This page is dedicated to a review of past reunions and a glimpse at plans for future reunions.
Berlin is our reunion destination every four years. We were there in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The Steglitz International Hotel, which is convenient to downtown shopping and easy access to both the U-bahn and S-bahn stations, is our host sites every reunion. We normally have an add-on tour after the reunion, in 2014 it was a trip to Bavaria.
The years between our Berlin reunions we host the reunions in the areas of eastern, western and central U.S. All of our reunions in the U.S. feature a “Dancing Bear Club”, which is a large room dedicated to providing a gathering place for our members and guests. We have tables and bulletin boards for members to post photos, albums and other items of Berlin memorabilia. The opening night of our reunion is a plated dinner hosted by BUSMVA. The final night is a dinner/dance and is a function that members wear a coat and tie. Many of the members wear tux or their dress blues. We normally have tour activities on three days of the reunion and the remainder of the time is spent in the Dancing Bear Club or activities of your own choosing. The important fact is that nobody is a stranger for very long. Being a former Berliner makes you a distinct member of a very special fraternity. People discover old comrades and make new friends.
The 2016 BUSMVA Reunion will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 19th (Sunday)
Registration & Welcome Dinner:
June 20th (Monday)
June 21-22 (Tuesday - Wednesday) Business Meeting & Farewell Dinner
June 24th (Friday)
Reunion Central is the Academy Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We have a special BUSMVA rate of $89.00 for a Leisure King or 2 Queen or $99.oo for Executive Tower King or 2 Queens.
The hotel is right off Interstate 25, within 2 blocks and they have free parking. Free WIFI, pool, and best of all free full breakfast. Do not delay, make your reservations now. Reserve by calling 1-800-766-8524 or direct at 719-598-5770 and request “Berlin US Military Veterans” rate. Final deadline for hotel reservations is April 15, 2016. The hotel will honor our special room rate for 3 days prior and 3 days after our reunion.
Colorado Airport (COS) is about 5 miles from the hotel. They have free shuttle to and from the airport. They have rental cars available. Denver International is about 100 miles away and they have shuttle service but rates vary.
Reunion Special Activities:
We will have a buffet welcome dinner on Monday evening with a choice of 2 Entrée’s, and a plated dinner for Thursday nights farewell dinner with a choice also of 2 Entrée’s which we will have on the registration form.
Check-in will begin on Monday the 20th of June 2016.
Tuesday, June 21st we will be going to the Air Force Academy and will have our Memorial service there along with a tour in the morning. We will eat lunch at a place that can take a group our size and then the afternoon free.
Wednesday, June 22nd we will take a canyon tour in the morning and the Cog train ride up to the top of Pikes Peak in the afternoon.
(Warning, Pikes Peak has an elevation of 14,114 feet and little oxygen, so take that into consideration when signing up for the tour of Pikes Peak.)
Thursday, June 22nd our last day, will begin with the Business Meeting at 10am. You have time for shopping and DIY tours until about 3pm. Rob from Classic Imaging will be with us again to take your photos for your Holiday gifts and for our Reunion Memory Book. Our Farewell Dinner is a formal attire event. Wear your tuxedo, suit, fancy dresses for this special evening. Veterans---this is a time to wear your ribbons and medals with pride. Our dinner will be followed by and evening of music and dancing.
Dancing Bear Club—will be open Monday, June 20th through the membership meeting on Thursday, June 23rd. The Academy will allow us to bring in our own soft drinks and water, and any snacks we want. The bar is attached to our room by a short hallway, so we may bring purchased drinks into our club and any time….
DIY (Do it Yourself) Lots of areas to tour around hotel, large mall across street, many resturants within walking distance, additional tours are available at front desk…
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