Shipmate March/April 2016 26 January 2016Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
As I write this, the eastern seaboard is digging out from the first major snowstorm of 2016, appropriately named “The Blizzard of 2016”. The Federal Government in Washington, D.C. is still shut down. The storm was so bad that Jim Stavridis had to cancel his Forrestal Lecture at USNA scheduled for tonight. Many roads are still unplowed, including the main road into my neighborhood, which means I may be stuck at home again tomorrow (Tuesday). The town where I live, New Market, MD, had a total accumulation of 35” of snow. Many airports are still not back to full operations. AMTRAK is beginning to resume some of its routes on the east coast. My wife and I spent the weekend watching a lot of movies, as well as the NFL playoffs. I got a lot of exercise shoveling a lot of snow. At least I am ready to go back to work when they clear the major arteries in Maryland.
Many of you already know that we lost another Classmate, Reed Jarvi (28th Company) who passed away after a battle with cancer on December 21st at the Avow Hospice of Naples, Florida. George Watt ’73 wrote to me saying that he was going to perform the eulogy for Reed at the Celebration of his life on January 9th, having been a close friend of Reed’s as well as their wives over the years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reed’s wife, Darlene.
Reed’s Plebe roommate, Mark Haas, sent me some news and some of his memories of Reed:
My son, Chris, and I went to the Military Bowl, where Navy ended its record-setting season (11 wins!) by whipping up on ACC member Pittsburgh, 44-28. Although the Brigade was not back yet from XMAS vacation and Pitt had a very good turnout of fans, our team was ready and showed all of the rabid Pitt fans just who had the better team! We went to the game with my Class of ’79 buddy, Tim Blue, and his daughter, Lucy.
On a somber note, on Dec 21 we got the news of the passing away of my old Plebe Year roomie, Reed Jarvi, due to cancer. Although Reed traded me in for Dave Boch following Plebe Year, I never held it against him! Does not appear that many (if any) of his classmates were aware of his situation – and it was apparently a case of going downhill very quickly at the end. I had a nice long phone call with his wife, Darlene, on Dec 31 – she was doing pretty well in light of the great support she has down in Florida. A handful of the 28th Company gang made it down to Florida for a Celebration of Reed’s life on Jan 9, including Lee Freund (& wife Ann), John Boulden, Denny Gardner, Phil Cook (& wife Mary) and Rod Ullein (& wife Sue). Lee told me that there was quite a turnout for the event and that it was obvious that Reed had a ton of great friends and associates, including many from the Rugby field, with which Reed was still involved (coaching and playing). I remember Reed as a jovial fellow who could always put a smile on your face. I also remember the frustration of Plebe Year when I could not beat him in Squash (his experience with a tennis racquet trumped what I thought was my superior agility!). Here’s hoping that there is Rugby in the afterlife and that Reed has already found himself a spot to coach and/or play! We will all miss you at the 40th, buddy, but know you will be there in spirit…
Thanks for the great tribute to Reed, Mark Haas!
Gary Greenfield reports of another journey outside CONUS:
Over the holidays, we headed down to Brazil. I had been up the Amazon once and a couple of other times to some cities on business, but had not really taken advantage of the exploring Rio de Janeiro and other towns. We worked our way from well north to just south of Rio over about a 10-day period. Brazil has a lot of great history and certainly where the Americas developed in the early years once discovered. Unfortunately, Brazil today is economically challenged, driven by the falling of commodity prices, China’s woes (they have been Brazil’s biggest export partner) and lack of government reform, which has been aggravated by political scandal. It is a shame to see it happen, for those I have met in Brazil and the friends I have from Brazil are all wonderful people. As is frequent with weakened economic conditions, it has led to increased crime and it feels noticeably dangerous in areas you would not expect to be.
There were several highlights for us, of which I will mention a few. One was visiting the site of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue in Recife, which was the first Synagogue in the Americas. The founders had left Europe due to persecution and 150 years later left Brazil due to the Inquisition, settling in New Amsterdam (New York) to create the first Jewish community there. This small group of Jews had a profound impact on the Americas. On New Year’s Eve we watched the fireworks over Copacabana from the water and were reminded how sad the downturn has led nearly 50 cities to cancel Carnival, of which Brazil is almost as proud of as they are their national soccer team. But it was a quite a view. In Rio we did ascend Mt. Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer, but the weather was so rainy and overcast, all we could see what a vague outline. Overall, a great trip!
