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China King
14 Jan - Lunch 11:30 AM
11 Feb - Dinner 6:30 PM
11 Mar - Lunch 11:30 AM

Join us at the China King  in Woodbridge. Always the second Monday of every month - even months for evening dinner and odd numbered months for lunch.
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8 Jan 2019
Greetings T3 Folks -

New year, same old Jack - I’m slow still.  Next lunch, 1130 hrs until exhaustion sets in, is next Monday the 14th of January at the China King off of Opitz Blvd in Woodbridge, Virginia as usual.

I have to apologize to the family of Bob Millians for not forwarding the notification of his passing on last November.  I didn’t receive the information until after our last dinner in December.  The email I received from his widow, Beverley Millians is as follows:

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Harold (Hess) Hester a little over a year ago turned over the Defense Mapping School website so he could pursue other interests.  If you thought Hess just faded away to sit in a rocking chair, you would be wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth.  What is Hess up to today?  Visit his website at  As Hess puts it " glance at the "book" page that lists my 5 novels plus a damn good cook book and something around 40 "short Stories".  I have just today published another novel titled "Remembering Tomorrow"..   
Bob Urban “Bobby Spoons” is part of a Bluegrass Band called :The Accidental Jug Band”.  They just released a CD  called Whitesbog Boogie.  Bob, a charter DMSr, retired Marine and overall great guy, plays the harmonica and the spoons.  You can search their Facebook page, like it, and also get the instructions of how to buy their CD.
DMS Alumni - Notable Notes

Defense Mapping School
100th Anniversary -- 11 May 2018
Anyone on Facebook that would like to share with the group?

I wonder what Bill Sutton is up to lately.  You can find him on Facebook at this link:
Bill Sutton Facebook

Coins and Badges

Photo's of various Coins and Badges over the years.
Courtesy of Virgil Tarry

Russell Gaines retires after 38 years of service.
Narratives and pictures furnished by Jack Batt.
Some pictures of four surveyors from the 30th Eng Bn (TOPO) taken at Ft DuPont, DE in March 1940. Courtesy of Rick Rogers, MSgt, USAF (ret)
An impromptu cake cutting by the Magnificent Seven  - Our past Directors /Commandants /Dean - Colonels Nichols, Slusar, Clark, Dean Daugherty, Maune, Vincent, and Harrison was superbly accomplished and a school historical moment (click on photo for larger view)

Thank you Jack Batt for putting together a fantastic 100th anniversary event. Everyone had a great time catching up with old friends and colleagues.

See the collection of photos on the DMS Anniversary page. If you have any photos or stories to share, please send them via e-mail.

-Ray Chapman -  
National Geospatial Intelligence Alumni Association Membership Information.

NGAA Membership Application

Mapmaking Process

1973 Training Film
The movie is courtesy of Joe Zebrowski - DMS Instructor 2001-2004. YouTube Video

Fort Belvoir Website
Part of the Bluegrass Band called "The Accidental Jug Band"
I wonder what Bill Sutton is up to lately.  You can find him on Facebook at this link: