Monday, October 31, 2011

Denver West Pointer - October 2011 Newsletter

President’s Corner

 By Lindy Blackburn ‘69

Dear Fellow Graduates

I recently attended the Association of Graduates Alumni Leaders Conference and want to update you on some of what I experienced there.  First of all I want to thank the Class of 1967 for their sponsorship of the event!  The event was well run, provided lots of very useful information and was very worthwhile.

There were many highlights during the three days, not all of them part of the conference.  The absolute best presentations were talks by the newly designated Cadet First Captain and Cadet Brigade Command Sergeant Major.  Both Cadets discussed the recently completed summer training and in their words and in their body language they communicated their readiness to become Second Lieutenants in our Army; in less than a year.  The communication of that part of their “West Point Experience” clearly demonstrated that they are taking their future charge seriously and are ready for that challenge.  It also very clearly says that the focus of their training at the Academy has been on making them officers in the Army. 

Staying with the cadet theme; all cadets that I talked to reflected an intellect, enthusiasm and desire that made an old grad feel good, and woefully inadequate.  Some very positive leadership changes have been made that make a lot of sense– Yearlings are now corporals (team leaders) with training responsibilities for Plebes.  It gives Yearlings something substantial and important to do and inculcates them into the chain of command.  I’m sure that change has caused a very positive attitude adjustment among Yearlings.

Another positive training change is the expansion of summer opportunities away from West Point.  From Army training courses like Airborne, Air Assault and a myriad of others to internships and other Army enrichment experiences cadets have a wide range of options from which to choose.  Given that range of opportunities, there should be something for everyone.  Hopefully those
expanded options encourage cadets to find some experience/school/internship in which they are interested and then work hard to be selected for that opportunity. 

The last cadet theme came from the Superintendent’s presentation.  He stressed how the cadets were not only given leadership opportunities but the responsibility for proper execution of whatever endeavor they are asked to lead.  As an example he showed some training footage from recently completed beast barracks.  The event was an infantry fire team live fire assault of an objective.  The fire team, all plebes, was trained and led by their Cow squad leader.

Another nuance of the leadership came early Saturday morning – the day of The Acceptance Day Review.  I came on post early to stroll around Trophy Point and was intrigued to find the Corps leadership rehearsing their roles in the Review – at 6:30 in the morning.  It looked to be down to squad leader, right guide level.  It was not apparent to the casual observer that there were any Tactical or other Officers present.  So, the Cadet chain of command was doing what they had been asked to do – rehearse for and execute the Acceptance Review.

The Commandant’s presentation was informative.  BG Ted Martin’s, newly arrived from Ft Benning where he was Commandant of the Armor School, presentation was about his first impressions of the Academy and the Corps.  First on his list of things to fix is the quality of food in the mess hall and trend back toward company tables.  His concern is
his ability to monitor the variety and quality of the food, focused on serving more healthy meals.  Apparently, there is only one “Corps Meal” a week – Thursday evening - and at that meal cadets sit with their friends and not on company tables.  My guess is that he will have support from the Corps on the first and not so much on the second. 

The Superintendent LTG David Huntoon highlighted his concern about the condition of the barracks.  He has money in the budget starting in October both for renovation of the current barracks and the construction of a new barracks.  He was also very honest about the impending overall cuts to the military budget and his role in managing that demise as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Some facts about cuts – a reduction in 71 civilian faculty positions over the next 12 months; a roll down of military grade levels while retaining 100% of the military strength (MAJs where there were LTCs, etc);  more to come on that I am sure.  As an aside we have asked that LTG Huntoon join us for Founder’s Day.

Bob McClure, ’76, President and CEO of the AOG spoke about the AOG’s ongoing $350 million capital campaign.  It is off to a good start with $150 million or about 43% already pledged with a plan to go public when they reach the 60% level.  All gifts to West Point count for that campaign so if you give to the Soccer Team or a club, those contributions will be counted in the total.  The AOG has implemented some cost cutting measures of their own.  The Final Issue of the Assembly has been mailed to subscribers and will be replaced by the West Point magazine which will be mailed to all graduates at no cost.  Class notes will be on-line starting in October.  They are sorting through the privacy issues and it appears now that access will be password protected to allow more personal notes and pictures to be included.  I got the impression that class notes are still in beta test so more to come on that for sure.  The Registrar of Graduates will be published every five years and Taps will be published periodically – they were saying bi-monthly but I got the impression the frequency was still being discussed.

