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Aloha RFTW ‘Ohana,
This newsletter will focus mainly on the upcoming Workday/Reunion but there is a bit of important business at the bottom of the newsletter as well.

Plans have been (mostly) finalized for our Upcoming Workday/Reunion. Thanks to Kirk Olson, Kenny Keelin, Jenny Ward, Kevin Riley, Ken Sabo (Walrus) and Kathryn Ewing for their help in planning this. We will have a very special addition this year. Due to the hard work and planning of Ken “Walrus” Sobo, the Mounted Color Guard from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA (Fort Irwin National Training Center) will be joining us and presenting the Colors for our ceremony. The 3 horses in the Color Guard are named after the following Medal of Honor Recipients; Hal Fritz, Jerry Wickham, and Rodney Yano, all of whom will be having a brick layed this year in their honor. One of these Heroes may be joining us! Please take a moment to read about these Heroes in the links below. All served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Harold Arthur Fritz

Jerry Wayne Wickham

Rodney James Tadashi Yano

The link to a google form to sign up and pay for the Dinner and Reception is below as well as a schedule of events.

If you would like to help with the work that goes on behind the scenes, please contact Kirk Olson ( We could use strong backs on Thursday at 1PM at the Memorial to lay out the base coat of sand for the bricks and some more help Friday to sort the bricks in order and load them on a trailer. We also will gladly accept help on Friday Evening with the grills (Reception food)



Reunion: Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 3rd with DINNER on Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Dinner Address: 74 N Tomboy Dr, Eagle Nest, NM
Thursday and Friday 31 August & 1 September
Preparation of grounds and Bricks. Location-Memorial
1:00 PM Thursday-Need some volunteers to shovel and rake the base layer of sand.
9:00 AM Friday- General Area Preparations and Sorting of Bricks

Friday Evening 1 September, 6 PM
Reception at Laguna Vista Saloon

Saturday 2 September
All times are approximate and subject to change.

7:00 AM Pre-Program Activity & Set Up (Breakfast Sandwiches/Coffee Provided)

8:30 AM Opening Ceremony with Mounted Color Guard, Followed by laying of Westphal Foundation Bricks.
9:00 AM Medal of Honor Brick Laying.
2:30 PM (Approx.) End of Workday – After last brick is laid the workday will conclude.
5:45 PM Meet at outdoor Pavilion behind Senior Center for a brief Ceremony (Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer, Announcements) (50 N Tom Boy Dr, Eagle Nest, NM 87718).
6:00 PM Dinner and Rider’s Forum (Senior Center- 50 N Tom Boy Drive) (Dinner cost is $35.00 per pre-registered person-Includes Reunion Patch). Any registrations received after August 18th will be $45 per person (if the caterer can accommodate the addition).

Sunday 3 September
8:00 AM Church Services at Angel Fire Memorial Chapel (Kevin Riley)

NOTE: This is not an official Run for the Wall event. This is a gathering of individuals to support the Brick Laying and to get together. Riders and supporters from all Routes are Welcome.


In other news, Planning is coming along well for RFTW 2024. State Coordinators are already making contacts and arranging things for our Mission. We are working on a prepaid fuel option that will be pro-rated based on where you sign in and depart the Run. We will have more information about that in future correspondence.
We do still need some Volunteers for a few positions. We are looking for a Sit-Rep Writer. If interested, please contact the ARC, Kirk Olson ( to find out more. We also need a Quartermaster. For information on what that entails, contact me ( In addition to those 2 positions, we are always gathering information on possible volunteers for other areas, so if you want to get involved, please fill out a volunteer form from the website. It is found under the “Central Route Hub”.


Lastly, I would again ask that you go to the link below and fill out an after action-report if you have not done so already. We have already gathered a LOT of good information from the ones we have received. Remember, if we don’t know about something, we cannot change or improve it.



Nick “Richboy” Hentges
RFTW Central Route Coordinator 2024

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