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Shipmate: June 2018 12 April 2018

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by Mark Hubbard

Would someone please remind Mother Nature that it’s spring?! I mean, we’ve had unseasonably frigid days, wind, snow, etc. and as I write this, it is snowing outside my kitchen window and we are already into the 2nd week of April! Well, maybe some of this news will help to warm us all up…

Craig Williams (36th Co.) was able to catch one of Dave Winters talks about “OTAR”, this particular discussion taking place in Franklin, Tennessee, in late March:

◼Last October, Dave Winters gave a presentation at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory as part of the Symposium for Cryptologic History (sponsored by NSA). On Tuesday of this week, he gave a similar presentation to the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), which I was privileged to attend. The gist of the talk was related to the damage done to U.S. intelligence by the Walker Spy Ring and the capture of the USS PUEBLO. Dave was assigned to the Navy European headquarters staff in London in the mid to late 1980s. Recognizing that hard copy code keys were a potential source of compromised security (especially since the Walker Spy Ring was selling them to the Soviets), he found a way to update code keys electronically over-the-air. This was the genesis of Over The Air Rekeying (OTAR).

Dave Winters talks about OTAR to MOAA in Tennessee

Dave Winters talks about OTAR to MOAA in Tennessee

Tim Farrell (27th Co.) has a note of praise for one of our Classmates as well as useful information:

◼BZ to Chuck Litz for keeping our monthly class lunches at Champps in Pentagon City going. When my schedule allows I enjoy riding Amtrak and Metro to the lunches. I encourage our classmates who live or work in or near Washington to ask Chuck to add you to his email distribution list and attend the lunches. For those of us who don’t live or work in or near Washington, I encourage you to connect with the Naval Academy where you live or work. The longest standing and best supported regular service academy alumni networking event in the Philadelphia area is the West Point Society of Philadelphia monthly lunch the first Wednesday of the month at the Chart House Penn’s Landing. There’s a Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and when the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association holds events near the eastern edge of their chapter area I try to attend. Please consider becoming a Blue & Gold Officer; meeting with young men and women who want to go to the Naval Academy is an amazing experience. Becoming a Blue & Gold Officer is likened to becoming a Mason, only in that you’ve got to ask one to be one; so please ask me and I’ll help you get started!

Dave DeSilva (5th Co.) recently joined the Washington, D.C., area Porsche Club of America and participated in their Autocross training this past fall at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. Go 76!

Dave DeSilva driving his Porsche in WV (Photo courtesy of Mike Kelley Photography)

Dave DeSilva driving his Porsche in WV (Photo courtesy of Mike Kelley Photography)

Hugh Neighbour (2nd Co.) sends his greetings from the South Atlantic, where he’s 50 NM off the Brazilian coast. He and his wife Inger just left Argentina; their next port of call is Rio de Janeiro. He is still working at sea aboard cruise ships as a lecturer, a “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) on foreign affairs, history, and economics. Usually 300-400 people attend each lecture. The past year has seen Hugh and Inger mainly in WestPac and the Med, but the past few months have also seen them range as far north as Greenland, and as far south as Sydney. They are at sea for 3-4 months each year. Their big news, however, is that a few months ago, they finally joined the “Grandparents Club”! Their baby grandson and his parents live on the other side of the country, so Hugh and Inger usually visit him whenever heading out to join a ship. They are simply delighted to have a grandchild and say nothing is better!

Inger and Hugh Neighbour at sea

Inger and Hugh Neighbour at sea

Mark Hubbard participated in the convoy that transported Parker Solar Probe (PSP), the first ever mission to “touch the sun”, from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to nearby Joint Base Andrews early on April 2nd. He stayed throughout the loading of the C-17 and headed home just before the plane departed Andrews to fly to Titusville, Florida, where PSP will continue with ground processing at Astrotech Space Operations. The spacecraft will undergo final assembly and mating to the third stage of the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). PSP will launch from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) with the launch window opening on July 31st. You can find more info at: https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe.

