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April-May 2015

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter

Chapter News

Pres:  Art Weidner ‘63
          975 W. Calle Excelso, Green Valley, AZ 85614-2861
          E:  ahweidner63@gmail.com

Sec’y:  John Massie ‘71
            62921 E. Sandlewood Rd., Tucson, AZ 85739-2444
            E:  saddlebum@mac.com

 

            On Friday 24 April 2015, members of the Southern Arizona Chapter gathered at the Rosario Room of the Viscount Suites in downtown Tucson.  Joining us to celebrate the final business meeting of the 2014-2015 year were Chapter President Art Weidner ’63, Dick Augur ’63, Brad Beaver ’67, Len Eaton ’63, John Massie ’71, George Monthan ’46 and his guest Eloise Perry, Clark Rook ’57, John Truesdell,’63, Herb Fauth ’67 and his wife Sue, Don Flood ’56, John McCarthy ’76, Dennis Nemura ’65 and Margery Nemura, Ed Palanek ’57, Rich Richey ’60, Jack Richter ’47, Joe Sciabarra ’68 and Mary Sciabarra, Sandy Roberson and her guest Madeline Arbogast, who was joining us for the second time this year.  Alert readers of this column will recall seeing Cadet LTJG Arbogast – from the ROTC Program at Sahuarita High School - cutting the cake during our Founder’s Day celebration last fall.  LTJG Arbogast will be attending Summer Seminar at USNA this summer.

            After the Pledge of Allegiance, President Weidner introduced our guest speaker for the day, Captain Joe Sciabarra ’68 (Ret.), who is both a Southern Arizona Chapter member and the USNA Blue and Gold Officer for Southern Arizona.  During his 30-year active duty career, Capt. Sciabarra served as a test pilot, and was Navy Test Pilot of the year in 1977/78.  He held command tours of VA-27 (A-7E), DCAG-9 (F-14/F-18), NAS Fallon, NV, and pertinent to his post-retirement assignment as a Blue and Gold Officer (BGO), he was the Commanding Officer of the NROTC unit at the University of Arizona.

            Captain Sciabarra has been our BGO in Southern Arizona since 1996; leading a team of three officers.  Given that the majority of the chapter’s members predate the Blue and Gold program, which began in the early 1970’s, many of us were pleasantly surprised to learn how vital this program is to the admission process at USNA.  In view of the nearly 20,000 applications annually to Annapolis, BGO’s nationwide provide an invaluable resource to guide and initially screen applicants.  A specific element of the assessment effort is the personal interview, which focuses on six attributes:

  1. Interest & motivation
  2. Responsibility
  3. Physical Fitness
  4. Leadership Potential
  5. Organization Skills
  6. Oral Communications

 

Reports of these interviews are a key evaluation factor for the Admissions Office.  Further, BGO’s advise applicants on both Summer Seminar and the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).
                            

 

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                              Captain Joe Sciabarra ’68 (Ret.) and Mary Sciabarra.

 

            On Saturday evening, 23 May, the chapter wrapped up our regular year with our annual Spring Social, held this year at the White Stallion Guest Ranch in Marana, Arizona.  Most members dressed for the occasion – blue jeans and boots.  Attendees included Bob and Sandy Anderson ’71, Dick and Marylyn Augur “63, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Frank and Sue Hayes ’60, James and Margaret Hiser ’80, Greg and Gretchen Lamberth ’72, Dennis and Diane Lawrence ’64, Tom and Sandra Long ’64, John and Linda Massie ’71, John McCarthy ’76, Todd and Jennifer Mencke ’95, Norm and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and his guest Eloise Perry, Dennis and Margery Nemura ’65, Bill and Beverly Peake ’64, Rich and Sandy Richey ’60, John and Linda Truesdell ’63, Bob Ross ’61, Bob and Janine Marie Wahlfield, and Chapter President Art and Karen Weidner ’63.

 

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Liz and Norm Mims ’60, Eloise Perry, Bob Ross ‘61, and George Monthan ’46 at White Stallion Guest Ranch.

 

            The evening was arranged by Dick Augur, who has been associated with the ranch for 25 years; Dick is an experienced bridge player, and coordinates bridge seminars and tournaments held at White Stallion.  Russell True, owner and operator of the ranch – which has been in the True family since 1965 - hosted the chapter and gave us a talk on the history and some of the notable events which have taken place (White Stallion has been the location for over 30 motion pictures and countless commercials and advertising spots.)  Russell is a two-time past President of the Dude Rancher’s association, and operates the ranch with his brother Michael, their wives, and his sons. 

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Southern Arizona Chapter President Art Weidner ’63 presenting our speaker’s medallion to White Stallion Guest Ranch owner and operator Mr. Russell True.

 

 

 

 

February 2015

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter

Chapter News

Pres:  Art Weidner ‘63
          975 W. Calle Excelso, Green Valley, AZ 85614-2861
          E:  ahweidner63@gmail.com

Sec’y:  John Massie ‘71
            62921 E. Sandlewood Rd., Tucson, AZ 85739-2444
            E:  saddlebum@mac.com

 

            On Thursday, 26 February 2015, members of the Southern Arizona Chapter gathered at the El Dorado Room of La Posada in Green Valley, Arizona for a winter luncheon meeting.  In attendance were Chapter President Art Weidner ’63 and his wife Karen, Treasurer Norman Mims ’60 and Liz Mims, Dick Augur ’63 and his wife Marylyn, Brad Beaver ’67 and Carolyn Beaver, Ed Biggers ’57, Bart Dalla Mura and his wife Jann, Len Eaton ’63 and Dr. Jana Eaton, Herb Fauth ’67, Sue Fauth and their son Chris, Don Flood ’56, his wife Betty, son Drew (our guest speaker), and guest former Navy pilot John Vold, guest Col. Monte Crook USAF (F-4 pilot), guest commercial pilots John Frazier and his wife Kelly Bales, Ed Grant ’55, Frank Hayes ’60 and Sue Hayes, guest and former USAF flight surgeon Dr. James Fitzgerald, guest Judge Roland Herman, Andy Kish ’65 and his wife Diane, senior alumnus present Alan Lee ’44 and his wife Jane, Marshall Magruder ’62, guest Tom Maher, Fred March ’59 and his wife Julie, guest John Merrill and his wife Julie, John Massie ’71, George Monthan ’46 and his guest Eloise Perry, Ed Palanek ’57, Bill Peake ’64 and his wife Bev, Rich Richey ’60, his wife Sandi and guest Bette Schipman, Jack Richter ’47, Clark Rook ’57 and his wife Deane, Bob Ross ’61, Chris Sonderman ’84, and guest Len Summers USAFA ‘76.

