317th Veterans Group 2018 Reunion

Wichita, Kansas

Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th

Our Reunion date is almost here.  If you plan to attend, you need to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. There are still a few rooms left in the 317th room block and our room block expiration was extended until August 30th.

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  rooms with a king sized bed or two double beds are available.

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. Once you have made your reservations be sure to send in the security information needed for base entry. Information on this is in your 317th newsletter. If you need a copy email Jim Timmons at jimt0708@aol.com  You also need to mail in our registration form also found in our newsletter. This registration form will help us to have an accurate count of attendees for seating on our buses and for our banquet meals. Our veterans group has to pay for these in advance of the reunion start date. If you are flying to Wichita, 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
Our hospitality room will be open all day . Be sure to sign in at our welcome table. We will have refreshments and our reunion vendor , Mr. Gregory will have squadron and 317th Veterans Group clothing and patches for sale. If you use Thursday as a travel day, please arrive at the hotel in time for our 7:00PM meeting in the hospitality room.  We will go over our reunion itinerary and answer any questions you may have.  We also plan to honor some of our special veterans and their families at this meeting.

Friday 9/14  Our tour buses will arrive at the hotel at 9:00 AM. We will be visiting the Air Mobility Command's 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB.We will meet the Airmen and learn about their mission and visit their 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 Lockbourne AFB, Ohio in 1965-67). We will also have a visit from the 317th Airlift Wing and be able to tour their C-130J while at McConnell. After touring the base we will have lunch at the base mess hall. After lunch we will visit the Kansas Aviation Museum and see why Wichita is called the Air Capital of the World. 

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. At our banquet 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 evening's entertainment. We have booked some great local talent that should add to your evenings enjoyment. We will also have our reunion raffle, where each ticket will give you multiple opportunities to win.

Sunday, 9/16 A Farewell Breakfast will be held in the hotel dining area from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.

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