Gathering Of Loads
The Gathering of Loads Convention, July 24 - 28, 2019, hosted by the Northwest Chapter is the PLA's biennial convention. The Gathering is an opportunity to come together and obtain valuable information regarding Loadmasters' duties and functions as well as build camaraderie with past and present Loadmasters. Please see the Northwest Chapter Facebook page “PLA Gathering of the Loads 2019” at https://www.facebook.com/events/530755077368403.
This year's Gathering will help develop an understanding of USTRANSCOM (including assets from other services such as the Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard), and Major Commands such as AMC. We will be inviting the current top Air Force Loadmasters from the Air Mobility Command Headquarters Staff, Air Force Personnel Center, and Major Commands.
Additionally, during the 4-day convention you will have the opportunity to have one-on-one and one-on-group question and answer discussions regarding your career, assignments, promotions, and other topics. Exhibitor booths will also provide information, resources, and giveaways.
Lastly, there will be several incredibly inspiring presentations sharing the heritage of the Loadmaster career field.
Registration is now live on our membership management service: https://pla.wildapricot.org/event-2692509
You can also register for the Gathering via mail. Just fill out the form and mail your payment. From a desktop or laptop computer download and print out the form below.
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma WA 98402, (253) 238‑8000 https://hotelmuranotacoma.com.
Overlooking Commencement Bay and located in the heart of the bustling downtown Tacoma WA the hotel is 10.8 miles to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and 25 miles to Seattle Tacoma International Airport. There are a variety of restaurants close to the hotel such as The Old Spaghetti Factory, Pacific Grill, The Fish Peddler Restaurant and Market, Simply Panini, Starbucks Thekoi Japanese Cusisine, Matador and many more. If you would like to shop while you are in the local area there is Compass Rose Tacoma, Stocklist and Antique Row. Other things to do in the area are Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Museum, Theater District Station, Tacoma Comedy Club, America’s Car Museum by Lemay and Museum of Glass to name a few.
Hotel Murano has offered a per diem rate of $121 per night before taxes. The discounted rate will only be available 21-28 July. Use the link below to reserve your room.
Wednesday July 24, 2019 (Attire: Casual)
All Day – Hotel Registration - Hotel Murano
1500-1800 – Event Registration - Hotel Murano
1800-2200 – Welcome Mixer - Rhein Haus Tacoma (649 Division Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403)
Thursday, July 25, 2019 (Attire: UOD/Civilian Equivalent)
0700 – 0850 - Breakfast
0900 – 1000 - MAJCOM Function Manager (AMC) - CMSgt James McElwee
1000 – 1010 - Break
1010 – 1100 - HQ A3V - C‐5M, C‐17A, C‐130J Representatives
1100 – 1300 - Lunch
1300 – 1400 - Veterans Affairs - Mr. Bob Hersy (Tacoma Vet Center)
1400 – 1410 - Break
1410 – 1500 - Loadmaster Toolkit - Mr. Larry Crain
1500 – 1510 - Break
1510 – 1700 - Operation Baby Lift - CMSgt Ray Snedegar (USAF Ret)
1700 – EOD - Executive Council Meeting
Friday, July 26, 2019 (Attire: UOD/Civilian Equivalent)
0700 – 0850 - Breakfast
0900 – 1010 - Virtual Loadmaster Training System (VLTS) - Mr. Jared Burns (Capewell Aerial Systems LLC)
1010 – 1020 - Break
1020 – 1120 - C‐130 Operations - MSgt Zach Summers
1120 – 1300 - Lunch
1300 – 1430 - Operation Eagle Claw - Mr. Glen "Nick" Nickel
1430 – 1440 - Break
1440 – 1600 - Iranian Hostage Crisis/Folds of Honor - Mr. Rocky Sickmann
1800 – Optional Pub Crawl - Dirty Oscars or Engine House #9
Saturday Morning, July 27, 2019 (Attire: Civilian Attire)
0800 – 0950 - General Membership Meeting
1000 – 1050 - Edwards AFB - TSgt Ryan Nichols & SSgt Ashley Igalo
1050 – 1100 - Break
1100 – 1200 - FAA Task Force One - Mr. Erik Kaupa
1400 – 1500 - Brick Laying Ceremony
Saturday Evening (Attire: Business Casual)
Guest Speaker Maj Gen (ret) Timothy Zadalis
1800 - 1900 Group Banquet Social Hour at Hotel Murano
1900 – 2200 Group Banquet & Awards Presentation - Maj Gen Timothy Zadalis (USAF Ret)
Sunday July 28, 2019
NLT 1130 Hotel Checkout
TDY and Permissive TDY
Unit commanders may approve permissive TDY to attend the Gathering of Loads. See the TDY and Permissive TDY letter for more information.