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Alumni at Picnic
New Mexico USNA Alums at Picnic:  4 June 2017, a gathering of the clan at Elena Gallegos picnic grounds.  35 attendees included these 12 alums, representing from the Class of 1944 (Bill Horton and Maury Hartle) up to Class of 1997 (Chap. Pres Christine Hoaglund).  
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Scotty w/ classmates

Our New Mexico Chapter VP at the Distinguished Graduate Ceremony    
This is probably the closest that our own Chapter Vice President Scott Kraus '73 will ever get to a Distinguished Graduate Award.
At left is Honoree ADM Eric T. Olson '73 (retired) with Scott; at right is Scott standing with some of his '73 classmates.  See more on the 2017 DGA Dinner and Award here.  

22 May 2017 - Herndon for Class of 2020
News from the Yard
  • Controversy:  Air Force Academy doesn't train warriors anymore - here.  
  • Controversy:  Naval Academy contingent out of step at Inaugural Parade.
  • Controversy:  Fifth-year seniors at service academies.  Feinstein's article [plus reader comments] here.  
  • Navy defeats Notre Dame in Jax:  Coach Niumatalolo ties Coach Wayne Hardin's record from the '60s - video highlights here
  • Keenan Reynolds provides this Thanks, Navy! letter - outstanding young man! 
  • Keenan Reynolds is named co-winner of the Sullivan Award for best college athlete!   What records!  What an outstanding representative of the Naval Academy!   Thanks to all who voted for him!   Read the story here (Navy Sports) and here (ESPN) and here (NBC Sports)!
  • For Navy Spirit video, "Naptown Funk," view here.  [An all-mid take-off on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars video "Uptown Funk" which can be seen here.] 
  • For briefing (PowerPoint as PDF) on USNA Cyber Warfare program (and new building), view here.
  • For International Chapter Officers Forum (see right hand side for assorted briefings) at USNA, view here
  • For Google+ collection of latest [current! many!] photos from the yard, view here
  • For video of the flyover by the Blue Angels for Class of 2015, view here.   
  • For photos of the Ring Dance for Class of 2016, view here.
  • For the statistics on the Class of 2018, view here.  
  • Here is the latest USNA Newsletter and Parent Event Calendar  (for Chapters, Parents Clubs, Blue & Gold Officers)
News from the Chapter

Christine's notes from ICOF 2017:  

Each year, New Mexico alums want representation at the Academy's International Chapter Officer Forum (ICOF).   At the Chapter Picnic on Sunday, June 4th 2017 at the Kiwanis picnic shelter inside the Elena Gallegos Open Space in Albuquerque, Chapter President Christine Hoagland delivered a presentation on the gathering of the Alumni Chapter representatives in Annapolis in April 2017. Her summary notes are here.   You may want to compare notes from last year's (April 2016) ICOF which are here.

Doug MeintsWelcome, Doug Meints '77!  Christine Hoaglund informs us that Douglas Meints, Class of '77, has recently moved to Albuquerque and has joined our Chapter of the alumni association.  Douglas, aka Doug or "Psycho" (there is a story behind that) and is currently living on Eagle Ranch Road in Albuquerque.  Doug grew up as a Navy Junior in Japan and California, and graduated high school in Tacoma, WA.  Between 1979 and 1983, he flew as navaigator off the USS Constellation and USS Ranger with Fleet Air Recon Squadron One.  See his full bio here.  The Board is pleased to add Doug to our Chapter roll.  Welcome aboard!

Welcome, Tom McLean '53!  Mark Schaefer let us know that Thomas McLean, Class of '53, has recently moved to Albuquerque and would like to join the alumni association.  The Board is getting Tom added to the roll and the emails for the New Mexico chapter.  Ask Christine or Mark for Tom's email address, and phone number.  His career was Air Force and he worked at the Air Force Institute of Technology, retired after 22 years, and then became an ME instructor and eventually chair of the ME department at UTEP.   Please welcome Tom across the border into New Mexico and to our Alumni Chapter!

Financial Assistance:  The Naval Academy Summer Programs include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and NASS (Summer Seminar) programs.  About 50 of the 300 kids accepted into the programs from throughout the US have requested financial assistance. During the summer of 2016, your Chapter provided $150 to help offset travel expenses for each of four New Mexico youngsters who have requested some assistance with attending these activities:  two from Albuquerque, one from Dulce, and one from Las Cruces.  Your dues at work!  ... and Bravo Zulu to all attendees!   

New Website:  We will be migrating to a new format and 'engine' for our Chapter website, one that the Alumni Association is encouraging for all Chapters, Classes, and Parents Clubs.  The datails can be viewed here and the (developing) website can be visited here.  We expect to make the transition during 2018.  

Chapter e-mails:  For our New Mexico Alumni to receive emails from the USNA AA MAIN SERVER in Annapolis, which are originated by the Chapter Board, but go thru the Academy server, you MUST REGISTER your email address and desires.  For instructions on how to do this, please check here.  