View from driver’s side mirror of the C-17 loaded with PSP

View from driver’s side mirror of the C-17 loaded with PSP

Barbara & Kevin Stone (34th Co.) had dinner with Lisa & Chris Alberg, and Lynn & Randy Goff in Annapolis at the new “Lighthouse Cafe” on West Street. The food and company were great and to top it off the chairs used throughout the restaurant are from the USNA wardroom. Yes, the wood chairs with the shelf underneath the seat for your cover/books. Reverting to form, the men stood around until someone said “Brigade seats …”. While we’re reminiscing about the good old days in the wardroom, remember “Cannon balls”? Kevin & Barbara along with Michelle & Jim Francis dined on them at Martha & Mark Nesselrode’s home in Virginia Beach courtesy of Michelle. Kevin reports that no one tried for the full dozen to get carry on.

Kevin also has news about the 2018 “Mini-reunion” in San Diego over the October 27th weekend. We have over 230 classmates, spouses, family and friends with tickets to the Navy-Notre Dame game in the class section. On Friday evening we’ll have a dinner at “Social Tap” near Petco Park in downtown SD. Right now, we have about 120 going to that event. Saturday we’ll piggy back on the Alumni Association’s tailgate (details to be determined). If you haven’t heard about this, drop Kevin a line at kevinstone1976@gmail.com (and please update your profile at usna.com).

The 12th Annual Halfway Dinner was held at Joe Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar in Alexandria, VA, on Sunday, April 8th. This is the last of these events to be organized by Vanessa & Mike Seifert since they have moved to Florida (along with many of our Classmates who have retired to the Sunshine State). We had a great turnout with nearly 40 participants this year, including newcomers Ed Gilmore and Mike Cregge. There is some discussion that the Class may consider traveling to Frederick for next spring’s Halfway Dinner and possibly holding the event at the White Rabbit Gastropub, which is owned by Mark Hubbard’s son, Chris, and his business partner, Kenneth MacFawn. Again, BZ and many thanks to the Seiferts for doing such a tremendous job organizing and running this event all these years – it is much appreciated! Looking for volunteers for taking over this task next year – don’t be bashful!

The better half at the Halfway Dinner

The better half at the Halfway Dinner

Class of ’76 at Theismann’s

Class of ’76 at Theismann’s

On a final note – It is with much sadness to report that we lost another Classmate recently: Mike “Snapper” Marriott passed away on March 15th in Coronado, CA. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Mary, and family as they deal with the loss of a wonderful person, who has touched so many with his big heart, positive attitude and quick wit. He will have a funeral mass at USNA Chapel on June 14th at 1000 with burial to follow in the columbarium on Hospital Point.

Mike “Snapper” Marriott

Mike “Snapper” Marriott

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Halfway Dinner April 8, 2016 Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, VA 11 April 2018

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Shipmate: April/May 2018 2 March 2018

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by Mark Hubbard,

Here I am writing another class column for Shipmate. Seeing the words “April-May” in the header has lightened my mood from the mood I associate with the Dark Ages of Plebe Year – those seemingly endless cold, depressing days from January through March. There is ray of hope on the horizon – I can see it now!

Gary Greenfield has exciting news of a business/personal nature:

◼︎On January 1st I became Chairman of Diebold Nixdorf, a nearly $5 billion public company. Many don’t recognize the name, but it is the largest manufacturer of ATMs in the world, among other businesses. Good chance you have used one of their ATMs – cash is still relevant for our generation! In December the CEO stepped down and as frequent at many companies, they had a leadership kickoff meeting for the new year. It was held this past week on February 20th. Without a CEO on board they asked if I would kick-off the meeting. First time a non-executive board member had been invited to speak to the group. There were 120 people representing the 24,000 employees they have. It is a great opportunity to get to meet many in the organization, not just few we typically interact with. I am frequently asked what I miss most about my time as a CEO and one of the top two I always share is being in a room with the leadership of a company who are all focused on a singular goal. My current role calls for little speaking, so it was fun to do. The comments were brief and fortunately we had identified a new CEO who we were able to announce. Quite a rewarding experience.