Tim Farrell provided another input that should be of special interest to Classmates in the Philadelphia area:
The most-supported regularly-scheduled service academy alumni event in the Philadelphia area is the West Point Society of Philadelphia networking lunch held the first Wednesday of every month at 1130 at the Chart House Penn’s Landing. Chris Scoppa, Hugh Willis, and I were at the last one on January 2, making USNA ’76 the most-represented class from any service academy. Not to continue to be outdone by Army, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni is reactivating led by our Chapter President, Kevin McCloskey ’93. Our Chapter holds happy hours every other third Thursday at 1800 in the Graham Building near Philadelphia City Hall. Hugh Willis and I went to the last one on January 21st; the next one is March 17th.
Christi and Bruce Hinkley had a chance to spend some snow time with their children and grandchildren in Maine. It was the first snow of the season on December 27. Latest first snow in Rangeley, Maine, since 1947!
I think this is the first input I’ve received from Joe Bouchard:
In May last year I left the corporate world to work for a family foundation based in Charlottesville. I was in town on foundation business and had a chance to get together with Terry and Mark Metcalf. I live in Virginia Beach and my foundation work is primarily in Coastal Virginia, though I travel extensively in the US and abroad. My daughter Ellen graduates from the University of Virginia in May and is going on to graduate school in neurobiology.
Proud papa, Ernie Halton, writes of a family milestone event:
On September 11th our son, EJ Halton ’13 received his wings! He asked for his dad to pin on his wings, and I was very proud to do so. With nearly 20 family and friends watching and slightly steady fingers, I put the gold wings on his chest. After the ceremony, proud mom and dad stood with the new Naval Aviator and Helo pilot. Three of four Naval Academy grad family members were in attendance, Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ’02. Brother in Law, Joe Peterson ’78, was not able to attend. In attendance was also Ernie’s 32nd Company mate, Bernie Vanosdall, to see another new pilot get his wings.
EJ will be stationed in Jacksonville Florida and fly the UH60R. After years of pulling for Surface Warfare, I now get to pull for Naval Air!
Here’s a final note from Kevin Stone:
Classmates: we continue to receive inquiries about the 40th Reunion. For those of you who slept through the various ‘Reunion Chow Calls’, here’s a reminder: The 40th Reunion will be over Labor Day Weekend. Dinner and Tailgate Formations will be INSIDE, with events planned for Thursday through Sunday. The reunion HQ hotel is the Annapolis Westin. Please call them for reservations (410-972-4300) and ask for the Class of ‘76 room block. Game tickets are not yet available, watch for the announcement for when our ticket block is available. If you are not getting emails from Kevin then please go to http://www.usna.com and update your profile. If you snooze, you lose!
Military Bowl 2015 – Navy vs. Pitt 3 January 2016Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Army Navy 2015 19 December 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Shipmate: January/February 2016 5 December 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
This has been a tremendous football season for Navy. They were one game away from hosting the AAC Championship game and already accepted a bid for the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl in Annapolis against an ACC opponent! We had great turnouts for the home tailgaters and relatively good weather for the most part. What’s not to like? With that said, I have a few words of thanks from Kevin Stone regarding our home games tailgaters:
Wow, it was a great season of Navy football and tailgating. The weather cooperated (for the most part) and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly week in and week out. We had anywhere from 40 to 125 attendants at any one game. That didn’t happen all by itself so thanks are in order to Lisa Alberg for coordinating the delicious menus and to Dave Rossetti for taking on the role as “Class Tent Master”. Each week a different classmate (and usually spouse) took care setting up the tailgate and breaking it down; thanks go to John Boulden, Lynn and Randy Goff, Carol and Bruce Petit, Kate and Dave Papak, as well as Linda and Doug Schaus. And finally, as with every year, thanks to my bride, Barbara, for her support.
Elsewhere in this issue you should see a large advertisement announcing our 40th Reunion. Keep an eagle eye out for more details in your email. Speaking of which, have you been getting my emails this fall about tailgates? If yes, you’re in great shape to get reunion news. No? Then you’re going to miss the gouge. Go to http://www.usna.com and update your profile with a good email address.