            After the Pledge of Allegiance, President Weidner introduced our guest speaker for the day, Mr. Andrew “Bronco” Flood, US Air Force Academy ‘84.  Mr. Flood is a former F-16 pilot, with over 20 years service in the Air Force.  He is currently Director for Broad Area ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) – Europe for Northrop Grumman, which translates to marketing Global Hawk to our European allies.  Mr. Flood delivered an extremely pertinent presentation on the HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), showing its migration from other earlier platforms to become the largest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently flying.  Of particular interest was his outline of the Navy’s planned modification of Global Hawk for the maritime environment, which project is named Triton.

            This topic provoked the interest of a large percentage of the chapter’s membership, and a number of friends and guests with aviation backgrounds were also in attendance.  Particularly in light of current national conversations regarding the employment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for overseas military operations and possible future commercial use, this subject was of considerable interest for the attendees.

 

 

 

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Guest Speaker Mr. Andrew “Bronco” Flood, USAFA ’84, and his father Don Flood, USNA ’56, member of the Southern Arizona Chapter.

 

 

 

 

        

                         

 

June 2014

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter

Chapter News

Pres:  Art Weidner ‘63
          975 W. Calle Excelso, Green Valley, AZ 85614-2861
          E:  ahweidner63@localnet.com

Sec’y:  John Massie ‘71
            62921 E. Sandlewood Rd., Tucson, AZ 85739-2444
            E:  saddlebum@mac.com

 

On Saturday 14 June Southern Arizona Chapter President Art Weidner ’63 and former Chapter President Frank Hayes ’60, together with their wives Karen and Sue, hosted a luncheon for new members of the classes of 2018 and 2019 and their parents at the Viscount Suites in Tucson. The event was extremely successful, with four members of these classes attending.  Class of 2018 diver (swimming) Nate Belch was unable to attend, but his mother Amanda Freed joined us.  In addition, 2nd Lt Jose Ruiz USMC ’14 and his mother Ruth Ruiz were in attendance as well, providing recent context to the prospective plebes.

The purpose of the luncheon was to allow the candidates and their parents to meet each other and receive pertinent current academy information. 2nd Lt Jose Ruiz gave a very informative talk (10 minutes) about current academy life which was well received by our guests.
 

 

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Students attending plus Jose Ruiz ’14:
See picture (left to right)

Jessica Cozine ’19 Foundation Scholarship -Mom & Dad attending
Luke Holley ’18 (NAPS) football punter - Mom attending
Jose Ruiz ’14 USMC (Marine Aviation) –Mom attending
David Ogden ’18 - Mom & Dad attending
Scott Simmons ’18 Mom and grandparents (Frank and Sue Hayes) attending

 

May 2014

 

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter

Chapter News

Pres: Art Weidner ‘63
975 W. Calle Excelso, Green Valley, AZ 85614-2861
E: ahweidner63@localnet.com

Sec’y: John Massie ‘71
62921 E. Sandlewood Rd., Tucson, AZ 85739-2444
E: saddlebum@mac.com

Early on the morning of 7 May 2014, Lieutenant Colonel USMC (ret’d) Rich Richey ’60, representing the Southern Arizona Chapter, presented a United States Marine Corps Officer’s sword to SSGT Alex Abrams. This is an annual award made by the Chapter to the outstanding graduating Marine from the NROTC Unit at the University of Arizona. SSGT Abrams, a participant in MECEP (Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program), was selected by his 42 peers in the Marine contingent of the 100-man unit. Presiding at the ceremony was the NROTC Unit Commander, Col. Michael Kuhn, assisted by Chapter President Art Weidner ’63, and former Chapter President Andy Kish ’65.


Rich Richey ’60, representing the Southern Arizona Chapter, presents a Marine Officer’s sword to SSGT Alex Abrams, outstanding Marine graduate of the University of Arizona NROTC Unit.

SSGT Alex Abrams and Rich Richey ’60.

On a pleasant evening of 16 May, members of the Southern Arizona Chapter, their spouses, and friends gathered at the Skyline Country Club for the regular season ending Spring Social. In the open air, with the Catalina Mountains to our backs and a spectacular view of downtown Tucson, the Chapter enjoyed a fine, casual meal followed by brief but meaningful honorifics. The Chapter was particularly honored to host as our honored guests the University of Arizona NROTC Unit Commander, Col. Michael Kuhn and his wife Nancy.

 

Col. Michael Kuhn and his wife Nancy, Sue and Frank Hayes, Norman and Liz Mims at the Southern Arizona Chapter Spring Social.

Attending were Mike and Margaret Aden (both members of the Class of ’94), Brad and Carolyn Beaver ’67, Ed and Paula Biggers ’57, Len and Jana Eaton ’63, Herb and Susan Fauth ’67, Frank and Susan Hayes ’60, Dennis and Diane Lawrence ’64, John and Linda Massie ’71, Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and Eloise Perry, Dennis and Margery Nemura ’65, Ed and Solveig Palanek ’57, Rich and Sandi Richey ’60 – together with Bette Shipman, John and Linda Truesdell ’63, and Art and Karen Weidner ’63.

Closing the evening, newly elected President Art Weidner presented a plaque from the Chapter and a letter of commendation from the headquarters of the Alumni Association to outgoing President Frank Hayes in recognition of his 6 years on the Chapter Board and 3 years as Chapter President. Further, Art provided Frank and his wife Sue with Grandpa and Grandma hats for their upcoming trip to Annapolis this coming August and Parents’ Weekend. Continuing the family tradition, Frank and Sue’s grandson Scott Simmons takes the Oath of Office as a Midshipman on 1 July, joining the class on 2018. The Southern Arizona Chapter wishes Scott fair winds and following seas – although this may possibly be inappropriate, since Frank predicts Scott will follow him into the Marines.

Members of the Southern Arizona Chapter gathered at the Skyline Country Club on 16 May for the annual Spring Social.

 

 

President Art Weidner presents gifts of appreciation to former President Frank Hayes and his wife Sue.

 

 

 

April 2014

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

On Friday 25 April 2014 the Chapter held its monthly meeting at Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson.

There were 38 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Brad Beaver ‘67, Ed Biggers ‘57, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ’54, George Dolan ’57, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Don Flood ’56, Joe Hayden ‘80, Frank and Sue Hayes ’60 ,  Andy Kish ’65, Dan Lambert ’77, Dennis and Diane Lawrence ’64, John Massie ’71,  John McCarthy ’76,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60,  George Monthan ’46 and  Eloise Perry, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Jack Richter ‘47, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Don Tarquin ‘58, Bob and Mimi Tims ’57, Bob Walhfeld ’65, Art and Karen Weidner ’63, and Hod Wells ‘59. Guests were Russ and Avalon Hill, Pat Kujawa, Dr. Carter, and Mary Newton of Halbert Hargrove Fiduciary Investment Management.

