70th Anniversary Reunion News & Notes
INTRO

I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with some additional details and instructions to assist you during what promises to be an amazing three days.

Accessing Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Base JBAB (formerly Bolling AFB)
  • Individuals who possess a valid DoD issued ID card may access JBAB through either the Main Gate (located in front of building P-20) or through the South Gate located by the Visitor Center.

  • Individuals who DO NOT possess a DoD issued ID card will need to access JBAB via the South Gate (directions to the South Gate and overhead maps are provided below).

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ACCESS JBAB THROUGH THE MAIN GATE IF YOU

DO NOT HAVE A DOD ISSUED ID CARD

  • The names of attendees who do not possess a valid DoD issued ID card and who successfully filled out and submitted the Base Access Form prior to the August 23rd deadline were submitted to the Visitor Center on August 24th.  In turn, the Visitor Center is using the submitted information to create the official JBAB USAFHG 70th Anniversary Reunion Entry Access List (EAL).  The EAL will only be accessible to base security personnel at the South Gate.

  • Once you arrive at the South Gate, it is imperative that you present the security personnel with the same form of ID that you provided when you filled out your Base Access Form prior to the August 23rd deadline.

  • The JBAB Security Personnel will check your ID against the information on the EAL.  If your name is on the list, you will be granted permission to enter the base and proceed to your event.

  • In the event you do not possess a valid DoD issued ID card and your name is NOT on the list, don’t panic.  There will be personnel from the unit at the South Gate or on call to come assist you and sign you in.

  • Please allow extra time to get through security, expect delays, and be patient.

  • For those of you who failed to submit your Base Access Form prior to the August 23rd deadline, allow even more time to get on base as your wait time will potentially be significantly longer.

  • For those of you driving your personally operated vehicle on base, make sure you have your driver’s license with you, a valid vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.

  • Taxis and Ubers are NOT permitted on JBAB under any circumstances.

Directions To The Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) South Gate
  • FROM WASHINGTON AND POINTS NORTH: Take I-395 North, across the Potomac River, using the center lanes. Continue on 295 south to exit 2.  Take South Capitol St south and proceed past the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Base Main Gate to the South Gate.  Turn right at the first traffic light onto Chappie James Blvd.  The South Gate is less than a half mile past the Main Gate on the right hand side.

  • FROM THE BELTWAY AND POINTS SOUTH: Take I-295 North (first exit from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Maryland side - bear right after exit). Take exit 1, towards Naval Research Laboratory.  Take a right at the traffic light at the bottom of the ramp on to Overlook Ave SW.  Follow Overlook Ave through two traffic lights or approximately a half mile.  At the second traffic light, turn slight left Chappie James Blvd which is the entrance to JBAB and is where the South Gate entrance located.

  • Once you successfully access the base, there are two primary USAFHG 70th Anniversary Reunion event locations:

    • The USAF Honor Guard Campus

    • The Bolling Club (formerly the Bolling Officer’s Club)

Directions to the USAF Honor Campus from the JBAB South Gate:
  • Proceed through the South Gate as directed by base security personnel

  • Observe and obey posted speed limits

  • Continue on Chappie James Blvd for approximately 1 mile

  • Turn right onto MacDill Blvd which is located directly in front of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

  • Turn left at the next traffic light onto Brookley Ave SW

  • Building P-20 and the USAFHG Campus are located on the right after you turn onto Brookley Ave

  • Take either the first or second right to find available event parking

Directions to the Bolling Club from the JBAB South Gate:
  • Proceed through the South Gate as directed by base security personnel

  • Take the first right through the gate onto Duncan St SW (Note the 20 MPH)

  • Proceed approximately one half mile

  • Turn right onto Theisen St - the Bolling Club will be on your left at the top of the hill

  • There is ample parking directly in front of the club, beside the club, and behind the club

Event Check-In:
  • We’ve made it extremely easy for you and your guests to check-in once you’ve successfully accessed the base and you’ve arrived at your event location (either the USAFHG Campus or the Bolling Club).

  • Each event will have a check-in table prominently positioned as you arrive at the event location.

