How to Join

  • We are looking for an interested club member who might want to be the Membership Chair. If you like interacting with your fellow members, consider becoming a Board member and the Chair of Membership. If you are interested, contact VP/Programs, Dave Melgaard.

If you are 50 years or older, and have retired from Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Labs, DOE/NNSA, other federal agencies, or the military, there are three steps to joining the Coronado Thunderbirds:

  1. Become a member of the Mountain View Club (dues are required except for military widows/widowers, lifetime members, Honorary Enlisted/Officer, Non-local Reservists, and disabled veterans).
  2. Pay Coronado Thunderbird annual dues (January through December).
  3. Obtain access to Kirtland Air Force Base.

All Coronado Thunderbirds members are required to be members of the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Mountain View Club (MVC), which is an official Air Force Club. Joining the MVC via will start the process for you to pay your MVC dues. See Join the Coronado Thunderbirds and the Mountain View Club.

Air Force Club (Mountain View Club) Membership Dues Rates

There is a monthly rate of $15.00 per a single Coronado Thunderbird member or family unit (member and spouse/significant other) UNLESS one or both family unit members are military associated. In that case, the military associated members must pay per month using the appropriate classification. Once again, we are waiting for clarification on the classifications.

(These rates are effective January 1, 2020. However, we do not know when this change will be reflected for those of us paying via credit card or paying annually.)

All Coronado Thunderbirds members are required to pay annual (January to December) dues. The dues are currently $15 per person requesting a DBIDS badge for KAFB access. So if both family members want to have KAFB access, the dues are $30 annually. Checks for dues should be made out to “Coronado Thunderbirds,” and should be given to the Membership Chair, Pete Havey. Pete attends most monthly meetings, or you can contact him via email (Membership). The Membership Chair maintains a roster of members, so please include member names, a telephone number and an email address (if available). Members will receive the bi-monthly newsletter and occasional UpDates. Members are encouraged to attend a monthly general membership meeting (normally the second Tuesdays of the month).

All Coronado Thunderbirds members are required to have current access to Kirtland Air Force Base. If you have a military ID, that will serve as your access badge. Other members must obtain a Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) access badge, issued by KAFB. The base pass process includes a background check, and continuing members must have the pass renewed annually from the time it is first issued. The process for new badges and renewals takes at least 2 weeks once a form is received. See the “Base Pass” page for further information.

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