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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 Foot

Greetings Class of 1979,

On Tuesday July 31st I sent an email on my personal gmail account to the class - everyone who has an email address in the USNA Alumni Association database. The subject line included “Your Help Needed” and the message was about the help needed for a class project – very secret hush-hush stuff, by the way. The response has been great, but we can do better, I’m sure.

If you did not receive this message – and my kick-back messages are numerous – please reply to this email and I will send it to you. It is a project you will want to support, and costs only a little of your time and some creativity. Check your Junk/Spam Mail Folder first.


I have a message to pass along from Liz at the Alumni Association to any of you working in nonprofit education:

My name is Liz Frenaye and I am working with the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Communications Department. We are currently working on a piece that highlights grads in the nonprofit world of education. We want to showcase any grad who works a lot with educational outreach, educational charities, or educational nonprofits. If you, or any of your classmates would be a good fit for this piece, please email me at liz.frenaye@usna.com. Thank you in advance! Liz Frenaye

Your support is appreciated.


It is already August – and I apologize for completely missing our July 7 I-Day Anniversary. (Thanks Fozzie for NOT missing it! BZ!) Anyway, that means another exciting season of Navy Football is upon us. First up is the ultimate Road Trip to Hawaii for the September 1 showdown vs. the Rainbow Warriors. Janet and I are looking forward to seeing our Hawaiian classmates.

A good schedule of Home Games is on tap at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium:

September 8 Beat Memphis!

September 15 Beat Lehigh!

October 13 Beat Temple!

October 20 Beat Houston! (Homecoming Game)

November 17 Beat Tulsa!

Other big games include another Road Trip, this one to San Diego on October 27 to Beat Notre Dame! I am looking for a SD volunteer to set up a 79er Function for Friday night. Any volunteers??? Anyone????

All Home Games Kickoff at 1530 local. Around noon of game days, the 79erTailgate Crew will be set up in Tailgate Spot Three which is located in the GOLD (Visitor-side) Parking lot directly behind the Courthouse Building on Rowe Blvd. Bring your drinks, a dish to share (Themes have been set, but I do not have them for this message), and chairs. If that is too tough, we always have enough of everything to share, just let me know you are coming if you are not part of the regular crew.

Get on that special project this weekend! Thanks for supporting.

Beat Hawaii!!!


Omnes Viri 1979,


P.S. Our Forty Year Reunion will be in about 13 months, exact dates not known until about early March 2019. Still, plan now to attend
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