New Mexico Veterans Memorial

New Mexico Veterans Memorial The New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who oversee the day-to-day operations of the visitor center, 25-acre memorial park, museum, library and meeting facilities.

The Joint Staff

The Joint Staff

We owe our #GoldStar Families our eternal gratitude and profound respect for the depth of their sacrifice to our nation.

Remember and #HonorThem today and always.

"Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your resilience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your never ending example. You are a remarkable group of people whose pain spans the last three quarters of a century. In so many ways, your pain is eternal. There are no words to ease that pain. But I want you to know that your fallen loved ones will never be forgotten--That your fallen loved ones live on in our hearts and in our daily lives."
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley

SEAC leads with such distinction!

SEAC leads with such distinction!

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifelong commitment to public service has undoubtedly left an impact that will continue to shape our great country. It was an honor to be part of today’s celebration of her life", SEAC Ramón "CZ" Colón-López.

#RBG #military #SEAC4

Lt. Gen. Baca laid to rest
Lt. Gen. Baca laid to rest

Lt. Gen. Baca laid to rest

Lt. Gen. Ed Baca was a native Santa Fean who led the New Mexico National Guard for 11 years and later was named chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau

CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass

CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass

Team - 25 years ago today, we lost 24 U.S. and Canadian Airmen in the Yukla 27 crash.

It was a routine surveillance training sortie that encountered a flock of geese and crashed shortly after takeoff.

Please take a moment today and remember those Airmen and their families, and think deeply about the business that we do.

#freedomisnotfree #service #usaf #Airmen

Happy Birthday, U.S. Air Force! 🎂

Happy Birthday, U.S. Air Force! 🎂

Today is more than just the United States Air Force’s 73rd birthday. Today is an opportunity to reflect on where we came from, how we got here and where we are going.

For more than seven decades we have served, fought, bled and died because our great nation needed us. We have broken barriers, some cultural and some sonic. We have dared to push boundaries, test our own limits and achieve the impossible.

We are, and continue to be, the world’s greatest Air Force.

Happy birthday, wingmen!

#USAF #Airmen #wingmen #AFbirthday #73years #theGreatest #history #legacy #heritage

Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

“Never leave a man behind,” the refrain of our military family in the field, echoes today as 82,000 Americans remain missing. We will never stop searching for our fallen and pressing for the release of those captured.


New Mexico Veterans Memorial Video Contest Rules

Eligibility. Anyone school-aged can enter the competition, except for staff, directors, and officers of the organizers, and their respective spouses, parents, siblings, and children. Submissions from individuals are accepted.
1. Winner/s: Once selected the winner/s will be required to send their full name, a short biography, school, grade and a photo to be used in the competition.
2. Under 18s: If you are under 18 you are eligible to participate in this Contest or appear in a video only if you obtain your parents’ or legal guardians’ express permission to participate. Proof of express permission may be requested.
3. Organizers. The organizers of this contest are the New Mexico Veterans Memorial board.
4. Deadline. The Video Contest closes on October 8, 2020 (MST 23:59). Submissions received after this time will not be considered.
5. Prizes. Students will compete for cash prizes and a Memorial tile dedicated to them and their veteran. For students, prize amounts are $200 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
6. Length and format. Your video should be a maximum of 60 seconds long, and be the standard YouTube format (16:9 aspect ratio). The video should illustrate What a Veterans Means to Me.
7. Videos should either be in English, or contain accurate English subtitles.
8. Your video entry should be emailed to [email protected]. Participants must include: name, grade, school, age, email and phone number – to be utilized for communication purposes with panel of judges. Children under 18 should use their parents’ email account, with their agreement.
9. Filming others. Always get express permission from anyone who will appear in your video, in its original form as submitted and also in any (derivative) form the Organizers may later make of the video consistent with these rules (for children under 18 this must be in written form from their parents).
10. Anything mean will be taken down. No offensive or sensitive content is tolerated, that includes religious or anti/religious, racial, political, obscene, violent, or pornographic content.
11. Only your work. You may only submit films that you have worked on yourself. Use of others’ work without permission will automatically disqualify a submission.
12. New Mexico Veterans Memorial will get full rights to the video(s) you submit. By submitting your entry to this Contest, you grant the Organizers (jointly and severally) a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license to copy, distribute, and display each submitted entry, in any media including posting in an online gallery, publication(s), and various marketing materials, and with right to use, copy, modify, edit, and create derivative works therefrom, and agree to execute documents confirming such right and license at the Organizers’ reasonable request. By entering or permitting your child to enter, you understand that your/their entry (or portion thereof) may be (re-posted) online, in the Organizers’ sole discretion, to be viewed by members of the general public including within the memorial.
13. Don’t do something illegal or film something illegal. Do not film any criminal or other illegal activity, or provoke others to do something illegal on your film.
14. Waiver. By participating in this Video Contest, you agree that the Organizers will have no liability whatsoever (jointly and severally) for, and will be held harmless by the entrant team (jointly and severally) for any liability for any bodily injury, violation of personality or personal data, loss, cost or damages of any kind to persons, including death and property, damages sustained due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from your creation, use, or intended use of your entry, participation in this Contest, and the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize. This Contest and these Official Rules shall be exclusively governed by the laws of New Mexico, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions.
15. Facebook is not affiliated with the Contest in any way and are not responsible for the administration of the Contest or the awarding of the prize.
16. By entering the Contest, including permitting your child to enter this contest, you hereby represent and warrant that you have read these Rules and are fully familiar with its contents.

