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– Beat Houston 2018 HomecomingTailgater!

Posted: 10/16/2018

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

Our theme is Fajitas, so if you’re a “foodie” and would like to help us with the menu, please sign up for one of our menu items at the SignupGenius link at the registration website. If you’d like to bring a dish and you can’t access the signup genius link for some reason, please let me know.

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 heavy lifting (set up and shut down) 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 Wednesday night so that we can start buying food on Thursday!

Beat The Cougars!

Ingar


– Beat Temple 2018 Tailgater!

Posted: 10/8/2018

Click here to get all the gouge and register.

In honor of our guests from the north, our theme is Philly Cheese Steaks, so if you’re a “foodie” and would like to help us with the menu, please sign up for one of our menu items at the signup genius link at the registration website. If you’d like to bring a dish and you can’t access the signup genius link for some reason, please let me know.

A few reminders:

  • 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!
  • You don’t need tickets to the game to come to our tailgater. Come hang out and drink some beers and break some bread with classmates you haven’t seen in years!
  • We could always use volunteers for heavy lifting (set up and shut down) 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.

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

Beat The Owls!

Ingar


– Death of a classmate: Philip B. Janus

Posted: 10/5/2018

Philip Brooks Janus was born on January 8, 1968 to Air Force Col. Victor Janus and Pamela Brooks Janus in Germany and passed away at his home in Woodbridge, VA on September 27, 2018. He had cancer. After his birth the family moved to Hawaii and then to Florida where he grew up. He attended Melbourne High School.

In 1985 he entered the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. His first duty assignment was on the USS Midway (CV41). He served in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. When Mount Pinatubo in South America erupted his ship responded and while in danger they helped rescue civilians. In 1998 Philip was in an auto accident which left him physically unable to perform his duties in the US Navy. After his detachment he went to Georgetown Law School. After graduation he went into software development which led to his publishing several books on the subject. He remained in the DC area.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years Christine Michele Guy Janus and his daughters Antoinette and Samantha Janus – all of the home in Woodbridge, VA – and his mother Pamela Brooks Janus of England.

A visitation will be held at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 13318 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge VA 22191 on Friday, October 5 starting at 11 a.m. followed by a Celebration of his life at 12 noon. He will be interred at Quantico National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home & Crematory Inc
13318 Occoquan Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 494-2000

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 4, 2018

– by Ingar Grev


– Beat Memphis 2018 Tailgater!

Posted: 9/3/2018

Hard to believe that we’re now in our 3rd decade of tailgating. Zoikers! Click here to get all the gouge and register.

We tried an experiment last year of going without registration and not having a planned menu, but the feedback we got was that we should go back to the way we’ve done it for years before (provide food along with drink). As a result, we’re doing a planned menu again (BBQ for Memphis), but we’d like some help with bringing a few of the dishes. There are links to the signup genius at the registration page. If you’d like to bring a dish and you can’t access the signup genius link for some reason, please let me know.

A few reminders:

  • Donations: Just donate whatever you want, nothing, or in kind. What’s most important is that you join us!
  • You don’t need to go to the game to come to our tailgater. Come hang out and drink some beers and break some bread with classmates you haven’t seen in years!
  • We could always use volunteers for heavy lifting (set up and shut down) 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.

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

Beat The Tigers!

Ingar


– Summer 2018 Update

Posted: 8/12/2018

Yard Gouge: We get some great gouge at the last Council of Class Presidents meeting, so I took lots of notes! Topics include the recent drug busts, the 7th Fleet collisions and training, and some interesting stats about how admissions have changed. Check it out in “Yard Gouge:

Football Season and ’89 Tailgaters! Regardless of whether you have tickets or you just want to hang out with classmates for a few hours, we’re looking forward to seeing you this fall! Keep an eye on www.usna89.com, our Facebook group, or our listserver for gouge on our home game festivities! Let me know if you want to volunteer!

Alumni Mentoring Program: Remember to sign up if you haven’t done so, yet! Be a mentor to a fellow alum, or even consider being a protégé! Learn more and sign up here

Virtual Memorial Hall. We’re looking to “fill in the history” of our fallen classmates. Go to the Virtual Memorial Hall and just follow the instructions (register at the site or e-mail Patrick McConnell ’02) to submit some of your memories and help us remember our lost friends.