Art Weidner introduced our guest speaker Mr. Russ Hill a noted financial investment counsellor. His presentation “The Dog and the Frisbee” offered some simple, but effective, tools of financial management to help us navigate our financial portfolio “ship” to a correct and safe harbor. The presentation was well received and prompted some probing questions.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Mr. Hill as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

Andy Kish provided the result of the election for the Board of Directors held during the meeting. Herb Fauth ’67 and Don Flood ’56 were elected for two years terms. Geoff Miller ‘01, Ed Biggers ’57, and Dennis Nemura ’65 were reelected for two year terms.

Vice President Dennis Nemura presented outgoing President Frank Hayes with a USMC medallion and key fob as a token of the Chapter’s appreciation for his service as Chapter President for the last three years.

The Chapter Social will be at the Skyline Country Club on Friday 16 May 2014. The next regular meeting will be at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson on Friday 26 September 2014.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

 

March 2014

 

 

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

On Friday 28 March 2014 the Chapter held its monthly meeting at Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson.

There were 22 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Jack Binns ‘56, Len Eaton ’63, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Don Flood ’56, Bud Gaston ’65, Frank and Sue Hayes ’60 ,  Andy and Diane Kish ’65, Marshall Magruder ’62, John McCarthy ’76,  Fred and Julie March ’59, Norman and Liz Mims ’60 and Norman’s sister Anne Moye,  Ed Palanek ’57, Jack Richter ‘47, Clark Rook ’57, John Truesdell ’63, and Art Weidner ’63.

President Frank Hayes introduced the guest speaker our Treasurer John  Truesdell. John spoke on “The Importance of Diversification” and identified the drivers of investment performance and how to use that knowledge to create a diversified portfolio. He brought us up to date on the current 401(k) environment including 401(k) basics, ROTH versus traditional platforms and what the industry has done to make investing choices simpler. The talk prompted several questions and was well received by the attendees.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to John as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

The next meeting will be at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson on Friday 25 April 2014.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

 

February 2014

 

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

On Thursday 27 February 2014 the Chapter held its monthly meeting at La Posada in Green Valley.

There were 41 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Dick Augur ’63, Brad and Carolyn Beaver ’67, Ed and Paula Biggers ’57, Len and Jana Eaton ’63 and Len’s guest Jerry Hayes, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Don Flood ’56, Bud and Karen Gaston ’65, Frank and Sue Hayes ’60 and Frank’s guest Sally Ruschmeir,  Andy and Diane Kish ’65, Marshall Magruder ’62, John Massie ’71, John McCarthy ’76,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and his guest Eloise Perry, Dennis and Margery Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Bill and Bev     Peake ’64, Rich Richey ‘60, Jack Richter ‘47, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Bob Ross ’61, John Truesdell ’63, and Art and Karen Weidner ’63, and Howard Wells ’59.

President Frank Hayes introduced the guest speaker Dr. Jana Eaton. In addition to serving as Len Eaton’s adult supervisor, Dr. Eaton is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. She has conducted research in India, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, the USSR, and the Russian Federation. Her doctoral dissertation targeted education, Islamism, and sociopolitical stability in four predominantly Islamic Russian Federation republics. Her discussion touched on the North Caucasus republics, their rising insurgency, and their exportation of global jihadism and she responded to numerous questions from the group. The subject was very timely as it relates to the site of the current Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

 

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Dr. Eaton as a token of our thanks for her presentation.

The next meeting will be at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson on Friday 28 March 2014.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

 

 

January 2014

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

On December 14 2013 The Chapter joined the West Point Society of Southern Arizona at the Viscount Suites Hotel for the joint viewing of the Army-Navy football game. The crowd gathered at 1230 for the game and enjoyed good-natured banter for the next few hours as Navy once again defeated Army in a hard fought contest and retained possession of the coveted Commander-In-Chief trophy. We also celebrated the 80th birthday of Ed Palanek ’57.
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The Southern Arizona Chapter held its first winter luncheon meeting on Friday, January 20, 2014  in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 32 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Dick Augur ’63, Ed Biggers ’57, Jack Binns ’56, Ron Bishop ’57, Bill Brinkley ’63, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, George and Nancy Dolan ’57, Len Eaton ’63, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Don Flood ’56, Bud Gaston ’65, Frank Hayes ’60,  Andy Kish ’65, Dennis Lawrence ’64, Fred and Julie March ’59, John McCarthy ’76,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and Eloise Perry, Dennis Nemura ’65, Rich Richey ‘60, Jack Richter ‘47, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, John Truesdell ’63, and Art Weidner ’63. Guest speaker was Tony Mulligan.

Ed Biggers introduced the guest speaker Anthony (Tony) Mulligan. Tony is founder and CEO of Hydronalix, Inc. in Sahuarita, AZ and was also founder and CEO of Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc. in Tucson. Tony has a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He focused on his company’s role in development of the small robotic rescue device EMILY with the Navy, NOAA, and Department of Homeland Security. He also included other Navy and NOAA small robotic unmanned surface development programs underway in the Tucson area with hull and structural components produced on the reservation. Members were stimulated by the company’s products and the clever, non-traditional means by which his organization has effectively carried out the commercialization of the products.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Mr. Mulligan as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

The next meeting will be at La Posada on 27 February 2014.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

 

October-November 2013

 

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its second Fall luncheon meeting on Friday, October 25, 2013 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 27 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Margaret and Mike Aden ’94, Brad Beaver ‘67, Don Flood ‘56, Sue and Frank Hayes ’60, Andy Kish ’65, Diane and Dennis Lawrence ’64, John Massie ’71,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60 and guest Linda Moore, Dennis Nemura ’65, Bill Peake ‘64, Rich Richey ’60, Jack Richter ’47, Brad Roberson ’87, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Bob Ross ’61, Bob Wahlfeld ’65, and Cadets LCDR Briana Chavez, Lt Kaelyn Murphy, LTJG Logan Hardy, LTJG Gunnar Johnson, and PO1 Christian Villasenor of Sahuarita NJROTC.

This meeting was the Founder’s Day celebration of the 168th Anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Sahuarita High School NJROTC Color Guard posted the colors and Cadet LCDR Briana Chavez led the Chapter in the Pledge of Allegiance. LTCOL Rich Richey ‘60, USMC(RET), the Master of Ceremonies, made appropriate comments. CAPT Norman Mims ’60, USN(RET) read the Founding Document. John Massie ‘71 read the Naval Academy mission statement. CDR Brad Roberson ’87 led the Sahuarita NJROTC cadets in the cutting of the cake. The ceremony ended with all singing Navy Blue and Gold.

Chapter Vice President Dennis Nemura presented the program on Cyber Warfare. He provided an overview and a military perspective on the subject with some specific information regarding how the Naval Academy is confronting the Cyber Warfare threat. The objective was to raise our awareness and knowledge of this topic, so critical in global security and war-fighting today.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Dennis Nemura as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

This month the Chapter presented $500 to the VA Hospital for bus passes for homeless veterans and for the Therapeutic Riding of Tucson program.

