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Registration is open for the 2021 SAGS, which will be held virtually on 15 June. SAGS is open to all graduates of all five US Service Academies, as well as spouses/partners and guests of attending graduates. This summit will not be recorded, so the only way to participate or hear the dialogue is to do so live/day of event. Join the conference virtually and hear from speakers including Superintendent VADM Sean Buck ’83, USN; Former Superintendent VADM Walter “Ted” Carter ’81, USN (Ret.); VADM John Bird ’71, USN (Ret.); MajGen Charles F. Bolden Jr. ’68, USMC (Ret.); and LtGen Lori Reynolds ’86, USMC. This summit will bring together a diverse group of leaders and experts to share and engage with the audience on the broad topic of today’s extraordinary challenges, needs and opportunities. Learn more and register here.

From the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation: The 2021 All Academy Challenge has begun! Despite the challenges of 2020, last year, you all came together for our best year of the All Academy Challenge to date. Nearly 6,000 alumni and several hundred parents and friends showed up for the five day competition bringing in over One Million dollars in support for the Academy. Remember, this challenge is about participation, and beating the other service academies. To make a donation count, follow this link from 16-20 May 2021 https://navy.allacademychallenge.com/pages/usna-home Go Navy! Beat them ALL!

See Brian’s remarks as well, on our class Giving page.

Please share with any 7th-12th graders, parents, teachers, and counselors!

Don’t miss the Virtual Information Session for the US Naval Academy — one week from today! Speakers will discuss what life is like on the Yard, how to navigate the application & nomination process, career opportunities available upon graduation, and what parents need to know throughout this process. This session is hosted by the Greater DC area Alumni Association but it is open to ALL who are interested in the Naval Academy.

Registration is via the USNA GWC website, or see their full event flyer here.

Due to ongoing limitations on outdoor sporting events in Pennsylvania, this year’s Army-Navy game was moved to West Point in order to ensure that the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets could be in attendance. See the Oct 23rd press release for more details and remarks by the athletic director and Superintendent.

No official decision on fan attendance has been made at this time, but it is anticipated that attendance will be limited to only the Brigade and Corps. The game will be televised as scheduled. GO NAVY, NAVY, NAVY! BEAT ARMY, ARMY, ARMY!

Check out Harrison’s most recent publication, which advocates the creation of a Digital Service Academy. At a time when much of the DoD struggles to adequately and appropriately implement Artificial Intelligence (AI), this is a timely article addressing a critical knowledge and capability shortfall. It was recently published in War on the Rocks. Whom from the great Class of 1996 will be first in line for a second Plebe Year at USDSA? Great work, Harrison!

MAKING A U.S. DIGITAL SERVICE ACADEMY WORK – Schramm, Lyons (10 Sep)

 

The 2020 All Academy Challenge kicks off on Sunday, 16 Aug and continues for 5 days. Navy is facing off against Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines – and the service academy with the highest percentage of alumni making a gift in support of their alma mater takes home bragging rights. Naval Academy alumni have consistently taken the top spot in terms of dollars raised – but this contest is all about participation and not total dollars raised.

The Naval Academy Foundation has made it possible for classes on active class legacy gift projects to make All Academy Challenge gifts directly in support of those projects. This year our class is choosing to support the Project Based Learning (PBL) component of our class project during the 5 day challenge. To support this fund, choose “Class of 1996 Project” in the Gift Designation block. If you don’t want to support that fund, you can always direct your gift to the general Naval Academy Fund and it will still count in our class totals.

If you’ve already made a gift in support of the Academy this year, thank you, and please consider making another small gift to help us ensure our victory – every gift counts towards our participation!

“SIR, YOU NOW HAVE 3 DAYS, 9 HOURS, AND 59 MINUTES UNTIL THE ALL-ACADEMY CHALLENGE BEGINS ONLINE, SIR!”

The online All-Academy Challenge begins Sunday, 16 Aug and runs through Thursday, 20 Aug. Do your part to help make Navy the G.O.A.T. by giving back and supporting the mission of our institution.

If you received a paper donation envelope in the mail, return it prior to 20 Aug. To give online, click here.

Go Navy! Beat Army! (and Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine!) 

 

A full cancellation of Fall sports, including football, was announced by the Mountain West Conference last night. Speculation persists, however, that Air Force could still be allowed to play both Army and Navy, which would keep the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy in play for 2020. Read the full press release here.

Dear ’96 Classmates:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones happy, HEALTHY and coping during these unprecedented times.

The 2019 All Academy Challenge was a huge success bringing in over one million dollars for the Naval Academy from nearly 4,000 donors. Thank you for your past support!

The 2020 All Academy Challenge kicks off on Sunday, 16 Aug and continues for 5 days. Navy is facing off against Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine—with the service academy with the highest percentage of alumni making a gift in support of their alma mater taking home bragging rights. Naval Academy alumni have consistently taken the top spot in terms of dollars raised—but this contest is all about participation and not total dollars raised.

In 2020, with your help, we plan on taking the participation prize! You should have received, or will receive very soon, a sticker from the Naval Academy Foundation with more information, but we really want our class to come together to show our support especially in these trying times. Visit https://navy.allacademychallenge.com starting 16 August and make your gift—then use your personal networks to ask your classmates and other alumni to do the same. This year’s All Academy Challenge site features a Class Participation Leaderboard as well as buttons to make social media sharing—and getting your friends and classmates involved—even easier.

Also, the Naval Academy Foundation has made it possible for classes on active class legacy gift projects to make All Academy Challenge gifts directly in support of those projects. This year our class is choosing to support the Project Based Learning (PBL) component of our class project during the 5 day challenge. If you don’t want to support that fund, you can always direct your gift to the Naval Academy Fund and that will still count in our class totals. You can direct any questions to Clay Evans, class giving coordinator at the Naval Academy Foundation, at clay.evans@usna.com or 410-295-4117.

If you’ve already made a gift in support of the Academy this year, thank you, and please consider making another small gift to help us ensure our victory – every gift counts towards our participation!

Thanks,

Brian
e: Brian.Reardon@1996.usna.com

p.s. If filling out the physical mailer sent by the Foundation, just hand write “Class of 1996 Project” in the Gift Designation block. Your donation will be allocated to our Project Based Learing goal.

USNA GWC Virtual Annual Meeting & Election Kickoff: 11 June 2020 1900-2000

The annual meeting hosted by the Greater Washington Chapter (GWC) of USNA Alumni is being held online this year, and will feature addresses by both the Superintendent (VADM Sean Buck ’83) and the Naval Academy Athletic Director (Mr. Chet Gladchuck). VADM Buck will speak to the group about what is being done to reinforce Diversity and Inclusion at USNA, and Mr. Gladchuck will talk about the near term plans for Navy Athletics.

You do not have to be a member of the GWC to attend the event, which will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams. Registration is free, but required. If you’re interested in hearing what the Sup and the AD have to say, please join! I am not aware that there will be any recording posted later.

The GWC President requests that you please begin logging in 15 minutes prior to the event at 1845 on June 11 EDT so that they start promptly at 1900. “Time, Tide, and Formation wait for no one!”

Entire letter sent via email to USNA-GWC listserve: USNA Greater Washington Chapter Virtual Annual Meeting & Election Kickoff.