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Friday, December 19, 2014
December 16, 2014 - '78 leads all classes in donating tickets to the Poinsettia Bowl


‘78 is leading all USNA classes in donating tickets to the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl. Thanks to all that have donated! Our donated tickets will send deserving Midshipmen, veterans, or active duty service men or women to watch Navy beat San Diego State! Here are the top ten classes with donations (read paragraph below for 2015 football ticket discounts):

Top 10 USNA Classes (Donations Through 12/15/14)

1. 1978 - 516

2. 1964 - 295

3. 1971 - 258

4. 1967 - 204

5. 1977 - 158

6. 1976 - 131

7. 1955 - 111

8. 1965 - 93

9. 1968 - 90

10. 1960 - 83

 If you have donated, your donation is 100% tax deductible and the Naval Academy Athletic Association will send you a letter confirming your donation. Also, please note that anyone who donates at least 10 tickets will receive a 30% discount on their season tickets for the 2015 season. For the class competition, anyone who donates at least 4 tickets in the winning class will receive a 30% discount on their season tickets next year as well. If you have been on the fence, there is still time to join in here! (control+click on the link) Be sure to put your class in the Special Handling note box to get credit for participating in the class competition.

Happy Holiday everyone!

Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
December 15, 2014 - Class of 1978 Arch Griffin Memorial Leadership Awards for USS Porter (DDG 78)


The USNA Class of 1978 Arch Griffin Memorial Leadership awards are being awarded this week on board USS Porter (DDG 78) in Norfolk. We have given this award to deserving Sailors since the ship was commissioned and this ceremony will mark a milestone as it will be the last one held in CONUS.  Porter will soon change homeports and be permanently stationed in Rota, Spain.  The ship recently completed a Ballistic Missile Defense overhaul and will be part of the forward deployed Ballistic Missile Defense forces in Europe.  This will be the last chance for quite a while our class has to visit the ship.

This year, the ceremony will be on Thursday, December 18 at 1400 (that is 2 pm!) at Naval Station Norfolk.  Anyone interested in attending, please email Terry O’Brien ( ) prior to Wednesday noon and let him know you will attend.  We will meet at the Base Theater at the Norfolk Naval Station at 1330. Terry will help consolidate attendees into the minimum number of vehicles and drive to the ship.  Please let Terry know if you are attending – he is coordinating access to the Pier and the ship. 

This has been a great partnership over the years and I encourage you to attend if you can.

Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Sunday, December 14, 2014
December 2, 2014 - Notes from the Council of Class Presidents' Meeting


On November 17, I had the privilege to represent our Class at the Council of Class Presidents’ (COCP) meeting in Annapolis. Below is a summary of my notes which I want to share with you all. It is long, but I think you find it informative.


The COCP is organized by Decades, and I currently represent the 70s Decade on the Naval Academy’s Board of Trustees. At the beginning of each COCP meeting, we have break-out sessions with our fellow decade presidents where we discuss topics of interest and share experiences. As the 70s Decade Rep, I lead our breakout sessions. We began this session by discussing the Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) program and shared our experiences with nominating fellow classmates for this distinguished award. The conclusion was that it can take up to 12 months to successfully navigate the process, and help from Company Representatives to identify nominees is strongly recommended. Your class officers have discussed this in the past, and we will soon reach out to our Company Reps for their inputs. If you are interested in understanding the DGA nominating criteria, please go online to and click on the “About Us” tab where you will find a link to the DGA program.

Our breakout session then discussed Class fund raising experiences. The statistics are not very good when you consider that for all Classes the participation rate for Class Project Giving is only about 24 – 26%. I owe you an update on where we stand in support for our 40th Reunion Project, and I will send you another note in a few days with that information.

Once the COCP reconvened, our new Supe, VADM Ted Carter, ’81, spoke to us for about an hour. He is an F-14 NFO with 6150 flight hours and 2016 traps, most of any active or retired aviator (I took this info from his official bio; not bad for one of our plebes!). He started his talk by stating that 3 things have shaped his outlook: 1) His experience shutting down Joint Forces Command; 2) leading the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group on her last operational deployment; and, 3) leading Task Force RESILIENT, a study in suicide related behaviors.

At his first meeting with the Brigade, the Supe had them all re-state their oath of a midshipman and then went on to stress to them that USNA’s goal is to “graduate leaders” vice “produce graduates” to serve, even beyond their Navy or Marine careers…something Army and Air Force do not address. He went on to tell them nothing is broken. He inherited a fully functioning Academy. His priorities are character development, cyber security studies, and emphasis on international programs. I think we are in good hands…

As for the status of our Navy today, the Navy has 291 ships, of which 108 are deployed. We assess 3000 officers yearly to fulfill a 54,000 officer corps, and our Navy has 325,000 Sailors. USNA adds about 1000 officers yearly, and 77 NROTCs and OCS provide the rest. In our Corps, we have 21,000 officers and 202,000 Marines. USNA provides about 1 in 5 of all new USMC Second Lieutenants.

Then he gave us some quick stats on the mids in the yard:

USNA now has 25 academic majors including new: Cyber Security, Nuclear Engineering (being led by ‘78er, VADM Joe Leidig, USN Retired), and Aerospace Engineering with a Rotary Wing discipline…and guess what? Because of the threat of attack on our GPS sats, USNA is bringing back celestial navigation!!! When I was a youngster…

Mids received the Navy’s Thompson-Ravitz Award for volunteering for the second year consecutively.

USNA plays 33 Division I sports (18 men/ 15 women), second most behind Stanford and OSU with 39 each. Winning percentage of 65% is outstanding and 42% of women play a varsity sport!