 

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its third fall luncheon meeting on Friday, 22 November 2013 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 40 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Carol and Tom Andrews ‘57, Dick Augur ’63 and guest John Michelson, Brad Beaver ‘67, Paula and Ed Biggers ’57, Ron Bishop ’57, Bill Brinkley ’63, Len Eaton ’63, Don Flood ‘56, Bud Gaston ’65, Sue and Frank Hayes ’60, Dianne and Andy Kish ’65, Diane and Dennis Lawrence ’64, Julie and Fred March ’59, Linda and John Massie ’71,  Shannon Massie ’98, Liz and Norman Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and guest Eloise Perry, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Jack Richter ’47, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Bob Ross ’61, Chris Sonderman ’84, Mimi and Bob Tims ‘57, Janine and Bob Wahlfeld ’65, and Karen and Art Weidner ‘63.

The program “ Our Response to 9/11” , presented by John Massie ’71, was riveting as he presented his experiences and opinions surrounding an event which is forever imprinted on our hearts and minds as the country struggled to respond to such a horrific attack on our homeland. Attendees gained a better understanding of the interoperability of our intelligence and military communities, in particular as regards special mission units.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to John Massie as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

The next meeting will be at Viscount Suites on 14 December as Navy once again takes on Army in this premier annual event.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

 

 

September 2013

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its first fall luncheon meeting on Thursday, 26 September, 2013 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson.

There were 23 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Tom Andrews ‘57, Dick Augur ‘63, Brad Beaver ’67, Ed Biggers ’57, Jack Binns ’56, Ron Bishop ‘57,  Joan Curry ’82, George Dolan ’57, Len Eaton ’63, Frank Hayes ’60, Dick Kelly ’49, Andy and Dianne Kish ’65, Geoff  Miller ‘01,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Bob Ross ‘61, Keith Smith ’86, John Truesdell ‘63, Art Weidner ’63, and Tom Watkins ‘49. Guests were C.J. Kupec of the USNA Foundation and his close friend Bob Elliott.

Andy Kish introduced the guest speakers C.J. Kupec and Bob Elliott. C.J. is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a former professional basketball player who is a Major Gift Officer for the USNA Foundation and Director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Bob Elliott is a graduate of the University of Arizona ’77 where he was an Academic All American. He is the Chairman of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Both men discussed their experiences in college and professional sports and the impact team sports have on leadership. C.J. then discussed leadership and the USNA Strategic Plan 2020 for Leaders to Serve the Nation. He also covered some basic organizational structural elements of the Foundation and shared some of the Foundation’s specific fund-raising goals. At the end President Frank Hayes, with a height assist from a chair, presented Mr. Kupec with the Chapter Commemorative Coin.

The next meeting will be at the Viscount Suites Hotel on Friday 25 October 2013; the program for the meeting will be the emerging and critical subject of Cyber Warfare. At this meeting we will observe Founder’s Day, assisted by the Sahuarita High School NJROTC Color Guard under the command of Chapter Member Brad Roberson.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims ‘60
Secretary  

 

 

 

 

 

May 2013

Southern Arizona Chapter of USNAAA

Article for Shipmate

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its May 2013 Social on the patio of the Skyline Country Club on Saturday, May 18. The weather was perfect at around 85 degrees and at the elevated setting, the thirty graduates, spouses, significant others and special guests watched the lights of Tucson shining brightly below us.

In attendance were Dick and Marylyn Augur, ’63, Ed Biggers, ’57, Jack and Martha Binns, ’56, Ron Bishop, ’57, Ed and Peggy Casey, ’75, George and Nancy Dolan, ’57, Len and Jana Eaton, ’63, Herb and Sue Fauth, ’67, Joe and Venetia Hayden, ’80, Frank and Sue Hayes, ’60, Andy and Dianne Kish, ’65, George Monthan and Eloise Perry, ’46, Dennis and Margery Nemura, ’65, John and Linda Truesdell, ’63 and Art and Karen Weidner, ’63. Also in attendance were Midshipman Brian Moriarty and his date, Ensign Stephanie Johnson.

Midshipman Moriarty was the recipient of the Marine Sword presented by the Chapter to a distinguished graduate of the NROTC unit at the University of Arizona. Midshipman Moriarty will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in July.

The Southern Arizona Chapter will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 26 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson. All alumni in the area as well as spouses or significant others are welcome to join us.

Those graduates, new to the Southern Arizona area, wishing information on the Chapter’s activities should contact President Frank Hayes (520-297-8092, bearthatwalks1@msn.com) or Secretary Norman Mims (520-325-6529, normanwmimsjr@q.com)

Leonard Eaton ‘63
Acting Chapter Secretary

 

April 2013

Shipmate Article
Southern Arizona Chapter

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its April luncheon meeting on Friday, April 26, in downtown Tucson at the Old Pueblo Grille. There were 34 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance.

To start the meeting, President Hayes ’60 greeted our members, introduced all the spouses and guests and specifically welcomed one member who was attending her first meeting, Margaret Aden ’94.

President Hayes then explained to the attendees that our Chapter Bylaws call for the election of Directors to the Board every April. The Election Committee had developed a slate of five candidates, including two standing for re-election, from which the membership, were to choose four persons. Unfortunately, earlier in the week, one candidate had to withdraw from the election, which meant that all the remaining four candidates would be elected based on the approval of the assembled membership. A motion was made, seconded and approved by all to elect the four remaining candidates to the Board including John Massie ’71, Art Weidner ’63, John Truesdell ’63 and Norman Mims ’60.

President Hayes explained to the attendees that following this meeting the new Board would meet to select officers for the coming year.

Following a very nice luncheon, Ed Biggers ’57 introduced Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of Business Development for Raytheon Missile Systems, located here in Tucson. Mr. Fitzpatrick commented on the relationships that Raytheon has with many countries throughout the world and explained how the Department of Defense approves the sale of missile systems to various countries. Although sequestration does impact on Raytheon, the significant level of foreign sales mitigates the impact. Mr. Fitzpatrick answered several questions to the extent allowed by national security.

Following Robert Fitzpatrick’s comments, President Hayes presented him with a Chapter Coin as a token of appreciation.

On Wednesday, May 1, Rich Richey ’60, representing the Chapter will present a sword to the top Marine graduate of the NROTC Program at the University of Arizona. All Chapter members are welcome to attend this presentation.

The next Chapter meeting will be a Social to be held on Saturday evening, May 18, at the Skyline Country Club starting at 6:00 PM. All alumni in the area as well as spouses and significant others are always welcome to attend.

It was also announced that the next regular luncheon meeting will be on Thursday, September 26 at the usual meeting location, the Viscount Suites Hotel.

Respectfully submitted,

Leonard Eaton ‘63
Acting Secretary

 

March 2013

USNA Alumni Association

Southern Arizona Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its third luncheon meeting of the New Year on Friday, 22 March, 2013 at La Posada in Green Valley.

