USS Paul F. Foster 2023 Reunion

Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme, CA

Join your shipmates at our 2023 Reunion in Oxnard, California!

Noveber 2022 update

Reunion dates are:

Friday March 24th 2023 to Saturday March 25th, 2023

About Oxnard:

Things to do in Oxnard:



Hotel and dinner locations have been challenging this time, price gouging is out of control, so we are using a new location; this hotel is right outside the main gate to the Port Hueneme Navy base and comes highly recommended by other Navy reunion groups.

 Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme350 E. Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme, CA 

**Group rate link here in blue**   USS Paul F Foster Association

FYI when signing up for rooms, the link should enter the group rate automatically, but if it doesn't, the group code is "USS"


Individual Call In to: (805) 986-5353 or      REQUEST:  “USS Paul F Foster Group Rooms Block”      

2 Queens or 1 King room 168.00 per night for March 24th and March 25th, for rates outside these dates please call the Hotel

Reservations received after March 3, 2023 will be provided on a space available basis at the regular rate.

Transportation suggestions: must provid your own transportation for the event. 

Amtrak station in Oxnard goes to Burbank Airport

Burbank-Bob Hope Airport, smaller and closer than LAX

LAX airport

Here is a high-level plan of events for the reunion…

Thursday March 23rd

 Event early registration opens Thursday afternoon in the hotel lobby and continues Friday morning, when you arrive at the hotel in Port Hueneme, CA, check-in at the front desk, and then find our Association’s check-in table in the lobby area.  You will receive your welcome package and further information about the planned activities.  Next spend some time in the Association hospitality suite where you can talk more, view merchandise for sale and our raffle prizes, and enjoy a refreshing beverage and some snacks. Note: the Association hospitality suite and refreshments-snacks are included in your registration fees  

Friday March 24th

Event registration continues in the hotel lobby

**You must be on the Foster Reunion guest list to board the Self Defense Test Ship***

 **PLEASE DO NOT roam the ship unescorted, this is not allowed. and remember, no cameras are allowed on the test ship.**

On Friday, we visit the former USS PAUL F. FOSTER and enjoy a delicious, fully catered BBQ lunch by "Its in the Sause BBQ" catering on the new steel beach with friends and family.

Lunch buffet menu

**You must be on the Foster Reunion guest list to board the Self Defense Test Ship***

** Enter base through Knott Gate only,formerly known as Sunkist Gate** this is the only gate that will have our approved guest list, the guest list will be checked again at the Test Ship before boarding

10:00-10:30  Guests begin arriving at base and boarding the S.D.T.S

10;45 Assemble the crew for invocation prayer by Association Chaplin and National Anthem

11:00 Welcome, introductions, and guest speakers

12:00 Steel beach picnic on Former USS Paul F. Foster DD-964

12:30 Begin assembleing for S.D.T.S. guided tours

13:00 Secure Steel beach picnic, continue guided tours

16:00 Ships visit secured. Clean-up. All guests depart the S.D.T.S

**Clean up help much appreciated**

**You must be on the Foster Reunion guest list to board the Self Defense Test Ship***


"It's In The Sauce" BBQ is the perfect union of traditional Texas Style BBQ & Southern California flare.
CALI-TEX Tri-Tip and and secret BBQ Sause on the side
Chopped Chicken Mix and secret BBQ Sause on the side
Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Garlic bread
Bottled water and various soft drinks  

After lunch, the Navy is offering a guided tour of the ship with your family and shipmates.   PLEASE DO NOT roam the ship unescorted, this is not allowed. and remember, no cameras are allowed on the test ship.  (There will be an official Navy photographer to capture the event.)   

A few notes about the ship visit.  Children will be allowed on the ship during the ship visit and BBQ but must be with a parent at all times, no running or horseplay will be tolerated.  Navy ship stairs and ladders are steep and can be difficult for small children and some adults as well.  Sandals and open-toed shoes do not work well on Navy ships.  Wear appropriate shoes for the ship visit.


Friday evening is liberty call for all hands, find your shipmates and go tell sea stories until the wee hours of the morning!



Saturday March 25th 

Grand Prize raffle

Brass Ships Crest Raffle

Saturday morning, we will hold our general meeting at the hotel (coffee will be served).  During this essential meeting, we will discuss the current state and future of the Association, review the bylaws, elect new board members and pay tribute to those we've lost with the bell ceremony.Note: You must be a current paid member and Foster Veteran to vote at the meeting. 

0900 Association meeting to address membership, elect new board and discuss association business

1000 Bell Ceremony

1100 Secure Association meeting


Saturday evening, we will hold a gala catered dinner at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3935 hall right next to the hotel, where raffle prizes will be awarded and our grand prize winner will be announced (grand prize winner need not be present to win).  