Construction of the Prep School campus is just about complete – near the ski slope – and is an impressive addition.  Post 9/11 security is apparent at all of the gates – contract civilians instead of MPs – but limits the openness of the post as I knew it.  It appears that there are more “guided tours” for tourists with fewer families just
popping in for a Saturday day trip, but it is what it is.

Lastly, the Acceptance Day Review is now held on a Saturday Morning.  It has become much more than one of the last required hazes before the upper classes leaves for the Labor Day weekend.  First off, it is in the middle of August and that reflects the changes to get the first semester completed before Christmas Leave.  It still marks the end of Reorganization Week but it is now family event and for many families the first time that they see their cadet since their “good-byes” on Reception Day.  It appeared that the plebes got the rest of the weekend off with many Parents Clubs hosting outings and other events.  “New cadet” families were out in force with signs like “We love you #84”, girlfriends and other relatives.  The lead up to the review was more akin to an ESPN Saturday morning campus visit rather than a wait for the metaphoric march into adulthood they were about to witness.  Using the maps of the unit locations they had been given families oriented themselves, chatted and readied their cell phone cameras and signs for the “big event”.

Everything changed with Adjutants Call as the Corps marching through the Sally Ports onto the Plain.  All were struck mute by the majesty of the scene if not the seriousness of the event.  Signs remained as seat cushions and families actually listened to the announcer, stood and removed their hats when asked, and strained to see find their loved one.  They proudly pointed out their sons and daughters when they identified them and some called out their names – to soon realize that there would be no acknowledgement of those well-meant greetings.  Mostly, however, as generations of parents have done before them these proud parents “got” the importance of the event and rightly felt parental pride for what their son or daughter had visibly achieved to this point with just an inkling of what remained for them to achieve in the future.

West Point remains what it has always been – an opportunity for over achieving young men and women to get a free education in exchange for service to country, a showcase for one of our nations historical treasures, and, most importantly, an institution that provides leaders of character for our Army and for our Nation.

Army vs. Air Force Game

Some of you may have missed the cutoff date for buying Army-Air Force football tickets.  FOR SHAME....But, you may be in luck.  A number of ticket holders have contacted us telling us that their commitments have changed, and they find themselves with un-needed tickets.

For those of you that are in need of A-AFA football tickets, AND those of you needing to SELL tickets, contact:
He'll coordinate & put you in touch with each other. Also, as a reminder:  If you want to attend the A-AFA Tailgate gala event AND want to ensure you get food, please go to our website, & make reservations BEFORE October 28th.

WPSD Quarterly Dinner

The Denver WPS is co-hosting a quarterly meeting with the Pikes Peak Society, which will feature MAJ Mark McClellan, USMA's Southwest Region Admissions Commander.  MAJ McClellan will brief alumni and friends of West Point about current admissions policies and procedures.  The meeting is scheduled for 1900 hours on Thursday, 3 November.  The location is the Fairfield Inn at 15275 Struthers Road in Colorado Springs, just off of I-25 between USAFA and Monument (I-25 to exit 158, go east on Baptist Road and then first right on Struthers Road.  Hotel is on the left).  Come and learn what it takes to get into our academy today and help spread the West Point message to prospective candidates.

Army vs. Navy WARNO

The seemingly annual hosting of the Army Navy game by the WPSD will occur this year on December 10th at 1230 hrs.

Location will again be at the Heather Ridge Country Club at 13521 E. Illiff Ave, Aurora, CO.

Meals and prices will be published near October 28th on the Society Website ( ) On-line reservations and secure payment via credit card will be available on the website until December 5, 1600., Alternatively, Cash (preferred) or personal check will be accepted at the door. Reservations will NOT be accepted after December 5, 1600 hrs. The management has assured us that given the advance orders, all meals will be served during half-time.

If you fail to make reservations by the 5th of December, come anyway & order from a separate menu on game-day.

With your early commitment and vociferous support during the game, we fully expect the Navy will be afforded the opportunity to host in 2012.

