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2014 All TowerRats Reunion
NewsAll Tower Rat Reunion 2014
When: August 7-10, 2014
Where: Fort McClellan, Alabama
Hotel Information: Hampton Inn Jacksonville
1041 JD&L Drive
Jacksonville, AL 36265
Telephone 256-782-0330

I signed a contract with the hotel for 25 rooms with a king bed and 25 rooms with double queen beds. I was able to negotiate the price down to $77/night plus tax. Included with the room rate is a full hot breakfast, internet access, use of business/fitness centers and outdoor pool, free parking. All reservations must be completed by July 7, 2014 or you will not be guaranteed the negotiated lower rate.

If you plan on sharing a room with another tower rat, the front desk can work with you to split the charges down the middle.
The hotel has a large lobby area with multiple tables, chairs, etc which can be used as a general meeting area upon arrival, as well as an outside area where we can sit and visit next to the pool. We are also able to bring in outside beverages, food etc.

To reserve your room(s) you can call the hotel directly and mention Tower Rats to receive the discounted rate or visit their website at

http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/A/ANBJVHX-465-20140807/index.jhtml

If anyone wishes to show up a day earlier or stay a day later, the hotel will honor the same rate that has been negotiated.
There is a supermarket, banking facilities, a Bojangles, Huddle House and other eating establishments within walking distance of the hotel.


On Friday August 8, 2014 we have a tour set up at the Center for Domestic Preparedness on the old Fort McClellan. Because this is a secure facility, everyone who will participate in the tour must provide their full name, date of birth and social security number to get cleared to enter the facilities. Yvette Lovvorn, a tower rat, will be collecting all of that data and will post further information soon. She must have all information by July 7, 2014 to give the security office proper opportunity to complete the background checks.

On Friday August 8, 2014 at or about 1800 hours, we are planning to have a simple dinner prepared for everyone and will host this event at the American Legion Post in Jacksonville, AL. It is about ½ mile from the hotel. The dinner plans as of now are to have German Potato Salad, Bratwurst, knockwurst, etc…We will work on refining the menu and this event is going to be funded by the local tower rats who do not have to travel or stay in the hotel, just a little way to thank our fellow tower rats for traveling to our neck of the woods.

On Saturday August 9, 2014 everyone will be on their own during the day to come and go as they please. Some opportunities include, but are not limited too:
Berman Museum of World History 840 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206 http://www.bermanmuseum.org/

The Berman Legacy

Farley Berman was born in Anniston in 1910. After attending the University of Alabama, he graduated with a law degree from Emory University in 1934. While practicing law in Atlanta, Berman also joined the Army Reserve in 1937 and enlisted in 1941 after Pearl Harbor. He spent much of his time in the service in Military Intelligence. He met his wife Germaine while he was stationed in North Africa in World War II. She was a French National and a member of the French Intelligence. As Berman later recalled, "I was spying on her, and she was spying on me." They were married in 1945 and returned to Anniston to make their home and live for the remainder of their lives.
Farley Berman suggested that his collecting began at the age of 6. "I started with a little .22 caliber rifle, one thing led to another and I ended up with the collection I have today." Weapons certainly remained a fascination for Berman, but he also gathered historic objects and "older things" from the time he was at school at Emory.

Germaine shared his passion for collecting, "She collected almost as many items as I did," Berman later recalled. They spent four decades traveling the world together; he collected rare weapons and she collected works of fine art. "I used up four passports, which gives you some idea how much traveling I did. I had dealers and collectors all over the world."

Berman preferred to remain mysterious when asked how he acquired much of his collection. Some pieces, he suggested, might have made their way home in his bedroll after World War II; others, he liked to say, simply appeared in his house. In fact, the Bermans were very astute and conscientious collectors. They worked closely with dealers, other collectors and well-known auction houses to make many of their acquisitions. Other objects were purchased as they traveled and may have been found in antique shops and at flea markets.
Included in the collection are hundreds of bronzes, paintings by European and American artists, historically significant artifacts, ethnographic material, art from Asia, weaponry, and historical documents.

The Bermans also spent time building a collection of books to learn about the things they loved. Berman told new collectors to spend their first few bucks on books, "that way you will know what you are doing. Become very familiar with the items you prize."

