You are here

Current News


FROM TERRY BYRNES Regarding May Trip to Aruba:

Please post to all on GMSAA. Thanks.

I have had Amex Group Desk quote current airfares from several cities. Also they have special rates at the RIU Palace Antillas as shown. The great thing here is that you can pay with any credit card and the hotel deposits can be just $100 to start.

The issue direct with was that they require all payments with wire transfer only, no credit cards. The hotel is booking well so we need to reserve soon. Kelvin Farrar is completely familiar with the property and can answer any questions. See his contact information below.

When you do make a reservation, send me an email so I maintain a count. Thanks all!

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Kelvin D Farrar
To: ""
Date: October 26, 2016 at 5:05 PM
Subject: Quote for Riu Anitlles

Riu Palace Antilles
All- Inclusive Room only:

Junior Suite Oceanview $1947.00 total for two
Junior Suite Superior Oceanview $2116.80 total for two
Jr Suite Oceanfront $2284.80 total for two

Air quotes
AA #1208 Departs Miami at 11:15ma arrives in Aruba 2:11pm
AA #1028 Departs Aruba at 3:05pm arrives in Miami 6:08pm $690.46 total for two


Jet Blue #1411 Departs Ft. Lauderdale at 11:04am to Aruba 2:08pm
Jet Blue #1412 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft. Lauderdale at 6:08pm $523.32 total for two

Delta #655 Departs Atlanta at 10:30am arrives Aruba at 2:224pm
Delta #654 Departs Aruba at 3:25pm arrives Atlanta 7:48pm $897.57 total for two

AA #2407 Departs Tampa at 7:30am arrives Miami at 8:36am
AA# 1028 Departs Miami at 11:15am arrives Aruba 2:11pm
AA#1028 Departs Aruba at 3:05pm arrives Miami 6:08pm
AA#2709 Departs Miami at 8:23pm arrives Tampa 9:32pm $879.15 for two

JetBlue #1589 Departs Detroit at 7:24am arrives Ft. Lauderdale at 10:19am
JetBlue# 1411 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 11:04am arrives Aruba 2:08pm
JetBlue #1414 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft Lauderdale 6:08pm
JetBlue #1590 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 7:56pm arrives Detroit 10:58pm $796.57 for two

Charleston WV
Delta #899 Departs Charleston WV at 6:45am arrives Atlanta at 8:14am
Delta #655 Departs Atlanta at 10:30am arrives Aruba 2:24pm
Delta #654 Departs Aruba at 3:35pm arrives Atlanta 7:48pm
Delta #1731 Departs Atlanta at 8:50pm arrives Charleston 10:14pm $917.23 for two

Los Angeles
JetBlue #1124 Departs LAX at 8:50pm arrives JFK at 5:10am
JetBlue# 557 Departs JFK at 6:54am arrives Aruba 11:32am
JetBlue #1412 Departs Aruba at 3:04pm arrives Ft Lauderdale 6:08pm
JetBlue #101 Departs Ft Lauderdale at 8:10pm arrives LAX 10:49pm $1002.57 for two

AA #1532 Departs Chicago at 6:00am arrives Miami at 10:05am
AA# 1028 Departs Miami at 11:15am arrives Aruba 2:11pm
AA#877 Departs Aruba at 4:40pm arrives Charlotte 8:50pm
AA#1272 Departs Charlotte at 10:46pm arrives Chicago 11:47pm $935.75 for two

Recommend flying on the 2nd via jetblue to Ft Lauderdale. Flight one way are about $140 per person on Southwest. Too far out to book them though.
Jetblue #1411 Depart Ft Lauderdale at 11:04am arrive Aruba 2:08pm
Jetblue #958 Departs Aruba12:20pm arrives JFK at 5:20pm
Jetblue #65 Departs JFK 7:44pm arrives into Albuquerque 11:04pm Cost is $1224.22 for two

Kelvin D Farrar Tour Travel Counselor
American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services
' 800-443-7672 ext 63027 *

Rev. P. Roger Bowen's Closing Prayer on 10/16/16

We pray for children
who put chocolate fingers everywhere
who like to be tickled
who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
who sneak popsickles before supper
who erase holes in math workbooks
who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never "counted potatoes,"
who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead in,
who never go to the circus
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistsfull of dandelions,
who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
who cover themselves with Band-Aids and sing off key,
who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can't find any bread to steal,
who don't have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw temper tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
who squirm in church and scream on the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything.
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren't spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move but have no being.

We pray for children
who want to be carried and those who must,
for those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance,
for those we smother...and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

We pray for the least of these – we pray for children.


Written by Ina J. Hughs, for the Children's Defense Fund


2016 GMSAA Reunion Online Registration Open

HEY all of you GMS Alumni! Ready for the 2016 Reunion?

Registration is open on the 2016 Online Registration Form!

Hope to see you soon!

Update from Jim Klosterman

Today the Record arrived and scarcely do I find a recognized name, save the obituaries. In September 1945 I arrived, 14 years young. Graduated 1948, returning September 1949 and finished as C Company commander in 1951. A boy came - a man left...thanks Colonel Joe! Now nearing 86, residing in Arkansas after 84 years a Buckeye. Anyone still out there? Let's have a "mini-reunion"!

Would enjoy hearing from you: Mink.

