Vietnam veteran and novelist, was the speaker at our Chapter Spring
Dinner, hosted by The Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. We had 45 attendees who found Mr. Badal’s comments to be both
informative and entertaining. He told us how his military career provided background for his 12 books which won
Gold and Silver Medals from the Military Writers Society of America. As an Army officer, he was
awarded a Bronze Star, MSM, and an Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf
Cluster for service in Vietnam.
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].
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-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!
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.
Profiles of Chapter Officers are linked at right:
with your suggestions for Chapter
activities or event locations.
19 April 2018
|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
- at Elena Gallegos Recreation
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-pay' basis. Attendees are asked to bring a sidedish or
dessert. Our ninth
Chapter Picnic at this site!
6 Oct 2018
|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!
|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. |
8 Dec 2018
|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 ...|
|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!
The American Athletic Conference
Navy's 2018 football
|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://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/ - Otherwise known as "The stupid shall be punished". This blog is for submariners. It has been retired, but still contains good gouge.
http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/ - Commentary on current Navy topics.
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/community/index.php.
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 (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.|