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Greetings to the LAA family.

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, The Langley Alumni Association held their Annual Christmas Luncheon at Angelo’s Steak and Pancake House, 755 J. Clyde Marris Blvd., Newport News, VA. President Ira Abbott welcomed the attendees, which numbered a terrific 63 people.  A great time was had by all.

The Nominating Committee, Chaired by Daniel Palumbo,  submitted a list of candidates for the Board of Directors and the list was approved at the October Board MeetingThe candidates include Carrie Walker Creedon; Fred Jones; George Allison; Dave Reubish; David Rudy; and Jim Pittman. They will be voted on by the general membership at the Annual Business Meeting on February 13, 2018.

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team.

You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l.robinson@nasa,gov

The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. President Ira Abbott will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.

To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.

There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.

NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.

Next LAA Meeting (s)

The Annual Business Meeting of the Langley Alumni Association has been RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and it will be held in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria. At this meeting, we will Elect the Class of 2019 Board members, described above, and recognize the service of the Class of 2016 Board members.

Our Speaker is Dr. Richard L. Boitnott of the Structural Dynamics Branch of NASA LaRC. He began his career at NASA-Langley as a graduate student in NASA-Virginia Tech Composite Materials Program.  In 1981, he was hired by the US Army to work at the Impact Dynamics Research Facility (Gantry) where he conducted research on the composite structural crashworthiness of aerospace structures and vehicles.  He received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1985. He continued as an Army civil servant until 2006 when he was hired by NASA.    He is currently a Test Engineer and Alternate Safety Head at the Landing and Impact Research Facility (Gantry) where he conducts full-scale impact tests of aircraft and spacecraft.  For his long-term contributions and commitment to the impact dynamics technical field, Dr. Boitnott was presented the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.   For his contributions to astronaut safety during Earth landings he was presented with a “Silver Snoopy” in 2015. He will talk about “The History of the NASA-Langley Gantry” or known to many of us as the LaRC’s Landing and Impact Reseach Facility.

The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online.

General Information.

To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. Six-month badges are available to LAA members. For a six-month badge, fill out a NASA form 1760. The form is available from the NASA liaison to the LAA at the monthly meetings. Please allow two weeks to process six-month badges.

Website Updated on January 29, 2018