Got an outstanding response for class notes this go 'round and have a lot of BTs on the move, so here we go...
Terrence Kerner and Sam Stocks checked in to let me know they recently hosted a Benedictine High School Boxing Smoker in Richmond to watch VMI's boxing team take on a number of other colleges. The event was a fundraiser for BHS scholarships and a number of VMI boxers are BHS grads. Tony Baker was able to make it as well as a host of other VMI alums, including Chuck McCarthy and John Neblett from '85; Mike Locher and Hal Hammer from '84; Tom Munno '88; Carter Mackey '96; and Wayne Harrell '72.
Sam is vice president for KBS in Richmond and was recently back at the Institute at an event honoring Col. Piegari who was made and honorary VMI alumnus. He ran into Hunter Trumbo and Matt Schwarzmann while in Lexington.
Terrence and his wife, Kelly, have five kids aged 16 to 8. They are living in the Richmond area and Terrence is president of Atlantic Constructors, Inc.
Terrence passed along that Mark Cunningham is recovering well from a recent triple bypass surgery, perhaps setting a class record for bypasses at this point. Good luck, Mark, getting back on your feet!
Terrence frequently runs into his VMI roommate Tony Zang, who is also in construction out of Atlanta, and he also has the opportunity to catch up with Buddy Garbett and Charles Plageman at a recent VMI baseball game.
Bill Arnold checked in from Texas to pass along that his son, Taylor, will be matriculating at VMI this August. Taylor received an Institute scholarship, and Bill and I believe that his son becomes the first '90 legacy cadet from our class. Congratulations to Taylor and his very proud family, and we wish you luck at the Institute!
Matt Henning and his wife, Jill, passed along a great e-mail and picture of their family. Jull is the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lilburn, GA, a congregation she started in 1995 and that now serves more than 1,200 parishioners near Atlanta. matt is also a pastor and leads the Community Grace Lutheran Church in Grayson. You can check out more of Matt's work at www.transformlives.org. The Hennings' daughter, Sara, is in high school and his youngest, Ashleigh, is in third grade. Matt runs into Brian Haslam on occasion, and Mark Dick has helped Matt in his ministry to Veterans. Great to hear from the Hennings!
Pete Tunnard also checked in from northern Virginia. The Tunnards recently spent a weekend to with Rich and A.J. Duke and were able to see Chris and Michelle Pratt and Mark Cunningham. Pete also passed on that retired VMI Lacrosse Choach Doug Bartlett claims he had a Pat Poon sighting in Lexington recently. We have no other independent verification of the sighting, but if you're reading this Pat, please check in, and let us know how you are doing!
It was great to hear from Tom Tolley via e-mail. Tom is living Buchanan, VA, near his father, Ed Tolley '60, and is starting his own business. Tom gets down to the "I" occasionally for basketball and baseball games.
Sal Bora and his wife, Danielle, will be moving from El Paso this summer to beautiful Naples, Italy. Sal is leaving to start a new position with Jabil. He will run the Western European Operations for several company sites across Europe.
I got a great update from Irving Jones who is staying very busy coaching baseball and consulting with organizations on healthcare services in Virginia. As we have shared in these pages before, Irving has undergone several medical procedures to address his back and resulting complications, but his spirit and determination are as strong as ever. turns out we know some of the same doctors, and my company has provided some of his treatments.
A number of our BRs continue to serve our country in uniform, and I'm glad to pass on notes from a number of them. First, Weedon Gallagher recently became a Logistics Battalion Commander in the Maryland Army National Guard. Weedon is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan for his third deployment in June. Weedon plans to try and pull any VMI alumni in the Kandahar area together in November for Founder's Day. Shoot him an e-mail if you're in that area.
Gordy Byrne sent me an e-mail from Iraq, where he is an operations officer for the Medical Task Force. He is working with units across Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn, which is part of the effort to draw down our forces. Gordy is hoping to be home by Thanksgiving and is looking forward to being back with his wife, Lia, and their two children Francesca (11) and Dante (7).
Daren Payne recently e-mailed me from the Pre Command Course in Fort Leonard Wood, MS. He is there as a lead up to his taking command of the Training Support Battalion at Fort Jackson, SC, in June. The unit will then relocate to Camp Atterbury, IN, near Indianapolis.
David Kaulfers continues to serve and is assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco as a program manager. I'm told by David that there aren't a lot of Army folks in the Bay Area, but David is enjoying the city and all it has to offer.
Bill Ator has received his next assignment. He will be heading off in Jun for a three-year assignment with NATO in Belgium. Bill will be working for the NATO Missile Defense Program as part of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
A continued thank you for these BRs and all our BRs serving here and overseas!
Don't forget to keep your contact information updated with me and VMI. You can do this via VMI Ranks a the alumni site and make sure you check out our '90 page on Facebook. Drop me a line and let me know what you are up to, and thanks for a great bunch of e-mails and letters this go 'round. Keep them coming, and God bless you all!
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