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Ship Slection Jan 2017

U.S. Naval Academy Holds Ship Selection for Class of 2017’s Future Surface Warfare Officers


Two hundred forty-four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen selected the ships they will serve on after graduation during Ship Selection Night Jan. 26, 2017 in Alumni Hall.


During Ship Selection, first class midshipmen assigned to the surface warfare officer (SWO) community choose their first ship and homeport.

“For SWO selects, this is the single biggest moment of their time at USNA other than commissioning,” said Lt. Nick Driscoll, Ship Selection Coordinator for 2017. “This is a unique opportunity for these Midshipmen to hand select their ship and homeport. From now on, their time in the Navy will be spent putting in preferences and crossing their fingers that they get what they requested.”

The midshipmen Overall Order of Merit is used to organize the order for selection. The factors that go into Overall Order of Merit include each midshipman's academic, military, and athletic performance.

“No matter what ship everyone chooses, we are all here to support the overall mission of sea control,” said Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Wirz, who made the night’s first selection of USS Porter (DDG 78) homeported in Rota, Spain. “It’s a great fun-filled night, but this is just the beginning. We are still continuing to prepare and train for the challenges we will face when we arrive at the ships we’ve chosen.”
You can view the Class of 2017 Ship Selection [from 26 Jan 2017] here.    
This is inspiring, beautifully run, with technology and excitement that old-timers never got to experience - take a look - and listen!  
Yes, all 244 mids chose their own unique theme song during selection - and yes, one chose Fight Song, one Star Wars, and two the Theme from Game of Thrones


News from the Yard
  • Controversy:  Air Force Academy doesn't train warriors anymore - here.  
  • Controversy:  Naval Academy contingent out of step at Inaugural Parade.
  • Controversy:  Fifth-year seniors at service academies.  Feinstein's article [plus reader comments] here.  
  • Navy defeats Notre Dame in Jax:  Coach Niumatalolo ties Coach Wayne Hardin's record from the '60s - video highlights here
  • Keenan Reynolds provides this Thanks, Navy! letter - outstanding young man! 
  • Keenan Reynolds is named co-winner of the Sullivan Award for best college athlete!   What records!  What an outstanding representative of the Naval Academy!   Thanks to all who voted for him!   Read the story here (Navy Sports) and here (ESPN) and here (NBC Sports)!
  • For Navy Spirit video, "Naptown Funk," view here.  [An all-mid take-off on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars video "Uptown Funk" which can be seen here.] 
  • For briefing (PowerPoint as PDF) on USNA Cyber Warfare program (and new building), view here.
  • For International Chapter Officers Forum (see right hand side for assorted briefings) at USNA, view here
  • For Google+ collection of latest [current! many!] photos from the yard, view here
  • For video of the flyover by the Blue Angels for Class of 2015, view here.   
  • For photos of the Ring Dance for Class of 2016, view here.
  • For the statistics on the Class of 2018, view here.  
  • Here is the latest USNA Newsletter and Parent Event Calendar  (for Chapters, Parents Clubs, Blue & Gold Officers)
News from the Chapter

newsletter:   18 February 2017

Dear Shipmates,

 

After just witnessing Navy give up a 25 point lead in basketball to Army, I’m inclined to believe this hasn’t been our year.

At least the women’s team won earlier.

Let’s see if we can do something in lacrosse.

 

GOLF:

Meanwhile, our Albuquerque Zoomie and Woop colleagues have invited us to join them in a golf tournament.

Date DTMD; we haven’t decided on the format (best ball?); date, or anything yet. 

This message is to invite participation.  Please contact Scott Kraus if you’re interested. I’ll promulgate further information to everyone as I get it.

 

PICNIC:

We still are working on planning for our annual summer picnic.

We’ve got a couple of dates and venues to explore, since someone else is currently penciled in for our preferred date of 4 June.

I’ll keep you all informed.  Maybe we’ll combine a picnic with a morning golf tourney. 

 

DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE:

The distinguished graduate awards are scheduled for 31 March at Alumni Hall.  One of the recipients, Adm. Eric Olson, was best man at my wedding.

And vice versa.  That’s about as close as I’ll get to someone who’s famous… 

 

Here’s hoping for a successful spring sports season!