Questions? Send an email to: [email protected].


For Immediate Release
September 14, 2020

New Mexico Veterans Memorial launches video contest

Albuquerque, New Mexico — The New Mexico Veterans Memorial board has announced the memorial’s video contest to encourage elementary, middle and high school students to honor a veteran. Titled “What a Veteran Means to Me,” challenges students to create a one-minute video that tells the story about an important veteran in their life. Adults are also invited to submit videos; however, these will not be judged in the student video contest.

“The board felt the video contest would encourage younger students to understand the sacrifices veterans make for our great nation,” said Bernie Lambe, president of the New Mexico Veterans Memorial board. “The winning videos will be shown in this year’s Virtual Veterans Day ceremony.”

The sponsor of the commemoration is the Junior ROTC program, led by Lt. Col. Ralph Ingels.

Videos will be reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges. Student video entries will be scored on four criteria: content, organization, production quality, and originality. Students will compete for cash prizes and a Memorial tile dedicated to them and their veteran. For students, prize amounts are $200 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

The contest is open to individual students from any New Mexico high school, middle school, home school or elementary school. Entries must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Entries must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Winners will be announced in late October, as the winning videos will serve as guest speakers during the Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2020.

More information and rules about the contest is available online at the Memorial's page.

New Mexico has lost a native son who represented our state with pride and honor. Lt. General Edward D. Baca US Army Nati...

New Mexico has lost a native son who represented our state with pride and honor. Lt. General Edward D. Baca US Army National Guard Retired was the first Hispanic to serve as the Head of the US Army National Guard Bureau. He was also a former Adjunct General of the NM National Guard and he was a friend and mentor to many. He was 82 years old. General Baca, thank you for your friendship and leadership.

R.I.P. (July 27, 1938- September 15, 2020).

Our prayers go out to the Baca family.

Church Services:

Monday September 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Prince of a Peace Church.
Burial services at The National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 3 p.m.

Touching memorium. 🇺🇸 #neverforgotten

Touching memorium. 🇺🇸 #neverforgotten

On this night... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 10:00am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.

May We Never Forget

“Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army, doesn't know if there will ever be justice for Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, bu...
Army officials reveal new details in Vanessa Guillen case

“Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army, doesn't know if there will ever be justice for Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, but he says ‘it's clear’ that the Army let her family down.”

Guillen's suspected killer was placed under the watch of an unarmed escort the day he fled.

“The Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 m...
Pentagon Releases Terrifying Video Of Russian Su-27 Turning Directly In Front Of A B-52

“The Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 multiple times at co-altitude and while in afterburner causing turbulence and restricting the B-52’s ability to maneuver.”

This unsafe intercept is the latest evidence of a concerning escalation in Cold War-like posturing between the U.S. and Russia in recent days.

