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.
Navy vs. ECU 2015 4 October 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Navy vs. Colgate 2015 6 September 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Photos.
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Shipmate: September/October 2015 5 August 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
This summer is flying by. I suppose that my back surgery on July 20th contribute to losing track of time, with the affects of general anesthesia and painkillers that numb one’s perception of time and space. I have come out of the “fog of anesthesia” and now look forward to a new life without chronic sciatic pain. Oh, the marvels of modern medical science!
I received “newbie” news submission from Jim Sanford:
I don’t think I have EVER submitted anything for Shipmate, so here goes. I retired from the Navy in 2003 after Commanding HAWES, served as Reactor Officer in THEODORE ROOSEVELT, and serving as the COMNAVAIRLANT Force Nuclear Propulsion Officer. I now work for a defense contractor near Pittsburgh, PA. Patti and I live in Eighty Four, PA, a small town with the first 84 Lumber Yard, the 84 Lumber HQ, one traffic light, two gas stations, a Subway, a pharmacy, and Danny Junior’s Pizza. Life is good on our ten acres on the side of a hill, especially for ham radio. Last weekend, Patti & I, along with Stephanie and Jay Gardiner (who live north of Pittsburgh) drove to Ipswich, MA, for the wedding of Rocky Raher’s daughter, Amy. I took hundreds of pictures, I’ll be sending a few, for use as you see fit, or not. BTW, one of the things I’m involved in at work is recruiting. If any Classmates know of engineers looking for employment, please send me their resume!
Here’s another update from fellow 26th Company mate, Mark Metalf:
Well, semi-retirement in Charlottesville is managing to keep me busier than ever. In May I traveled to Newport to present an invited paper on China’s use of standardization in warship construction at a conference sponsored by the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) and the Naval Institute. Interacting with some real experts on the PLA Navy was a great experience, but having an excuse to spend two months before the conference translating, analyzing, and writing was what really made it all worthwhile.
In June it was off to Taiwan to present a paper at an academic conference on how contemporary PRC military texts apply Sunzi’s ‘Art of War’ to modern warfare. Since Ben (recently appointed head coach of his pro basketball team) has lived & worked in Taiwan for the past eight years, Terry & I turned the visit into a 10-day family vacation, also bringing our daughter, Amy, along for the trip. There have definitely been a lot of changes since Terry & I graduated from high school in Taipei during the early 1970s.
Finally, in July it was back to Minnesota for a family reunion, so we took the ‘long way’ and spent a leisurely four days driving across the picturesque Michigan Upper Peninsula. On the way back we passed through Eureka, Illinois, and had an all-too-brief visit with Mike Thurwanger. Mike’s currently on the faculty of Eureka College where he’s also the director of the college’s Ronald Reagan Leadership Program. We also took the opportunity to reminisce about the “character building” (i.e., Princess Bride caliber rodents) nine-week foreign exchange cruise that Mike, Joe Bouchard, and I spent aboard the ex-USS Maddox with the Republic of China Navy a mere 40 years (!) earlier.
Here’s an update from Gary Greenfield:
Brittany finished her first year of b-school at MIT Sloan in May, which gave her the unique opportunity to participate in an international Bordeaux blind tasting competition with two of her classmates. Created by the Commandiere du Bontemps in 2000 to promote Left Bank Bordeaux wine amongst those in their 20’s (to get away from its perception as stodgy), the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup brings together the top 2 teams from the US, France, Europe and Asia for finals in Bordeaux in June. After qualifying at the regionals at the French Consulate in NY in January (during a blizzard nonetheless), the Sloan team was invited to Bordeaux for a 3-day tour of being wined and dined by the top chateaus of the Left Bank. The week culminated with the finals in the barrel room of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which Brittany has described as “Hunger Games for Wine Tasting.” While Sloan did not take home the Cup, they saw the real prize as being able to participate in the trip – and enjoy the party after!
That’s all the news I have this time. I am glad to be home recovering from my back surgery and want to personally thank my doctor, Myles Brager, and the staff at Carroll Hospital Center (Westminster, MD) for taking such great care of me!
See you at the Navy Tailgaters!!! GO NAVY!!!
Shipmate: Membership and Services 2015 8 July 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
Barb and I had the opportunity to see the Macy’s fireworks display on the 4th of July this year. I had to postpone my back surgery (“Lumbar Decompression and Spinal Fusion with Instrumentation”) a month (now July 20th) but it was worth it! We drove up from New Market to Brooklyn after picking up my son, Chris, at his Baltimore row home to spend the holiday weekend with daughter Meghan and her husband, Jared Marinos USMA’05. While in NYC we rendezvoused with Jim Doherty and his wife, Melanie, and their daughter, Bobbie, at The Smith Midtown restaurant for lunch on the 4th. They had their Coast Guard Academy cadet that they sponsor with them as well, Jason Kniss USCGA’17. Doc’s NYC co-op apartment is just around the corner from The Smith Midtown, one of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan. After lunch, Barb and I hopped on a taxi back to Brooklyn to rejoin with Meghan, Jared and Chris at Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park to find a spot to view the fireworks along with thousands of other people. Jared’s parents, Pam and Jim Marinos met up with us, too. It was a good thing that we arrived three hours before the fireworks began because the pier became totally packed with the throng of spectators. The wait was worth it because we were treated to one of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen, especially with the Manhattan skyline as a background. [You can see a good video of the 2015 Macy’s Fireworks] I am adding the Fourth of July Washington D.C. Fireworks to my bucket list because I understand that is also spectacular to witness.
