The "2016 Retiree Appreciation/Soldier for Life Days," gets underway Sept. 22-24. This year marks the event`s 45th anniversary at Redstone Arsenal. The annual event at Redstone honors our military retirees, all branches, but also provides them a health fair, updates from Washington DC and networking/catching up time.
Activities kick off Sept. 22 with a golf tournament at the Links. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8. There will be prizes, a silent auction, and lunch will be served. The tournament is sponsored by the Huntsville Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. That afternoon the Turning Point Consultants is sponsoring an Honor Walk from 3:30-5:30 at the Redstone Activity Field. Walking the labyrinth allows participants to reflect, heal and celebrate.
Events Sept. 23 begin with a health fair from 8 a.m. to noon at The Summit. There will be health screenings, exhibits and related activities. A continental breakfast will also be available. Across the street at The Overlook, drive-thru flu shots will be offered if available. The Commissary will hold a case lot sale and provide refreshments for retirees and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. That evening will be capped off with a Retiree Appreciation Dinner at The Summit from 6-8. The Army Materiel Command Band will provide entertainment.
On Sept. 24 there will be a free hot breakfast at Bob Jones Auditorium from 6:30-8 a.m. The speaker program runs from 8-11, with an assortment of talks on relevant topics. The keynote speaker is retired Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, former AMC commander. A discounted lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the exhibits will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The council will conduct a raffle beginning at 3 p.m. Also at 3 at the Exchange there will be cake and punch, door prizes to the first 50 guests and registration to win one of four $50 Exchange gift cards.