News, Events & More


– Yard Gouge Fall 2020

Posted: 12/6/2020

The USNA Council of Class Presidents meets twice a year to discuss issues of importance to the Naval Academy and its alumni. Below are highlights from this fall’s meeting, held virtually in early November:

Comments from guest speaker LTGEN Dave Beydler, USMC (Ret.), Co-Chair, Special Committee on Alumni Culture, Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Committee conducted weekly two-hour meetings with input from alumni this summer and fall
  • Preliminary recommendations support fostering greater appreciation of each other, greater transparency, and expansion of diversity participation and engagement
  • An all-Alumni survey is forthcoming

Comments from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation:

  • Chapel Dome memorabilia sales are greater than $1.2 million, providing support to the Midshipman Activities Fund
  • Hopper Hall Cyber Security Center ribbon cutting was held on 15 October
  • The Naval Academy Campaign closed in September with more than $500 million raised
  • The Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) experienced 20 percent increase in alumni attendance
  • More than 4000 alumni participate in the Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP)

Update on the Alumni Center Project:

  • The project is on budget, expected completion summer/fall 2022
  • The Center will be a 68K square foot building with on-site and nearby parking for more than 100 vehicles
  • Class giving opportunities at the $250K and $100K levels
  • Individual plankowner opportunities for those who pledge $12,500 by December 2022

Guest Speaker VADM Sean Buck, Superintendent:

  • Social distancing protocols continue in place on the Yard
  • Random COVID testing weekly for 10 percent of the USNA population
  • 372 midshipmen are housed in St. John’s College dormitories to permit establishment of isolation rooms in Bancroft
  • Midshipmen will start winter break after the Army Navy game; the Brigade will return 5 January 2021
  • Midshipman 1/C Standage case: currently under litigation
  • Diversity:
    • Racism not systemic at USNA, a task force established to take a top-down look
    • Changes to the names of buildings will only come from top-level Navy leadership
    • There’s been a temporary pause on painting Tecumseh due to feedback from the Midshipmen Diversity Team

Update from Mr. Chet Gladchuk, Jr, Athletic Director:

  • There’s been a loss of revenue due to COVID constraints
  • We need to do all we can to sustain our athletic programs
  • Football team will play Army at West Point this year

Take care, friends, and have a wonderful December!

Now’s the Time, 89!

Denise

’89 Class President


Death of a Classmate: Lance Jon Wood

Posted: 11/27/2020

Lance Jon Wood passed away at the age of 53 on Thursday, November 12, 2020, in Danville, California, following a six-year battle with Glioblastoma. He was surrounded by the love of his immediate family. Lance was born to Bob and Judy Wood in Cranford, NJ, on September 27, 1967. He grew up in Midlothian, VA, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in 1989 with a B.S. in Economics. At Navy, he played both varsity squash and tennis. Following graduation, he served in the Navy, achieving the rank of LTJG, and was a F14 carrier pilot.

He met his loving wife, Melinda Wood (nee Kunz), in San Diego and married in 1993. Lance and Melinda have three wonderful children together, son, Jake Wood of San Francisco, Calif.; and daughters, Jordan Hill (husband, Sam Hill) of Hoboken, N.J. and Abbey Wood of Danville, Calif. Being a father was one of the greatest joys of Lance’s life and he was immensely proud of his children.

Lance worked on Wall Street for several firms, including Paine Weber, Robertson Stephens, Leerink Swan and Macquarie. At Leerink Swan, he was a Managing Director and was tasked with opening and running their first West Coast office in San Francisco.

Along with his immediate family, Lance leaves behind his loving extended family including his parents; his brother, Rob Wood of Richmond, Va.; sister, Tara Wood of Danville, Calif.; five nieces and nephews and a long list of dear friends and people he touched over the course of his life, including fellow servicemen. Everyone who knew Lance loved his vivacious personality and contagious enthusiasm for life. He was inspiring and will be missed tremendously.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lance’s honor to the UCSF Foundation and should reference the Neuro-Oncology Support Fund (Fund B1573) in memory of Lance Wood. www.makeagift.ucsf.edu.

