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“Here”- Jonathan Balmos

It is with a heavy heart and humble spirit that the DC Aggies announce the passing of a fellow Aggie and former National Capital Texas A&M Club President, Jonathan Balmos, Class of ’97.

Jonathan Merrill Balmos, 46, passed into eternal life with Jesus while surrounded by family on June 19, 2021. He was born in Waco, Texas, graduated from Waco High, attended McLennan Community College (MCC), and graduated from Texas A & M University. During his years in Waco, he was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Waco, participating in music, youth activities, and scouts. Jonathan had a heart for music which included singing in choir and opera at MCC, Century Singers at Texas A&M and numerous community choruses.

Jonathan developed a professional passion for construction leading him to work in Austin, California, and Washington D.C. While in D.C. where he was working on the renovation of the Pentagon, he met his future wife, Jennifer Crum. After the birth of their first child, Charlie, Jon and Jen decided to relocate to Texas, settling in to Lantana. Their second son, Drew, rounded out their beautiful family. Charlie and Drew were Jonathan’s pride and joy and they will carry on his legacy of serving others.

During his time in Lantana, Jonathan’s interest in construction was directed to working as a government contractor on military bases and facilities throughout the country and abroad. Jonathan was an active leader in Cub Scouts, served on the security team at his church, enjoyed hunting and loved traveling and going on adventures with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Charlie and Drew; his parents, Donnie and Nancy Balmos; his siblings, David and wife, Trisha, and their children, Chase, Erica and Brandon; Mandy Morrison and husband, Evan, and their children, Eric and Meg. He is also survived by nine cousins and numerous aunts, uncles and a large extended family. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 24, at RockPointe Church, 4503 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Jonathan may be made to the Balmos Family Music Scholarship at the McLennan Community College Foundation, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708 or online at https://bit.ly/MCCFND21 or to Texas A&M University.

The End of An Era, but the Voice Will Carry On

After 40 years, the voice of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is signing off. 

Watch Col. Jay O. Brewer ’81’s final halftime announcement Saturday on Texas A&M’s social media during the A&M-LSU game. 

Brewer told The Association recently, “I can’t begin to articulate the honor it’s been for me as a former bandsman and a graduate of A&M to be given this opportunity to spend my entire professional career right here in Aggieland working with and for an organization that I truly believe changes young people’s lives, and that’s an emotional topic for me.”

Currently the band’s senior associate director, Brewer played bass trombone in the Aggie Band as a student.

He has been the band’s announcer since he joined the staff in fall 1981 after graduation, and will retire in spring – his last day on staff will be spring 2021’s Final Review.

Brewer made his last “Now forming at the north end of Kyle Field” announcement on the morning of Nov. 5, 2020, as the Aggie Band recorded video of its drill for the LSU game. 

During the 2020 football season, Aggie Band performances for home games have been recorded in advance in Kyle Field and played on the stadium screens at halftime, due to COVID-19 restrictions from the SEC that permit only essential personnel on the field and sidelines during games.

To watch at halftime Saturday, go to A&M’s social media channels (@TAMU on Twitter and Facebook).

Aggie Network Trivia Night

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Howdy, Ags!

Join us online on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. for our Aggie Network Trivia Night hosted by The Association of Former Students. Join fellow Aggies and friends online to test your knowledge of the Aggie Network and other topics. Have some fun and get to know how The Association supports Texas A&M and our worldwide Aggie Network!

This form will close on Monday, Aug 24 at 4 p.m. Only those registered by that time will be sent a link and instructions. To play, you’ll either need a computer with two windows open onscreen, or two internet-connected devices: one to watch the event and participate, and a second to input your answers.

Please use the name you use on this form during trivia night to be eligible to win a prize.

DC Aggies Virtual Concert with Aaron Watson on Facebook Live

 Date: Sunday, June 7th
Time: 8pm Eastern
Length: 30-45min
Platform: Facebook Live

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While we as the DC Aggie club have already paid Aaron’s booking fee, we hope our DC Aggie members would consider donating to the DC Aggie organization. The National Capital Texas A&M Club does not charge dues for membership into our club. Our scholarship for local students, numerous activities, outreach, and events are completely funded by donations from people like you, and we appreciate your support as we continue to build upon the stellar reputation Aggies have in DC. We’re inviting all to attend, and ask consider making a small donation as sign of support, so we can continue to bring you special moments like this in the future. The suggested amount is $10/person, and up to $50/household. 

Aggies on the Hill 2020

Representatives of Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students fanned out in small teams across Capitol Hill on February 12th making personal visits to the offices of dozens of members of Congress to promote the importance of higher education and the value of federal funding for Texas A&M. Read more about AOTH here!

Officers and Board Members of the DC Aggies with Porter Garner ’79 (President and CEO of The Association of Former Students), Cathy Mann ’92 (Chair of The Association of Former Students Board of Directors) and Kathryn Greenwade ’88 (Vice President of The Association of Former Students)

NOVA Aggie Recognized on Corps of Cadets website

Daniel Wintill ’20

Daniel Wintill ’20 is a Structural Engineering major with a minor in Engineering Project Management from Springfield, Virginia. He is the son of Greg and Erin Wintill.

Daniel is a member of Squadron 12 where he is Commanding Officer and a former 1st Sergeant. Aside from his cadet duties, he is a student worker for the Corps of Cadets Association. Off the Quad, Daniel is a Breakaway Volunteer, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as well as American Society of Civil Engineers, and has previously served as Treasurer for Engineers Without Borders.

Daniel will be graduating in May of 2021 and will commission into the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineer with the hopes to work for a RED-HORSE squadron. After his time in service, Daniel would like to start his own construction company to build custom homes, old home remodels, and general construction contracting work. In August, he will marry his fiancée, Haley Zimmerman!

Daniel has been an incredible cadet to the Corps and we are fully confident in the success of his future! Good luck and Gig ’em, Daniel!

Foreign Agriculture Service opportunities

Have an interest in international affairs, trade, and/or agriculture? Check out this post announcing the timeline for applying to the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service. There’s an informational meeting on Wed, Sept 25th at 11am; get out there and make us other Ags proud!

Texas A&M student develops video game for working cattle

For students studying animal science, interactive gaming can now help introduce concepts of working with cattle, before they’ve even stepped foot in a pen or pasture. 

Nicholas Free, animal science senior at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences didn’t grow up handling cattle, but he created a simulation that may help others build and expand their cattle-working skills.

Read the full story here