Class News > 2011

Nov 17, 2011 - Update for the Navy- San Jose State Game

UPDATE ON ’78 “Mini-Reunion” FOR ATTENDEES AT NAVY VS SAN JOSE STATE FOOTBAL GAME AT SAN JOSE STATE ON NOVEMBER 19TH

 

The block of tickets for the class of '78 alums is full as several classmates and their guests will be attending, however, additional

tickets (game and tailgate) in the larger USNA Alumni Association block are still available and can be purchased at:

https://www.123signup.com/event?id=czjpx

 

So far classmates in the '78 seating area include: Al “Blues” Baker, Rico Benson, Ken Colby, Scott Darling, Prentiss Hall, Gary Lovgren, Ray Luevano, M.L. Norton, Ray Milton, Jim Shulson, Wade Tallman, Claude S. Weiller, and “Aloha” Phil Winters

 

The current schedule of events is:

 

Thursday Nov 17

1800 USNA Superintendent Dinner (details from USNA Alumni Association SF Chapter will follow)

 

Friday Nov 18

 

0800 Class breakfa st, Hobees, Palo Alto, http://hobees.com/paloalto.html

 

AM: '78 Golf outing hosted by Phil Winters Golf Academy (PWGA)

 

1700 '78 BBQ & Pep rally hosted by Blues & Marla Baker, Menlo Park

 

  Sat, Nov 19th

 

1000-1230 Naval Academy Alumni Association Tailgate San Jose Municipal Stadium (Home of the San Jose Giants)

 

1300 pm Kickoff Navy vs. San Jose State Football game

 

  Sun, Nov 20th

 

 0800/0930/1100 Blues Baker hosts Menlo Park Presbyterian Church services, www.mppc.org

 

 

Nov 7, 2011 - 2011 Arch Griffin Memorial Leadership Awards

Classmates,

On November 2, five 78er’s participated in this year’s Arch Griffin Memorial Leadership awards on board U.S.S. Porter (DDG-78) in Norfolk, Virginia.  We were led by VADM Dave Buss and he was accompanied by 4 retired guys - me, Terry O’Brien, Rudy Costanzo, and Mike Moore.  Porter’s Captain, Commander Arriola, began the ceremony by explaining to the crew that Arch was our Classmate and former Class President who was instrumental in the creation of these awards.  He further explained that ’78 supports the awards each year to honor the legacy of leadership that Arch gave us.  Dave Buss then gave a great pep talk to the crew (except the part where he had all those that were not born before 1978 give a show of hands!).  

As a refresher, the Arch Griffin awards are peer-nominated awards where 3 Sailors are nominated in the following categories: E-1 through E-3; E-4; E-5; E-6; E-7 through E-9; and, O-1 through O-3.  Each nominee writes an essay on “What Makes a Good Leader” and is required to sit before an oral board with the CO, XO, CMC, various Department Heads, and our Class Rep, Terry O’Brien.  Our Class gives a small cash award to the winners with the larger amounts going to our youngest Sailors, and the Porter’s CO awards each winner a Navy Achievement Medal.  BTW, all of last year’s awardees advanced. 

Finally, the Captain had all 18 nominees line-up in the front of the assembled crew; no one knew the winners until he announced each.  All the nominees were worthy and we congratulated each.  Here are the 2011 winners of the Arch Griffin Memorial awards:

BMSN Shavonne L. Corker

SH3 Katherine Taylor

IT2 Jacqueline R. Latta

IT1 Michelle R. Hunter

DCC Steven W. Tanner

ENS Sherrie Flippin

We hope to get pictures of the ceremony from the ship and we will post them on our website; I’ll let you know when the photos are available for viewing.

