Latest Letter from Sean
Greetings Fellow Reunion Aficionados,
(or 79-8) days the Class of 1979 will gather in Annapolis for
our 40-Year Reunion. As I type this message, we stand at 296
Classmates registered to attend. Along with our guests, that is
close to 530 people!
have been putting this off to the last minute, be aware that on
July 15 the prices for the Crab Feast and Tailgater food will go
up by $20 each for adults and $5 per child. So please jump
onboard – Grab your credit card and go and go to
https://Signupnow.events/usna1979 and get registered. Do it
today. WARNING ORDER: Prices will go UP on July 15th,
so do it today!
announced a goal of at least ten people from each company – that
would be 360 people right away. Some companies have already
clobbered that goal, but many have not. This is my last email
before the “shaming” begins. I will give you all another couple
of reminders before the 15th, but get to this now,
please! A list of who has registered, by company, can be found
at our class website,
www.usna79.com. I try to update it weekly.
Reunion Events begin on Thursday September 12. On Friday the
highlights will be the Class Meeting, Class Memorial Service,
Supe Meeting, P-Rade, and evening Crab Feast. Saturday wlll
bring the Class Tailgater with an unbelievable assortment of
food and drinks and a victory over the East Carolina Pirates!
Reminder, you and members of your party will need football
tickets to get into the Tailgater (N-Star Room at the Stadium).
note that Reunion Check-in will be at McGarvey’s downtown, and
there in no HQ Hotel – so you are free to make your own hotel
arrangements. Company reps should be reaching out to you with
don’t forget to get in on the Class Trivia Contest!
the biggie things we need to do as a class prior to our reunion
is hold Class Officer elections prior to our Class Meeting on
September 13th. A Nominations and Election Committee
has been appointed to oversee the election of the President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Six Battalion
Representatives. Those elected will take office on January 1,
2020 and serve for ten years, until December 31, 2029. Watch for
a detailed message from me on the nominating process and
election procedures. While not set in stone yet, we are looking
to open the floor for nominations from July 15 – August 2,
publish the ballot after that date, give candidates for
contested positions a chance to make their case, and hold the
actual election online in the August 19 – September 2 timeframe.
The Committee Chairman will report the election results at the
Quinquennial (Every-Five-Years) meeting of the Class on Friday
September 13 at a place and time TBD.
eligible to run, a candidate must be a graduate member of the
Class, in good standing, and must be willing to serve. More to
a safe and sane 4th of July this Thursday! Happy
Birthday America! USA-USA-USA!!!!
with great sadness that I pass along the news of the passing of
Jack Bruno (13th Co and D&B) on Sunday of
complications from ALS. The following obituary provides further
details including Visitation (tomorrow) and Funeral (Thursday)
Anthony Bruno, 61, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on June 2,
2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Joan
Vaccaro and his father, Myron Anthony Bruno. Jack received his
M.Ed. from the College of William & Mary. He also earned a BS in
Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,
MD. Jack served in the
U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and retired as a Lieutenant
Commander. He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, the
American Legion, Cursillo, and the Jamestown/Yorktown
Foundation. Jack enjoyed baseball, was a Eucharistic Minister,
Sachristen, Liturgical Reader, a Cursillo Rector, Spiritual
Director, and co-founded the American Legion Post 1776 baseball
team. He was devoted to his family and friends. Jack is survived
by his wife, Susan A. Bruno; son, Evan Anthony Bruno (Christina
S. Black); stepsons, Jeffrey Gililland (Jennifer Gililland),
Ryan Gililland (Cynthia Skala), Michael Gililland (Sarah
Gililland); stepdaughter, Jennifer Marzana (Alejandro Marzana);
grandchildren, Mateo Marzana, Anna Marzana, Bennett Gililland;
brother, John J. Bruno (Cathy Bruno); sister, Rosa C. Bruno
Beach (Timothy R. Beach); nieces and nephews, Ian A. Bruno,
Christopher Beach (Tammy Beach), Adam Beach (Michelle Beach),
Megan (Timothy Gerbracht); and great-nieces, Sophia Gerbracht
and Leah Gerbracht. A visitation will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM
on Wednesday, June 5 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Ln,
Williamsburg, VA where a memorial service will be held on
Thursday, June 6 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to The ALS Association Gift Processing
Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022. Online condolences
may be offered at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
Published in Daily Press on June 4, 2019
of condolence may be sent to Susan Bruno at 426 Crooked Stick,
Williamsburg, VA 23188-1433. I have sent one on behalf of
All Academy Challenge is now over and the Class of 1979 trounced
all but the Class of 1965 in individual donors. Overall the
Alumni Association, in five short days, raised $968,431 from
3,800 donors. The Top Five:
1965 – 220
1979 – 206
1967 – 162
1978 - 157
short, we had the best performance for the 70’s decade. Thanks
to everyone who responded to Fozzie’s call! I do not have the
information on the final Service Academy standings – it may be
posted on www.usna.com.
some important news about a special offering from the Class
Store, but first, an update on Reunion Registration.
Registration for the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1979 to be
held September 12-15, 2019 in Annapolis, MD has been open for
two weeks. We just passed the 100 Classmate threshold with 31st
Company leading the way with eight classmates registered so far.
