Our Seventh US Army Security Agency EuropeThe 7th US Army Security Agency Europe (USASAEUR) Reunion was held in Covington, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio from September16-19, 2010, at the Drawbridge Inn, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. 43 ASA members and 34 spouses/guests attended the reunion. The reunion was chaired by John Greene of Lexington, Kentucky, assisted by Bob Stegman of Elsmere, Kentucky, and Larry Paff of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Drawbridge Inn in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky hosted this reunion. The hotel and its staff did an excellent job in assisting the Reunion Committee. A Hospitality Suite was provided on the first floor of the hotel. The Committee provided a variety of German and American beers, wines, soft drinks, water, tea, ice, mixers, and assorted snacks throughout the weekend. There was ample room for scrapbooks and photo albums.
After checking in on Thursday, all registrants received a bag filled with small gifts, area maps, daily schedules, and an ASA Frankfurt baseball hat. Dinner was held at The Pub (British) in the Crestview Hills Mall. After dinner, the Hospitality Suite was open for visiting, showing photos, sharing war stories, lives, and careers since Frankfurt.
Friday began with a complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Everyone met at 10:00 a.m. for a bus tour of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The tour was very enjoyable and informative. Our guides were excellent and knew the area well. This tour included a stop at the Cincinnati Museum Center (Union Terminal) which houses the Museum of Science and History, the Children’s Museum and the Omnimax Theater. We also stopped on Riverside Drive in Covington for pictures of the stadiums and the Ohio River.
Lunch was held at the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant in Newport, Kentucky. The Hofbrauhaus is similar to the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany. The food was excellent and we were entertained by a Bavarian style band. After returning to the Drawbridge Inn, the Hospitality Suite was open for drinks and light refreshments.
At 6:00 p.m., we formed carpools and departed for the US Army’s “Spirit of America” show at the Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University. The “Spirit of America” show is presented by the US Army and features its elite ceremonial units such as the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Army Drill Team, and the Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” It also highlighted the Army and the Nation’s beginnings and it was a wonderful display of patriotism. The program also saluted all veterans in attendance. After the show, the Hospitality Suite was reopened for drinks, snacks, sharing, and reminiscing.
Saturday began with complimentary breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 a.m., we boarded the hotel shuttle buses for the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati. Here we ate authentic German food such as potato pancakes, apple strudel, cream puffs, pretzels, metts, brats, sauerkraut, and schnitzel. Many listened and danced to German music, watched the colorful parade of flags, and tasted the German beers. Others toured the Cincinnati Museum Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Creation Museum and some of the ladies even went shopping! It was a fun and enjoyable day for all! After the Oktoberfest, the ASA group returned to the hotel.
A group photo was taken in the stairway of the hotel and pictures will be sent to those who ordered them. The Reunion Banquet Dinner was held Saturday evening at the Drawbridge Inn. An excellent dinner was served to all followed by door prizes and raffles. After dinner, John Greene, asked those in attendance for the names of our deceased ASAE members. Also, a brief meeting and discussion followed regarding future reunions. Suggestions were Omaha, Gettysburg, and Munich.
Many of the veterans filled out the survey sheet with ideas and suggestions. Some of the results were: everyone liked the location of the Reunion—centrally located, easy to find, close to the airport and major highways. All enjoyed the tour of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. “The Spirit of America” performance was outstanding. Oktoberfest was fun and enjoyable. The food was good, especially the Hofbrauhaus and the banquet dinner at the hotel.
Sunday began with complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The Hospitality Suite was again open for more visiting and saying good-byes.It was a great weekend for sharing and meeting new and old friends.