Here is a special thanks to Terry O’Brien who liaises with the Porter’s CO, XO, and CMC to make sure we assist them anyway we can.  Terry is the key to making these awards happen every year.  Thanks, Terry.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Oct 26, 2011 - 2011 USS Porter DDG-78 Arch Griffin Memorial Awards

Classmates,

Our 2011 USS Porter, DDG-78, Arch Griffin memorial leadership awards ceremony will be held next Wednesday, November 2, at 1400 in Norfolk.   Again we owe thanks to Terry O’Brien for sitting on the awards oral board and for coordinating the ceremony with the ship.  For those of you in the area that would like to join Terry and I at the ceremony, please drop me an email to let us know you will attend and then meet us at 1330 next Wednesday at the NOB movie theater parking lot.  We will carpool to the pier for the ceremony.  My email: glenwoods@verizon.net

I will send out a note next week with the awardees and we will post their names on our class website.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Oct 2, 2012 - Update on Navy/Notre Dame 2012 Ireland Football Game

Classmates,

This is the latest information I have on the Navy/Notre Dame football game which will be played in Dublin, Ireland, on September 1, 2012.

Game tickets will be available for individuals to buy sometime in February, 2012.  The Naval Academy Athletic Association told me that if we give them a list of names and the number and types of tickets each requests, they will set them aside for you.  The ticket prices for the game will be: $125 for Club; $70 for lower level; and, $50 for upper level.  If you are interested in getting tickets through NAAA, send an email to Jock and me with the type (club, upper, lower) and number of tickets you need, and we will compile the list and send to NAAA.  If you want to sit together with a group, we recommend you consolidate your request and buy them through one classmate.  In February, each individual will call NAAA and order their tickets. 

Here is an update on the Premier Travel Agency (Jock’s efforts) arrangements:

-           Only 3 couples from ‘78 have booked at Clontarf Castle

-           Another group has booked (50) half of the space at Fitzpatrick's Castle, so only 48 spaces (24-Rooms) are left at this location.

Below is a link to the Premier travel website where you can make arrangements for staying in Ireland. 

www.usna78.com

As a reminder of your options for traveling to the game, I am pasting below the email I sent out in May. You have 3 options which you should carefully review, think about and then decide which option is best for you.  Your options are:

1. Do-it-yourself.

2. Use Anthony Travel, the official Navy sponsored travel agency, or

3. Use the travel agency our classmate, Jock Maloney, has worked with to provide us with a unique, Class of ’78 only experience.

The details for each option are discussed below.

1. Do-it-yourself.  I know that some of you have already come together as company-mates or small groups of classmates and have started making your own arrangements.  You guys can send us your ticket requests and we will submit them to NAAA.  You will be responsible for calling NAAA in February and ordering your tickets.

 

2. Anthony Travel.  Here is the website for the official NAAA sponsored travel agency – www.emeraldisleclassic.com .  This link takes you to Anthony Travel’s offers for the game.  Make sure if you use this site that you are logged onto the Navy site and not the Notre Dame site.  Look up in the top, right corner of the web page and you should see a message that reads –

 “Welcome, Navy fan! Not your team? Click here.”

Tickets are provided as part of the package when you use Anthony’s travel.


3. Premier Travel Agency (Jock’s efforts).  Jock Maloney has put a lot of effort into providing us with an alternative that he estimates offers a 20-30% savings over similar options with Anthony Travel.  Jock has coordinated our Class requirements for this trip with Tom Ward of the Premier Travel Agency.  Tom has put together a web site specifically for our Class, www.usna78.com  where you can review three castle and self-drive options.  Please note that Clontarf Castle is 2 miles from Dublin; Fitzpatrick’s Castle is 8.7 miles from Dublin; and, Adare Manor Resort & Golf is in Co. Limerick, about 130 miles from Dublin.  Airfare and reservations are not available yet, and probably will not be until October 2011.  Tom Ward will coordinate airfare at preferred rates.  If you choose this option, send your game ticket requests as explained above to us and we will add to the NAAA list.  You remain responsible for calling NAAA in February and buying your game tickets.  Please remember that the “packages” listed on the web site can be expanded to meet your or your group of Classmates/Family/Friends requirements.  Example:  golf at a particular course; travel to/from Ireland before or after the “castle package” inclusive dates; tour of a specific location in Dublin or outside of Dublin etc.  Just complete the registration form to ensure Tom and Premier Travel has you booked, as bookings are on a first come, first serve basis. 