 

Scott Kraus

For Christine Hoaglund, President


Doug MeintsWelcome, Doug Meints '77!  Christine Hoaglund informs us that Douglas Meints, Class of '77, has recently moved to Albuquerque and has joined our Chapter of the alumni association.  Douglas, aka Doug or "Psycho" (there is a story behind that) and is currently living on Eagle Ranch Road in Albuquerque.  Doug grew up as a Navy Junior in Japan and California, and graduated high school in Tacoma, WA.  Between 1979 and 1983, he flew as navaigator off the USS Constellation and USS Ranger with Fleet Air Recon Squadron One.  See his full bio here.  The Board is pleased to add Doug to our Chapter roll.  Welcome aboard!


Welcome, Tom McLean '53!  Mark Schaefer let us know that Thomas McLean, Class of '53, has recently moved to Albuquerque and would like to join the alumni association.  The Board is getting Tom added to the roll and the emails for the New Mexico chapter.  Ask Christine or Mark for Tom's email address, and phone number.  His career was Air Force and he worked at the Air Force Institute of Technology, retired after 22 years, and then became an ME instructor and eventually chair of the ME department at UTEP.   Please welcome Tom across the border into New Mexico and to our Alumni Chapter!


Financial Assistance:  The Naval Academy Summer Programs include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and NASS (Summer Seminar) programs.  About 50 of the 300 kids accepted into the programs from throughout the US have requested financial assistance. During the summer of 2016, your Chapter provided $150 to help offset travel expenses for each of four New Mexico youngsters who have requested some assistance with attending these activities:  two from Albuquerque, one from Dulce, and one from Las Cruces.  Your dues at work!  ... and Bravo Zulu to all attendees!   


Christine's notes from ICOF 2016:  

At the Chapter Picnic on Sunday, June 5th 2016 from 1300 to 1700 at the Kiwanis picnic shelter inside the Elena Gallegos Open Space in Albuquerque, Chapter President Christine Hoagland delivered a presentation on the gathering of the Alumni Chapter representatives in Annapolis in April 2016.  Her detailed notes are here and are well worth reading for 2017.


Last Call:  Allen R. Ruth, Class of 1959 (12th Company) passed away on Sunday, 1 May 2016.  Al and his wife Ellen lived in Pensacola, FL but made frequent trips to Albuquerque to visit their daughter Lani Ruth McCarson, and had joined us for several of our Chapter events, including one of our June Picnics.  The couple had recently returned from an extensive cruise through the Suez Canal, visiting Dubai and Israel along the way.  They were traveling by car from their home in Pensacola back to Albuquerque when Al suffered a massive heart attack during their stop on Sunday in Texas.  

Al's memorial service was held on Saturday, June 4th at St Chad's Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson St. NE.

Al's Last Call entry is here.  


Chapter e-mails:  Many of our New Mexico Alumni have NOT been receiving emails from the USNA AA MAIN SERVER in Annapolis.  The Chapter is going to this more efficient way to send our members email messages.    In order to get the emails, which are originated by the Chapter Board, but go thru the Academy server, you MUST REGISTER your email address and desires.  For instructions on how to do this, please check here.  



News from the Parents Club

Dark Ages Packages:  (from Jeanette Harris)  We are packing 35 Dark Ages Packages today [29 Jan 2017] to send to our New Mexico mids as well as electing new leadership and voting on By-LawsJan 2017 - NM Parents pack for Dark Ages for our Chapter.  Our new leadership:  Our new President is Betsy Guertersloh, Vice-President is Vicki K. Young McGavran, Secretary is Matt and Gayle Torres and Treasurer is Brian McQuiston. Thanks everyone for taking on these leadership positions!

Every year in January we send out care packages to our mids for the Dark Ages. For those of you who do not know, the "Dark Ages" is the time between Reform in January and Spring Break. We call that the Dark Ages because the weather is cold and dreary, there is not a lot of sports to go watch, it gets dark early and it is just not a happy time. There are probably other reasons that I am not aware of.  We are mailing thirty packages to our mids, five more to the USNA chaplains to distribute as they see fit.

Once all this is in place we can start planning the picnic.  The parents club will definitely be hosting a BBQ in early summer 2017 to honor our mids and welcome the incoming members of the Class of 2021 from New Mexico.  The date has not been set at this time.

