Latest Letter from Sean
Greetings Class of 1979,
each of you enjoyed, or continue to enjoy, the Holiday Season!
With the New Year of 2018 rapidly approaching, I wanted to get
this gouge out to the class as a
‘not-all-inclusive-but-best-I-could-do’ summary of this past
year from a USNA and USNA 79 perspective.
10 January – Final 2016/2017 AP and USA Today
Coaches Polls had Navy 2016 (9-5) with one vote AP, and 3
20 January – President Trump is inaugurated.
Pending selection and Senate confirmation of a new SECNAV,
our own Sean Stackley (9th Co) assumes acting
Secretary of the Navy.
3 and 4 February – The Class Officers vote to
continue funding (at $455/Every Two Years) of the Brigade
Commander’s Plaque in Bancroft Hall. This support project
came to us about 18 years ago and is a legacy from the USNA
Class of 1879. The Class Officers also discussed creation of
a corpus fund to support this in perpetuity. To date, this
is still pending for class business.
12April – Former Navy Football Coach
(1959-1964) and College Football Hall of Famer Wayne Hardin
passed away at age 91. His era at Navy included coaching Joe
Bellino and Roger Staubach in their Heisman Trophy years.
15 April – Navy-10 Army-6 in Lacrosse at
30 May – On the 38th anniversary
of our Graduation and Commissioning, our last Navy Active
Duty Officer, VADM Joe Mulloy (18th Co) retires.
This leaves Marine Corps LtGen Bob Walsh (11th
Co) as our last Active Duty Officer.
3 August – Hon. Richard V. Spencer is sworn n
as the 76th Secretary of the Navy, relieving
Acting SECNAV Sean Stackley, who moves into a DoD special
projects support role.
9 September – In the 2017 Navy Football Home
Opener, Navy defeats Tulane 23-21 for Coach Ken
Niumatalolo’s 79th win as Head Coach in his tenth
season. Coach K was not stuck at 79 for long. His next game
vs Cincinnati (W42-32) moved him to win 79+1.
7 October – Navy-48 Air Force-45 at NMCMS.
Navy moves to 5-0 on the Season and ranks #25 in both Polls.
5 December – Neil “Monty” Larimer (8th
Co) passes away. Neil is our lone lost classmate in 2017.
9 December – Navy-13 Army-14 at Philadelphia
in the snow.
28 December – TBD Score. Military Bowl at
NMCMS, Navy vs. Virginia, 1330 ET on ESPN.
want to include a status of our Class 40th
Anniversary Legacy Project. I am often asked how we are doing
toward our goal to which I reply, “Why ask me? Chuck Dixon is
our Fund Chairman!” But I apologize to Chuck for not clearing my
numbers first with him as he is currently busy trying t get me
and Janet to a comfortable retirement. USNA Foundation
Accounting is sometimes hard to follow, but I think these
numbers are pretty close to where we stand.
all should know, at the 35th reunion in 2014 the
class agreed to a goal of $500,000 allocated to Academic
Excellence supporting the Trident Scholar Program at $187,000
(37.5%), Athletic Excellence at $187,000 (37.5%), and Annual
Fund support of $125,000 (25%).
as of yesterday:
Academic Excellence (Trident Scholar)
Goal - $187,000
Amount Raised – $134,141.87 from 129 Donors
Deficit - $52,858.
Goal - $187,000
Amount Raised - $354,392.37 from 124 Donors
Goal - $125,000
Amount Raised – 467,489.54 from 237 Donors
quick math shows we have smashed our $500,000 goal by over
$456K! But the numbers also tell us that we need to finish our
Academic Excellence pledge, and that 237 or so donors are
carrying the load from a class of well over 1,100 Grads and
non-Grads. Chuck and I will be in touch with you as we move into
Finally, looking ahead to 2018, there are opportunities to excel
as always. The Tailgate Team looks to hit the road to support
Navy vs Hawaii at Aloha Stadium on September 3, and to San Diego
to Beat Notre Dame on October 27.
know, President Trump warned us that we would get tried of
winning all the time, so that, as much as anything, explains
those last two games against Army WP after the previous 14
years. Well, come December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, we will not
be tired anymore.
and I wish all of you a very Happy (and safe) New Year!