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Shipmate: September/October 2016 31 July 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

Another Navy football season and our 40th Reunion are just around the corner – time sure does fly as we get older! Looking forward to the big Class of ’76 celebration over Labor Day Weekend. This summer presented an opportunity for many of you to travel and provide me with your vacation stories.

Greg Vaughn submitted his Trip Advisor review of his trek to Ireland:

Susan and I just got back from a ten-day trip to Ireland. While there we had the opportunity to tour the landmarks and attractions in Dublin and Kilkenny with Debbie and Jim McKee. The timing for their trip (and ours) was to coincide with the marriage of Jim’s eldest son, Ryan, to a young Irish lady, Claire, who Ryan met while living in New Zealand. They are a lovely couple. Ryan has his own virtual reality software company and Claire is a Palliative Care Professional and they both plan to return to New Zealand after a whirlwind honeymoon in the U.S. – visiting Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon on their westward journey home. Jim and Deb actually met us in Ireland after touring Scotland with Ryan and Claire and their youngest son, Kevin. I’ve included a photo of the McKee clan taken in Kilkenny and one of Jim and Debbie and my wife, Susan when we were in Dublin.

We had a great time and didn’t let the rain bother us a bit. Friendly people, beautiful countryside, impressive medieval castles and relics from another age were all part of an exciting journey. We stumbled onto a drum and bagpipe competition just north of Dublin and Jim & I both got our photography fix for the month. Add to that a good Irish wedding and it made for a very enjoyable and memorable trip!

As an aside, we all toured the Guinness Storehouse while we were in Dublin (advertised as the #1 attraction in the capital city). I think they tell you in their literature how great the Guinness is before you go through the tour, but I didn’t believe it – it’s always tasted like cigarette tar to me, whether in WESTPAC or in the Century Pub in Falmouth, MA. (Guinness Stout was what we drank first in my younger years to make sure all the beer that followed tasted great.) Well in Ireland, Guinness is fresh and it is fabulous! I was very pleasantly surprised when we did the tasting and found it to be very tasty and smooth. An unexpected pleasure!

The weather there was very pleasant and cool with intermittent showers. Very different than the heat and humidity that we experienced on our return to our Nation’s Capital after the Fourth of July.

All in all a great trip! Highly Recommended!

 

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

Susan Vaughn joins Jim & Debbie McKee to pose with an Irish Policeman

Susan Vaughn joins Jim & Debbie McKee to pose with an Irish Policeman

Susan Vaughn between Debbie & Jim with a beautiful Cathedral in the background

susan Vaughn between Debbie & Jim with a beautiful Cathedral in the background

The beautiful couple, newlyweds Ryan & Claire McKee

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

The Groom, Ryan McKee, receiving applause after his speech

The beautiful couple, newlyweds Ryan & Claire McKee

Greg & Susan Vaughn have a Guinness moment

Greg & Susan Vaughn have a Guinness moment

Bryan Dolan reports from Wimbledon:

Joyce and I just completed a fabulous 3-1/2 weeks across the pond – Israel, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the UK. The main event was a river cruise up the Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg. Finished with a day at Wimbledon, a bucket list item. Looking forward to seeing everyone over Labor Day weekend!

Joyce & Bryan Dolan enjoying the tennis matches at Wimbledon

TJoyce & Bryan Dolan enjoying the tennis matches at Wimbledon

Bryan Dolan also reports that five USNA grads got together after Friday (29JULY), day 6 of RAGBRAI XLIV. Left to right: Hugh Blackwood ’73, Team Captain Craig McDonald ’76, Steve Kelly ’76, Greg Vaughn ’76, and Bryan Dolan ’76. Once again, a firstie from ’73 trying to run anther plebe summer, but this time we have him outnumbered.

Navy Alumni at RAGBRAI XLIV

Navy Alumni at RAGBRAI XLIV

Chuck Litz writes:

This year marked the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most pivotal events of WWII. VIPs, invited guests, active duty military, and veterans braved foul weather to attend the annual Battle of Midway Celebration Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. This was the 4th Battle of Midway dinners that I have attended and Dave Jourdan’s presentation was the best. Plus, we finally got Chris Kidd out in the open with us. It was a wonderful, true Navy affair.

Matthew T. Eng writes of the event, “Marine explorer and author David Jourdan rounded off the evening’s festivities with his talk, ‘The Search for the Japanese Fleet.’ This year’s lecture built on the intelligence theme of last year’s event, which Jourdan admitted was a ‘significant part of the story.’ Using his knowledge as an underwater explorer and researcher, Jourdan based his informative talk on his 2015 book of the same name. Jourdan has become an expert on the battle and the heroic exploits of submarine USS Nautilus.” [NOTE: The actions of Lt. Cdr. William Brockman and his ninety-three-man crew during an eight-hour period rank among the most important submarine contributions to the most decisive engagement in U.S. Navy history. Read more @ http://www.navyhistory.org/2016/06/more-than-luck-submarine-nautilus-plays-critical-role-at-74th-midway-celebration-dinner/%5D

Dave Jourdan, Phil Renaud '79 (Dave Renaud's brother), Chuck Litz, and Chris Kidd at the Midway Dinner

Dave Jourdan, Phil Renaud ’79 (Dave Renaud’s brother), Chuck Litz, and Chris Kidd at the Midway Dinner

Chuck Litz had a mini-reunion with Classmates, Jack Suter and Dave Manners Emerald Isle, NC. Chuck mentions, “Jack and I wrestled together on Navy’s team. One of us wrestled 142 and the other 150 lbs. You might be surprised which is which.”

