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Monday, January 6, 2014
December 30, 2013 - Death of Admiral Kinnaird R. McKee, USN (Ret.), 48th Superintendent of the US Naval Academy

dmiral Kinnaird R. McKee passed away on December 30, 2013 in Annapolis, MD at the age of eighty four following an extended illness Admiral McKee, a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was known for his extraordinary submarine career, his leadership as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and as the man who took the helm of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power program after the retirement of AdmiralH.G. Rickover.

Admiral McKee was born on August 14, 1929 in Louisville, Kentucky. After being raised in Memphis, Chicago and Dallas. His family moved to Gulfport Mississippi where he attended the Gulf Coast Military Academy and first learned to sail. From GCMA, he was accepted to and entered the Naval Academy in 1947 with the class of 1951. Still an avid and competitive sailor, he was on the varsity sailing team.

After his graduation and Navy commissioning in 1951, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Marshal (DD-676) where he served during the Korean War. Following his duty on the Marshall he met and married Betty Ann Harris from Montgomery Alabama, and began his submarine career.

After serving on diesel-powered submarines Picuda (SS 382), Sea Cat (SS 399) and Marlin (SS T2), then-Lieutenant McKee took command of the experimental hydrogen peroxide-powered submarine SS X-1 as officer in charge. He subsequently was accepted into the 2nd nuclear power school class and later assigned to the commissioning crew of USS Skipjack (SSN 585), the first of a class of high-speed, highly maneuverable attack submarines. As Skipjack's engineer, he worked closely with the Royal Navy in the nuclear training of the Royal Navy's first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought.
Lieutenant Commander McKee followed this tour with assignments as Executive Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN-571) and USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609).

Commander McKee was later assigned to the Office of Naval Reactors working for Admiral Rickover. Upon completion of this assignment Commander McKee took command of the nuclear submarine USS Dace (SSN 607), earning for Dace a fleet-wide reputation for exceptional performance over the next 3 years..

With orders to the Navy Staff in Washington, then-Captain McKee founded
the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel and became its first Director, charged with providing the CNO with expert outside advice and a systematic method for setting future Navy policy and goals. While in this job, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.

RADM McKee was next assigned command of Submarine Group 8 and NATO's submarine forces in the Mediterranean, during a time when U.S. submarines maintained a critical role in monitoring Soviet Mediterranean Fleet operations in such crises as the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Cyprus Conflict of 1974.

RADM McKee then assumed command of the United States Naval Academy as the 48th Superintendent in 1975. As Superintendent, RADM McKee refined the diverse curriculum and provided leadership for successful entry and integration of the first women midshipmen at the Naval Academy. During his time in Annapolis, he was promoted to Vice Admiral.

VADM McKee assumed command of the Third Fleet in Hawaii followed by duty on the Navy Staff as the first Director of Naval Warfare, quickly followed by his reassignment as the Director of Naval Reactors following the retirement of Admiral Hyman Rickover. McKee was awarded his 4th star at this time and spent the next 7 years leading the Navy's program for development and maintenance of the nuclear power plants in all US Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. Design work for the SEAWOLF class of fast attack submarines was initiated and funded during his tour.

In 1988 ADM McKee completed his extraordinary 41 year naval career and retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he pursued his love of sailing, and boat model building. His post Navy career included serving on the board of directors of PECO and ENTERGY corporations and providing engineering and management consulting services to several major engineering firms.

Following the death of his first wife Betty Ann in 1997, ADM McKee met and married Patti Bailey Kirkpatrick in 1999. ADM and Mrs. McKee continued to live in Oxford and Easton on the eastern shore of Maryland until the summer of 2013, when they moved to Annapolis, MD.

Admiral McKee was honored in 2006 as a Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate. The Navy Submarine League also honored him in 2011 with the Distinguished Submariner Award.

ADM McKee is survived by his beloved wife Patti Bailey McKee, his son James H. McKee of Easton, MD, daughter Anne A. McKee of Burke, VA and Mercer Trapp of Augusta, GA, as well as Patti's children Patti Kirkpatrick of Phoenix, AZ, Mac Kirkpatrick of Glenmore, PA, Lynn Demast of Santa Barbara, CA and Andrew J. Kirkpatrick of San Jose, CA and 14 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 in the Main Chapel at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Admiral McKee's name may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation at 410-295-4115.

Friday, December 20, 2013
December 20, 2013 - Holiday Videos Links from Annapolis

Hi from Annapolis!

Just a quick but very special email with two wonderful holiday videos from the Superintendent, VADM Miller and from the Commandant, CAPT Byrne.


The links are below and please share with the members of your Chapter, Parent Club and your candidates and families.


Holiday Greeting from the Commandant:

Holiday Greeting from the Superintendent:


Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you for all that you do to support me, the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation along with the U.S. Naval Academy.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!