There were 30 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Tom Andrews ‘57, Dick Augur ‘63, Ron Bishop ‘57, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, George Dolan ’57, Len and Jana Eaton ’63, Bud and Karen Gaston ’65, Frank Hayes ’60, Andy Kish ’65, Dennis Lawrence ’64, Marshall Magruder ’62, Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46, Dennis Nemura ’65, Rich and Sandi Richey ’60, Ed Palanek ’57, Mike Prout ’69, Jack Richter ’47, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, John Truesdell ‘63, and Art Weidner ‘63. Guests were MGEN Graham Rider, USAF (RET), Eloise Perry, and Betty Schipman mother of Sandi Richey.

GEN Rider , USMA ’52, drew upon his two service tours in Iran in 1960 and 1975 and his extensive knowledge of the religious and political history of the people to provide us with a long range view of Iran and its foreign policies, the Sunni versus Shia rivalry, and the historical context of the Caliphate. He answered numerous questions from the audience in clear and concise terms.

After the speaker’s presentation President Frank Hayes reminded the Chapter of the upcoming election and provided the slate of candidates: Joan Curry ’82, John Massie ’71, Norman Mims ’60, John Truesdell ’63 and Art Weidner ’63. Four directors will be elected. Absentee ballots will be out shortly for those who cannot attend the next meeting. Hayes also advised the attendees that Dennis Lawrence will continue in his logistics role, Desiree Gonzales will continue as the database manager, and Andy Kish will continue as the webmaster for our website. The Board is looking for a replacement of Mike Prout as programs lead and Tom Andrews will replace Ron Bishop as the membership lead.

The next meeting will be at the Old Pueblo Grill on Friday 26 April and the guest speaker is Taylor Lawrence, President of Raytheon. The spring social will be at the Skyline Country Club on Saturday 18 May.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Mims ‘60

Secretary


February 2013

USNA Alumni Association

Southern Arizona Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its second luncheon meeting of the New Year on Friday, 22 February, 2013 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 38 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Tom and Carol Andrews ‘57, new member Brad Beaver ’67, Ed Biggers ’57, Jack and Martha Binns ’56, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, George Dolan ’57, Len Eaton ’63, Bud Gaston ’65, Bill Greer ’54, Frank and Sue Hayes ’60, Andy and Dianne Kish ’65, Dennis and Diane Lawrence ’64, Marshall Magruder ’62, John Massie ’71, Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan and Eloise Perry ’46, Dennis and Margery Nemura ’65, Rich and Sandi Richey ’60, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Bob Ross ’61, Joe Smith ’83, Dave and Patricia Stubbs ’58, and Art Weidner ‘63. Guests were Dr. Christian Amoroso, and Ken and Ruth Christian.

Dr. Christian Amoroso, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and later President of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, talked on the subject of End-of-Life Planning. Injecting his own personal and professional experiences gained in the United States and New Zealand into topics of Medical Power of Attorney, Living Wills, and Do-Not-Resuscitate Directives he provided keen insight into the effect planning or the lack thereof can have on the final life stages of all of us. He also provided Arizona specific sample documents for those who desired them. The practical and sensitive advice was very appropriate and welcome to our group.

After the speaker’s presentation Dave and Patricia Stubbs presented a Navy Blazer with the embroidered Academy Shield that had been passed down from Dave’s father Dan Stubbs ’25 to Rich Richey ’60.

The next meeting will be at La Posada in Green Valley on 22 March.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Mims ‘60

Secretary

January 2013

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its first luncheon meeting of the New Year on Friday, 25 January, 2013 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 31 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Dick Augur ’63, Ed Biggers ’57, Jack Binns ’56, Ron Bishop ’57, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, George Dolan ’57, Don Flood ’56, Bud Gaston ’65,  Bill Greer ’54, Frank Hayes ’60, Dick Kelly ’49, Andy and Dianne Kish ’65, Marshall Magruder ’62, John Massie ’71,  Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Rich Richey ’60, Brad Roberson ’87, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Bob Ross ’61, Joe Smith ’83, Dave and Patricia Stubbs ’58, John Truesdale ’63, and Tom Watkins ’49. Guests were John Fearnow and Dr. Peter Teal.

Guest John Fearnow, USCGA ’70, a local Civil War buff presented an interesting discussion entitled “Turtles, Monitors, and Other Civil War Ironclads”. He took us well beyond the history of the well-known “Monitor” and “Merrimac” into activities of other ironclads and their impact on the river warfare of the Civil War.

President Hayes then discussed the subject of the next meeting “End of Life Planning” and emphasized the importance of the subject to our “experienced” members. He has invited the West Point Society to join us for that meeting because of the similar interests of their members. The next meeting is at 11:30 am at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

November-December 2012

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its third fall luncheon meeting on Friday, November 30, 2012 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 24 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Ed Biggers ’57, Ron Bishop ’57, Bart and Jann Dalla Mura ‘54, Len Eaton ’63, Don Flood ’56, Bud Gaston ’65,  Bill Greer ’54, Frank Hayes ’60, Dick Kelly ’49, Andy Kish ’65, Dennis Lawrence ’64, Marshall Magruder ’62, Norman and Liz Mims ’60, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed and (son) Dave Palanek ’57, Mike Prout ‘69, Jack Richter ‘47, Tom Watkins ’49, and Art Weidner ’63. Guests were Dr. Peter Smith and Jonna Alley.

Dr. Peter Smith of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory provided a very interesting discussion of his work exploring the Planet Mars and shared his views on various aspects of working in the exciting field of space science. One of Dr. Smith’s colleagues had previously briefed the Chapter on the successful 2008 landing of the Phoenix Mars Lander: Dr. Smith had been the Principal Investigator for that project.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Dr. Smith as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

The next meeting will be at Viscount Suites on 8 December for the Army- Navy Game.
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On December 8 2012 The Chapter hosted the West Point Society of Southern Arizona at the Viscount Suites Hotel for the joint viewing of the Army-Navy football game. The crowd gathered at 1230 for the game and enjoyed good-natured banter for the next few hours as Navy once again defeated Army in a hard fought contest and regained possession of the coveted Commander-In-Chief trophy.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secre

 

October 2012

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its second Fall luncheon meeting on Friday, October 19, 2012 in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

There were 29 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance. These were: Mike Aden ’94, Ed Biggers ’57, Jack Binns ’56, Ron Bishop ’57, George Dolan ’57, Len Eaton ’63, Herb and Sue Fauth ’67, Don Flood ’56, Desiree Gonzales ’03, Frank Hayes ’60, Dick Kelly ’49, Dennis Lawrence ’64, Marshall Magruder ’62, Geoff Miller ’01, Norman and Liz Mims ’60, George Monthan ’46 and guest Elois Perry, Dennis Nemura ’65, Ed Palanek ’57, Rich Richey ’60, Brad Roberson ’87, Clark and Deane Rook ’57, Don Tarquin ’58, John Truesdell ’63, Tom Watkins ’49, and Art Weidner ’63.