Chuck Litz, Jack Suter, and Dave Manners at Emerald Isle

Chuck Litz, Jack Suter, and Dave Manners at Emerald Isle

On a final note, Dave Bealer (1st Company) passed away in Yuma, Arizona on June 7, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s loving wife, Kelly, his children Stephanie Bealer and Michael Bealer, and the rest of his family.

Class of 1976 40th Reunion 4 July 2016

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40th Reunion 2016
Hotel/ Registration/ Reunion Costs/ Check-In

Thanks to the hard work of our Reunion Committee, our 40th Reunion is on track and will be a great time to get together and relive the “good old days”. If you haven’t attended a reunion recently, now is the time. Registration is now open! Check the class reunion web site, 40th Reunion Information for all the details on how to register. This will initially take you to the USNA website where you have to log in. If you don’t remember your user ID and password, the alumni association can look it up for you. Don’t create a new one! Once you have logged in, paste the class reunion web site into your browser and it should take you to the class web site. There is a full weekend of events you won’t want to miss. Reunion weekend is scheduled from 1-4 September 2016. Plan to arrive early and stay late so as not to miss a thing.

Our 40th Reunion Headquarters Hotel is The Westin Annapolis. Block rooms have already sold out so if you haven’t made a reservation somewhere in Annapolis, you need to do so ASAP.

Registration and payment will be handled online through the Alumni Association. Information on “How to Register” can be found on the class web site. You must register no later than July 28th so that final numbers can be provided to our vendors. Only registrations made prior to July 28th will have pre-printed nametags. While you can still register after that date, there is no guarantee that you will receive your class jacket at reunion check in. The registration site will close down on or about August 26th.

All visitors to the Yard must present a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license, CAC, retired ID, etc. NOTE: If you are from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington State or American Samoa, your driver’s licenses will NOT provide access to USNA as your IDs do not meet the 2002 Federal “Real ID” law’s requirements. A second personal identification card, such as a passport, birth certificate will need to be presented along with the driver’s license. Please see the USNA website about visiting USNA for the latest info.

Reunion Costs/ Refunds/ Check-In
All prices include the cost of bus transportation in Annapolis, administration costs including name tags, printing, fees by NAAA for the room rental, Alumni Association fees for processing credit cards and managing funds as well as the reunion giveaways which this year is a jacket and a class challenge coin. Because we incur costs once you register, all refunds will be charged a 5% fee. Furthermore, because we will have to provide final counts and make commitments to our vendors, any refunds after August 15th will be considered a case by case basis. The good news is that we were able to keep our costs equal to or below those of our 35th reunion, which was not easy to do!

Early bird discount rates (registration prior to July 28th):
Registration Fee – $100 per classmate (Only Classmates need to pay this)
Thursday Cocktail Reception – $50 per person
Friday Reception/ Dinner & Tailgater Package- $165 per person
Friday Reception/ Dinner (a la carte) – $90 per person
Tailgater- Adult (a la carte) – $100 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 11-20 (a la carte) – $35 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 3-10 (a la carte) – $25 per person
Tailgater – Children, Ages 2 and under (a la carte) – No Charge

After July 28th (no guarantee of jacket & pre-printed name tag):
Registration Fee: $100 per classmate (Only Classmates need to pay this)
Thursday Reception: $55 per person
Friday Dinner & Tailgater Package: $180 per person
Friday Dinner (a la carte): $100 per person
Tailgater (a la carte): $110 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 11-20 (a la carte) – $35 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 3-10 (a la carte) – $25 per person
Tailgater – Children, Ages 2 and under (a la carte) – No Charge
Sunday Brunch: $25 per person

Reunion check-in will be located in the Westin Annapolis lobby on Thursday 1500-1900 and Friday from 1000-1830. On Saturday, check-in will be at the stadium in the N* lobby from 1000-1200. Please be sure to check-in before attending any of the reunion events or visiting the yard so that you have your reunion name tag (you need this, for example, to gain access to the Mid Store), schedule, bus transportation, and all up to date weekend events and information. Everyone is highly encouraged to check in Thursday or Friday at the Westin. That way you won’t have to carry your giveaways and check in information around with you during the tailgater and game. Classmates/Companymates are able to check-in for you in event you are unable to come earlier to the Westin.

Thursday, 1 September
Cocktail Reception

Thursday evening, there will be a reception at the Yeager Pavilion located inside Navy Marine Corps Stadium. This will be a casual evening with heavy hors d’oeurves. Bus transportation will be available from/to the Westin. This event is limited to 150 attendees – register early so you don’t miss out!

Friday, 2 September
Golf/ Memorial Service/ Class Meeting/ Superintendent’s Brief/ Formal Parade/ Class Reception & Dinner
Friday is filled with reunion events beginning with our Golf Outing starting at 0930 at the Naval Academy Golf Course. Keith Champion has all the details and will be taking payment. Our Memorial Service to honor our fallen comrades will take place at the Main Chapel at 0930. Lunch time is free to enjoy the Mid Store and lunch downtown or in the yard before we gather at Mahan Hall for the Class Meeting at 1245. The Superintendent’s Brief will follow at 1350. After the brief, we will gather for the Formal Parade on Worden Field. We will have a designated area for our class to review the parade. Continuous bus transportation will be available throughout the day to and from the Westin and the yard.

Friday evening is one of our main events of the weekend. A Reception and Dinner will take place to The Westin Annapolis beginning at 1900 with a cocktail reception in the lobby area. At 2000, the ballroom will open and we will enjoy a sit down dinner. There will be no reserved tables with one exception. The company that has the highest registration percentage will get a reserved table/tables and two free bottles of wine for each of their tables. So get your company mates to register prior to the August 19th cutoff. Later in the evening, a DJ will be cranking up the tunes for dancing. Smaller ballrooms and areas will be available outside the main ballroom for those that just wish to visit in a quieter environment. A photographer will be available for company photos in the lobby area. This is an adult only event.

Saturday, 3 September
Tailgater/ Football Tickets/ Company Parties

The Reunion Tailgater will take place in the N* Room at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium beginning at 1000. The N* Room is located on the Blue Side of the stadium below the press box. The banquet area is temperature controlled with closed circuit televisions and features indoor plumbing, offering many comforts regardless of the weather. There will also be two tented areas outside on the second floor for those that wish to enjoy the fall day. You MUST have a game ticket to gain entry into the stadium and the Tailgater. Our featured menu items include: Ice Cold Draft Beer, Assorted Wine, Assorted Sodas, Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Crab Cakes, Eastern Shore Herbed Grilled Chicken, Hot Pit Beef, Eastern Shore Raw Bar (Maryland Oysters and Clams shucked to order), Maryland Steamed Shrimp, Maryland Crab Soup, Antipasto, Fruit and Vegetable Table, Caesar Salad, Homemade Potato Chips, Homemade Cole Slaw, Assorted Desserts and Bo Brooks’ World Famous Nutty Buddies. A Cash Bar will be available for those who wish to purchase other than beer and wine. Food service will conclude at the end of the game with dessert and beverage service continuing until 1600. Please note: Due to the large attendance expected, walk-ups to the tailgater may not be able to be accommodated. Walk-ups, if accommodated, will still have to pay the full registration fee. Please remember that you MUST have a game ticket in order to enter the stadium and access the Tailgater.

Football tickets are available though NAAA and must be purchased separately through their web site. Season ticket holders do not need a separate ticket. The link with sign-in ID and password can be found on our class web site. Please note, this is an early game with kickoff set for 1200. Beat Fordham!

Following the game, there will be plenty of time for company parties as desired.

Sunday, 4 September
Class Breakfast

For those how have not been back to King Hall since graduation, this is a great opportunity to both bring back a host of memories as well as to see how things have changed since 1976. Breakfast hours are 0800-1000 (set by USNA) and we will be served family style as tables fill up. Sound familiar? Don’t be late or you might hear “no more food for midships” again!
Catholic and Protestant services will be held at the chapel. The rest of the day is open for class events as desired.

Reunion Merchandise available online
Class apparel and merchandise is available for the 40th Reunion at http://www.usnaclasstore.com/76store.html. Purchases will be mailed directly to your home in time for the reunion. Items will continue to be available for purchase during the reunion and for a short time following the reunion but don’t wait too long as we can’t control when the site shuts down.

Be sure to check the class web site frequently for the latest news and information regarding the reunion. Questions can be emailed to Valerie Gerheiser, Reunion Coordinator, at platweddings@aol.com or Mike Seifert, Reunion Chair, at vmlseifert@verizon.net. Don’t miss out…Register Today, and Go Navy!
Class of 76 40th Reunion Schedule of Events

Thursday Sept 1st
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation
1500-1900 Check-in- Westin Lobby
1900-2100 Cocktail Reception- Yeager Pavilion/N-MC Stadium

Friday Sept 2nd
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0930 Golf Outing – USNA Golf Course
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
0930-1030 Memorial Service- USNA Main Chapel
1000-1830 Check-in- Westin Lobby
1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation
1245-1330 Class Meeting- Mahan Hall
1350-1500 Superintendent Briefing and Alumni Association Welcome- Mahan Hall
1600-1715 Dress Parade- Worden Field
1915-2030 Jewish Service- Levy Center
1900-2300 Class Dinner- Westin Ballroom

Saturday Sept 3rd
0730-1200 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
1000-1200 Check-in- N* Lobby/ N-MC Stadium
1000-1600 Tailgate Party – N* Room/ N-MC Stadium
1200 Game Kick-off- Navy vs. Fordham
TBD Company Parties