Elizabeth Beedenbender

Parent Programs Coordinator

USNA Alumni Association and Foundation

247 King George Street

Annapolis, MD 21402

410 295-4166

AA &FDN Crests


Saturday, December 14, 2013
December 13, 2013 - Flag Officer Announcements (Ferguson '78)
December 13, 2013
Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe/commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and commander, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. Ferguson is currently serving as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Navy Vice Adm. Michelle J. Howard has been nominated for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Howard is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
November 18, 2013 - Class Store and Navy Football Bowl Game


Here are as couple of quick items for you.

First, if you are still interested in buying Class Crest items from our Class store they will be available through 29 November. Here is the link:

After Saturday's victory over South Alabama, Navy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth (11:45 AM in Annapolis ) and will be televised nationally by ESPN. This will be Navy's 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.

Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.

Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible. 

You can go to or call 1-800-US4-NAVY to order your tickets. It is important that we buy tickets through Navy so the Academy gets the credit.

The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni. 

"We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association," said Navy’s Athletic Director, Chet Gladchuk. "It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can't make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”

Finally, I learned an interesting fact last week that I would like to share with you. The Navy Athletic Association funds 93% of all athletics at the Academy. Our Government provides what is needed to complete the physical mission, but our Athletic Department takes the Academy several levels higher. What does the Athletic Department provide? It supports 33 inter-collegiate sports – far more than most schools – providing a broad opportunity for our Mids to play college sports. They have also recruited top coaches for both men and women teams. Additionally, the Athletic Department provides support to all intramural and club sports teams. If you want to learn more, please check out

Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
September 24. 2013 - Hirono Discusses Rebalance to the Pacific with Top Military, Defense Leaders. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) News Release (Harris ’78)

24Sept13-Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met this week with top military and defense leaders and discussed critical military issues including the rebalance to the Pacific, the harmful effects of sequestration, investments in sustainable energy technology and efforts to prevent and prosecute sexual assaults in the military. Hirono met separately with Admiral Harry Harris, who will take over as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October, and Deborah Lee James, who will serve as Secretary of the Air Force if confirmed.

"I appreciated the opportunity to get to know Admiral Harris and Ms. James, two outstanding leaders who will play key roles in our national defense," Hirono said. "Admiral Harris will do an excellent job taking over for Admiral Haney as Commander of the Pacific Fleet and has a deep knowledge of our military's needs in the Pacific. Ms. James is an extremely knowledgeable and qualified candidate to serve as Secretary of the Air Force, and she would become only the second woman in history to fill that position. I wish her a quick confirmation."

Hirono was also able to share with Harris and James some of her experiences meeting with Asia-Pacific leaders during her national defense-focused congressional delegation to China, Japan and South Korea.

Admiral Harry Harris is the highest-ranking Japanese-American naval officer. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region and was assigned in 2011 as the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Deborah Lee James is President of the Technology and Engineering Sector at Science Applications International Corporation. Her professional experience includes a decade as a staff member on the House Armed Services Committee and serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Executives for National Security. James was nominated by President Obama in August and the Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on her nomination next week.

Headquartered at Oahu's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the U.S. Pacific Fleet plays a critical role in maintaining the security and economic interests of our nation and its allies in the Asia-Pacific Region. The fleet's command covers 100 million square miles and is supported by approximately 200 marine vessels, nearly 1,100 aircraft and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians.

The U.S. Air Force has a major presence in Hawaii, with more than 9,500 active duty, National Guard and Reserve and civilian personnel.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
October 16, 2013 - 2013 Homecoming Open House & Pitt Tailgate

2013 USNA Alumni Association
Home Football Tailgates and Open House!
Navy vs. Pittsburgh
October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Watch Navy Battle Pitt at Homecoming!  

  • This week our Guest Coach will be Mladen Stanicic, Interim Head Coach for Men's Waterpolo, who will be on hand to discuss the team.
  • Our tailgate is open to ALL Navy fans, and located inside­ Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, by the north endzone. The tailgate starts at 11:00 a.m., 2 hours before kickoff, and keeps going all the way through halftime.
  • The menu is South of the Border:  All Beef Taco Bar with Hard and Soft Shells, Guacamole, Grilled Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice with Tomato Filets, Honey Corn Bread, Chips and Salsa, Cinnamon Tortilla Chips and Apple Enchiladas with Cinnamon. Drinks include Assorted Sodas and Bottled Water. Beer, Wine and Margaritas will be served for those over 21.

Alumni Members: $35         Member children (5-12 years old): $25
Non-members: $40             Non-member children (5-12 years old): $30
$5 additional for walk-ins. Limited walk-ins available.

