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Dec 20, 2012 - Final Bowl Challenge Update

Classmates,

I received an email this morning too important to wait to get out the word. Class of ’78 once again leads the charge for donating tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Thanks to all of you who have participated. I donated 10 but I think there is a special classmate that has put us in a commanding lead – special thanks to you. Season ticket holders, please read the note below from the Athletic Office carefully. Everyone that donates 10 tickets will get a 30% on next year’s season tickets. Beat ASU!

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Subject: Final Bowl Challenge Update

This email is being sent to all class presidents. Please forward to your classmates. We thank you for all of the donations to date and we are almost at the total needed – thank you all for your generosity and support. Remember, every ticket counts. This will be the final update; the challenge ends at kickoff unless the need is met prior. If you would like an update after this one, please let me know and I’d be happy to send it to you for your class.

As a reminder, the class that donates the most amount of tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2013 for every member that donates four or more tickets. Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2013 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

Top 4 classes:

Class Number of Tickets

1978 446

1971 185

1977 164

1964 161

Selected Other Classes:

1970 43

1971 185

1972 16

1973 48

1974 20

1975 49

1976 17

1977 164

1978 446

1979 36

1980 58

1981 18

1982 15

1983 15

1984 16

1985 1

1986 5

1987 2

1988 8

1989 5

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, Class of 1978

Dec 16, 2012 - 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Classmates,

The Arizona State Sun Devils will face the Navy Midshipmen in the third Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday, December 29 at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. [PST]/4:00 p.m. [EST] kickoff and will be shown to a national audience by ESPN2.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has asked me to pass to you that they need more donated tickets for servicemen and women requesting tickets to the bowl game. If you can help, please call 1-800-US4-Navy or online at http://bit.ly/ZbdEkQ. (Be sure to put your class year in the Special Handling box if you decide to donate)

Happy Holidays to all!

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Below is the tally by Class of how many tickets have been donated.

Top 3 classes:

Class Number of Tickets

1971 153

1964 132

1967 119

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1970 41

1971 153

1972 16

1973 34

1974 20

1975 33

1976 13

1977 64

197845

1979 32

1980 38

1981 10

1982 15

1983 15

1984 16

1985 1

1986 5

1987 0

1988 8

1989 3

Dec 9, 2012 - Academy News

Classmates,

In the last 2 months I have had the privilege to attend a Council of Class Presidents meeting and an Alumni Association Broad of Trustees meeting and I have some info I think you will find interesting.

Currently the Naval Academy is in the second year of teaching all Plebes an introductory course in Cyber Security and next year all Second Class will take an advanced course in Cyber Security.  The Academy is also working to create a Cyber Security major while planning to build a new Center for Cyber Security building which will be located behind Alumni Hall where the current “triangle” parking lot is located.  The Supe has gained support from the CNO to seek funding for the new building and the Navy now needs to gain authorization from Congress to begin the process.  The plan after authorization is to complete a study and then put out a Request for Proposal in FY16 and hopefully start construction in FY17-18.  Although the budgetary strategy for the building has not been finalized yet, it is likely to be completed through a public-private partnership.  This project will also include building a new parking garage across the street from Alumni Hall next to Worden Field.

The Center for Cyber Security will have secure spaces so that the courses can be taught in a classified environment.  Currently Second Class Mids have Secret clearances.  Additionally, the new building will have laboratory spaces to support the “project-based” engineering courses now being taught.  Many of these engineering projects are now being completed in the passageways in the basement of Nimitz and Rickover Halls.

On an athletic note, the Naval Academy now has 33 varsity sports; only 2 other Universities in the country have more and compared to other schools, USNA has an athletic graduation rate of 93%.  The Academy has an overall graduation rate of 88%.  Good to hear that the varsity offshore sailing team repeated this year as National Champions, and all plebes still are sail certified during plebe summer.  Our Athletic Director has also been given responsibility for all intramural and club sports, as well as, conducting PRTs.  Also good to note that for this fall’s PRT, less than 1% failed.

