Alumni and Friends of VMI:
Cyber Corps Participants: 380
Death in the VMI Family: I am deeply saddened to report the following death -
ANDREW SCOTT BURRIS '82: Several participants e-mailed me with information about Andy's death. He was killed during a training exercise at Camp Blanding, FL. The Army said he was hit by a truck during maneuvers. At the time of his death he was executive officer for the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and daughter Allison, of Fort Bragg. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, JUne 20. Flags at the Institute are being flown at half staff in Andy's honor.
I don't have any other information at this time. If anyone knows where we can send condolences to Andy's family, please let me know and I'll pass along the info.
Our prayers go out to Andy's family.
Our Cyber Chats: I must admit that I have been remiss in scheduling cyber chats. I'll try to see if I can plan one for mid-July (perhaps the week after July 4th). At some point in time I'd like to get Col Hammond to participate in a chat. In reviewing the exchanges in the VMI Electronic Turnouts (on the VMI Alumnni Assoc website), Col Hammond seems to add quite a bit of insight. I know Col Hammond is at the Institute, but I'll have to admit I'm uncertain as to his role. I'd appreciate it if some of our participants currently at the Institute could approach Col Hammond to see if he'd be interested in participating at a future date. It's still my hope to have Gen Bunting participate in the future.
Results of the Book Review: In our last update I mentioned that I would be reviewing the book entitled: :Seed Corn of the Confederacy: The Virginia Military Institute at New Market" by James Gindlesperger. Overall it's a pretty good book. I does contain much information about New Market that I'm sure that most of us picked up while at the Institute, but it contains other interesting information as well. If you have some books about VMI, this one is worth adding.
There is one part of the book, however, that I take exception with. Specifically, the first part of the book contains some dialogue between cadets while in barracks. In reading this, the cadets come across as a bunch of hillbillies (my opinion). I plan to call the author to discuss this.
Addition to VMI Public Relations Staff: Chuck Steenburgh '86 has recently joined the Public Relations staff as Assistant Public Relations Director. I recently received an e-mail from Chuck and he indicates that he'll be developing plans for Internet-related PR activities during the coming weeks. He indicates that he welcomes thoughts and suggestions. Chuck can be reached at email@example.com. Welcome Chuck.
A Get Together in the DC Metro Area: Looks like I'll be in the DC area during the first week of August (and maybe most of August). I'd like to see if we can organize a Cyber Corps dinner of sorts at one of the area restaurants. For those of our participants in the DC area, please let me know if you'd be interested.
More on Gen Marshall: Thanks to Paul Van Doren '74 for providing some insights to me on Gen Marshall. Paul indicates that Gen Marshall's WWI memoirs are well worth reading.
Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist: I see from the Electronic Turnouts that Darryl Home '82 has been named as a finalist for the 1997 Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year. Pretty impressive stuff. Hey...maybe we can get Darryl to pick up the tab for dinner in August!!!
That's it for this week.
Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75
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