NEW, but the same
At present the Hof Reunion web site is under construction. You could say, it is like us, getting older. To kick new life into the old website, I am in the process of moving the HRA web hosting from Yahoo to Weebly. The web site in the present format is active in nature. Click on one of the menu listings to open the page. Or, if you hover over one of the main menus, sub menus will appear. You can select one of the sub-menus to open or click on one of main menus to open. Example, the Home menu has a sub-menu "Meet the Team". The About US menu has a sub-menu "Master Roster". All the menus do not have content. As time goes by corrections, additions and deletions will be a common event. If you find a problem or would like to see an item or event added, please email or call. You can contact the me by telephone or email. For help, each page you will find my telephone number and an envelope which will open an email with the TO: address filled in. You will also find a link to the HRA Facebook site. If you would like to join the HRA Facebook site, once on the HRA Facebook site, send a request to be a Friend. The two dots, above right, are links to my Flickr account with thousands of HRA Photos. You can also find the photos in the sub-menu of Photos, titled "Reunion Photos". Building the web site will take time. Visit often.
Little About Ourselves
We, as former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Contractor, Civil Service, German Air Force, or who had a Hof Air Station or Döebraberg, Germany connection, and who in our reverence for the memory of our departed members, unite to further the aims and objectives of the Hof Reunion Association.
The Hof Reunion Association holds an annual reunion at various locations throughout the United States and Hof, Germany for the purpose of familiarizing the membership with a geographical knowledge of our great countries and renewing old friendship; holding a memorial service for deceased colleagues; making tours of historical landmarks and National Treasures; discussing past military strategy as opposed to current methodology; providing dependents an educational history of how members of the Association contributed to the National Interest of the United States; providing a platform for the exchange of historical documents; listening to selected Association members, who are professional educators, speak on the price of vigilance; and conducting the Association business, elections and presenting reports.
The above Association Emblem consist of the seal of the town of Hof, Germany (centered) with the year 1948 on the left and the year 1975 on the right, surrounded by the words HOF REUNION arranged around the top perimeter and the word ASSOCIATION arranged around the bottom perimeter. The colors of the Association emblem are: seal colors are the same as the seal of Hof, Germany. The year 1948 and 1975 are black. HOF REUNION - black, red, gold (German National Flag colors); ASSOCIATION- red, white, blue (U.S. flag colors) with white stars in the blue.
The first advertised Hof Reunion was organized in 1996. The reunion was open to anybody that had ever been assigned to the Hof Kaserne or Döebraberg. The primary motivation for the reunion was “to welcome a group of Hofer’s that had worked with the USAF in Hof”. The Harrah’s Hotel- Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was selected. It was called the Hof - Döebraberg Reunion and was July 1-4, 1996. In early 1998 our German Friends reciprocated. Approximately 37 Americans traveled to Hof for the event. In 1999, Chuck & Monika Wilson organized a 602/606 Reunion in Reno, NV. The Reunion was at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino. A 2000 Hof Reunion at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Colorado Springs was planned by Richard & Beverly Hurliman assisted by Hal & Dot Olson, Jim Smith, and Jim Riggin. There were 215 in attendance. Chuck and Monika Wilson took on the planning for the next reunion, Hof, Germany. At this point Chuck decided to form an Association to finance the search for former Hof Colleagues and produce a Newsletter. Chuck produced a Constitution & By-laws for the Association, reviewed by Attorney Jim Slothower and approved by the newly formed Board of Directors. He then registered the Hof Reunion Association with the State of California, August 21, 2002. The Hof Reunion Association held its FIRST OFFICIAL REUNION, organized by Chuck & Monika Wilson & Robert Höerath, at the Quality Hotel, Hof/Saale, Germany, September 15-22, 2002. HRA Reunions have been every year.
Date - Location of the 19 reunions
Sep 12-22, 2002 Hof, Germany
Oct 6-10, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 25-29, 2004 Biloxi, Mississippi
Sep 5-10, 2005 Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 17-22, 2006 Hof, Germany
Sep 2-7, 2007 Reno, Nevada
Oct 5-10, 2008 Myrtle Beach, South Caroline
Sep 1-6, 2009 Branson, Missouri
Sep 6-11, 2010 Ogden, Utah
Sep 5-10, 2011 Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sep 16-22, 2012 Hof, Germany
Sep 9-14, 2013 Cocoa Beach, Florida
Sep 5-11, 2014 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 28-Oct 3, 2015 Traverse City, Michigan
Sep 10, 2016 Hof, Germany
Sep 10-16, 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sep 9-15, 2018 Tunica, Mississippi
Sep 29-Oct 5, 2019 Fredericksburg, Virginia
Jul 21-29, 2020 Hof, Germany (in planning stage)
Hof an der Saale
- Jan 1955: USAFSS moves Det. 6, 6912th Radio Squadron, Mobile (RSM) from Landsberg, Germany, to Kingsley Kaserne at the Hof Radar Site in the Northeast corner of Bavaria, near the small town of Hof, located on the Saale River in Germany.
- Located at the junction where West Germany, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia meet, the Hof site gave USAFSS a significant collection advantage for collecting information on the (former) Eastern Bloc.
- 8 May 1955: Det 6 is inactivated and Det 2, 6912th Radio Squadron, Mobile (RSM) is activated.
- 1 Oct 1957: Det 2, 6912 RSM is inactivated and replaced by Det. 5, 6910th Radio Squadron, Mobile.
- 1 Jul 1959: Replacing the 6910 RSM detachment, USAFSS organizes the 6915th Radio Squadron, Mobile on to create a more permanent presence at Hof [USAFSS, GO 17, 25 May 1959]. The Squadron of 6 officers, 173 airmen, and 2 civilians, reports to the 6910th Radio Group, Mobile (RGM). [Note: The previous detachments have no lineal relation to the 6915 RSM in any way, even though the same men and equipment may have been used.]
- In the early 1960s, USAFSS installed the AN/GLR-1 Scan Tower Static Load Deflection Test System (Panoramic Scanners and Radar Antennas) at Hof Radar Site, a state-of-the-art upgrade to increase the station’s collection capabilities.
- 1 Jul 1962: Kingsley Kaserne is transferred from the US Army to Air Force control and is renamed Hof Air Station. The 6915 RSM is the host squadron and is transferred under the control of the 6910th Security Wing.
- 1 Jul 1963: USAFSS redesignates the 6915th Radio Squadron, Mobile as the 6915th Security Squadron.
- 1 Oct 1964: With the Squadron’s continued growth, USAFSS elevates the unit, redesignating the Squadron as the 6915th Security Group.
- 29 Nov 1967: The 6915th Security Group emblem is approved. The emblem is symbolic of the Group.
- 31 Jan 1970: The 6915th Security Group is resubordinated directly under the control of USAFSS.
- 30 Jun 1971: The 6915th Security Group inactivates (closes). USAF operations at Hof Air Station cease and the base is turned over to the German Air Force who remain active at the location today.