The Bermans regularly shared their treasures with those who were interested, either through loans to museums and galleries, or through tours of their home. Although several museums and institutions expressed an interest in the Berman collection, in 1992 Farley and Germaine bequeathed it to their hometown of Anniston, with the wish that others could learn the significance of the objects from a historic perspective. Farley Berman said of the choice, "Germaine had two loves: Paris and Anniston. Paris had the Louvre, and doesn't need any more museums".

In 1996, the Berman Museum opened in Lagarde Park, Anniston, Alabama. Lagarde Park is also home to the Anniston Museum of Natural History, a nationally accredited museum. Initially, the Berman Museum managed only a portion of the 6,000-plus piece collection. In 1999, Colonel Berman passed away leaving the remaining objects to the foundation. Ongoing research continues to reveal fascinating new information about the objects.



Cheaha State Park and Mt. Cheaha, Alabama
At 2,407 feet in elevation, Mt. Cheaha is the highest point in Alabama and offers great views, shopping and a restaurant while visiting. It is located about 40 miles South of Jacksonville, AL with the drive taking about an hour.
Operating Hours 0700 – Sundown daily
For Information About Events Happening At Cheaha State Park
Phone: (256) 488-5115 or


International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Address: 3366 Speedway Blvd, Talladega, AL 35160
Phone:(256) 362-5002
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

http://motorsportshalloffame.com/
SPECIAL SUMMER HOURS
9:00 AM to 5:00 pm CDT
Every day of the year except
New Year’s, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Day and Easter.



Noccalula Falls Park 90 Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35901 Phone 256-549-4500
Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre (101-ha) public park located in Gadsden, Alabama (USA). The falls are located on land once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave the site to the city of Gadsden, so that the area could be improved, and the public could enjoy the falls. R.A. Mitchell Elementary School, named in his honor, is located across the street from the falls. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot (27-m) waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.
The falls drop itself has been run successfully in whitewater kayaks at least once in late November 2011 by three expert kayakers. The water level was unusually high permitting a deep enough pool to form at the base of the falls. Ordinary water levels would not form enough of a pool to consider an attempt to run the drop.
Summer Hours 9:00 Am – 7:00 PM



Anniston Museum of Natural History

http://www.annistonmuseum.org/

The mission of the Anniston Museum of Natural History is to enhance public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of living things and their environments.

The Museum is committed to providing educational, recreational and economic benefits which will improve the quality of life for diverse audiences.

The Museum offers a wide range of programs and events throughout the year, appealing to a variety of interests and age groups. There is something for everyone at Anniston Museum of Natural History.


It would be appropriate for us to gather on Saturday evening to have dinner together. We are still working on gathering information on local establishments that are capable of holding a large group. Once I get a better feeling for how many people will be participating, I will know what size restaurant we will need, and we can take a vote as information becomes available.

Redman
Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

WOW, I could have had a V-8!

110th MP Co 83-86
Seneca Army Depot 90-92
Posted by DooF on Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:37 am
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2012 All TowerRats Reunion
Announcementhere's the agenda:

Wed 8/15 1800 hrs - Reception in the hospitality room. Light snacks and soft drinks.
Thu 8/16 0900 hrs - Depart by charter bus to WRNMMC. Return about 1500 hrs.
Fri 8/17 0900 hrs - Optional D.C. tour, including visit to Tomb of the Unknowns, Kennedy grave site, and group photo on steps of Lincoln Memorial. Return to hotel about 1600 hrs.
Sat 8/18 1900 hrs - Closing banquet at the hotel. Cash bar starting at 1800, dinner at 1900. Dinner menu includes: pork schnitzel, chicken cutlets, spaetzle, roasted potatoes, green beans w/ red cabbage, tossed salad, German potato salad, and apple strudel.

If anyone is arriving early, the annual Overture 1812 Concert, presented by the US Army Concert Band, Chorus, Herald Trumpets, and Presidential Salute Battery of the Old Guard, is on Tuesday evening at the Washington Monument. The concert is free.

Once again, please ensure you use the link in the forums to download and print the registration form. Payment is due by July 13th; after that, a $10 per person late registration fee applies.




