New Mexico AFA Newsletter - by jianghongl


									                                   New Mexico AFA
                                                      April - June 2011
                                Published for New Mexico AFA members on behalf of the state chartered AFA Chapters

      Contact Information:      From	
                                  I hope your summer is going well, that despite the seemingly endless wind blowing across
      SW Region President
                                New Mexico.
          John Toohey           John Toohey and Greg Fertig have been busy meeting with Albuquerque area schools to
                                stimulate interest in Cyber Patriot 4, starting this fall. With all the news about the importance
       NM State President       of protecting our private and national security information from web hackers, it is easy to see
           Fred Harsany         why the interest in this event is growing. The Air Force certainly realizes the importance of
                                cyber security with formation of the Cyber Command. Spread the word on Cyber Patriot to
                                your local high schools and if you are so inclined, you may even want to sponsor a class’s
                                entry fee for the software for them to participate.
    Albuquerque Chapter 258
      President: Bob Hudson        Hats off to the new chapter leadership down at Alamogordo and Holloman. They have        made a conscious effort to get the chapter moving and active once again. If you live in that
                                area and want to be part of that new revitalization program, contact Matt Martin or any of the
Llano Estacado Chapter 256      executive committee and get started.
        (Clovis, NM)
                                   The SW Region conference was hosted by Arizona 24-26 June and it was a first class
   President: Philip Frazee     operation. They put lots of effort into lining up interesting seminar participants and engaging     the local active duty community. Next year, in early June, NM will be hosting the event and
                                we will unabashedly take some of the ideas/programs AZ utilized for this year’s event and
   Holloman Chapter 196         consider them for our NM hosted conference.
     (Alamogordo, NM)
  President: David Lasagna         The AFA national conference will occur 16-18 Sept, at the Gaylord, National Harbor
                                (Wash, DC). Consider going to this event and being a part of shaping how AFA operates in
                                the coming years. Check the website for details. The event planners are trying to make it
                                more exciting, interesting and affordable. Take a look and I hope you will plan on attending.
         AFA National
       1500 Lee Highway         	
  For you local Albuquerque folks, the annual Daedalian/AFA night out at Isotopes park is
        Alexandria, VA          July 21st. Tickets are 10.50 and we need a firm commitment on the number you want by 12            July. Contact me at 846-5420, 344-0115 or This is always a fun
                                event and the reserved box seats get you close to the action!

                                   One last thing, if you know a teacher who would like to participate in the Visions of
                                Exploration (USA Today) program, have them contact your AE vice president. This is a
       AFA Mission
                                great science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program and it gets the students into
•    Educate the public on      a “real’ newspaper, where they can see STEM in use all around us and lets them better relate
     need for a strong          the relevance and importance of school and getting that degree. If you want to know more
     National Defense           about the program, go to the AFA site and type in Visions of Exploration.
•    Advocate a strong Na-
     tional Defense                                                                 ~Fred Harsany
•    Support our Air Force                                                           NM State AFA President
                                                                LTG Mark Hertling, USAREUR Commanding General recently provided
                            Chapter Officers:         these remarks about the upcoming holiday: “The 4th of July is one of my favorite
                                                      holidays. On this day, we celebrate the birth of our nation by spending time with
        President:             Bob Hudson             friends at cookouts, going to parades, and watching fireworks. But it’s also important
        Vice-President:                               to reflect on the significance of this day, when we declared Independence and stood
        Secretary:                Les Bruce           up for the dignity and freedom of man. This is a day for us to relax, but it’s also a day
        Treasurer:           Ernie Denecke            to reflect on those brave Americans that helped shape our nation…it’s a day for us to
                                                      reflect on how we can best uphold the same ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of
        VP Education:        Cynthia Fisher
                                                      happiness that drove our founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence on
        VP Gov’t Relations: Charlie Thomas            July 4th, 1776.”
        VP Membership:      Dick Thompson                       As your Chapter President, I want to echo the General’s sentiments. It is
        VP Community Partners: Dick Thompson          easy to get caught up in the festivities surrounding the 4th, but it behooves us to stop
        VP AAS Liaison:        Dan Whalen             and think what this holiday means to us as Americans and as warriors. Brave men
                                        and women risked and even donated their lives so that this noble experiment called
                                                      Democracy could be established on the great frontier known as the United States of
                                                                Stop for one minute and contemplate the words of Francis Scott Key as he
                                                      watched and waited for dawn to see if Ft. McHenry had withstood the all night
                                                      bombardment at the hands of the HMS Erebus and HMS Meteor:
                            Upcoming Events
                                                                             “On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
                   •    July 21st: AFA/Daedalian                             Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
                        Night-out                                            What is that which breeze, o’er the towering steep,
                        Isotopes Park, Albuquerque                           As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
                                                                             Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
            • July 30th: Military Coalition                                  In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
                 Luncheon (See Bob’s article                                 ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
                 for details)                                                O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”	
                 Marriott Hotel, Albuquerque         I can only imagine what an electric feeling it must have been to see our flag still
                                                     waving after so brutal an onslaught. So as we approach this Independence Day take	
       the time to reflect about what the day stands for and then renew your pledge to see that our flag will forever fly over this great
       nation and over our armed forces.
                As Air Force Association members we daily lend our support for our men and women in uniform and in particularly we
       send a strong message of encouragement to the leaders who every day execute their duties in support of our national objectives. As
       your Chapter President I want to thank you for	
                Now on another note, we, Chapter 258 of the AFA, are the hosts for July’s Military Officer’s Association of America
       (MOAA) luncheon. It will be held on the 30th of July with the social hour beginning at 11 am. It is being held at the Marriott
       Albuquerque at I-40 and. Call Mary Kay Olson (836-7840) to make your reservation. The scheduled speaker will be Colonel
       Mike Duvall, USAF, ret. Col. Duvall is the New Mexico Secretary for Homeland Security. I hope to see you there. Now go out
       and enjoy your holiday and pray that we get a good monsoon. Your President, Bob Hudson.
                                                                                                                           ~Robert “Huds” Hudson
                                                                                                                            President, Chapter 258

