Chapter Officers & Staff

 

President: Gary Reid

LCDR, USN (RET) - Gary started his military career at the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1963. Upon graduation in 1967, he became qualified as a Missile Officer, first serving aboard the USS Chicago (CG-12) as Weapons Officer, and then the USS Parsons (DDG-33) as Missile Officer during deployments to Vietnam. Upon a designation change to Civil Engineering Corps, Gary earned a masters degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, exposing his wife Judy and he to life in Colorado. This was followed by tours at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, Ca as an environmental project officer, as a Public Works Officer at the US Communications Station Kamiseya, Japan; and as Engineering Officer at Public Works Center Oakland. As a Test Group Director at DOD's Tri-Service Command at Kirtland AFB, Gary directed three above ground, nuclear simulation tests at White Sands Missile Range. His final Navy assignment was as a contracting officer for base services at the Naval Shipyard Philadelphia. Gary and family came back to Colorado in 1987, finishing up his working career at Rocky Flats in 2004.

1st Vice President: Tom Lindahl

COL, USAF (RET) - Tom graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1967 and spent 25 years in the USAF flying A-10s and F-16s with over 900 hours of combat flying time. When not flying, he had operational staff tours in Europe (USAFE) and Central Command (USCENTAF). He also had R&D tours in Telecommunications and Weapons Development. While in the Air Force, he earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from AFIT and an MBA from Northeastern University. After leaving the Air Force, Tom spent 10 years in industry with Hewlett-Packard and IBM as an systems engineer, program manager, and business area manager. He left the corporate world to start Lindahl & Associates in 2002 where he acted as an intermediary in small and mid-size business transactions. He has been a member of TROA and MOAA since his active duty days. He joined the Admiral Arleigh Burke Chapter of MOAA in 2017 and has served as acting Secretary, Vice President, and Membership Chair.

2nd Vice President: Jay Balzer

CAPT, USPHS (RET) - Jay was a commissioned dental officer (Capt-06) with the U.S. Public Health Service from 1975-1995. The USPHS is one of the 7 Uniformed Services along with the 5 military services and NOAA. He served in several capacities, including Hopi and Chippewa Indian reservations (Keams Canyon, AZ and Spooner, WI), inner city health clinic in Hartford, CT, the Arkansas state health department in Little Rock, the Federal Prison in Englewood, CO and finally as a regional program manager in the Federal Building in downtown Denver. After USPHS retirement, Jay was Executive Director of a non-profit dental clinic in Santa Cruz, CA and then was director of a dental residency program at NYU Langone Hospital in the Big Apple. Jay lives in Boulder with his wife Mary.

Secretary / Communications Coordinator: Open

Treasurer: Open

Past President: Jim Morfeld

LCDR, USN (RET) - Jim served from 1972 to 1993 as a Naval Aviator. Commissioned through the Aviation Officer Candidate program, he served multiple tours in Helicopter Combat Support Squadrons 3 and 11 at North Island in San Diego flying the H-46 helicopter. Deployed on USS Kiska (AE-35), USS Kansas City (AOR-3), USS Flint (AE-32), USS Shasta (AE-33) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Served as Air Officer on USS Denver (LPD-9). Named helicopter Instructor of the year as the H-57 Standardization instructor while attached to HT-8 in Pensacola. His last tour was with the NROTC unit at CU-Boulder. Jim lives in Broomfield and is the Associate Director of Operations and System Integration for the CU-Boulder Admissions office.

CCOC AABC Liaison and CCOC President: Dick Smith

CAPT, USNR (Ret.) Active Status: 1961-1964 - Surface Warfare Officer, CIC Officer, assigned on board USS Joseph P. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis followed by staff assignment with Commander, Destroyer Squadron12. Reserve Status 1964-1988 – Various staff and command assignments with surface warfare units and with Navy Military Sealift Command. Civilian - 32 years with IBM in Program and Line Management. Dick is a past president of AABC.

Chaplain: Ron Wunsch

LTC, USA (RET) - Ron has been an ordained Christian minister since 1973. He earned his bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, his Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Chicago Theological seminary. He was a pastor of parish churches before and after his military service. He served more than 22 years in various levels of responsibility on active duty in the Army as a Chaplain. His assignments include: Fort Riley, KS; Hanau, Germany; Fort Monmouth, NJ; Fort Bragg, NC with the 82d Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Heidelberg, Germany; the Washington, DC area, including 19 months as the Senior Army Chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery; Seoul, Korea; Fort Eustis, VA; and Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He and his wife, Lynn, have two adult children and live in Longmont.

Social Chair: Hal Riggs

LTC USA (Ret.) Commissioned from OCS in 1952. BA Univ. of Neb. MS Univ. of CO. Rifle Company Commander in Korea. Served in Germany, two tours in Viet Nam. After retirement Auto Sales and Dealership Management (25 years). Hal is a former AABC President.

USO Liason and Legislative Chair: Lee Lawson

CAPT, USN (Ret.) Lee's active Navy service was as a Civil Engineering Corps officer. He held several staff and command assignments. Following retirement he served many years as Director of Public Works for the City of Longmont, CO. He is also a very active CU alumni and is a past President of the Alumni Association. Lee is also a past President of AABC.