The credo of New Mexico Military Institute is the guiding principle for the selection of inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame. A strong commitment to duty, honor, and achievement must be exemplified by each selectee for induction. The Hall of Fame is divided into five categories: Eminence in a Chosen Field of Endeavor, Distinguished Service to NMMI, Flag Officers, Valor, and the George Ward Memorial. For specific criteria for each category, click on the links below. If you would like to nominate someone for the NMMI Alumni Hall of fame, please follow these instructions. Deadline for 2017 Hall of Fame nominations is 14 July 2017.
Eminence in a Chosen Field of Endeavor
Alumni who have gained prominence, fame, or have distinguished themselves by notable accomplishments in their profession or other field of endeavor.
Achievements must transcend mere success in business. Ordinarily, prominence must be recognized on a national scale. Official recognition by a national organization of professional peers, having established standards and ethical requirements, is a strong consideration. A high recognition by a department or agency of the federal government is a strong consideration. This includes, but is not limited to, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Distinguished Intelligence Cross, or the Distinguished Intelligence Medal of the CIA, or their equivalent in other agencies.
Service to NMMI
Dedicated and outstanding service and devotion to NMMI transcends a satisfactory performance of normal duties. A nominee's devotion and dedication must be significant not only by his or her high standards but also by their own personal example. He or she must have adhered closely to the officially recognized customs and traditions of NMMI. He or she must have shown a willingness to devote their own time or resources to further the aims and goals of NMMI.
Positions of high responsibility include not only positions of policy formulation and decision-making, but also includes positions in direct contact with cadets influencing their academic achievement, enhancing their military training, strengthening them physically, or developing their moral character. Service to NMMI over a number of years should be considered to be for at least a quarter of a century. A lesser time might be a consideration of the overall impact of their service was of great significance. To be avoided is the popular individual whose pleasing personality did little more than make him a “good 'ol boy."
Alumni who have achieved flag officer rank in any of the national uniformed military services. The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms defines a Flag Officer as "A term applied to an officer holding the rank of general, lieutenant general, major general, or brigadier general in the U. S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps, or admiral, vice admiral, rear admiral, or commodore in the U. S. Navy or Coast Guard." The term does not include officers in state militias, defense forces or similar paramilitary forces. Achievement of flag officer rank is in itself tantamount to "eminence in a chosen field of endeavor." Selection for induction into the Hall of Fame should be withheld until the retirement or death of the subject to prevent induction before their advancement in rank is complete.
Alumni Who have been presented either the Medal of Honor or the Distinguished Service Cross, The Navy Cross of the Air Force Cross are eligible to be inducted. Civilians may also qualify by distinguishing themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in combat against an enemy of the United States.
George Ward Memorial
Alumni whose actions and deeds have fostered the goals and ideals of NMMI. Many alumni on an annual basis continually foster the goals and ideals of NMMI. This dedication and devotion to their alma mater is what is expected of all alumni. However, candidates for this award must have gone beyond that normally expected of a loyal alumnus. Nominees must be active Alumni Relations members. This award memorializes an individual who, may not necessarily have contributed large sums of money, but nonetheless manifested his devotion and dedication to the goals and ideals of NMMI in other forms of endeavor as well. It is a fitting memorial to select individuals who seek to emulate George Ward.