State of the CBAA

Back on June 8th I received an email from Jason Ruff, an alumnus, member, and current APMS, asking if the CBAA would like to come in and discuss the CBAA during the cadet’s zero week. He also asked if we would host a cadet lunch that week. I personally don’t think that buying lunch for all of the cadets and cadre is a good use of CBAA money but that’s not the point of this message.

So to get to the point: is anyone willing and able to take charge of the CBAA and start it moving again?

I resigned back in 2014 because I was no longer able but I have kept the website up and passed along the occasional message. Also, Paul Hesco has been keeping the PO Box going. We have not had a meeting since July 10, 2014 and by my count we only have two board members out of seven who’s terms have not expired.

I do not think we need to talk about what the CBAA needs to do, should do, or could do. We have never been short on good ideas. I also don’t think we have been short on people who are willing. The problem seems to be the able part.

If you have any thoughts on this matter please go to our website and comment under the “State of the CBAA” post ( Please do not just hit reply when this comes in your email. If you do, your response will only come to me and this is a topic that needs to involve as many members as possible. If you do email me anyway, I will do my best to get back to you but please keep in mind that I’ve been trying to get this message out since June 8th.

Al Walsh

Cadet BBQ on August 27th

Below is a message from Paul Hesco.

I am organizing the BBQ for the cadets which will occur at noon on Aug 27th.  If I can get at least 2 people to help me for a couple of hours I suggest that we grill burgers and order a couple of side dishes in big trays from the Walmart deli.  If nobody is available to help I suggest that we order in sandwiches, chips and drinks from Jimmy Johns.  I will provide an estimate of the cost before making an order.  Please let me know if you can help by e-mailing me at or calling 307-399-7660.

Paul Hesco

Meeting This Thursday

Out next meeting is this at the Laramie VFW, this Thursday (July 10th) at 6:30 PM. I’ve posted the agenda on the meetings page. I don’t have a whole lot to talk about, mostly just elections and the zero week BBQ. I look forward to seeing all of you that can make it and let me know if there’s anything else you want to talk about.

Voting Season is Now Open

Neither Joseph Huss or DC Faber will be seeking reelection to the board of directors. I am nominating Paul Hesco and Aaron Ohnstad to fill their seats.

I have not received any other nominations so this is it. The elections are open from now until the start of the next meeting, which will be at least two weeks away.

You can vote by hitting reply to this email and let me know your preferences. Or feel free to let any other Board Member or officer know who you’d like to see.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Hey, Field Artillery Officers!

We’ve got a guy in the school house. Cowboy Battalion Alumnus, CPT Mason Heimer is set to take command of one of Batteries at the Artillery School at Fort Sill. So if you are a 2LT, or have one, or know any other officer or NCO who’s headed there for school give him a heads up. It’s not very often that we have one of our own in one of these jobs so don’t hesitate to lean on him for some help. I suppose I should say that he has offered to do this, it isn’t something I volunteered him for.

I’ll give an excerpt from his email to me: “Let me know if you have any FA 2LT’s that need mentors?  I’ll be taking command of the BTRY at the USAFAS that is responsible for the FACCC, WOBC, WOAC, Master Gunner, U6, PCC and the Bn. HQ personnel on April 30th.  So if they have questions about the Field Artillery, FA BOLC or where to live when they get down here I’m the guy to ask.”

Mason has also offered a professional article for our mentor page so be sure and check that out.

I’m going to be highlighting a few more of our members in the coming weeks. If you are in command or recently left, let me know. We want to help you get your experiences out there across the association. The same goes for any key job. Please also feel free to help out with our mentor pages.

Mentor Program

It’s that time of year again, where we start pairing soon to be 2LTs with mentors who can help them out in the way of branch and assignment advice.

I’ll get into the specifics of this years commissioing class in a minute but first I want to talk about something else that we are doing a little different. We have added a Mentorship Program web page to the site which I hope will become a good place for questions and answers and other professional discussions.

Right now it’s just a shell. Filling out the content is more than I can do myself. If you want to participate, I can create an account for you to add content yourself, or you can use comment sections.

Now for this years commissioning class we have the following:

  • Branches: QM, SC, MS, IN, TC, FA
  • Components: 5 Active Duty, 6 Wyoming National Guard, 2 Oklahoma National Guard, 1 Army Reserve.
  • Active Duty Assignments: Fort Carson, Fort Drum, and a few other unassigned right now as well as all the posts associated with the above Basic Courses.

Give us a shout if you are in a position to help any of these folks out based on the information above.

Meeting Highlights

I have posted the notes from the past meeting on the website but I wanted to highlight a few things here.

First, I am looking to step aside as President because I’ll be starting law school at UW next fall.

Second, we’ll be holding our annual elections before our July meeting so if you would like to serve on the board or volunteer someone else to do it contact me or any other board member in then next month or so.

And finally, we are going to look into setting up a conference call for the next meeting so people who aren’t in Laramie can participate.

That’s all, have a great week.

CBAA vs.

I’m still getting occasional reports from people who can’t view our emails correctly and some not at all in their accounts. If this is you please give me know a better email address.

Also I have added the agenda for our next meeting (6PM, Tuesday, April 15th, at the Laramie VFW) to the meetings page. It’s a short one and it looks like it will be a short meeting, which is good. That means more time for social drinking.