The United States Air Force
553rd Reconnaissance Wing
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base

Upcoming 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, Batcat Reunions

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Upcoming Reunion area added 08/29/09, Last updated 09/18/17

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The 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Batcat Reunion
is the 50th Anniversary of Batcat activation
reunion will take place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from
Thursday September 28 through Sunday October 1, 2017

ALL who served with the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, Batcat, and their families,
as well as family members of those who died while at Korat, or have passed
away since returning from Korat are encouraged to attend.

Brigadier General Charlie Bishop Retired will be a guest speaker at the reunion
Charlie Bishop was a CICO with the 553rd Recon Wing and he was also
chief of the wing's Combat Intelligence Standardization and Evaluation Section
Brigadier General Bishop's presentation will be Saturday after the Banquet Dinner

Two Veterans Help Group attorneys, Donnel Beckles, Esq. and Todd Wesche, Esq.,
will give a presentation during the reunion providing those attending information
about what Department of Veterans Affairs benefits are available to veterans
who served in Thailand during the Vietnam era, as well as benefits available to
surviving spouses. Later the attorneys will conduct a question and answer
session to help answer individual questions from those attending.
If you have a specific question for the attorneys you can send your question early
via email to Bob Langenhan with your Attorney Question. Bob is receiving
and accumulating early questions and will forward them to the attorneys
who will answer them at the reunion. Check back here for further updatess
Here are some of the questions already sent in for early consideration.
List of questions added 07/23/17,
Last updated 08/18/17.

Memorabilia at the Reunion - Bob Pruiksma will be at the reunion. Bob will
be bringing 36 hats, 24 will be structured fronts and 12 will be mesh back soft hats.
Bob will also bring patches, pins and coins. Bob served in the 553rd OMS at Korat
and his memorabilia is first class.

new_info * * * For Those who are interested in Golf * * * new_info

Dick Anderson is arranging for golf at Tinker AFB on Friday September 29. If you are interested in a round of golf contact Dick Anderson at for further details. Dick will need to know how many are interested to schedule a "T" time. Golf added 09/18/17, Last updated 09/18/17.

new_info * * * Those who have Already Registered to Attend * * * new_info - Click here to view the list of those Who Have Registered to Attend the 2017 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, Batcat 50th Anniversary Reunion. This list reflects registrations received by Trish Blanton, "The Reunion Brat," to attend the reunion. List of names of those attending file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. List of those attending added 07/07/17, Last updated 09/18/17. If you haven't yet registered to attend the reunion see below for the registration form.

Click here to view the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Batcat Flyer with further details about the reunion.

Dates are Thursday September 28 through Sunday October 1, 2017.
Registration fee is $125 per attendee.
The itinerary is being formalized with the following included:
Welcoming Package with Name Badge, Itinerary
List of Attendees, & Local Information
Saturday Sept. 30 Banquet Dinner & Program Saturday night at the hotel
Hospitality Room stocked with snacks & beverages
Two optional tours are being offerred at additional cost:
Optional tour of Tinker AFB ($42.00 added cost per person payable at registration)
Optional National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum tour ($30 added cost per person payable at registration)

The official hotel for the 2017 Batcat reunion is the
Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport
2101 South Meridian Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Telephone 405-685-4000
FAX 405-681-3941

Each individual is required to make their own reservations with the hotel, and are responsible for hotel room cost and other misceleanous hotel expenses.

To make reservations telephone the hotel at 405-685-4000, ask for reservations. Be certain to tell reservations you are part of the "553rd Recon Wing Reunion" to get the group room rate of $99 per night plus tax. NOTE the $99 per night rate is valid only if you make your hotel reservations by August 28, 2017. You can still make hotel reservations after 8/28, however the hotel will charge the regular room rate. Complimentary Airport Shuttle and free parking for guests.

To attend everyone MUST complete the registration form. Registration allows you to choose the entree you desire for the Banquet, and select the optional tours you wish to take. Click here to view the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Batcat Registration Form. This is a PDF form which can be filled in using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Reunion Brat
16817 Mountainside Drive E.
Greenwater, WA 98022

Confirmation of Registration and Itinerary will be sent out by August 31, 2017.

Further information about the 50th Batcat reunion is also available on Facebook.

If you have any questions contact Cliff Jensen and Trish Blanton (The Reunion Brat) via email at and

This 2017 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 553rd Reconnaissance Wing Batcat 50th reunion information first added 12/21/15, Last updated 09/18/17.

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Completed 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, Batcat
Reunions and other Get Togethers

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