As most of you know, the Yeager Pavilion was dedicated during Air Force week. The Pavilion is beautiful and it reflects the tremendous generosity of Robin and Mike Yeager. Again, the Class of ’76 and the Naval Academy thanks you, Robin & Mike – BRAVO ZULU! Below is a picture from the dedication.
Received email from fellow 26th Company mate, Mark Metcalf, about a journey to the magical lands of 4-leaf Clovers and colorful kilts. May the luck of the Irish be with you! Lang may yer lum reek! (We have a Piper down!)
In late October Terry and I took a weeklong vacation in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Although we’d lived in England for a total of four years, this was our first trip across the Irish Sea. We concentrated on the northern half of the island, B&B-ing our way to the Giant’s Causeway, Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. Spectacular scenery, good weather (for October), exceptionally hospitable people, and a paucity of fellow tourists on the roads. And, yes, the Guinness in Ireland was as good as folks said it would be (ask me how I know). Ireland was followed by four days in Edinburgh where I gave a paper on ‘How PRC military texts explain Sunzi’s precepts on deception’ at a 2-day joint US-UK-PRC conference on military ethics sponsored by the University of Edinburgh. The 18 participants included Chinese & UK academics, as well as faculty from USNA, USAFA, and the Naval War College. Certainly, it was a unique and thought-provoking experience. The social highlight of the conference was a dinner at Edinburgh Castle hosted by the Governor of the Castle, MGEN Riddell-Webster. However, that’s the last travel until next summer. Starting in January I’ll again be teaching an undergraduate seminar on “Sunzi and The Art of War” at UVA. Did I mention that I’m enjoying semi-retirement?
Check out (pun intended) this story from Gary Greenfield!
If you are not hearing about the Hubbard brood, it is probably due to the Greenfield family catching up! A couple of weekends ago, my daughter, Brittany, was a finalist in the 2015 International MBA Sales Competition sponsored by Microsoft and HubSpot. It featured students drawn from MBA programs around the world and Brittany, from Sloan MIT, was one of the 30 finalists. The competition was in two forms – individual and groups of three randomly assigned. These were two separate contents and Brittany advanced through the rounds to be part of the final three – both for the group and for the individual competition. The competition was held in Boston and while not invited to earlier rounds, I was able to attend the final presentations, held during the same time Navy was crushing Memphis. Not easy not be offering sales coaching from the sidelines, but like for Navy, it was not needed. She excelled in both categories, taking the 2nd place overall in both the individual and group competitions. Better than trophies there were cash awards for each, but the bigger reward was being there to see her stand out performance.
Tim Farrell and fellow 27th Company Classmates had a couple of mini-reunions:
Scott Jenkins, Dave Sneeringer, and I enjoyed our quarterly boys’ night out at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Radnor, PA, on October 22. Jerry Willett, Jim Grayson, and I were at the mini-reunion tailgate party on October 3.
Melody and Charles Dirienzo enjoyed a wonderful time at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Academy in November
Two classmates got together on November 15 to ride the Horrible Hundred Cycling event in Clermont, Florida. Bryan Dolan and Bruce Northridge teamed up to represent Navy, and learned why this event is called the “Horrible” Hundred. Who would have guessed that Florida would have hills, let alone a mountain! To make matters worse, wind speeds were up that day, hitting 15-16 mph. The combination of wind and terrain gave them a challenge greater than anything they faced before, but they represented Navy well.
For the Navy-SMU game, my wife, Barb, and I joined the Papaks at their super-duper RV for their tailgater. Several Classmates and wives, along with business associates supporting the Travis Manion Foundation joined the Papaks. The following pictures are courtesy of Tamara Eden.
Well, that’s it for this edition. May you have the Happiest of Holidays and a Blessed New Year!
