Expy, Killeen, Texas
Candlewood Suites (bus stop):
2300 Florence Rd, Killeen, Texas
Fairfield Inn and Suites (bus stop):
200 E. Central Texas Expy, Killeen, Texas
I am not recommending the Courtyard by Marriott after the vehicle break-ins in 2017 nor will the Association provide bus pick-up at the hotel.
Each of these additional hotels offer free parking and complimentary airport shuttle service (except for the Premium Inn and Suites).
If you are coming in a Recreational Vehicle there is RV parking directly behind the Killeen Civic and Conference Center (KCCC). Contact the KCCC at (254) 501-3888 for additional information. If you are active duty or retired military the West Fort Hood Travel Camp would also work but it is several miles from the KCCC and they do not take reservations. The RV Park in Belton is still open but is no longer a KOA facility.
REUNION EVENT OVERVIEW
The 72nd Annual Reunion will run from Wednesday through Sunday (5-9 June 2019) and will be full of events and time to visit with one another.
This year we will be running our usual events and have again included a Golf Tournament (four-person team, best-ball scramble) which supports our Scholarship Foundation on Wednesday. The golf tournament will be held on the Courses of Clear Creek on Fort Hood. We are seeking sponsors to help off-set costs to maximize our income for the Foundation and its Active Duty Scholarship Program. We will have teams/players from our Active Duty population and hope that many reunion attendees will also want to play and enjoy this event.
As usual, we will have our Welcome Mixer, War Era Lunches, Unit Lunches, Gold Star Family Breakfast, Purple Heart Breakfast, Ladies Tea, Association Banquet, Texas BBQ, Group Breakfasts and Memorial Service. We will have meetings of the Chapter Presidents, Foundation and Museum Foundation Trustees, the Board of Governors and our General Membership meeting. During our General Membership meeting on Saturday morning, we will hold elections for the Association and both Foundations and select the location for the 2022 reunion.
This year’s Ladies Tea will be a Wine Pairing event hosted by the Shilo. Chef and a local Sommelier will introduce the ladies to various wines and how to pair the wine with the perfect meal for their Trooper.
Seating for all events is open except for the Reunion Banquet on Saturday night. If you are attending the banquet, you must get your tickets marked with a table number at the Banquet Seating table when picking up your registration packet. If you want to sit with specific people, we recommend that you all arrive to the Banquet Seating table together with your tickets available. Don’t wait until the last minute or we may not be able to accommodate your needs.
Cavalry casual attire is appropriate for all reunion events. We are always questioned about attire for the banquet. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing; a coat and tie, your uniform (if it still fits), casual clothing with open collar, jeans, or shorts. We want you to attend and aren’t overly concerned with what you wear, so long as it isn’t indecent!
The Association will provide a Reunion Room in the Shilo Hotel for you to gather together and enjoy yourself. Drinks (beer and wine) in the Reunion Room are free but we ask that you generously donate to help us pay for this room. The Reunion Room will open daily at 0900 with the bar opening at 1200 hours.
The Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop will set up a store in the Shilo to sell all kinds of First Team merchandise including shirts, hats, Stetsons, pins, decals and other items too numerous to mention. The Souvenir Shop will also be open in the 1st Cavalry Division Museum (on-post) during the reunion.
The Division leadership is coordinating events to be held throughout “Cav Week” to include a Division Run and unit specific gatherings. On Friday, 7 June, the Division HQ will be open to our members for walking tours, a static display on Cooper Field, and finishing the day out with the “Spirit of the Cav”. Buses will transport reunion attendees from the Shilo to Fort Hood on Friday for a vehicle display, visits to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, and a Demonstration by the Horse Cavalry Detachment. Visits to some of the unit areas will also be available and you can get a first-hand look at today’s Army. If you haven’t been to Fort Hood for a reunion, make sure you attend and see the great Troopers of today’s First Team.
The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (GRK) is a modern airport with jet service from Dallas and Houston. Airlines with flights to Killeen are American Eagle and United. The Austin-Bergstrom Airport with other major airlines is located approximately 78 miles from Killeen and airports in Dallas are about a three hour drive away.
You will find the following rental car agencies in our airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Dollar.com, and Thrifty Car Rental. Airport shuttle and taxi service is also available at the Killeen Airport.
AMTRAK offers services to Temple, Texas (25 miles away) if you wish to travel by train and Trailways bus service is also available to Killeen.
Please check with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) prior to packing for your trip if you are flying to the Reunion. The rules on what can and cannot be taken on the aircraft change regularly.
Road construction is always a factor and I-35 the main route from Dallas to San Antonio has numerous construction sites. Please check the Internet for road conditions and delays.
The Best Part of the Reunion
As always, the best part of any reunion is the people that attend. The 1st Cavalry Division Association Reunion brings in Troopers from almost every era of the First Team’s history. Troopers that rode horses, fought in the Pacific with MacArthur, occupied Japan, fought in Korea, or stood watch on the DMZ will spend time with the Sky Troopers of Vietnam and the Troopers from Operation Desert Storm, Fort Hood, Bosnia, and the latest combat Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The equipment and terrain may be different, but the common bond of serving with America’s First Team binds us together. Saddle up and ride on down to Killeen in 2019!