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Shipmate: September/October 2011 9 August 2011

Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.

 by Mark Hubbard

 Kevin Stone opens this edition of the Class of ’76 news:

 By the time this goes to print the reunion is behind us and Vanessa and Mike Seifert are enjoying their well-deserved “retirement” from running reunions.  I will have said this at the reunion but it bears repeating: the entire class owes Mike and Vanessa a huge debt of thanks for their unflagging efforts on the 30th and 35th reunions.  Without volunteers like the Seiferts the class cannot thrive, let alone survive.  Also on the committee: Lisa and Chris Alberg, Keith Champion, Rick Hamme, Kate and Dave Papak, Carol and Bruce Petit, and my wife, Barbara.  BZ to all!

So, what have you done for YOUR class lately? Don’t live in DC/Annapolis? No problem! We have two immediate opportunities: the Class Project Committee and the Class Charter Committee.  Both of these can be done via tele-volunteering. Please contact me at kevinstone76@gmail.com  and I’ll put you in touch with the committee chairs.


Flag Officer updates:  Well, we’re down to a poker hand of five classmates left on active duty. It’s up to you to decide who is the joker:


GEN John Allen (Commander of ISAF and US Forces in Afghanistan); VADM Dick Gallagher, US Military Rep to NATO Military Committee; VADM Mike LeFever, Deputy Director, Strategic Operational Planning, National Counter Terrorism Center; ADM Jim Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/EUCOM; and VADM Dave Venlet, Joint Strike Fighter Program Manager.


10th Co. Classmates Dave Lawrence and Ken Crain met up in San Marcos, TX, on 8 JULY to eat at a Cracker Barrel and to chat for a nice three hour visit.  Dave and his wife Rosie were in Texas to visit their daughter, Kate, who is working at Sea World in San Antonio for the summer.  Dave works as a radiologist in Pennsylvania and Ken is an attorney in private practice in Georgetown, Texas.  Ken’s wife, Micki, took the accompanying photo. 

Dave Lawrence and Ken Crain in San Marcos, TX

Gary Greenfield continues his world travels and he writes of his recent trip to London:

I was on a two-day business trip to London and my daughter, Brittany, and my wife, Donna, had the chance to visit Buckingham Palace.  While thousands of tourists flock to see the Palace through the gates every day, it is rare that the public is actually permitted within the Palace.  However, the Queen’s annual trip to Balmoral, her estate in Scotland, allows the opportunity for the public to tour the 19 staterooms for 2 months each year.  This year was particularly popular for tourists and locals alike (an hour queue just to pick up pre-paid tickets!) as it featured an exhibit on the Royal Wedding, including the Dress and Cake (yes, the actual cake…apparently they have slices of royal wedding cake dating back to the 1800s.  Certainly says something about fruitcake, the traditional British wedding cake).  While in London, we also had the pleasure of spending time at the famous American Bar, The Stafford, which itself is like a museum as over its 80 years its clientele have left mementos, many of them from WWII as it was a popular hangout for the American Eagle Squadron and Army and Naval officers – we even spotted a photograph signed to the head barman from Admiral Nimitz!


Christi and Bruce Hinkley had a busy summer with the marriage of one son, Richie, to his lovely bride Angie and the college graduation of another son, Collin, from the University of Massachusetts.  Best news about the graduate is that he already has a job! Attached is the picture (from l to r) of Christi, son Collin, Collin’s wife Linda, and Bruce.

The Hinkleys at Collin’s graduation from UMASS

Chet Moeller was officially enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN, during the enshrinement ceremony held on 17 JULY.  Joining Chet in this tremendous honor were notable football greats such as Desmond Howard, Randy Cross, Ray Childress, and Sam “Bam” Cunningham (older brother of former Philadelphia Eagles QB, Randall Cunningham).  A total of 16 players and 4 coaches were enshrined this year.  BZ Chet!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom Abbott, his wife, Jane, and sons, Steven and Jeremy as Tom recovers from bypass surgery following a heart attack on 14 JULY. 



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