National Institute

Military Chaplains Association

National Institute

8-11 April 2013

Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center
Gettysburg, PA

Registration & Travel


Meeting Location and Accommodations

Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center
2634 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Hotel Phone: (717) 334-8121 (800) 776-8349

Webpage: 2013_01_12_1257

National Institute Read Ahead Information (PDF)

Completion of the registration form below does NOT reserve your hotel room.

For hotel reservations, please directly call the hotel at 1-800-776-8349 or 1-717-334-8121. The group booking name is “Military Chaplains.” Online booking is NOT available. Room rate is $89.00 (double or single occupancy) plus 11% tax. Free self-parking for vehicles. Check-In is 3:00pm. Check-Out is 11:00am.

The hotel will honor our MCA room rate for three days prior and three days following the meeting dates.

Special MCA Room Rate Guarantee Deadline is Friday, 1 March 2013

Point of Contact

For registration verifications, event policy and programming, contact the MCA National Office: by email: by phone: (703) 533-5890

Air Travel & Ground Transportation

Closest Airports to Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center

  • · Gettysburg Regional: GTY – 6 miles
  • · Harrisburg International: MDT – 52 miles
  • · Baltimore/Washington: BWI – 63 miles
  • · Dulles International: IAD – 78 miles
  • · Reagan National: DCA – 88 miles

If traveling by air, we recommend a rental vehicle to complete your journey to the hotel and Gettysburg area.

Driving to Gettysburg

We recommend using “Google,” “Bing” or similar Maps for directions.

Arrivals and Meeting Times

Monday, 8 April.

Members of the MCA National Executive Committee (NEC) should arrive by 8 April. 2:00pm:

NEC session will begin

Tuesday, 9 April.

  • 9:00am-5:00pm: NEC Meeting
  • (with a lunch break at noon)
  • 5:00pm: Attendees should arrive
  • (Registration will begin at 2:00pm)
  • 6:00pm: Hospitality Hour
  • 7:00pm: Buffet Supper at

Dress: Casual

Wednesday, 10 April

  • 7:30-8:30am: Continental breakfast
  • (included in your registration fee)
  • 9:00am: MCA Annual Business
  • 10:00-10:30am: “General Meade at Gettysburg”, a presentation by historian Colonel Kavin Coughenour, USA Retired.
  • 12:00pm: “Deli Buffet”
  • 1:30pm: Colonel Coughenour will
  • continue at with a presentation on “Assessing General Meade at the Gettysburg Campaign.”
  • 3:00pm: Break
  • 3:15pm: “Chaplains Ministry at Gettysburg” presented by CH, COL John Brinsfield, USA Retired (former Army Chaplain Historian)
  • 6:00pm: Hospitality Hour
  • 7:00pm: Banquet awards, recognitions, and installation of officers
  • (Dress is Informal)

Thursday, 11 April.

  • Breakfast on your own.
  • 8:30am: Memorial Observance
  • 9:00am: Leave for Gettysburg Visitors
  • Center; meet Licensed Guides for Tour of Battlefield.
  • (There will NOT be a bus)
  • 12:00am: Return to hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Participants may use leisure time for
  • additional touring.
  • 2:00pm: NEC Meeting wrap-up,
  • (if necessary)

Please Note: Spouses and guests are invited register and to attend all events except the Annual Meeting on Wednesday morning which is for MCA Members only. Other personal or professional guests are welcome to attend our special meal events even if unable to attend other plenary sessions. For participants unable to attend less than half of the total plenary sessions because of official duty requirements, a pro-rated registration fee is available. Please contact the MCA National Office at (703) 533-5890 with that request.

Registration and Payment Online. We recommend that you print out the full registration form above for reference. To register online and make payment via PayPal, continue with the form below. You will receive a copy of your entries via email. So will the MCA. However, your registration process is not finished until the MCA receives a copy of your PayPal payment notification. This means that there will be two separate emails for your online registration. Both are necessary in order to complete the process.

Completion of the registration form does NOT reserve your hotel room

Pay online (click here).


On-line Registration Form - National Institute 8 - 11 April 2013

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  • Important Payment Details
  • Clicking on the submit button will send in your form to MCA and take you to the On-Line Payment section using PayPal.