New Mexico AFA
April - June 2011
Published for New Mexico AFA members on behalf of the state chartered AFA Chapters
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I hope your summer is going well, that despite the seemingly endless wind blowing across
SW Region President
JohnToohey@aol.com 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
email@example.com 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
www.AFA.org July. Contact me at 846-5420, 344-0115 or email@example.com. 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
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:
“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 http://www.afa.org/membergetamember.asp 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 RJBThomp@aol.com
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
As anyone around here knows, it's been REAL DRY around Clovis -- and I'm not just talking about the lack of rain. My
toreceiving the newsletter -- I'mresulted in a single some problem as to whether any Llano Estacado Chapter AFA membersthat
call action in the last newsletter
were hoping there was
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in the ether world / electrons, and once again am asking
reply to (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and let me know that you're getting what little bit of news
we have from here!
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.
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