Great to hear from everyone with their notes, e-mails and letters this summer -- keep 'em coming!
Congratulations to Garret Peck, who recently released his second book entitled, Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't. Garrett released his book this summer at an event at the Woodrow Wilson House in D.C. The book includes 80 pictures, 11 vintage cocktail recipes and five neighborhood maps "to explore where the mayhem occurred." (Editor's Note: A book announcement appeared on page 169 in the last Review, 2011-Issue 3.) Charlie Tujo and his wife, who are stationed back at Travis AFB in California, and Alex Luther '92 were all able to make it to the book opening in D.C. This is definitely a book to read with a cocktail, so head to your local book store or Amazon, and read Garrett's handiwork!
Heard from Raynor Garey that he has been recalled to active duty Air Force and will be heading to Shaw AFB in South Carolina. If you or someone you know in the VMI community is stationed at Shaw, Raynor would love to hear from you.
Congratulations to Brian Albro, who retired from the Navy after 23 years this past July! Thanks for your service to the Navy. As you can guess, many of our BRs are hitting that retirement zone. Would love to hear from those who are retiring, and let me know where you're heading in your career after the military.
Taylor Farmer checked in from Oklahoma where he is active in the VMI Alumni Association Oklahoma Chapter. The group recently held a New Market Day event at a local minor league baseball stadium. Thier efforts are playing off, as they were successful in recruiting a new cadet who started this August. The new cadet will be pursuing a career in the Navy.
Lee Havird, currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, was recently accepted to and will attend the Naval War College over the next year. Lee will be lucky enough to attend this class with his dyke, Donnie Holloway '93. What a coup to have your dyke there to do your laundry and make your bed. That's why Lee's a lieutenant colonel and on the fast track to general!
I got a great note from Gwen Whitmore, wife of BR Neil Whitmore. The Whitmores remain in the Lexington area where Neil serves as the associate director of Admissions for VMI. Carlos Fernandes, and his son, Carlos, hooked up with Neil to catch a few VMI basketball games last season. Rob Oviatt also made a recent trip to Lexington, and I understand he and Neil made the pilgrimage to the Lee Hi Truck Stop for the breakfast of champions.
The Whitmores also recently traveled to Stockton, IL, for Luis del Valle's wedding in January. Neil served as Luis' best man. As I put in a recent class notes, Luis was then stationed in Afghanistan. Thankfully, Luis was able to return for the baptism of his new daughter, Emma, in August. Congratulations to the de Valles, and we wish Luis a speedy return from Afghanistan!
One more word on Gwen's note...I am happy to get notes from spouses, so feel free to follow Gwen's lead!
The Clarks are still hunkered down here in the beautiful Minneapolis area. Fall is getting close, so my two boys, Nathan (11) and Andrew (7), will be hitting the ice soon for another hockey season. Laura continues to rack up the miles in the SUV as "hockey mom. If you are going to be in the Minneapolis area, give us a call!
A continued thank you to all our BRs in the military serving here and overseas!
Don't forget to keep your contact information updated with me and VMI. You can do this via VMI Ranks at the vmialumni.org web 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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