Here is an update from 1/4 of the Class of 76’s naval architects:
The French, in search of a good reason for a party, sent a replica of Lafayette’s flagship, the frigate Hermione, to several US east coast cities in June. She’s shown here rendering honors with a DDG. Several of your naval artichokes decided it was worth a visit. First up was Yorktown where Tenley and Larry Raithel have recently taken up residence. Here’s a shot of Larry on the main deck. In addition to visiting the Hermione, the Raithels hosted a delegation from Yorktown’s Sister City, Port-Vendres, France, for the salad course of a progressive dinner, with fine California wines. All came together nicely given the Raithel’s naval lineage; Larry’s and his dad’s (Al Raithel ’51) family lineage goes back to the town of Rethel, France. The Raithels have recently renovated a late 1800’s home in the middle of Historic Yorktown and it is open for classmate visits!
Next up was good old Annapolis. Barbara and Kevin Stone decided it was worth waiting over an hour to view the ship (well, at least Kevin did). While they were waiting patiently up strolls Mike Bosworth who was a volunteering entertaining the visitors with details about the ship. The photo shows Kevin and Mike, who is full 1700’s sailor regalia, in front of the Hermione. Kevin was a practicing naval architect for 25 years while Mike is still going strong at NAVSEA on the LCS program. Mike, while not otherwise engaged in ship design, is in a “Sea Shanty” group that performs in the region.
[Scribe Note: The original Hermione was part of the blockade at the Battle of the Virginia Capes that led to the British surrender, ending the American Revolution.]
Deer and motorcycles do not mix at all! Just ask Tim Farrell:
On April 29 I hit a deer while riding my motorcycle. The bike and I didn’t go down but I broke my left leg, tibial plateau fracture. I didn’t need surgery, but the Orthopedists told me that I had to keep my leg immobilized and not put weight on it for six weeks. I did such a good job following Doctors’ orders that Memorial Day weekend I developed deep vein thrombosis and bilateral pulmonary embolism and spent my first nights since birth in a hospital. Today the Orthopedist told me I was healed and I got my bike back. On June 18 Scott Jenkins and I met for our quarterly boys’ night out at Sullivan’s Steakhouse King of Prussia, PA.
[Scribe Note: I remain amazed to this day that Barb and I were unscathed after we hit a large deer on my motorcycle several years ago on Mussetter Road near the Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, MD! The only injury was to the poor deer who hobbled off into the woods.]
On June 13th, Seventh Company Seadogs gathered at the home of Chris and Bill Ostendorff in Oakton, VA, for a mini-reunion to mark Kara and Randy Pinetti’s “first ever” venturing out to the East Coast from their base in the San Francisco Bay area. Other attendees included: Stephanie and Jay Gardiner, Geraldine and Frank Inzirillo, Joelle and Wayne Jakubowski, Janice and Calvin Langford, Barb and Chuck Renner, Patti and Jim Sanford, and Bunny and Dave Venlet. Participating via cell phone/video were Dean Dobbert from Ohio and Ernie Leidiger and Ike Owens over lunch from San Diego. Of significant interest to the group was the sharing of “never before heard midshipmen tales” involving Ernie and Randy.
I received late news from Phil Poirier:
Tim Traaen and Phil Poirier were proud to represent the Class on a beautiful San Diego day on July 2nd at Naval Base San Diego for the presentation of Class of ’76 Leadership Awards to LTJG Megan Myers and STG1 Brennan Lukas of USS HIGGINS (DDG-76). We were fortunate to be squeezed in the awards ceremony just a few days before Higgins deployed. The CO, CDR Allen P. Johnson ‘97, expressed his gratitude to the Class including its sponsorship of numerous sailors for the recent Poinsettia Bowl, and looks forward to reestablishing an ongoing relationship between the ship and the Class of ’76.
Bryan Dolan is looking for any interested cyclers in our Class that might be planning any bicycle trips in the USA or elsewhere in the near future or next year. If interested, please email Bryan at: Bryan Dolan <email@example.com>
On a final note, I received news that one of our Classmates, Paul Stimson, succumbed to ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on Wednesday, June 10th. Paul Stimson is the son of a highly decorated World War II submarine commander, Paul Stimson Sr. ’36. Paul Stimson left the Naval Academy after 2 years and began pursuing other things like skydiving and captaining sailing boats along the Florida Coast and to the Bahamas. His pursuits for adventure and physical pursuits included bike riding, rock & ice climbing, team skydiving, slalom skiing, surfing and scuba diving. He got married to Mary Jane in 1990, a year after moving to Sonoma County where he worked as a land surveyor. He took his illness in stride and never complained. In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his mother, Emily Stimson of Largo, FL; sisters Emily Maney of Indian Rocks Beach, FL, and Katheryn Stimson of Largo, FL; and three nephews. Our thought and prayers go out to Mary Jane and the extended family.