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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.
 

Event Registration

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 Information

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 Reservations
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.

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=76784&Chain=21650&arrive=7/21/2019&depa
rt=7/29/2019&adult=1&child=0&group=0713719

 

Schedule

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.