This year, an “indoor tailgate” will be held.  The price will be all inclusive for a Football Fanfare Buffet, served from the end of the first quarter to the end of the third quarter. Check on-line to see the final flyer AND to use the link for a secure on-line credit card payment and reservations. The on-line cost will be a savings from the “at the door” pricing, which can be made by cash or check. On-line payment will be available until Dec 5th. a separate “kiddies menu” will be available for the young-uns.


Website Update

Bookmark our website and Check it out monthly for our Hail and Farewell listings.  See who's moved (and where to) and who in your class has moved here. We always include an announcement for any members that we need to play taps for. Fortunately, we've had none this quarter! We've also got a number of new blogs, including digital copies of this and previous newsletters. One blog discusses what goes on at each Board Meeting.  Go to our homepage to click on links to the BLOGS. If anyone has suggestions on possible inclusions to either the website or the blogs, please contact Dave Jackson.  Guest bloggers are welcome (on relevant subject matter).

Veteran’s Day Breakfast

On November 11, 2011, Veterans Green Jobs will host its 2nd annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Denver Police Protective Association, 2105 Decatur St., in Denver. The keynote speaker will be James F. Yacone, a West Point graduate ‘87, decorated Army veteran and special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division. We anticipate more than 350 guests in attendance, including elected officials, military honorees, veterans and active servicemen and women, local luminaries, and event sponsors. Sponsorships, featuring tables of 8, range from $350 to $10,000. Individual tickets are $35 each. For information, contact Leigha at 720-236-1300, X5506.

Colorado Parent’s Club

Under the inspired leadership of Co-Presidents Kerry and Kurt Bleikamp (Kyle ’13) the Parents’ Club enjoyed record attendance at its Send Off for the Class of 2015 at Bowles Community Church in Littleton in June.  A total of 27 new families joined the club, representing nearly all of Colorado’s 2015 cadets. 

Summer events included an Acceptance Day Picnic back at USMA hosted by Bob and Gayle Bucknam (Robert ’10 & Blake ‘14) the Club’s incoming Co-Presidents for next year and a Summer Social hosted by Tom and Cindy Hodel (Marc ‘10) in Lakewood.  September saw the Club gather in Colorado Springs for its annual Boodle Bash, with dozens of resulting packages sent to cadets and young lieutenants.

Next up is the Surviving Graduation Meeting on October 22nd, which is being hosted by three “ole grad” moms from the Class of 2011.  On November 5th the Parents’ Club is adding 200+ Army supporters to the cheering section at the Air Force game, including 33 Colorado cadets.  The Club will also be selling memorabilia next to the Pikes Peak Society’s tailgate, so please stop by.   USMA Parents will be gathering at the Walcott’s (Alex ’11) to watch the Army-Navy game and the Club’s signature event of the year, the Colorado All Service Academy Ball, will be held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on Thursday, December 29th.

MG Steven P. Best Retirement

Steve is a WPSD board member and recently retired from the military on 2 July 2011. LTG David Huntoon '73, the Supe, presented Steve with the Distinguished Service Medal in Eisenhower Hall on 29 July 2011. MG Best's last assignment was as the Commander of the Army Reserve 75th Division (Training Support) in Houston, TX. 




Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DENVER WEST POINTER - May 2011 Newsletter

Alumni Golf Tournament - By Joel Martin '02

The Tri-Service Academy Alumni Golf Tournament will be held on June 20th at the Air Force Academy with a 1300 shotgun start. This is one of the most fun and well attended events hosted by our society. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to join local graduates for a truly wonderful afternoon of competition. The West Point Society has proudly won the tournament for the last three years and looks to bring the trophy home again. Friends and co-workers are encouraged to participate but are not eligible to compete for the trophy. You can register by returning the attached online entry form with a check .

WPSD On-Line!

