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Snowball Express - Part 1, 2 December, Westin LAX Hotel 0500
« on: November 28, 2023, 07:48:58 AM »
LAX Snowball Express 2023 - Gold Star Families - PART 1

This is a very special Help On The Home Front Event.

SBE was established for the surviving Spouses and Children of our fallen Heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. Snow Ball Express is a trip sponsored by American Airlines that brings Families from all over the Country to Orlando, Florida, were the Families are treated to entertainment and various activities. This year the SBE will leave LAX on Saturday, 2 December and return on Wednesday, 6 December 2022.
Snowball Express Facebook Page:
The PGR helps the families with their baggage at their LAX Hotel (Westin LAX) Airport Curbside, and during the check-in process.  At 0500 on 02 Dec 23 the PGR will meet at the  Hotel.

Following a quick meeting some members of the PGR will be asked to go to the LAX Departure Terminal to assist the Families that will be going directly to the departure terminal. The remaining PGR will assist the Families by loading their baggage on the bus(s). Once the bus(s) is/are loaded the PGR and LAX PD will escort it/them to the Terminal. In general we are going to be of any help necessary. Please Do Not bring anything to give the children except your love and hugs.
Once all the Families have completed the check in process the PGR will be allowed to go to the departure gate to see the Families off. You will have to pass through normal TSA screening. If you want to go to the departure gate you will need a form of government issued photo identification.

NOTE:  If you wish to have a gate pass prepared for you prior to your arrival at LAX, please forward the following information to John Gretzinger at  Name as it appears on your ID, Date of Birth, Serial Number on your ID (if using a California Driver License that is your DL Number) not later than Thursday, 30 November.
When the Families return on 06 December 2023 the PGR will meet the Families at the baggage claim area in Terminal 4. We will help the Families with their baggage again. Some will go back to the departure hotel (the PGR will escort) while others will have their baggage loaded into waiting transportation. Again we will be of whatever assistance the Families need.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring these Gold Star families. For those interested, and all PGR are welcome, we will be accompanying the families from their hotel to the airport. Please see the time table if you would like to participate.

NOTE: Times are currently estimates and may change before Friday - please check this thread for any updates.

Expected Part 1 Time table for Saturday, 02 Dec 2023:

0500 - Stage at Westin LAX 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
0530 -  Mission briefing - new parking procedures at LAX

0600 - Meet families and assist in loading baggage
0700 - Est KSU to American Airlines Terminal 4 for departure

Part 2 Wednesday 06 DEC 2023 TBA
Ride Captain
John "Major" Gretzinger

Assistant State Ride Captain - SoCal
You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain).  Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car).  Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can.  Please ride/drive safely.
John D. "Major" Gretzinger
MAJ, AVN, USA (Ret.)
61st Avn Co (AHC) - Lucky 15
Administrator - SoCal PGR Mission Ops
Assistant State Captain, Southern California PGR