Source: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/timesdispatch/name/lance-wood-obituary?pid=197141467&fbclid=IwAR3fIZve-S7x1SkuHubfjFS8vwzhJASwn3UJdmT9Ygs9jjBhtbLZUBhhV7Q


Death of a Classmate: Jonathan L Hughes

Posted: 6/18/2020

Jonathan L. Hughes, 55, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Neche, ND, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020, near Grand Forks, ND. Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, in Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Social distancing and wearing a mask are recommended. Funeral service will be live streamed on the Askew Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Union Cemetery or the Neche Fire Department.

Click here for the funeral home memorial site.

Jon was a 1983 graduate of Neche High School. After enlisting as a Marine, Jon graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989. Upon commission, he was assigned to Training Wing (TW-5), Pensacola, FL for flight school and was designated a Naval Aviator in June, 1991. He was reassigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM)-14 in Norfolk, VA to fly the MH-53E Sea Dragon. Hughes returned to Pensacola as a flight instructor in 1995. In 1998, he left active duty but remained in the reserves, assigned to HM-15 in Corpus Christi and flew commercially for Trans World Airlines and Atlantic Coast Airlines. After returning to active duty in 2001, he was deployed in January 2003 to the Persian Gulf and again in 2004, this time as Officer-in-Charge, HM-15 Det. 2. He commanded the 90 person detachment until his transfer to Fort Worth in January, 2005. On October 1, 2006, he was promoted to Commander and assigned to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX. On July 15, 2007, Jon took his last command of the Navy Operational Support Center, Alameda, CA.

After retiring from the Navy in 2010, he moved to Grand Forks and flew commercially for Sky West Airlines until the time of his death. He also drove beet truck for area farmers and contracted with Trans Systems in the winter months.

Jon enjoyed traveling, camping and boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling and attending sporting events. He remained active in the VFW and spent many of his weekends on water throughout the summer. Jon also spent many evenings and weekends watching his nieces and nephews play sports.

He is survived by his mother, Judy (Bert) Warner of Pembina, brothers, Jeff Hughes, Neche, ND, Jeremy (Beth) Hughes, Thompson, ND, sisters Jackie (Steve) Johnson, Reiles Acres, ND, Laurie (Allen) Williams Montrose, CO, nephews Daniel (Sarah) Williams, Samuel Williams, Jacob Williams and Marcus Hughes, nieces Rachel Johnson, Mara (Joe) Gramling, Lauren (fiancé BJ) Johnson and Mackenzie Hughes, grand-nephews Thomas Johnson and Oliver Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father, H. Frank Hughes, maternal grandparents, Bert and Irene Hvidsten and paternal grandparents, Howard and Doreen Hughes.

VISITATION
Thursday, June 18, 2020
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
United Lutheran Church in Cavalier (ND)

PRAYER SERVICE
Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00 PM
United Lutheran Church in Cavalier (ND)

FUNERAL SERVICE
Friday, June 19, 2020
10:30 AM
United Lutheran Church in Cavalier (ND)

Askew Funeral Home
209 Elizabeth Street, P.O. Box 656
Cavalier, ND 58220
Phone: 701-265-4321
E-mail: askewfh@gmail.com


– Yard Gouge (Spring 2020)

Posted: 5/5/2020

Dear Classmates,

I hope this update finds you and your family well during this very challenging and difficult time.  Remember, we’re all here for each other, so if you’re needing some assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please allow me to share highlights from the recent Council of Class Presidents meeting, a twice-a-year gathering sponsored by the Alumni Association and Foundation.  This spring’s meeting was virtual and well attended, with an interesting variety of important topics discussed:

Current state of USNA and the Brigade (as briefed by the Commandant, Captain Thomas R. Buchanan):

  • All midshipmen are sheltering in place INCONUS, with approximately 40 to 50 midshipman residing in Bancroft Hall.
  • The number of midshipmen infected by COVID is in the single digits, with no hospitalizations.
  • A virtual graduation is planned for the class of 2020, with more details to be announced.
  • Plebe summer will occur, with details under discussion.

