2019 USAF Personal Equipment/Aircrew Life Support/Survival and Flight Equipment (USAF PE/ALS/SE/AFE) Reunion

The 24th Annual USAF PE/SE/ALS/AFE Reunion will be held 16 – 19 September at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.   Monday, 16 Sept and Friday, 20 Sept are travel days so start making plans to attend now.  For those of you who would like to arrive a day early (Sunday, 15 Sept), you will get the discounted rate as long as you indicate you are coming in for the reunion.  All veterans, retired, active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel who are working or worked in the USAF Personal or Survival Equipment career fields, Aircrew Life Support or Flight Equipment career fields, or members of other branches of the US military in related professions and their guests are invited to attend. 

Early reservation at the hotel is encouraged.  The rate per night is $52.00 single or double occupancy.  The hotel is waiving the $15.99 resort fee for us so take advantage of the low rate and come join us.  To do so go on-line to and use group code: A9USC09 or call into Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267!  To avoid long hold times we recommend making your reservations on-line.  Reservations must be made on or before 8/17/2019 to ensure availability and group rate. Group rate will not apply after the cutoff date.

Register For The Reunion

To register, download, complete and send in the registration form located on this page NLT 31 Jul 2019.  Reunion cancellation must be received NLT 31 Aug 2019 or there will be a loss of your banquet fee. 

REUNION CHECK-IN:  After getting your room, look for the reunion check-in counter/booth in the hotel lobby to get your reunion package. Don’t forget to stop by our hospitality room after 5:30 PM for food and drinks.

GOLF TOURNAMENT:  Our annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, 19 September 2019.  This year we have decided to try out TopGolf.  TopGolf is a lot of fun for golfers and non-golfers alike.  Points are scored by hitting micro-chipped golf balls at targets on an outfield.  The closer you get your ball to the center or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned.  Just like bowling, the computer keeps score.  Enjoy delicious food and drinks brought to you while you play.  Other info includes the following:

  • Both male and female right-handed and left-handed clubs will be available and are included in the price.
  • There are arcades, pool tables, full bar/lounges for non-golfers.
  • if available in your area we encourage potential players to visit a TopGolf facility and check it out.
  • Here’s a video highlighting Vegas Top Golf. The Vegas one even has a swimming pool. For a sneak preview of Topgolf click on the following link or type it in your browser:

If you intend to play, send Dave Chitwood a golf fee of $50 per person NLT 31 August.  Fee includes golf, clubs, and brunch. Dave’s address is 9792 Corbett Place, Manassas Park, VA 20111.  His phone number is 850-543-7771 and [email protected] is his email address.

RAFFLE:  We are accepting gifts/prizes/give aways for our tournaments and raffle and thank you in advance for your support.  Please bring your donations to the reunion or put them in the mail NET 8 Sept and NLT 9 Sept 2019 and address all donations as follows:

The Orleans Hotel & Casino

4500 W. Tropicana Avenue

Las Vegas, NV  89103

Hold for:  Bob McElwain, The USAF PE/ALS/SE/AFE Reunion

Replace Bob McElwain’s name with Dave Chitwood if mailing prizes/gifts for the golf tournament.


In addition to our annual raffle, golf, and pinochle tournaments, other events are:

  • The Reunion Picnic
  • A Tour of the 414th Combat Training Squadron “Red Flag Facility. Exercise Red Flag is a two-week advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year by the United States Air Force. The purpose is to offer realistic air-combat training for military pilots and other flight crew members from the U.S., NATO, and other allied countries.
  • Special Door Prize Drawing
  • Voting for the location of the next two reunion locations by all attendees
  • Voting for our next Board of Directors
  • Farewell Banquet

The dress requirement for our banquet is everyone wear something nice. Coat & tie are preferred but not absolutely necessary.  For the military, the equivalent uniform is preferred.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP:  If your company or business is interested in helping us support this year’s reunion, please send a check or money order payable to the Reunion Committee Chairman, Mr. Bob McElwain and address it as indicated below.  For your contribution, your company’s name will be listed on a poster board proudly displayed at the hotel entrance recognizing corporate and individual contributors.