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Ward at (610) 285-1868 or ireland626@gmail.com or Jock at (609) 707-7258(cell) stephenmaloney@verizon.net .

I hope this is helpful to you all.

Again, Jock, thanks.  We all appreciate your efforts.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Oct 1, 2012 - Navy vs. Notre Dame 2012

Navy vs. Notre Dame 2012

Dublin, Ireland

 

Less than a year to go before this historic game, and travel packages are selling fast!

Join the Naval Academy midshipmen, alumni, parents and friends in Dublin for the game, and see the Emerald Isle in style. Join our official travel packages through Anthony Travel and be part of history.

  • Choose travel packages before or after game day.
  • Dublin only or a choice of cities throughout Ireland, with the flexibility to see what you want.
  • Great hotel options for every budget, for family, friends or class groups. You can even stay in a castle!
  • Special VIP events, including a private event at the Guinness Storehouse.
  • All packages include priority game tickets on the club level at Aviva Stadium.
  • Travel with Anthony Travel – athletic travel provider to both Navy and Notre Dame for more than a decade. They know our alumni and travelers and what they want!
  • Book specially priced air with Aer Lingus- from several US gateways
  • Golf options at the top courses, with special access and tee-times.

Travel with the Alumni Association and Anthony Travel – a portion of every package goes to support the game.
BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment – hotels and tours are selling out.

www.emeraldisleclassic.com  or 1-877-260-0645

Aug 24, 2011 - 2012 DGA & 2011 Homecoming Golf

This email is being sent to all Class and Chapter Presidents.

 

Reminder: Nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award are due no later than Thursday, 27 October 2011. For information on criteria and the nomination process, visit www.usna.com/dga.


 

The 2011 Homecoming Golf tournament will be held on 20-21 October at the Naval Academy Golf Course. All proceeds of this two day event benefit the USNA Golf Team. Through this event, they have been able to purchase state of the art equipment and participate in tournaments they normally wouldn’t be able to.

There are several ways you can help:

  1. Participate in the event
  2. Provide a raffle prize
  3. Sponsorship from your class, chapter, or your business. (Sponsorships start at $125)

To sign up for the golf tournament, go to www.usna.com/golf or complete the registration form. The registration form can also be found in Shipmate.

If you are able to provide a raffle prize or if you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Noreen Frenaye.

We thank you in advance for helping make this a successful event.

Any questions regarding the Distinguished Graduate Award or the Homecoming Golf tournament, contact Noreen Frenaye

Jul 13, 2011 - Class of 78 “Mini-Reunion” Navy vs San Jose State University Football

Classmates,

Three of our brothers are coordinating a ‘78 “mini-reunion” this November in the San Francisco Bay Area during the weekend that Navy beats San Jose State University in football.  Ray Luevano, Blues Baker and Phil Winters are coordinating this “mini-reunion”.  Here is their proposed schedule:

 

Navy vs San Jose State University Football

Class of 78 “Mini-Reunion”

 

Local area classmates, Ray Luevano, Al “Blues” Baker and Phil Winters are organizing activities for ’78 classmates who will be attending the Navy vs SJSU Football Game in San Jose, CA the weekend of 18-20 Nov 2011.  Ray, Blues and Phil are planning some great opportunities for ’78 to gather, swap sea stories and tall tales, revive old memories and cheer on Navy to a victory over the Spartans of San Jose State University.

 

As of 12 July, this is the DRAFT Schedule (events, times & locations subject to change):


Fri, Nov 18th

      0700  Class breakfast, Hobees, Palo Alto, www.hobees.com
      AM:   '78 Golf outing hosted by Phil Winters Golf Academy (PWGA)
      1700  '78 BBQ hosted by Blues & Marla Baker, Menlo Park
      2200  Pep rally (tbd)

Sat, Nov 19th
      AM:   USNAAA/SF Chapter Tailgater, SJSU Spartan Stadium
      1300 Navy vs SJSU
      Postgame tailgaters/private parties (tbd)
     (Iguanas Burritozilla, 330 South 3rd Street)

Sun, Nov 20th
     0930/1100 Blues hosts Menlo Park Presbyterian Church services

 

If you are interested in participating or have any questions please contact Ray’s personal assistant, rajchandra2006@gmail.com.  Updates will be posted to the Class Websites as they are provided.

 

BEAT SAN JOSE STATE!

 

Sounds like a great get-together!  Thanks to Ray, Blues, and Phil for working this weekend event.  I can hardly wait to kick-off a new season!  Go Navy!

 Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA, Class of 1978

Jul 13, 2011 - Passing of Mark Bunting (30th Company)

Classmates,

It is my sad duty to report that we have lost one of our own.  Dave Buss told me last night that Mark Bunting (30th Company) passed on July 7.  Below is the announcement:

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Mark Fairman Bunting (1956 ~ 2011).  After a courageous battle with cancer, our loving husband and father passed away July 7, 2011. He was born in Bethesda, MD, to Curtis and Arva Bunting on August 23, 1956. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Class of 1978, his career as a Naval Flight Officer spanned twenty years, ten Active and ten in the Reserves. He served as a Naval Aviator in VA-176 (1981-84) and VA-34 (1987-89).

Upon retiring from the Navy, Commander Bunting began his second career as a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines. He married Patricia Ann Poulsen on August 20, 1994. Together they had three beautiful children who survive him, son, Koda Luke (age 10), daughters Kaila Fray (age 9) and Kylee Ann (age 4). In addition to his children, he leaves behind his wife of 17 years; a special son Fernando (Mary) Simao and daughter Corinne; mother-in-law Bobbie Poulsen; sister Sue (Nicolaos) Alexopoulos; nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 East Creek Rd., Sandy, on Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 Noon. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (www.blessedsacschool.org) The family wishes to thank all of the professionals involved in Mark's care for the last three years.
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Let’s keep Mark’s family in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.

Fair winds…

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jul 7, 2011 - GREAT DAY FOR '78! VADM Mark Ferguson, VADM Cecil Haney, and VADM Harry Harris

Hot News:

Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, the chief of naval personnel, was nominated to replace Greenert as VCNO, a position that comes with four stars. Ferguson is a 1978 Naval Academy graduate and a nuclear-trained surfare warfare officer. He has commanded destroyer Benfold and Destroyer Squadron 18.

• Vice Adm. Cecil Haney was tapped to take command of U.S. Pacific Command, relieving Adm. Robert Willard. If confirmed, Haney would be the second African-American naval officer to wear four stars. Haney, now the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, is a 1978 academy grad and submariner. He has commanded attack submarine Honolulu and Submarine Squadron 1.

• Vice Adm. Harry Harris, the 6th Fleet commander, was nominated for assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and was recommended for reappointment to vice admiral. Harris is a 1978 academy graduate and naval flight officer who was born in Yokosuka, Japan.

Jun 10, 2011 - Celebrating 125 Years

Today marks the founding of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association 125 years ago. On 10 June 1886, the first council members of the U. S. Naval Academy Graduates' Association (the original name) met under the leadership of Lieutenant Commander Charles Belknap, Class of 1867. Rear Admiral Edward Simpson, Class of 1846, served as the president by virtue of his being the senior living graduate. Admiral Simpson addressed the council which consisted of 12 officers on active duty at the Naval Academy. In his address , Admiral Simpson stated:

“The formation of an Association such as we now propose seems to be a natural consequence to the establishment and development of our institution of learning. We are but following a custom which obtains in the case of graduates of all colleges of distinction. The object is to promote kindly feeling and social intercourse among the members, and to foster the memories of the alma mater.”

