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On Sunday, June 10th, the New Mexico Chapter held its annual family picnic at the Kiwanis Shelter inside the Elena Gallegos Open Space.  The popular space located on the western face of the Sandia Mountain, is rented from the City of Albuquerque.  Although the shelter is covered, the weather cooperated as well providing participants a warm, breezy afternoon of camaraderie.  33 Chapter members and guests enjoyed this event to include:  The Maury Hartle '44 Family including wife Patsey and guests Blake Pittman, Lynne Hudson, Karen Molzen, and Steve Hartles; Nancy and Carl Holland '52; Guest Theresa and Donovan Duggan '57; Brink Trammel '57; Dottie andHoppy Hopkins '59; Herb Richter '59; Janice and Casey Jones '60Fred Corbalis '62; Bonnie and Mike Blackledge '63;  Pam and Ron Walters '63Joe McGuire '68; Kathy and Tolly Toliver '71Scott Kraus '73; Glenda and Daniel Rigg '77Ken Fladager '78; Jeff Hoaglund '94Christine Hoaglund '97; and Oklahoma visitor Braden Merritt '06.  We were also joined by Charles and Laurie Miller (Parents '05).
Bill Horton, Class of 1944New itemLast Call:  Bill Horton '44   William Giroux Horton, age 97, Commander, US Navy, retired, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on 25 April 2018, surrounded by those he loved. A three sport letterman, he graduated from Greenwich High School in 1938, enlisted in the Navy, and won a competitive appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis MD, graduating in 1943. While at the Naval Academy, as a Midshipman, he marched in the 1941 inaugural parade for President Roosevelt.

See the full obituary in the Albuquerque Journal, and on our Last Call page.

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2018 Jan Board  Chapter Meeting Sign

left to right:  Mike "Blackie" Blackledge, '63 [webmaster]; Henry "Hank" Schwartz, '62 [Director]; Scott "Scotty" Kraus, '73 [President]; Doug Meints, '77 [Vice-President]; Ken Fladager, '78 [Treasurer]; Joe McGuire, '68 [Secretary]; Keith "Casey" Jones, '60 [Director]

Your Chapter's Executive Committee met at The Canyon Club, Albuquerque, Sunday, 28 January 2018, and again on Wednesday, 21 February to discuss the Chapter program for the upcoming year.  Not present: Christine Hoaglund, '97 [Past President] and Herb Richter, '59 [Director].
Alumni at Picnic
New Mexico USNA Alums at Picnic last year:  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).  

News from the Yard
  • 0530 hrs drug test:   Wednesday morning, 21 Feb 2018 is a now a sad historic date in USNA history. Story here.
  • Controversy:  Fifth-year seniors at service academies.  Feinstein's article [plus reader comments] here.  
  • 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 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 Parents Club

Dark Ages Care Packages:  (from Jeanette Harris)  Last year we packed 35 Dark Ages Packages [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.


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2018 Chapter Officers
  Profiles of Chapter Officers are linked at right:  
Scott Kraus '73
Vice-PresidentDoug  Meints '77505-620-1750bio
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
Christine Hoaglund '97505-771-8977 bio
Blue & Gold OfficerDave Swingle '

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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2018 Chapter Events 
19 April 2018
6 pm
Spring Banquet was held at the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque.  Cocktails at 1800 hrs, dinner at 1845; presentation at 1945.   "An Evening With Joseph Badal" -  45 attendees enjoyed themselves!  

10 June 2018
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 ninth annual Chapter Picnic at this site!
6 Oct 2018
1:30 pm
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!  Come on over to the Craft Republic! (formerly the Fox & Hound).
27 Oct
6 pm
Navy-Notre Dame Game (from San Diego, CA). 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.  Dinner Game at The Craft Republic.
8 Dec 2018
1 pm

Army-Navy Game (from The Linc in Philly).  For the Big Game we will reserve the Big Room at Craft Republic (formerly the Fox & Hound) off the Jefferson exit on I-25 [4301 The Lane at 25 NE, Albuquerque]. No reservations needed, just show up in Blue and Gold!
... and always a possibility:  a Bowl Game gathering ...
Dec 2018
Last year, Navy defeated Virginia in Military Bowl (Annapolis)
Military Bowl Game (from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium).  We reserved tables at Craft Republic (formerly the Fox & Hound) off the Jefferson exit of I-25 for Alumni and Parents to gather for the Bowl Game.  Big win for Navy [49-7] to close out the 2017 season!

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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.
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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 (2018  President), Ken Fladager '78 (Treasurer), Christine Hoaglund '97 (2016-2017 President), Joe McGuire '68 (Secretary), and Herb Richter '59.  Not pictured:  Keith 'Casey' Jones '60.

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