        Fran Parker from page 3
        the Holloman community a new, healthy, and delicious choice for dining, and we're thrilled to have the support of the AFA to kick
        it off to a great start," said 49 FSS Commander, Lt Col (s) Chris Busque.
                   Members of Chapter 196 covered the costs of the burrito samples, and spent the afternoon serving them to Holloman
        airmen and their families. Over 600 samples were served, complete with salsa and guacamole. Chapter members also handed out
        bottles of cold war as members of the 49th WG participated in a variety of intramural sports
                   Chapter members also signed up new members, and handed out copies of Air Force Magazine.
                                                                                ~Lt Col Matt Martin
                                                                                  President, Chapter 196

       For specific details look at Individual and Community Partners
       applications can be obtained by contacting: Dick Thompson, 9705 Avenida de la Luna NE, Albuquerque,
       NM 87111, Phone: 505-821-3771, Email

       If you have the opportunity to visit or patronize a community Partner, please express your appreciation
       for their participation and support of the Air Force Association and our Air Force Family.	

             Defense Contractors                           Financial Services                       Office Furnishings & Design
       Technology Ventures Corporation             Kirtland Federal Credit Union                  Business Environments
       Mr. Cherman McCorkle                        Mr. Dave Seely                                 Mr. I.B. Hoover
       1155 University NE                          PO Box 80570                                   4121 Prospect NE
       Albuquerque, NM 87106                       Albuquerque, NM 87198                          Albuquerque, NM 87110
                                                   (Kirtland AFB, Gibson, Alameda,
                                                   and Montgomery Branches)
          Flooring Services (Carpet,
          Wood, Ceramic, Granite)                  Sandia Area Federal Credit Union                      Mortuary Services
       Ray’s Flooring Specialists, Inc.            Mr. Scott Connely                              French Mortuary, Inc.
       Mrs. Christina Adams                        PO Box 18044                                   Mr. Chester F. Stewart
       7401 Los Volcanes NW                        Albuquerque, NM 87185                          1111 University Boulevard NE
       Albuquerque, NM 87121                       (Kirtland AFB, Candelaria, Coors,              Albuquerque, NM 87102
                                                   Paseo del Norte and Rio Rancho                 	

                                                   Wells Fargo Bank of NM
                                                   Mr. Larry Willard
                                                   200 Lomas Boulevard NW
                                                   Albuquerque, NM 87102

                  Chapter 196 in Alamogordo, NM was able to treat the men and women of the 49th Wing to a well-earned break during
       the Holloman "Spring Fling" on May 6th. After over a year of hard work and countless exercises, the wing brought home the
       gold by earning an overall "Excellent" on their first Operational Readiness Exercise (ORI) since 2004.
                  On April 26 and 27, Team Holloman demonstrated to the Air Combat Command Inspector General team their ability to
       rapidly deploy nine F-22 Raptors, 400 personnel and 226 short-tons of cargo to the Pacific and Central Command theaters of
       operation. At the same time, local threat intelligence increased the wing's Force Protection Conditions.
                  The IG Team chief, Col. R.C. Craig, pointed out Holloman's attitude and performance drove the wing over the top.
       "During this ORI, we saw the Fightin' 49ers' tremendous pride and professionalism that was devoted to rapid generation and
       deployment of combat air power," he said. "These characteristics impacted positively on our assessment of [the] wing's
                  To celebrate, the 49th Wing took a day off for sports, music, and of course, food. And Chapter 196 stepped up to the
       plate (literally) to help out. They teamed up with 49th Force Support Squadron to make and serve burritos
       for the new Ace's Ten Pin Cantina grand opening at the Holloman Desert Lanes bowling alley. "The cantina is designed to give
                                                                                                    Fran Parker Continued on page 3

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                 Again, this has been a slow quarter, primarily due to some medical issues with the chapter leadership. BUT -- we still
       plan to have a meeting later this quarter to elect new officers and address the issues of participation in the chapter. We hope to get
       the Cannon active duty folks more involved. Command of AFSOC changed from Gen Wuster to Lt Gen Eric Fiel earlier this
       quarter, and command of the 27th SOW here at Cannon will take place shortly. Hopefully after the new leadership gets settled,
       we'll be able to meet with them and determine how to get the chapter rolling on base.
                 Our sponsorship of the Clovis High School JROTC in the AFA Cyber Patriot Competition last year, and their in first in
       the state ranking resulted in a nice plaque from state that the corp will display proudly. Additionally we present the AFA
       AFJROTC Award at the NM-021 Awards Banquet in April.

                                                                                                                       ~Flip Frazee
                                                                                                                        Chapter President
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