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NMSU Army ROTC alumni weekend, annual dinner to benefit cadets

The Army ROTC Alumni Chapter at New Mexico State University will host an "All Classes Reunion" and "10th Annual Recognition Dinner" in an Alumni and Friends of the Army ROTC Weekend. The two-day event, which includes a Trinity Site tour, golf and a breakfast roundtable, will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9.

We have three objectives for the weekend," said Gary Cataldo, president and founder of NMSU's Army ROTC Alumni Chapter. "Recognition for graduating cadets, inductions into the Honor Company, and this year, we will be paying special tribute to all our donors."

A welcome mixer for alumni and donors will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at La Posta de Mesilla, 2410 Calle De San Albino, in Mesilla. The Breakfast & Roundtable with NMSU faculty and staff will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Columbus Conference Center, at the Americas Best Value Inn, 901 Avenida de Mesilla, in Las Cruces. Both of these events are free to Army ROTC alumni and donors. An RSVP by Feb. 1 is required.

The recognition dinner is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Columbus Conference Center at the Americas Best Value Inn, 2160 West Picacho Ave., in Las Cruces. Proceeds from the annual dinners have supported more than 250 cadet meals in the last 10 years.

The dinner kicks off with a look back at the first 55 years of NMSU's ROTC program. The United Military Women of the Southwest will serve as honor guard, and the chapter will recognize and pay tribute to fallen Aggies and those in the Bataan Death March. Later in the evening, the graduating cadets will give a presentation, highlighting the challenges of today's training.

Additionally, Debbie Widger, associate vice president for development at NMSU, will be inducted into the Honor Class of 2012 as a "Distinguished Friend of the Corps."

"Luckily for the AROTC Alumni Chapter, Debbie Widger lacks the good sense to know when to quit and never gave up on our dream," Cataldo said.

Jim Manatt, former NMSU Board of Regents president, will present closing remarks before the evening concludes with a salute to the hundreds of alumni and friends of the Army ROTC who have provided years of support.

Registration is $30 and dress is Class A or Semi-Formal. To register for the weekend visit http://alum.nmsu.edu/s/422/internal.aspx?sid=422&gid=1&pgid=2090&cid=4067&ecid=4067&crid=0&calpgid=8&calcid=957 or contact Cataldo at catgr@aol.com or 512-382-9191.