Finally, Navy football.  What a win over Army!  Once again the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy is back home.  With Navy moving to the Big East in 2015, our schedule will become a bit more challenging.  The agreement allows Navy to schedule Notre Dame, Air Force and Army every year in addition to at least 6 Big East teams.  Additionally, all home games will be played on Saturdays – no Thursday or Friday nights although we could play away games on those days of the week.

That’s all folks.  Hope you all have very happy holidays.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Nov 29, 2012 - Our Classmate Buzz Fink

Classmates,

Last night I sent you note about Byron "Buzz" Fink (26th CO) losing his fight against cancer.  If you would like to send a note to his wife, Wendy, I have attached the address below:

Wendy Fink

869 Hillcrest Drive

Nokomis, FL 34275

 

Please keep Wendy in your thoughts and prayer.

 

Fair winds...

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Nov 28, 2012 - Our Classmate Byron "Buzz" Fink

Classmates,

Sadly I must report that our classmate Byron “Buzz” Fink (26th Company) passed away last week after losing his fight with cancer. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers…

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Nov 27, 2012 - 2012 Kraft Hunger Bowl

Classmates,

Below is information about Navy playing in the 2012 Kraft Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on 29 December.  If you are interested in attending, here is a link where you can buy tickets through the Naval Academy Athletic Association and/or donate tickets that will be given to Mids or to Sailors and Marines to attend the game:

http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=BOWL&linkID=navy&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=&format=grpMenu

Also, please be aware that NAAA is offering a 30% discount on next year’s (2013) season tickets to members of the class that donates the most tickets – this discount will be offered to each individual that donated four or more tickets. Additionally, any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2013 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

Finally, you can find additional information about the game at: www.usna.com/bowl

Beat Army!

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Nov 11, 2012 - In the Shadow of Greatness

Classmates,

I have something important to share with you; something I hope you will consider important enough to take action.  The Class of 2002 is the first class since the Vietnam War that has graduated knowing they were going  into harm’s way.  For the past decade they have proven themselves on the battlefield and at stations around the world.  Now, a small group of 2002 graduates have written a book that collects some of their classmates’ stories.  This book, In the Shadow of Greatness : Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War, is a Los Angeles Times Best Seller and is on ADM Greenert’s CNO reading list for 2013.  All profits from sales of these books go to support veteran organizations.  The goal now is to make this book a “National Best Seller” so that it will be in every library across this country, there hopefully to inspire young people to serve in the Navy and Marine Corps for years to come.

So how do we make it a National Best Seller?  One way a book becomes a national best seller is when its sales spike in a short period of time.  So, USNA 2002 is launching a national campaign for In the Shadow of Greatness called Veterans Week (12-18NOV) to honor the service of America’s vets. 

So, how can you help?  On Monday, 12 November, through Sunday, 18 November, learn about the book at the website (shadowofgreatness.com) and buy a copy.   Perhaps consider buying a few copies to give to your family, friends, or co-workers (great Christmas presents!).   Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes all should have copies.  Also, consider asking your friends, colleagues, and family members to do the same.  Finally, attend and bring friends to one of 40+ events throughout the country; Co-editors and co-authors are speaking in Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Washington, San Diego, Los Angeles, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, and many other cities. All events are public and listed here:  http://shadowofgreatness.com/book-tour/  .

Although I remain sensitive to not using this medium for marketing, I know the President of 2002, LCDR Josh Welle, who is the originator of the idea to create this book and one of its authors/editors, and I believe this book is worthy of our class’ help.  Buying a copy, or several copies, of In the Shadow of Greatness is a small way we all can be a part of our community of alumni who care about spreading the word across our country about Navy and Marine Corps service and USNA’s role in building young leaders.  Remember, please buy your copies starting tomorrow through next Sunday, 18 November.  Thank you for your consideration.

Fair winds…

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Nov 9, 2012 - Marine Corps Birthday/ Veterans Day

 

Classmates,

This weekend marks two important dates we should all remember and celebrate. Tomorrow, November 10, we celebrate the 237th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. As a note of history, on November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress decreed: “That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.” Please take a moment and remember all those who have served and are on watch today who proudly wear the
Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

Also, Sunday is Veterans Day which is always remembered on November 11 each year. As background, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. So, to all you veterans, thank you for your service. Please take a moment the next time you see someone wearing their unit ball cap or a service man or woman in uniform and thank them for their service, too. 