Click Here to sign up and for additional information about the Tailgates.
Refund Policy: Registration closes at 10 a.m. the Monday prior to the event. No refunds will be given after this time.


And if you're in town on Friday, stop by for our Open House! 

Homecoming Open House
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Alumni House, 247 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402 

The USNA Alumni Association invites all alumni, parents, friends and Naval Academy staff and faculty to stop by Alumni House (Ogle Hall) for  Homecoming. Tour historic Ogle Hall, enjoy refreshments, play yard games, and win cool raffle prizes!! The bar will be open in the Taproom and your first drink is FREE! Start Homecoming Weekend at your Alumni House!

Registration is free but please RSVP to let us know you are coming.

This year we are partnering with the Midshipmen Action Group (MAG) and their “Harvest for the Hungry” program. If you would like to help, we will be collecting canned goods (non-perishable, and no glass, please) at Alumni House between October 14 – November 3. Let’s make this a happy holiday time for everyone!

Go Navy! Beat Pitt!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
October 16 - 35th Reunion survey


Your Reunion Planning Committee would appreciate your feedback on our 35th Reunion. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey located at the link below. We welcome input from all, those that attended this year’s event and those that could not make it. We will use this information as we start planning the 40th in 2018. We will start contacting hotels and the Naval Academy Athletic Association soon to get our bids in for 2018. Thanks for your support.

Take the survey at this link:

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
October 16. 2013 - Honoring USNA Fallen


Below is an email from our Alumni Association Eastern Region Trustee, Jeff Webb '95, with important information about two events being held to honor our fallen shipmates.  If you are interested in supporting these events please follow the contacts in the email below.

Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978


Decade Council of Class Presidents,

I am writing to draw your attention to two weekends of events that will honor fallen shipmates.  I am asking for your help in forwarding this information to the Class Presidents of your respective decades.

The two weekends are Marine Corps Marathon weekend (Oct 25-27) and the Hawaii home game weekend (Nov 8-9).  The Alumni Association has created a webpage summarizing the two events, which you can find at

The point of the events is twofold.  First, to bring Alumni together to remember our fallen brothers and sisters and to publicly recognize them.  Second, we want to embrace their surviving family members and let them know that we remember their loved ones.

During Marine Corps Marathon weekend, a Memorial Dinner will be held at the Loews Annapolis hotel at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 25th.  This is Homecoming weekend.  Gen. John Allen, USMC (Ret.), Class of '76, will be the keynote speaker at this event.  The dinner is hosted by the Run To Honor organization, which is aided by the Alumni Association in the endeavor.  Approximately thirty family members of fallen shipmates will be in attendance.  Seats are filling up quickly!  The dinner is only $50 and people can register and fine more information at:

For the Hawaii home game weekend, family members of fallen shipmates will be attending a reception at Ogle Hall on Friday November 8th and be guests of the Alumni Association at the Association's tailgater on November 9th.  Over forty family members have already RSVPd.  You can contact Noreen Frenaye at the Alumni Association if there are any family members who you want to ensure receive an invitation (the database of these family members is very much a work in progress.)

Thank you in advance for spreading the word to your respective Class Presidents and please let me know if you have any questions.


Jeff Webb, Eastern Region Trustee

Phone: 267-918-9439

Monday, October 7, 2013
October 6, 2013 - USNA Alumni Mentoring Program


This is an update on the USNA Alumni Mentoring program of which many of you are aware.  The pilot program is still looking for Alumni mentors to join the pilot program.  There currently is only one Alumni from the DECADE of the 70s signed up as a mentor.  If you have the time, please consider joining this worthy program as I know '78 has lots of talent and experience that would benefit our alumni at large.

Here is a description of the program:

The USNA Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP)is proud to report that the pilot program is in full swing and is getting rave reviews.  It is run and paid for by the Class of ‘69 and is fully sanctioned by the Alumni Association as a way for Alumni to help Alumni through mentoring by graduates that have been there and done that.  This a totally free service and there are no annoying advertisements.

AMP’s goal: To revitalize the culture of Alumni helping Alumni. By sharing experience and wisdom and leveraging connections and relationships, we will inspire Alumni to set higher goals, achieve more, and have greater satisfaction, first in military service and then in their selected career for the purposes (1) that more Alumni achieve “the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government” and (2) to improve retention.

About AMP: The Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) is a system of connecting Alumni for a greater good. The foundation tool of AMP is the proven eMentoring on-line platform which Facebook-like features will be familiar to most and which will adeptly allow Protégés and Mentors to pair-off, conduct ongoing dialogue, and access other mentoring tools offered there. Protégés will obtain objective advice from neutral resources outside of their command structure - from other Alumni who “have been there and done that”. Of course, mentoring pairs may go off-line or meet face-to-face anytime. Protégés and volunteer Mentors may be from any and all USNA classes. At least initially, AMP will focus on providing mentoring (i) to Alumni approaching the end of their initial obligated service and facing the decision to stay in or get out. Mentors will receive standard training and work kits. AMP is an offering by Alumni for Alumni; AMP activities will be private and confidential.