There are 100+ ECA’s.

The D & B is the oldest student band in the country celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014.

The LOG is back after a multi-year hiatus (Supe’s a former editor!).

Class of 2018 swore in 1191 with zero no-shows on I-day and only lost 9 for the summer (with two failing drug tests on I-day!). The Class represents all 54 States & Territories with 71 former Sailors, 69 Napsters, the highest % of women (25%), 90% varsity letter winners, 67% former team captains, and they validated the most course hours (2600)! Service Assignment night was held in late November with the following breakout:

792 are going Navy (208 SWO/13 Surf Nuc/137 Sub (15 women)/30 Spec War/ 15 EOD/ 235 Pilot/ 80 NFO/ 52 Restr. Line (12 Medical)

270 Marines (175 Ground/ 95 Air).

84% got their first choice, and 96% got their first or second choice! Recent aviator grads see a “buzz saw” at P-cola and some are immediately released - very discouraging and wasteful. A third of “wings of gold” are in the helo community! As a result, Navy instituted a rotary wing specialty in its aerospace eng major. Navy is on the cutting edge of Cyber education with two courses for all mids (plebe and 2/c years) and a Cyber Security major for about 40 youngsters and 2/c (with 120 plebes in the pipeline). The new $120M six-story Cyber building is planned for the parking area behind Nimitz and Rickover. There is also funding in the budget to build a new, two-story parking garage to be located across from Alumni Hall. That’s a plus of 50 spots in the Yard! Navy football is going into the America Athletic Conference, West Division, in 2015 meaning we will play against Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane & Tulsa, as well as, Air Force, Army, and Notre Dame with the remainder of the schedule likely against AAC East Division opponents. Looks like Army is staying independent for now and AF will stay in the Mountain West.

Forty buildings in the Yard are over 100 years. Rickover’s original windows are very energy inefficient and must be replaced. His annual budget of $130-150M pays for operations, maintenance, faculty and staff, with only about $5-15 M fungible in any given year. The 23 YP’s (7 “new”) are a unique asset that is almost always a requested “must see” by foreign naval officers and he intends to maintain them for the long term. Byron Marchant, ’78 spoke next and introduced many of the Alumni Association staff. His first comment was about the great job done by ’63 and ’64 on Another Link in the Chain (ALITC, a program linking the incoming plebes with the 50th year alumni). He also noted that this past weekend the AA recognized 27 families of Fallen Heroes, hosting 96 people at a reception at Ogle Hall and formally recognizing them (89 widows and children) on the field at the GSU game. Byron noted we are in a much stronger financial position than last year at this time, with no debt!

In the Class of 2018 there are 55 prep school graduates. If true to form, 90% will graduate (2-3% higher than the general population!) and they have the highest retention at the 10-year mark. In the 70th year of the program, there are 3800+ graduates. That is among 48,685 alums and 59,328 Alumni Association members. Chet Gladchuk, our Athletic Director, spoke next. His points included: Navy won its 11th straight Senior Dayfootball game Saturday. Navy won 12 Patriot League championships and had 12 League Coaches of the year. The Dan Akerson Tower on the Gold Side of Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium represents the largest single gift to the Academy by an individual. Inside the crow’s nest view is the “South Stadium Club” room which will be available for multiple events.

Ricketts Hall will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, making it both a training facility for football, and a state-of-the-art recruiting and general education facility as well. Its upper deck will have the most fantastic view of Annapolis harbor. Navy has a new rugby pitch with a field turf surface! Navy has won all 7 stars in its 8 competitions with Army this fall! ESPN Gameday will air before this year’s Army/Navy Game in Baltimore. A-N soccer played before the 3rd largest NCAA crowd ever at PPL Stadium in Phily—and we won in OT 1-nil! Coach K (Ken Niumatalolo for those who don’t know) gave us a very inspiring talk about his perspective on Navy football. WE ARE IN VERY GOOD HANDS! He said his philosophy is based on the acronym LEAD: Love, Example, Appreciate, and Develop.


Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Monday, September 22, 2014
September 22, 2014 - Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.: Nominee to be next PACOM chief was born in Japan

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.: Nominee to be next PACOM chief was born in Japan

By Jon Harper   

Stars and Stripes

Published: September 22, 2014


WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has nominated an officer born in Yokosuka, Japan, to be the next commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. is currently serving as head of U.S. Pacific Fleet — the naval arm of PACOM which is based near Honolulu.

The Defense Department announced his nomination Monday.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would take charge of PACOM at a critical time in U.S. relations with Asia. The Obama administration is trying to execute a military and diplomatic pivot to the region as China becomes increasingly assertive in territorial disputes with its neighbors. Pentagon leaders are very worried about Beijing’s military modernization and fear that war could break out between China and other powers in the region.

PACOM’s area of responsibility includes most of Asia, and Harris has an extensive background in the area.

He served three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 based at Kami Seya, near Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, according to his Navy bio. His staff assignments include aide to the commander of U.S. Forces-Japan, according to his Navy bio.

Harris studied East Asian affairs while pursuing graduate studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University.

The Naval Academy graduate is a seasoned aviator, having has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star, among other decorations.

Harris took part in many notable operations, including: the S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking response; Attain Document III (Libya, 1986); Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987-88); Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Southern Watch; Enduring Freedom; Iraqi Freedom; Willing Spirit (Colombia hostage rescue, 2006-7); and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011).

Harris must be confirmed by the Senate before he can succeed Adm. Samuel Locklear III, the current head of PACOM.