Admiral Simpson's words are as meaningful today as they were 125 years ago. Although our structure and our support has transitioned over time to best meet the needs of the Academy and its alumni, the founding principles remain our inspiration today.

I'd like to mark this milestone with my heartfelt thanks to our many volunteer leaders including our active and engaged Alumni Association Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors led by chairmen Admiral Steve Abbot ’66, USN (Ret.), and Vice Admiral John R. Ryan '67, USN (Ret.); the class leadership for their inspired work throughout the year and in support of the Brigade of Midshipmen; and the chapter leadership who carry our mission and our purpose across the nation and the world.

From Steve Abbot: "Let me add my great appreciation and personal thanks to our volunteer leaders who serve and support our Alumni Association across the globe in chapters, classes and parents' clubs. Each of you make a significant difference in your respective communities, and I thank you for your dedication and willingness to lead and serve."

Thank you to all of you who embody the sentiment originally stated by Admiral Simpson. It is my great honor and pleasure to serve in support of the mission with you.

Byron Marchant '78
President and CEO

 

To find out more about the Alumni Association history, visit Shipmate archives online.

May 8, 2011 - News on Navy Football's 2012 Dublin game

Classmates:

 In 2012, Navy opens its football season in Dublin, Ireland, against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  This email will provide you with information for those interested in making the trip to the Emerald Isle to watch the game.  I will brief you on 3 options which you should carefully review, think about your options, and then decide which option is best for you.

Your options are:

1. Do-it-yourself.

2. Use Anthony Travel, the official Navy sponsored travel agency, or

3. Use the travel agency our classmate, Jock Maloney, has worked with to provide us with a unique, Class of ’78 only experience.

 

The details for each option are discussed below.

1. Do-it-yourself.  I know that some of you have already come together as company-mates or small groups of classmates and have started making your own arrangements.  For you all, Chet Gladchuk has told us that tickets WILL be available through NAAA soon.  No, I do not know what soon means, but recommend you contact NAAA periodically and ask. See you guys there…

2. Anthony Travel.  Here is the website for the official NAAA sponsored travel agency – www.emeraldisleclassic.com .  This link takes you to Anthony Travel’s offers for the game.  Make sure if you use this site that you are logged onto the Navy site and not the Notre Dame site.  Look up in the top, right corner of the web page and you should see a message that reads –

 “Welcome, Navy fan! Not your team? Click here.”

Tickets are provided as part of the package when you use Anthony’s travel.

3. Premier Travel Agency (Jock’s efforts).  Jock Maloney has put a lot of effort into providing us with an alternative that he estimates offers a 20-30% savings over similar options with Anthony Travel.  Jock has coordinated our Class requirements for this trip with Tom Ward of the Premier Travel Agency.  Tom has put together a web site specifically for our Class, www.usna78.com  where you can review three castle and self-drive options.  Please note that Clontarf Castle is 2 miles from Dublin; Fitzpatrick’s Castle is 8.7 miles from Dublin; and, Adare Manor Resort & Golf is in Co. Limerick, about 130 miles from Dublin.  Airfare and reservations are not available yet, and probably will not be until October 2011.  Tom Ward will coordinate airfare at preferred rates.  Also, as previously mentioned, game tickets are expected to be made available to alumni soon without going through Anthony Travel – getting tickets will be your responsibility.  Please remember that the “packages” listed on the web site can be expanded to meet your or your group of Classmates/Family/Friends requirements.  Example:  golf at a particular course; travel to/from Ireland before or after the “castle package” inclusive dates; tour of a specific location in Dublin or outside of Dublin etc.  Just complete the registration form to ensure Tom and Premier Travel has you booked, as bookings are on a first come, first serve basis. 

The attached spreadsheet below lists the 136 Classmates and spouses, family, and friends that have indicated a desire to participate in this game/trip with the Class.  If there are others please let Jock know and also contact Premier Travel to reserve you spot(s).

