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  • 23 Dec 2019 13:48 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    On 13 December 2019, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award Selection Panel, chaired by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert ’75, USN (Ret.), selected the following alumni as 2020 Distinguished Graduates:  

    • Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw ’61, SC, USN (Ret.)
      Director of the Defense Logistics Agency from 1992 to 1996, Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw ’61, SC, USN (Ret.), followed his 35 years of Navy service with an exceptional career in business, holding positions including president of Ryder Integrated Logistics, senior vice president of the Compaq Computer Corporation, president of global operations of The Estee Lauder Companies, and, currently, founder and managing director of Osprey Venture Partners. He is also a 10-year member of the Defense Science Board.
    • Colonel Robert D. Cabana ’71, USMC (Ret.)
      The first American to enter the International Space Station, Colonel Robert D. Cabana ’71, USMC (Ret.)’s, career highlights include service as commander of Space Shuttle missions Endeavor STS-88, commander of Columbia STS-65 and pilot of Discovery STS-53 and STS-41. Today, he continues to serve as director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
    • Admiral Kirkland H. Donald ’75, USN (Ret.)
      Admiral Kirkland H. Donald ’75, USN (Ret.), spent 37 years on active duty in the Navy as a submariner, retiring as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he was responsible for the safe and effective operation of the service’s nuclear-powered warships. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., as chief operating officer and then as president and chief executive officer. Currently, Admiral Donald is an independent business consultant and serves as a board director for companies in the utility, defense, research and development and cybersecurity industries.
    • The Honorable Sean J. Stackley ’79
      The Honorable Sean J. Stackley served at sea as a Surface Warfare Officer and later as an Engineering Duty Officer with assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, and as LPD 17 Program Manager. Following his Navy career, he served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was appointed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) and served as Acting Secretary of the Navy (January to August 2017). He was the longest serving Assistant Secretary in Navy history. In 2019, he became president, Integrated Mission Systems, at L3Harris Corporation.  

    Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award recipients. The medal ceremony will take place on Friday, 20 March 2020. More information on the recipients and the 2020 DGA program will be shared in January.  

  • 19 Dec 2019 17:58 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)
  • 22 Nov 2019 13:56 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    The latest Wave Tops is out.

    Wave Tops is the e-newsletter published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. Wave Tops covers news, announcements and special events concerning the Alumni Association & Foundation, alumni, midshipmen, the Yard and the Navy and Marine Corps.


  • 15 Nov 2019 18:20 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Women Veterans Briefing

    Hosted by
    Rep. Al Lawson & Rep. Elaine Luria

    Please join Congressman Al Lawson and Congresswoman Elaine Luria (chapter member and Class of '97) to discuss the challenges facing women veterans in transitioning from active duty to civilian life, health care issues including PTSD, and the lack of diversity within Veteran Service Organizations.

    November 19, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Veterans Affairs Committee Room – HVC 210

    Patty Hayes, Chief Consultant on Women’s Health Services
    Cherissa Jackson, Chief medical executive at AMVETS and retired Air Force combat nurse
    Omyni Harrell, Nabvets Chapter Vice Commander

    Women Veterans Briefing Flyer.pdf

  • 10 Nov 2019 10:44 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    The Hampton Roads Chapter of Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP.net) will be holding a Restaurant Takeover Veterans Charity Fundraiser at CP Shuckers, 3232 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, on Tuesday, 12 Nov from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    click image to expandCP Shuckers has graciously agreed to donate 20% of the food proceeds during that period to the VAREP Chapter in support of VAREP Cares initiatives.  

    VAREP is a national 501(c)(3) with a mission to increase sustainable home ownership, financial literacy, VA Loan awareness, and economic opportunity for the Veteran and active military communities.  VAREP Cares initiatives assist Veteran and active military families experiencing housing hardships with a hand up.

    If you are looking for a place to eat on Tuesday night, please come out to CP Shuckers and support local Veterans.

    Thank you.

    Eric Gardner '85
    President, VAREP Hampton Roads, VA Chapter

    (PDF version)

  • 7 Nov 2019 14:56 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    The third season of CBS Sports' "Four Sides of the Story" franchise rolls on with "Army-Navy" on Saturday, Nov. 9 (2:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.  


  • 7 Nov 2019 13:00 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    The USNA Gospel Choir will visit Hampton Roads 8–11 November as part of a Veterans Day outreach tour. All are invited to attend their appearances.

    Performing publicly, the diverse choir strives to highlight the talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen while introducing prospective candidates to one of the many opportunities available to them at USNA.

    At 6:00 PM on Saturday 9 November the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men will host the choir at the Y.H. Thomas Community Center, 1300 Thomas Street, Hampton, VA 23669.

    On Sunday 10 November the choir will be featured guests at the 11:00 AM service at the Zion Baptist Church, 125 W. County Street, Hampton, VA 23663. 

    Details will be provided if other concerts are scheduled. Should any Chapter members know of other opportunities while the choir is in the area please contact Germel Clarke, USNA’s Director of Strategic Outreach at gclarke@usna.edu and 410-293-1826 (work) or 267-258-5818 (mobile).

  • 30 Oct 2019 13:00 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    The latest Wave Tops is out.

    Wave Tops is the e-newsletter published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. Wave Tops covers news, announcements and special events concerning the Alumni Association & Foundation, alumni, midshipmen, the Yard and the Navy and Marine Corps.


  • 18 Oct 2019 09:22 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Army-Navy Registration is Now Open


    It’s the best time of the year! Sign up to cheer on Navy with the Alumni Association. Registration for our bus trip up to Philadelphia and our tailgate is open.


    Army-Navy Game 

    14 December 2019

    3 p.m. Kick-off

    Lincoln Financial Field

    Coverage on CBS




    Alumni Association Tailgate

    11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Join the Alumni Association for the most-anticipated tailgate of the season. We are indoors with heat, bathrooms, hot food and an open bar at the Wells Fargo Center, easy walking distance to Lincoln Financial Field. 


    Alumni Association Bus Trip

    Departs at 8:15 a.m.

    Skip the hassle and let us do the driving for you. Our bus trip leaves from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and brings you to the Wells Fargo Center and back again. Ride in style on our comfortable buses complete with Navy trivia, prizes and Navy spirit. Unfortunately, no one-way discounted bus tickets are available.


    Tailgate and Bus Combo Ticket

    Sign up for both and save! Guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing both the bus and tailgate.


    Register here and save with early bird pricing until 1 November. After this date, all prices will increase by $10. Registration closes on 9 December at 12 a.m. No refunds will be issued after this time. Registration may close sooner if the tailgate or buses sell out.


    Please visit our website for more information, or email events@usna.com.


    Go Navy! Beat Army!

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