Greetings to “The Great Fifty-Eight” Family

2 April, 2020

Following up on our decision to cancel our May, 2020, NMCB 58 Reunion at Valley Forge and, faced with at least another month of isolation due to the corona virus, your Board of Directors has decided to wait to make a decision on whether we will reschedule the reunion this fall.

Until the pandemic is completely under control and hotels, airlines, restaurants and tours are back in business, we cannot expect to be able to provide a reunion comparable to our past reunions. It would be irresponsible to try to do so. We will make an announcement by mid-July as to whether it will be cancelled or rescheduled.

For those who would like to attend a rescheduled reunion, we need to know whether you want us to hold or return your deposits made to the Association for the May reunion and tours. We will hold or return your deposits as you so choose. Those not planning to come to a fall reunion will have their deposits returned. Reunion sponsorships will be handled in much the same manner, except that, if the fall reunion does not occur, the sponsorships can be carried over to next year’s reunion in Montana. It would be your choice. You will receive more information on this from the Association Chief Financial Officer, John Hughes, in the near future.

In the meantime, we are more concerned about the health and well-being of our members, particularly with the isolation and physical threat brought on by this virus.

If you know of any of our members who are ill or having a difficult time with the restrictions or financial hardships, please let us know about them so we can try to assist them in getting through these difficult times. Several of your Board members have experience in dealing with the VA and/or other government or health agencies. If you know of any member facing difficulties, please contact our Association Secretary, Mike Woebkenberg, at mikewoeb@yahoo.com with any information regarding them.

Since our age group is the most vulnerable to this virus, please follow the prescribed precautions for protecting yourselves from the virus. We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next Association reunion, whether it is this fall in Valley Forge or next May in Montana.


John Gallen

NMCB 58 Association Chairman