  • Registered current and former USAFHG members will be issued an envelope containing tickets for you and all of your guests for the events you signed up for.

  • There will be a check-in table at each event with a complete list of all registered attendees, just in case you lose or misplace your tickets. 

  • You and your guests will also be given a blank name tag and asked to write your name and the years you were assigned to the USAFHG.

Individual Event Information:
The Hawaiian Luau Party:
  • Friday August 31st from 6pm to 9pm at the Bolling Club in the Main Ball Room

  • Kickoff the weekend with a festive Luau-themed party

  • Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt and join us for food and fun as we welcome home the USAFHG family

  • Party favors will be provided and prizes for the best- and worst-dressed islanders

  • Entertainment and music provided by a professional DJ

  • Appetizers and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served during the event

  • Full cash bar available

  • The AFHGA and the USAFHG Booster club will have a large selection of “must have” 70th Anniversary, USAFHG, and AFHGA merchandise available to purchase

  • There will also be numerous silent auction items for you to bid on (winners will be announced on Saturday night at the conclusion of the 70th Anniversary Gala / Dinner)

  • Unfortunately we will only be able to accommodate attendees who have already purchased their tickets for this event.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

  • We are expecting 285 attendees for this event.

The Alumni Picnic:
  • Saturday, September 1st from 11am to 2pm at the USAFHG Campus

  • It’s an old fashioned, family-friendly picnic featuring inflatable slides, moon bounces, a dunk tank, and outdoor games for kids of all ages

  • You’ll enjoy a catered barbecue luncheon with all the fixings and refreshments

  • Relax and reconnect with friends in the air conditioned confines of Ceremonial Hall or under a 100' x 40' event tent that will be set up directly beside C-Hall for your comfort

  • The AFHGA and the USAFHG Booster club will have a large selection of “must have” 70th Anniversary, USAFHG, and AFHGA merchandise available to purchase

  • There will also be numerous silent auction items for you to bid on (winners will be announced on Saturday night at the conclusion of the 70th Anniversary Gala / Dinner)

  • We are expecting approximately 700 attendees for this event

The 70th Anniversary Gala / Dinner:
  • Saturday September 1st from 6pm to 10pm at the historic Bolling Club

  • This is a "dress to impress" evening celebrating "70 Years Of The USAFHG On The Marks"

  • NO MILITARY UNIFORMS or Formal Attire

  • Dress to impress is anywhere from semi-formal, to business attire, to your Sunday best, to your best Christmas Party outfit.  Don’t stress, just dress to impress

  • Social Hour begins at 6pm with cash bar cocktails, with the formal portion of the dinner program beginning at 7pm

  • Chief Master of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright is the keynote speaker

  • Enjoy elegant dining while being serenaded by the Strolling Strings

  • Attendees will receive commemorative 70th Anniversary keepsakes

  • Praetorian Award recipients will be bestowed this prestigious honor

  • This will be your last opportunity to submit the winning bid for the silent auction items with the winners being announced at the end of the night

  • Unfortunately we will only be able to accommodate attendees who have already purchased their tickets for this event.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

  • We are expecting approximately 365 attendees for this event

The Group Breakfast:
  • Sunday September 2nd – Show time is 8:30am and with buffet style, all-you-can-eat breakfast being served from 9am to 10am in the Washington Dining Room at the Bolling Club

  • Don’t be late for this one as we have a tight turn to be over at the USAFHG Campus for the start of the USAFHG Exhibition promptly at 10:30am.