Mark Haas responded to my urgent request for news for the previous Shipmate column after I had already made my submission, so here it is:

◼︎We’ll see if this is “NOW” enough! Got home from work and saw your email. Some of my material is a bit “dated”—-but better late than never (well, I guess that does not ALWAYS apply……).

Directly below is a photo from our ’76 Tailgate prior to our thrilling victory over Air Force. Although I went to the game with my good buddy, Tim Blue ’79, it was great hooking up with Ann & Lee Freund, Donna & Dave (“DC”) Boch, as well as Phyllis & John (“JB”) Boulden. Saw Len “Smokin'” Mokan there, too, but I think he went to grab a beer & missed this photo op! It was particularly great to see “DC”, having not seen him in some 29 years (at his wedding in CT in ’88). Now that we know he can still find his way to Annapolis, we will expect to see him at future class reunions!

The 2nd photo below shows a reunion after not 29 years———but 49! I had not seen my buddy, William (“Bill”) Geroux, since we “graduated” from the 8th grade at St Louis Catholic School in Alexandria, VA, in ’68. We had basically no contact for 40+ years, then only very minimal since then. But my wife, Phyllis, & I hooked up with Bill and his wife, Kema, last August at Virginia Beach for a brief but great dinner and a walk on the beach. I had him autograph my copy of his 1st book, The Mathews Men, a great account of the Merchant Marines of Mathews County, VA, during WWII (it’s a great read!).

Photo #3 shows (from left to right!), my son Chris, me and Tim Blue already freezing prior to the start of that great (49-7) victory over UVA in the Military Bowl! 24 degrees at kickoff, I think they said it was. Luckily, we also had blankets.

I am also back into running——-not long distances, but getting out consistently. I did the Freeze Your Gizard 5K in Leesburg prior to Thanksgiving and came in 1st in the “Old Geezers” category!

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We have yet another Classmate who is a novelist: Tim Naville!

◼︎It has been a little hectic here of late, and I wanted to send a few things along before too much more time elapsed. Attached is a picture from the weekend of the Air Force game last year. The ‘76’ers are Louise and Jim Peterson, Terri and Mark Hoekstra, Julie and Tim Naville enjoying dinner at O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant in Eastport, along with Mimi and Jay Donnelly ’75. Julie and I have both retired now and enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. I also volunteer as a mentor in Veteran’s Court in two local counties. I am still serving as a Blue and Gold Officer and Area Coordinator for Naval Academy Admissions in Indiana, and I am also on the AC Steering Committee for Admissions. Last fall at one of the football games some of our classmates asked me to let them know when a murder mystery I was writing got published. The title is Mark of the Crow and it is now available on Amazon Books. Several chapters have scenes that take place at USNA. There is a movement afoot to converge the old 23rd Company 76’rs on San Diego this year for the Navy-Notre Dame game. Thus far Tracy and John Kohler, Lea and Mike Kapsch, Valerie and Wayne Rogers, Pam and Jack Coverick, Yanna and Stewart Navarre, Victoria and Kent Higginbotham, and Mary Jean and Doug Steudler have signed on. I run into John Willis periodically. He is busy working in Louisville, Kentucky as Co-Owner & Vice President for Project Management at VITOK Engineers, Inc.

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My daughter, Meghan, and her husband, Jared Marinos USMA ’05, made a wonderful announcement recently…that they are expecting twin boys in July! We are all so very excited, especially of the possibility that at least one of those boys may be a future Midshipman (I can only imagine that Jared is showing an expression of disgust as he reads that comment of mine…).

Meghan and Jared Marinos proclaiming that twins are on the way!

Meghan and Jared Marinos proclaiming that twins are on the way!

As many of you know, we lost another Classmate recently. Andy Bushak passed away on February 1, 2018. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Mary Ann, and their two children, son Nick and daughter Lecia, as well as Andy’s extended family. Memorial services were conducted on February 6th at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma, OH, and military honors were provided by the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Cleveland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andy’s memory, by sending checks to the “USNA Foundation”, 25 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401. Credit card donations may be made by calling the Foundation office at 410-295-4095. Please annotate “in memory of Andy Bushak” on the checks or when you call the office. These donations will go into the Athletic Excellence Sustainment Fund.