U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Effective Sept. 1, photographs are not authorized information for promotion boards and selection processes pertaining to assignment, training, education and command.
More info at

On Oct. 17, 2005, he pulled all six of his soldiers out of the burning vehicle, despite his fuel-soaked uniform, which i...
SecDef Throws Support Behind Medal of Honor for Fallen Iraq Hero Alwyn Cashe

On Oct. 17, 2005, he pulled all six of his soldiers out of the burning vehicle, despite his fuel-soaked uniform, which ignited as he entered the Bradley again and again. Three of the soldiers would later die of their burns. Cashe posthumously received the Silver Star, the third-highest valor award, for his act of heroism.

Defense Secretary Esper believes Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe deserves the Medal of Honor, and he'll work to approve it.

“What a Veteran Means to Me” NMVM Contest UpdateYesterday, the NMVM Foundation Board approved expanding the contest to i...

“What a Veteran Means to Me” NMVM Contest Update

Yesterday, the NMVM Foundation Board approved expanding the contest to include elementary school students. This decision was based upon the recommendation of the Contest Steering Committee, composed of Veterans, Educators, and NMVM Board Members. The Committee felt this group could make a significant contribution and was also consistent with the K-8 composition of many schools.

Stay tuned to this page and our website for details and please give the contest info the widest possible dissemination.

Thanks, Bernie
NM Veteran’s Memorial


Background to update:

The theme for this year’s Veteran’s Day will be: “What a Veteran Means to Me.”

In support of this theme, the Memorial will sponsor a contest where students can submit a one-minute video talking about an important Veteran in their lives. We will have a panel reviewing the videos of the High School and Middle School submissions being highlighted in the commemoration.

The winners will receive an award and will have a Memorial tile dedicated to them and their Veteran. Information concerning the contest will be released shortly – stay tuned to this page for details.

Kirtland AFB helps Albuquerque neighbors
Kirtland AFB helps Albuquerque neighbors

Kirtland AFB helps Albuquerque neighbors

Members of the Team Kirtland Airmen Committed to Excellence (ACE) Council, met-up to sort through donations made to the Navajo Hope Project on August 13, 2020.




Check out this AMAZING initiative for Team Kirtland!

Good day Kirtland!

The Top 3, CAA, and PA are teaming up to create something amazing for EVERYONE… but we need YOUR help!

If you have a passion, interest, hobby that you would love to share with everyone, now is the time to become a Squad Leader (POC).

The idea is simple: you like to go hiking..mudding…camping every weekend or love to play the guitar…drums…any sport? Lead a Tribe! The list can go on and on and we need your help to lead the way. Our goal is to have a connection point for anyone and everyone when they step foot on this installation.

We are building a webpage with a listing of tribes/clubs called “Find Your Squad” (clubs open for all--this will be open to AD, Civ, Dep, Spouses/EVERYONE):
What do we need from YOU?

1. Name of Squad/Club activity, brief description, Facebook/social media page links, POC phone number/email.
2. How often? This can be recurring OR create a distro of interested members to send calendar invites.

Please contact MSgt De La Mora [email protected], MSgt Devereaux [email protected], MSgt Powell-Greenwood [email protected] for any questions/concerns and to start your squad.

*Items to note:
This is not for any type of pay for services
You can be any rank or status to run a squad
Please share across your units!

If you have already messaged me to add your squad, I got it and will be compiling them into one notification at the end of next week.

Very Respectfully,

Career Assistance Advisor, Kirtland AFB, NM
COMM: (505) 846-2640
DSN: 246-2640
EMAIL: [email protected]

Professional Development Shareoint Site:

Team Kirtland Top 3 SharePoint Site:
TKT3 FB Page:

AUP *Free Books!

58 SOW Top 3 SharePoint Site:

Welcome home our heroes! ❤️🇺🇸

Welcome home our heroes! ❤️🇺🇸

The first wave of Soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard’s 1-200th Infantry Battalion were reunited with their families yesterday following a nine-month deployment to Djibouti, Africa, and a two-week quarantine.

“Thank you for what you’ve done,” said Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, the Adjutant General of New Mexico, who briefly spoke to the troops before they were released to their loved ones. “I know that it was tough and it was hot but you all did great. Our state appreciates it, our country appreciates it and the free world appreciates what you did on the Horn of Africa. Welcome home.”

During their deployment, Soldiers of the 1-200th worked with the Oregon National Guard, the Navy, the Air Force, and international partners to conduct security operations in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

“It was an interesting experience being able to work with that closely with partner forces,’ said Spc. Dominic Barreras, an infantryman of the 1-200th who returned with the first wave. “Everyone was able to work and train with them at different levels. It broadened my horizons. It's not something that you can read about to understand, you have to be there and experience it.”