Current News Second Annual Spring Get Together to be held at Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ. June 8-12, 2016


Join GMSAA this June 8-12, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore for the 2nd Annual Summer Get Away. Contact Terry Byrnes for more info:


The room rate would be $223.42 inclusive of tax, service charges and resort fee. (Resort base rate is $179.00 per night)

The airport transfers, via taxi would be $50 roundtrip. We are 7 mi / 15 min from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Day: Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Date: 6/8/16 6/9/16 6/10/16 6/11/16 6/12/16

Sleeping room rates as noted in the “Room Block” above are net, non-commissionable and are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments.

Check-in time is 4:00 pm; check-out time is 12:00 pm. Early check-in & late check-out are subject to availability and our approval. There will be a $20.00 additional per adult charge per night, above double occupancy. Guests arriving before or departing after the above dates will be confirmed on a space available basis

Sleeping room rates as noted in the “Room Block” are quoted net, non-commissionable.

Room and tax will be paid by individuals.

Taxes: You agree to pay any and all applicable federal, state, municipal or other taxes, fees, or assessments imposed on or applicable to your Event. In the State of Arizona, currently the sales tax rate is 8.3%, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is 12.27%.


Arrival Night Cocktail/Hors d’oeuvres Reception: Wed, 6/8/16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Cost per person TBD.

Saturday Night PM, Dinner in Frank & Alberts Restaurant Dining Room

Other available activities: Golf, Hiking, Shopping, Hot Air Ballooning, Glider Flying, etc.


The Resort Charge is reduced to $14.00 per room per night and offers:  Guestroom high-speed Internet access. Unlimited local telephone calls, Long-distance access fees -- no charge for credit card, toll free & collect calls, Biltmore Spa & Fitness Center admittance  Biltmore Fashion Park shuttle  Unlimited use of the putting course

Service charges will be posted to the Individual Guest Room Portfolio. These charges are subject to change without notice. Currently the fees are as follows:

Porterage: $12.00 per person (includes both check-in and check-out). Room Attendant: $ 3.00 per room, per day.


To make your reservation, call Erika Goldbrandsen, your Group Reservations Coordinator at (800) 950-0086 to reserve your room. Reservations can also be made via our website at Please enter the code GMS under the Group/Convention Code section of our reservations screen. It is helpful to mention this code to the reservation agent, as well, if calling your reservations in. All rooms must be guaranteed by a credit card and one night’s deposit, which is fully refundable up to 3 days prior to arrival, after which it is non-refundable.

GMSAA Facebook Group, Fr. Mike Kallock's Sermon of October 18, plus other new items


See our newly posted 2015 Reunion Photos.


Ask to join our brand new and official Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association Facebook Group.

This group has been created as requested by the GMSAA Board of Directors, October 16, 2015.
The purpose of this group is to network, communicate, share photos and stories, post news and promote activities that pertain to the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, its activities and its family of cadets, as another added resource to help us stay in touch. Please keep our group positive, kind in spirit and with respect to all, politically impartial. Posts not adhering to these simple guidelines will be deleted and if ongoing the poster will be banned.
{No spam or advertising obviously.}

Father Michael Kallock Sermon of October 2015

Fr. Kallock, GMS '63, delivered a thought provoking sermon on what it means to serve. His sermon was the final event of the 2015 Reunion Weekend and has been posted on the GMSAA Facebook Group.

PASSING IN REVIEW ARTICLE on Col. Robert J. Fullerton

See Deak Roberts' new Passing In Review article in honor of Col. Robert J. Fullerton. One of the finest articles he has posted. Amazing life he had.


I posted some of my photographs of the recent 2015 reunion on the GMSAA website. They are located at,

Also the 2014 reunion photos taken by official GMSAA photo guy are now up online.

Regarding the 'Official' Facebook page, I like 2 people to act as co-administrators who will also have access. Contact me if you want this honorable honor. I also recommend that this (Facebook) gets passed on to others as we progress with it.

If anyone else has photos of this recent reunion, please send them to me at my email address, not through the submit button on GMSAA.ORG. Just email them to me, my email address is found in the cadet database.

If I have posted a photo that you think should not be up, please let me know and I will remove it.


As Posted in Fall 2014 Alumni Record

President’s Message

Greetings to my fellow alumni as well as the many family and friends who read this Alumni Record. The officers and directors of your Association have been in active communication this past winter and spring as we anticipate our upcoming reunion and the issues of interest and priority to be discussed and decided at the Board Meeting and the General Meeting. Foremost in our Board discussions will be decisions to find a path to ensure that our signature legacy GLI leadership programs live on after our Association is no longer in existence. We are also working on marketing improved awareness and knowledge about our wonderful museum to the general public.

Elsewhere in this issue you will read the fascinating story about our two cannons. A special thank you to Tony Sadler for his part in researching the history of these guns. We hope to have plaques on each of the cannons to tell their story in time for the upcoming reunion.

It is not something we want to dwell on, but we need to remind ourselves that in just eight years we will be presenting 50 Year Pins to our last graduating class. The positive side of that is an ever increasing percentage of our alumni are now retired and have the available time to come back to Lewisburg each October. So, fill out that reunion form you just received and make your reservations. Plan now to join your fellow alumni as we all gather to re-connect, remember and reminisce in Lewisburg, October 16 – 19, 2014.

Greenbrier Forever,
Bill Isbister

2014 GMSAA Reunion Online Registration Open

Is everybody ready for the 2014 Reunion?

Registration is now open on the 2014 Online Registration Form!

Alternatively, feel free to use our Mail-In Registration Form PDF.

Hope to see you soon!