Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

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

One of our favorite AGCRA globetrotting couples is at it again carrying our Association logo to new and unique locations. But where are COL (Ret) Nick and LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje this time?  They are again a lot closer than you would think.  So where in the world are they now?  Scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monje’s brought the AGCRA logo all the way to the top of Pike’s Peak, 14,115 feet above sea level, via the Cog Railway.  What fantastic views!

The AGCRA Logo in is the rain at Mesa Verde, Colorado.  Remember, “If it’s not rainin’, it’s not trainin’!” As well, “If it’s not snowin’; we’re not goin’!” Nothing stops AG Corps Soldiers (Retirees included).

After riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad, the AGCRA logo stopped in at the Durango Train Station Museum and hoped aboard The Harper’s Private Car – The Silverton.  Al Harper was owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango, CO.

Located in the “Freedom Is Not Free” section of the Durango Museum, would you believe Dianne Monje found a couple of 4th ID AG Corps Soldier mannequins dressed in Army green uniforms with AG Corps shields and ribbons.

Dianne Monje stands next to MAJ Kelly, AG Corps Officer – Ready for Inspection?

Dianne stands with SGT Hallberts, a 4th ID AG Corps NCO – Ready to Roll; Rifle at the Ready; Movin’ to the Sound of Guns; Ready to Fight… now that’s Readiness, Hoo-Ah!

Where in the World are the Galluzzo’s?

Wait, what’s this?  We have newcomers to the AGCRA Where in the World travel series.  So let’s welcome LTC (Ret) James J. Galluzzo and his wife Melissa.  J. is currently serving as the VP, Corporate Affairs on the AGCRA National Executive Council (NEC).

J. and Melissa recently returned from an overseas trip of ancient origins.  It looks like the weather cooperated, so where in the world are they?  Scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. is standing in the Theatre of Pompeii, Naples, Italy.  The theatre is located in the southwest region of Naples.

There are three main buildings that make up this area: the Large Theatre, the Odeon, and the Quadriporticum. These served as an entertainment and meeting center of the city. Pompeii had two stone theatres of its own nearly two decades before the first permanent stone theatre was erected in Rome in the 50s BC.

J. kidded with our AGCRA President, COL (Ret) Robert L. Manning, that with this picture he was indeed “the man in the arena”. COL (Ret) Manning often refers to President Theodore Roosevelt delivering the “Citizenship in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910.  The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” 

The speech was clearly a synthesis of Theodore Roosevelt’s philosophy toward life.  In the speech, Roosevelt addresses America’s status as a still young country, the New World.  Roosevelt turns to the idea of individual citizenship, however, as the speech progresses it becomes clear that the motivation for action matters.  In other words, what you do for the community matters more than individual improvement.  The worthy cause, then, is not focused on the individual, but on the whole.  We would do well to remember these words today, and AGCRA seeks to support this philosophy in supporting the AG Corps.  You can read more about “The Man in the Arena” by clicking HERE.

Above, J. and Melissa are on the main road to the temples in the ancient city of Pompeii.  J. said it was an excellent trip that helped knock off another bucket list location for the Galluzzo family, and the AGCRA logo tagged long for the ride.

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

COL (Ret) Nick and LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje are at it again.  They carried our AGCRA logo to new and exciting places that are a lot closer than you would think.  So where in the world are they now?  Scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Nick & Dianne at the Grand Canyon, AZ.

The Monje’s were on the South Rim Trail of the Canyon.  Perfect weather and the sunset was magnificent!

Here’s Nick & Dianne at the Great Salt Lake, UT

The Monje’s are overlooking the Great Salt Lake, but unfortunately the lake’s water level was distressing low.  No sailing and boats were in drydock. 

And why not, here’s Nick & Dianne at Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons, Jackson, WY.

The Monje’s described this visit as an absolutely breathtaking experience. The Jackson Hole Valley was rockin’ that evening!

You have to have a little bit of patience here – Nick & Dianne at Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park.

The Monje’s are at “Old Faithful” Upper Geyser Basin Trail, Alta, WY.  They took a video before they took this picture showing the geyser shooting water 150”+/- 30 feet in the air.  It was an amazing spectacle that had everyone in awe!

And you guessed it, Nick & Dianne are taking in the view at Mount Rushmore, SD.

And, at Mt. Rushmore, SD, the weather was perfect and all state/territory flags were on display.  The Monje’s had just come from seeing the Crazy Horse Monument and were just as amazed at seeing our country’s famous Presidents carved in stone for everyone to remember and enjoy!

For the Monje’s it was a great tour and one that all patriotic Americans should try to experience.  Our military travel all over the world and here we have some of the best places to see and experience right in our own backyard.  According to Nick, “We were remiss at not putting our U.S. National Parks up higher on our Bucket List.”