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Aug 31, 2012 - Dennis Koehl ['78] Named CEO and CNO of South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company

31Aug12-Dennis Koehl, currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of
Xcel Energy, has been selected to be the Chief Executive Officer and Chief
Nuclear Officer of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company. He will
assume this position on October 15, 2012.

Dennis Koehl will become Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer of
South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company on October 15, 2012.

"Dennis Koehl is one of the top Chief Nuclear Officers in the nation and brings
the in-depth experience and leadership skills we wanted in a person taking the
helm of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company," said John Ragan,
President of NRG Energy's Gulf Coast Region. "His hands-on leadership style has
led to success at Xcel and in every position he has held. The tremendous work he
has done shaping and leading best practices in nuclear operations in America
make him ideally suited to maintain and improve on the solid record of
performance at South Texas Project 1 and 2."

In his current position, Koehl is responsible for activities at Xcel Energy's
three nuclear units at Prairie Island and Monticello. He is the Chairman of the
Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee, Vice
Chairman of the Board of Utilities Services Alliance (USA) and serves on the
12-member U.S. Fukushima Response Steering Committee, the Executive Committee of
the Electric Power Research Institute's Nuclear Power Council and the board of
directors for the Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council.

"I am fortunate to have been offered an opportunity at the South Texas Project
Nuclear Operating Company to work with such a strong team; the accomplishments,
significant talent and potential of the team is commendable," said Koehl. "I
look forward to working with the team to deliver the future that the staff,
community, and owners envision for the South Texas Project."

Koehl has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including
positions of increasing responsibility at Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah
and Watts Bar nuclear plants. He has a diverse background in operations,
assessment, engineering and plant performance. He earned his Bachelor of Science
degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
and served as an officer aboard the nuclear-powered submarine U.S.S. Patrick
Henry.

"As Dennis moves into this position, we want to thank Kevin Richards and David
Rencurrel for their hard work in bringing the plant out of a major outage and
operating at peak efficiency during the summer to ensure Texas had the power it
needed," said Richard Pena, Senior Vice President of Energy Development for CPS
Energy. "We value their outstanding leadership and commitment over the last six
months as we have gone through this selection process and look forward to their
counsel and support going forward."

"The South Texas Project has been a consistent high-volume, low cost electricity
provider and has routinely been among industry leaders for the last decade,"
said Cheryl Mele, Chief Operating Officer for Austin Energy. "They have earned
an excellent reputation and have been trailblazers in such diverse areas as
Fukushima response, risk management and outage management. We are confident
Dennis will lead the team at the South Texas Project to continued innovation and
excellence."

The South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company, owned by Austin Energy (16%),
CPS Energy (40%), and NRG Energy (44%), operates two pressurized water reactors
at the South Texas Project in Matagorda County, Texas. These units produce 2,700
megawatts of carbon-free energy, representing 7.5% of power generation in Texas
and powering more than two million homes throughout the State.

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A
Fortune 500 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy
choices for our customers: whether as one of the largest solar power developers
in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric vehicle
charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions
to better manage their energy use. Our diverse power generating facilities can
support more than 20 million homes and our retail electricity providers -
Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus - serve more than two
million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com .

About CPS Energy

CPS Energy is the nation's largest municipally owned natural gas and electric
utility, providing service to approximately 728,000 electric and 328,000 natural
gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area. The utility offers the lowest
rates among the top 10 largest U.S. cities, while ranking number 1 in
wind-energy capacity among municipally owned utilities and number 1 in Texas for
solar generation. More information is available at www.cpsenergy.com .

About Austin Energy

Austin Energy is the nation's 8th largest community-owned electric utility,
serving about 420,000 customers and a population of almost 1 million. Austin
Energy's generation portfolio includes a diverse mix of nuclear, coal, natural
gas and renewable energy sources. Austin Energy led the country in sales of
renewable energy by a utility-sponsored program from 2002-2010. Austin Energy
Green Building was the first green building program established in the country
and Austin Energy completed the nation's first conservation power plant by
offsetting 700 megawatts through energy-efficiency savings. More information is
available at www.austinenergy.com .