The chance for Alumni to give back through mentoring is exciting and rewarding and the pilot is off to a strong start.  We have made over 100 successful matches so far and the population of mentors and protégés is growing steadily. 

We need your help to make this pilot a success so we can turn it into a full fledged program in another year.   We are still in need of more protégés, especially, as well as mentors

Please consider signing up as a mentor or protégé and/or advise your Alumni Classmates, friends, and children that they should register now  for this unique opportunity to enhance their development.  Just go to under “Support the Academy”, “Get involved, “Become a Mentor or Protégé” for more info and to sign up as a mentor, protégé or both.


Thanks for your consideration of this program.


Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Thursday, September 19, 2013
September 18. 2013 - Reunion Photos


Here is the link to all the photos our photographer took for our 35th reunion:

You can download any photo for free or you can choose a photo and order a professional print.  Enjoy!

We will soon send out a survey to collect data for our next reunion, so stay tuned.

Hope to see you at a tailgate soon.

Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Friday, September 20, 2013
September 15, 2013 - Reunion Wrap Up


Just back home from our 35th Reunion; It was great to see so many of you. For those of you that could not make it, we missed you, but we made up great stories about you. The stories get better every year!

First, a big “Atta-boy” to Brett Ayotte, our Reunion Coordinator who made it all come together and made it look easy. Thanks for all your hard work, Brett, and thanks to all of the Reunion Committee for their time and efforts: Vince Balderrama, Alex Callas, John Cooke, Chris Hassler, Joe Martin, Kevin McGhee, Mark Nault, Steve Petri, John Rudzis, Bob Schmermund, Shawn Talent, and Paul Weidorn. The Reunion was a huge success because of you guys (and a few of our wives…).

We will soon post on our website all the photos our photographer took during the reunion, as well as, a video of our memorial service. The photos will all be available for you to download at no cost, and you will be able to order professionally printed selections and have them sent directly to you for a charge. I will let you know when that is up and running.

As an order of business, I want to announce who our Class Officers will be for the next five years:

President: Glen Woods

VP: Sean Coffey

Treasurer: Kevin Liddy

Secretary: Vince Balderrama

Trustees-at-Large: Rusty Cone, Matt Elias, Joe Martin, Bob Novak, & Terry O’Brien

Rolling off the team this year is Chris Hassler. Thanks, Chris, for all your input and work these past five years as one of our Class Trustees. We all appreciate your service to the Class.

That’s all for now.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods,

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Alumni Association Needs Assistance for Homecoming Golf

Good afternoon,

As you may know, the 35th annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is quickly approaching. The golf tournament raises money for the USNA varsity golf teams. This year’s tournament will be held on 24-25 October 2013. Please note, Thursday’s day of play is sold out. We have 116 golfers each day.

We need your help!

Do you have a friend, family member, your class, your chapter, or perhaps yourself, that is connected to a business that could do one of the following:


  • Donate a raffle prize – gift certificate or item
  • Sponsor a tee and/or pin  [Several Classes and Chapters already sponsor a tee or pin]
  • Be a Signature Sponsor for Friday’s Championship day of play; we have a Signature Sponsor for Thursday


The above really gives us the ability to contribute more to the golf teams. I’ve attached a form for raffle prizes and/or sponsorship.


Below are the sponsorship fees:


  • Tee or Pin Sponsorship: $125; comes with a sign with 3 lines of print
  • Tee and Pin Sponsorship: $200
  • Putting Green Sponsor: $250
  • Driving Range/Ball Sponsor: $500
  • Signature Sponsor on Friday: $4,000 – includes signage, recognition online & Shipmate, and a foursome may participate in the tournament

*sponsors are able to provide one item, promotional item or a piece of literature, in the golfers’ gift bags (deadline for receiving this item is 18 October)


All of those interested in sponsorship or providing a raffle prize, please contact me as soon as possible. Deadline for receiving raffle prizes and/or sponsorship is 18 October. *please note, sponsorships received too close to the event may not receive some of the benefits such as recognition in Shipmate or the foursome with the Signature Sponsorship opportunity if the event sells out.


Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping this year’s tournament be even more successful than last year’s.


Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Noreen Frenaye
Asst Director, Alumni Special Programs
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation
(O) 410-295-4016
(M) 410-980-2754

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
June 16, 2013 - 35th Reunion Update


Watching the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion and thinking of playing the Queenstown course during our 35th Reunion. So far, 100 of us have registered for the Reunion, but hopefully many more of you will be able to join us in September. To register, go to our website,, and click on the “35th Reunion” tab on the menu bar. You will find the information you will need to sign up for all the events your Reunion Committee has worked hard to put together for us.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Graduation, 35 years ago...