Shared Interest Groups: The Alumni Association has accepted three shared interest groups (USNA Women, Run to Honor, and the USNA Minority Association) as enduring Alumni Association Programs. Navigate here to learn more.

Share your Sea Stories! This is a cool feature that the Alumni Association put in place to help us document and share our stories from our USNA and Fleet experience. 1989 is currently empty (although I just submitted one), so let’s tilt the scales in our favor! Let me know when you publish something and I’ll help get the word out! Click here to publish yours!

Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations. In the past, I’ve taken a soft approach to the Distinguished Graduate Award process, but now that we are getting a little long in the tooth, I think it’s time that we began formalizing our process of considering and putting forward nominations. At this point, I’d like to put out a call for a volunteer who would be willing to spearhead our nomination process. E-mail or call me if your interested! Click here to learn more about the DGA.

Class/Alumni Watch Project. Thanks for taking our Class / Alumni Watch survey a few weeks ago! We’ve got an updated survey based on those results – please click this link to learn more and take the new survey. It’s much shorter than the last one (just a couple of minutes) and it closes 8/24.

30th Reunion: click here to read the latest update

Class Gift: click here to read the latest update

Homecoming Golf (2018). Anyone interested in playing golf with classmates at Homecoming this year? Learn more here and let Craig Washington know if you’re interested in putting together / joining an 89 foursome.


– Yard Gouge (Summer 2018)

Posted: 8/7/2018

Hey Classmates, here’s  a host of gouge about the latest at USNA from the last Council of Class Presidents Meeting

Recent Drug Ring news: Many of us have heard about Midshipman Zachary Williams who was charged with distributing illegal drugs. Superintendent VADM Ted Carter told us that the investigation by NCIS has been going on for awhile, and it was brought about by a midshipman turning someone in. There were about 7-8 users and 1 distributor (I’m assuming that MIDN Williams is the one who is being charged with being the distributor). Most of those involved were Youngsters and Plebes.


Investment in Midshipmen / Cost of Being Separated. The cost of being separated can be pretty large. Depending on the circumstances, a firstie can wind up owing the federal government $202K. Two firsties who were separated for DUI recently owed that much.

The total burdened cost of graduating a midshipman is $428K. Total burdened cost includes stuff like USNA housing, maintenance, utilities, etc. – basically taking the entire budget allocated to USNA and dividing it by the number of midshipmen. USAFA costs $160K more and USMA is 17% more. The cost difference is not necessarily because we’re more awesome (which we are) – it’s driven by our smaller campus, our smaller staff, and more graduates.


There’s a great deal of construction underway or planned!

Rickover Hall. Believe it or not, RIckover Hall is OLD, so a $52M overhaul is scheduled to begin in 2019. That overhaul doesn’t include the labs just yet, but those will be an additional $10M (if I’m reading my notes right).

Ricketts Hall. I’m not even sure we should still be calling this building Ricketts Hall, because it is completely different from the barracks and football offices we had when we were mids. Anyway, it’s been under construction again and should be done by 2019.

McDonough Hall. Remember this building was being renovated when we were plebes? Well it’s going through another facelift inside. It’s our most used athletic building! Didn’t know that.

Chapel Dome. The base of the dome will go through $7M-$8M of repairs to fix leaks and mold problems.

Hopper Hall. The primary focus of our class project, Hopper Hall should complete its $106M construction in late 2019 (if we’re lucky, it will be in time for our reunion, but no promises!). Here are some stats:

  • It’s a little smaller than Rickover
  • When complete, most engineering will move there
  • Power grid connection is a challenge because the grid is OLD
  • It will have a robotics pool (that’s cool – a place for cyborgs to hang out, I guess)
  • It will have a big SCIF capable of hosting meetings, and no other service academy will have that scale of capability
  • Not building related – our Cyber program recently received “zero” comments while being accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Ours was the first Cyber program to be accredited and – apparently – no one ever gets zero comments during the inspection process.

Parking Garage. There’s been quite a bit of drama surrounding this new structure, but it’s finally open and SAFE to use. There are 374 spots in the garage, resulting in a net increase of 60 spots, even after the loss of the “waffle lot.”

Naval Academy Bridge. This is the “new” bridge completed in the 90s that replaced the old Route 450 drawbridge  across the Severn. The lights used on it have always been an issue, so USNA fixed them using lights that we use on Stribling Walk. Apparently they’ve been a great success.