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Sadly, we also lost Guy Wynn (33rd Co.) who passed away suddenly on January 16th in Huntsville, AL. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Rebecca Jo, and their children, Nicholas, Sarah, and Patrick, as well as his seven step children: Heather, William, Holly, Rosie, Robert, Joseph, and Maggie Morris; and their three grandchildren.

Guy Wynn

Guy Wynn

 

On a final note, it is with great sadness to report that we just learned of the passing of Sandra Herring Cregge, wife of Mike Cregge (12th Co.) on February 12, 2018 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Our deepest condolences go out to Mike, as well as their children, Michael Cregge Jr. ’02, Heidi, Angelica and Crystal, and their grandchildren Lina, Amaru, Maeve, Maceo and Lanea.

Sandra H. Cregge

Sandra H. Cregge

Shipmate: March 2018 14 January 2018

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by Mark Hubbard

¡Hola! I am writing to you from my spacious hotel room at the Villa del Palmar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Barb and I decided to escape the frigid weather back east for a week to thaw out our frozen bones. I hear that the east coast is getting slammed by a winter storm – my condolences… (I know, I know, I am gloating but I just can’t help myself!).

Collage of Mark & Barb Hubbard’s Mexico Trip

Collage of Mark & Barb Hubbard’s Mexico Trip

We have another author in our Class – Carl Sharperson. Carl has written a book, Leadership: Overcome Adversity to Lead with Authenticity. This book was written by Carl as a supplemental product to his executive leadership training series, “Sharp Leadership Academy”. You can find out more about Carl’s training series and how to purchase his book at http://www.carlsharpersonjr.com/.

Carl Sharperson over the years

Carl Sharperson over the years

Joe Foy sent an update:

◼My son, Andy and I visited Annapolis and then attended the game at Philly last week. While in Annapolis, we reconnected with 24th company classmate Lou Saccoccio for a tour of the Yard. Since I hadn’t been back in over 30 years, I was amazed at the changes. Lou and wife Debbie live near Annapolis, he is the CEO of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA). He has appeared before Congressional and Senate Committees multiple times in his expertise of health care fraud law. Lou was interviewed last summer by Fox News concerning a major crackdown. Lou’s five kids are all doing very well, I was surprised to hear about the Saccoccio Tennessee connection; oldest son Scott is a writer and producer for the TV show “Nashville”. I’m still teaching high school at a public magnet school in Tennessee; stay busy with four different courses (3 are AP). I plan on going another few years; Lou’s target is “go to 75, reassess at that time”. Wife Sharon and I live in Knoxville – tell the ‘76ers to drop by if they are going through town.

Lou Saccoccio and Joe Foy meet up in Tecumseh court

Lou Saccoccio and Joe Foy meet up in Tecumseh court

Greg Vaughn recently participated in the Change of Command ceremony for the Commodore of Commander, Undersea Surveillance (CUS) where Scott Luers ’95 relieved Kevin Mooney ’91. Greg was a previous Commodore of CUS from 2001-2003.

CUS Change of Command Ceremony 8DEC17 with current and previous Commodores

CUS Change of Command Ceremony 8DEC17 with current and previous Commodores

It never ceases to amaze me that, whenever I hear from Gary Greenfield, he has travelled to another exotic and fascinating place on this planet.

◼As I write this Donna, Brittany and I are within a few days of finishing a holiday trip to southern Africa. For those of you who have followed over the years, we visited this region several years ago and did Safari. It was an amazing experience, but we heard many great things about other areas, particularly coastal communities and wanted to return. That trip came together this year and we are in the area for just over two and one-half weeks. The journey began in Cape Town and will end there, but we have also visited Mozambique and Namibia, along with many other communities in South Africa. We were in two Oceans – Atlantic and Indian.

Cape Town is a beautiful city and in contrast to some other cities in South Africa, safe. You can feel comfortable walking around and there is a beautiful harbor area which is quite welcoming. While we enjoyed the splendor of the city, we also were reminded of apartheid. We visited the District Six museum, which is a testament to 60,000 inhabitants, which were forced to relocate in the 1970’s and the entire area razed. The museum was founded in 1994 in a church that survived the destruction. Why we learned much of the history of the impact of apartheid on Cape Town, it was also a reminder that prejudices such as these are still fresh in our memories and present in parts of the world.

