Greetings! Welcome to the Beer City! This year we are going
to enjoy some of the many interesting sights in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
along with attending a graduation ceremony at Great Lake Recruit
Training Command! Some of you may still remember being a “guest”
at Great Lakes for various phases of your training. Here is a
chance to see what has changed (easy answer: LOTS!).
We will be staying
at the Sheraton Milwaukee – Brookfield. It’s a beautiful hotel
located within easy walking distance of the Brookfield Mall and the
newly constructed Brookfield Convention Center. This year the
room rates will NOT include breakfast and here is why. First,
most of you can get a lower cost breakfast by eating in the onsite
restaurant. Some will pay more but that is up to you. The
second and most important reason is we will be on the buses at 0530 on
Friday to go to the graduation! I’m working on getting some kind
of box breakfast provided at hopefully no cost to you for that
trip. But not much is open for eating at O-dark-thirty.
There will be welcome bags from Visit Brookfield with coupons, lists of
things to do and where to eat, maps, and other little geegaws.
They are working with me to see if we can provide transportation from
the airport (Mitchell Field in Milwaukee) to and from the hotel.
It should be reasonable priced but I’ll update you as I get more
information. The airport is 17.3 miles from the hotel and Uber
and Lyft would also be options. An estimate of Lyft would be
$32-$45 based on the size of the party. AND when the schedule is
published we will try to arrange a Hugh Purvis Night at Miller Park to
see the Brewers play someone. This will be contingent of them
playing in town during our stay so fingers crossed!
Thursday will be our HOPS & HOGS tour day! This tour highlights the products that make Milwaukee famous. Great beer and an American Classic - Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Our day begins at the Harley-Davidson Museum where you can see Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the culture surrounding them over the past 117 years, including the first
motorcycle from 1903. Bring a camera for pictures on several of the
models as well as feeling the signature rumble on the Jumpstart. We
then make our way over to Lakefront Brewery, an independent craft brewer in Milwaukee started by Russ and Jim Klisch in 1987. Very well known for having the “most fun” brewery tour starting with a beer in
your hand and ending in singing with Laverne and Shirley. Lunch will be
included at Lakefront Brewery including Milwaukee Beer Brats, Wisconsin Cheese
Curds and Kringle.
Friday is NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES & GRADUATION Day! This tour takes us to Naval Station Great Lakes, “the Quarterdeck of the Navy” and the Navy’s only Boot Camp. Our day includes an RTC Recruit Graduation Ceremony aka Pass-in-Review, and lunch at MWR Port O’Call Restaurant. In the afternoon we will either have a “windshield tour” of the base OR we will go to the on base museum the National Museum of the American Sailor! The National Museum of the American Sailor’s exhibits tells the stories of Enlisted Sailors from colonial America to those serving
today. Starting with boot camp basics and looking back at the triumphs
and challenges of a naval force constantly in flux. Get a peek
into the everyday life of a Sailor at the United States Navy’s newest museum!
Great Lakes Navel Training Center>>>
Steve Tindall (71-72/FTG3) - Reunion Planner - email@example.com
I’d like to hear from you about the afternoon portion of the
Friday tour. Want the bus tour? Like to visit the
museum? We could split the group if there is enough interest in
both like we’ve done in the past. Let me know!
Friday evening will be the gala dinner at the hotel. It’s a
beautiful room and the food should be great. I’m working on a
Saturday morning breakfast for everyone as well. It would be a
group setting and hopefully I can get it reasonably priced. I
know not everyone is Bill Gates!
NOTE From the Editor:
The above article for the 2021 reunion presents the planning as May
1st, 2020. The location, hotel and most of the tour plans are set.
Pricing for the hotel and tours will be announced in a future
newsletter and on the website. Dinner choices will also be available
then. It is expected that information will be available in the January
2021 newsletter, including the hotel reservation number and links. All
forms; reunion registration and clothing ordering will be available in
the late March newsletter and the website.