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If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this summary article about our 2016 National Meeting in Bossier City, LA will give you a flavor for what these weekend meetings have to offer you. Keep in mind, every location and city has unique and varied attractions and the banquet will often take on a regional flare highlighting those very differences.
If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this year’s in Bossier City would be a great place to start! The 30th annual AFSFA National Meeting is shaping up to be one to remember. So let me see if I can entice you to join us this September with a general outline of what to expect.
We will be based at the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Shreveport/Bossier City, LA, 2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, Louisiania, 71111 from 22-25 September 2016. You can make reservations by calling (318) 759-1950 and be sure to identify yourself as being with the Air Force Security Forces Association (Group code AFS) to get the meeting rate. You can also go online at: http://goo.gl/BBNnSb The reservation deadline is 31 August 2016. You have your choice of two hotels, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites located side by side. Homewood Suites includes a hot breakfast with the room rate while Hilton Garden Inn does not.
Depending on which hotel you select and single versus double occupancy the room rate varies from $99.00 to $129.00 plus tax, and may be available three days prior and three days after the meeting if requested. Room rates includes free parking, free Wifi and complimentary airport shuttle service as well as service within a five-mile radius of hotel.
The golf tournament starts early Thursday morning so golfers will want to arrive Wednesday evening if you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewoord Suites.
Members will start picking up their registration packets in the hotel lobby at 1600 and the Meet and Greet Social will start at 1800.
Both Friday and Saturday morning General Membership Meetings typically run from 0800 to 1200ish hours and are open to members, spouses and guests. Following the Friday morning session there will be a tour to the 2d Security Forces Squadron and the buses will get folks back to the hotel before 1800. Friday evening is open with no events planned.
Our Annual Banquet is on Saturday evening and starts at 1800 and is full of great food and unbeatable fellowship. At 0800 on Sunday we gather and pause to remember our Fallen Defenders and then … we reluctantly say our goodbyes until the next year.
Throughout most of the weekend there is a hospitality room in the hotel for all to relax in and enjoy … also known as the “war story room” and you want to make sure you don’t leave home without your coin! But just in case you did or you want to start your Christmas shopping early or you need something new for your “I love me wall” …. the AFSFA Country Store and most of the chapters will have lots of memorabilia for sale.
AFSFA mailed detailed registration packets to all AFSFA members on 8 August 2016 so you should see it very soon. You can also download a pdf copy of the registration package on this site. Simply got to Members under the web site header, then go to Member Documents in the drop down menu, then click on AFSFA 2016 National Meeting Registration Package and finally click on the blue word here and you will be downloading the documents that you can print out, fill in and mail to us.
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