Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Convention Changes

We posted the changes to the hotels and Convention schedule (see below) on 14 December 2017.  The only additional changes at this time is the scheduling of two "soft events":  a Wine Tasting trip to  La Vina Winery, a local New Mexico Winery, which be on Thursday 14 June 2018 and a El Paso Lower Valley Spanish Mission Trail tour which will on Friday 15 June 2018. 

note:  New overflow Hotel added (on 5 April 2018) see bottom of Hotel list


Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel is the Anchor Hotel

Because of rehab construction delays at our planned anchor hotel, we have moved the 2018 Convention to the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel and it's co-located partner, the Microtel Inn and Suites. This two hotel campus will provide over 350 rooms plus overflow accommodations of an additional 100 rooms at the Marriott, one block away. The other overflow hotels are:   The Radisson, Hawthorn; Comfort Suites; Chase Suites, Fairfield Inn and Town Place Suites.  Other hotels at the airport location will also adhere to the $98 per night contract rate. Click on the map below for a larger view.   




The plusses in this change of hotels offers the closet location to the Airport, adjacent to the short term parking - right across the street as a matter of fact. The Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel offers large meeting area/room for the hospitality room; free breakfast; pool and water slide; and is 10 minutes to the downtown venues for the Convention Banquet, Green Berets Movie and Green Beret night at the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball.

Those who have already committed to the Paso Del Norte Hotel are being accommodated on a first come, first served basis at the new Hotel HQ. You are supposed to be re-registered and contacted for your payment information by Debbie Lowrance (915) 778-4241.  Previously registered attendees should feel free to contact Debbie before she contacts you.  Be sure to obtain a confirmation number.  New registrations can call her directly and avoid the national booking number. 


Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel and Water Park
Convention Anchor Hotel
Address: 2027 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 778-4241

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham El Paso Airport
Convention Associate Anchor Hotel
Address: 2001 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 519-1164

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham El Paso Airport
Convention Bronze Sponsor
Special SFA Convention pricing at $89
Address: 6789 Boeing Dr, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 778-6789

Comfort Suites El Paso Airport
Convention Bronze Sponsor
Special SFA Convention pricing at $89
Address: 1940 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 772-0395

El Paso Marriott
Address: 1600 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 779-3300

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport
Address: 1770 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 772-3333

Chase Suite Hotel El Paso
Address: 6791 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 772-8000
POC:  Rene Baz, rbaz@chasesuites.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott El Paso Airport
Address: 6611 Edgemere Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 772-2202

Towne Place Suites by Marriott El Paso Airport
Address: 6601 Edgemere Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 493-6781

new Hotel added:
Home2 Suites by Hilton El Paso Airport
Address:  6308 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone:  (915) 887-0300 or (915) 503-7093
POC:  Zulema Acuna, zacuna@vistahost.net

Change 2

The events previously scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have mostly flip flopped - the new schedule is below. The Golf Outing remains unchanged for Wednesday.

Change 3

The annual picnic is now at the War Eagles Museum on Wednesday. The event will now be named the "Whole Enchilada Picnic" and will be organized by Robert Phillipson and our brothers from SFA Chapter 80 from nearby Las Cruces, NM. This takes the place of the previously scheduled "Mexican Fiesta Lunch" picnic originally scheduled for Friday.

Schedule of Events

As previously announced in December, the annual picnic is now at the War Eagles Museum on Wednesday. This event, the "Whole Enchilada Picnic", is organized by Robert Phillipson and our brothers from SFA Chapter 80 from nearby Las Cruces, NM. 

Tuesday 12 June 2018
0800-2000          Convention Registration - Wyndham Hotel Lobby
1700-1830          SFA President's Reception
0800-2200          Hospitality Room Open -  Wyndham Hotel

Wednesday 13 June 2018
0800-2000          Convention Registration continues - Wyndham Hotel Lobby
0800-2200          Hospitality Room Open -  Wyndham Hotel
0800 - ??            Golf Outing, Butterfield Trail Golf Course
0900-1200          Briefing (TBD)
0900-1800          SF Marketplace
1000-1200          Chapter Presidents' Meeting
1200-1400          War Eagles Museum Tour and Whole Enchilada Picnic
                            Free OH-6A "Loach" rides
                            Sky Diving available through Sky Dive El Paso (at your own cost & risk!)
1900-2200          50th Anniversary showing of the film classic "The Green Berets" starring 
                            John Wayne - at the historic Plaza Theater with special guest and
                            cash bar

Thursday 14 June 2018
0800-2200          Hospitality Room Open -  Wyndham Hotel
0900-1200          Briefing (TBD)
0900-1800          SF Marketplace
1000-1330          New!  La Vina Winery Tour ($15 fee covers transportation and wine tasting)
1400-2200          Cattleman's - Indian Cliff Ranch Dinner 

Friday 15 June 2018
0800-2200          Hospitality Room Open -  Wyndham Hotel
0900-1200          Briefing (TBD)
0830-1300          New!  Spanish Mission Trail Tour ($10 fee covers transportation)
0900-1800          SF Marketplace
1000-1200          General Membership Meeting
1900-2200          Green Beret Night at the El Paso Chihuahua's - AAA Baseball (tickets at $20 at the gate)

Saturday 16 June 2018
0800-2200          Hospitality Room Open -  Wyndham Hotel
0900-1130          Vietnam Memorial Ceremony Excursion
0900-1800          SF Marketplace
1700-1800          Pre-Banquet Cocktail Hour, El Paso Convention Center
1800-??              Annual SFA Banquet, El Paso Convention Center

Sunday 17 June 2018
0800-1000          Bloody Mary Morning Breakfast and Send Off, Wyndham Hotel

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