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Greetings Class of 1979,

Happy 39th Anniversary of our Graduation and Commissioning! Hoist your glasses high today and toast the great Class of 1979 in celebration of our many remarkable achievements and in honor of those who have left us too soon.

Last week, Janet and I had the great honor to attend some of the festivities associated with Commissioning Week at the Naval Academy. Specifically, on Wednesday we enjoyed a picnic lunch on Hospital Point followed by the Blue Angels’ performance over the Severn – even ran into two great classmates! The next day, we were back for the Color Parade and the Awards and Prizes Ceremony where I presented the Class of 1979 Trident Scholar prize, a Ship’s Clock, to Midshipman First Class Carter Burn, a Minnesotan who was the top Graduate entering the Marine Corps. Prior to hitting TBS, though, Carter will be spending a year at the University of Pennsylvania under the McMullen Fellowship. Carter sent me a very nice thank-you note expressing his gratitude to the entire class for the ‘incredible experience” he enjoyed as a Trident Scholar in his “Firstie Year.”

So last Friday, 5/25, Carter and about 1,040 of his closest friends joined the ranks of Naval Academy Alumni, and more importantly, took their turn standing the watch. Congratulations to the Class of 2018. We are in good hands!

All of this talk about anniversaries leads to my big reminder that next year, unbelievable as it is, will be 2019, or the Year of our 40th Reunion. The Class of 1979 40-Year Reunion will be held in Annapolis over a weekend in mid-to-late September 2019 to be determined upon release of the Navy Football Schedule, probably in late February. Save those weekend dates. Expect the same great reunion experience we have enjoyed every five years, only this time, we should expect a record turnout of classmates. And a reminder, this is open to ALL classmates who raised their hand in T-Court on July 7, 1975. No excuses – everyone, including our beloved widows, should plan to attend.

Way back on April 30th I attended the Council of Class Presidents Meeting in Annapolis. This group gathers twice each year to get the gouge on what’s happening on the yard, in the Alumni Association, and in Navy sports and provides a forum to share ideas among the classes. In general, a positive outlook was presented. Diggers and fillers are at it - building Hopper Hall – the new Cyber Building – behind Rickover, which is itself undergoing a $52M overhaul. Hopper Hall is expected to open in late 2019, so we may get to see it brand new at our 40th.

Finally, I want to share a message from the USNA Foundation about the All-Academy Challenge that begins tomorrow:


We have made some exciting improvements to the management of the All Academy Challenge this year. One is the Leaderboard-by-Class that we have already told you about. Another is the ability to track the impact your All Academy Challenge email is having on your classmates using a link to the AAC site that registers a “hit” in our database whenever one of your classmates clicks on that link. All you need to do is to copy and paste the link below into your emails that you send out to your classmates. In fact, you can use this link anywhere you can drop a link into: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin or a text message.

Here is the link: https://navy.allacademychallenge.com?referral_id=5b0d7ebb0735e70003224116

After the Challenge closes we will tell you how many classmates clicked on “your” link.

Additionally, since your class is on an active Class Project, please encourage your classmates to donate to it when they make their gifts on the AAC site. When they click on the Donate, Contribute or Give Now buttons they will be taken to a giving form. There they should enter their class number in the Search field, hit Return and then click on their class crest when it appears. Then follow the rest of the instructions. Their gift will be split between your class project funds using the percentages we agreed upon when we executed our MOU.

Please call Melissa Nelson at 410-295-4117 or email her at melissa.nelson@usna.com if you have any questions.

Go Navy! Beat Everybody!


So, beginning tomorrow, please get your credit card out, click on my designated link above, and make a donation. Remember, the All Academy Challenge is all about percentages of giving. The Academy with the highest percentage of graduates making donations, no matter how big or small (there is a $5 minimum) wins.



Omnes Viri 1979,



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