Friday, September 19, 2014
September 18, 2014 - Passing of classmate Sean Healey

SEAN T. HEALEY, 58, of Narragansett, RI died unexpectedly on September 12, 2014. He was the son of the late Judge Edward V. Healey and Lillian E. Healey (Devlin). He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from University of Rhode Island. He worked as a representative for Bankers Life and Casualty Company. He is survived by his daughter Devlin E. Healey, his son Sean W. Healey, his former wife Doreen Vanacore of Warwick and his eight siblings, Nancy J. Healey, Kevin F. Healey, Edward V. Healey III, Janice M. Healey, Michael J. Healey, Christopher D. Healey, Ann M. Donohue and the Very Rev. Bernard A. Healey as well as eleven nieces and nephews. Calling hours are kindly omitted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00AM at Our Lady of Mercy Church, East Greenwich, RI. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Samaritans of Rhode Island, P.O. Box 9086, Providence RI 02940.


Boyle Funeral Home - Providence

331 Smith Street  Providence, RI 02908


Monday, September 15, 2014
September 14. 2014 - Final services for Captain Scotty Bates


Mike Conklin asked that I pass to all of you that knew Captain Scotty Bates details concerning his final services at Arlington.


Please share the following information with our classmates and the USNA '77 class President.

Scotty was a Weapons Instructor and Head Coach of the Rugby Team.

Capt Scotty Bates USN (Ret) - final services will be help at the Ft Myer Memorial Chapel at 0900 19Sep14 - all guests are asked to be at the Chapel at 0830.

Mike Conklin


Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014 - Admiral Charles R. Larson, '58, USN (Retired)

This email is being sent to all alumni.  

It is with deep regret that we advise you of Admiral Charles R. Larson’s passing on Saturday, 26 July.  He was a 2006 Distinguished Graduate from the Class of 1958, and we will greatly miss him. 

Admiral Larson had an extraordinary naval career as a naval aviator and submariner, which included two tours as the Naval Academy’s Superintendent from August 1983 to August 1986 and from August 1994 to June 1998.  He was promoted to four star rank in 1990 and became Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.  We were most fortunate to enjoy his strong leadership when he was the second Chairman of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation from 2000 to 2009. 

Admiral Larson is survived by this wife of 52 years, Sally; three daughters, Sigrid Larson of Philadelphia, Erica Larson of Annapolis and Kirsten Datko of Arnold; and seven grandchildren. 

For further details please see our website and his Distinguished Graduate biography

There will be a Protestant Funeral Service for Admiral Larson on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 at 1000 in the Main Chapel followed by burial in the Naval Academy Cemetery.  

With deepest sympathy to Admiral Larson’s family and the Class of 1958, 


Byron Marchant '78
President and CEO, USNA Alumni Association  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
July 22, 2014 - All Academy Challenge Results


Thanks to all that participated in the recent “All Academy Challenge.” I can’t help but believe the reason Navy “came on strong in the final days” mentioned below was due to you guys jumping in. The results, we came in third place, are explained by the Naval Academy Foundation below.


“Congratulations to the United States Military Academy and its alumni for their victory in the inaugural All Academy Challenge. Navy came on strong in the final days of the Challenge, placing third with 1,541 donations, just 74 donations behind second place Air Force. Together, our alumni raised nearly $2.3 million (we had a couple VERY large gifts come during the Challenge) in just 10 days, every dollar of which helps support the Academy and the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Thank you to all who participated, especially those who encouraged their classmates and other friends to do so. Next year, victory is ours!


Top 10 Classes




107 donors



60 donors



56 donors



52 donors



49 donors



46 donors



45 donors



43 donors



40 donors



39 donors

We received donations from classes ranging from 1937 to 2015, as well as 129 parents and other friends who wanted to show their support even though only alumni gifts counted toward our Challenge total. Your support truly makes a difference to the Academy and its programs, and we are grateful for your generosity.”


Fair winds…



Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
July 22, 2014 - Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader

Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader

From Allied Joint Force Command, Naples Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson assumed command as Commander Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, relieving Adm. Bruce W. Clingan in a ceremony, July 22.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, presided over the change of command ceremony. Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/Commander, U.S. European Command and Gen. David Rodriquez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, also participated in the event.

Greenert praised Clingan for his leadership and performance while in command.

"Bruce has been the right leader, in the right place, at the right time. The Clingans have provided us an enduring contribution both to the Navy, to NATO and to Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Our Navy, our nation and all the international partners here and around the NATO area very much thank you," remarked Greenert.

During the ceremony, Greenert also presented Clingan with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Clingan expressed his gratitude to the men and women serving under him and with him at NATO and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.

"I am proud of you, all of you in both staffs, that you had the courage to act; the creativity to turn impediments into opportunities; and the integrity to make good on our solemn promise to be able to defend our nations," said Clingan.

Clingan also commented on the dedication of the military and civilian personnel from 20 different countries who work at JFC.

"Each of the nations represented owe an immense debt of gratitude to these consummate professionals, who ultimately form the foundation of our collective military strength," said Clingan. "Their exceptional contributions have inspired me every day."

Clingan will retire this fall after 37 years of naval service.

Ferguson, who previously served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations in Wash. D.C., addressed his and NATO's continued commitment to the alliance.

"As history has demonstrated, the NATO alliance remains the bedrock of U.S. national security. It is an alliance founded on shared values, cemented in trust and built to endure," said Ferguson. "I am committed to strengthening the alliance and working with our allies and partners to ensure we remain a positive force for stability and peace throughout the region."

Ferguson will be the 28th U.S. naval officer to serve as commander of JFC.

