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  • 18 Nov 2021 16:38 | Matt McLaurin (Administrator)

    The Denver West Point Society and Colorado USNA Alumni Association cordially invite you to watch the 119th playing of the Army-Navy game on Saturday, December 11th, 2021. This year’s joint watch party will again be held at the Sports Column located at 1930 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado. Kickoff is at 1:00PM MST, and doors will open at 11:00AM. Be sure to arrive early as the bar was almost completely full in 2019. Thanks to generous donations from both alumni societies, the Sports Column, and the athletic departments of both academies, there will be door prizes given away throughout the game during breaks in the action. Everyone attending will be eligible to win. While there is no cost to attend the watch party, we’d like to ask that everyone register online so that we can better plan staffing and prizes. Cash bar and food available for purchase from the Sports Column.

    Toys For Tots

    This year we are again partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in an effort to bring some holiday cheer to less fortunate children in the greater Denver area. All monetary donations to Toys for Tots as well donations of new unwrapped toys will remain here at our local Toys for Tots program. When you register online, you’ll have the opportunity to donate to Toys for Tots. Donations of $10 or more will earn a free draft Coors Light courtesy of the Sports Column. Game day donations of new unwrapped toys, cash, or check will also qualify for the free draft Coors Light. You may also make separate donations to both the Denver West Point Society and the Colorado USNA Alumni Association. Checks for Toys for Tots should be made out to: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation C/O Aurora, Colorado Chapter.

    Here is the link for the event:


  • 7 Oct 2021 14:48 | Matt McLaurin (Administrator)

    Greetings Shipmates!


    I represent the Tulsa USNA Alumni Chapter and wanted to extend an invitation to your organizations to the Navy/Tulsa Football Game which will be a FRIDAY night game on October 29, 2021.


    The Tulsa Chapter and our Parent’s Club is finalizing our plans for the Thursday Night Dinner at  the famous BURNCO BBQ Restaurant and the game day Tailgate Party!!  We hope you can come! Here are links to the Thursday Night Dinner  (October 28, 2021), the Friday Tailgate party (and football tickets) and a link to a nice Hyatt hotel which just opened with discounted rates for alumni.  This game is on a FRIDAY NIGHT!!


    Alumni Chapter Dinner open to All Navy Fans at the famous BURNCO restaurant downtown:  https://host.nxt.blackbaud.com/donor-form?svcid=renxt&formId=829223a9-ab1a-4655-8ab6-51556baa5978&envid=p-20vqwtMY7EKm0ANk4-MCIQ


    Tailgate Party/Football Tickets/Spirit Gear:  https://www.navytulsatailgate.com/


    Freshly Renovated Hyatt Hotel Downtown: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/oklahoma/hyatt-place-tulsa-downtown/tulzt?corp_id=G-NAVY


    Go Navy!!


    Rocky Goins

    President, USNAA Tulsa Chapter

    USNAA Trustee



  • 18 Feb 2021 12:16 | Matt McLaurin (Administrator)


    Marshall | Saturday September 4, 2021

    Air Force | Saturday September 11, 2021

    Houston | Saturday September 25, 2021

    UCF | Saturday October 2, 2021

    SMU | Saturday October 9, 2021

    Memphis | Thursday October 14, 2021

    Cincinnati | Saturday October 23, 2021

    Tulsa | Friday October 29, 2021

    Notre Dame | Saturday November 6, 2021

    ECU | Saturday November 20, 2021

    Temple | Saturday November 27, 2021

    American Football Championship | Saturday December 4, 2021 

    Army-Navy Game | Saturday December 11, 2021 | Presented by USAA

    Home | Away

  • 9 Feb 2021 09:52 | Matt McLaurin (Administrator)

    Shipmates, we are excited to announce that the Colorado USNAAA has started an Alumni of the Quarter (AOTQ) program. The objective of this program is to recognize the contributions and achievements of members who exemplify the mission statement of both the United States Naval Academy and Colorado Chapter of the Alumni Association. We intend to eventually publish a submission portal on the association’s web page, but until then, all nominations may be sent to Matthew Duffey at DuffeyMatthew@gmail.com.  We encourage our members to nominate those who you feel have embodied the missions of the Academy and our Alumni Association. We will be announcing the AOTQ after our quarterly board meeting and we look forward to recognizing the selfless work of our members.

  • 9 Feb 2021 09:50 | Matt McLaurin (Administrator)

    During these challenging times, we understand that networks are as important as ever.  With that in mind, the chapter has decided to move forward with a professional network based on the LinkedIn platform. The mission of this organization will be to Create a professional networking space that focuses on education, professional development, and availing members of our organization of both the talent and opportunity in the area. This networking will provide members the ability to post opportunities, post resumes, understand upcoming SACC opportunities, and participate in quarterly professional development sessions. We encourage all to join – if for no other reason than to support those transitioning during these challenging times.  The link to join is: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12500451/

  • 15 Jul 2020 09:48 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)

    All Hands,

    A classmate stumbled across the 1956 USNA recruiting film here while wandering through the web. 

    We have alumni here in Colorado who were at the Academy when this film was shot, so they might just see themselves. 

    Lot's of change, lots of not so much. 

    Guy '69

  • 14 May 2020 10:35 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)

    All Hands,

    I received the attached letter from the presidents of the five US Service Academies.

    Service Academy Alumni Assns' Letter.docx

    Stay Safe and Beat Army,

    Guy '69

  • 19 Aug 2019 10:27 | Kelly Mayer

    The USS Colorado Submarine Association has recently been formed to support the crew of Colorado’s namesake submarine throughout its lifetime. Their main purposes are to 

    • Support the morale, well-being and recreation of the crew and their families.
    • Encourage, advocate, and generate statewide support for the crew and to educate the citizens of Colorado about their namesake submarine.
    • Educate the crew about the beauty of Colorado and the heritage of previous USS Colorado’s.
    • Raise funds to support these objectives.

    Some of the projects they have recently conducted:

    • Hosted visit to Colorado by four crew members in May.
    • Funded pizza and bowling party for sailors’ families while the boat was deployed.
    • Bought gifts for the crew to help them celebrate half-way night on their deployments.
    • Donate dolphin pins to newly qualified sailors.
    • Visited Groton to meet with the crew and attended a ship’s picnic.
    • Help put on dinners and parties for the crew and families when we visit the boat.

    They are looking for members to help join in this effort to show Colorado’s support. Membership dues in the association are $100 per year for an individual and $150 per year with a family member. Members will be able to participate in future crew related events.

    For more information and to enroll as a member please visit them at usscoloradosubassoc.org. Feel free to contact them at usscoloradosubassoc@gmail.com.

  • 15 Aug 2019 09:52 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)

    All Hands,

    Sports Illustrated just published their list of the ten greatest rivalries in college football.  Army - Navy is #4 with the following observation:

    "If you need an explanation as to why this makes the list, then you've never been—and you should go."

    You can read the very short article here.

    Beat Army,

    Guy '69

  • 26 Jun 2019 11:39 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)

    All Hands,

    About three quarters of the Class of '19 joined the AMP.  This is a program created to connect alums who have knowledge and/ore experience with those seeking it.  It's not about greyheads pronouncing sage advice to rapt newbies, but rather about men and women with experience providing insight as a resource.  It's also about younger alums with current, real world knowledge providing insight to what's happenin' now in the Fleet and the Corps. 

    You can find out about AMP here.

    Guy '69

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