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#1 Geoff Winnington-Ball

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 1040 AM

If you don't know already, we're planning a Tanknet get-together for 08-13 Sep 2010, in the Puget Sound area. We want you there. Please see for details. I will remind you that we NEED to have our 18 rooms booked by the end of this month for our group rate. You don't have to cough up cash up front, and you CAN cancel later.

Let's get this show on the road!

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#2 Geoff Winnington-Ball

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 1027 AM

Puget Sound 2010

Our local arrangements committee met last week and we have significant progress to report.

(1) 9 Sept: The USN SubGroupNine has approved our Trident SSBN tour for the afternoon. So we will abbreviate our morning at Bremerton to the Inactive Ship Maint Piers, the USS Turner Joy museum ship, and the CVN visit -- if her maint availability permits not confirmed]. We then drive to the Keyport Undersea Warfare Museum, where USAians who wish the tour leave our foreign brothers [regrettably] and board the USN bus at 1230pm for the 2-hour visit to the SSBN. The museum is famous for displaying Trieste II, a complete IJN Kaiten manned torpedo [partly cutaway] and a first rate collection of torpedoes and mines, plus third generation exhibits on subs and undersea warfare. After we reassemble at the Keyport museum, we will stop at the Bremerton Shipyard museum close to the ferry terminal en rte back to the Seattle side of the Sound.

IMPORTANT: We have until 26 August to present SubGruNine with our list of SSBN tour attendees. So, we will need the following for each TN member [and companion, if applicable]: full name, first name, title [if preferred], confirm US citizen, and last 4 of SSN. We will be limited to 35 persons on this tour. Please send this data to any of our three local coordinators by e-mail or PM, and make sure you receive acknowledgement! We can expect no exceptions or fixes if ones name is not on the final list.

10 Sept: Ft Lewis/McChord AFB: our visit to the Stryker Reception Center is approved by the site manager. We will see the variants opened for walk through/around, plus be able to visit the maint bays where they are being checked and reassembled. The we will hopefully visit the Battle Command Training Center and 4-6th Air Cav Sqdrn [both pending] before shifting to McChord AFB, where volunteers of the McChord museum will admit us to their restoration hangar [PBY-5A currently in the works], open up several of the exhibit aircraft at the Heritage Park [always the C-124 and C-141] being worked on, and if no rain comes they will raise the B-18s dorsal turret for traversing. After a look at their small base museum displays, we return to Ft Lewis for the heavy side of the AFV house, the M1A1 tanks, Bradleys etc. of the Washington Natl Guard Unit Training Equipt Site and Combat Vehicle Maint Shop [final approval pending].

11 Sept: we think the Paul Allen Flying Heritage Museum, Boeing Assembly line tour [both in North Seattle] and the Museum of Flight [South Seattle] will fill the day, plus leave time for swim call and salmon BBQ.

12 Sept: any survivors hearty enough will be able to tour the CD forts at Pt Townsend and Keystone.

Irregularmedic, Ken Estes and 11E30 are coordinating of local arrangements. Anybody in the region interesting in assisting, please contact any of them.

(2) Headquarters/Encampment: SeaTac Airport strip Hotel/fast food/tavern/car rental concentration on International Boulevard between So 188th and So 192d Streets can support any and all tastes. Light rail and bus service to downtown Seattle from airport.

(3) The hotel chosen is the DoubleTree Hotel, located 2000m from the SeaTac (SEA) Intl Airport main terminal: 18740 Intl Blvd Seattle WA 98188
$109 per room single/double (at least a $50.00 discount) has std hotel amenities, view of Bow Lake, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, coffee shop. Shuttle service from airport, also a mere 10-minute walk from terminal. There are only 16 smoking rooms, filled on first-come basis. This was the best of all hotels in the zone.

To obtain the group rate:
1) Call the hotel directly: 206-246-8600
2) Call the 24 hour reservations hotline: 800-222-8733
3) Go on-line at http://doubletree1.h...ington/index.do

Please make sure you reference the group code TKN, and please confirm here once you've booked.
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