On a hot, steamy day 35 years ago today we became Ensigns and Second Lieutenants and couldn’t wait to put Annapolis in the rearview mirror…and no, I didn’t hear a word President Carter said. Go ’78!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion in September. Go sign up now! You can find the dates, schedule, and how to sign up on our Class website

Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Friday, May 17, 2013
May 16, 2013 - Last Call for Mark Mooney



Sadly I must report that our Classmate, and my 13th Company-mate, Mark Mooney, passed away last week. Burial services will be held at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery on Point Loma in San Diego, Friday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. Following services a luncheon will follow at the Brigantine on Shelter Island at 11:30 a.m. If anyone plans to attend the luncheon please let Mark’s wife, Carolyn, know you will attend by emailing her at so she can keep the Brigantine informed of the count.

Please keep Carolyn in your thought and prayers.

With heavy heart…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

March 28, 2013 - USNA Alumni Association Director of Engagement Operations

Class and Chapter Presidents - At this week’s Council of Class Presidents’ meeting Dave Church ’67 handed out a Position Description for a billet at the Alumni Association we are looking to fill with a Naval Academy graduate.  We would like to ensure that our chapters are also aware of this position.

I am writing to ask your help in finding a superior candidate to fill this key leadership position within the Alumni Association.  We seek a Director of Engagement Services – a senior operational professional to add to our seasoned Engagement team.

This position will oversee and coordinate all Engagement Division Operations across the Alumni Association and collaborate with colleagues in the Alumni Association, Foundation, and the Naval Academy. This position will also serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

We are searching for an individual who can bring the best of operations and leadership expertise, strong interpersonal skills, keen business sense, and a commitment to the Naval Academy and its alumni community.  Obviously, we think Academy graduates would be ideally suited.

Information on the position can be found on our website under employment opportunities.  Interested candidates should send their résumés and cover letter to

Please share this email with your classmates and chapter members – particularly anyone you know who may be interested in joining our team.  This is a critical position for us.  Deadline to apply is April 12, 2013. 

Thank you for getting the word out.  And, most of all, we are deeply appreciative of your continued service to the Naval Academy alumni community.


Lawrence Heyworth III ‘70
Executive Vice President, Engagement
U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
(Office) 410-295-4070
(Mobile) 410-212-7543 

The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association – Serving the Alma Mater and its Alumni since 1886

March 15, 2013 - Joe Schmitz inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Joe Schmitz inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, US Naval Academy Class of 1978, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in ceremonies on April 20, 2013, at The Wyndham Hotel, Virginia Crossing in Glen Allen (Richmond) - see attached link.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame bestows their “Outstanding American” award on leaders who credit their involvement in the sport of wrestling as contributing to their character development and career success. Their book titled "Glory Beyond the Sport: Wrestling and the Military" includes profiles of Americans with a military connection who engaged in the sport of wrestling. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are included, as are Secretry of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Chief of Naval Operations James L. Holloway III, Commandant of the Marine Corps Charles C. Krulak, and Desert Storm hero Norman Schwartzkopf.

Schmitz wrestled all four years while at the Naval Academy plus two years while service as a Surface Warfare Officer, qualifying for the All Navy Camp in 1980. He resigned his commission as a Captain in the Navy Reserve Intelligence community in 2002 to accept a Senate-confirmed appointment as the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense, for which he was awarded the Defense medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2005.

March 13, 2013 - From the Supe - Operational Loss of Three Naval Academy Graduates

Naval Academy Family,


     It is my sad duty to report that on Monday morning, the Naval Academy lost three of our alumni in an aircraft accident in Eastern Washington:


·         LTJG Valerie Cappelaere Delaney; Naval Aviator; 26; from Ellicott City, MD.  USNA Class of ’09, Valerie was an Aerospace Engineering major who graduated with merit and was active in the women’s lacrosse program & Glee Club.

·         LTJG William Brown McIlvaine III; Class of ‘10, Naval Flight Officer; 24; from El Paso, TX.  USNA Class of ’10, William was a Chemistry major who graduated with merit and was active in the Glee Club, Pipes & Drums, and NAFAC.

·         LCDR Alan A. Patterson; Naval Flight Officer; 34; from Tullahoma, TN.  USNA Class of ’00, Alan was a History major.


      All three were crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington.  They were killed when the aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles west of Spokane while conducting a low-level navigation training flight.  A safety investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.


