USS KIRK Reunion 2016 – Update #2
Greetings USS KIRK Shipmates and our many Friends of KIRK! We have major news to pass on in this reunion update.
— Our keynote speaker at our banquet on Thursday evening, July 21, 2016 will be none other than Captain Brad Bell, USN (Retired). Captain Bell was KIRK’s Commanding Officer during her final deployment to the Middle East. Captain Bell also led USS KIRK through her decommissioning and the transfer of our great ship to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy at Long Beach, California on August 6, 1993. And as we all know, USS KIRK continues to steam today as the Guided Missile Frigate ROCS FEN YANG (FFG-934). KIRK/FEN YANG is now in her forty-third consecutive year of active service – quite a record!
— The theme of this year’s KIRK reunion is “USS KIRK Through the Years.” It is our goal this year to honor the accomplishments of all of our USS KIRK Shipmates, during all of the 21 years of USS KIRK’s busy life. Therefore, the afternoons of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be devoted to our three separate home port “eras” (San Diego, Yokosuka, and Long Beach, respectively) giving all of our proud KIRK Shipmates the opportunity to tell the stories of their time aboard our good ship. More to follow on this.
— We will shortly finalize the details of the banquet on Thursday evening, and other miscellaneous reunion costs, and nail down other registration details, so that we can get that administrative task behind us. Stand by for more of those details to come in the next reunion update.
— Branson, Missouri is known far and wide as an incredible “smorgasbord” of entertainment and activity. If you are not familiar with what Branson offers, we encourage everyone to visit some of the following Branson websites (there are many!) to see the amazing array of attractions that are waiting for us. There is certainly something here for everyone’s tastes and interests:
And. finally, if you have not yet made your hotel reservations, please do so as soon as you can. Here is the information you need:
The Branson Woods Resort
2201 Roark Valley Road
You can reserve your room by calling 877-502-7058, and use the “Group Code” 60-383.
The Reunion will run from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22, 2016. Early Check In will be available Friday July 15, 2016. Final Checkout will be Sunday July 24, 2016.
We have been able to arrange a very good discounted Room Rate, just $67.00 per night, but please keep in mind that your reservations must be made not later than May 18, 2016 to get this discounted rate. After May 18th, the rate cannot be guaranteed, so please don’t procrastinate on making your plans!
On to Branson!