ALERT 20 Year Celebration

Join us this October as we commemorate two decades of serving the Lord and changing lives!

Whether you finished Basic Training in 1994, 2014, or somewhere in between, we want to see you in Big Sandy this fall!

This is a reunion for all former and current ALERT men and ALERT Staff. Join us for a time of fellowship, activities, and sharing memories.

We look forward to seeing you in October!


October 16-19, 2014

Registration & Housing

To register as an individual or family for the Celebration, please fill out the registration form below.

ALERT 20 Year Celebration Registration Form

Please e-mail, fax, or mail the completed form to:

ALERT 20 Year Celebration

One Academy Blvd.

Big Sandy, TX 75755

Fax: 903-636-2013


Please call the SOAR office with any questions at (903) 636-2000, ext. 2101.

Guest housing information can be found here, special pricing (on the registration form) has been given for this event.

Still have questions about campsites, cabins or dorms? Give us a call or visit our Frequently Asked Housing Questions page.

Note: Cribs are not available


Please register in advance for meals at the ALERT Dining Hall. Meals will be served throughout the weekend – breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Adults 12 & up: $7 ea
  • Children 4-11: $4.50 ea
  • Children under 4: Free

Schedule for the Weekend

Thursday, October 16th

  • 6:00 PM    Registration Check-In at the Convention Center
  • 7:00 PM  Ice-Cream Social, Games

Friday, October 17th

  • 6:00 AM Optional Motivational PT – Guys in the Main Gym
  • 6:00 AM Optional PT – Ladies in the Convention Center
  • 7:00 AM Bible Devotions (Split Groups)
  • 7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Battalion Games in the South Gym  (ALERT Alumni & Officers only)
  • Gym Activities: Crab Soccer, Bull Dozer, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Shopping Trip for the Ladies
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt for Families
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • Evening Meeting: Missionary Testimony in the Convention Center
  • Night Tactical – Capture the Flag
  • Bonfire

Saturday, October 18th

  • Death by Gatorball – ALERT Alumni & Officers only
  • 10:30 AM Brunch
  • Family Activity Time (see some activity possibilities)
  • 3:30 PM ALERT Alumni Board Q&A Time in the ALERT Auditorium
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • Evening Meeting in the Convention Center
  • Bonfire

Sunday, October 19th

  • 9:00 AM Brunch
  • 10:30 AM Church Service

Note: Schedule subject to change

List of items to bring:

  • Airsoft gun with eye protection – optional
  • Vintage ALERT Uniforms – for group photos
  • Things to display for personal businesses or products to sell
  • Information regarding your ministry if you are a missionary or in other type of ministry
  • Bicycles – optional, this is nice to get around Campus and for recreation
  • Case of Ibuprofen – non-optional :)


For the convenience and safety of all of our guests we do not allow pets.

Those that bring pets will be provided with a list of local kennels and asked to board their pets elsewhere.

Airport Information

  • Longview—East Texas Regional Airport (GGG – 40 minutes)
  • Tyler—Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR – 45 minutes)
  • Shreveport—Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV – 90 miles)
  • Dallas—Love Field (DAL – 125 miles)
  • Dallas—Dallas/Forth Worth (DFW – 135 miles)

Note: ALERT will not be able to provide any transportation to or from the airport for the weekend.

Rental Car Services

  • Longview, TX—(At airport) Avis, Enterprise and National Car Rental. (In town) Advantage Rent-A-Car.
  • Tyler, TX—(At airport) Advantage, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car Rental.
  • Shreveport, LA—All major rental companies.
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth and Love Field—All major rental companies.