     This tragic loss brings to the forefront a reminder of our dangerous missions in both peace and war.  I’m proud to have called these young officers shipmates, and know you join me in offering your thoughts and prayers for their families and loved ones.  The Brigade of Midshipmen flag will be flown at half-mast in their honor following the return of the Brigade.



VADM Michael H. Miller, USN


March 10, 2013 - Passing of Mrs. Donald (Deke) Forbes


This note is to let you know Rosamond Marshal Forbes, wife to CAPT Donald K. (Deke) Forbes, USN (Ret), passed away on March 6, 2013, from complications of COPD. CAPT Deke Forbes was our Commandant from 1974-1976.


Funeral services are scheduled for May 6, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel with inurnment in the Naval Academy Columbarium and a reception in the Coppedge Dining Room of Alumni Hall following the funeral service and inurnment.  Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation (Athletics & Scholarship), 25 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.


Please keep Captain Forbes and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Fair winds...



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Feb 24, 2013 - Michael McCaffrey Hope Challenge 5K Race


Here is another opportunity for you runners out there.  Forgive my tardiness on this one, as it has been on my plate for some time and I am just now only getting to it. This one is for you guys in Boston and the New England area and is in honor of our 5th Company classmate, Michael McCaffrey.

I received a note from Patty McCaffrey, Mike’s wife, telling me about the Third Annual Michael McCaffrey Hope Challenge 5k, to be held March 9, 2013.  We lost Mike to cancer in April 2008, and Patty has established this non-profit 5K Road Race/Fun Run to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute benefiting the Claudia Adams Barr Program for Innovative Basic Cancer Research - 100% of all profits collected go directly to Dana Farber. Patty’s hope is to fund the researcher holding the test tube or slide that bears a life-saving breakthrough in the battle against all forms of cancer.

If you can run this 5K, please go to: and help this great cause. The race is in Shrewsbury, MA. Perhaps we could make this an annual ’78 effort.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Feb 24. 2013 - USS PORTER and VABeach Shamrock 8K


I have two important news items from the USS PORTER. First, anyone from the Class of ’78 that would like to run the Virginia Beach, Virginia, Shamrock 8K race on March 16 has been invited to join the Porter’s team. The PORTER has 115 Sailors and Family members signed up to run and they are making special green PORTER t-shirts for everyone to run in. On one sleeve of their shirt will be a dedication to GMC Mike Melton, one of our Chiefs lost on deployment and currently in a VA hospital battling cancer. The other sleeve will have "USNA '78" in honor of our Class support for PORTER over the years. Here are the details on the race and below will be specific instructions from PORTER’s Captain, CDR Dave Richardson, on how to join the PORTER team when you sign up.

WHAT: 8K Race as part of Shamrock Marathon Weekend (VABeach). 8K Race = 4.97 mi

WHEN: 0800, Saturday, 16 March 2013

WHERE: Race Start is at 31st St/Atlantic (Va Beach Boardwalk).

WHO: All PORTER Sailors not on duty, and open to all family and friends of PORTER! Goal of at least 78 runners on our team!

Here are directions on how to sign up if anyone is interested in running:

Once you have completed your registration, visit the following website to join the team 78 RUNS 8:

Once here, choose "JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM", then select "78 RUNS 8 (USS PORTER)."

PORTER will have a special area of the post-race tent roped off with a USS PORTER banner, where everyone will join up after the run. If anyone from '78 wishes to run, please correspond directly with CDR Richardson ( and he will make sure you get a t-shirt before March 16th. Also, please let Terry O’Brien ( ) and me know you will be running, and don’t forget to take pictures!!

Finally, please remember Chief Melton in your thoughts and prayer – he is one of our own. We all remember our first Chief that took us under his arm and taught us how to be better officers. Let’s pray for Chief Melton’s fast recovery.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Feb 20, 2013 - Passing of our James Kevin Foley


It is with heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of James Kevin “Fuzz” Foley. Below is the announcement of Fuzz’s passing.

Captain, USN (Ret.), 57, of Lakeridge, Virginia (formerly of Chicora, Pennsylvania) died February 15, 2013 unexpectedly at home. He was a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy as well as a 1985 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He served 27 years in theUnited States Navyand retired as a Captain. Fuzz joined Alion Science and Technology on January 25, 2010. He managed several important programs for Alion and the Navy, including CG(X) DDG51 and most recently IWS3.0, the Navy's Surface Weapons Systems Program Office.

Fuzz was an active member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of many committees. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, the late James T. and Mary C. Foley of Chicora, Pennsylvania.

Fuzz is survived by his wife, Lorrie; son, Kevin, and daughters, Erin Roche, Meghan, and Lauren of Northern Virginia.

The family will receive visitors Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd, Woodbridge, Virginia.

The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Road, Manassas, Virginia. The reception will be held immediately following in the Church Social Hall.

