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.
|News from the Yard|
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 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.
Welcome, 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-Laws 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.
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):|
www.sailorbob.com - USNI sponsored SWO-centric blog
http://navycaptain-TheRealNavy.blogspot.com/ - 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 http://www.airwarriors.com/
The Duffel Blog, www.duffelblog.com 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.
|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.|
Updated 6 June 2017|
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