Sports.:Last spring was the best season EVER for Navy with a 70% winning percentage. Men’s Tennis won the Patriot League and played ultimate National Champion Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Navy’s Triathlon Club won the overall club title at the collegiate club national championships with the men finishing first and the women finishing third. Read more: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/News/Articles-and-Releases/2018/April/28/US-Naval-Academy-Wins-Overall-Club-Title-at-USA-Triathlon-Collegiate-Club-National-Championships

2nd Class Noah Song pitched a 9 inning shutout against Army in Fenway Park.

The direct-to-pro athlete program is no longer in place – we’re back to the David Robinson model of at least two years of active duty before having a chance to go pro.

There’s a chance that the 2023 Army game will be at Gillette stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The Showtime program, A Season with Navy Football (editorial note: which is thankfully over), is up for 2 Emmy Awards.


2017  Seventh Fleet collisions: There’s been a great deal of discussion over whether USNA can help the Navy improve basic seamanship. Here’s some gouge:

  • YP and SeaNav training for OCS and NROTC: NROTC is viable given the summer schedule; OCS is problematic with scheduling.
  • Moving MoBoards up to plebe year (didn’t we have MoBoards plebe year?) so that Youngsters can start looking at application during summer cruise.
  • We are getting a new fleet of 12 YPs.

Applications / Admissions / Graduation: All colleges are seeing decreasing applications, and so is USNA, but we are seeing a BIG increase in the number of applications we receive from women and minorities. We got about 16,000 total applications for the class of 2022, which is more than USAFA (10K) and USMA (12K).

There are 1185 spots in an incoming class. Of those 16,000 applications, about 3500 are fully qualified for those spots. You may notice that that number is smaller than the number of spots we had on I-Day (what was it, about 1360?). The reasons for this are:

  • Faculty quality
  • Admissions process – we are better at deciding who should get an appointment
  • Academic Center of Excellence – tutoring / additional classroom work.

When we were there, the expected attrition rate was about 21%, 6-8% of which were academic. Now attrition is about 11-12%, and most of it is voluntary (1.5% is academic). In Plebe Summer, only about 10 midshipmen separate.

Average Brigade size is 4400.

99% of midshipmen get there first and second choice for service selection, and submarines have once again become a hot ticket (things were a little dicey about a decade or so ago).

Here’s some interesting analysis from the Academic Dean (Dean Phillips):

Nationwide, there are 1474 schools that offer 4-year degrees and graduate 100 or more people a year. Of those, only 41 graduate 50% or more with STEM degrees (Only 41! Yikes!). Of these schools, USNA has the highest graduation rate in 4 years – 88.8% — and most of those other schools use 6 years for their graduation rate. In other words, we do more in 4 years than they do in 6. In 4 years, the average graduation rate for those schools is 29%, and it’s 59% in 6 years. Interesting to note that those 41 schools DO NOT include Army or Air Force – less than 50% of their graduates are STEM majors.

  • Class of 2021 stats are
  • 73% male / 27% female
  • 37% are members of a racial/ethnic minority
  • 14% are the first in their family to attend college
  • 11% are first generation American (like me!)
  • 5% are prior enlisted
  • 62% were in the top 10% of their class (seems low?)
  • 92% were Varsity Athletes in high school
  • 90% were active in Community Service
  • 66% were student body leaders
  • 30% had significant work experience
  • 16% were Boy/Girl Scouts

– Unique Group Retirement Opportunity!

Posted: 8/5/2018

The USNA Class of 1989 has a unique opportunity for those who are retiring at the point of 30 years of commissioned service – to retire under Navy regulations at 30 years to the day of commissioning. That can only occur if a class commissions on the last day of a month, which is rare for a service academy. To take advantage of this, CAPT Francis Spencer and CAPT Edwin Henderson are spearheading the effort for a group retirement (mini-reunion) event at USNA (probably Memorial Hall) on 31 May 2019. A reception will follow at the USNA O’club on the Yard.

So far interested officers include CAPTs Spencer, Henderson, Joe Shipley, Chris Brunett, Scott Russell and Larry Vincent. More info will be posted here and on the class FB page in the coming months as the coordination continues.