Aug 28, 2012 - 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees (Winns '78)

Anthony L. Winns

Vice President, International Maritime Programs Corporate International Business
Development Lockheed Martin Corporation

2007 Black Engineer of the Year Career Achievement in Government Award

Retired Vice Admiral Anthony Winns is a former naval inspector general. Now a
defense industry consultant with Lockheed Martin, he retired in 201 1 after 32
years of naval service. Throughout his military career, he held a range of
positions including director/vice director for operations of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. Between 2003 and 2005, he served as deputy director of the Air Warfare
Division for the Chief of Naval Operations. He was also commanding officer of
the Pacific Patrol/ Reconnaissance Task Force, and the USS Essex, an amphibious
assault carrier, and for a naval aircraft squadron. Winns is a graduate of the
United States Naval Academy and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University. He earned a master's degree in financial management from the Naval
Post Graduate School.

Aug 26, 2012 - Navy/Notre Dame Football

Classmates,

 

Here is a quick note for those headed across the pond this week for the Navy/Notre Dame football game. Some folks have asked that I put out the word where folks might be staying.  This is what I know:

 

Hessions, Kwongs, Oliver, Rakels, Lebouvier and Bookmiller are going.  All but Bookmiller are staying at the Westin in Dublin.  Friday night this group is going to the Abbey Tavern in Howth.

 

Mike Moore, Rick Lowell, Rob Engel, O’Brien, and the Yeagers are staying at the Clontarf.  Most of this group are attending the Navy Gala on Friday night.  Costello, Rochan, and Roey are also staying at the Clontarf, but not until Saturday night.  Prior to that most of this group is staying at the Royal Marine.

Jim Fiorelli is staying at the Conrad Hilton, and Tim Golden is staying at the Jury’s Inn.  John & Donna O’Neil and maybe the Fallons are staying at the Wicklow Powercourt or the Shelbourne.  Ray Bracy is going, as is John Gardiner, and Bob Schmermund, but I do not know where they are staying.

Classmates staying at the Deer Park in Howth include: Maloney, Dougherty, Baltera, Berenato, and Bookmiller.

For Friday night activities, looks like some will go to the Navy Gala and others will be going to the Abbey Tavern. 

 

Have fun and beat Notre Dame!

 

Fair Winds...

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Aug 22, 2012 - Lead the Way

Classmates,

I have an important item I want to share with you for your consideration.  It is about supporting the “Lead the Way” foundation, an organization that supports our Army Ranger brothers and their families… now wait a minute and hear me out.  I have not turned to the “black knight” side, but there is a connection to our Class.  Classmate Phil Brennan (26th Company) has a son at West Point (ok, stop throwing stones; that’s a different story you have to take up with Phil!) and his young West Pointer, Pat Brennan, is trying to raise money to support this foundation. There is an important story as to why he wants to raise this money.  Please hang with me.  Here is the story in Cadet Pat Brennan’s own words:

Friends and Family,

             I wanted to share a story with you about a remarkable young man, Jimmy Regan, who was taken from this world too soon. Jimmy was an outstanding lacrosse player from Long Island, who went on to play at Duke University. Upon graduation he had many options including a scholarship to law school and a job offer on Wall Street. Most people would have taken this route but Jimmy knew he had a higher calling.

             Jimmy turned down the safety and stability of jobs at home to enlist in the United States Army. He chose to leave his friends, fiancé and family to serve his country as an Army Ranger. During his two tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq Jimmy earned a purple heart and Bronze Star. During his last tour in Iraq Jimmy past away from wounds suffered from an IED explosion; he was only 26.

            This story hits close to home for me and the Army Lacrosse family as our current head coach used to coach Jimmy during his tenure as the Duke assistant coach. He speaks incredibly highly of Jimmy and the Regan family. Every year, our team goes down to New York City for the Jimmy Regan Run to raise money for the Lead the Way foundation. This is incredibly important to me as I see Jimmy as a hero and a role model. The Lead the Way Fund is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured, or are currently serving.  I am writing to you with the hope that this story touches you as it has touched me and my teammates. I have talked with Mr. Regan who is Jimmy’s father and the CEO of the Lead the Way Foundation. I explained to him that I would like to create a team and play in Jimmy’s honor and raise money for the foundation.

