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August 2012 Alumnae/i Notes

A few good lines (there are many) from Jacob Haider '10 in Afghanistan: "We must wake for sunrise. We must set meal times and stick to them- and along with this we must not simply eat and run. We must make it quality time. We must make time for walks and coffee shops. We must not allow ourselves to simply get caught up in the business of life and get swept along only to discover that all along we knew what we would miss out on- yet we did not act." Another gem I had to pass on (abbreviated) from Jake, regarding Islam: "You have to award Muslims this point: they truly have built their lives around the faith and around God. Prayer 5 times a day? Grab your prayer mat, kneel down on the ground and pray to God. . . . I realize the power of praying 5 times a day- it breaks up the day and allows you to step outside your world of schedules and distractions to focus on God." And another: "Life is great. God is great. And I am learning so much from the Afghans and their culture and religion. It never ceases to amaze me how similar we humans are- no matter our location on this planet. We all have the same spirit and the same needs and we all love to laugh and smile." [email protected] Among the many things which strike me in his writing is a remark about calling his fiancée at 5AM. I read years ago: "Faith is what gets you up in the morning." I could probably quote more.. . . 

June 28 at Fort Huachuca (Arizona) on historic Brown Parade Field, the Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence welcomed its new commander, Col. John Boucher '90. Throughout his career, John "has served in both tactical and strategic levels. He has deployed twice to the Balkans, twice to Afghanistan, served as the assistant army attaché in Rabat, Morocco, and commanded a unit in Baghdad, Iraq. Boucher is joined by his wife Jill and their two sons, Jack and James." Congratulations! 

LTC Tim Kundinger '92 wrote in May that he was back from Saudi Arabia where he ran into Tom Habstritt '90. "I am now stationed at Ft Sam Houston--or I should say Joint Base San Antonio, currently the Assistant Dean for Operations at the US Army Medical Dept Center and School. Dachel (10) and Darrell (10) keep us busy. Any Johnnies/Bennies coming through Ft Sam, feel free to contact me at (210) 221-8336 (off) or [email protected]." -