Navy vs. SMU 2015 5 December 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Navy vs. USF 2015 8 November 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Navy vs. Tulane 2015 8 November 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Navy vs. Air Force 2015 11 October 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Min-Reunion September 2015 Fleet Reserve Club 11 October 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Shipmate: November/December 2015 6 October 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
We are four football games into the season and Navy has compiled a 4-0 record, 2-0 in the AAC conference with dominating victories over ECU and UCONN. Couldn’t ask for a better start! The tailgaters continue to be well attended with great food and camaraderie. This past weekend, Navy dominated Air Force 33-11 giving Navy the opportunity to reclaim the Commander In Chief’s Trophy with a victory over Army in the annual Classic in December. This was our Class “mini-reunion” weekend with a nice turn out for a sit down dinner at the Fleet Reserve Club on Friday in Annapolis and a great turnout, in spite of the wet and windy weather for the tailgater and game on Saturday. Many kudos and thanks to Barbara and Kevin Stone, as well as Kate and Dave Papak for coordinating the mini-reunion weekend. Also, to Dave Rosetti for setting up the ’76 tent(s) (we lost one in the heavy winds Friday night) and for covering the ground in hay to mitigate the standing water from the heavy rains. I apologize if I missed anyone who contributed to the planning and execution of the mini-reunion weekend. Oh, and thanks to my fellow “20 After” band members, my lovely wife, Barb, and Jim “Doc” Doherty for a great performance at the Friday night dinner and for setting up and tearing down most of the equipment (along with a few unnamed Classmates) since I have limited mobility due to recent back surgery. Big news for the Class this past week was the dedication of the Yeager Pavilion at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Thursday, October 1st! The plaque on the wall in the pavilion reads: “J. Michael ’76 & Robin Yeager – A former Navy football player who helped the team bring home three Commander-in-Chief’s trophies, Mike Yeager embodies the moral, mental and physical commitment the Naval Academy strives to instill in midshipmen. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Mike began a distinguished career in the global oil and gas industry. He and his wife, Robin, have provided significant support for the Academy and Navy Athletics, and the Academy is honored to recognize their generosity.” For the Class of ’76, allow me extend a sincere thank you, Robin and Mike Yeager, for your tremendous support to the Academy and Navy Athletics! You both deserve a hearty Bravo Zulu!
I received an interesting submission from Gary Greenfield with his perspective of a visit to NAPS:
A few days ago I had the opportunity to join the “Supe”, Admiral Ted Carter ’81 (when they were not even at the Academy while we were there, I know I am getting old), in Newport, Rhode Island. About 20 of us were invited to visit the Naval War College and NAPS, as well as get an update on the Academy. We were hosted at the NY Yacht Club (America’s Cup), though we obviously visited the Naval Base. It was a pretty broad group – from Admiral Weschler ’39 to parents of a Youngster. Peter Harris from our class was also there.
For me the highlight was visiting NAPS. Though there are many graduates of NAPS among the class, I am not quite sure I fully understood its role in the Academy admissions process. Of course the NAPS our classmates attended was in Bainbridge, though it is now in Newport. Clearly many of our classmates will know this information, but thought I would share for the rest of us less familiar. A key thing I did not know was there are direct entries – aka, not coming from prior military service. This started in 1968. In the current class, there are 244, 188 men, and 56 women: 49 out of the Fleet, 5 from the Corps. 78% are direct entries, though all sign a two-year E-1 contract when coming in. The admissions office recommends anyone they think offer potential for USNA to NAPS if they think they can fill out some key requirements. All NAPS students (“NAPSters”) still need to apply for a nomination. However, they have a high graduation and acceptance rate. 89% from this past year were at I-Day – represented about 20% of the class of 2019. As a side note, the Foundation also sponsors another 50 in private prep schools.
NAPS is under the USNA command, but its funding streams are separate. As a result, they just don’t have the quality of facilities that the Academy has, or even sports program (94 are varsity athletes). They are in four buildings, though some are shared. Nimitz is their football field. A couple of small examples of funding shortages include that grass is not cut until it gets longer than 10 inches (the staff voluntarily cuts it over lunch) and for the four buildings there is only one wireless access point.
Captain Mike Doherty ’92 has put together a modest program for capital and other improvements. The USNA Foundation is taking the leadership on this. He has his top 5:
• Motivate Midshipmen Candidates
• Keep Team Unified despite GS/AD change
• Develop and Refine Ethics Program
• Upgrade Facilities – Athletic and Wireless
• Provide Stability (resist some change)
The visit for me not only generated increase respect for classmates that attended NAPS, but raised awareness that NAPS needs to be part of the our funding priorities for USNA.