             Jimmy Regan was an extraordinary man, and I want to help raise money in his memory. This summer I have put together a lacrosse team to compete at Lake Placid; our team will be wearing uniforms raising awareness of the Lead the Way Fund. My team has already started generating a small amount of donations but we need help.  I am reaching out to all my friends in family for their support; any amount will be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to present Jimmy’s father with the donation of $30,000.00 at the end of the tournament. I have attached a link to the end of this letter which offers an explanation of the Jimmy Regan Run in NYC and shows my involvement with the foundation.

So, you see, this is a good cause led by an honorable young man. BTW, Cadet Brennan and his lacrosse team did not reach his goal this summer at Lake Placid, but he is continuing to press on. If you are inclined to make a donation for a good cause, go to the link below.  I made my contribution today. 

 http://7bC.r.mailjet.com/Y2H5yg0r/1gnoBY/8RDj9h/www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ScunionNation/i-support-lead-the-way

 At the link above you will find Cadet Brennan’s letter and afterwards (scroll down) you will find a hot button to click to make a donation.

If you want to know more about the Lead the Way Foundation, go here:

 http://www.leadthewayfund.org/

Forgive me for using this medium to make a solicitation, but I thought this was something many of you would like to know about.  As full disclosure, my son-in-law (USMA 2009) is an Army Ranger preparing to head down range.  Pray for him and all our men and women standing the watch.

Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jul 24, 2012 - USNA Alumni Mentoring Program

Classmates, 

 

The Class of ’69 has created a pilot program called the Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP).  This program provides an additional resource to our fellow active duty alumni to discuss career decisions with a mentor, both for continuing on active duty or exploring opportunities in the civilian world.   If the pilot is successful (and I think it will be), the Class of ’69 will endow the project and provide funds to run the software and hire an Alumni Association resource to oversee the new program. 

 

The Class of ’69 has asked me to reach to ‘78ers and ask you to consider joining the program and giving some of your time to mentor fellow alumni.  If this is something you might consider, please read the message below which gives instructions on how to participate and where to go to learn more about the program. 

Thanks for your consideration.

 

All the best,

Glen

 

p.s.  Please let me know if you sign up and feel free to pass on to other you think would be interested.

 

From: Noreen Frenaye [mailto:noreen.Frenaye@usna.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:28 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USNA Alumni Mentoring Program

 

This email is being sent to all class presidents on behalf of The Class of 1969.

 

Dear Class President, 

We need your help to sign up Mentors for the AMP Pilot.  The process to enroll as a Mentor is simple -- log onto the USNA website, click “Support the Academy,” click “Get Involved,” and then on the left side of the page click “Become a Mentor.”   Then view the brief Mentor introduction video on the AA site and jump over to the Mentoring site to fill in your personal profile data and the process is complete.  The next step will come when Protégés are soon registered in the system and Protégé matches with prospective Mentors will begin to occur. Every prospective Mentor will have the opportunity to review the profile of the prospective Protégé and make the decision whether or not to connect and to form the match with that prospective Protégé.  No mandatory “take it or leave it” scenarios under any circumstance.  If either party ever feels the match is not working, then it can be terminated without any retribution and at any time by either Mentor or Protégé.  It is all voluntary.

The greater the diversity of Mentors in terms of Class years, experience, and backgrounds, the greater the value the AMP Pilot will have for Protégés.  The better our Pilot Mentor/Protégé matches are now, the better our eventual go/no go decisions concerning a long term AMP will be.  So, I’m asking here if each of you can help us to increase the number of Mentors from your own Class just to around 5-10 total?  We have volunteer Mentors from older Classes but we need them from your Classes, too.  Can you help us help other Alumni?  We believe the rewards will be great for each Mentor volunteer in terms of assisting with the fulfillment of the Academy’s mission of assuming “the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.”  AMP will provide all Alumni with the resources of each other to help us to continue to serve -- whether defending our nation, reviving our economy in the business sector, representing our nation in public office, or leading a not-for-profit.  Thank you for all you do.