This meeting was the Founder’s Day celebration of the 167th Anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Sahuarita High School NJROTC Color Guard posted the colors and Cadet LTJG Briana Chavez led the Chapter in the Pledge of Allegiance. LTCOL Rich Richey ‘60, USMC(RET), the Master of Ceremonies, made appropriate comments and read the Founding Document. Len Eaton ’63 read the Naval Academy mission statement. Desiree Gonzales ’03 recited some reflections on the Founding. CDR Brad Roberson ’87 led the Sahuarita NJROTC cadets in the cutting of the cake. The ceremony ended with all singing Navy Blue and Gold.

Following the ceremony Len Eaton ’63 introduced Marshall Magruder ’62. Marshall presented a discussion of the critical point of the Battle of Midway which turned the tide of the battle and the war in the Pacific against the Japanese. He included the roles of our PBYs, B-17s, B-26s, Marine and carrier-based aircraft in defeating the Japanese carrier attack, enabling the Allied forces to win the Pacific theater war.

President Frank Hayes then presented a commemorative Chapter coin to Marshall Magruder as a token of our thanks for his presentation.

This month the Chapter presented $500 to the VA Hospital for bus passes for homeless veterans and for the Therapeutic Riding of Tucson program.

The next meeting will be at Viscount Suites on 30 November. Guest speaker will be Dr. Peter Smith of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab who will discuss current activities in space exploration.

Respectfully submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary

September 2012

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its first fall meeting of 2012 at the Viscount Suites on Friday, September 28 in downtown Tucson. The weather was perfect with Arizona sunshine and balmy breezes as forty-four graduates, spouses and guests gathered to partake of appetizers, lunch, and camaraderie.

In attendance were Tom and Carol Andrews ‘57, Dick and Marylyn Augur ‘63, Ed Biggers ‘57, Bill and Anne Brinkley ‘63, George Dolan ‘57, Len and Jana Eaton ‘63, Seymour Einstein ‘41, Herb and Sue Fauth ‘67, Frank and Sue Hayes ‘60, Dick Kelley ‘49, Andy and Dianne Kish ’65 and daughter Kelly, Dennis and Diane Lawrence ‘64, Fred and Julie March ‘59, Jack and Linda Massie ‘71, Norman and Liz Mims ‘60, George Monthan ’46 and guest, Dennis and Margery Nemura ‘65, Bill and Beverly Peake ‘64, Lynette and Mike Prout ‘69, Jack Richter ‘47, Bob Ross ‘61, Chris and Erin Sonderman ‘84, Dave and Pat Stubbs ‘58 , John and Linda Truesdell ‘63, and Tom Watkins ’49.

The Chapter started our new year with an outstanding presentation by Dr. Peter M. Rhee, Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona and Chief of Trauma at the University Medical Center. Dr. Rhee gained instant fame during his treatment of Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of the tragic shooting here in Tucson in January 2011. Dr. Rhee was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived in Uganda for several years before coming to the United States. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and obtained advanced degrees from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and from the University of Washington. Dr. Rhee is a 24 year veteran of the United States Navy and retired as Captain (MC), USN. His presentation was extremely well received by the attendees.

The Southern Arizona Chapter will hold its next meeting on Friday, October 19 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson. We will have fellow graduate Marshall Magruder ’62 share with us the story of a little-known but critical component of the Battle of Midway, the battle marking the turning of the tide of the war in the Pacific.

Those graduates new to the Southern Arizona area who wish information on the Chapter’s activities should contact President Frank Hayes (bearthatwalks1@msn.com, 520-297-8092) or Secretary Norman Mims (normanwmimsjr@q.com, 520-235-6529).

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Mims
Chapter Secretary



 

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona


NROTC AWARD

On Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 0600 representatives of the Southern Arizona Chapter attended the NROTC Awards Ceremony at the University of Arizona to witness the presentation of a mamaluke sword provided by the Chapter to the top Marine graduate.

Chapter member Lt. Col. Howard L. Richey, USMC (Ret.), ’60 presented the sword to Staff Sergeant Tim Maurer on behalf of our Alumni Association Chapter. Staff Sergeant Maurer was one of the top graduates at Officer Candidate School and subsequently served as the Chief Instructor of the NROTC unit OCS Preparatory Course. He recently held the billet of Battalion Executive Officer. Staff Sergeant Maurer will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Marines on 14 December 2012.

The NROTC Unit is led by chapter member Colonel Joseph Smith, USMC ’83.

Following the presentation, members of our Chapter including President Frank Hayes ’60, Rich Richey ’60, and Joe Smith ’83 gathered with Staff Sergeant Maurer for the accompanying photograph.

The Southern Arizona Chapter intends to continue this 3-year-old tradition.

CHAPTER GOLF OUTING

The Southern Arizona Chapter staged its 4th annual golf outing on June 20 at Del Urich Golf Course, one of the Tucson City courses. This year’s event was a member-guest event, with a “scramble” format. Director and President Emeritus Andy Kish ’65 served as the event’s shepherd, overseeing course selection, participant solicitation, and prize procurement and presentation. Andy also served as the outing’s Competition Official, which required thoughtful resolution of countless incidents relating to hazard definition, wrong ball hitting, basic score counting, and even some cases involving the safe operation of golf carts. He has disavowed any personal responsibility for the day’s 107 degree heat.

The team captained by George Dolan ’57 dominated the field with a composite score 6 strokes under par. Winning team players received sleeves of USNA logo balls, magnetic ball markers and the admiring applause of the other players.



USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its May Social on the patio of the Old Pueblo Grill on Friday, May 18 in downtown Tucson. The weather was perfect at around 87 degrees with a light breeze blowing as thirty graduates, spouses and significant others gathered to partake of appetizers and dinner with a Mexican theme.

In attendance were Tom and Carol Andrews, ’57, Dick and Marylyn Augur, ’63, Ed Biggers, ’57,  Jack and Martha Binns, ’56, Ron Bishop, ’57, Ray and Carol Bumgardner, ’58, Joan Curry, ‘ 82, George and Nancy Dolan, ’57, Len and Jana Eaton, ’63, Andy and Dianne Kish, ’65, Jack and Linda Massie, ’71, John McCarthy, ’76, Dennis and Margery Nemura, ’65, Rich and Sandi Richey, ’60, Bob Ross, ’61, Art and Karen Weidner, ’63 and Admiral Steve Turcotte and wife Jane.

The Southern Arizona Chapter will hold its next meeting on Friday, September 28 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson. We hope to have Dr. Peter Rhee, Chief of the Trauma Section at the University Medical Center in Tucson, who was the surgeon who led the surgical team that cared for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords immediately after she was shot, speak to us about his experience dealing with trauma patients while serving as a Medical Doctor in the Army and later at UMC. All alumni in the area as well as spouses or significant others are welcome to join us.