Speaking about our web page, Dave Jackson continues to do a lot of work to improve our web page and presence on social media. We continue to encourage everyone to please search for us on Facebook. Search “West Point Denver” & find our group page. Then Join! It will bring events, info, & society news right to your Facebook homepage and it is open to everyone.
Also on-line, for current Dues paying members of the WPSD, we've got society rosters by class & by name.
Questions, comments, suggestions about our on-line presence, contact me: Dave Jackson


There are currently 928 graduates in the area we cover. Paying members have access to the membership roster via Google Documents which can be accessed by clicking here. For an up-to-date listing of the Hails & Farewells for the Society, click here . Forms for paying dues are also found on-line by going here. While you‟re there, checkout the rest of the Website and sign up of e-mail notifications for our blogs.

A Special Evening

Bob Berry is a great friend of our society. He began his association with West Point with the Class of 1951 as he served in the infantry with many of them in the Korean War. From 1966-1976 he served as a reserve mobilization designee for the Department of Social Sciences until selected as the Professor and Head of the Law Department, 1978-1986. Please join us for a special evening with Bob Barry on Saturday, 11 June 1800-2100 at Heather Ridge Country Club. For more info, go here

Friday, February 11, 2011

February 2011 Denver Westpointer Newsletter

President's Corner By Sam Thiessen '73
The beginning of 2011 has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster ride, at least as I see it. As "military types," we're not (or were not) supposed to talk about our emotions. But that's going to be the topic of my message here. The end of 2010 was a happy time for most of us, as it usually is with the Holidays and all, even with the continuing economic recession. We soon found the relative calm of the Season shattered with the news of fellow graduate, John "Jack" Wheeler '66. He was murdered in Delaware, with his body found in a landfill the morning of December 30th. I knew Jack Wheeler, having met him when I was stationed in the D.C. area in the mid-1980s. Though I could not say we were close, I think most people who knew Jack would like to say they were his friend. As his classmate, retired Major General Bob Scales, said, Jack was a very empathetic person, and that he was. Jack made whoever he was around feel like their view was worth listening to. And in my experience, he always recognized the dignity of all, and especially the least among us. That being said, I can't say that I always agreed with Jack Wheeler. This is not something particularly remarkable, and others certainly disagreed with him as well. Older grads will recall the controversy surrounding the building of the Vietnam War Memorial. Jack was the chief fundraiser for the project, and as such he fell under criticism as the selected design of the memorial came to be described as "a gash in the
ground." I recall some describing it as an "ugly" gash. While my own opinion was reserved on the matter, I tended to think that a more traditional design was in order. At this point, however, I think that most who have been to the Vietnam War Memorial would agree that it is the right design; giving total respect to those who gave their all in the conflict, while capturing an element of the confusion in this country that accompanied the war. Perhaps as a gesture to the traditional inclinations of myself and others, human figures were later added to the memorial. I would have settled for "the gash," but think the figures enhance it. Speaking of confusion, when 2011 was barely a week old, another terrible event: the mass shooting in Tucson at the constituent event held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The representative survived the attack, though gravely injured. Unfortunately, six people were killed, and the Nation mourns the tragedy. I guess the point that I'm trying to make is one that is best left as simple emotion, and not too clearly drawn out by analysis. Doing so would necessarily require dividing up the issues, with which people would take sides. I don't think it's my role as president of the West Point Society of Denver to draw such distinctions. But I do think it's the president's role to recognize that these distinctions exist and, when appropriate, to provide the society membership broad, basic observations around which consensus, or disagreement, can develop. The role of West Point Societies in the Long Gray Line is "evolving," just as the role of West Point and all service academies is evolving in meeting the needs of our Nation's military. Whether we like it or not, things are always changing, even when they're not. Which is to say, if something is not changing, it will be left behind in the change that surrounds it. Hopefully, our good faith efforts to change, while keeping the good that already exists, will continue to guide us aright. In all likelihood, this will be my last President's Corner. By convention, the WPSD President serves for three years, and believe me, I'm all for it. As my predecessor, Chuck Jones '68, pointed out as he passed the baton to me in 2008, "By the time the third year comes around, you know what you're doing and (hopefully) doing it well. But you're also ready to move on." Well, I am. Having been at the head of a number of volunteer organizations, I can say that this one is as demanding as it gets. I do not regret it in the slightest, and, indeed, have found it to be most fulfilling - truly an honor and a pleasure to be the top representative of such a distinguished organization. As a Life Member of the West Point Society of Denver, I look forward to continuing to serve this organization and the Long Gray Line for, well, the rest of my life.
Just to let you know, I'm not giving up the presidency tomorrow. As it works, the Vice President is typically the "president-elect." Though this convention is not formalized in our by-laws, it serves us well that we abide by it without denying the flexibility to modify it in extraordinary cases. And just to let you know further, Vice President Lindy Blackburn '69, is someone you should look forward to as the next President of the WPSD. Per our by-laws, Lindy will be in all likelihood elected by the next duly elected board of the Society to this position. (He's definitely got my vote!) The next board is elected at our next Founders Day Dinner celebration - Saturday, 5 March 2011. The board votes for new officers at the first meeting following the FD Dinner, probably late-March or in April, and those elected assume their positions immediately. So, I started with emotion, and I'll end with it, recalling that "there's no crying in baseball." I used to think that about the military, when I was much younger. A good friend of mine, Rennie Cory, received the DSC for acts of valor while serving in the Korean War. For those who remember, he was part of Task Force Smith. I told him that I regretted having been commissioned in 1973, and not being involved in Vietnam. Rennie said, "No you don't." He assured me that there was a lot of crying in war. I think those who are sacrificing in the low-intensity, but lasting war we are currently fighting understand this, too. God Bless them all as they fight to protect the rest of us from a broader conflict.