If attending our reunion and you would like to brief the attendees on your company’s products or service, fill out the attached Industry Registration form and mail it in NLT 31 July 2019.

The 2019 reunion planning committee thanks you in advance for your gracious support and generosity.  Send your thoughtful donations payable to:

Bob McElwain

12320 Roadrunner Lane

Victorville, CA 92392

















Transportation from McCarran International Airport and New Vegas Attractions


There is a whole range of transportation options from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas: rental cars, taxicabs, ride-shares, limos, and buses. The monorail doesn’t go all the way out to the airport and there are no walkable paths to get there. To decide which is best for you, first consider how much traveling you’ll want to do once you get to Vegas. If you’re staying on the Strip or downtown, then renting a car may be more of a hindrance than a convenience, but if you plan to sightsee around the city and beyond, a rental may be the way to go.

Keep in mind that all of the hotel-casinos offer free parking. 

No matter what mode of transportation you choose, you’ll need to know how to get to and from McCarran International Airport. Traffic around Las Vegas can be stressful. Because it’s a 24-hour town with shifts ending throughout the day and night, you never know when you’re going to hit a jam. Generally speaking, the freeways and major streets are busier from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. so allow extra time to reach your destination during those hours.

The transportation businesses listed are a few of the available options—for more, visit the McCarran International Airport website.


Taxis are among the fastest way to get to your hotel (in 30 minutes or less). There’s no shortage of cabs in Las Vegas, as you’ll see when you exit baggage claim at Doors 1 to 5. Though there’s sometimes a line for cabs, it moves quickly and will be less of a wait than the other available modes of transportation.

There are 16 taxicab companies in the Las Vegas area, and the fares are regulated. When you get into a cab, the meter starts at $3.30 and if you are getting a cab at McCarran, there’s an airport charge of $1.80. After that, the meter charges 2.60 per mile (plus waiting time if the cab is going slower than 8-12 miles per hour).

Most trips from the airport to the Strip run between $12 and $17. Central Strip will average $18, north Strip will be around $22, and downtown will cost close to $26.

In Las Vegas, cabs can only pick you up at the airport or from your hotel. You cannot hail one on the street so if you’re out partying or shopping, go to the nearest hotel to get a cab.


Lyft and Uber are authorized to provide ride-sharing services at the airport. Arrange for a ride using the app on your smartphone or mobile device. Ride-shares can drop off passengers at the airport’s departures curbs at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.  Designated Ride-share passenger pick up locations are level 2M of the parking garage and Valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage. 

RTC Public Buses

If you’re flying into Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) public bus system has a convenient way for you to travel to and from McCarran International Airport and your vacation destinations. 

Their Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) provides direct transportation to/from the airport’s Terminal 1 and 3 from/to Downtown Las Vegas or Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd. (the stop is located on eastbound Tropicana, alongside the Tropicana Hotel).

The RTC Centennial Express (CX) also provides direct transportation to/from the airport’s Terminal 3 from/to Downtown Las Vegas as well as a stop at Las Vegas Blvd and Spring Mountain. You can travel between Terminal 1 and 3 on the airport’s inter-terminal shuttle.

The Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) also travels to the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT), where you can transfer to Route 109 for service to Terminal 1. If you are coming from/going to the Stratosphere, the LVH or the Las Vegas Convention Center, board Route 108 southbound, which stops at McCarran Airport Terminal 1. 

RTC Fares are $2 one way for residential routes, $6 for 2-hour pass and $8 for a 24-hour pass on the Deuce and Strip and Downtown Express.

Rental Cars

The McCarran Rent-A-Car Center (702-261-6001) consolidates 11 of the car rental companies into one giant building, about 3 miles from the airport.