Sunday Sept 4th
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1000 Catholic Service – USNA Main Chapel
0800-1000 Breakfast- King Hall
1100-1215 Protestant Service- USNA Main Chapel
1100-1700 Museum Hours
TBD Company Parties

Shipmate: Membership and Services 2016 4 June 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 has come and gone but what I found most memorable was the speech that John Allen gave on Wednesday, 25MAY, at NASA/GSFC. He was invited to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Memorial Day Commemorative Event hosted by the Goddard Veterans Advisory Committee (VAC), which I am presently a Co-Chair. Several Classmates joined John and me to honor our fallen heroes as he related his experience in Afghanistan when he ordered SEAL Team Six to locate and return an American Doctor, Dilip Joseph, who had been taken hostage by the Taliban. As John watched on one of the several monitors providing live feeds of various missions underway in the darkness of night, he saw the SEALs surround the building where the Doctor was being held and with precision, they were able to get Dr. Joseph out of the building and away from enemy hands, but not without getting enemy fire in return. Unfortunately, one of the SEALs suffered a head wound and what had been a hostage rescue became a medevac mission. The SEAL was brought to a forward Critical Care unit but expired soon after. The story goes on but what brought the speech to a climax was John’s comparison to the battlefield and to the 2012 Army-Navy Classic, which was being played live on one of the monitors as he watch the SEALs rescue the doctor. John then brought everything together by providing a quote from General Douglas MacArthur: “Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.” P.S. One of the SEALs, Navy Chief Edward Byers, received the Medal of Honor earlier this year from President Obama for valor in in combat and protecting Dr. Joseph by throwing himself onto the hostage to shield him from enemy fire.

Four-Star General John R. Allen USMC (Retired) speaking at Goddard

Four-Star General John R. Allen USMC (Retired) speaking at Goddard

Tim Farrell, Hugh Willis, Mark Hubbard, John Allen, Dave & Debbie Winters at NASA/GSFC Building 8 Auditorium

Tim Farrell, Hugh Willis, Mark Hubbard, John Allen, Dave & Debbie Winters at NASA/GSFC Building 8 Auditorium

Here’s news from Kevin Stone…and it’s not Presidential!

Barbara and I were vacationing in Virginia Beach recently and while at the Oceana commissary ran into an older gent wearing a USNA sweatshirt. I couldn’t resist saying hello and we started chatting. He said he was USNA ’47 and had been in submarines. I asked which and he started listing a series of diesel boats including the GRENADIER. I remarked that my father had served on that boat and asked, “Did he know Jim Stone ’52?” His jaw dropped and said, “I should have recognized you … You’re the spitting image of your dad!” He was Ted Davis ‘47, my father’s CO on GRENADIER in the early ‘60s! Barbara and I joined him for dinner at his retirement place later that week (see photo). He’s doing pretty well for a 93 year old. Ted and the GRENADIER are mentioned in “Blind Man’s Bluff”, a history of US submarine special operations, for their having won a case of whiskey from COMSUBLANT for forcing a Soviet diesel sub to the surface. Ted told us the “rest of the story” over dinner: Decades later one of his JOs from the GRENADIER married a Russian woman whose father turned out to be the CO of the Soviet boat. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Kevin Stone poses with his Dad’s former CO, Ted Davis

Kevin Stone poses with his Dad’s former CO, Ted Davis

Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend update from Pat Tracy:

The Tracy Family had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to our niece’s wedding, sisters & husbands, cousins, kids & grandkids converged on Central Ohio from the four winds (sister-of-the-bride, from Alaska, got the prize for longest distance). While I’ve been doing my normal bit of ‘round the country traveling, Lisa did the hard work of reclaiming bedrooms from stuff and prepping sleeping arrangements for guests. It was a bit nostalgic, getting out the cabinet locks and outlet covers to keep little fingers from getting into trouble. We had about 22 in and out at various times over the weekend, including our 2.4 grandchildren — yup, grandkiddo #3 is due in mid-November, which will split our “grandchildren-travel” between Houston and Chicago from here on out.🙂 A famous guy once said, “Grandchildren are God’s prize to you, for not killing your own kids.” Amen! Looking forward to catching up with everyone at the Reunion. See y’all there!

Lisa & Pat Tracy involved in PDA (that’s 30 demerits, Pat!)

Lisa & Pat Tracy involved in PDA (that’s 30 demerits, Pat!)

Congratulations are in order to Luke Memminger who became a Deacon at Grace Anglican Church on 18MAY in Fleming Island, FL:

Hey Mark, I am attaching a photo of my recent Ordination for Anglican Deacon. The photo includes Classmates Mike Abbott and Gary Harrell as well as Gary Lundeen ‘75. The two Garys and I rowed Lightweight Crew together. Mike Abbott and I both entered the Academy from Aiea High School, and then Mike got me hired at American Airlines with a very nice letter to the Chief Pilots back in 1990. It was great having Classmates at my ordination! I became serious about my faith when Ann was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was then healed through the power of prayer and the grace of God. I will retire from American Airlines in 12 months and then continue as a Deacon in our church.

Deacon Luke Memminger with fellow alumni

Deacon Luke Memminger with fellow alumni

Congratulations are also in order to Steve Barilich who was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame during a banquet at St. Hedwig’s Hall in South Bend on 19MAY.

