MILITARY HOPS GAZETTE
VOLUME 1, ISSUE
JUNE 6, 2002
Narragansett Bvd, Cranston RI 02905
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Bonnie and Lewis Wirfs recently returned from Italy. This picture is Bonnie in Venice. The following is their trip report to Aviano. Aviano can be reached from Lajes on Pat Ex on Wed. and Rhein Man on Thur. or from Ramstein on DC-8 on Mon. or Wed. show 1220 hrs. (the Fri. DC-8 is always full of duty pax) or C-9 medivac. on Tue. (Check it out)
Aviano AB is made of two parts:
Area 1 and 2 are separated by a street and fences. There is a tunnel under the street connecting the two areas. The shuttle bus originates in Area 1 (lodging) at 0600 and every 30 minutes until 0815. Then 1015 until 1245 hourly until 1645. Weekends, holidays bus service is limited.
The second stop is Aviano Square (lodgings) then the terminal. Returning the bus stops at the Comm. AAFES, food court and post office then back to area 2 and 1. The bus passes thru the square in Aviano coming and going. Going from the Terminal to lodgings is not within walkable distance and there are no taxi's on base (this was unconfirmed)
Attempt to reserve space before arrival. Lodging is very limited space (new added lodging (80 rooms at least a year away) Then call upon arrival. Then if no space-a available, get off the bus at the square and walk 2 blocks to Doimo hotel. Cost is 42.00 Euros (spartan) or to the Tussi hotel (3 blocks) which is a little nicer 46+Euros. Ask for military rate. There is a good Italian resturant across the street from lodging and in both hotels. There are six+ hotels in Aviano all within walking distance.
To see Venice buy a round trip bus tickets to Pordonone from Magazine kiosk on the square. Then buy a 2nd class train tickets round trip from travel agency one block off the square. Catch bus to Pordonene at 0605 from the square to train station. Take any train except the ICE (intercity express) as most trains go to Venice.
On arrival buy all day tickets for the water bus (8 euros) locate # 81 water bus pier and ride bus to end of the Grand canal then start back and get off at interesting stops and site see returning to train station by 1600 for return train (get icream (Gellato) and board train before 1640 (check on track number) to Pordinone (sp). Take taxi to "bus station" get bus to Aviano in lane (4) and return to square. Happy and tired. Rest then go back another day if desired.Venice is an absolute mad house on a Monday (low season) and worse in summer
Now check with ITT on
tours ie; Florence, Pisa, Trieste and Eagles nest are some. Spend some
time on the square people watching and eating gellato If you have a
0600 show time the terminal will not call cat VI until the shuttle bus
arrives at 0619
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Hurray!! SA Traveler has made it back to the US. Read his latest trip report
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AIRHITCH AND TICKET DISCOUNTERS
Air hitch is basically a "commercial" space available travel voucher program. It's value to the military space available traveler is that during certain periods of the year, because military space available travel is one way travel, and traffic increases dramatically, occasionally military travelers especially cat 6s get stranded overseas and CONUS for long periods of time.
If the military traveler purchases an air-hitch voucher prior to departing, its an insurance, that if stranded at an AMC center, they will be able to get a commericial flight back to the US.If the voucher is not used i.e. they were able to get a military flight back, the cost of the voucher is refunded to the buyer minus a $39.00 processing fee and shipping cost. In effect its a $50.00 hedge against getting stranded.
The rules for commercial space available flights have many similarities to military space avaialbe flights in that both require flexibility relative to dates and destinations.Another benefit of an Air-Hitch voucher is that there are many more departure and destination options, and may be in some instances be a cheaper way that military space available to get to your ultimate destination and return.
Air-Hitch gives military travelers a $10.00 discount when placing SPA in the code box when ordering.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
There are many
tours to the battlegrounds of Europe, The ITT offices and USO in
Ramstein, Frankfurt, Rota, Naples, and Aviano offer tours on a frequent
basis. Europe has been the major battleground for the two major
conflicts of the the 20th century, WWI and WWII. As a point of
reference, in WWI over 3 million soldiers lost their lives in Flanders
Fields, Belgium from 1914 to 1917. View the following site for
See this Normandy 56k | 100k | 300k | Broadband
Video. D Day was 58 years ago today,
June 6th, 1944.
tours are to the D-Day beaches like Normandy, or the World War II site
Bastogne. Check with the Ramstein ITT office for a tour to Bastogne.
those D-Day beaches and battlefields are a great stop for any American
WWII, the best Battle of Normandy museum in the area is Le Memorial in
about 150 miles northwest of Paris. To truly understand the
the D Day read the followingLessons
From Normandy Article by Ken Arnold
The museum begins the story of World War II by tracing its roots, all the way to 1918 and the slow failure of peace to take hold in Europe after World War I. Interactive audio and video displays, interspersed with actual artifacts like tanks, jeeps and weapons, describe the buildup toward the second world war and France's descent into invasion, occupation and resistance.
Actual footage of the D-Day landing is
interspersed with scenes from fictional films for a dramatic retelling
of the events from both the German and the Allied perspectives. The
70-day Battle of Normandy is retold in a similar interactive manner.
Galleries that follow look at the rebuilding of Europe and of hopes for
peace through such events as the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin
Wall. The grand finale is the Nobel Peace Prize gallery, celebrating
the courageous work of leaders who understand that
peace is more than simply the absence of war.
View some great black and white photos view the
For detailed information on the Normandy
battlefields view the following site::