~ Alan
636th Ord Co 1978-1980
164th MP Co 1982-1985

All Autobahns lead to Ausfahrt
Posted by DooF on Mon May 14, 2012 12:45 pm
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New Members
AnnouncementOne of the main reasons of login failure.. is that TowerRat.com prohibits the worst spamming email addresses to access the site.

HotMail.com Yahoo.com & AOL.com do not police their users if requested.


Forward your info to me.


Username:


Password:


I will create it for you.
Posted by DooF on Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:59 pm
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TowerRat.com 2012 Reunion
AnnouncementI was possibly planning a 2012 TowerRat.com reunion. I had planned on visiting the sick and wounded at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC.

Since the military is closing the Hospital this month, I had set my plans to the side. I am not planning a TowerRat.com in the near future.

Free free to let me know if you need me to post anything about a reunion you are going to or are possibly planning.

FTA

DooF
Posted by DooF on Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:58 pm
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Need info asap
For TowerRatsafter almost 40 yrs., the military has come back to haunt me, by way of messing with my benefits. if anyone has served the 110th mp co, camp ames, during the yrs, 74-75, even if authoratative position, sgt & up, please get in contact with me asap, as they only gave me 30 days from yesterday, to get information. thank u or weatherman1@adelphia,net
Posted by DooF on Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:28 pm
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Hey you Pud Knockers
AnnouncementIt has been awhile. Alot of shit has changed. I am still around. I check the site every other day.

I have kinda left the site alone for a couple of reasons.... One is I have been working alot lately. Another reason is I decided to take a break for awhile. The site was experiencing a little too much drama. I was constantly expected to clarify anything I did or would not allow on the site. I was peppered with emails about how I was violationg "Freedom of Speech". I find it funny that a site I established in 2001 and I have paid for & maintained without charging dues or fees that I am expected to allow someone to anything they believe in. I have created sections in the forum for Topics.. Stay on the topic. If someone starts a post on sitting in towers... nobody needs to state what they had for dinner. Don't hijack another TowerRat's post, it is rude. Start your own. If you were in the 556th don't go ocver to the 110 & stink up their forum. The 110th has been kicking the shit outta the 556th in posts anyways. (Props to the 110th)

This site was created For TowerRats by TowerRats.... Use it to find friends from the past, or share your stories. CHeck your bullshit at the door. It you want to post stupid shit I refer you to www.GoDaddy.com and you can make your OWN web site.

Ok... enough.. I will process all the applications in a timely manner. I will fix the Photo Gallery (my personal favorite part of this site)

FTA

DooF
Posted by DooF on Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:11 pm
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Nukeblog
PHP-NukeI guess I should explore the site more deeply. The old software had a glitch in the software in that only the last 50 blog entries could be seen by all registered members (although one could read all of his or her own blogs).

With the new software "Nukeblog" lists all the people who have posted and clicking on the name brings up a list of all their posts. Glad to see the improvement.

--Neal
Posted by neal on Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:36 am
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2009 Sock Drive
AnnouncementAll,

My daughter, Abby, met Bulldog and a lot of others when we went to dinner at the Georgia 2008 Reunion. At that reunion, there was a lot of fun to include the issuance of Bulldog's missing sock from the Fort Leonard Wood reunion 07. I had the absolute pleasure of telling my daughter all about the missing sock story on the ride home to Alabama (about 2 hours), she laughed and laughed and laughed when I told her about Bulldog taking one of his ole smelly socks off and puttin it in Robbin's pillow case before she went to sleep that night.

The next day, Abby and I went to the local grocery store, when she spotted a sock in parking lot and wanted to pick it up, bring it home, wash it and send it off to ole Bulldog as a possible match. Before we left that market, she came up with an idea to collect socks to give to the homeless during the holidays.

Last year, she collected roughly 90 pairs of brand new socks and about $50 in cash contributions. As she attends a local Catholic school, she decided that the money should go to Sister Mary's food shelter, but the socks..... The socks were handed from her hands to the hands of the homeless at a local homeless shelter. She reported her actions in the classroom, where she got a big hug from her teacher and the other kids learned a lesson about giving to the less fortunate. She had a smile from ear to ear for a month.