This was further reinforced during our visit to Franschhoek, which is the center of South Africa’s wine region – think of it as their Napa. We are lovers of wine so it was a must stop and I must admit quite gorgeous. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who visits the region. We had a guide one of our days there – Brady. I was wearing my Navy hat and he inquired about the background and as it turns out, he had served in the South African Navy for 10 years. He volunteered that he was a young kid who did not understand politics at the time and assumed that he was fighting a legitimate war. It was only later that he came to realize that they were fighting Mozambique “just because of the color of their skin”. He describes himself as ashamed and says there remains a lot to be made up for.

What we did observe across all of our locations were very friendly residents – regardless of race — who wanted to share history and gems about their local communities. For me the most surprising was Namibia, which had been known as South West Africa which was a UN protectorate, but administered by South Africa. It gained its independence in 1990. It is largely desert and has interesting communities of animals, both at sea, as well as on land. We were in Walvis Bay, a natural deep-water port, which is official 1 meter below sea level. We did some kayaking amongst seal colonies there. Interestingly South Africa kept it in 1990, but allowed it to be reunited in 1994. One of the results is it is a natural area of the harvesting of sea salt and much Atlantic sea salt comes from there.

It has been a wonderful holiday here. However, on a tragic note, one of my firm’s companies acquired a company on December 20th, which had major operations in the Philippines. On December 23rd 100 employees (out of 500) were at work. A lower number than usual due to the holidays. A fire broke out in a furniture store in a mall beneath the offices the employees were in and it quickly raged. Its third floor was under construction and the contractor had turn off the sprinkler system. We lost 37 employees that day. Though they had only been part of our company for a few days, they were members of our family and remains difficult to comprehend.

Brittany, Donna and Gary in Franschhoek

Brittany, Donna and Gary in Franschhoek

Donna, Gary & Brittany at Walvis Bay with seal colony in background

Donna, Gary & Brittany at Walvis Bay with seal colony in background

On that sobering note, I am reminded of a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien from The Hobbit – “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks”.

On a final note: I just received news of the passing of Guy Wynn (33rd Co.). Details to follow in the April-May Shipmate.

National D-Day Memorial Bedford, VA 9 January 2018

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9 December 2017
USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
6006 Woodlake Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315

Fellow USNA grads and corresponding secretaries,

The June-July 2017 issue of Shipmate had an All Hands article and picture on page 13 relating the efforts of the Class of 1969 to gain recognition for the heroic efforts of USNA grads at D-Day on 6 June 1944. Please take a few minutes to read the below summary.

D-DAY

D-Day, 6 June 1944, was a pivotal point in the Allies effort to defeat Hitler’s forces and end WWII in Europe. While the landing and push inland was an Army operation, it took the combined effort of thousands of Navy men to put the troops and supplies on the beach. Over 250 ships, plus almost 5,000 landing craft took part in the operation. Many of the ships were commanded by USNA graduates, including three destroyer skippers who received the Silver Star for their heroic efforts that literally saved the day on Omaha Beach. The Shipmate article has an accompanying picture (attached below) of eight USNA ’69 classmates pointing to a blank spot on the wall of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA where there should be a plaque recognizing the significant participation of Naval Academy graduates in D-Day operations. Next to the blank spot are plaques honoring West Point, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech alumni. The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, VA because our small community lost more men per capita on the beaches of Normandy than any other community in the US. I live just three miles from the D-Day Memorial, and have been a supported for over 20 years. Please visit http://www.dday.org to learn more about the Memorial, and if you would like to tour the Memorial as my guest, contact me at rhhusna69@gmail.com.