Alumni Center project

  • $22M building project for a 65,000 square foot building across from Bishop Stadium on King George Street.
  • Construction begins October 2020, and is complete July 2022.
  • August 2020 Shipmate will discuss class naming opportunities, similar to those at Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
  • Expected class naming opportunities at 100K and 250K milestones.
  • Individual recognition opportunities at 12.5K; this donation also counts toward the class financial milestone.

Virtual Service Academy Career Conference (SACC)

  • Outstanding participation: 63 companies and 502 job seekers.
  • SACC Central is online with postings for jobs.

Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP)

Almost 4,000 alumni participate in a Mentor/Protégé relationship through the Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP). Please consider participating! We have a lot to offer to fellow alumni that might be transitioning out of the service or to a new career field.

Chapel Dome Heirlooms

Renovations are currently underway to replace the aging copper dome. Herff Jones is offering heirlooms from material salvaged, to include ornaments, jewelry, challenge coins, and framed heirlooms. Click here for more information and to purchase!

Objective Zero

Objective Zero, a Class of 1998 initiative, is an app that leverages existing support networks (classmates) to provide timely support to Veterans through their hard days. The objective of the initiative is zero additional suicides. A motion was approved by the COCP to formally request that the Alumni Association and Foundation and NAAA recognize Objective Zero at Navy sporting events.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief update, and I’m glad to answer any questions you might have.  Please feel free to contact me anytime at denise.willert@1989.usna.com.

Stay safe and healthy! Now’s the Time, 89!

Fondly, Denise

Posted by Ingar Grev on May 5, 2020


– Welcome from your new board!

Posted: 2/28/2020

Dear Classmates:

As the President of the newly elected board of class representatives, I’d like to express our deepest thanks for placing your trust and confidence in us. Our group includes Heather Purvis (VP), Tony Newpower (Treasurer), Heidi Fleming (Secretary), Joe Fagan (Operations), and Clint Carroll and Edwin Henderson (Members at Large). We are excited and honored to work with you over the next several years, and relish your feedback and suggestions in all that we do!

A million thanks are not enough to extend to those classmates who have gone before us in this role. Please let me start with Ingar Grev, who led us for approximately 20 years through four reunions and two class gifts. Words are hardly enough to say an appropriate thank you. Andy Caufield and Brian Caldwell are also two teammates who represented us brilliantly for fifteen years. And there are so many others … let us just conclude by saying that we have HUGE shoes to fill.

A special thanks to Chris Owens as the coordinator for our recent reunion, as well as all of the reunion committee. It was a brilliant success and a total blast!

Thank you to all who contributed to our class gift campaign — I’ll be sending a wrap-up email with details on this project as soon as the final accounting is complete.

I don’t want to make this too long, but just want you to know that we’re going to be working hard as a board to keep you informed, get your input, and do our very best to contribute to the lasting legacy of our class in our support of our fabulous institution.

Now’s the Time, 89!

Fondly,

Denise, Heather, Tony, Heidi, Joe, Clint and Ed

Posted February 20, 2020 by Ingar Grev


– Beat Army 2019 Tailgater!

Posted: 11/25/2019

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

It’s that time of year again! Army is an awesome time to get together with classmates and shipmates that we haven’t seen in years – or perhaps we’ve seen as recently as the reunion – so grab your tickets and come join us on December 14th in Philly!

Reminders:

  1. We typically have between 150-225 people show up (depends on weather), so share this with friends and coworkers! We can take it!
  2. You don’t need to register to come (so don’t avoid us because you forgot to register), but you’ll be doing us a favor if you do register! It helps us plan how much food and drink we need to buy and haul up to Philly in the trailer. If you’re not sure, go ahead and register and then donate when you get there.
  3. We’ll be getting there pretty early to set up (8?), but please plan on the main party going from 10-2 (kickoff is at 3).