She is ready to start the collection for the 2009 Holiday season and hopes that she can do better this year than she did last (Not everyone got a new pair of socks last year). Her goal is to get 200 pairs of socks this year and once again will give cash donations to the food shelter to help feed them after she hands them a new pair of socks.

Understanding that the economy has been and is very tough all around the country, any donations whether they be socks (new in the package) or cash is and will be appreciated by both her and her cause. I am so happy to have an 11 year old daughter who understands the necessity to give back when you are able to, because one never knows when they will need to reach out and accept it from someone... no matter how humbling it may be at times.

Your genorosity will be well appreciated and she truly thanks you in advance for making this possible for her to do both last year and in the years to come.

Redman


DooF says: I didn't put the address on the this page for security reasons. Please go to the forum post to get it.
Posted by DooF on Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:13 am
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Groups
News.
We are going to try this way to make it easier for people from the same unit to find each other.

The new software has a function called "Groups". I have created a separate group for each of the MP companies/units that have their own forum (I can create more, this was just a convenient list).

To Join:
1) Click on "Groups" on the left main menu.
2) Under the Bar "Join a Group", use the pull down menu to select a group.
3) Click on the "View Information" button to the right.
4) There you can see who else has joined. Click on the "Join Group" button on about the third line down.

This will add you to the list of pending members. It will also generate an email message to the moderator of the group to go to the group page and accept your membership (right now, that moderator would be me, although I would be happy to hand over the reins to anyone from a unit willing to deal with it).

Let's see how this works....


p.s. since I am the moderator for almost all the groups, I will be processing the pending members once a week (weekend probably) rather than every time I receive a notification... so don't expect instant service.

AND... I have added two fields to the profile information for each member (TR Unit 1 and Unit 2). Eventually I will figure out how to query the data base to produce a list by unit. Don't hold your breath on that one though.



- Neal
Posted by neal on Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:00 pm
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More Reunion Pics
Graphics, Pictures...etcDoofshomie sent in his pics from the reunions/meetings in Las Vegas and Georgia, take a look:

Las Vegas Images

Georgia Images

Send me yours and I will post them... send to gate3CA@gmail.com

--neal
Posted by neal on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:48 am
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First of the Georgia Images
Graphics, Pictures...etcSpartan sent in his pics from the reunion/meeting in Georgia, take a look:

Georgia Images

Send me yours and I will post them

--neal
Posted by neal on Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:52 pm
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Interesting Fact
For TowerRatsFYI - can access the site from home but it is blocked from Government computers per AR 25-2


The site "towerrat.com" is considered to be in the category/categories of "Audio/Video Clips".
The following categories are blocked by policy found in AR 25-2.
Adult/Mature Content, Alternative Sexuality/Lifestyles, Auctions, Chat/Instant Messaging,
Extreme, Gambling, Hacking, Illegal Drugs, Illegal/Questionable, LGBT, Nudity, Online Storage,
Pay to Surf, Peer-to-Peer (P2P), Phishing, Pornography, Proxy Avoidance,
Spyware/Malware Sources, Streaming Media/MP3s, Violence/Hate/Racism.
Posted by DooF on Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:24 am
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Site Donations
For TowerRatsDooF writes I am wondering if the amount of the donation should be posted with the name.
I honestly see no problem with it. I voted no.
Let me know what you think. Please.... only vote once.

Thanks

FTA


DooF
Posted by DooF on Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:34 am
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Todays MPs are bringin it to the enemy
For TowerRatsPSDMP1 writes Guys, just wanna make the statement that the kids I see on every trip to Iraq are gettin after the bad guys!!!!!!! They are out there everyday runnin the MSRs and puttin up with the IEDs and the mess of the wars we find ourselves fighting. As I prepare for my 7th trip to the litter box I can't help but be amazed at the MP Corps!!!!!! For those who got out after 10 years.....you missed a real shootin war!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Prince
SGM, USA
6th MP 87-89
110 MP 90-92
Posted by DooF on Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:59 am
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Yet another 80+ 110th Pics.
Graphics, Pictures...etc

Alan Eggleston of the 110th sent some pictures to post... Where are yours?

Alan Eggleston's Album (Eggy)

Thanks Eggy, Nice lingerie.

neal

Posted by neal on Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:27 pm
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