Pat Tracy recently returned from a couple of weeks in Penang, Malaysia, where he helped to train 100+ new Logos Hope crew members in basic shipboard safety. All volunteers, they will serve on board for the next two years, bringing knowledge, help and hope to people in South Asia, island nations in the Indian Ocean, and Africa. As a bonus, when Pat stopped thru Houston on his way home, he got to meet his new grandson, who had just come home from the hospital an hour or two before! (So now the Tracy’s have one of each, for anyone keeping score.)
Nancy and Mike Willy attended daughter Ellen’s Master’s Degree graduation ceremony in San Diego, CA, from Ashford University with honors in Organizational Management and Human Resources. Ellen is a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) in the USAF (18 years) and works at the Pentagon.
Mike O’Loughlin reminds us how small the world can be:
Everyone’s lives are more connected than we realize. Even though I lost my twin brother, Lawrence “Lan” O’Loughlin, 12 years ago to liver cancer I am reminded of all the people’s lives he touched and how those lives eventually reach out and touch me. Twelve years ago a Venezuelan family moved next door to me. No chance they could be connected to me via my brother but believe it or not, Jose’s brother, Pereira Santiago Juncosa, and my brother were in 29th Company together Plebe year. Lan left the Academy during Plebe year and went on to complete college at Auburn University. Then a few weeks ago it happened again at the Navy-ECU game tailgater. Rick Pfisterer, a friend and an aerospace associate of Mark Hubbard, introduced me to his brother-in-law, Scott Barnett, who not only knew Lan, but also taught at Watauga High School in Boone, NC, with him for many years. Scott’s wife, Susy, saw the O’Loughlin nametag on me and she looked at Scott saying, “I wonder if he is Lan’s brother!” I was wondering why they were staring at my nametag and Susy’s comment explained it all. Scott moved away from Boone to Lenoir, NC, before Lan died but he remembered many things Lan did during his 24-year teaching and coaching career. Over the years Lan became more than just a teacher and a coach to many young adults growing up in Boone. Thanks, Scott, for reminding me how special Lan was and how so many people remember him and what he did in his life. Lan presented my shadow box to me when I retired from the Navy in 2001 and he will always be a part of my Navy life.
For all of you active cyclists out there, Bryan Dolan is wondering if any of our Classmates are interested in riding in the Horrible Hundred 2015 bicycle event on Sunday, November 15th in Clermont, Florida (or the warm-up on Saturday, Nov. 14th). For more information go to: http://www.horrible-hundred.com/. If interested, email Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bryan also mentioned that he and wife, Joyce, had a visit from Patti and Jim Sanford over Labor Day weekend. The Sanfords had been at Disney World with family and made the trip down to Indian Shores, FL, for some beach time with the Dolans.
Here’s the final word from our illustrious Class President, Kevin Stone:
On October 1st the NAAA formally dedicated the J. Michael and Robin Yeager Pavilion at the Stadium. It was a moving event with several of Mike’s football teammates in attendance including: Robin and Mike Yeager, Kate and Dave Papak, Gerri and Bob Jackson, Chris and Lenny Mokan, Chet Moeller, and, representing the class, Barbara and Kevin Stone. This impressive space, which overlooks the class seating section, was made possible through Mike and Robin’s generosity. Mike’s impassioned testimony on the effect that the Naval Academy has had on his life was the highlight of the evening.
I believe we can all say the same – the Naval Academy and our service afterwards, no matter how long or short, molded us forever and have made our lives all the richer. We are all bound to each other as classmates and are the stronger for it. (Ed. note: There is a larger piece on this elsewhere in the issue along with a photo.)
The 40th Reunion is now less than a year away! We’re having our organizational meetings to divvy up responsibilities and take the load off of Mike (and Vanessa) Seifert, your Reunion Chair-team. Watch your inbox and mailbox for announcements but here is the basic gouge: The Reunion is over Labor Day weekend as that is the only game currently scheduled that has the N* Room available for the tailgate. (As I write this we have a nor’easter lashing us with several inches of rain in advance of the Air Force game tailgate and am thankful we won’t have to worry about that at the reunion because we’re inside.) The hotel is the Westin; we have a block of rooms available (USNA Class of 1976 40th Reunion). We’ll have a dinner Friday night, Tailgate & game Saturday. The rest is somewhat fluid at this moment as to exact times and locations for class meetings, brunch, golf, etc. If you are not on the email list (i.e. if you don’t get my Tailgate signup emails) then you need to go to http://www.usna.com and update your profile.