Contributions may be made in the form of Mass requests, donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Knights of Columbus Assembly Number 1443.

Please remember Fuzz’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, Class of 1978

Feb 17, 2013 - Nominations for Class Officers



This is a quick reminder that nominations for Class Officer positions are now being received by our Nominating and Election Committee. 

If you are interested in running for a class office or want to nominate someone else,  please contact our Nominating and Election Committee Chairman, John Rudder, All positions are up for election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Members-at-Large. Qualifications to serve as a class officer require a class member to be a graduate member of the Class and a life member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. The qualifications and duties of our Class Officers, as well as the procedures for nominating classmates and voting are outlined in our Class Charter which you can read on our website ( Nominations will remain open until April 15, 2013.


Speaking of the Class website, please check out the updates we are making.  You will find a new home page with a menu bar across the top.  Highlight a tab and drop down menus will lead you to various taps.  This new arrangement gives our webmaster more flexibility to add material as updates are available without having to contact our web services group.  One note; ignore the "login" button at the top right of the screen -  that is for our webmaster. We would appreciate any constructive feedback you have to offer.  Thanks. 

Fair winds...



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jan 30, 2013 - Class Elections

Class Elections

Nominations for Class Officers will open on February 15 and last for 60 days until April 15.

Every five years we hold Class Officer Elections in the months prior to our major 5-year reunion. The election will be for all positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Members-at-Large. Qualifications to serve as a class officer require a class member to be a graduate member of the Class and a life member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. The qualifications and duties of our Class Officers, as well as the procedures for nominating classmates and voting are outlined in our Class Charter which you can read on our website (

Our Nominating and Election Committee, chaired by John Rudder and his team of Bill Burke and Glen Ives, will receive the nominations and determine the eligibility of the nominees and their willingness to serve. Qualified members of the Class wishing to serve in an elected office should contact a member of the Nominating Committee to place their name in nomination. A member of the Class may also nominate another qualified member of the Class for any elected office. You can contact the John rudder at .

Ballots will be posted on our website my mid-July and voting will open on August 1. Voting will be open until August 31 and the results of the voting will be announced at the Class meeting during our Class Reunion in September.

Jan 27, 2013 - Sad news about Roxie DeStafney


With a very heavy heart I must pass the news of the passing of Bobby DeStafney's wife, Roxie, who was in a terrible traffic accident a week ago. Please remember Bubba and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bobby is still serving our nation as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the US Merchant Marine Academy and below is the announcement that their Superintendent, RADM Helis, released a few days ago.


It is with deepest regret that I pass the news that Roxie Royster DeStafney, beloved wife of Captain Bob DeStafney, United States Maritime Service, passed from this life and into the loving arms of her Almighty Father on January 26, 2013 after a week-long battle with the after effects of a traffic accident on Long Island.

Roxie is the mother of Kelly DeStafney, Mark DeStafney, and Zoey DeStafney Meneses.nbsp; Roxie and Captain DeStafney have been married since October 6, 1979. Roxie was a committed and loving life partner throughout Bob's thirty years as a United States Marine and his present service as Deputy Commandant at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Roxie is predeceased by her parents, Tom and Martha Royster, and her niece, Stephanie Royster.

The DeStafney family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the Merchant Marine Academy community, particularly the Regiment of Midshipmen, for the tremendous display of love and support during a very difficult period.Roxie's children are especially grateful for the opportunity to join the Regiment in the prayer vigil for their mother.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The DeStafney family requests that no flowers be sent, and encourages the continuation of prayers for the family.

James A. Helis, Ph.D.

Rear Admiral, United States Maritime Service


United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York 11024

Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jan 24, 2013 - Annual Arch Griffin Leadership Awards


The USS Porter (DDG-78) will be presenting the Class of 1978 Arch Griffin Leadership Awards on Monday, February 4 at 1030. The ceremony will be at Naval Station Norfolk, and Terry O'Brien will be the point of contact for those classmates who would like to attend. If you are interested in attending please send Terry an email at for planning purposes. As in past years, we will rendezvous at the Naval Base Theater at 1000. We can consolidate into a few cars and drive to NAVSTA for the ceremony. Attendees will be invited to lunch in the Porter Wardroom after the ceremony.

The Class of 1978 has been a sponsor for PORTER since the ship was commissioned. Through the efforts of many this sponsorship has evolved into the Class of 1978 Arch Griffin Leadership Awards which have been presented over the last decade. The award, named for our Class President Arch Griffin who was instrumental in setting up this program, is presented to Sailors (E3 below, E-4, E-5, E-6, Chief Petty Officer and Junior Officer) who are nominated by their peers for their leadership abilities and performance. The program has been embraced by every Commanding Officer and is a vital part of the Leadership Continuum for PORTER with the winners receiving Navy Achievement Medals.