 

L to R: Maggie (daughter), Julie and Steve Barilich, sons Ben and Nathan

L to R: Maggie (daughter), Julie and Steve Barilich, sons Ben and Nathan

Ike Owens congratulates Steve Barilich at his induction

Ike Owens congratulates Steve Barilich at his induction

Julie and Steve Barilich are also new grandparents with the birth of Ellis Campbell “Cam”, son of their son, Ben, and his wife, Abby.

Steve Barilich with Grandson, Cam

Steve Barilich with Grandson, Cam

Debbie and Dave Winters were present for graduation/commissioning in Annapolis:

DATELINE 27 May 2016: We attended the US Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremonies today. My illustrious protégé, Midshipman Dominique Braswell ‘16, leader of the USNA Silent Drill Team became “Ensign, USN.” This pupil has unquestionably exceeded his teacher. (But then, he always had me available to warn him off potential mistakes. And who better than I? I am probably the only guy in our class to have personally committed every single blooper in the book AND added new original material for the next edition.) I must say the crowd today was fascinated by SECNAV and utterly mesmerized by the SECDEF. Hardly anybody noticed as the Sun climbed toward its apex, the temperature and humidity soared, and dehydration set in. No member of the crowd cared in the least as heatstroke began to claim victims in the stands. Even the babes in arms were entirely oblivious as the unmistakable aromas of previously consumed baby foods began to permeate the stands. Indeed, before I passed out myself (somewhere at what I estimate to have been the beginning of our second hour of fiery and riveting rhetoric from SECDEF) my seat mate and I were fighting off an overwhelming urge to initiate a wave of spontaneous and extended…VERY extended…. applause, to ensure that SECDEF was made acutely aware of the degree to which his imparted wisdom and masterful oratory was appreciated by each and every member of his rapt and spellbound, but otherwise eerily silent audience. (Their silence had reached such a decibel level that my seat mate swears nobody could possibly hear me snoring.) P.S. Mark Hubbard where are you when I need you? When they played the Navy Alma Mater, there was not a single Academy man within audible range. So I ended up doing a solo performance for a few hundred people.

Hear from Frank Inzirillo:

Geraldine and Frank “Izzy” Inzirillo, of the infamous 7th Company Seadogs, had a family come-around at Disney World Orlando this past March. Frank’s oldest son Joseph (LT, CEC, USN) had just returned form 7 months in Guam with NMCB 1. Joe and his wife Lauren are stationed in Gulfport Mississippi with their 2 sons Carmine and Dominic, Christopher and fiancé Bridget are in Chicago, Anthony and wife Tricia are living in Annapolis (visit Anthony (Manager) at Charm City Run in the Annapolis Town Center), and daughter Diana is a rising Junior at the University of South Carolina.

Inzirillo clan at Disney World

Inzirillo clan at Disney World

On a sad note, please keep Ray Lincoln (30th Company) and Liz Lewis in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of their son, Kevin Robert Lincoln, on 8MAY16.

Commissioning Week 2016: Blue Angels 27 May 2016

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Shipmate: May/June 2016 15 May 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

Buongiorno! I am writing to you from my hotel in Florence, Italy, because this week I am meeting with one of the subcontractor partners, Leonardo Finmeccanica, who is delivering the star trackers for Solar Probe Plus (SPP) to Johns Hopkins University (JHU)/Applied Physics Lab (APL). My wife, Barb, has joined me for the opportunity to be in Italy for a week. And, yes, she has already been shopping! My colleague from JHU/APL, Rick Pfisterer, is accompanying me on this trip as the Systems Assurance Manager representative and customer rep.

Mark Hubbard meets with Leonardo colleagues and Rick Pfisterer (far right) in Italy

Mark Hubbard meets with Leonardo colleagues and Rick Pfisterer (far right) in Italy

Barb Hubbard at the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy

Barb Hubbard at the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy

I also was invited to attend the Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon in April at the University of Maryland Conference Center where Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) was the keynote speaker. She is retiring at the end of the year from Congress and she has been a huge supporter of NASA and especially the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) over the years.

Mark Hubbard poses with Barbara Mikulsi (Sierra Lobo, Inc. colleagues Steve Schneider and Dan Motto look on)

Mark Hubbard poses with Barbara Mikulsi (Sierra Lobo, Inc. colleagues Steve Schneider and Dan Motto look on)

Bill Kneller provided a news account regarding the recent Memorial Service for Steve Topscher:

Steve Topscher, aka “Tops”, from 14th Company passed away on the evening of March 18th 2016 with his sister and wife Diane at his bedside. Since being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in November 2013, Steve courageously faced the effects of his disease while never losing his determination or sense of humor. Many family, friends and classmates gathered for a memorial service at Steve’s church in Fairfax Station, VA on 15 April, including 17 of the 23 company mates who graduated with Steve in June 1976. Those giving moving tributes at the memorial service were Steve’s brother Tom, children Melissa & Brian, several neighbors, and his 14th Co. USNA roommate Gary Hentz. Gary reminded us of Steve’s unwavering courage and sense of humor and how blessed we were to have Steve as a friend since first getting to know him during plebe summer almost 44 years ago. His poignant tribute included stories about their times together in and out of Bancroft Hall, in particular the following humorous memory. We lived on 7-4 in Bancroft Hall for all four years. As plebes we were assigned window-closing duty for the first class so they could go to sleep with fresh air and wake up in the morning to a warm room. Heaven forbid you wake them up while closing windows and be subject to their wrath. Many rooms were booby trapped with coke cans on the doors and pennies on the blinds that would make noises if disturbed. When Gary & Steve were in the rotation for window closing duty, Tops told Gary he would do it. Tops slipped out his window on 7-4 and walked along the entire perimeter ledge that was only 18” wide, to close the first class windows. Gary was concerned and relieved when Tops came back later that night. He asked how Steve remembered which rooms belonged to the first class. Steve said – he didn’t… he closed all the windows! Gary remarked that Steve was always smarter than most and that is why he wore stars the entire time! The next morning, the upper class woke up to warm rooms and marveled that they were not disturbed by any of the booby traps. When they asked how it was accomplished, Steve confessed to going outside to walk on the ledge. He was congratulated by the upper class, but admonished not to do it again.

Immediately following the memorial service classmates assembled in the church for one last picture with Steve. The following picture was taken with 14th company classmates and spouses. Diane Topsher stands next to the picture of Steve in the center of the photo. From left to right in the back row: Gary Hentz, Mal Brubaker, Mark Alfers, Sam Nichols, Martha & Mike Herb, John Stahura, Mike West & Ray Eckenrode. Front row: Bob Holland, Cindy & Bill Kneller, Lisa & Eric Youngborg, Irene & Don Keene, Diane Topscher with picture of Steve Topscher, Peggy & John Wilckens, Kate & Nick Karangelan, Barb & Dave Fischer, Julie & Brian Devane, Frank Drennan.

14th Company Classmates and wives at Steve’s Memorial Service

Company Classmates and wives at Steve’s Memorial Service

14th Company rendered honors to Steve with a final salute

Company rendered honors to Steve with a final salute

Additional’76 classmates attending the service included Kevin Stone, Peter Varsanyi, John Boulden, John McEwan, Scott Jenkins, Mark Benson and Tom Bakke.
Later in the evening Steve’s 14th Company classmates gathered at the Fort McNair home of Martha & Mike Herb, where RADM Martha is the Director of the Inter-American Defense College. Stories about Steve continued around the table enhanced by cigars and beverages. As the sun sets, Mike Herb had everyone gather in the back yard, overlooking the river. We toasted Tops one last time just as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Final toast to Steve Topscher

Final toast to Steve Topscher

The sun sets in a final tribute to the life of Steve Topscher

The sun sets in a final tribute to the life of Steve Topscher

Later, Martha Herb arranged for a surprise birthday cake for Mike. You can see as he is blowing out the candles with birthday number 36 indicated.

Martha Herb presents the birthday cake to husband Mike

Martha Herb presents the birthday cake to husband Mike

When Steve was diagnosed with ALS, a team called Tops’ Trotters was formed to raise money for ALS research. Steve participated in the 2014 walk, but was unable to walk in 2015.

2014 Tops’ Trotters

2014 Tops’ Trotters

2015 Tops’ Trotters

2015 Tops’ Trotters

In 2015 Tops’ Trotters raised $13,365, about $1,000 more than 2014. Tops’ Trotters finished 3rd on the top 10 list of money raised by teams. Steve always smiled when he was given an update on money raised. He knew how much everyone cared. We hope that donations will help The Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins find a cure, and soon, so those afflicted, their families and friends, don’t have to deal with this awful disease. 14th Company has set a goal to make Tops’ Trotters the number one fundraising team in 2016. Please go to the following link and make a contribution: http://support.alscenter.org/site/TR/Runs/General?team_id=7915&pg=team&fr_id=1281

Steve will always be in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. – 14thCompany, USNA -76

Shipmate: Stewardship 2016 20 February 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

I am under a time crunch to get this out so I will dispense with my usual opening remarks and go right into another fascinating edition of “The Winters Tale” for 2015 written with the elegant prose of Dave Winters:

Greetings! I confess. Mea Culpa. Mea maxima culpa. Last year (2014) I failed to spin up and launch our twenty-ninth annual Winters Tale. No excuse. I was tired. I blew it off. I’m getting older and (more) capricious. No apologies. Catching up is simple, though. We are all in acceptable health, and nobody has relocated. Against all odds, David’s supposedly terminal and un-repairable aorta, now equipped with certain experimental bionic components, healed beyond all realistic possibility, and miraculously his other damaged arteries followed suit! This, by the way, is Debbie and Dave’s thirty-ninth year of marriage, which leads naturally to the question of how Dave did actually manage, long ago, to hook so snappy a number as Debbie in the first place. We expect that most folks merely figure she had a weak moment. But no, again NO! That is like concluding that the entire Big Bang merely happened in a moment’s accidental inattention from The Omnipotent. No, in this case, as in the case of the Big Bang, the emergence of Debbie and Dave as a couple required at a minimum, complete suspension of all natural laws of probability. Here’s how it happened: One evening back in 1975, Dave was attending an oversized group Bible study in his Annapolis barracks (Bancroft Hall). An intoxicatingly flaming redheaded acquaintance of his (“Dee” Chandler) also attended that night, shuttling in from Washington, D.C., and she brought along her roommate, a raven-maned beauty from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing where they matriculated together. This black haired bombshell was one Debbie Tipton. Dee, aware that Debbie and Dave shared similarly bull-headed and opinionated mindsets, foresaw significant entertainment possibilities in their introduction. Her assessment was accurate. “From the git-go,” Debbie Tipton was, or at least acted toward Dave like; QUOTE “a stuck up little twerp who already KNEW she was a knockout, thank you very much,” UNQUOTE. Immediately upon introduction, Debbie’s opening line was, “Why should I talk to YOU?” Fair question. The room was full of good-looking guys amongst whom David was hardly a shining star. Yet being an Annapolis man, generally a sought after commodity, he was not pre-armed to deal with this sort of instantly hostile reception. While he was mentally frantically flailing about for a conversational grip or toehold, his mouth took charge and responded before his brain had a chance to get involved. He said, “Because you were born on my birthday.” (NOTE: Folks, I have no idea why I said it. I had never heard of nor seen Debbie Tipton before that night. I realized my grave tactical error the moment it came out of my mouth. This game appeared doomed even before coin toss was complete. Yet I was irrevocably committed to playing it out to its quick, bitter and bloody end. We know what the next deadly question had to be.) Debbie haughtily sniffed and promptly inquired, “Oh really and what date was that?” Well bless her proverbial little heart.
Bluff called, and doggedly exercising his previously mentioned bull-headedness, our sailor mentally grabbed the dice cup, rattled them bones, and slammed it inverted on the bar, going for all or nothing. Radiating the bravado that can be afforded only by the hopelessly damned, he looked Debbie dead in the eye and truthfully proclaimed his own birthdate, “February tenth.” A resounding silence instantly engulfed them. Debbie’s already mentally loaded response of derision evaporated like vapor from a dying steam whistle. Her mouth fell open. Witnessing this, Dave’s jaw also dropped, but he quickly snapped it back shut to mask his dizzying astonishment. Still taken aback, Debbie, no doubt feeling stalked, sputtered, “How did YOU know THAT?” (For the incurably incredulous, the tenth of February was indeed Debbie’s birthdate.) History does not record David’s response. Any reply would have been sufficient, for no reply would have been believed, least of all the truth. So from there it was smooth sailing. David had an insurmountable advantage. Having recklessly wagered all on a chance of only one in a few hundred, he had emerged victorious. He could, with impunity, devise or claim any story or justification that he might chose. In this at least, Luck was a lady that night even if Debbie was suspicious and grumpy. By the end of the evening Debbie had agreed to go sailing with the bold gambler she had just met, if for no other reason than to further investigate his apparently excessive knowledge of her personal details. They sailed to the eastern shore in the appointed weekend with a full crew aboard the Navy yawl Frolic, of which Dave had long been skipper. For the next thirty-six hours, this darlin’ little ship, her gentlemanly crew, the soft waves, cool breezes and moonlit night worked their magic. What a bunch of pirates. Before mooring back in homeport, Dave had informed Debbie that he would be marrying her in due course. It is completely understandable that given his now solidly established record of clairvoyant insight, she had little choice but to accept this information as received truth. They were wed at Fort Leonard Wood in a remote little Army chapel a year and some months later. Yet Debbie to this day does not believe the truth of this tale. Who can blame her, really? After all, what are the odds? The odds are that this blither has gone on long enough. Debbie and Dave have scored another year together when the medical odds makers said it could not happen. So they now kick back to enjoy their time in leisure and “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” These things remind us of you, and that make us smile. Signed, David and Debbie of “The Winters Clan”

It seems that Bryan Dolan has found the proverbial fountain of youth, for he has sent me yet another sports event report (I wish I had your energy, Bryan!), this time in support of a great cause for our disabled veterans:

Mark Bircher and I teamed up for the St. Petersburg Honor Ride with the disabled vets February 13th. Mark was introduced as a special guest (retired Marine Corps reserve Brigadier General and Blue Angels pilot). It was real honor to ride with the vets and especially with Mark, one of my USNA roommates. Included are some pictures of the event. The first is the two of us prior to the ride. The second is Mark on stage with the event organizers and special guests. The third is the start of the race, showing some of the disabled vets coming out of the start. I found out about the Ride2Recovery organization by chance in November and joined the local area riders. It appears to me that this organization could use some publicity, as there is much room for growth. There are wonderful testimonies of how disabled vets have benefited both therapeutically and physically from these rides. The organization is nationwide, so there is likely a local team just about everywhere we have fellow alum. I would encourage everyone to look into it. You do not have to be a serious cyclist to join in and assist the vets. You can find out more about it by doing a web search on Ride2Recovery or Project Hero.

Bryan Dolan & Mark Bircher ready to ride!

