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HPRA 2021 REUNION - MILWAUKEE - JUNE 0-12
by Steve Tindall  (Notes by the editor)
(photos have links)

    Since the 2020 Boston reunion was canceled due to Covid-19, lets have a preliminary look at the the 2021 reunion in Milwaukee, WI.

    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 pro
ducts 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>>>
 
 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!

Steve Tindall (71-72/FTG3) - Reunion Planner - grayflame328@gmail.com
   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.

2020 HPRA REUNION FORMS and Other Information (select)...

2020 Boston Reunion - Canceled COVID-10

2019 & 2020 Reunion Golf Shirt & Hat Ordering Information


*** Reunion Schedule and Coordinators *** 
2021 - Chicago/Milwaukee (June - Steve Tindall)
2022 - TBT

Recap Links for previous reunions (2020 most recent)...

2010 - St. Louis MO          2011 - Washington DC         2012 - Newport RI
2013 - Norfolk VA       2014 - Jacksonville FL      2015 -  New Orleans
2016 -  Memphis        2017 - Harrisburg       2018 - Savannah
2019 - Hartford CT        2020 Boston


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