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We need your help in raising $25,000 to fund the casting and mounting of a USNA plaque, and to provide for it’s perpetual care. Our goal is to raise the money by 31 Dec 2018, and to have the plaque unveiled and dedicated on 6 June 2019, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

The USNA Alumni Association has declined to take part in this fundraising effort for now, so the class of 1969 Board of Directors has taken the lead in creating the USNA Alumni Memorial Fund (AMF) under our class Foundation, which you can support by sending your tax-deductible contributions to:

USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
c/o DR Steve Hudock
6006 Woodlake Lane
Alexandria, VA 22315

Please make your check out to the USNA Class of 1969 Foundation and on the memo line write “AMF-USNA D-Day Memorial Plaque”. If you provide an email address with your check, you will receive an email receipt for your tax records. To date members of the class of 1969 have donated over $7,000 to this effort.

Thanks for your financial support of this worthy endeavor.

Roger H. Henderson ‘69
Chairman, ’69 AMF DDay

BEAT ARMY!!

 

Military Bowl 2017 Navy vs. Virginia 9 January 2018

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Shipmate: January/February 2018 4 December 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 looms on the horizon, I don’t have any special words of wisdom to impart to the Class other than, embrace each day we have with family and friends as if it were your last. I had a recent scare while in Lake Tahoe with my wife, Barb, in November. I had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital due to atrial fibrillation (AFib). Apparently, it is more common than I ever imagined. In my case, I had to be put to sleep for a few minutes in order to have my heart shocked back into normal sinus rhythm (NSR). My only advice from this experience is, listen to your body and if in doubt, seek medical help immediately! I did that in this case and am still alive today because of it. Now onto the mailbag.

Mike Seifert writes:

Bruce Bevard came up from Oak Ridge, TN, on business and some of the 21st Company group gathered for a dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. Scott Ackerson even came in from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to attend. We placed a call to Casey Napora who lives in Chesapeake, VA, so we had a high percentage of 21st Company represented. Left to right are Mike Hlywiak, Bruce Bevard, Mike Seifert, Scott Ackerson and Chris Kidd. We also welcomed our third grandchild, Kelvin Patrick Seifert, into the world on October 13th, weighing in at 6 lbs-12 oz. Vanessa and I went to Harrisonburg, VA, and got to see and hold him on day one. Attached is a picture of Olivia and Evan with their new little brother.

21st Company Contingent Converges on Ted’s Montana Grill

21st Company Contingent Converges on Ted’s Montana Grill

The Seifert’s grandchildren

The Seifert’s grandchildren

Dave Winters provided a “pre-Winters Tale” to entertain and delight us all:

Looking back on the last few months, it is hard to believe we actually stuffed so many events into so little time. In August, classmate Mark Hubbard and wife, Beautiful Barb, visited Debbie and me for a couple of days to catch the Solar Total Eclipse. Weather was perfect, and the view was STUNNING! Mark cranked out some great photographs!

Mark Hubbard’s collage of his solar eclipse photographs

Mark Hubbard’s collage of his solar eclipse photographs

Then, in September, Deb and I sponsored a concert at the local university (Austin Peay State University, favorite cheer “LET’S GO PEAY!”). We were nervous, but it was a great success. (See photo of old, busted up me with the starring soprano Diana McVey.)

Soprano Diana McVey poses with Dave Winters

Soprano Diana McVey poses with Dave Winters

The next few days, we trundled down to Panama City to participate in the retirement ceremony of the Navy’s senior diver, Warrant Officer Chris Spann (I had only a small, speaking part). We have never witnessed a more vigorous and impressive ceremony. If you are ever looking for advice on how to set one up, just contact me, and I will put you in touch with the champion organizers of retirement ceremonies! After that came a run to Cleveland, Ohio for professional inspection of my amateur aortic plumbing installation. Good news! It proved so solid that I am not invited back for another two years. Then we were off to Maryland where I presented a paper in the Symposium for Cryptologic History at Johns Hopkins University, sponsored by NSA. On the day before, I got to deliver a sneak preview for Goddard Space Flight Center at the invitation of classmate Mark Hubbard. He (and enchanting Barb) kindly put us up for a few nights in their gorgeous residence. Also, USNA alums, astronaut Kay Hire ‘81 and Tim Beach ’94, attended my Goddard lecture to gently needle me as only our USNA own can do.