This year's winners are:

E3 Below: CSSN Gerald Laborce

E4: DC3 Jacob St. Romain

E5: ET2 Adam Tieskotter

E6: ET1 Christopher Hatem

E7: FCC Douglas Hancock

Officer: ENS Jeff Steiner

Hope you can make time in your busy schedules to attend. Just let Terry know, and once again, a big "Atta-boy" to Terry for all his efforts in keeping these awards on course every year.

Fair winds,


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jan 24, 2013 - Class Officer Elections


Every five years we hold Class Officer Elections in the months prior to our major 5-year reunion. For this year's election there are some changes in our procedures I need to tell you about. In 2012 your Class Officers updated our Class Charter to create a Nominating and Election Committee.The Nominating and Election Committee consists of 3 classmates who are not candidates for Class office. This year's committee is chaired by John Rudder and he will be joined by Bill Burke and Glen Ives.

The election will be for all positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Members-at-Large. Qualifications to serve as a class officer require a class member to be a graduate member of the Class and a life member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. The qualifications and duties of our Class Officers, as well as the procedures for nominating classmates and voting are outlined in our Class Charter which you can read on our website ( .

Qualified members of the Class wishing to serve in an elected office shall contact a member of the Nominating Committee to place their name in nomination. A member of the Class may also nominate another qualified member of the Class for any elected office. The Committee will determine the eligibility of each candidate, and for those candidates nominated by another, determine if they are willing to serve.

We will post the committee members names and contact information on our class website by January 31. Nominations for Class Officers will open on February 15 and last for 60 days until April 15. The nominating committee will then determine the eligibility of the nominees and their willingness to serve.

Our plan is to post ballots on our website my mid-July and open voting on August 1. Voting will be open until August 31. The results of the voting will be announced at the Class meeting during our Class Reunion in September.

If you are interested in running for a Class Officer position or if you want to nominate someone, please contact our nominating committee and submit your name. I will send you reminders as the process unfolds and we will get the word out in Shipmate as well.

Fair winds


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Jan 15, 2013 - FirstEnergy Announces Leadership Changes in Generation Group (Von Ahn '78)

15Jan13-ENP Newswire - 07 January 2013

Release date- 03012013 - AKRON, Ohio - FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today
announced that Fred von Ahn, formerly vice president, North Fleet Operations,
for its FirstEnergy Generation Corp. subsidiary, has been promoted, effective
January 1, 2013, to vice president, Central Fleet Operations.

Von Ahn succeeds Frank Lubich, who has elected to retire after more than 35
years with the company.

Joining the company in 1998, von Ahn was a lead engineer at the Perry Nuclear
Power Plant, in Perry, Ohio, before being promoted to director, Nuclear
Engineering, at the company's Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in
Shippingport, Pa. In 2003, he was named vice president of Oversight, FirstEnergy
Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) prior to being promoted to director, Site
Operations, at Perry.

In 2006, he was named director, Fleet Operations Support, FENOC, and the
following year von Ahn became director, Fossil Operations Support. In 2009, he
was named director, Bruce Mansfield Plant, in Shippingport, Pa., and was
promoted to vice president, North Fleet Operations, in 2011. He is a graduate of
the U.S. Naval Academy.

'Fred has been a vital member of our management team for many years and has
helped us manage a variety of challenges, particularly in how we operate our
fleet in accordance with new U. S. Environmental Protection Agency rules,' said
FirstEnergy Generation President James H. Lash. 'With his experience on both the
fossil and nuclear side of our business, Fred will continue the strong
leadership we have had over the years at our Central Fleet Operations, which
includes some of our most valuable generating assets.'

Lubich joined the company in 1977 as an associate engineer at the R.E. Burger
Plant in Shadyside, Ohio. In 1985, he moved to the W.H. Sammis Plant as
operations supervisor and ultimately was named plant director, then plant vice

In 2008, Lubich was named vice president, Fossil Operations and to his current
position in 2011. He has been on a temporary assignment in the Fuels group at
FirstEnergy Solutions to help further integrate plant operations with the
company's fuel and dispatching strategy.

'We'll miss Frank's leadership, knowledge and experience,' said Lash. 'He is a
true professional and knows the fossil generation business as well as anyone.
Frank is well respected by his peers and employees at the plants, and when faced
with challenges he always responded with strong leadership and a dedication to
safe, reliable plant operations.'

FirstEnergy Generation's Central Fleet includes the W.H. Sammis Plant in
Stratton, Ohio, the Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport, Pa., and Pleasants
Power Station in Belmont, W. Va. The North Fleet is comprised mostly of plants
FirstEnergy is in the process of deactivating due to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rules.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and
operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the
nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from
a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.