A good time was had by all at the first Det-4 Reunion held at the Chicago Hilton on August 13, 2005. To the best of my knowledge no one passed out, was arrested or indicted. Dead Bug and Carrier Quals remained in virtual reality. A virtual reality Steelthrust was conducted - the tested unit passed.
Det Members in Attendance - the Dirty Dozen
MSgt Dunn in Iraq
MIA Maggot Non Hacking UA No Shows - Virtual reality head shaving and orders to Afghanistan
Everyone noticed that everyone else had gotten older. Everyone fit the required height and weight limits and looked good in uniform. No one failed the PFT. Everyone got outstanding on their fitness reports, except Zimmer and Swaim, who had to be rousted out of the rack and induced to attend at the last minute through a combination of threats and blandishments.
Four spouses attended, and were a welcome addition. This did not cut into anyones carousing time since the wives departed by 2030, but no one had enough energy to carouse anyway.
A number of us have retired, and started with new companies or started our own businesses. Retiring early and often was a recurring effort. Swaim is a Judge and Wardlow a State Representative, the rest are titans of business and industry.
We discussed Steelthrust, and the possibility of starting a small part time consulting firm where we would exercise a Battalion using Steelthrust Lite, a prototype Steelthrust war game. We have a good track record in conducting these exercises, and it would be interesting to get them going again, perhaps initially on a volunteer basis.
Former Det CO's Magilligan and Barney will call the date and location for the next reunion. We debated whether it was best to have one every year, or every 3 to 5 years. Arguments for fewer reunions mean that everyone will try harder to get there. This is not a democracy - the CO's decide.
Next time everyone will make a strong effort to get everyone there. Virtual reality punishments for non attendance will be increased.