A free shuttle to the center departs the airport every five minutes from Doors 10 and 11. Each rental agency has its own kiosk, and people are generally in and out efficiently. Still, the process will easily take 30 minutes, even on a good day.

The airport is next to two major highways (Interstate 15 and Interstate 215), and it’s simple to navigate to your destination. Getting around Las Vegas is also simple—it’s a grid.

Major rental car agencies include:

Alamo / National
(800) GO-ALAMO / 1-800-CAR-RENT

(800) 654-3131

(800) 367-2277

Shuttles and Limos

Shuttle and limousine services are often offered by the same company. Catch them on the west side of baggage claim, outside Doors 8 to 13.

Shuttles tend to be the most affordable option; it’s $5 or $6 to Strip hotels and a few dollars more for downtown and off-Strip hotels. Also, check with your hotel to see if it offers its own shuttle service (often free). But be prepared to wait—the buses generally don’t leave until they are fairly full, and the wait can be up to an hour.

Limo services can be surprisingly affordable, considering they charge by the hour (from $42 up). If you have a long trip, a limo may be cheaper than a cab. Plus, if you order one ahead of time, a limo driver carrying a sign with your name on it will meet you in baggage claim, and you’ll likely be whisked from the airport more quickly than in a cab.

Limo services include:

Bell Trans
(702) 739-7990

Executive Las Vegas
(702) 646-4661

Bell Limousine
(800) 274-7433

What’s New in Vegas

There’s more to experience in America’s favorite grown-up playground


As if there weren’t enough shiny diversions in Sin City, there are even more newly opened or soon-to-open shows, entertainment venues, resorts and restaurants to amuse, house and feed the approximately 42 million fun-seekers who visit Las Vegas each year.

Here’s what’s on the table or in the cards.

Unique Experiences

Eiffel Tower Light ShowThe Paris Las Vegas resort unveiled a free $1.7 million light show to celebrate the casino/hotel’s 20th anniversary in February. Choreographed lights flash spectacularly every half hour from sunset to midnight.


Cher shows up at the Park in August; Aerosmith will offer more than 30 performances of its Deuces Wild show through the end of 2019; Bruno Mars has several dates there in spring and September; and Janet Jackson has 15 shows scheduled for May, July, and August.

Hotels and restaurants

The 2,700-room Park MGM, formerly the Monte Carlo, has been redone in sleek boutique-hotel style, with four top floors that comprise a hotel within a hotel: the high-end 293-room NoMad Las Vegas, which has a private entrance and rooms and suites with polished wooden floors.

The Park MGM’s roster of eateries such as funky Best Friend, with eclectic Korean inspired dishes created by L.A. food truck star Roy Choi. There’s also On the Record, a small club with three karaoke rooms stocked with oldies that can be privately booked, as well as walls lined with old cassettes and a cozy speakeasy that serves craft cocktails. The resort’s hottest spot, though, is the 40,000-square-foot Eataly food hall, market and restaurant complex, offering house-made pasta, gelato, and imported cheeses.

Starting this spring, fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills can visit Lisa Vanderpump’s Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace. The pink Champagne and rosé will flow (and hopefully not be hurled by warring vixens).

NoMad Restaurant offers a refined, pricey dining experience ($94 truffle- and foie gras-stuffed chicken for two, anyone?) amid more than 20,000 books from the library of the late David Rockefeller. You can catch Sunday’s jazz brunches at French brasserie-style NoMad Bar.

Sadelle’s, off the Conservatory at the Bellagio resort, serves an eclectic menu rich in comfort foods such as fried chicken, sticky buns and cheese blintzes.

There are also two massive new resorts — with all the splashy eateries Sin City visitors have come to love — expected to open in 2020 on the Strip: the Drew Las Vegas (housing the Drew Hotel, plus two others) and Resorts World Las Vegas.