Founders Day!

By Dave Jackson '73

Founder‟s Day is quickly approaching on March 5th! If you were one of the lucky ones to join us last year then you know how great this event has become. We are back at the University Club this year and have an amazing evening planned. LTC Jim Bradford is our speaker, whose bio is attached. We hope that you can join us. Please visit our new and improved web page at to register or return the attached form to Dave Jackson.
By Bob Walcott '78

The admissions year is quickly coming to a conclusion, with all congressional nominations in and candidates rushing to complete their files by the February 28th deadline. In the four congressional district Denver metro area, USMA currently has six acceptances and five additional offer pending for the class of 2015. Another 18 candidates have been categorized as “admissible”, with possible offers to follow. A total of 17 files have already been opened for Denver metro high schools juniors, looking to become part of the class of 2016.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Summer Leadership Seminar. This program offers qualified incoming high school seniors (current juniors) an opportunity to spend a week experiencing cadet life at West Point. Each of two sessions, scheduled for 28 May- 3 June and 4-10 June 2011, will host 500 cadet candidates. This is the single best thing a candidate can do to figure out if West Point is a good fit for him or her. Applications can be found online, by clicking the “Summer Program” link on the admissions homepage ( The deadline for applications is April 1st.

WPSD On-Line!
Dave Jackson has done a lot of work to improve our web page and presence on social media. We will continue to encourage everyone to please search for us on Facebook. Search “West Point Denver” & find our group page. Then Join! It will bring events, info, & society news right to your Facebook homepage and it is open to everyone.
Also on-line, for current Dues paying members of the WPSD, we've got some Google Docs available for you. Currently, we've got society rosters, by class & by name.
Questions, comments, suggestions about our on-line presence, contact me: Dave Jackson

Colorado Parent's Club By Bob Walcott '78

The Colorado All Service Academy Ball was held on December 27th at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. A total of 13 USMA cadets and their families, joined with cadets and midshipman from our sister academies, for a formal night of ceremony and celebration. MG Steve Best, USAR '76, and Denver Society Board Member, was the guest speaker. As always, our cadets won the unofficial march on competition.
Colorado West Point parents also gathered at the Walcott home (Alex '11) on December 11th for Army-Navy game festivities. Yellow napkins were issued to the parents, so they could flag penalties not observed by the game officials.
Next up is the Annual Planning Meeting and Social, hosted by our outgoing Presidents, Jerry and Robyn Dodson (Richard '12). Installation of the Club‟s new Presidents, Kurt and Kerry Bleikamp (Kyle '13), will take place in March.

Tri-Service Academy Alumni Golf

Mark your calendars for our annual Tri-Service Academy alumni golf tournament to be played on Monday, June 20th this year. We will post registration information on our web page in the near future. Anyone with questions may contact Joel Martin at

Academy BizNet

The purpose of the BizNet is to support the personal and professional goals of graduates of all the Service Academies through networking, job assistance, advice, and contacts.
The group meets at 7 am every Tuesday morning at the Denver Tech Center Marriott Hotel, (Belleview and Syracuse - take the Belleview exit off I-25). The group welcomes all Academy Grads.

