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Shipmate: Stewardship 2014 1 March 2014

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by Mark Hubbard

This is the annual “stewardship” edition of Shipmate.   Just a reminder that we all can be good stewards by financially supporting the Naval Academy, the Class of ’76 fund, the Alumni Association and Navy Athletics, if willing and able!  Contact Kevin Stone for questions or additional information.

Fellow 26th Company Classmate, Craig Weber, has been reaching out to some of our “missing” company mates and I got a response from Roger Wendt, whom I haven’t heard from in ages.

What a pleasant surprise hearing from you.  The data you have is current.  I retired from the Navy in 1994 and stayed in the great Pacific Northwest. Oh, by the way, “GO SEAHAWKS!”  Anyway, I am currently teaching at Fort Lewis (now called Joint Base Lewis McChord) after having a moment of insanity at age 53 and going back to school for a year to get my Masters in Teaching.  I am still married to Bev.  You may remember her from 1975-76 when she was living near the academy our senior year.  We have five good kids.  Michael is married and a software engineer for Boeing working on the Navy’s P-8 program to replace the P-3.  Kathleen is married to a small plane pilot and living in the Congo.  Joey (her husband) flies into grass and dirt runways taking anything and everything that is needed.  They work for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). They also have given us two great little granddaughters.  Rochelle, my next daughter lives in Chicago and works at Moody Church.  Deanna and Janet, my last two daughters are both living here in Tacoma.  God has blessed me greatly through my family.  I frequently think of you all. I remember all the good times at the academy. I was back with my family in 2006 and it still looks great.  I wish I had more time to spend there, but our schedule was tight.  A while back I remember hearing something about you and Doc playing with a band at some reunion.  I smiled picturing you two still together after all these years. 

Craig and Eric Kimura are trying to illicit interest in climbing Mount Fuji this coming summer.   Eric currently lives in Japan and works as a government employee for the Navy at the Yokosuka Naval Base (near Tokyo).  The actual climb and descent takes two days.  The two are looking at a two-day period of time between July 14th and July 31st of this year.  The summit is at an altitude of 12,388 feet and it is not a technical climb (that is, no fancy technical equipment is needed to climb to the summit).  Getting to Japan to climb Mt. Fuji is done by flying into one of the Tokyo airports.  Mark Metcalf pointed out that he and his wife, Terry, climbed Fuji while homeported in Yoko in 1977 and as the saying goes:  “He who climbs Mt. Fuji is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool”.  So…any takers?!   (By the way, has anyone heard from Ken Dombart and Vic Neves?)

Tom Kennedy has been beaming with pride as he reports on the recent wedding of his daughter, Katie:

It has been almost six years since Thomas Samuel Kennedy (“Sam”) married Mary Pavco from Burke, VA on 6-7-8 [i.e., June 7, 2008].  Fifteen months later, TSK III (“Sammy”) was born.   That makes Sammy the right age now to be his Aunt Katie’s ring bearer this past weekend in St Pete Beach at the Don Cesar Hotel.  Katie couldn’t wait for 12-13-14 so 16 February had to do for a lovely afternoon beach wedding.  I hope the attached pictures are suitable for Shipmate printing.  After graduating from Cordon Bleu in London, Katie earned a pastry chef position at  “The Don”.  Her new husband, Austin Clanton from Tampa is a management trainee at Whole Foods and is truly a wonderful young man.  Barb and I couldn’t be happier for them.   Although a few family members from New Jersey were snowed out, Classmates Bob Jackson, Dick FecklerJim Taplett along with their brides (Gerri, Mary and Katie) were able to make it to the event.  In the midst of the celebration, we neglected to get a classmate photo [inexcusable, TK!].

    Katie and Austin will make the St Pete area their home, which gives Barb and me a new retirement destination to consider.  Those of us who have married off a daughter realize how special and happy occasion this is.   Best wishes to the new couple. 

First kiss for the new bride & groom

First kiss for the new bride & groom

TSKIII brings forth the most important ring!

TSKIII brings forth the most important ring!

Father of the bride and his beautiful daughter, Katie

Father of the bride and his beautiful daughter, Katie

Pat Tracy continues his mission activities with Operation Mobilisation (OM):

Greetings from sunny Bangkok!  It’s hard to believe, but the major part of Basic Safety Training has completed, with no casualties… plenty of fun, lots of learning (“too much in such a short time” according to course evaluations), and new team and personal friendships forged. It was fun for me to see two ladies from Western Washington in the group, to meet a lady from Northern Ireland who first heard of the ships’ ministry 10 years ago when we were in their city, and a Deck-hand visited their home… 

Most importantly, we trainers were able to share not only the nuts-n-bolts of ship safety to the new crewmembers, but back it up with story after story of God’s faithful intervention over the years to allow the ships to get to out-of-the-way ports in order to carry out His work. 

There were three classes of 21 people each.  Mine started each day with a look at Psalm 107, working our way from verse 23 to verse 32.  Some can already “give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind,” as He led them through the safety exams.  (As I’ve said many times, even those whose first language is English, don’t “speak ship” – and we threw a lot of technical information at them this week that they absorbed and will need to keep themselves and our visitors safe over the next couple of years on board.)   

As for me, I get a day or so to catch my breath, then teach another Security course before catching my dawn flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for OM’s International Leaders’ Meetings.  I look forward to spending time with friends and co-workers (many of whom are former shipmates now leading other parts of the OM world) to listen for God’s direction for us as a movement.  I’m sure it will come to an end all too quickly. 

Thanks for praying.

Kevin Stone has ’76 business to discuss:

It is time to celebrate making it “Halfway through our deployment” away from your tailgating friends and classmates.  We’ll be holding the 8th Annual Class of ’76 Halfway Dinner on April 5th at our ‘usual’ place, Joe Thiesmann’s in Old Town Alexandria at the King Street Metro. The drill is the same as in the past … drinks start at 6:30 cash bar; dinner is at 7:30. Dinner is $35/person and includes tip. Please bring CASH only for the dinner.  Send RSVP’s to Mike Seifert at vmlseifert@verizon.net NLT March 28th.

Another reminder that it’s time to buy or renew your season tickets for football next fall.  If you are changing the number of your existing tickets, more or less, or are buying tickets for the first time and want to be in the “class section” please contact Kevin Stone ASAP and let him know.  He’ll then add your name to the list to “negotiate” with NAAA and get you close to the action.

GO NAVY!

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