·        Shopping


Things to Do in Las Vegas


Sin City was built on gambling. Although shows, restaurants, and shopping now give it a serious run for its poker chips, gaming still draws its share of luck chasers and James Bond wannabes. From ponying up at least $20,000 to play high-stakes poker in Bellagio’s Bobby’s Room to the penny slots most anywhere, there’s a game for every player.

Casinos on the Strip typically require higher minimum bets ($10 blackjack tables can be hard to find) than off-Strip gaming halls. According to former pro gambler and Las Vegas Advisor founder Anthony Curtis, chances of winning are better when you have some control, such as with poker and blackjack. While Vegas’ more than 100,000 slot machines may be fun, most just devour money. Some casinos have no-smoking sections or machines for nonsmokers, but none are smoke-free. But they often have a low table or two, so wheelchair users can play.

Ways to save: Gamble downtown or at locals’ favorites, such as South Point and various Station Casinos. Use your player’s card every time you play to rack up freebies. Get free alcoholic beverages, water or soft drinks by hailing a cocktail server. Play on weekdays so you’ll pay less to ante up for table games and poker tournaments.


In this over-the-top party town, the fun is endless. Rev a Ferrari on a racetrack at Exotics Racing. Sit in the driver’s seat or ride with a pro via the NASCAR Racing Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Swim with the sharks or just watch them glide by at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay resort (those 65-plus save $2). Or play Bob the Builder at the controls of a bulldozer or excavator at Dig This Las Vegas.

If artificial attractions aren’t your thing, hike amid stunning rock formations in nearby Red Rock Canyon or tour the Hoover Dam, about 30 miles southeast of the city.

Ways to save: Strip spectacles, such as Treasure Island resort’s battling pirates and voluptuous wenches, the flower-filled Bellagio Conservatory, Mirage’s erupting volcano and the Fountains of Bellagio are free. So are downtown’s nightly light-and-music extravaganzas at the Fremont Street Experience.

Live entertainment

First-timers are gobsmacked by the variety and quality of productions. Just try to spot a mistake in Cirque du Soleil’s half-dozen acrobatic/dramatic spectacles, including its top-grossing “O” water extravaganza, its revamped “The Beatles LOVE” or its risqué celebration of sensuality, Zumanity. Headliners lured to Vegas for “residencies” (long-running shows) include Cher, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Reba McEntire and Rod Stewart. Even the nosebleed seats at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which hosts top entertainers, offer decent views. The T-Mobile Arena features stellar entertainers, too. Shows offer seating areas for the disabled; some have sign-language interpreters. A word about Vegas shows: They usually clock in at 90 minutes max (check your watch) — supposedly to get gamblers back in action.

Interested in something more highbrow? The acoustically impressive $150 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts near downtown hosts the local symphony, touring Broadway shows and other entertainment.


OK, so Vegas doesn’t have the Met, but it has a Smithsonian. Those fascinated by the nearby Area 51 site will appreciate the Smithsonian-affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum (62 and older save $4). Fans of The Godfather can take a trip through the history of organized crime in the USA in the Mob Museum (discounts for those 65 and older). Book a tour of the Neon Museum, a quirky graveyard for more than 200 vintage Vegas signs (with printed handouts for the hard of hearing).


Shopaholics: Bring an empty suitcase (or two). If you can afford Gucci and Louis Vuitton, head to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and the Shops at Crystals in CityCenter. Or scour the moderately priced Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Bargain hunters beeline to Las Vegas North Premium Outlets to stock up on Armani, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and other designer steals. Fans of TV’s Pawn Stars hit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop for antiques, silver, and collectibles.


Notice to Bidders for Our Reunion

Click above to learn more about our reunion.  If interested in hosting one of our reunions make sure you have completed a copy of the worksheet below then email it to [email protected] NLT August 1, 2019.  All proposals will be presented to the September 2019 reunion attendees for selection of a reunion location in 2020 and 2021. The selected locations will be announced shortly after our 2019 reunion.


Worksheet For A Future Reunion

Past Reunions