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Dave Melgaard
2022 President

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The Coronado Thunderbirds is a social club for people retired from Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, and federal agencies including DOE, NNSA, and the military.

Our Club monthly activities include our General Member Monthly Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month. The meetings are held in-person at the Mountain View Club and include a luncheon buffet. We also use Zoom to broadcast the meetings for those who cannot attend in person. We have lunch and social time, followed by a Business Meeting. Our programs that are immediately following the Business Meetings are presented by a wide variety of speakers and targeted to the interests of the members.  Recent programs included telemedicine, improving the environment of Albuquerque, artificial intelligence, ballooning in New Mexico, the history of Albuquerque and of railroading in New Mexico, beekeeping, the impact of Spain on the Revolutionary War, and Col. Eric Felt on the United States Space Force.  Feel free to explore the GENERAL MEETINGS link for a complete detailed list of the programs.

All Coronado Thunderbirds are required to become members of the Kirtland Air Force Base Air Force Club, the Mountain View Club. As members, we are provided access to Kirtland Air Force Base, to the social activities and meal privileges of the Mountain View Club, and access to other Kirtland Force Support activities.

In addition, we are able to obtain significantly discounted tickets to Popejoy Hall programs and other venues.

We keep our members informed of our programs, activities, and KAFB information with a bimonthly newsletter sent by email and “snail mail,” and with a Calling Committee.  UpDates are also sent out to keep our members aware of any recent changes.  We encourage you to explore the links on this website to learn about the benefits of being a part of our Club and to learn how to become a member, under the MEMBERSHIP – JOIN/RENEW link.

We would love to have you be a part of the fun!