The year of 2018 will be bittersweet for the Naval Minewarfare Association. We have all seen our beloved NMA suffer the loss of many of our shipmates and 2017 was especially bad as three officers passed away:
Chaplain/Webmaster Bob Meeker, July 19; Treasurer Ron Swensen, December 19; and President Rick Richard, December 22.
Jesse DeLoach took over as Secretary/Treasurer, Al Hines as Webmaster, and Bill Clark as President/Chaplain. Our group of nine officers decided unanimously—with the deepest regret—that we must close the NMA as an organization, effective December 31, 2018.
But—as it should be with a resilient group such as ours— we plan to go out with a bang! The Silent Defenders will publish two issues under new Editor Jonathan Ingber, the Website will continue, and we will have a final great gathering with a last Convention.
Please save the date and start your plans. Lets wrap up this great group of minesweeper guys with the last celebration it deserves!!!