As commander JFC Naples, Ferguson will prepare for, plan and conduct military operations in order to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states and freedom of the seas and economic lifelines throughout the Supreme Allied Commander Europe's area of operations and beyond. NATO operational responsibilities include operations in the Balkans, Black Sea, Mediterranean and NATO training missions.

As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Ferguson will be responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval Forces in the Europe and Africa Command areas of operations.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit

Monday, July 14, 2014
July 12, 2014 - In Pacific, 1st Asian-American Fleet Leader

In Pacific, 1st Asian-American Fleet Leader

Son of WWII sailor and Japanese bride, Harris is American story

(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE 12 JUL 14) ... Jeanette Steele


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Adm. Harry Harris, the four-star son of Japan and the United States, has an Asian face and a soft Tennessee twang in his voice.

Both may help the U.S. as it attempts to prove that President Barack Obama’s 2011 strategic pivot to the Pacific has legs underneath it.

Harris is the first Asian American to head the U.S. Pacific Fleet, sitting in the same office from which Adm. Chester Nimitz led the Navy against the Japanese during World War II.

How he got there, less than 70 years after the Japanese surrender, is a very American story. Aside from that, Harris’ cultural roots may help him build relations in the Pacific despite a somewhat wary China.

Harris, 57, said his background has served as a conversation starter when interacting with officials from Asian nations. He was sworn in as commander of the sprawling Pacific Fleet in October.

“There’s no Asian-American slant to the way I look at things. I look at things through an American lens only. But it has helped break the ice in relationships with Asian leaders, so it’s been helpful,” Harris said during an interview last week.

He’s a central figure at Rim of the Pacific 2014, the world’s largest naval exercises. San Diego-based ships are hosting the war games and humanitarian drills, which will continue around the islands until Aug. 1.

Harris’ father should have been on a ship just across the street from the fleet commander’s office, at Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

Luckily, the aircraft carrier Lexington pulled left port days before, and Harry Harris Sr. lived to marry a Japanese woman he met after the war.

Harry Harris Jr. was born in Yokosuka, Japan, where his mother had gone to work during the postwar period. She was the oldest of four sisters from the city of Kobe, and her aunt told her to get a job near the U.S. Navy base so she could find an American husband. She did.

Harris said his parents met at a local club or the base’s newspaper office, where she worked as a clerk. They later wed and lived in Sasebo, Japan, until their son was 2 years old.

The elder Harris, a machinist mate chief petty officer, eventually retired and moved his family to a 100-acre subsistence farm in eastern Tennessee.

That’s where Harry Harris Jr. spent his early years. The evidence is in his slight drawl. His mother did not teach him Japanese, wanting him to be totally immersed in the American culture.

But she did tell her son the story of the Japanese-American soldiers who fought heroically in Europe for the 442nd Regiment. Back home, their families were being held at internment camps.

“As a Japanese-American kid growing up in Tennessee, I needed role models,” Harris said, looking back. The story of these Nisei, or second-generation Japanese-American troops, resonated with him. He watched and rewatched the 1951 movie depicting them, “Go for Broke.”

This month at Pearl Harbor, Harris spoke at a ceremony in which six Nisei World War II soldiers received the French Legion of Honor medal. Afterward, he shook each one’s hand, the protégé thanking those who came before.

This is why Harris’ story has resonated so strongly in the Japanese-American community, said Carole Hayashino, president of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

“It’s kind of a reminder of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come,” she said.

In Japan, America’s biggest ally in Asia, Harris has a bit of a following. When Japanese dignitaries and business people come to Honolulu, they often ask for a meeting with the new Pacific Fleet commander.

The request list wasn’t quite as lengthy for Harris’ predecessors, said Ed Hawkins, a retired Air Force colonel and president of the Japan America Society of Hawaii.

“Because of his background, the Japanese ... they feel an affinity to Admiral Harris. There are always requests, almost too many requests, to meet with him,” Hawkins said. “He’s almost a celebrity.”

But what about the reaction from China, whose historic rivalries with Japan have been rekindled recently in the form of territorial disputes in the East China Sea?

With its growing blue-water fleet, China is the United States’ biggest security challenge in the Pacific, aside from North Korea.

Chinese ships are part of the RIMPAC naval exercises for the first time. Harris presided over the opening news conference, saying the growing participation means “We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.”

Yet the record is mixed on how Harris’ heritage is received in Asia.

The Chinese press has gone out of its way to specifically note that Harris’ lineage is Japanese, according to people who watch the nuances of state Chinese-language publications.

Tai Ming Cheung, a China expert at UC San Diego, said Chinese sentiment toward Asian Americans is typically influenced by what’s going on in the diplomatic world.

He noted that former U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke, a Chinese American, was savaged in the state press there when U.S-China relations got rocky and Locke was seen as challenging Chinese values by promoting U.S. ones.

As for Harris’ Japanese heritage, “I haven’t seen any backlash from China or South Korea. I haven’t seen any negativity from these countries that may have some issue,” said Cheung, an associate professor in the university’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

“They may be asking, ‘When will there be a Chinese American or Korean American who may rise through the ranks?’”

At RIMPAC, the leader of the tiny Filipino contingent said he sees the installation of the Asian-American admiral as bolstering the “rebalance” in the Pacific that the U.S. has announced.

“(It) lends teeth and meaning to the rebalance,” said Col. Restituto Padilla, a Philippine Air Force colonel assigned as liaison to the U.S. Pacific Command.

“For Asians, relationships are a big factor. That’s why it’s better if Asians deal with a specific person that we know,” Padilla said. “If he has not completely forgotten (his roots) and still does have some of those traits that an Asian would have, it will help him a lot in his engagements with nations.”