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Ward at (610) 285-1868 or ireland626@gmail.com or Jock at (609) 707-7258(cell) stephenmaloney@verizon.net .

I hope this is helpful to you all.

Finally, Jock, thanks.  We all appreciate your efforts.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

 

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LNAME

SPOUSE

TOTAL

    

Vince

Balderrama

Elizabeth

2

Ray

Baltera

1

2

Dom

Berenato

1

2

Van

Berry

 

1

Don

Beverlin

1

2

Glen

Beyer

Paula

2

Mark

Bolin

1

2

Walt

Brown

3

4

John

Casey

 

1

Dewey

Cotterell

Linda

2

Barney

Cramp

Cendra

2

Roy

Cranford

Julie

2

Bob

DeStafney

Roxie

2

Randy

Dickinson

1

2

Alex

Dimitrew

1

2

Chris

Dougherty

Ann

2

Kevin

Dougherty

Karen

2

Bill

Duggan

3

4

Bob

Engel

1

2

Jeff

Ewin

Kim

2

Faris

Farwall

Judi

2

Jim

Fiorelli

1

2

Scott

Godfrey

Nancy

2

Zulema

Gonzalez

Arela

2

Bill

Hession

Sherry

2

John

Kovalcik

Loren

2

Bill

Larimore

1

2

Jim

Lippard

1

2

Rick

Lowell

1

2

Fred

Lyon

Priscilla

2

Stephen

Maloney

Mary Jane

2

Guido

Manzo

Lora

2

Joe

Martin

1

2

Mike

McEntee

Kathy

3

Ron

McEntee

Marie

2

Doug

Meyer

1

2

Mike

Moore

Carol

2

Tim

Murphy

6

7

Elmer

Nelson

1

2

Terry

O'Brien

1

2

Steve

Painter

Lisa

2

Jim

Pointer

1

2

Kevin

Rawson

1

2

Tom

Rentz

Anne

2

Ben

Richter

 

1

Ken

Roey

1

2

John

Rudder

Maura

2

John

Rudzis

Cindy

2

Ralph

Scaffidi

Ann

2

Duane

Schoon

Kelly

2

Jim

Shulson

Vicki

2

Steve

Sutton

Carol

2

Shawn

Tallant

Joanne

2

Tom

Trudell

1

2

Don

Urquidez

Herlinda

2

Karla

Urquidez

 

1

Kevin

Walsh

5

6

Chip

Walston

Mrs

2

Aaron

Watts

1

2

Kevin

White

Maureen

2

Carmen

Wong

 

1

Lee

Yarberry

Lita

2

Karen

Yeager

2

3

May 6, 2011 - Class President Update

Classmates,

On April 27 & 28, the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association met in Annapolis.  Each member of the Board serves 3-year terms with the terms ending at the Spring BOT meeting.  At the end of this BOT meeting, I was added to the Board as the 70’s Decade Representative (I represent all the ‘70s decade Class Presidents).  What a nice surprise to also see Matt Elias (11th CO) joining the Board as the North Texas chapter Rep.  With our own Byron Marchant (26th CO) as the USNA Foundation and Alumni Association President/CEO and Dean Bruce Latta (25th CO) on the board, ’78 now has 4 representatives on the board.  Somehow I don’t think they will let us sit next to each other (something about cutting up in class). I look forward to working on the Board and helping us all keep the Academy moving forward to provide the best young Navy and Marine Corps officers to the Fleet and to provide the best possible services to our alumni.

As I get more involved in the issues the Board is dealing with, I will keep you updated. 

Here are a couple of footnotes if you have not already heard.

1.  The Supe said Herndon will go like normal this year, grease and all.

2.  The Brigade will continue to have only 30 companies for the foreseeable future.  There had been discussion to go back to 36 companies, but the reclaiming and division of space appears to be more challenging than first thought.  Anyway, seems they are functioning just fine with only 30 companies.

Have a great summer!

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978