  


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2017 Chapter Officers
  Profiles of Chapter Officers are linked at right:  
President
Christine Hoaglund '97 505-771-8977 bio
Vice-President
Scott Kraus '73
505-296-7409bio
Secretary
Joe McGuire '68 505-857-9679
bio
 Treasurer
Ken Fladager  '78 505-506-9284 bio
Director
Hank Schwartz '62 505-286-8934bio
Director
Casey Jones '60
505-286-6353
bio
Director
Mike Blackledge '63 505-294-6030bio
DirectorHerb Richter, '59505-298-9735
Blue & Gold OfficerDick Dommers '62575-434-8735La Luz, NM
Parents Club PresidentJeanette Harris

Our fiscal year is 1 Oct through 30 Sept. Chapter Treasurer's Report
Latest Annual Report:here,  [compare with 2012 here]

Approved (2006) By-Laws:
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Chapter By-Laws  2006
  Contact Officers with your suggestions for Chapter activities or event locations.
       
2017 Chapter Events 
Sunday
4 June 2017
  1 pm
Kiwanis Reservation AreaChapter Picnic at Elena Gallegos Recreation Area, Kiwanis Shelter (take Simms Road to east, about 1 mile North of Montgomery on Tramway).  Potluck and Cater.  Chapter will provide fried and barbeque chicken and soft drinks. $10/couple.  Wine will be available on a 'self-serve, self-pay' basis.  Attendees are asked to bring a sidedish or a dessert.  Our eighth annual Chapter Picnic at this site!
Christine presented a summation of the ICOF 2016 gathering at the last picnic, in 2016.  Her notes are here. 
Saturday
7 Oct 2017
Navy-Air Force Game (from Annapolis)Kick-off the run for the CINC Trophy!    Navy has won the trophy 9 times in the past 11 years, but Air Force took it all in 2016.  But this time we play them in the land of the crabs!  Revenge game! 
Saturday
18 Nov
2017 
Navy-Notre Dame Game (from Notre Dame Stadium, IN). Oh, my.  We made e'm mad last year and they fired their Coach.  4th Victory in 52 years!    Coach Niumatalolo now has three wins over Notre Dame:  2009, 2010, and 2016.   How is this possible?  Because he goes for the WIN!  On 4th downs!   See highlights here.  
Saturday
9 Dec 2017

Army-Navy Game (from The Linc in Philly).  In 2016, Navy came back to score 17 unanswered points to open the Second Half before Army scored to win, 21-17.  Recap of the game here.  YARG!  Yet Another Revenge Game!

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Chapter Corporation Report with Secretary of State, New Mexico [May 2014]

Beat Army        The American Athletic Conference
Opening against the Fordham Rams on Sept 3 and the UConn Huskies on Sept 10, 2016 in Annapolis.
Big wins this season:  
goal-line stand heroics to defeat UConn; upsetting #6 U of Houston at Annapolis;
going for it to defeat Notre Dame in Jacksonville, FL  
Navy's 2016 football schedule

Click on the links (below) to find the real Navy gouge    (suggested by Former Chapter President John Kennard):

www.sailorbob.com - USNI sponsored SWO-centric blog
http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/ - Otherwise known as "The stupid shall be punished".  This blog is for submariners. It is being retired, and if not replaced this link will be deleted.
http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/ - Commentary on current Navy topics.
http://navycaptain-TheRealNavy.blogspot.com/ - Otherwise known as "I like the cut of his jib." Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years) 
 

The former Prez suggests:  "Take a look at all four websites, especially after something hits the press.  Sailor Bob is particularily insightful and usually someone within two degrees of separation from the incident can shed some light.  I haven't found a good aviation blog since Neptunus Lex's passing.  You can try http://www.airwarriors.com/community/index.php.   
 
The Duffel Blog, www.duffelblog.com is a satirical news website that has been catching the eyes of Pentagon leaders lately."

Wounded Warriors Project:  A legal scam.  See story here.

Air Warrior Courage Foundation:  Getting the $$$ directly to projects for the wounded.  
See story here.
 
USS Bataan - 1    real Bataan
  
2014 March Meeting Chapter Board
Your Board, Past and Present:  On Saturday, 22 March  2014, Chapter Vice President Scott Kraus '73 hosted a meeting of the New Mexico Chapter's new Officers and Board of Directors at his home in Albuquerque.  The board considered Chapter website issues, upcoming social events, and fall football game sports bar gatherings.  
pictured standing L-R:   New Mexico Chapter Board members Herb Richter '59, Mike Blackledge '63, John Kennard '93 (President), Christine Hoaglund '97, Barry Howard '58, & Scott Kraus '73 (Vice President).  Seated L-R are Joe McGuire '68 (Secretary), Keith "Casey" Jones '60, and Ken Fladager '78 (Treasurer).  

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