Chapter Officers & Staff


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.

1st Vice President: Mark Lindon

COL, USA (RET) - Field Artillery, served from 1977-2010. He was commissioned from Niagara University. He served in numerous positions in Field Artillery units at FT Riley, KS, Schweinfurt and Wurzburg, Germany, and Camp Hovey, Korea. He commanded the Headquarters Battalion at Fort Belvoir, VA where his units supported the rescue and recovery operation at the Pentagon following the 9/11 attack. He has served four tours in the Pentagon on both the Joint and HQDA Staff. His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Deputy Director, United States Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA) at Fort Belvoir, VA. He is retired and lives with his wife Jackie in Longmont.

2nd Vice President: Mark Menich

COL, USA (RET) - Medical Corps, served from 1988-2008. Mark grew up in the Chicago area. He was commissioned in medical school through the Army's Health Professions Scholarship Program. Completed both internal medicine and allergy specialty training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Served as staff physician and department chief in internal medicine and allergy at Walter Reed; SHAPE Belgium; Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Belvoir, and Fort Carson. Commander of the SHAPE Healthcare Facility 2004-2007. Still a practicing physician in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie.

Secretary / Communications Coordinator: Veronica Herbert

CAPT, USNR (RET) – Veronica was in the USNR from 1977 - 2004, serving as CO of 6 NR organizations including units assigned to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach CA, Naval Control of Shipping, Naval Research Lab Stennis MS and Naval Communications Station Wahiwa HI. Veronica also pursued a career with Public Service Co of Colorado holding different positions in Engineering, Operations and Accounting. She also works part time in the CU Admissions office. Veronica enjoys hiking & camping with her husband Bruce Firtha. She is the proud step-mother of Christie and Farah and grandmother to a very active and adorable 18 month old boy named Leif!

Treasurer: 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.

Past President: John Toth

LTC, USA-Infantry (RET), served from 1990 to 2011. Notable assignments include the 82nd Airborne Division; the United Nations Security Battalion, Pan Mun Jom, Korea; the 101st Airborne Division; the Pentagon and Army PMS at the University of Colorado. He deployed to combat in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry. He is currently Director, No Barriers Warriors. The mission of No Barriers Warriors is to empower veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, along with survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. John resides in Boulder with his wife Dayna and their two sons: Ethan and Emerson.

CCOC AABC Liaison and CCOC Secretary / Treasurer: 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

Social Chairman and Chaplain: 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.