News from the Parents Club

Dark Ages Packages:  (from Jeanette Harris)  We are packing 35 Dark Ages Packages today [29 Jan 2017] to send to our New Mexico mids as well as electing new leadership and voting on By-LawsJan 2017 - NM Parents pack for Dark Ages for our Chapter.  Our new leadership:  Our new President is Betsy Guertersloh, Vice-President is Vicki K. Young McGavran, Secretary is Matt and Gayle Torres and Treasurer is Brian McQuiston. Thanks everyone for taking on these leadership positions!

Every year in January we send out care packages to our mids for the Dark Ages. For those of you who do not know, the "Dark Ages" is the time between Reform in January and Spring Break. We call that the Dark Ages because the weather is cold and dreary, there is not a lot of sports to go watch, it gets dark early and it is just not a happy time. There are probably other reasons that I am not aware of.  We are mailing thirty packages to our mids, five more to the USNA chaplains to distribute as they see fit.

Once all this is in place we can start planning the picnic.  The parents club will definitely be hosting a BBQ in early summer 2017 to honor our mids and welcome the incoming members of the Class of 2021 from New Mexico.  The date has not been set at this time.


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2017 Chapter Officers
  Profiles of Chapter Officers are linked at right:  
Christine Hoaglund '97 505-771-8977 bio
Scott Kraus '73
Joe McGuire '68 505-857-9679
Ken Fladager  '78 505-506-9284 bio
Hank Schwartz '62 505-286-8934bio
Casey Jones '60
Mike Blackledge '63 505-294-6030bio
DirectorHerb Richter, '59505-298-9735bio
Blue & Gold OfficerDick Dommers '62575-434-8735La Luz, NM
Parents Club PresidentJeanette Harris

Our fiscal year is 1 Oct through 30 Sept. Chapter Treasurer's Report
Latest Annual Report:here,  [compare with 2012 here]

Approved (2006) By-Laws:
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Chapter By-Laws  2006
  Contact Officers with your suggestions for Chapter activities or event locations.
2017 Chapter Events 
4 June 2017
1 pm
Kiwanis Reservation AreaChapter Picnic at Elena Gallegos Recreation Area, Kiwanis Shelter (take Simms Road to east, about 1 mile North of Montgomery on Tramway).  Potluck and Cater.  Chapter will provide fried and barbeque chicken and soft drinks. $10/couple.  Wine will be available on a 'self-serve, self-pay' basis.  Attendees are asked to bring a sidedish or a dessert.  Our eighth annual Chapter Picnic at this site!
Christine presented a summation of the ICOF 2016 gathering at the last picnic, in 2016.  Her notes are here. 
7 Oct 2017
Navy-Air Force Game (from Annapolis)Kick-off the run for the CINC Trophy!    Navy has won the trophy 9 times in the past 11 years, but Air Force took it all in 2016.  But this time we play them in the land of the crabs!  Revenge game! 
18 Nov
Navy-Notre Dame Game (from Notre Dame Stadium, IN). Oh, my.  We made e'm mad last year and they fired their Coach.  4th Victory in 52 years!    Coach Niumatalolo now has three wins over Notre Dame:  2009, 2010, and 2016.   How is this possible?  Because he goes for the WIN!  On 4th downs!   See highlights here.  
9 Dec 2017

Army-Navy Game (from The Linc in Philly).  In 2016, Navy came back to score 17 unanswered points to open the Second Half before Army scored to win, 21-17.  Recap of the game here.  YARG!  Yet Another Revenge Game!

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Chapter Corporation Report with Secretary of State, New Mexico [May 2014]

Beat Army        The American Athletic Conference
Navy opening against the Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton) on Sept 2, 2017
and the Tulane Green Wave on Sept 9, 2017 in Annapolis.
Big wins last season:  
goal-line stand heroics to defeat UConn; upsetting #6 U of Houston at Annapolis;
going for it to defeat Notre Dame in Jacksonville, FL  
Navy's 2017 football schedule

Click on the links (below) to find the real Navy gouge    (suggested by Former Chapter President John Kennard): - USNI sponsored SWO-centric blog - Otherwise known as "The stupid shall be punished".  This blog is for submariners. It has been retired, but still contains good gouge. - Commentary on current Navy topics. - Otherwise known as "I like the cut of his jib." Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years) 

The former Prez suggests:  "Take a look at all four websites, especially after something hits the press.  Sailor Bob is particularily insightful and usually someone within two degrees of separation from the incident can shed some light.  I haven't found a good aviation blog since Neptunus Lex's passing.  You can try   
The Duffel Blog, is a satirical news website that has been catching the eyes of Pentagon leaders lately."

Wounded Warriors Project:  A legal scam.  See story here.

Air Warrior Courage Foundation:  Getting the $$$ directly to projects for the wounded.  
See story here.
USS Bataan - 1    real Bataan
Board of NM Chapter, USNA AA
Your Chapter Board:  At the Picnic in Albuquerque (Elena Gallegos Picnic Grounds) on Sunday, 4 June  2017, L-R:   New Mexico Chapter Board members Hank Schwartz '62,  Mike Blackledge '63, Scott Kraus '73 (Vice President), Ken Fladager '78 (Treasurer), Christine Hoaglund '97 (President), Joe McGuire '68 (Secretary), and Herb Richter '59.  Not pictured:  Keith 'Casey' Jones '60.

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