By 2020, about 60 percent of the U.S. naval fleet is set to be stationed in the Pacific – a move that some have interpreted as a hedge against China’s growing military might.

But Asia’s leaders also are well aware of efforts to shrink the U.S. defense budget, raising questions about whether the “rebalance” can succeed.

Harris called the military piece “not the biggest part of the rebalance, but it’s the most visible one.”

The other legs are enhancing treaties with Asian nations and deepening trade relations in the Pacific region.

In Harris’ analysis, the military portion has received “outsized” scrutiny because it involves hardware. In other words, people can count how many ships and aircraft are parked in Pearl Harbor and Yokosuka.

“People ask me, ‘Is the rebalance for real?’ … I would say the military part of the rebalance is here. We’ve rebalanced,” Harris said. “The economic piece is yet to be realized in full. And the other parts aren’t realized in full, either, but I think we are further along in the military piece.”

Despite his military resume – U.S. Naval Academy, P-3 Orion flight officer and commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo during three controversial prisoner deaths – one of the most interesting things about Harris may be his diplomatic credentials.

In 2011, he was military representative to the secretary of state and U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mideast peace process. Harris traveled with Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, giving him a front seat to the foremost foreign-policy issues of the decade.

“He is someone who knows the policy instead of just being a ship driver,” said Cheung at UC San Diego. “In a way, that’s a more important attribute to have.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Nahant Navy vet taking to streets for wounded warriors

By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item | Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:00 am

NAHANT — During his 34 years in the Navy, Clarke Orzalli had the opportunity to do and see a lot, but the one thing that left a lasting impression on him was his work with disabled veterans.

“I got to participate in the veterans wheelchair games as a presenter, so I got very interested in working with wounded warriors,” Orzalli said.

He is taking that interest to the street by participating in the 2014 Run to Home Base, a 9K run to raise money for services for local veterans that ends with runners crossing home plate in Fenway Park on Saturday, July 19.

He said what really kicked off his desire to take part in the Run to Home Base was a visit to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown with the Massachusetts High Tech Council. The event was hosted by retired Army Brigadier General Jack Hammond, who Orzalli knew and who is also the CEO of the Home Base Program.

The program’s purpose is to support veterans with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through research as well as providing care to veterans with PTSD/TBI and their families free of charge, Orzalli explained.

“I saw some of the ongoing research at Spaulding and was impressed,” he said. “Not just the brain research but prosthetics and artificial limbs, it’s really impressive.”

He was also impressed by the fact that the event is a partnership between the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital and that all the money raised goes directly to research.

“The overhead is already covered,” he said.

It made him want to contribute, which led to the run.

Orzalli said he’s wanted to do the run for a couple of years but hasn’t had time. He also admitted, “I was a little concerned with my own physical fitness because I’m not young.”

He decided, if he was going to do it, and he is, he’d better do it right.

A runner in the past, Orzalli said he completed the Marine Corps Marathon five years ago but that only made him “a one and done marathoner.” He has not kept up that pace since, so he mapped out a five-and-a-half-mile loop around Nahant and slowly began to build up his stamina. He said he’s since been able to complete the loop, “so I know I can finish.”

With the event scheduled for July 19, Orzalli has a little under two weeks to continue to build his stamina and finish his own fundraising.

“When I signed up, I committed to a minimum fundraising goal of $750,” he said.

He is lucky that he has more than reached his goal, but those who would like to support his efforts can still donate at

Orzalli joked that his daughter was on “Jeopardy!” last year and when Alex Trebek asked what she called her father, she said she and her friends all call him “the Dadmiral.”

“Thus the name of my fundraising site,” he said.

Recently named post commander for the American Legion Post 215 in Nahant, Orzalli said he will wear a USS Nahant T-shirt for the run. And while he is thrilled to raise as much money as possible for the cause, Orzalli is also quick to note that his real goal is to raise awareness about the Home Base Project and the need for help that exists.

“My very real goal is to work to make sure people are aware and to take every opportunity to tell them … I would never try and pressure anyone,” he said. “I figured I could do my part.”

Monday, June 30, 2014
June 30, 2014 - Class and Chapter Leaders: Help Navy Win the All Academy Challenge

Dear Class & Chapter Leaders:

You know that the Naval Academy has the most devoted and loyal alumni of all the service academies. Help us prove it starting tomorrow with your gift to the inaugural All Academy Challenge, a 10-day contest that pits Navy head-to-head against Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. The academy with the most number of alumni donations through the website wins.

We’ll be pushing out an email tomorrow (1 July) to all alumni asking them to participate. We’re hoping we can also count on you, our alumni leaders, to encourage your class and chapter members and other friends to make gifts and help ensure our victory. Post a link to the challenge on your websites, promote it through your personal and chapter social media and reach out to those whose contact information we might not have on file.

All contributions support the Naval Academy Annual Fund, a powerful resource where gifts have an immediate, tangible impact on Academy programs, the midshipman experience and alumni services. Only gifts from alumni count for the purposes of the contest, but we welcome and will recognize the contributions of parents and other friends.

Please contact Kaitlyn Sands, Naval Academy Foundation associate director for annual giving, at or 410-295-4147 with questions.

Go Navy!

Captain Rich Goldsby ’72, USN (Ret.)
Associate Director of Class Legacy Gift Programs
United States Naval Academy Foundation

Thursday, June 12, 2014
May 11, 2014 - Flag Officer Announcement - USNA Superintendent


Release No: NR-298-14
June 06, 2014

Flag Officer Announcement

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

Navy Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Carter is currently serving as president, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

   Rear Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr.       