If interested in participating in either or both events (event cost involved only with the reception), contact Francis or Edwin at:

Francis:

Personal cell: (901) 581-1444

Personal e-mail: francis.e.spencer.iii@gmail.com

 

Edwin:

Personal cell: (360) 969-2697

Personal email: edwin.henderson89@gmail.com


– Death of a classmate: Ken Johansen ’89

Posted: 5/31/2018

UPDATE from RDML Tim Gallaudet ’89: A memorial service for Kenny Johansen ’89 will be held at 1400 on July 25th at the USNA Columbarium. There will be a no-host reception the night before at the Alley in the basement of the Naval Academy Club. Please RSVP for both/either to Tim at tcgallaudet@icloud.com.

Previous Update:

Hey Classmates:

We lost our classmate Ken Johansen today (5/30/18) while flying with the GEICO Skytypers.

We’ll post more information when we have it, but here are links to some stories that came out today. He leaves behind his wife and two children. RIP, Ken.

GEICO Skytypers Pilot Ken Johansen Killed in Wednesday’s Crash:”

Pilot who flew in air show killed in Melville crash, officials say:

V/R

Ingar Grev


– Bremont Class Watch Project

Posted: 5/29/2018

From Kelly Brown – ’89 Bremont Class Watch project lead.

Hey Classmates! There are a few decisions we need to make for our Class/USNA Watch project so that we can finalize the overall design.

Given the price point (USAFA has commissioned a similar watch through Bremont with two base options: the U-2 GMT at around $3000 and the Solo-37 at around $2175), I understand that although many of you won’t purchase a watch, I would like input from as many as classmates as possible.

Some options are confusing, so please reach out to me if you need anything cleared up. The survey closes 6/15/18.

Click here to take the survey.

Details:

– We are investigating two watch designs – an ’89 Class Crest Watch and a USNA Graduate Watch. If we are able to get at least 15 orders for at least one model of the ’89 Class Crest Watch (MBII, MBIII, or Solo–37), we will be designing both types. If we are not able to get at least 15 orders for the ’89 Class Crest Watch, we will only be designing the USNA Graduate Watch.

– Either watch will only be available to USNA graduates through a special ordering process

– Watch options (different “decals/logos”, GMT Function, Watch Face detail, Rotor engraving, Barrel color) are dependent upon the number of watch orders.

– If we get at least 15 orders, the “basic” watch project is started. It will include either a flat white face (see image) or 3-D N* background (see image), 8 character engraving on Rotor/Back of watch, and either a Gold or Navy barrel (see image).

’89 Watch with 3D Background

89 Watch with Flat White Background

Gold Barrel

 

– If we get at least 50 orders, we get all the above options, PLUS a GMT function, additional rotor color (Blue, Gold, Red), and engraving beyond the 8 characters (e.g. two swords and “USNA”). The smaller watch option, the Solo-37, also requires at least 50 orders to launch.

– Since the USNA Graduate Watch is an “Alumni Project,” and athletics generate the most interest for Naval Academy-associated fundraising, the USNA crest and N* will be part of the face design.

– Bremont would love nothing more than to design just one watch as a “USNA Graduate Watch,” but I have worked with Bremont to get our Class Crest as an option for us. In my opinion, if something has our class crest on it, it means more, and I thought this would be a great idea since our 30th is quickly approaching.

Click here to take the survey (Closes 6/15/18)

Again, please complete survey based on your intentions to buy. If you intend to purchase an ’89 Class Crest Watch, please answer all survey questions. If you do not intend to purchase an ‘89 Class Crest watch, the survey will take you right to the USNA Crest questions.

Thank you for your time and constructive inputs. I am looking forward to the results. Because this is such a special project, after I compile the results of this survey we’ll likely take another survey to come up with a product on which we all agree.

Please take your time with the survey. Everyone has a say in this, and I hope you are as excited about this project as I am.

BEAT ARMY!! KB


– Beat Army 2017 Tailgater!

Posted: 11/26/2017

It’s that time of year! Join 200+ of your classmates, their families, and their friends as we get ready to start a new winning streak against Army!!

Because we are loading up the trailer with everything (food and drink), we’re asking you to register is there’s a CHANCE you might come. If you’re not sure, yet, please register anyway. It’s better for us to have too much food and drink than to have too little! You’re not committed to anything by registering.

Click here to get all the gouge and to register.

Please feel free to spread the word far and wide! As before, we expect to have our awesome location right next to the stadium in Lot E which makes us easily accessible from most of the parking lots!

Let me know if you have any questions or are unable to access the link for some reason.

Beat Army!!

Ingar


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