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Joint Service Academy Networking Breakfast

  • 15 May 2019
  • 07:00 - 08:30
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Norfolk, Va.


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Please join us for some coffee, a bagel, and conversation with your fellow academy grads.

All USNA alumni, alumni from other service academies, and their guests are welcome to our Joint Service Academy Networking Breakfast.

Join us for some early morning camaraderie, support for local area service academy alumni, and networking. There is no cost to attend, but please register to let us know you'll be there.

Our speaker this month

CAPT Beth Silsdorf '94 recently retired. She grew up in a Navy family that was stationed in the Philippines, Hawaii, and South Carolina.

As a newly-commissioned Surface Warfare (Nuclear) Officer, she served on USS John Young (DD-973), a Spruance-class destroyer homeported in San Diego, California, from February 1995 to August 1996.

After nuclear power training, she reported to USS George Washington (CVN 73) in October 1997 during GW’s third deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf areas.

In 1999, she transferred into the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) (Nuclear) community and shortly thereafter began graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 2002 with a Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Her first EDO tour was at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In 2006, she reported as Main Propulsion Assistant to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during Vinson’s Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. She was subsequesntly assigned to the Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) as Repair Officer from 2008 to 2011.

She then went on to serve as Force Maintenance Officer at Commander Naval Air Forces, Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2011 to 2013, when she was tapped to be the pre-commissioning Chief Engineer for PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

CAPT Silsdorf has served as Production Resources Officer (C900), responsible for the training and development of ~4,500 Production Trades personnel; Operations Officer (C300) at NNSY, responsible for the planning and execution of nuclear aircraft carrier and submarine availabilities; and NNSY Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, responsible for implementing policies and programs that promote inclusion, diversity, and engagement at NNSY.


St. Timothy Lutheran Church
1051 Kempsville Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23502

We are always looking for coffee sponsors! For $60 you can be a Networking Breakfast sponsor which entitles you to a three-minute spot to talk about your organization or business. Your contribution pays for the coffee and some donuts or bagels.

If you want to be a coffee sponsor, contact Adam Kinnear '94 - adamkinnear@1994.usna.com or 757-580-5087.

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