U.S. Naval War College

Rear Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr., became the 54th President of the U.S. Naval War College July 2, 2013.  A native of Burrillville, R.I., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a naval flight officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985.

His career as an aviator includes sea assignments in Fighter Squadron VF-161 on board USS Midway (CV 41), in VF-21 “Freelancers” on board USS Independence (CV 62), and in Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5).  He commanded the VF-14 “Tophatters,” and served as Executive Officer of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), culminating in command of USS Camden (AOE 2) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). His subsequent Fleet-command assignment was Commander of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG-12).

Shore assignments include instructor duty in VF-124 “Gunslingers”; Chief of Staff for Fighter Wing Pacific; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command; Chief of Staff for Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command; and Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command where he also served as lead for the Transition Planning Team during the disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command.  He was most recently charged with leading Task Force RESILIENT as Director, 21st Century Sailor Office (N17).

Carter is the recipient of various personal awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V, Bronze Star, Air Medal (two with Combat V and five strike/flight), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two with Combat V). He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership award and the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. Carter was also appointed an Honorary Master Chief by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

He accumulated 6,150 flight hours in F-4, F-14, and F-18 aircraft during his career and safely completed 2,016 carrier-arrested landings, the record among all active and retired U.S. Naval Aviation designators.  He also flew 125 combat missions in support of joint operations in three different theaters of operation.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
May 28. 2014 - Memorial service for Chris Serio


This is an update on the Memorial Service for Chris Serio which will take place on Wednesday, June 11, at 11:00 AM at the Covenant of Grace Presbyterian Church in Reisterstown, MD, about 13 miles NE of downtown Baltimore. Chris was my 13th Company-mate and I plan to attend to pay our respects.  Godspeed.

Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
May 19, 2014 - Passing of Classmate Chris Serio


Sadly I must inform you that we have lost our Classmate, and my 13th Company-mate, Chris Serio. I do not have much information on the circumstances, but I will pass information on a memorial or funeral service when I know more.  Please keep Chris and his family in your prayers.

Fair winds…


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Friday, May 9, 2014
May 8, 2014 - Naval Academy students give aging veterans a final salute

By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun                                                                            

Updated May 3, 2014  

Richard Harryman was wearing a crisp blue shirt for the occasion, and his hospital bed was in the living room.


There were punch and cookies on a table in the hall, and family and friends were waiting when a car arrived carrying four Midshipmen.


Harryman, 85, served in both the Marine Corps and the Air Force. The Midshipmen were there to deliver a final salute to a dying veteran.


In a program unique among the service academies, young people from the Naval Academy, on the threshold of their military careers, are visiting veterans at the end of their lives to acknowledge their service as only another member of the military can.


"Detail, cover," senior Kimberly Bernardy barked gently, and in unison the Mids pulled their hats from beneath their arms and slowly put them in place.


"Detail, ready. Present arms," she said, and they slowly raised their hands in salute. Eyes straight ahead, still as statues, the Midshipmen looked sharp and somber in their dark dress uniforms.


Harryman, more alert than he had been for some time, lifted his pale hand to return the salute.


"I feel like I have my military family with me," he said, barely above a whisper. His real family — wife, Jean, and his daughters Diane Gray and Deborah Rolig — rolled from tears to smiles and back again during the ceremony.


"From a future Marine to a Marine," said Bernardy, who will join the Corps when she graduates in May. She bent close to be sure that he heard her. "I thank you for your service."


Four years ago, Bernardy presented the Naval Academy brass with the idea. She was volunteering with Hospice of the Chesapeake, and the organization was looking for a meaningful way to honor veterans in its care.


"We were the perfect fit," she said.


"Kim is the champion of the program," said Michael McHale, president of Hospice of the Chesapeake, which serves Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties. "The program grew under her tutelage.


"It is those who are just entering their military service and those who are exiting. These are private, tender moments."


It began with Bernardy and a couple of other midshipmen on Saturdays in November four years ago, in honor of Veterans Day.


The program, renamed the Honor Salute, is now year-round and has grown to include more than 140 Midshipmen volunteers who have visited more than 50 veterans in hospice, hospitals, nursing homes and their own homes to offer a sign of respect and a sincere thank-you.


"These are members of the 'greatest generation,' and they are leaving us," said Bernardy, from Highland, Calif. "It is incredibly difficult sometimes," she said. "It's not like I don't cry in the formation or cry in the car. But it is our duty before they leave to say, 'Good work,' and to thank them."


More than 16 million Americans served in World War II, and it is estimated that they are dying at the rate of about 555 a day. A little over a million survive, and that number does not include veterans from Korea and Vietnam.


"I am so very proud of the men and women who participate in this act of giving back by honoring our veterans," said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller. "The Final Salute program is a wonderful opportunity for our Midshipmen to pay the ultimate respect to those who have bravely served before them."


"I think it is outstanding," said Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion in Washington. As a member of the Air Force stationed at Dover Air Base, he was part of the honor guard that welcomed home more than 250 fallen service members.


"For these young people to understand how important it is to recognize those in hospice is a sign our younger generation understands the importance of honorable military service."


Richard Hood Harryman joined the Marine Corps out of high school — to grow up, he told his wife — and then attended the University of Maryland on an ROTC scholarship from the Air Force, studying art. He spent six years in the Air Force. Though he did not see combat

he left with the rank of captain.


Harryman became a professional painter, and he spent his career teaching and capturing on canvas the Chesapeake Bay waterfront as well as familiar Annapolis scenes. He owned Chesapeake Gallery in Annapolis and founded the former Maryland College of Art and Design.