  • Unfortunately we will only be able to accommodate attendees who have already purchased their tickets for this event.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

  • We are expecting approximately 115 attendees for this event

The USAFHG Exhibition:
  • Sunday September 2nd at 10:30am on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn / USAFHG Campus

  • Make sure to be in your seats by 10:30am on the USAF Ceremonial Lawn bleachers

  • We’ll start with a mock USAF Full Honor Arrival Ceremony, followed by an USAF Full Honor Wreath Laying ceremony by the USAFHG Commander and the AFHGA President at the USAFHG Memorial to honor those Ceremonial Guardsmen who have marched in their last parade

  • Last but not least we’ll move to the far end of the USAFHG Campus for a precision performance by your USAFHG Drill Team

  • This portion of the program is free and open to guests who are able to gain access to the base

The Dinner Cruise:
  • Sunday September 2nd at the D.C. Wharf

  • Boards at 5pm at the D.C. Wharf and sails from 6pm to 8:30pm

  • The boarding address is 600 Water St SW, Washington DC

  • The boarding dock is located approximately 7 miles from the Harborside Hotel and approximately 5 miles from JBAB - or 20 to 30 mins travel time

  • We will be having dinner on a climate-controlled deck which will allow for cruising in all weather conditions with open-air viewing on the top deck

  • Dinner will be buffet style with freshly prepared entrees, salads  and desserts

  • We will have ample access to a well-stocked cash bar with wine, beer and cocktails

  • There will be a live DJ, a dance floor, and games (giant jenga, shuffleboard, etc.)

  • Attire is dressy casual

  • Transportation will not be provided to get to the D.C. Wharf.

  • There is ample pay parking and parking garages in the newly renovated Wharf area.

  • Please make sure to give yourself adequate travel time to arrive, find parking, and make the short trip to the dock.

  • Unfortunately we will only be able to accommodate attendees who have already purchased their tickets for this event.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

  • We are expecting 80 attendees for this event

Harborside Hotel Information:
  • The Harborside Hotel is located at 6400 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD

  • It is located approximately 3.3 miles from the JBAB South Gate

  • There are over 100 70th Anniversary Reunion attendees staying at the hotel

  • The AFHGA will be providing limited shuttle service from the Harborside Hotel to the events at JBAB via the South Gate.

  • The shuttle drive is an Active Duty member of the USAF who routinely accesses JBAB

  • The shuttle van is capable of transporting 15 people per trip

  • The shuttle schedule as follows:

Aug 31st / Hawaiian Luau Party

  • Pick up - The shuttle will pick up passengers in front of the Harborside beginning at 5pm and will continue make roundtrip runs until 6pm

  • We envision a total of 3 to 4 roundtrips will be possible during this time depending on the expediency of base security personnel in confirming all of the shuttle occupants are on the EAL once the van arrives at the South Gate

  • Please ensure you possess proper ID to present to Base Security Personnel

  • Return – The shuttle will begin returning passengers to the Harborside Hotel at 9pm and will continue to make roundtrip runs until 10pm (if necessary)

Sep 1st / AFHGA Board of Directors Meeting

  • Pick up - The shuttle will pick up passengers in front of the Harborside beginning at 8:30am until 9am if needed

  • Please ensure you possess proper ID to present to Base Security Personnel

Sep 1st / Alumni Picnic

  • Pick up - The shuttle will pick up passengers in front of the Harborside beginning at 10:30am and will continue make roundtrip runs until 11:30am

  • We envision a total of 3 to 4 roundtrips will be possible during this time depending on the expediency of base security personnel in confirming all of the shuttle occupants are on the EAL once the van arrives at the South Gate

  • Please ensure you possess proper ID to present to Base Security Personnel

  • Return – The shuttle will begin returning passengers to the Harborside Hotel at 1:45pm and will continue to make roundtrip runs until 2:45pm (if necessary)

Sep 1st / 70th Anniversary Gala / Dinner

  • Pick up - The shuttle will pick up passengers in front of the Harborside beginning at 5pm and will continue make roundtrip runs until 6pm

  • We envision a total of 3 to 4 roundtrips will be possible during this time depending on the expediency of base security personnel in confirming all of the shuttle occupants are on the EAL once the van arrives at the South Gate

  • Please ensure you possess proper ID to present to Base Security Personnel

  • Return – The shuttle will begin returning passengers to the Harborside Hotel at 10pm and will continue to make roundtrip runs until 11pm (if necessary)

Sep 2nd / Group Breakfas, USAFHG Exhibition, and Dinner Cruise

  • There will be no shuttle service for these events

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