With all of my best wishes always,

Non Sibi

Steve Comiskey ‘69

 

 

Noreen Frenaye

Asst Director, Alumni Special Programs
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation
Office: 410-295-4016
Website: www.usna.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/usnaalumni

Jun 23, 2012 - Navy Cruise Books Online

For those of you who never bought a cruise book.  Pretty extensive collection here.

 

     http://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/index.html

Jun 12, 2012 - NRC Announces Senior Management Appointments for Michael Johnson ['78] , Glenn Tracy

12Jun12-WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following
press release:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced the appointment of Michael
Johnson as deputy executive director for Reactor and Preparedness Programs and
Glenn Tracy as director of the Office of New Reactors (NRO).

Johnson is responsible for overall management of the offices of Nuclear Reactor
Regulation (NRR), NRO, Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) and NRC's
four Regional Offices. Prior to assuming his current role on May 14, Johnson had
been director of NRO since 2008.

Johnson joined the NRC in 1986 as a Reactor Operations Engineer in the former
Office of Inspection and Enforcement. From 1987 to 1989, he served as a Regional
Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations. From 1989 to
2005 he served in a number of progressively more responsible positions in NRR,
the last as deputy director, Division of Systems Safety and Analysis. From 2005
to 2006, he held the position of director, Office of Enforcement. From 2006 to
2008 Johnson served as deputy director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.

Johnson is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development
Program. He received a bachelor's degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S.
Naval Academy.

As director of NRO, Tracy's primary responsibilities and program areas include
siting, licensing and oversight for new commercial nuclear power reactors. He
was most recently the NRC's deputy chief human capital officer.

Tracy joined the NRC in 1989 and has held positions of increasing
responsibility, including roles as a reactor engineer, senior resident
inspector, and manager of key agency programs. His assignments have included the
NRC's Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa., NRR, NRO, the Office of the
Executive Director for Operations and the office of former NRC Chairman Richard
A. Meserve. After Sept. 11, 2001, he was assigned as the director, Division of
Nuclear Security in NSIR. Upon the establishment of NRO in 2006, he was
appointed as the director, Division of Construction Inspection and Operational
Programs.

Jun 12, 2012 - President Carter''s June 7, 1978 speech

Classmates,

 

Thanks to Mike Patton we now have posted on our Class website President Carter's June 7, 1978, speech at our graduation and commissioning. Since I know none of us heard it back then , I thought it might be interesting to read it today!  It is actually an interesting read about what was going on in the world that most of us ignored. Check it out under the "News" tab at www.usna1978.org.  Here is to putting Mother "B" in the rear view mirror!

 

Fair winds...

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jun 7, 2012 - Happy 34th!

Classmates,

 Happy 34th! By this time 34 years ago I am betting most of us had finally put Mother B in the rearview mirror. Now, I look forward to returning as I never know which of you I will run into…

 …and now that we are approaching number 35, I want to remind all that our 35th Reunion is scheduled for the weekend of 13-15 September 2013. Navy plays Delaware on Saturday, 14 September, and we have already reserved the stadium banquet rooms for our tailgate. Based on positive feedback, we have also initiated discussions with the Loews as our base ops. As planning picks up speed, we will provide you with additional info on weekend activities and alternative hotel choices.

 
Start planning and saving for the 35th now. Let’s max out attendance, so if your company-mate has been a slacker, call him up and encourage him to join the party. Our sea stories get better every year!

 

Fair winds…

 

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

 

p.s. BTW, check out the Naval Academy Alumni website at www.usna.com

May 8, 2012 - Ceremony set for USS North Dakota nuclear sub (Fowler '78)

8May12-A delegation from North Dakota is traveling to Rhode Island this week for the
keel-laying ceremony for the nuclear submarine being named for the state.

The ceremony for the USS North Dakota under construction is set for Friday. The
Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/Jwz2bI) that ship sponsor Katie Fowler
will sign her initials on a section of the ship's hull and a welder will weld
the initials. Fowler's husband is retired Navy Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler, a Bismarck
native who is a former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

USS North Dakota Committee Chairman Bob Wefald will lead the state delegation to
the keel-laying ceremony.

The $2.6 billion submarine is to be commissioned in 2014. Wefald says it will
have a service life expectancy of 33 years.