But now Harryman, whose paintings hang in shops and restaurants in Annapolis, is suffering from prostate cancer and multiple myeloma, and his memory has been ravaged by Alzheimer's disease, said Jean, his wife of 63 years.


After the salute on a recent afternoon, he gently fingered the two framed certificates the Midshipmen presented from Hospice of the Chesapeake — one thanking him for his service to each branch of the military.


"We pay special tribute to you for your military service to America and for advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all," the certificates read.


Matt Robbins, a Plebe from Broadway, Va., pinned a flag pin on Harryman's shirt. And Sarah Howard, a rising junior from San Diego who will take over the program next year, brought out a red, white and blue quilt covered with flags, made by a Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer. She draped it carefully over the sheet covering his very thin legs.


"I can't believe this," said Jean Harryman, her face wet with tears. "This is more than I ever imagined. And he is enjoying it more than I ever expected."


It is a sad duty, to be sure, but the Midshipmen, sitting together and discussing the salutes before the visit, all use the same word to describe the experience: "uplifting."


Howard recalled a visit to a dying Marine who was confined to bed and unresponsive. But when she said "Semper Fi" at the end of the salute, he opened his eyes. "In that moment, there was a connection," she said.


"It's hard," she conceded. "You can see the pain. There are no comforting words."


"I love old people," said Pete Severs, who is from Fairfax, Va., and will be a senior next year. "I love their stories. The families are so grateful. And everybody leaves in a better mood. Matt said 'uplifting.' 'Uplifting' is the perfect word."


Some of the veterans the Midshipmen visit are very near death; others are alert and ambulatory — and full of stories their families have never heard. "They can talk to us," said. "We have a connection."


"There are Purple Hearts and Silver Stars in these houses, and they are so humble, not a word has ever been spoken about them," said Howard. "What a gift to do something for these veterans."


Once, the mids were too late. The veteran they were to honor had died before they could visit. So Bernardy went to the funeral home to present the certificates to the family and to deliver the final salute.


"I'd lost my grandfather the week before," she said. "And I knelt down and talked to his two grandsons, maybe 13 and 11. That was very meaningful — for me."


Bernardy describes herself as an "old soul," and, in fact, she is two years older than her graduating classmates, having spent two years in college before she was encouraged to apply to the Naval Academy.


Tall, slim and with a big smile, she has a voice filled with authority as she directs the detail during the ceremony. Her self-assurance is manifest in every gesture and every word, especially when she talks about the challenges she will face as a woman in the Marine Corps. She sounds fearless.


"My dad was an enlisted Marine and his dad was a World War II vet," she said. "I was raised by those who had nothing, absolutely nothing, when they started and who still gave back to their country. I always knew the military was going to be in my life.

"This duty? It is the most real thing you can do."


Robbins, the Plebe, signed on after hearing about the program during the Midshipmen Action Group orientation — when Naval Academy students learn about the volunteer opportunities open to them.


He describes eating Chick fil-A and talking to a veteran and his family for a couple of hours after the salute, and it sounds like it was a party.


"Of all the things I am a part of on the Yard," said Robbins, referring to the Naval Academy campus, "this is the most rewarding. Reaching out to a community that is not thanked enough for what they have done."


McHale, of Hospice of the Chesapeake, tells the story of an honor salute delivered to a Vietnam vet and the email he received from the veteran's son after his father died.


"He said, 'My dad told me this was the first time he ever felt welcomed home from Vietnam,'" said McHale. "At this really difficult time in the family's life, it is important to honor what they have done for the country."


Midshipmen have delivered honor salutes to a Tuskegee airman and to a Naval Academy graduate.


"They were generations apart, but they share a common story. And there is healing in those stories," said McHale.


As her detail sipped punch and took a tour of the house, where so many of Harryman's paintings hang, Bernardy returned alone to the veteran in the hospital bed and touched his arm.


"You look sharp, Mr. Harryman," she said. "I thank you for all you have done. It is an honor to be in your home with your family."

Friday, May 9, 2014
May 8, 2014 - Passing of Captain Scotty Bates, USN Retired


Unfortunately, the family of Captain Scotty Bates USN (Ret) has asked me to pass to you that Captain Bates has passed away after a 9 month battle with cancer. Scotty was an instructor in the Weapons Department and coach of the Rugby Team in 1977 and 1978.  Below is a note from the Mrs. Debbie Bates to our Class:

Dear Friends,

After a strong fight with lymphoma for the last 9 months, Scotty passed away last night.  He had hospitalized on Tuesday and it was discovered on Thursday he had bleeding on his brain that continually progressed.  Friday evening he had stopped breathing on his own.  Last night (Sunday, May 4) Kimberly and I stayed with him until he took his peaceful and quiet final breath a little bit after midnight. 

Thank you all for all your kind thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. 

Hugs to all of you!

Debbie and Kimberly

Please keep Captain Bates' and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Fair winds...


Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

Thursday, May 8, 2014
April 30, 2014 - Leadership Embodied


I was recently forwarded an email written by Professor Joe Thomas from the Naval Academy that I want to share with you. Professor Thomas was thanking our Class for the book, Leadership Embodied, which we sponsored as part of our 30th Class Gift. Here is his note:


Just wanted to drop a note to tell you the book your class sponsored nearly 9 years ago, Leadership Embodied, is now in its second (paperback) edition and has been delivered for plebe summer issue with the incoming class of '18. Thanks to your efforts getting this project sponsored, we have put the book into nearly every Midshipman's hands since first published.  It is still being used in character and leadership lessons during plebe summer, in honor remediations, the remedial reading program, among other things. In all, it’s one of the most widely used texts across the Academy and a great success story.  Can't thank you both (Art Athens & Joe Leidig) enough for your vision and work to get it launched.  Please pass my thanks along to your entire class.

