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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.
We have had to cancel our annual meeting originally scheduled for 26 March.
Our election for the new board of directors has been moved online.
The State of the Chapter report, normally presented at the annual meeting, is now available online as well: STATE OF CHAPTER REPORT.pdf
U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck provides an update to the Naval Academy family about the impact COVID-19 has had on the Naval Academy and actions taken to date.
The safety and well-being of the Naval Academy community is very important to us. The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation is actively monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus/COVID-19. At this time, there are confirmed cases in Maryland, and Maryland has declared a state of emergency. Maryland has imposed a travel ban for state employees and, as part of elevated Level II operations, imposed mandatory telework for all non-essential state employees, effective as of Friday, 13 March.
The U.S. Naval Academy has also delayed the return of the Brigade until the weekend of 28 March 2020, cancelled many Yard events through early April and modified access to the Yard and facilities. Please visit https://www.usna.edu/COVID-19/ for updated information from USNA.
We are committed to our mission of connecting alumni worldwide and supporting the Academy during this COVID-19 global pandemic period. We plan to minimize disruptions to our operations as much as feasible, while also protecting our employees, our Alumni Association and Foundation volunteer leaders, and our alumni visitors and guests in Annapolis.
Effective Close of Business Monday, 16 March 2020, the Alumni Association and Foundation will make the following adjustments:
1. Due to the 16 March executive order by Maryland Governor Hogan prohibiting large gatherings and events and closing senior centers, bars, restaurants, fitness centers and theaters in response to the crisis, the 15 March guidance from the CDC on large events and mass gatherings, and the 13 March updated COVID-19 USNA Yard restrictions and cancellations, the Alumni Association and Foundation will commence telework operations for nonessential staff. All staff will be reachable via published office phone numbers, or the general 410-295-4000 extension, and through email during this period.
2. The Alumni Association and Foundation physical offices and buildings will be closed to public visitors as of Close of Business 16 March. Visitors are encouraged to virtually meet with staff through phone or online meeting tools. Contact staff for the best options.
3. Essential Alumni Association and Foundation staff will support scheduled volunteer or other meetings/activities after 16 March virtually through conference calls or video conferencing options.
4. Essential Alumni Association and Foundation staff will also be available to support mission critical on-site support functions for specified Enterprise or USNA meeting requirements.
We will evaluate the public health risks of reopening our offices to the public during the next 30 days. We will extend or adjust, as appropriate, this modified operations plan to protect the health and well-being of our staff, visiting public and all who support our missions. We will communicate future operational changes and event updates via email, social media, our office line (410-295-4046) and www.usna.com.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging COVID-19 public health period.
Byron F. Marchant '78
President and CEO, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation
ADM Samuel J. Locklear ’77, USN (Ret.)
Chairman, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees
Daniel F. Akerson ’70
Chairman, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors
Due to the declared state of emergency in Virginia and the nation, we are canceling all in-person chapter events for the rest of March and April to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
In the case of paid events, we have processed refunds for all registration fees.
Regarding the Annual Meeting, details such as possible rescheduling, and the conduct of the election for the 2020–2022 Board of Directors are yet to be determined. We will keep you informed.
For more information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit the CDC website:
The USNA Glee Club will visit Hampton Roads on 14 March; all are invited to attend their performance!
The internationally-acclaimed USNA Glee Club will be in Norfolk in March on the last weekend of their Spring Break performing tour. They will give a public concert on Saturday evening 14 March at the Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 560 W. Olney Road in Norfolk.
The Glee Club comprises 90 singers – both the Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs. The concert will feature a variety of music to include patriotic selections, music from Broadway, classics, and several small specialty a cappella ensembles.
The Nominating Committee is pleased to present the Slate of Officers and Directors for consideration by the Chapter membership at large:
Section 5.7d Candidates for the Board, whether part of the Slate proposed by the Nominating Committee under Section 5.7a or by petition under Section 5.7b, shall be presented to the Membership for election.
Direct your questions to Ken Marks '71 firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy football senior offensive lineman David Forney died Thursday night after being found unresponsive in Bancroft Hall. He was 22-years old.
Forney was a three-year letter winner on the football team and played in 39-consecutive games over his final three years.
This year, Forney started all 13 games at guard for the Midshipmen and was the anchor of an offensive line that set a school record and led the nation in rushing, averaging 360.5 yards per game. Forney was extremely proud of being part of a senior class that authored the second-greatest turnaround in the history of FBS football as the Mids won a school-record tying 11 games, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, shared the American Athletic Conference West Division title and won the Liberty Bowl. Forney was named First-Team American Athletic Conference and First-Team All-East.
"Words cannot express our pain and sorrow," said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. "First and foremost, our deepest condolences to the Forney family. The Navy Football Brotherhood is not a team, we are a family. We are devastated to have lost one of our brothers. We all loved – and will always love – David. We pray for strength during this most difficult time."
"There is no tighter bond or commitment to each other than found within the Navy football family. To lose a brother is devastating to these young men who grow closer every minute during their four years at the Academy," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "We are a community that is in emotional pain today. Our deepest condolences to his immediate family and all of his friends. David's memory and the influence he had on everyone he touched will live on and remain an inspiration forever within the annals of Navy football and the Brigade of Midshipmen."
"The entire Naval Academy family – the Brigade of Midshipmen, the faculty, staff, and coaches – are heartbroken over the tragic and unexpected loss of Midshipman David Forney," said Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy. "On behalf of the Naval Academy family, my wife, Joanne, and I extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Forney family, their friends, as well as to David's extended Naval Academy family."
"I'm at a loss for words, it's hard to believe that we've lost David Forney," said Navy offensive line coach Ashley Ingram, who was Forney's position coach all four years. "He was an all-time great Navy offensive lineman, but he was so much more than that. He was the heartbeat behind this season's record-breaking offense. He loved football, his teammates and the Naval Academy. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on. My love and prayers go out to his family and The Brotherhood. RIP #68."
"It's with a heavy heart that I say a few words about one of my best friends, David Forney. He was the guy I had the blessing and honor to play next to these past few years," said starting center Ford Higgins, one of four Navy captains. "During our time on the football field there was a special and unique kinship that was forged through our time in the trenches together. There are uncountable instances where I felt like Dave and I worked together as one mind. He was such a great guy and even better friend. He was universally loved on and off the field by teammates and classmates. The Forney family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I loved him dearly and I will miss him forever."
Forney, a native of Walkersville, Maryland and a 2015 graduate of Georgetown Prep, is survived by his parents, Rick and Erika Forney, younger brothers, Chris and Erik, and sister, Rebekah.
Forney, who was a member of the 9th Company and a political science major, would have graduated on May 22 and had been assigned to commission as a cryptologic warfare officer.
Service arrangements for Forney are still pending.
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