Let me know if you have any questions, and BEAT ARMY!

Remember to click here to get the gouge and register!

Ingar


– Beat SMU 2019 Tailgater!

Posted: 11/19/2019

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

A few reminders:

Tickets: you don’t need tickets to come to your tailgater, but this game is so important for the team, it would be great if you could scrounge some tickets and get into the stadium to cheer Navy on!

Want to Volunteer? We could always use volunteers for food / menu planning / selection, heavy lifting (set up and shut down), etc., but – again – what’s most important is that you come.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER TO COME! It just helps us plan, but we always have stragglers and we always plan for stragglers.

Donations: Just donate whatever you want, nothing, or in kind. What’s most important is that you join us! We’re bringing beer, wine, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea, and a few odds and ends, so there’s no need to bring drinks along!

If there’s a chance you might come, please click here and register by Thursday night so that we can start buying food on Friday!

Beat SMU!

Ingar


– Glee Club Alumni Attending Reunion – please read!

Posted: 10/21/2019

Class of ’89 Glee Club Alumni! You are invited to sing at the Class Memorial Service in Memorial Hall on Friday, 10/25 at 10:00 AM.  We will be presenting “Amazing Grace” at the beginning of the service, and “Eternal Father” at the conclusion.

There is an ’89 Glee Club Reunion – hosted by Shawn James – planned for 6PM on Thursday, 10/24. Chuck Messenger has been coordinating the music. In addition to singing some of our old standards “just for fun” at this event, we will be rehearsing “Amazing Grace” and “Eternal Father” for the Memorial Service.  More information on the Glee Club Reunion gathering is posted on Facebook

You do NOT need to attend the Glee Club Reunion in order to sing at the Memorial Service.

All singers, please meet in the Rotunda at 0900 on Friday 10/25 to go through the music.  That is a little on the early side, but we want to ensure we have ample time to determine how we are standing and to go through both hymns.

Here are links to the hymns:

Amazing Grace

Eternal Father:

Please contact Lisa Skaggs Thomas (click to open up your email client) if you have any questions!

If you are not going to the Reunion Gathering, would you please RSVP to Lisa so we have an approximate head count?

Thank you so much, and hopefully we’ll see you at the Glee Club Reunion AND at the Memorial Service!”

Posted on behalf of Lisa Skaggs Thomas by Ingar Grev on October 20, 2019. Updated by Ingar Grev on October 22, 2019.


– Beat USF 2019 Tailgater!

Posted: 10/16/2019

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

A few reminders:

Tickets: you don’t need no stinking tickets to come to your tailgater! Come hang out and drink some beers and break some bread with classmates you haven’t seen in years!

Want to Volunteer? We could always use volunteers for food / menu planning / selection, heavy lifting (set up and shut down), etc., but – again – what’s most important is that you come.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER TO COME! It just helps us plan, but we always have stragglers and we always plan for stragglers.

Donations: Just donate whatever you want, nothing, or in kind. What’s most important is that you join us! We’re bringing beer, wine, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea, and a few odds and ends, so there’s no need to bring drinks along!

If there’s a chance you might come, please click here and register by Thursday night so that we can start buying food on Friday!

Beat USF!

Ingar


– Beat Air Farce 2019 Tailgater!

Posted: 10/1/2019

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

A few reminders:

Tickets: you don’t need no stinking tickets to come to your tailgater! Come hang out and drink some beers and break some bread with classmates you haven’t seen in years!

Want to Volunteer? We could always use volunteers for food / menu planning / selection, heavy lifting (set up and shut down), etc., but – again – what’s most important is that you come.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER TO COME! It just helps us plan, but we always have stragglers and we always plan for stragglers.

Donations: Just donate whatever you want, nothing, or in kind. What’s most important is that you join us! We’re bringing beer, wine, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea, and a few odds and ends, so there’s no need to bring drinks along!

If there’s a chance you might come, please click here and register by Thursday night so that we can start buying food on Friday!

Beat Air Farce!

Ingar


next page