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Yes, all 244 mids chose their own unique theme song during selection - and yes, one chose Fight Song, one Star Wars, and two the Theme from Game of Thrones
|News from the Yard|
News from the Chapter
newsletter: 18 February 2017
After just witnessing Navy give up a 25 point lead in basketball to Army, I’m inclined to believe this hasn’t been our year.
At least the women’s team won earlier.
Let’s see if we can do something in lacrosse.
Meanwhile, our Albuquerque Zoomie and Woop colleagues have invited us to join them in a golf tournament.
Date DTMD; we haven’t decided on the format (best ball?); date, or anything yet.
This message is to invite participation. Please contact Scott Kraus if you’re interested. I’ll promulgate further information to everyone as I get it.
We still are working on planning for our annual summer picnic.
We’ve got a couple of dates and venues to explore, since someone else is currently penciled in for our preferred date of .
I’ll keep you all informed. Maybe we’ll combine a picnic with a morning golf tourney.
The distinguished graduate awards are scheduled for at Alumni Hall. One of the recipients, Adm. Eric Olson, was best man at my wedding.
And vice versa. That’s about as close as I’ll get to someone who’s famous…
Here’s hoping for a successful spring sports season!
For Christine Hoaglund, President
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!
Christine's notes from ICOF 2016:
At the Chapter Picnic on from 1300 to 1700 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 2016. Her detailed notes are here and are well worth reading for 2017.
Last Call: Allen R. Ruth, Class of 1959 (12th Company) passed away on Sunday, 1 May 2016. Al and his wife Ellen lived in Pensacola, FL but made frequent trips to Albuquerque to visit their daughter Lani Ruth McCarson, and had joined us for several of our Chapter events, including one of our June Picnics. The couple had recently returned from an extensive cruise through the Suez Canal, visiting Dubai and Israel along the way. They were traveling by car from their home in Pensacola back to Albuquerque when Al suffered a massive heart attack during their stop on Sunday in Texas.
Al's memorial service was held on Saturday, June 4th at St Chad's Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson St. NE.
Al's Last Call entry is here.
Chapter e-mails: Many of our New Mexico Alumni have NOT been receiving emails from the USNA AA MAIN SERVER in Annapolis. The Chapter is going to this more efficient way to send our members email messages. In order to get the emails, 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
Opening against the Fordham Rams on Sept 3 and the UConn Huskies on Sept 10, 2016 in Annapolis.
Big wins this 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 2016 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 Board, Past and Present: On Saturday, 22 March 2014, Chapter Vice President Scott Kraus '73
hosted a meeting of the New Mexico Chapter's new Officers and Board of Directors
at his home in Albuquerque. The board considered Chapter website
issues, upcoming social events, and fall football game sports bar gatherings. |
pictured standing L-R: New Mexico Chapter Board members Herb Richter '59, Mike Blackledge '63, John Kennard '93 (President), Christine Hoaglund '97, Barry Howard '58, & Scott Kraus '73 (Vice President). Seated L-R are Joe McGuire '68 (Secretary), Keith "Casey" Jones '60, and Ken Fladager '78 (Treasurer).
Updated 20 February 2017|
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