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Shipmate: July/August 2013 5 June 2013

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by Mark Hubbard

Another Classmate of ours has ended a stellar career in service to this great nation.  In a combined change of command ceremonies and retirement ceremony, ADM Jim Stavridis relinquished command of US European Command (USEUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, on 10 May and Supreme Allied Commander for NATO (SACEUR) in Mons, Belgium on 13 May.  That finished up seven years as a Combatant Commander, three in Miami at Southern Command and four in Europe.  He has since moved back to the USA and took a month at the family beach home in north Florida.  Next gig for Jim is Dean of The Fletcher School of international relations at Tufts University in Boston, where we’ll settle later this summer.  He will also be Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, with a HQ in the yard at USNA where he’ll spend a day or so each month.  This makes Jim the last person in command in the class, although VADM Mike LeFever will be the last classmate on active duty.  The long voyage finally comes to an end 37 years out of Annapolis.  Jim can’t wait to catch up with Classmates, so drop him a line at james.stavridis@gmail.com, which is up and running.

Jim Stavridis gives his parting speech

Jim Stavridis gives his parting speech

 

Jim Stavridis receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, which is signed by the Commander In Chief

Jim Stavridis receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, which is signed by the Commander In Chief

 

GEN Phillip Breedlove USAF assuming command of USEUCOM

GEN Phillip Breedlove USAF assuming command of USEUCOM

 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (center), NATO secretary general, addresses the audience at the SACEUR change of command ceremony held at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe May 13, 2013 in Mons, Belgium

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (center), NATO secretary general, addresses the audience at the SACEUR change of command ceremony held at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe May 13, 2013 in Mons, Belgium

 

Nick Karangelen was an eyewitness at one of the C of C ceremonies and provides his perspective:

I was fortunate to be in Stuttgart on 10 May for the U.S. European Command a change of command ceremony on Patch Barracks where Air Force GEN Philip Breedlove assumed command of EUCOM from the last standing active duty member of our class, Admiral Jim Stavridis.  Following an impressive 17 gun salute, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter gave a very warm and personal address touching on many facets of Stav’s 37 year journey which culminated in becoming the first naval officer (and the first Greek-American) to serve as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.  Stav and Laura looked great as they were piped off the podium and off to a well earned break before heading to Boston where Stav will serve as the Dean at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Jim and Laura Stavridis set sail for new adventures as they are piped off the podium in Stuttgart, Germany

Jim and Laura Stavridis set sail for new adventures as they are piped off the podium in Stuttgart, Germany

I received an update from Buddy Hingle: 

All is well here in sunny Colorado.  I don’t have anything new to pass on about life here so I thought I’d pass on some news about my son and older daughter.  Alden was selected for Major and has orders to AFRICOM in Stuttgart, Germany, next month.  He enjoyed his tour as the S-2, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines but he is ready for another joint assignment and the chance to enjoy Europe as a bachelor.   Maria (a CommO) has orders to Combat Logistics Regiment 3 in Okinawa; she and her family are headed there next month.  I’ll miss them since I got to see them each time I traveled to DC.  My grandson will be starting school by the time they get back… 

Here’s a last minute update from Steve Nimitz:

Today (1 June) I went with my son to watch an acrobatic air show along the Virginia Beach oceanfront where we live.  After two hours watching high performance prop aircraft, we were just beginning to depart when I heard the show announcer introduce the next event – a former Soviet block jet aircraft piloted by Art Nalls.  That caught my attention and we returned to
the boardwalk to see Art pilot his L-39 Albatross through some nifty maneuvers.  If you want to see what Art is up to with this aircraft and his personal Sea Harrier, a quick check of the Internet will turn up some nice video clips.  Apparently, civil aviation authorities in the UK are not keen on Art flying his Harrier in shows there — that brought back memories of watching one fly into the center of Navy Marine Corps Stadium and land at mid-field (which I think was halftime of a football game).  I wonder who did the risk assessment on that demo?
 

John Sarao was in Annapolis recently:

Here is a photo taken last week at the Spring P-rade held during NAFAC with Larry Jones, his wife, Barbara, their daughter, Jennifer Jones, USNA Class of 2013 & Brigade Commander and me. ADM William McRaven (Commander, SOCOM) was the Reviewing Officer. 

My wife, Betsy, and I were in Annapolis for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC).  I was attending the conference as a Senior Advisor from the University of South Florida with two student delegates.  We were walking past the reviewing stand and someone yells out to me, “Hey, John” and I turn around and see Larry.  We last crossed paths about 20 years ago staying at the BOQ in Dam Neck, VA for a training class.  Larry and Barbara were in attendance to see their daughter lead the Brigade in her first P-rade of the spring set.  She did a great job! 

Larry is now working at NAVSEA 08 (Naval Reactors) as the Assistant PM for Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion.  He is now one of those engineers Mids will have to face when they go to DC for their nuclear power interviews. 

