2016 Reunion Information
Reunion Dates: Sunday, September 11-Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hampton Inn St. Robert/Fort Leonard Wood
103 St. Robert Plaza

Saint Robert, MO 65584
Reservations: 573-336-3355

Comfort Inn St. Robert/Fort Leonard Wood
103 St. Robert Blvd.,
Saint Robert, MO 65584
Reservations: 573-336-3553

Check in: 3 pm Check out: 11 am

When making your reservations be sure to mention that you are part of the group listed as 1st Engineer Combat Battalion Reunion group to get the special rate!

Reservations and payment due by: August 12

Depending on the number of attendees at the reunion this year, we may have to split up between the two hotels, which are right next to each other. Once attendees have booked all the rooms reserved for us at the Hampton Inn, the Comfort Inn will take the overflow.

Cost: Both single and double package cost is $296.98 for three nights, including taxes. Unlike other years, the package price does NOT include meals, aside from the buffet breakfasts. Arrangements are being made for the group to have lunches and dinners together, but we will have to pay for each meal, including the Tuesday night banquet.

Coming earlier and/or staying later: For two days prior and two days afterward the rate is the same $89.00 plus tax based on availability of rooms.

Amenities for both hotels include free parking, hot breakfasts, and free WiFi, along with non-smoking rooms, coffee makers, hair dryer, irons, and ironing boards. The Hampton Inn has an outdoor pool; the Comfort Inn has an indoor pool as well as micro-fridges in each room.

Call or email Ron Labinski, Reunion Coordinator, if you have any questions.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 11
Registration: begins 3 pm in Hospitality Room: after you’ve checked in, meet up with everyone for snacks and drinks
Hospitality Room: open 3 pm – 11 pm (snacks and drinks provided by the Association; a small donation to help cover costs would be appreciated)
Board of Directors Meeting: 3 pm. Location to be announced
Dinner will be a catered barbecue at hotel from 6 to 9 pm. Cost is to be determined.

Monday, September 12
Annual Business Meeting: 10 am – 12 pm
Hospitality Room: open 10 am – 11 pm
We will have lunch at the John Mahaffey Museum Complex‘s WW II mess hall where retro meals will be offered. We will then tour the museum and company area.
Dinner: Ron will be making arrangements with one of the area restaurants. You will be responsible for paying for your meal.
Annual Raffle will be held in the Hospitality Room after dinner.

Tuesday, September 13
We will tour Fort Leonard Wood. * Time to be announced. Lunch arrangements have not yet been finalized.
Dinner will be at the museum. The cost will be $20-$25. Details will be given at the Annual Business Meeting.
Men might want to wear a jacket and tie (and other appropriate clothing) to the dinner; women might want to wear something dressy, but not formal. There may be several people attending in dress uniform.

Wednesday, September 14
A final chance to mingle at breakfast and start making plans for next year.

*Bus transportation is extremely expensive, so we will have to car pool to post. Please see the next page for ID requirements for drivers and passengers (including motorcycles).
For those who don’t want to visit the museum or post, there are many places of interest within a reasonable driving distance.

Things to Do Around the Area

There are a number of places to visit with our cars, as bus accommodations are much too expensive in this area.
Pulaski County Missouri Some places mentioned on the site are the:
Promise Alpaca Ranch in Richland
Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker
a walking tour in downtown Waynesville.
There is also a wealth of information about self-guided auto tours such as:
Veterans’ Memorials
Route 66 part of which runs through St. Robert
a photography trail.
There are two tours that will take you through every town in the county.
There is also a self-guided auto tour of Ft. Leonard Wood.
There are several restaurants and coffee shops in St. Robert, on Fort Leonard Wood, and in the surrounding areas. Many of them are the chains that you are familiar with such as Burger King, Starbucks, and Subway. Some offer more diverse menus.

Be aware---if you decide to drive onto the post. Please be prepared to provide the following information when accessing Fort Leonard Wood:
Photo ID is for everyone in the vehicle 18 years of age or older
Vehicle Registration
Proof of Insurance
If you do not have a Department of Defense, (DOD) ID, present identification to Security within the Fort Leonard Wood Main Gate Visitors Center to receive permission to enter the installation.
A drivers license from the following states, MO, MN, IL and WA will not be sufficient. Additional information such as SS card, certified birth certificate, valid passport or VA card is required
Background checks are performed.

For more information about background checks and Fort Leonard Wood passes, contact the Fort Leonard Wood Visitor Center at 573.596.0131, ext. 60356.
If entering the military post on a motorcycle, have the following available:
Safety vest, gloves and helmet
Proof of attending a motorcycle safety course
Photo ID for all riders
Vehicle Registration
Proof of insurance
Some of the other places not necessarily in Pulaski County are:
Meramec Caverns are in Stanton approximately an hour northeast of St. Robert. There are for a walking tours of the caves

Fantastic Caverns are about 1½ hours southwest of St. Robert. There are
jeep-drawn tram cave tours.

Waynesville has walking tour of several Historic Sites including a Court House standing as it was in 1903.

Trail of Tears or Cherokee March from North Carolina to Oklahoma campsites in Waynesville (Several markers give a detailed description of that unfortunate time).

Sections of Route 66 are also in the area; the  about 35 miles southwest of Fort Leonard Wood.

St. James Winery-about 30 miles northeast; Tasting Room is open 7 days a Week
There are also other wineries in St. James.

St. James also has a Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Outlet

Uranus has, among other things, a fudge shop.

Also, for those interested in Civil War battlefields, Wilson Creek National Battlefield is in Springfield, MO and also there is a museum about the Battle of Carthage (first battle of the civil war where cannons were involved) located in Carthage, MO.

The original Bass Pro Shops and nature museum is located in Springfield, MO.

The front desk of both hotels will be able to provide you with lots of information. The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Suite A, in Saint Robert. They have brochures and maps as well as souvenirs.