The unit deployed late last year before the COVID-19 pandemic began and global efforts to slow the virus were taken. Now, they will return in waves to allow social distance and adequate time in quarantine.

“Quarantining was odd, but knowing that I was home and that I was in the last stretch of everything made it alright,” said Barreras, who married his wife Railee Barreras last June before the unit deployed.

“This is exactly what I wanted,” Railee said. “The first couple of months apart were the longest thing I’ve ever experienced and the last few days felt like an eternity. Watching that first bus pull-through made my heart beat so fast because I knew he was finally home.”

The rest of the unit is scheduled to return to New Mexico soon.

(Photos by Iain Jaramillo, NMNG Public Affairs.)


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🚨🚨DONT FORGET THIS SATURDAY 🚨🚨🚨. They NM Pink Ladies and ABQ Hustlers will be hosting an event to help a local Army Veteran and his family. They lost their home and belongings in a house fire. Please stop by and get your car washed and buy some goodies! All proceeds will go to the family!! 🙏🏼♥️#NMPL #Community 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙❤️🤍💙
Dear New Mexico Comrades, My name is Warren Hunt. I live in Michigan, and am a life member of both VVA (Chapter 35, Toledo, Ohio) and the VFW. I’m also a retired active duty Army E-7, beginning with service in Vietnam in 68-69 with the First Infantry Division. In 2018 I published a memoir, “Reflections on the Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Journey,” an overview of what the Vietnam Era looked like to me. It covers the span of time from when I was in high school, through my Army service in Nam, culminating with my attendance at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The book is available at in paperback as well as Kindle format. A link to my book’s website is attached here: This memoir has been included by Bowling Green State University and Lourdes University as part of the reading list for their classes on the Vietnam War. In addition, it has received positive reviews from well-known literary publications, including Manhattan Book Review, Publishers Weekly/Book Life, and the VVA Veteran: Books in Review (Henry Zeybel). In April of 2018 an excerpt from my book appeared in a special commemorative issue of USA Today: “Echoes from Vietnam.” “Reflections on the Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Journey” has been well-received by readers; including Vietnam veterans and their family members. Many non-veterans, especially younger people, have also found it enlightening as an aid to gaining a broader perspective on the Vietnam War era. I am now in the process of sharing my work with local veterans organizations; not to make money, but because I have been told I should share it by so many people who find it an inspiring and informative read. Best wishes to your post members for a safe and pleasant summer. Sincerely, Warren Hunt Vietnam 68-69
I just realized that the Memorial doesn't have anything at all relating to the Civil War. Yet New Mexico was a theater of war in those years, and there were battles that took place here - indeed, there was a battle right here in Albuquerque. It puzzles me to know why the New Mexico Veterans Memorial would totally ignore the bloodiest war in American history, one in which New Mexicans took part.
Happy 100th Birthday June! I’m still proud to be an American and honored to participate in this celebration for June, a true American, that served in the Navy as a nurse during WWII. Let’s not forget all our Veterans and Active Duty military that are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice of dying for our country so that we may have the freedoms we all too often take for granted... especially lately! #proudtobeamerican #loveourveterans 🇺🇸
Thank you You are honorable Warriors Real men of honor Thank you
The end of a great day at the NM Veterans Memorial. Perfect New Mexico sunset, with a little bit of alpenglow highlighting the Sandias and our flag proudly flying in the breeze. The Celebration of Life for Cpl Santiago Lucero was a truly touching tribute...many tears and much laughter. Thanks to the Board of Directors for unanimously approving the contribution making the funeral services possible.
Calling all Veterans! The Bernalillo County Mobile Voting Unit team will be filming a Public Service Announcement at the NM Veterans Memorial today (13 FEB) around 11:00 this morning. They are asking for Veterans to be extras in the PSA. Come out — this might be your big chance to start your film career!
I want to say thank you. Im truly amazed and humbled at your genorosity towards me. This is so amazing. Your changing my life more than youll EVER know. Thank you.words just arn't enough.
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I am interested in vending for your up coming event. Who can I talk to about this?
Sorry so late. Come out and see us...