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  • 22 Nov 2021 09:52 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Two YPs came down to Little Creek from Annapolis, and we hosted them at Shorebreak Pizza to watch the ECU–Navy game. Our mission is to support USNA and the midshipman, and Saturday was a success! The mids did not have a government vehicle at their disposal, so several chapter members volunteered to drive them from the pier over to Shorebreak and back.


    Now is a great time to join our chapter. Your membership dues help us to continue our mission. https://usnahamptonroads.com/Join

  • 4 Nov 2021 12:36 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Alumni, Parents and Friends:

    Join us Wednesday, 10 November 1-2 p.m. EST for an update on the plans and construction of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation Center.

    The Project Committee Chairman, ADM Robert J. Natter ’67, USN (Ret.), and CDR Craig Washington ’89, USN (Ret.), Vice President of Engagement at the Alumni Association will take you inside the project, share the impact the new facility will have on alumni engagement and services, and how you can be a part of it. Demolition at the new facility’s site is scheduled to begin in November with construction expected to take 17 months.

    Additionally, Dan Quattrini ’81, will share insight to how our alumni classes are supporting the project and how your class can leave their mark on this historic effort. This discussion provides an opportunity to learn more about this distinctive initiative—the first facility in history dedicated to the achievements of the U.S. Naval Academy alumni community.

    Register online here.

  • 3 Nov 2021 10:50 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Thursday, November 11th the USNAAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter will meet for lunch at

    Revolution Golf & Grille, 1:00

    High Street in Williamsburg

    Our Speaker will be Rick Dwyer USAFA '96; Deputy Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance.  (HRM&FFA) check them out www.hrmffa.org.

    The Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA) is an initiative of the Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus. The Alliance was established to collectively focus area efforts on preserving and growing Federal capabilities within the Hampton Roads region.  HRMFFA was incorporated within the Commonwealth of Virginia in March 2006 under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as a tax exempt, not-for-profit corporation.


    The mission of HRMFFA is to attract, retain and grow military and federal facilities across the region for the common good and welfare of the residents of Hampton Roads. Through regional advocacy and influence, the Alliance acts to attract, retain and grow organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government.


    Their vision is to be the location of choice for facilities supporting operations of all branches of the Federal government. Leveraging our location near Washington, DC, our moderate cost of living, our superb quality of life, our educated and disciplined 21st century workforce, our world-class education system, and our spirit of patriotism and love of country. Hampton Roads will be seen as the best possible location for operations of the Federal government. 


    We will have water & tea available during the presentation and they will take individual orders for those that want lunch afterwards. They will bring out the food during the Q&A.

    Let me know if you intend to join us. 

    Ben Francisco
  • 3 Nov 2021 09:55 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES – FOX NFL SUNDAY, the No. 1 NFL pregame show for 27 consecutive years, honors the U.S. military for Veterans Day with a live two-hour show from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 7, beginning at 11:00 AM ET on FOX. Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and FOX’s NFL Insider Jay Glazer will appear.

    In addition to the expanded show, the cast will appear from the Academy for halftime coverage of the FOX NFL games and THE OT, a postgame wrap up show showcasing highlights from the day with expanded analysis. The U.S. Naval Academy, home to over 4,400 midshipmen, will play host to FOX Sports’ long-standing tradition of broadcasting from a military installation as America prepares to collectively pay tribute to those who have served our country.

    Historically, FOX Sports has saluted the troops from the Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego (2020), U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2019), U.S. Army Fort Benning (2018, 2014), Naval Station Norfolk (2017), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (2015), Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan (2009), and the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea (2000), among multiple other locations.

  • 1 Nov 2021 14:01 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    Vote for the 2021 People Taking Action Humanitarian Award winner

    Consider supporting Hampton Roads Chapter member Dennis Plank ’69, a long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

    Dennis has been part of many building projects throughout Hampton Roads over the years. WTKR selected Dennis to represent Habitat for Humanity as a nominee for the WTKR 2021 People Taking Action Humanitarian Award.

    Voting runs through November 6, and you get one vote, per email address, per day.

    Support a “really good guy” and one of the chapter’s most dedicated supporters! Take a minute to cast your vote!