It should be noted that, at the request of a local pastor, the Chapter made a small financial contribution to the mother of a Midshipman graduating in May so that she could attend graduation.

Those graduates, new to the Southern Arizona area, wishing information on the Chapter’s activities should contact President Frank Hayes or Secretary Norman Mims

Respectfully submitted,

Leonard Eaton ‘63
Acting Chapter Secretary


Southern Arizona Chapter
Naval Academy Alumni Association
Tucson, Arizona

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its April luncheon meeting on Friday, April 20,

in downtown Tucson at the Viscount Suites Hotel. There were 25 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance.

To start the meeting, President Frank Hayes, ’60 greeted our members and guests. He then called for the election of Directors to the Board which is required every April, as called for in the Chapter Bylaws. Ballots were passed out to Chapter members in good standing and, along with submitted absentee ballots, were collected and given to the Chairman of the Election Committee, Andy Kish, ’65. The results of the voting would be announced after the luncheon.

Next, Mike Prout ’69, Program Chair, introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Strom, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, who has a wealth of experience from his involvement with Apollo, Voyager, Mariner and Messenger Space Programs. Dr. Strom spoke to us of his views and the reality and consequences of global warming. PICTURE # 1

Following Dr. Strom’s stimulating lecture, President Hayes presented him with a Chapter Coin as a token of our appreciation. PICTURE # 2

Following a very nice luncheon, President Hayes announced the results of the election. The following members were elected to serve two year terms on the Board:

Ed Biggers, ‘57

Len Eaton, ’63 (current director standing for re-election)

Desiree Gonzales, ‘03

Frank Hayes, ’60 (current director standing for re-election)

Geoff Miller, ‘01

Dennis Nemura, ‘65

President Hayes explained to the assembled members and guests that following the meeting, the new Board would meet to select officers for the coming year.

President Hayes informed everyone that Ron Bishop, ’57 and Jack Binns’56 were completing their six years of continuous service on the Board. Ron as Membership Chair and Jack as Secretary and Parliamentarian. These two fine gentlemen have served the Chapter from its inception. PICTURE # 3

On May 2, Rich Richey, ’60, representing the Chapter, will present a sword on behalf of the Chapter to the top Marine Graduate of the NROTC Program at the University of Arizona. All Chapter members are welcome to attend this presentation.

The next Chapter meeting will be a Social to be held on Friday, May 18, at the Old Pueblo Grill in downtown Tucson. All alumni in the area, as well as spouses or significant others are always welcome to join us

Respectfully submitted

Leonard Eaton, ‘63

Acting Secretary


USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

The third meeting of 2012 was held at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson on Friday 30 March.
President Frank Hayes ’60 greeted our members and guests. Present were 31 members and spouses and 3 guests.
After the luncheon President Hayes introduced Linda Postenrieder ’82 a candidate for Western Region  Trustee who then briefed the members on why she would be an appropriate selection as Trustee.
Program Committee Chairman Mike Prout then introduced Doctor Martin Tomasko, a Princeton graduate and professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Tomasko was the Principal Investigator of the imaging and spectrometer instrument package of the Cassini/Huygens space probe. He shared with us the fascinating story of the preparations for the launch of the Cassini spacecraft with its Huygens probe and its successful landing on the Saturn moon Titan following a seven-year space journey. This was a joint NASA/European Space Agency effort, centered at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Dr. Tomasko entertained many questions after his presentation.
Frank Hayes then presented the slate for the April meeting election of members of the Board of Directors.
The next meeting will be held at Viscount Suites Hotel on 20 April 2012.

 



USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

The second meeting of 2012 was held at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson on Friday 24 February.
President Frank Hayes ’60 greeted our members and guests. Present were 26 members and  spouses and 4 guests.

After the luncheon President Hayes held a short business meeting at which the proposed change to the Chapter By-Laws to modify the method for changing the By-Laws was approved unanimously by the members present and those voting by absentee ballot.

Andy Kish then introduced the guest speaker Mr. Ken Christian, owner of CHEMcorr, a materials/environmental consulting company headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. He has over 35 years of experience in supporting various Navy programs in environmental compliance and material science and specifically focuses on anti-fouling coatings. Mr. Christian briefed the members on many aspects of the Navy programs he has supported.          Following the program President Hayes presented Mr. Christian with the Chapter commemorative coin in appreciation of his presentation.
The next meeting will be held at Viscount Suites Hotel on 30 March 2012.

Respectfully Submitted,
Norman Mims’60
Secretary



USNA Alumni Association

Southern Arizona Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

The first meeting of 2012 was held at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson on Friday 20 January.

President Frank Hayes ’60 greeted our members and guests. He then introduced new member John Massie ’71. He also asked the members to join in a moment of silent respect for recently deceased members Ed Temple ’33 and Allen Wright ‘44.

After the luncheon President Hayes held a short business meeting at which Jack Binns ’56 presented a proposed amendment to the Chapter By-Laws that would modify the method for changing the By-Laws. The proposed change was approved unanimously by the members present and the proposal will be presented to all members for final approval at the next regular meeting.

Mike Prout ’69 introduced Dr. Joseph Hiller, Professor and Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hiller is a retired US Army special forces officer with service in the Middle East and is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe. Dr. Hiller then presented a program on “Tribes and Tribalism in the Next Generation Warfare”. Following the program Dr. Hiller was presented a momento of his visit with the Chapter by President Hayes.

The next meeting will be at Viscount Suites Hotel on 24 February 2012.

Respectfully Submitted,

Norman Mims’60

Secretary


USNA Alumni Association

Southern Arizona Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

October 28

The second meeting of the fall series was held at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson on Friday 28 October. Present were 26 graduates, friends, spouses and representatives of the Sahuarita and Walden Grove High Schools NJROTC Unit.

President Frank Hayes ’60 greeted our members and guests. He then introduced two new members John Rogers ’60 and Dennis Nemura ’65. He also reported the deaths of Warren Grossetta ’43 and Dan Hill ’65.

Following the luncheon the Chapter observed Founder’s Day to celebrate the 166th anniversary of the founding of the Naval Academy. The NJROTC Color Guard posted the colors and Cadet Ensign Kimberly Wallace led in the Pledge of Allegiance. LtCol Rich Richey, USMC (RET) ’60, who organized the ceremony, read the Founding Document (picture 1). COL George Dolan, USAF (RET) ’57, a Chapter founder and the first President, made brief remarks and then read the Naval Academy Mission statement. CDR Brad Roberson, USN (RET) ’87, CO of the NJROTC Unit and the Color Guard supervised the cutting of the Founder’s Day cake (picture 2). Then to close the ceremony all joined in the singing of the Naval Academy Alma Mater “Navy Blue and Gold”.

Andy Kish ’65 then presented a slide show and explanation of the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the Chapter website to help members access and use the site.

