One big patriotic thank you to the Duke City Gladiators for their spot light of one of our memorial’s founding fathers and for AFSA Chapter 1201, Kirtland AFB’s, Strategic Outreach Trustee, Justin Ward for providing transportation and es**rt to the game. Congratulations on one heck of a win against the Northern Arizona Wranglers!!
**********Colonel (Ret) Roger Knight Bio**********
Colonel Roger Knight has spent his life dedicated to public service beginning with his 1955 commission in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Niagara University and its ROTC program. Among his career highlights were service as a ski instructor with the 71st Infantry Division in Alaska early in his career and as military adviser to the Shaw of Iran later in his career with 10 years in Special Operation in between. As a Green Beret he lead a 12 man A-Team and 1200 indigenous Montagnard volunteers in the Central Highlands during the earlier part of the Vietnam War. Roger retired as an Armored officer in 1975.
In addition to having been a Green Beret, Roger was both an Army Ranger and Paratrooper with over 1,000 jumps, including sport and HALO or high altitude jumps. And he proudly wears the Combat Infantry Badge.
In retirement Roger settled in Albuquerque, in part, because the desert terrain with it's nearby mountains reminded him of Tehran. First working for Merrill Lynch Securities, Roger soon returned to public service with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico. There he launched and managed the City's Tennis Program in the Parks and Recreation Department where he once again retired.
Since then Roger has been a tireless volunteer. While at the the Parks and Recreation Department he first got involved in the City's Senior Games as a participant and volunteer. But soon found his way to his true calling, the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, that was conceived of upon the 50th Anniversary of WWII. During the following 15 years in took to design, fund and build the memorial Roger was a public advocate for the project and as one of the founding fathers of the Memorial who helped create the New Mexico Veterans Foundation, which has critically helped operate and maintain the memorial Roger served as both President and Vice President of the Foundation for decades. Today he still contributes a yeomen's effort as lead in the effort to help the memorial come alive with service, and national flags, on days of significance in our military history.