Apr 16, 2012 - 4 tapped for 3-star assignments - VADM Mark Fox and VADM David Buss

4 tapped for 3-star assignments

 

Staff report

Posted : Monday Apr 16, 2012 15:21:02 EDT

 

President Obama has nominated four Navy officers for three-star assignments, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in a Monday news release:

 

. Vice Adm. David Buss has been nominated for reappointment to vice admiral and for assignment as commander, Naval Air Forces/commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, San Diego. Buss is deputy commander, Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.

 

. Vice Adm. Mark Fox has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon. Fox is commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and commander, 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain.

 

. Rear Adm. Michelle Howard has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy commander, Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk. Howard is chief of staff, J5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 

. Vice Adm. Allen Myers has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources, N8, OPNAV. Myers is commander, Naval Air Forces/commander, Naval Air Force Pacific, San Diego.

Apr 16, 2012 - Flag Officer Announcements

 

            Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations: 

            Navy Vice Adm. David H. Buss for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Air Forces/commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, Calif.  Buss is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. 

Vice Admiral David H. Buss

Deputy, U.S. Fleet Forces Command


Vice Adm. Buss, a native of Lancaster, Pa., graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1978. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1979 and completed initial training in the venerable A-6 Intruder later that year.

Buss’ flying assignments at sea include Attack Squadron 65 embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the early 1980s and Attack Squadron 36 embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during Operation Desert Storm. He commanded Attack Squadron 34, The Blue Blasters, embarked in USSGeorge Washington (CVN 73) while conducting operations in Bosnia and Iraq. The Blasters were one of the Navy’s last A-6 squadrons. Buss also served at sea as flag lieutenant for Commander, Carrier Group 8 embarked in USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Following Nuclear Power training, Buss served at sea as executive officer in Nimitz. He commanded USS Sacramento (AOE 1) during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Buss commanded USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from 2003 through 2006, deploying to the Western Pacific in support of 7th Fleet operations.

Buss’ shore assignments include tours as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor with Attack Squadron 42 and as the readiness officer with Medium Attack Wing One. He completed his initial joint duty assignment at the Joint Warfighting Center, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Buss also served as assistant chief of staff, Readiness/Requirements (N8) for commander, Naval Air Forces, in San Diego, Calif.

As a flag officer, Buss served on the OPNAV staff as well as serving for 14 months in Baghdad as director, Strategy/Plans/Assessments (J-5) for Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno.

Buss commanded Carrier Strike Group 12/Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, returning Enterprise (CVN 65) and group to the fleet following more than two years in maintenance, and he recently served as Director, Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X) for CNO.

Buss’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit (5 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross (with Combat V), Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal (5 individual, 4 strike/flight awards). He was the recipient of the 1991 East Coast Naval Flight Officer of the Year and 1991 Intruder of Year awards.

 

                        Navy Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Fox is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command and commander, Fifth Fleet, Manama, Bahrain. 

Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command


A native of Abilene, Texas, Vice Admiral Fox was commissioned in June 1978 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and was designated a naval aviator in March 1980.

Since 1990, Fox has spent the majority of his operational career deploying to and operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Naval Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces is Fox’s fourth command tour in the region; he previously commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 81 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64), and Carrier Strike Group 10 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Additionally, he served as Communications Division chief and spokesman for the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad from 2006-07, where he worked extensively with coalition partners. 

Other command and executive leadership assignments include service as commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, NV; deputy assistant to the president and director, White House Military Office (WHMO), responsible for overseeing all military support to the president; commodore of the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Lemoore, Calif.; and service as the first commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 122, the Navy's first FA-18E/F Super Hornet squadron, in Lemoore, Calif.

Shore tours include duty as the deputy director of WHMO; service as the Aviation Programs Liaison officer in the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C.; joint duty as the Maritime Plans officer at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium; aide and flag lieutenant for commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the assistant chief of naval operations (Air Warfare - OP-05); a tour as the Light Attack/Strike Fighter Junior Officer detailer in the Naval Military Personnel Command and as an A-7E Corsair II instructor pilot in Attack Squadron 174.

