NINTH US ARMY SECURITY AGENCY EUROPE 58 -65
SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2014
The 9th US Army Security Agency Europe (USASAEUR),
Frankfurt, Germany Reunion was held in Columbus, Ohio from September 24 - 27,
2014. 32 ASA members and 29
spouses/guests attended the reunion. The
reunion was coordinated by a committee comprised of John Greene of Georgetown,
Kentucky, John Meekins of Columbus, Ohio, John Minken of Hummelstown,
Pennsylvania, Larry Paff of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bob Stegman of Elsmere,
On the Capitol steps
The reunion was held at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel,
Columbus, Ohio. 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,
and assorted snacks throughout the reunion.
There was ample room for tables to display our scrapbooks and photo
albums, tables for our refreshments, and tables and seating for socializing.
Wednesday, September 24: After checking in, all registrants received a
bag filled with small gifts, brochures, daily schedules, and an ASA Frankfurt
coffee mug and baseball hat. A no-host
dinner was held at Christino’s in the Crowne Plaza. After dinner, the Hospitality Suite was open
for visiting, showing photos, sharing war stories, lives, and careers since
Thursday, September 25: Everyone met at 8:30 Am to board a bus for a
day excursion to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH where we toured
the National Museum of the Air Force.
Our guided tour focused on the Cold War, Southeast Asia War, and Presidential
Aircraft Galleries. The tour was very
enjoyable and informative. The guides
were excellent and were able to convey stories of the combat actions and
personnel relating to the aircraft on display.
A special thanks to John Meekins for coordinating our visit and
arranging for the tour guides. A group
photo was taken on the ramp leading to the Space Shuttle Exhibit which features
the Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT) located in the Cold War Gallery.
Men on Space Shuttle ramp
We experienced an unplanned departure from our agenda
on the way back to the hotel from the Air Force Museum. Several of our members seated at the rear of
the bus noticed a burning odor so we asked the driver to pull over to the side
of the interstate and halt the bus.
There was smoke visible at the rear of the bus so we evacuated the
bus. Everyone got off in good order and without
panic. We moved away to a safe distance
and watched as the entire rear third of the bus was consumed by fire. It all went rather quickly and we were on a
relief bus continuing our trip back to the hotel about an hour after we had
stopped. Click here to view the video
We held our Reunion Banquet Dinner that same evening
in the Buckeye Room at the Crowne Plaza.
Before dinner, John Greene, asked those in attendance to observe a
moment of silent prayer and remembrance for our deceased ASA-E members. An excellent dinner was served to all
followed by a raffle of a large assortment of items donated by our members. After dinner, the Hospitality Suite was
reopened for drinks, snacks, sharing, and reminiscing.
Friday, Sep 26:
Everyone met at 9:00 AM to board a bus for a
guided city tour of Columbus. Our guide
pointed out various historic sites and buildings while providing a narrative of
the history and development of Columbus. We stopped at the German Village Society
Meeting Haus where we received a short presentation and watched a video about the
history of the German Village district. Following
the video, we continued our tour of the city.
We then stopped at the Ohio State Capitol building where we had our
group lunch in the State House Museum Gallery. After lunch, we were given
a guided tour of the historic Capitol building.
Following the tour of the State House, we continued our city tour through
the Ohio State University complex and then returned to our hotel.
That same evening, we went to the Columbus Oktoberfest
at the Ohio Expo Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Here we ate authentic German food such as
potato pancakes, apple strudel, cream puffs, pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut,
and schnitzel. We listened to German
music, watched German folk dancers, and, of course, tasted the German
beers. It was a fun and enjoyable
evening for all! After the Oktoberfest,
our group returned to the hotel and once again gathered in our hospitality
suite for more socializing.
Saturday, September 27: The
Hospitality Suite was again open for more visiting and saying good-byes. It was a great reunion for sharing memories
and experiences of our time in Germany and reacquainting with old friends and
meeting new friends.
Thank you John for all your efforts that made this Reunion a success. A great time was had by All.
Our thanks to Larry and Bob too.Until Next Time: ASA LIVES