317th Veterans Group 2018 Reunion

Wichita, Kansas

Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th

Our Reunion Hotel is the Wichita Marriott, located at 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita , KS 67207. We have a discounted room rate of $95.00 plus tax per night.  This rate is also good 3 days before and after the reunion dates. A free hot breakfast will be provided for each day of your stay.

You can make your reservations on this web site by clicking on this link: Wichita Marriott  If you make your reservations on-line and wish to have a room with two double beds instead of one King bed, use the customize room button after you select your dates.

You can also make your reservations by phone by calling 316-651-0333  You must tell the reservations clerk that you are with "The 317th Veterans Group" in order to get the discounted room rate.  If for any reason you have to cancel your room reservation you may do so without penalty if you notify the hotel 24 hours before the date of your reservation. The Hotel has a courtesy van that can take you to and from the Wichita airport. There is a direct phone line to the Wichita Marriott located in the baggage claim area of the airport.

We will follow our usual reunion format:

Casual dress for all events, except the Saturday Evening Banquet where a jacket and tie is the recommended attire.

Thursday 9/13
Hospitality Room open all day, to relax and enjoy some refresments as you meet and greet your fellow veterans. Jim Gregory, will have reunion, squadron and 317th Veterans Group clothing, patches and souvenirs for sale. At 7:00 PM we will have a meeting to go over our reunion itinerary and answer any questions you may have. If you use Thursday as a travel day, please arrive at the hotel in time for this meeting, so you can be made aware of any last minute schedule changes. We may also have a guest speaker after the meeting.

Friday 9/14  We will have our tour buses arrive at the hotel in the morning.  The following are tours we are exploring at this point, they are not a done deal as yet but we are working on it: (1) A visit to McConnell AFB, this is an air to air refueling wing under the Air Mobility Command; they fly the KC-135 Tanker Aircraft. (They have some ties to the 317th, their 18th Air Refueling Squadron was the 18th Troop Carrier Squadron that served under the 317th at Lock bourne AFB, Ohio in 1965-67). We may also have a visit from the 317th Airlift Wing and be able to tour their C-130J while at McConnell.  

(2) Also planned is a visit to the Kansas Aviation Museum to see why Wichita is called the Air Capital of the Word.  (3) We are also seeking a possible tour of one of the aircraft factories in the area.

Friday evening we will host a wine and cheese function in our hospitality room.

Saturday, 9/15  Free time or a short tour to a local attraction in the morning. At 5:00 PM our Banquet room opens, a cash bar will be set up for refreshments. Our banquet is a dress up affair, a jacket and tie is the recommended attire for the men. At 6:00 PM with everyone seated we will introduce our guest speaker.  Following his speech, dinner will be served, after dinner and dessert, we will have our entertainer's performance. We will also have our reunion raffle where each ticket will give you multiple opportunities to win.

There is lots to do and see in the Wichita area.  You may want to come a day or two early or stay later. Below are some links to just a few of the attractions.

Wichita Visitors Center

Kansas Aviation Museum

Old Cowtown Museum

Museum of World Treasures

Wichita Botanica Gardens and Butterfly Sanctuary

Exploration Place

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

McConnell AFB