Fox has flown over 100 combat sorties, logged over 4,900 flight hours and 1,347 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers. Military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat 'V'. He has completed executive education programs at the Naval War College, National Defense University, Harvard University, and UNC Chapel Hill.

Apr 14, 2012 - Navy Officer Nominations Dated January 2012 - VADM Kurt Tidd

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced today the following assignments:

Rear Adm. Philip S. Davidson will be assigned as deputy chief of staff for joint operations and fleet/joint training N3/N5/N7, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. Davidson is currently serving as senior military advisor to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. Elizabeth S. Niemyer will be assigned as deputy chief wounded, ill, and injured, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bethesda, Md. Niemyer is currently serving as director of the nurse corps/deputy chief of staff for installations and logistics, M4, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bethesda, Md.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Douglas J. Venlet, who has been selected for the rank of rear admiral, will be assigned as director for international engagement, N52, OPNAV, Washington, D.C. Venlet is currently serving as defense attache Russia, Defense Intelligence Agency, Moscow, Russia.

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Navy Vice Adm. William R. Burke for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, N9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Burke is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, N4, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. Philip H. Cullom for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, N4, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Cullom is currently serving as director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, N45, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy commander, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. Martoglio is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

Navy Rear Adm. John W. Miller for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command/commander, Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. Miller is currently serving as special assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced today the following assignments:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael W. Hewitt will be assigned as deputy director, Special Programs Cross Functional Team, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Hewitt is currently serving as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Va.

Capt. Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as chief of staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C. McCormick-Boyle is currently serving as assistant deputy chief for medical operations, M3, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson will be assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Tyson was previously assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Va.

Apr 13, 2012 - Tidd tapped for 3rd star, Joint Staff position

By Mark D. Faram - Navy Times staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 13, 2012 16:23:27 EDT

Fourth Fleet commander Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd has been nominated for a third star and appointment as Director of Operations for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, the Defense Department announced Friday.  If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll replace Marine Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller.  Tidd has been at Mayport, Fla.-based 4th Fleet only eight months, taking over Aug. 11 after serving on the Joint Staff as the Vice Director of Operations. He will be replaced in May or June by Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, Director of the Navy Irregular Warfare Office, who will get a second star to take over at Fourth Fleet.


Tidd has commanded Carrier Strike Group 8 aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower during a combat deployment supporting coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. He also commanded Destroyer Squadron 50 and the destroyer Arthur W. Radford, and he was executive officer on the destroyer Leftwich. He received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.
 
Tidd is the brother of Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains. Both are the sons of retired Vice Adm. Emmett H Tidd, who led the Navy’s recruiting command during the transition to the all-volunteer force as a rear admiral and retired as a vice admiral commanding Navy Surface Forces, Pacific in 1976.

Jan 8, 2012 - News about the Naval Institute

Classmates,

 I am passing on an email from our classmate Chris Nichols (15th CO) concerning the Naval Institute that I believe will be of interest to most of you.

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Happy New Year ‘s Everyone,

            As you may or may not know, VADM Pete Daly, USN (ret) is the new CEO of the Naval Institute, publisher of, among many other things, Proceedings.  He has LOTS of energy.  I have spent more than a few hours with him and he has some great ideas about how the Institute can move forward. I've also spent a number of hours researching stuff at their library/archives at the Academy.  There is some great stuff there, like "here's how you can use this new thing called the submarine," by Lt. Chester Nimitz in 1902, plus a lot of stuff that is timeless in its relevancy.  CNO Greenert, Pete tells me, has put the word out...he wants naval officers, including his flag officers, to publish.  This is a sea change that is going to produce dividends, especially if you consider pending $500B (yes, that's BILLION) in defense cuts.  I talked to Bob Schmermund about this and we both agree...bumping up our contribution to the Naval Institute, which cannot afford an extensive fundraising outreach, is a good thing. I just gave $100 online and I would encourage all of you to both subscribe to Proceedings (become a member/renew your membership) and donate to the Institute.  We are going to need their independent voice. 

Forward this as you see fit to all our classmates.  All the best, Chris

P.S.  Here's their website...lots going on there worth supporting... http://www.usni.org/

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Fair winds…

Glen

 

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978