Bryan Dolan & Mark Bircher ready to ride!

Mark Bircher on stage for a special recognition

Mark Bircher on stage for a special recognition

“…and they’re off!”

“…and they’re off!”

My wife, Barb, and I took a week’s vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in early January. Barb’s youngest daughter, Jane Marie Myers, flew down from the Los Angeles area to join us. We stayed at the Velas Vallarta resort. Activities included riding the painted ponies on the beach near Sayulita, scuba diving and snorkeling at the Marietas Islands (even saw an Orca whale breaching and plenty of dolphins), a city tour, scrumptious dining at the resort’s 3 restaurants, plenty of tequila and other adult beverages, etc. Truly a week spent in paradise. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! While there, I coincidently ran into the family members of my high school English teacher, Michael Petrini, at Bishop O’Dowd H. S. (Oakland, CA) who were also spending a week at the resort.

Barb & Mark at one of the hidden beachs on Marietas Island

Barb & Mark at one of the hidden beachs on Marietas Island

Jane Marie & Barb, pose on our room balcony at Velas Vallarta

Jane Marie & Barb, pose on our room balcony at Velas Vallarta

Here’s another 40th Reunion reminder and information regarding the annual Halfway Dinner 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!

Well, Snowzilla is behind us and the Athletic Association is filling our inboxes and mailboxes with reminders to renew/buy season tickets for the just announced 2016 Navy football season. This can only mean that it’s time for the Annual Class of 76 Halfway Dinner!

Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, April 9th at Joe Theismann’s in Olde Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Okay, I’m done – now get back to work!

Shipmate March/April 2016 26 January 2016

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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!

Mark Haas with son, Chris, enjoying Navy’s performance against Pitt

Mark Haas with son, Chris, enjoying Navy’s performance against Pitt

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!

Gary, Donna, & Brittany getting in the spirit on Christmas Eve in Brazil

Gary, Donna, & Brittany getting in the spirit on Christmas Eve in Brazil

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!

Back row left to right - Bruce, Christi, Brianne Lardiere (daughter), and Collin Hinkley (son) Front row granddaughters - Lilly, Cassidy, and McKenzie.

Back row left to right – Bruce, Christi, Brianne Lardiere (daughter), and Collin Hinkley (son) Front row granddaughters – Lilly, Cassidy, and McKenzie.

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.

Joe Bouchard and Mark Metcalf in Charlottesville

Joe Bouchard and Mark Metcalf in Charlottesville

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!

Ernie pinning wings on son EJ while Mom, Jackie, looks on smiling proudly

Ernie pinning wings on son EJ while Mom, Jackie, looks on smiling proudly

Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ‘02

Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ‘02

Bernie Vanosdall, Ernie’s mom Dora, and Ernie

Bernie Vanosdall, Ernie’s mom Dora, and Ernie

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!

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Shipmate: January/February 2016 5 December 2015

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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.

 

Kevin & Barb Stone, Chet Moeller, Dave & Kate Papak, Mike & Robin Yeager, Gerri & Bob Jackson, Chris & Lenny Mokan

Kevin & Barb Stone, Chet Moeller, Dave & Kate Papak, Mike & Robin Yeager, Gerri & Bob Jackson, Chris & Lenny Mokan

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?

Mark & Terry Metcalf at the Giant's Causeway

Mark & Terry Metcalf at the Giant’s Causeway

 

Mark & Terry Metcalf at Edinburgh Castle

Mark & Terry Metcalf at Edinburgh Castle

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.

“Brittany, you’re gonna’ have a hard time depositing them in an ATM!”

“Brittany, you’re gonna’ have a hard time depositing them in an ATM!”

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.

Tim Farrell, Jim Grayson & Jerry Willett at the Mini-reunion Game

Tim Farrell, Jim Grayson & Jerry Willett at the Mini-reunion Game

Melody and Charles Dirienzo enjoyed a wonderful time at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Academy in November

The Dirienzos at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Dirienzos at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball

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.

Bryan Dolan and Bruce Northridge, watching Navy take SMU apart, just prior to “carbing” up the day before the Horrible Hundred

Bryan Dolan and Bruce Northridge, watching Navy take SMU apart, just prior to “carbing” up the day before the Horrible Hundred

Support team of Joyce Dolan and Joanne Northridge after the race

Support team of Joyce Dolan and Joanne Northridge after the race

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.

The Papak RV Tailgater Crowd at the Navy-SMU Game

The Papak RV Tailgater Crowd at the Navy-SMU Game

Mark & Barb Hubbard, Chris & Lenny Mokan, Robin & Mike Yeager, Skip Zobel & Guest, Kate & Dave Papak, Darlene & Garry Hall pose in front of the Papak RV

Mark & Barb Hubbard, Chris & Lenny Mokan, Robin & Mike Yeager, Skip Zobel & Guest, Kate & Dave Papak, Darlene & Garry Hall pose in front of the Papak RV

 

Barb Hubbard & Kate Papak singing in the warm RV

Barb Hubbard & Kate Papak singing in the warm RV

Well, that’s it for this edition. May you have the Happiest of Holidays and a Blessed New Year!

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