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  • 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

  • 28 Apr 2020 11:10 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)


    Courtesy of Jim Ryan '58, we've gotten an early heads up on the availability of jewelry and mementos made from the copper removed from the chapel dome as it is being repaired and the copper replaced.

    The jewelry is made by Herf Jones in partnership with the Alumni Association.  There is a limited amount of the copper and I have no idea how far that amount will stretch -- recall that there are about 50,000 living alums, so it's doubtful that there's enough for everyone to purchase a piece of the dome.

    You can view the jewelry and mementos here.  If that doesn't work for some reason, here it is www.usnachapeldome.com.

    I ordered a pair of cufflinks.  It was as easy as ordering from other online stores.  The only thing I noticed is that when I added my purchase to my shopping bag/shopping cart, it didn't show a number until I clicked on the icon.

    Stay Safe and Beat Army,

    Guy '69



  • 10 Apr 2020 13:03 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)


    All Hands,

    Just got this from VADM Buck.

    USNA Family,

    This was a very difficult decision to come to, but due to the national impact of the coronavirus pandemic, I have decided to cancel our traditional Commissioning Week public events in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the entire Naval Academy family and local community, which has been my number one strategic priority since the onset of this pandemic. I know this is disappointing to all of us.

    I still intend to accomplish my number two strategic priority, which is to graduate and commission each member of the Class of 2020. Our team is putting in countless planning hours to determine when, where, and how a virtual event will look.

    Other traditional class milestone events, such as the Herndon Climb and Ring Dance, are suspended until social distancing protocols will allow for large-scale events.

    I want to thank you all again, for your unwavering dedication toward our mission and in working to achieve my strategic priorities during the coronavirus. Please continue to practice social distancing and other enhanced hygiene measures as we get through this uncharted, uncertain, and unprecedented time, together.

    V/r, VADM Buck


  • 20 Mar 2020 11:50 | Guy Higgins (Administrator)


    The Supe's message to all of us can be found on YouTube here.

    I think the message is a good one.

    Everyone stay safe and Beat Army,

    Guy '69

  • 19 Aug 2019 10:27 | Kelly Mayer (Administrator)


    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.


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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 22 Apr 2019 20:53 | Kelly Mayer (Administrator)


    The attached kit, which I received through my class admin, is something that everyone will likely find useful at some point. 

    Guy '69

    VASurvivorsKit.pdf 

  • 15 Jan 2019 12:00 | Kelly Mayer (Administrator)


    Indiana University's School of Education ranks USNA as the #1 of the top 5 most prestigious military school in the world.  Please see the posting at the following link: https://blogs.iu.edu/education/2018/04/12/the-5-most-prestigious-military-schools-in-the-world/

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  • 30 Nov 2018 15:31 | Kelly Mayer (Administrator)


    DefenseNews published an article on October 8th highlighting potentially serious issues with the United States’ sealift capacity.  The article goes into the age and minimal size of the existing sealift fleet.  The author emphasizes the importance of being able to move the Army’s equipment to Europe in the event of a conflict there.  

    What the article doesn’t touch on is Russia’s submarine capability and the threat that poses to an already inadequate sealift capability.  In WWII, we lost hundreds of ships, but we had thousands and the loss of no one ship was devastating. With fewer than 100 sealift ships, the loss of a single ship could spell disaster.


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