Welcome to the Association of Former Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service
2017 AFSA Convention
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 29-November 2, 2017
Mark your calendars now for October 29 – November 2, 2017 and write in the words “Have Fun in St. Simons Island”. That’s because AFSA President Dan Pieschel, along with the AFSA Officers and Board of Directors are proud to formally announce that the 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Convention will be held this year at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia. Yep, that time of year is rolling around again and will be here before you know it. Planning is well underway and the registration form and very detailed information will be published in the summer edition of this newsletter that is scheduled to be issued in June. In the meantime, we can fill you in on the tentative schedule of events and tell you that we fully expect that once again we will be within our traditional budget. That is very good news considering that the King and Prince is a premium top-shelf location and the only beach resort in the entire State of Georgia that sits directly on the ocean. Add tours to Savannah and the Okefenokee Swamp, the Annual Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament (and other golf on your own at a number of first class courses), and a veritable plethora of other locations and activities that can be enjoyed both on the island and in the ocean, and you have the makings for an absolutely great time.
But the highlight of this year’s convention is going to be a tour of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. If you haven’t seen it lately, then forget all the stories you heard from other agents and wipe out all the past memories you have of what it was like. It is all totally different now. That’s because FLETC has undergone massive changes since being taken over by the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. FLETC now provides training for 95 Federal Agencies, as well as State, Local, and Tribal Departments throughout the United States. The facility is state-of-the-art and it is the largest provider of law enforcement training in the nation. Since 1970, over a million agents and officers have been trained and FLETC has projected another 77,000 agents and officers to be trained in FY 2017. The numbers for FY 2018 will surely be similar based on the recent announcement by President Trump that an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are to be hired. Until the FY 2018 training schedule has been set, we will not be able to announce the exact activities for our tour, but we do anticipate having it finalized within the next 60 days. Watch for details in the next newsletter. Here are some of the possibilities that might be included on our tour:
- Stop by the Intermodal Terminal Building that was conceived in 2004 when focus was shifted to the vulnerability of America’s transportation modes following the tragedy of 9-11. Included are a train station and a subway, a bus station, and an airplane.
- Stroll down a street in Danis City, a reality-based residential and commercial training environment that includes many shops that you would see in a typical city. There is also a fully furnished Federal Building that includes a courtroom. Nearby is a residential street with single-family homes and a rural setting that includes a “meth house”.
- Visit the Virtual Firing Range and test your skills with the latest laser firearms.
You will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime tour and experience samples of some of the same training given to Federal law enforcement.
The tentative schedule for now is as follows:
Sunday - October 29th Arrival and Registration
Trolley Tour of St. Simons Island
The President’s Welcoming Barbecue Cook-out and Meet-and-Greet
Monday - October 30th The Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament
Trolley Tour of Jekyll Island
Board Meeting for AFSA Officers and Board of Directors
Group Dinner (optional) or Dinner-On-Your-Own
Tuesday - October 31st Tour #1 - Okefenokee Bus Tour, or
Tour #2 - Savannah Bus Tour
Wednesday - November 1st Bus Transportation to FLETC
Opening Ceremony and Invocation
Welcoming by the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy
Overview by FLETC Public Affairs Specialist
General Membership Meeting
Presentation by/for CI Headquarters
Continued Professional Education Classes
Cocktail/Hors D’oeuvre Reception
Thursday - November 2nd Tour of FLETC
Annual Banquet Dinner
Friday - November 3rd Departure
During the entire week, we will (of course) have our hospitality room which is always a great place to meet up with old friends or make new ones and we will have a number of suggestions for other activities from which you can choose. The Village of St. Simons is also very close and has lots of shops and dining. We hope to see you there!!!
Dan Pieschel, President
The Officers of the AFSA
The Board of Directors of the AFSA