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Greetings Class of 1979,

I hope 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 votes (Coaches).
  • 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 NMCMS.
  • 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.

I also 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.

As you 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%).

Status as of yesterday:

  • Academic Excellence (Trident Scholar)
    • Goal - $187,000
    • Amount Raised – $134,141.87 from 129 Donors
    • Deficit - $52,858.
  • Athletic Excellence
    • Goal - $187,000
    • Amount Raised - $354,392.37 from 124 Donors
    • Goal Busted!
  • Annual Fund
    • Goal - $125,000
    • Amount Raised – 467,489.54 from 237 Donors
    • Goal Busted!

Some 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 2018.

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.

You 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.


Janet and I wish all of you a very Happy (and safe) New Year!

Omnes Viri 1979,


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