V/R, Joe

Very Respectfully,

Joseph J. Thomas Ph.D.

USNA Class of '61 Chair and Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education United States Naval Academy”

Each of you should be very proud that your contributions to our Class project are having such a positive impact on each Midshipman that stands in T-court and takes the oath to support and defend our constitution and our way of life. It may seem a small contribution, but each and every book we fund has an opportunity to provide positive guidance in the life of each Midshipman. We all should also thank Joe Leidig and Art Athens for supporting this idea and making it happen. If anyone wants a copy of the second edition, go to the Naval Institute link below.

As always…

Fair winds…


Glen Woods


USNA, Class of 1978

Saturday, February 22, 2014
February 21, 2014 - Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule

Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule

Season Tickets On Sale Now


ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Mids finish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Additionally, this year marks Navy’s final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.


The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football’s most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.


“This exceptional schedule is terrific for our fans to attend up to eight games within a 25 minute drive of Annapolis,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “The base season ticket package covers our traditional home games in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while the additional match-ups in NFL venues allow for optional purchasing opportunities for fans to be there for all the action, all fall long.  Navy football is Navy family and this is a great schedule for all to see the Midshipmen in some of the finest venues in the nation right in our backyard.”


“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that were bowl eligible a year ago, our team will have to work extremely hard this off-season to accomplish all of our goals next year.  It’s also exciting to have eight games locally (five in Annapolis, two in Baltimore, one in Landover) as it will give the thousands of Navy fans in the area, and even those who are looking for a college team to root for and have never seen us play, an opportunity to come out and support this incredible group of young men.”


Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12 noon.  Ohio State is coming off a 12-2 season and is 24-2 over the last two years under Urban Meyer.  This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State.  In 2009, Navy went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.


The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple).


The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013).  It will be Navy’s first trip to San Marcos.


The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten’s newest members, Rutgers.  The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame. 


Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27.  The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter with a helmet-to-helmet hit.


Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.


Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago.  The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy a year ago, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.


The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Washington, DC.  Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes.  This will be the first meeting between Navy and Notre Dame at FedExField since 1998.


After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.  Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.


After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids will return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28 to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala.  It will be Navy’s first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars.


Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival.  It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3.  Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.


CBS Sports has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network will televise all five games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as the neutral site games against Ohio State and Notre Dame.  CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. 


Season tickets go on sale today at or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The direct link to the ticket info page is here:

With six wins in 2014, the Mids will appear in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  A date has not been set for the bowl game.


2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                        Opponent                        Location

August 30               vs. Ohio State                 Baltimore, Md.

Sept. 6                     at Temple                      Philadelphia, Pa.

Sept. 13                   at Texas State                 San Marcos, Texas

Sept. 20                  Rutgers                          Annapolis, Md.

Sept. 27                  Western Kentucky          Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 4                      at Air Force                    Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 11                   VMI                                 Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 25                   San Jose State (HC)         Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 1                     vs. Notre Dame                Landover, Md.

Nov. 15                   Georgia Southern            Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 28                    at South Alabama              Mobile, Ala.

Dec. 13                   vs. Army                           Baltimore, Md.

Monday, February 10, 2014
FEbruary 10. 2014 - Family Affair for Fiorelli

Family Affair for Fiorelli

Will Garlick Senior Writer

St Christopher linebacker John Fiorelli had an inkling of what he would do when he graduates in the Spring. The senior decided to follow a family tradition with his commitment to the Navy.

"I visited last weekend and verbally committed today," Fiorelli told Virginiapreps.Com earlier this week. "I decided on Navy because I want to be a Marine Officer and serve our country and it's been a lifelong dream of mine to play football at the Naval Academy."

It's easy to understand where Fiorelli learned about the military and what it would take to be a successful student athlete. He had a lot of influential people he could look up too to help him with his decision.

"My dad and brother both graduated from the Naval Academy and my brother is currently serving and my other brother is a senior at West Point," Fiorelli said. "I've had several other family members in the military."

He made 2nd team All-State after leading St. Christophers with 82 tackles, including nine for a loss, a sack and an interception. He also earned 1st team All-Prep honors.

Fiorelli, who sports a 4.2 GPA and scored 2040 on his SAT, also had offers from West Point, Princeton, and Davidson. Ultimately, the Naval Academy was always at the top of his list.

"I applied regularly but I also had the offer so they said I would get in either way," Fiorelli said.

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Friday, January 24, 2014
January 23, 2014 - 2014 Distinguished Graduates

This message is being sent to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors and to Class, Chapter and Parent Club leadership. 

We are pleased to announce that five U.S. Naval Academy alumni were chosen by the Naval Academy Alumni Association as the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award.  Congratulations to:

LtGen Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.), Class of 1952

RADM William C. Miller, USN (Ret.), Class of 1962

ADM Charles S. Abbot, USN (Ret.), Class of 1966

ADM Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret.), Class of 1968

ADM Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr, USN (Ret.), Class of 1970

Each year, we honor distinguished graduates because of their demonstrated and unselfish commitment to a lifetime of service, their personal character, and the significant contributions they have made to the Navy and Marine Corps or as leaders in industry or government. The 2014 Distinguished Graduate Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, 21 March 2014. We will provide additional background on our newest Distinguished Graduates in Shipmate, WaveTops and our website  in the near future.

Congratulations to the 2014 Distinguished Graduates!

Byron Marchant ‘78
President, U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association