The second photo was taken a few days prior.  In the photo with me are my nephew, Jack, Midshipman Star Steele (Class of 2016), and my brother-in-law, John Andrews (West Point ’69).  My brother-in-law and nephew came down from the Philadelphia area to visit the Naval Academy and talk to the Navy Golf Coach.  Jack is a junior in HS and will be applying for the Class of 2018 – he seems to favor the golf course at Navy over Army!  I met Midshipman Star Steele last year at a Navy League dinner as she is one of our Tampa, Florida USNA appointees and she graciously volunteered to show my nephew around and give him the gouge. 

 

The Jones Family and John Sarao meet at the P-rade reviewing stand

The Jones Family and John Sarao meet at the P-rade reviewing stand

 

John Sarao is joined by John Andrews, his nephew, Jack, and Star Steele

John Sarao is joined by John Andrews, his nephew, Jack, and Star Steele

 

Lisa and Pat Tracy will become grandparents in July.  Their son, Brett and his wife are expecting a little girl!

26th Company mate Mark Metcalf forwarded an email from another 26th Co. Classmate we haven’t heard from in ages, Roger Wendt:

It was great hearing from you all these years later.  I still remember with a smile your visit with us in Washington (state) back in the 90’s!  Bev and I are now living in Tacoma, at the home she grew up in.  Our kids are all grown. Michael is married and is a software engineer with Boeing presently working on the replacement for the P-3 patrol aircraft.  Kathleen and her husband (a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship) are living in the Easter Democratic Republic of Congo and have two super little girls.  Lord willing Bev and I will be visiting with them in August.  Rochelle is working in Chicago (and I think of Craig Weber every time I go there) at Moody Church in the Children’s Ministry Office.  Deanna graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago last year and is currently living at home with us and working at the Tacoma Zoo and a church.  My last daughter is married and currently with her husband in Japan teaching English. 

After retiring I have done a number of things from accounting to running a year round youth camp and retreat center.  In 2005 the VA paid for me to go back to school and I got my Masters in Teaching and teaching certificate and I have been teaching ever since.  I have been teaching military youth on Joint Base Lewis McChord for the last 3 years.  I love kids. 

I am currently adding on to the house and feeling my age as a result.  I hope to finish it this summer.  My dream is to get the house finished and then to move on to an old fixer-upper sailboat I have sitting in the yard.  So far it hasn’t been in the water for many years.  Life is just too busy. 

I did purchase the USNA Alumni DVD directory and have spent some time looking at it and remembering the times we all had at the academy.  I took Bev and my two youngest daughters to the academy to show them around back in 2006.  That was only the second time I had been back since graduation. 

Here is Kevin Stone with the last word:

John Allen retirement: 34th company had a great turnout for the retirement ceremony of fellow Club 34 alum, John Allen. In attendance (besides John and Kathy) were Jim and Michelle Francis, Scott and Sandy Goodson, Steve and Diane Holiday (formerly known as Holibonich), Larry and Barbara Jones (along with daughter, and now Ensign, Jenny

Jones, John and Mary Lou McEwan, Mark and Martha Nesselrode, Bruce and Esther Smith, and Kevin and Barbara Stone. Overall we had north of 60 Classmates with another 50 or so spouses/guests.  It was a great day. 

“Mini-reunion” update:  We’re going to hold our someteenth mostly-annual “Mini-Reunion” the weekend of October 5th over the Navy-Air Force game weekend.  We’ll start with a Friday evening reception at the Yellowfin restaurant on the South River.  We won’t be smashing crabs this year (you just don’t want to know about the price of a bushel of crabs) but the food will be outstanding, including crab cakes. 

Saturday we’ll have another first class tailgate. The game is early (11:30) so we’ll have a quick coffee and snack before the game with the tailgate to follow the game. I plan on being the last tailgate left in the parking lot… 

OK, you’ve seen the emails to buy your game tickets by June 15th.  Well, that deadline has come and gone so if you want to go please contact me (kevin.stone@1976.usna.com) and I’ll get the word out.  We’ll scrounge something up. You might want to check with the NAAA about standing room only tickets and then squatting in your old firstie’s seats. 

Watch your email for the signups for the reception and the tailgate. 

Fry the Falcons! 

Fall tailgates: Watch your email inboxes for the signups for the tailgates. I send them out about two weeks in advance of the game and then start a ‘chow call’ as the game approaches.  We need a couple of volunteers for each game, one to setup the tailgate (tables and such) and then another classmate to take it down.  The shutdown person then sets up the next game. Here’s the bonus: you get parking right next to the tailgate! Watch for my emails later in August. 

 

Ernie Halton's son, EJ Halton ‘13, ignored the edict "Don't grab the President" during graduation...

Ernie Halton’s son, EJ Halton ‘13, ignored the edict “Don’t grab the President” during graduation…

 

 

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