Membership By Dave Jackson 73
As of December 2010, we have 920 graduates in the WPSD area. Of these, 46 are Lifetime Member and 89 are members with dues paid.
Consider paying your dues before March 2011! The savings you'll have when you attend the West Point Founder's Day celebration will almost cover the dues! Pay on-line via secure web ( , then click membership), or mail me a check. (tax deductable!)

Hails and Farewells

The Last quarter had quite a few movements in both categories. To save a tree, rather than list them all here, I'll request that you got to our newly designed website (same old URL: ) and click on "announcements" in the page listing on the left. There, you'll find a monthly listing of all the H&F's. Check back each month to see each new post.
While you're there, take a look at the new Blogs we've started. (on the right column of the Home page). Sign up on those you're interested in & you'll receive an email for every new posting. Anyone interested in becoming a resident blogger on one of these, let Dave Jackson know (

Board of Directors
West Point Society of Denver

President                                        Sam Thiessen
Vice President                                Lindy Blackburn
Secretary                                       Mary St. Onge
Treasurer                                       Dave Jackson

Chuck Jones '68 Ex-Officio Immediate Past-President

Serve To 2011                       Serve To 2012                             Serve To 2013
Lou Schroeder '59                  Lindy Blackburn '69                        Sam Thiessen '73
Bruce Miller '63                      Dave Jackson '73                            John Greiman '81
Robby Robinson '68               Steve Best '76                                 Dan Young '94
Chris Petty '87                        Bob Walcott '78                             Amy Efaw '89
Joel Martin '02                        Mary St. Onge '02                         Mike Lewis 90

LTC Bradford to Speak at 2011 Denver Founders Day

LTC Jim Bradford received his commission as an Infantry Officer in 1989 from New Mexico Military
Institute. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Jim’s first duty assignment was at
Schofield Barracks, HI where he served as a rifle and specialty platoon leader, company executive
officer, and battalion staff officer for 4thBattalion, 27th Infantry, 25thInfantry Division.
Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, LTC Bradford was assigned to 1stBattalion,
6thInfantry, 1stArmored Division in Baumholder, Germany
where he served as Battalion S3 Air, Rifle Company
Commander, and Headquarters Company Commander
which included deployments to Bosnia and the Former
Yugoslav Country of Macedonia.
Jim and Daniele moved to Washington DC in 1998 where LTC
Bradford was assigned as a military assistant and operations
officer for the White House Military Office serving both
President Clinton and President Bush.
Following CGSC, LTC Bradford was assigned to the
10thMountain Division, FT Drum, NY where he served as the
Division G3 Training Officer and as Chief of Operations for CTFMountain
in Afghanistan. Jim was later assigned to 2ndBattalion,
22nd Infantry, 1stBrigade Combat Team as the Battalion S3 and
as Brigade S3 and Brigade Executive Officer, 1stBrigade,
10thMountain Division. During his assignment with the
10thMountain Division, Jim deployed to Afghanistan twice and
Iraq once.
In 2006, LTC Bradford was assigned to US Pacific Command,
Camp Smith, HI where he served as a Ground Operations Planner for Standing Joint Force
LTC Bradford assumed command of 1-63 Combined Arms Battalion as part of 2ndBrigade, 1stInfantry
Division in May, 2008 which deployed to Iraq from October 2008 to September 2009. LTC Bradford will
depart command in May 2010 for West Point where he will serve as a Regimental Tactical Officer with
the Corps of Cadets at West Point, NY.
LTC Bradford holds an undergraduate degree from New Mexico Military Institute and the University of
Texas and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Government from Troy State University. His military
education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff
College, the Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.
LTC Bradford’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (4 oak leaf clusters), Joint and U.S.
Army Meritorious Service Medal, Joint and U.S. Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), the Iraq and
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, UN and NATO Medal, Joint and Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC). Jim
wears the Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert
Infantryman’s Badge, and Presidential Service Badge.
Jim is married to the former Daniele Kibel from Fredricksburg, TX and they have two children, TJ age 11
and Emily age 8.