President Frank Hayes announced the fall social meeting on 19 November at the Tucson Country Club and the joining with the West Point graduates on 10 December for the watching of the annual Army-Navy football game on TV.

November 19

A Social Evening was held on 19 November at the Tucson Country Club. 36 members and friends attended and enjoyed music provided by The All Bill Band. Dinner prepared by the club was excellent as was the background music. Preceding the dinner President Hayes introduced the newest member of the Chapter Dennis Nemura ’65 and his wife Margery. Following the dinner, the band serenaded the members with a medley of songs anchored to parts of the US from Georgia to California and ended with Anchors Away.

 

 

USNA Alumni Association
Southern Arizona Chapter
Tucson, Arizona

The Southern Arizona Chapter kicked off our first meeting of the fall with a luncheon on Friday, September 23 in downtown Tucson at the El Parador Restaurant. The Chapter has maintained the goal of having 80 members, first set two years ago. In attendance for the meeting were 35 graduates, friends and
spouses.

To start the meeting, President Frank Hayes ’60 welcomed our guests and the two newest members of the Chapter, Phil Benoit ’78 and Robert Ganze ’75.

Following the luncheon, Michael Padilla, Border Patrol Division Chief for the Tucson Sector provided an update of the current situation on the U.S. – Mexican border with a lot of statistics on apprehensions, weapons and marijuana seized. He addressed the fencing issue and the fact that the terrain on much of the Arizona border is not feasible for locating fencing. He did tell us that where fencing is feasible it is being erected and older fencing is being replaced. Where fencing has been erected, the smugglers have dug extensive tunnels and are employing small aircraft to bring drugs into the country. He pointed out that Arizona has over 200 miles of border with Mexico and there are currently 4,000 Border Patrol personnel and 450 National Guardsmen focused primarily on denying terrorists access to the United States but addressing drug smuggling and the apprehension of illegals most of whom are returned to Mexico if they have no criminal record.

Following the presentation, President Hayes ’60 presented Chief Padilla with a Chapter coin depicting the Chapter logo and the Naval Academy Insignia.

A very special presentation by President Hayes ’60 followed. George Dolan ’57, one of the founders of the Chapter in 2006 and the first President of the Chapter, was presented with an acrylic mounting engraved with the Chapter Seal, his name and the years he served as President.(Picture).

The next Chapter meeting will be held on Friday, October 28 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in downtown Tucson. Our speaker will be Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County. The Sheriff will address the challenges and accomplishments in dealing with border security. All alumni in the area as well as spouses or significant others, are always welcome to join us.

Respectfully submitted,

Leonard Eaton
Acting Chapter Secretary

 

USNA Alumni Association

Southern Arizona Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

 

 

 

The chapter concluded the September- June program year with its Spring Social on 21 May at the Skyline Country Club overlooking the city of Tucson. As always the sunset was astounding, the companionship superb and the meal excellent. Attending were: George Monthan, '46; Jack and Martha Binns, '56; Ed Biggers,'57; Ron and Barbara Bishop, '57; Ed and Solveig Palanek, '57; Dave and Pat Stubbs, '58; Frank and Sue Hayes, '60; Norman and Liz Mims, '60; Rich and Sandi Richey, '60; Bob Ross, '61; Dick and Marilyn Augur, '63; Len and Jana Eaton, '63; Dennis and Diane Lawrence, '64; Andy and Diane Kish, '65; Herb and Sue Fauth, '67; Chris and Erin Sonderman, '84; Bradley and Sandy Roberson, '87; Drew Pearson'00 and his fiancee Sarah; and Steve and Jane Turcotte.


Newly elected President Frank Hayes presented outgoing President Andy Kish with an acrylic mounting of the chapter logo engraved on the base with his name and years as President. (Picture 2)Andy was the second President for the chapter and served for three years. Then Frank presented Diane Kish with a potted lily for her support of the chapter during Andy's tenure. (Picture 1)

The chapter has continued to enjoy successful program activities. Among our notable speakers this season were Senator John McCain '58 and his wife Cindy; Doctor Tom Maddock, Professor and former Head of the Hydrology and Water Resources Department of the University of Arizona; and Major General Gordon Williams, USAF(RET), USMA '57, who served two tours with the US Navy on the USS RANGER. The chapter presented a Mamaluke Sword to the top Marine graduate of the University of Arizona NROTC Program, Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Ledlie. The chapter also hosted the Annual Army/Navy Game party for our chapter and the local chapter of the West Point Society. 92 graduates of the two academies witnessed another very successful afternoon for Navy.

Officers for the coming year are: President, Frank Hayes, '60; Vice President, Len Eaton, '63; Secretary, Norman Mims, '60; and Treasurer, John Truesdell, '63.

Our next meeting is September 30 at Viscount Suites Hotel and all alumni in the area, as well as spouses or significant others and guests are always welcome to join us.


 

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter held its April luncheon meeting on Friday, April 29, in downtown Tucson at the El Parador Restaurant. There were 31 graduates, friends and spouses in attendance.

 

To start the meeting, President Kish, 65 introduced Dick Augur, 63 who provided an introduction for his friend and our honored guest, Col. Bill Badger USAFR, who was one of the heroes at the tragic shooting in Tucson. On January 8, six people were killed and thirteen wounded, including Col. Badger who was grazed on the back of the head by a bullet. After being momentarily stunned, Col. Badger helped to subdue the shooter until the police arrived. Colonel Badger is very active in the Scouting program helping young men to achieve the Boy Scouts highest honor, the Eagle Rank. As a tribute to Col. Badger and Scouting, everyone rose to salute Col. Badger with the Boy Scout salute. President Kish, 65 presented Col. Badger with a Chapter coin depicting the Chapter Logo and the Naval Academy Insignia (Picture #1 - Andy Kish, 65, Colonel Badger and Dick Augur, 63)

 

Following the luncheon, Ed Palanek, 57, a retired Air Force Colonel, introduced our guest speaker, Major General Gordon Williams USAFR. General Williams, a 1957 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy served two tours with the U.S. Navy on the carrier USS Ranger. On his first tour on the Ranger, he flew F-4s on combat missions in Southeast Asia. His second tour on the Ranger was to participate in a combat evaluation of the A-7 for the Navy and Air Force. With over 4,000 flying hours in numerous aircraft, General Williams shared many of his experiences with us. In 1985, as Commander of the 13th Air Force at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, he was charged with the responsibility of evacuating Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos to Hawaii. His story about this assignment was very interesting.

 

Following the presentation, President Kish, 65 presented General Gordon with a Chapter coin. (Picture #2- Andy Kish, 65, General Gordon and Ed Palanek, 57)

 

The next Chapter meeting will be a Social to be held on Saturday, May 21, at the Skyline Country Club starting at 1800. All alumni in the area as well as spouses or significant others, are always welcome to join us.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Leonard Eaton 63

Secretary