Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Where in the World are the Monje’s (II)

AGCRA has a goal of touching all corners of the Army, from South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Europe, to the Middle East.  But why stop there, let’s take AGCRA global! 

And once again they’re back as we have asked COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje to carry the AGCRA logo to as many exotic places as possible… so where in the world are they?  Scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick and Dianne recently departed San Antonio, Texas for a two-week pilgrimage to Germany.

Nick (right) and Dianne hold up the AGCRA logos as MG (Ret) Charlie Fletcher, the Honorary Colonel of the Transportation Corps, holds the 1775 cover of “1775 is Back” in front of St. Boniface Cathedral in Fulda, Germany.

Here are Nick and Dianne at Kreuzber Monastery (a.k.a., atop Cross Mountain) where they had to climb 345 steps to get there.

Here are Nick and Dianne at the scenic Bischofsheim in der Rhon where they enjoyed delicious food and the best beer in the world made by the Franciscan monks.

Here are Nick and Dianne at the Kloster Ettal Abbey, which is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal close to Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany.

And finally, Nick and Dianne met up with COL (Ret) Mark A. Rado at the Marriott Frankfurt Airport, in Frankfurt, Germany on 7 July 2022.  COL (Ret) Rado is an AG Corps Hall of Fame inductee, Class of 2018, and a Distinguished Member of the AG Corps.

OK, so now it’s your turn… take a photo of yourself with the AGCRA logo below at a unique location, be it CONUS or OCONUS, and send it to Newsletter@agcra.com and we’ll share it with our members.

Editor’s Note – COL (Ret) Nick Monje is an AG Corps Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011, and a Distinguished Member of the AG Corps.  His 29-year Army career included command and senior AG leadership assignments and culminated with duties as the Commander / Director, Personnel Information Systems Command and Special Assistant, Office of the DCSPER, The Pentagon.  COL (Ret) Monje retired from the Army on 1 October 1998.

LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje culminated her AG career as Chief of Staff, Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA), for the ASA, M&RA in Washington, DC.  She previously served as the Military Support Officer (MSO) for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and MSO for the Army G1.  Dianne was personally called upon by (at the time) BG Kathy Frost, then The Adjutant General (TAG) of the Army during 9/11, to serve as Acting Chief, Military Awards and Decorations to recognize our fallen military and civilians after the attack on The Pentagon.  After her Army retirement, she served as a Defense Contractor supporting the TAG’s Awards and Decorations Branch at PERSCOM.

Where in the World are the Monje’s?

AGCRA has a goal of touching all corners of the Army, from South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Europe, to the Middle East.  But why stop there, let’s take AGCRA global! 

And so they’re back as we once again have asked COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje to carry the AGCRA logo to as many exotic places as possible… so where in the world are they?  Scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick and Dianne recently attended a wonderful family wedding and reunion in Arkansas.  Their photo was taken at Sunset Point atop Mount Nebo National Park, Arkansas.

Mount Nebo National Park is situated in the Arkansas River Valley just 45 minutes from Arkansas Wine Country.  This state park sits atop the 1,350-foot Mount Nebo.  Within the park, the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the rustic-style cabins, pavilions, bridges, and 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.  Cabin 1 was the first cabin rental in Arkansas state park history.  Twelve of the park’s 15 cabins are located along the bluff and have views of the river valley below.  Most of the campsites do as well.  There are 34 campsites (24 Class B and 10 hike-in tent sites).  Other facilities include a swimming pool (fee required), tennis courts, picnic areas, pavilions, and a visitor center with a gift shop.

Mount Nebo State Park is also a certified Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Site.  Mount Nebo, overlooking the Arkansas River from the south, witnessed the removal of all five of the Indian tribes that were removed along the water route of the Trail of Tears.  Mount Nebo offers panoramic views of the Arkansas River from the Rim Trail.  Learn more about the Trail of Tears in Arkansas state parks.

Nick and Dianne are also planning another overseas trip in the Summer of 2022.  So where will their ‘Bucket List’ take them next?

OK, so now it’s your turn… take a photo of yourself with the AGCRA logo below at a unique location, be it CONUS or OCONUS, and send it to Newsletter@agcra.com and we’ll share it with our members.

Editor’s Note – COL (Ret) Nick Monje is an AG Corps Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011, and a Distinguished Member of the AG Corps.  His 29-year Army career included command and senior AG leadership assignments and culminated with duties as the Commander / Director, Personnel Information Systems Command and Special Assistant, Office of the DCSPER, The Pentagon.  COL (Ret) Monje retired from the Army on 1 October 1998.

Where in the World is COL (Ret) Monje (II)?

It’s time once again to figure out where in the world is COL (Ret) Nick Monje?  When we last saw COL (Ret) Monje he was traveling China with his wife Dianne.  Based on our feature photo, where is COL (Ret) Monje now?

Hint – COL (Ret) Monje is in the tunnels of Củ Chi.  The Củ Chi tunnels are an immense network of connecting tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of a famous city that’s part of American history.  The tunnels are also part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country they are located in.

If you guessed Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam, then you guessed right!

The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.  The tunnels were used by Viet Cong as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.  The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces during the Vietnam War and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

Thanks again to COL (Ret) and Mrs. Monje for carrying the AGCRA logo to another unique location in the world.

COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife, Dianne, visiting the MeKong Delta in Vietnam.
COL (Ret) Monje visits the Ha Noi Hilton Prison in Vietnam where American pilots were held as POWs during the Vietnam War.
This photo depicts the final helicopter extraction point during the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
Here’s the same extraction point today, which also serves as a hotel.
The Monje’s visited the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The Angkor Wat Temple is a Hindu temple complex and is the largest religious monument in the world on a site measuring 402 acres.