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2016 USACCRA Reunion

Are you ready to mark your calendars?  Excitement is building as the planning moves forward for the next United States Army Chaplaincy Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) 2016 Reunion!  The dates are set, the city is selected, and the hotel is contracted.

The 2016 USACCRA Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 October 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  The reunion will be held in the historic Menger Hotel which located across the street from The Alamo. The theme of the Reunion is “Telling Our Story.”San Antonio

San Antonio is a bustling, historical city.  Although San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the nation with the population of 1.4 million, it is known as “a large city that feels like a small town.” It dates back to the May 1st, 1718 when Franciscan missionaries and the Spanish crown established the first mission along the San Antonio River.  The mission was called Mission San Antonio de Valero.  Five other missions followed.  That first mission later became known as The Alamo.  The Alamo is number one on every visitor’s list; three to four million visitors from all over the world walk through its doors each year.

Not only historically significant, the city is a modern metropolis which offers unimaginable opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Following close behind The Alamo is the famous River Walk.  The River Walk originally began as a result of a plan to protect down town San Antonio from flooding.  Now it is a 15 mile long city park which draws visitors from everywhere across the world.

On July 5 of this year, the five missions in San Antonio were in scripted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is the only World Heritage site in Texas and the 23rd in the United States.  This designation has increased exponentially the number of international visitors to San Antonio.

Known as “The Military City,” San Antonio is home to more than 500,000 military members, federal civilians and their families.  The State of Texas and the city of San Antonio welcomes all military members and retirees to the city with open arms. You can click on the attached link to learn more about San Antonio.

As you can tell, the local USACCRA group is excited to host the 2016 Reunion.  As we grow closer to the date, we will introduce you to more and more details of our planning.

After the first of the year we will provide you with the link to make your hotel reservations and register for the Reunion.  In the meantime, review the attached link and begin getting excited with us!  Begin by blocking 26-29 October your calendar.  We look forward to welcoming you to San Antonio!

Mini Reunions

The members of the chaplaincy family find regular informal gatherings to be both useful and lots of fun. They become something like “mini-reunions” that are enjoyed nationally every two years. Local chapters of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) provide this opportunity. As a result, at least two new chapters are in the making.


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Barry Bowden agreed to coordinate the start of a chapter in the Fayetteville, NC area where so many of our number have retired to be near Fort Bragg. A small, but interested, group gathered for lunch at Luigi’s on July 23 and made the decision to meet again in about three months—this next time with some effort to spread the word to those who are not aware of what USACCRA is doing and would enjoy participating.


Pictured are those who attended the lunch: Anita Cottingham, John Cottingham, Melanie Bowden, Barry Bowden, Tom Smith, Tim Leever, and Jim Johnson. Not pictured but present was Jerry Powell.

A group who live in the Augusta, Georgia, area met on July 21 at Macaroni Grill for lunch. This combination of retired and active duty chaplaincy family members demonstrated the value of sharing information between the two groups and supporting their common goals. Suzanne Hall and Gloria Smith agreed to share the coordinating roll in getting the ball rolling there. The task is a simple one, since local chapters are free to decide how often, when, and where they will meet. Keeping the process as simple as possible is the key, with the most challenging task to locate and notify all those in our group who live in the area.


Pictured are those who attended the luncheon. Front Row: Suzanne Hall, Gloria Smith. Back Row: Tom Smith, Bob Hall, Randy Dillard, Charlie Smith, Herman Cheatham, and Tim Mallard.

Anyone living in an area where other chaplaincy family members are also located can start a local chapter where you live. You may obtain a list of a few in your area from Tom Smith, VP for local chapters of USACCRA, whose e-mail address is