  • 1 Nov 2021 12:56 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

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    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.

  • 12 Oct 2021 09:40 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    WaveTops banner
    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.

  • 26 Aug 2021 06:16 | Rob Aeschbach (Administrator)

    August 20, 2021



    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Academy has completed the adjudications of honor violations that occurred during the SP211 General Physics I exam taken primarily by second year (sophomore) midshipmen in December 2020. Ultimately, 18 midshipmen were separated from the Naval Academy.


                “Character development is an ongoing process and midshipmen must make the choice to live honorably each day and earn the trust that comes with a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. This incident demonstrates that we must place an increased focus on character and integrity within the entire brigade,” said Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck.


    In December 2020, 653 midshipmen took the final exam for General Physics I, administered through the website myopenmath.com. Midshipmen were given written and verbal instructions stating they could not use outside sources to complete the exam, including other websites.


    USNA became aware of potential improper use of outside sources in exam submissions through various sources, including post-exam midshipman discussions on an anonymous chat platform. The superintendent immediately directed an investigation.


    The multi-disciplinary investigation team (headed by a post-major command Navy Captain and comprised of six judge advocates, an officer from the Brigade Honor program, and an officer who is also an academic Department Chair in a highly technical discipline) reviewed thousands of pages of information and technological data with assistance from multiple experts, including NCIS. The investigation team reviewed website browsing history during the exam timeframe for all midshipmen who took the exam. The investigative team determined that violation of the exam rules was primarily carried out by individuals visiting websites independently and without any coordinated effort.


    The investigation found that the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation requirements forced a position of flexibility in exam administration. The Physics Department employed safeguards to prevent cheating, such as requiring midshipmen to complete calculations on scratch paper that was turned in with the exam. Instructions were clear and explicitly stated that use of outside resources was prohibited. Those instructions were also verbally briefed prior to the commencement of the exam. The biggest vulnerability identified was inadequate proctoring.


    One hundred and five midshipmen were identified to have likely accessed unauthorized resources and were processed through the Naval Academy’s Honor System for suspected violations of the Honor Concept. Each case was handled in accordance with established procedures contained in USNA Instruction 1610.3L, Brigade Honor Program.


    Eighteen midshipmen were separated from the Naval Academy. Eighty-two midshipmen found in violation of the Honor Concept were retained in the Brigade with sanctions and entered into a five-month honor remediation program. Four midshipmen were found not in violation of the Honor Concept by the Brigade Honor Board and one is awaiting adjudication by the Brigade Honor Board.


    USNA now strongly advises instructors to use paper-based, in-person exams. In addition, when an electronic device is required for an exam, either a browser security program must be activated for all online examinations or a proctor must be able to view each midshipman’s screen throughout the exam. All electronic devices not authorized for exam use must be stowed. USNA will also block access to websites for which there is faculty consensus that their potential misuse as a vehicle for academic dishonesty far outweighs any educational value.


    Additionally, midshipmen will now write out and sign an honor pledge at the commencement of each examination.


    The Naval Academy’s Honor Concept, first formalized in 1951 and slightly modified in subsequent years, is not an honor “code” and specifically does not include words to the effect of, “... nor tolerate any among us who does.” This was, and remains, a purposeful choice. The Naval Academy stands firmly behind the Honor Concept as written; the onus for change is not with the Honor Concept, but the responsibility lies with the Brigade of Midshipmen to live up to its principles.


    As a result of this investigation, the entire Brigade of Midshipmen conducted a day-long “honor conference” with intensive training and discussions on honor in April 2021. There will be a renewed focus on character and professional development throughout this academic year. The Brigade owns the Honor Concept in order for there to be the type of accountability and moral development necessary to move forward and learn from this incident.


    The mission of the Naval Academy is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.


    For more information about the Honor Concept, visit https://www.usna.edu/About/honorconcept.php.


    For details concerning separation procedure and resignation, please refer to the COMMANDANT OF MIDSHIPMEN INSTRUCTION 1920. lH.


                For readmission instructions, please refer to our Admissions Page. For more information about the Naval Academy, visit www.usna.edu and visit our Facebook page.    

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