Mark Hubbard, Dave Winters, Kay Hire, and Tim Beach at Dave’s OTAR briefing at NASA/GSFC

Mark Hubbard, Dave Winters, Kay Hire, and Tim Beach at Dave’s OTAR briefing at NASA/GSFC

World renowned cryptologist Whitfield “Whit” Diffie attended my lecture as JHU and graciously refrained from embarrassing me any more than absolutely necessary. He was coincidentally seated in the back row beside my wife Debbie and surrounded by a hoard of USNA midshipmen computer groupies from USNA cyber-security classes. Since they were unacquainted, Debbie got a truck load of unexpectedly candid comments about my lecture from Whitfield Diffie. And Whit got to learn the characteristics of a good sea story. (i.e., every word is true with the express exceptions of those that are not.)
This was all essentially permitted by the fact that my rogue cloak and dagger escapades of the Cold War have finally been declassified. This allowed me to reveal (without prosecution) humorous details that had, heretofore, remained untold. Spinning the story is frankly fun because it allows injection of the human elements into our record that would otherwise remain vague and obscure in the fog of old anti-espionage games. Real sea story material. Back when I was pulling this stuff off, nobody could understand why I worked day and night even on plum shore duty. But, I could hardly divulge the reasons. Secrecy was paramount, and we all know that only dead men tell no tales.

On the following day, we were treated to a private tour of the NSA Museum of Cryptology where I encountered John Inglish USAFA ’76. He was the immediately previous Deputy Director of NSA. John now lectures the Cyber-Warfare classes at Annapolis. Shortly thereafter, we were on a trans-Atlantic flight to attend a royal reception in London and a next day luncheon at my club (The Special Forces Club. See Wikipedia). On the train into London, we found ourselves seated by Salmon Rushdie, who is still under a Muslim Death Edict (“fatwa”), so I refrained from angling for a posed selfie. The luncheon was followed by a small private remembrance ceremony in Westminster Abbey for covert agents lost in WWII. At the reception, I had the great pleasure of introducing two of my sweet nieces to Princess Anne of the United Kingdom. (Sometimes, you must remind the young ones who their old fuddy-duddy Uncle really is). At the luncheon, an acquaintance of some years introduced us to Shrabani Basu, author of the book (now a hit movie), Victoria and Abdul. The remarkably kind lady invited us to her home for tea and a private signing. Of course, we accepted. While in London, we also stopped by the Victory Services Club to check the status of a painting transfer that I had facilitated. The artist I represent was commissioned to do a portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall for the club, and we were elated to find that it was placed in the premier display location. While later visiting many other generous-to-a-fault friends scattered about the south of England, we found ourselves invited to share morning coffee with an English High Sheriff and Magistrate, with her husband, a British Circuit judge. For an old lawyer like me, this was fascinating.

Finally, we returned to Tennessee for a few weeks recovery time. Wrapping up this series, only after returning home did we accidentally learn that our previously mentioned acquaintance (who introduced us to Mrs. Basu) is actually a Hungarian Countess, on the sly. (Sounds like a scene from My Fair Lady, no?) I think the above must have been about ten years’ worth of shameless name dropping. Now, officially retired from my PAID law practice, I have canceled my business phone number, and my web site is about to expire. From now on, only my pro-bono practice continues and only the web pages for my books will remain posted. But we still enthusiastically welcome visitors to Clarksville, which is within commuting distance from Nashville. In fact, I will be relating my “secret squirrel” sea story again in Nashville this March for our local USNA Alumni chapter, the All Service Academy group, and the Military Officer’s Association, all in a single combined luncheon. The entire shebang is organized by USNA Alumnus John Ohlinger ‘69. If you are in the area, come on down!

A collage of Dave Winters’ photographs that go with his story

A collage of Dave Winters’ photographs that go with his story

On a final note, we received confirmation in late November of the passing of Jack “Jackie Blue” Williams (11th Company), of Ridgeland, SC, and formerly of Hilton Head Island on Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Navy vs. SMU 2017 14 November 2017

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Navy vs. Air Force 2017 30 October 2017

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