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Shipmate: September/October 2015 5 August 2015

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by Mark Hubbard

This summer is flying by. I suppose that my back surgery on July 20th contribute to losing track of time, with the affects of general anesthesia and painkillers that numb one’s perception of time and space. I have come out of the “fog of anesthesia” and now look forward to a new life without chronic sciatic pain. Oh, the marvels of modern medical science!

I received “newbie” news submission from Jim Sanford:

I don’t think I have EVER submitted anything for Shipmate, so here goes. I retired from the Navy in 2003 after Commanding HAWES, served as Reactor Officer in THEODORE ROOSEVELT, and serving as the COMNAVAIRLANT Force Nuclear Propulsion Officer. I now work for a defense contractor near Pittsburgh, PA. Patti and I live in Eighty Four, PA, a small town with the first 84 Lumber Yard, the 84 Lumber HQ, one traffic light, two gas stations, a Subway, a pharmacy, and Danny Junior’s Pizza. Life is good on our ten acres on the side of a hill, especially for ham radio. Last weekend, Patti & I, along with Stephanie and Jay Gardiner (who live north of Pittsburgh) drove to Ipswich, MA, for the wedding of Rocky Raher’s daughter, Amy. I took hundreds of pictures, I’ll be sending a few, for use as you see fit, or not. BTW, one of the things I’m involved in at work is recruiting. If any Classmates know of engineers looking for employment, please send me their resume!

The New Bride & Groom:  Amy and Jason Galkin

The New Bride & Groom: Amy and Jason Galkin

Rocky Raher, Pat Sanford, Chuck & Barb Renner

Rocky Raher, Pat Sanford, Chuck & Barb Renner

Stephanie & Jay Gardiner, Airiel Renner, Pat Sanford, Chuck & Barb Renner

Stephanie & Jay Gardiner, Airiel Renner, Pat Sanford, Chuck & Barb Renner

The usual suspects assembled:  Chuck Renner, Jim Sanford, Rocky Raher, Jay Gardiner…quite the motley crew!

The usual suspects assembled: Chuck Renner, Jim Sanford, Rocky Raher, Jay Gardiner…quite the motley crew!

Laurie with Rock Raher

Laurie with Rock Raher

Here’s another update from fellow 26th Company mate, Mark Metalf:

Well, semi-retirement in Charlottesville is managing to keep me busier than ever. In May I traveled to Newport to present an invited paper on China’s use of standardization in warship construction at a conference sponsored by the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) and the Naval Institute. Interacting with some real experts on the PLA Navy was a great experience, but having an excuse to spend two months before the conference translating, analyzing, and writing was what really made it all worthwhile.

In June it was off to Taiwan to present a paper at an academic conference on how contemporary PRC military texts apply Sunzi’s ‘Art of War’ to modern warfare. Since Ben (recently appointed head coach of his pro basketball team) has lived & worked in Taiwan for the past eight years, Terry & I turned the visit into a 10-day family vacation, also bringing our daughter, Amy, along for the trip. There have definitely been a lot of changes since Terry & I graduated from high school in Taipei during the early 1970s.

Finally, in July it was back to Minnesota for a family reunion, so we took the ‘long way’ and spent a leisurely four days driving across the picturesque Michigan Upper Peninsula. On the way back we passed through Eureka, Illinois, and had an all-too-brief visit with Mike Thurwanger. Mike’s currently on the faculty of Eureka College where he’s also the director of the college’s Ronald Reagan Leadership Program. We also took the opportunity to reminisce about the “character building” (i.e., Princess Bride caliber rodents) nine-week foreign exchange cruise that Mike, Joe Bouchard, and I spent aboard the ex-USS Maddox with the Republic of China Navy a mere 40 years (!) earlier.

The Metcalf Family in Taiwan:  Ben, Amy, Terry & Mark

The Metcalf Family in Taiwan: Ben, Amy, Terry & Mark

Mark Metcalf meets Mike Thurwanger in Eureka, Illinois

Mark Metcalf meets Mike Thurwanger in Eureka, Illinois

Here’s an update from Gary Greenfield:

Brittany finished her first year of b-school at MIT Sloan in May, which gave her the unique opportunity to participate in an international Bordeaux blind tasting competition with two of her classmates. Created by the Commandiere du Bontemps in 2000 to promote Left Bank Bordeaux wine amongst those in their 20’s (to get away from its perception as stodgy), the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup brings together the top 2 teams from the US, France, Europe and Asia for finals in Bordeaux in June. After qualifying at the regionals at the French Consulate in NY in January (during a blizzard nonetheless), the Sloan team was invited to Bordeaux for a 3-day tour of being wined and dined by the top chateaus of the Left Bank. The week culminated with the finals in the barrel room of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which Brittany has described as “Hunger Games for Wine Tasting.” While Sloan did not take home the Cup, they saw the real prize as being able to participate in the trip – and enjoy the party after!

 MIT Sloan Wine Tasting Team featuring Brittany Greenfield (daughter of Gary) competes in Bordeaux, France

MIT Sloan Wine Tasting Team featuring Brittany Greenfield (daughter of Gary) competes in Bordeaux, France

That’s all the news I have this time. I am glad to be home recovering from my back surgery and want to personally thank my doctor, Myles Brager, and the staff at Carroll Hospital Center (Westminster, MD) for taking such great care of me!

Jeffri keeping Mark Hubbard company at CHC in Westminster post-back surgery (he was smuggled in a bag by daughter, Meghan!)

Jeffri keeping Mark Hubbard company at CHC in Westminster post-back surgery (he was smuggled in a bag by daughter, Meghan!)

See you at the Navy Tailgaters!!! GO NAVY!!!

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