Saturday evening we will also be celebrating Vice Admiral Paul Fredrick Fosters 134th birthday

Dinner location:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3935
300 S Surfside Dr, Port Hueneme, CA 93041
Dinner Catering service: DJs Catering

Dining room open 1700 or 5 pm Free Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar by VFW

Dinner service starts 1800 or 6 pm

Dinning room closes 2100 or 9 pm

**Clean up help much appreciated**

Buffet Menu: 

Dinner Buffet includes

Subject to change
Hors d'oeuvres Domestic and Imported Cheese Display with Crackers
Including Baked French Brie, Red Grapes, Caramelized Pecans, and Golden Raisins
Petite Swedish Meatball

Wood Fired Prime Angus Tri-Tip with Creamed Horseradish on the Side

Rubbed with our Special Blend of Spices and Served in its Own Juices. ** Our Most Popular Beef Choice!

Tequila Lime Chicken

Boneless and Skinless Breast with a Creamy Tequila Citrus Sauce


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Grilled and Roasted Vegetables

Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, & Plum Tomatoes with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Penne Mozzarella Pasta- Penne Pasta with Plum Tomato and Fresh Basil in Pink Sauc

Tossed Garden Salad

Tossed Garden Salad with Ranch and Italian Vinaigrette Dressings on the Side

Assortment of Freshly Baked Rolls

Sourdough, Multi-Grain, Whole Wheat, & Pretzel Rolls with Butter

Included Beverage

Carafes of Iced Water with Lemon for the Dining Tables
Premium Regular Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Tea


Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Bars, Fudge Brownie Triangles, Fresh Seasonal Berries with Hand-Whipped Sweetened Cream   

Cash Bar provided by VFW


After the conclusion of dinner and awarding of the grand prize, the reunion business will conclude, thus allowing Sunday as a travel day for those who need to begin the journey home early.

The board has worked hard to keep the price down but please note the following.  It is in everyone’s best interest to register early so we can provide the hotel and caters accurate numbers. 

Refund policy, full refunds will be offered up until 1800 January 24th, 2023, after that we have already made reservations for dinner, BBQ and signed contracts for the number of meals and we will be unable to offer any refunds.

To help lessen the total cost to members with young children, we have decided to again reduce the fee as follows.  Children between the ages of 13 -17 are $50 each.  Children 12 and under are free. 

To encourage early registration, we will be drawing one random name from all paid registrations on January 24th, 2023 , that person will be refunded one reunion fee of 135.00 (regardless of how many guests that person registered ) the elected board members are excluded from this offer.

  • $135 per adult
  • $50 per child 13–17
  • Free for children 12 and under
  • We can not takes checks for the registration fees, we need you to use the website and fill out all the questions on the form, thank you.

The registration fee helps cover the cost of the meals that are being served (Friday’s fully catered BBQ lunch aboard the ship, Saturday morning’s breakfast, and Saturday evening’s dinner, Once your registration is complete, use the provided link to reserve your room or contact the hotel by phone and make sure you inform them that you are with the USS Paul F. Foster Association and attending the 2019 reunion, as we've arranged special pricing with the hotel for Association attendees.


Let's make this yet another reunion to remember!  We're hoping to see everyone there!

Access to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division and EX USS Paul F Foster SDTS requires submission of basic information to get access,  DO NOT contact the base directky about this event,  the USS Paul F Foster Assocation is your point of contact for that access. more information coming.
NOTE: if you have current base access credentials such as active duty or retired ID, you will still need to go through the vetting process for access to the SDTS for ship visit, the USS Paul F Foster Assocation is your point of contact for that access. more information coming.
FYI: As before, Only guests that are registered and go through the vetting process will be allowed on the test ship, you cant just show up on base that day and board the test ship, you must have paid the fees and be on the guest list before that Friday morning. the quaterdeck will be manned by NSWC PHD staff and they will check your name against the guest list, you MUST be on that list!
FYI: As before, We will not be offering a separate Friday ship visit fee, you must register for the whole reunion and pay the entire reunion fee


All registration questions  must be answered fully on the website to ensure you will be allowed to visit the ship, your registration must be completed by February 26th.  Late registrations must be completed and submitted by March 3rd, but there is a very good chance that you will not be cleared in time to enter the base or board the ship.  Registration will be closed after March 3rd.

Base security and U.S.Navy will require some personal information to get on base and onboard the ship. You will be emailed a base access form when we are close the reunion date: this form will ask the following  information.

Please know that all base and ship visitors must be US citizens.

**You will be emailed a form as we get closer to March**

Full Name *

Home Address * (Including city, state, and zip code)


Social Security Number

Email address *

Home phone number *

Cell phone number *

*****The items marked with an (*) are part of our reunion registration process.  The information we collect will be sent to base security who will then contact you for the rest of the information, we are not  collecting that part of the form ourselves.*****



We are monitoring both the Navy base and County COVID status and as we draw closer to the event we will post information here, 

If county levels reach HIGH, this can significantly impact COVID access protocols.

Currently, masks not required; however, should County levels return to HIGH levels just prior to March 2023, masks and strict social distancing may be enforced once again and the Visitor Certification of Vaccination may be required.

Check the county’s COVID-19 County Level:

If DOD pushes additional requirements for naval installations, will send you details as they are made available. You may be required to complete a VISITOR CERTIFICATION OF VACCINATION form


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