I have not heard about any glitches in the process, at least
nothing that hasn’t been resolved quickly, so that’s good and
means that even after 40 years, we are still capable of
following directions! All 36 Companies have at least one person
registered – except my former neighbors down the P-way in 16th
Company Come on Fred! Get your guys in gear. Ron and Sandy – I’m
looking forward to seeing you both!
Reunion requires many people to be there ready to pick up where
they left off. It isn’t only about seeing the guys from your
Company either. While at USNA, we all became brothers who shared
a common experience. Our roommates and company-mates became
family. Then 40 years ago, on May 30, 1979, we threw
our hats in the year and embarked on a great adventure. That day
also marks the last day we actually saw some members of our 79er
family. So, to those of you who have never been back for a
Reunion, the time is now. You have been missed, and your
attendance at this Reunion will be remembered. Since 1979, too,
we have all forged strong friendships with other members of our
79er family, including those who we may not have known well at
Annapolis, but served with on ships, subs, or squadrons. It will
be a real blessing to see many of those friends back in
Annapolis. The more 79ers who return for the Reunion, the
greater our success and enjoyment. And I include all of our
non-Grad classmates in that too! Whatever the reason you left
USNA before graduation, you still have classmates who miss you
and want to catch up with you again.
I’m really looking for 79 to step up and come back to Mother B
in epic numbers. Join the 100+ Classmates who have already
registered today or this weekend. Get out your credit card and
turn on your computer, and go to the link:
https://signupnow.events/usna1979. As you will see, you even
have an option of splitting your payment in thirds. Enjoy the
registration process, and remember to do this as soon as
we will keep registration open for a long time, we also need to
have some good numbers in play so we don’t over or under order
any venue site or giveaways. To give you incentive to register
now, remember, the prices will increase after mid-July.
the Class Store. I have heard from several classmates asking,
“Whatever happened to our Class Crest? Why is it not being
offered on our shirts? What’s the deal on this “N” with Class of
1979 superimposed on it?” Well, good news. The answer to these
questions are that our Reunion Vendor, Anchor Enterprises, has
been in this business for a long time and knows that you get
better sales when you offer new product and new designs. That’s
why this year they are offering the “N” logo as well as a Fouled
Anchor 79 logo. All Class Store purchases made through June 2
(that’s two weeks from this Sunday) will ship the week of June
24th. For those who wanted the Class Crest – here’s
the good news. After June 2nd, the three men’s Polo
shirts being offered will have the option of using the Class
Crest. Class store order made between June 2 and August 4 will
be shipped in time to be included in your packing for the trip.
The store will remain open through the Reunion.
our Company Reps – I’ll get your names in to the Registrar very
soon so you can track your Company-mates. Still looking for a
more call for your participation in an Alumni Survey. I have
taken it and it is really simple, and I found no reason to worry
about security of the data. This is strictly voluntary, but the
more inputs made, the better the outcome. The link to the survey
https://surveys.max.gov/index.php/289441?lang=en - Your
participation in this survey is appreciated.
you all in September!
promised, Registration for the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of
1979 to be held September 12-15,2019 in Annapolis, MD is now
open. The Registration Process is pretty straightforward, so I
don’t expect too many problems. Some of the information, such as
venue sites for events is still being updated, but you are
essentially going to be asked a few things. First of all, have
your Credit Card ready to charge!
you go to the link, make sure you are entering data for the USNA
Class of 1979 Forty Year Reunion. You will first be asked to
Register on the website signupnow.events. You need to put in a
valid email address and select a Password (Rules for that are
listed). You need to do this in case you have changes to your
order later. We may also use this site for Class Elections, so
make sure you keep track of your email and Password – you
probably will use them again.
classmate will be charged a Registration Fee of $100. Then each
classmate and guest(s) will also be charged $100 each for the
Friday Night Crab Feast and the Saturday Tailgater. (Kids are
less) For a couple that will total $500 plus a small processing
fee. Note, prices will go up after July 15 for late
registrations. A small amount from each registration and meal
cost will come back to the class for our operating funds. When
you go to pay (check-out) you will be asked if you want to pay
it all now, or over three months. That second option should help
you if you are on a tight budget.
you get logged in, you will enter your name and USNA Company.
You will also put in the name of each guest you are bringing –
spouse, children, grand-children, friends, etc. The names
provided will be used to make your official nametag IDs for the
reunion events. So make sure the name included is spelled
also putting out a call for all Company Reps. If you are a
Company Rep, let me know and I’ll get you the gouge for some
admin rights to company registration data.
is everybody ready??? Here is the link:
https://signupnow.events/usna1979. Enjoy the registration
process, and remember to do this as soon as possible.
you all enjoyed a happy May Day! The first of May has long been
associated with the beginning of Spring and is recognized as a
workers’ day or Labor Day internationally. So enjoy the day,
dance around the May Pole, and don’t do anything that would
cause you to utilize the other “Mayday.” By the way, Mayday got
its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made
official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, who was
a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up
with the idea for “mayday" because it sounded like the French
word m'aider, which means “help me." (Full disclosure - I
plagiarized that last bit off Google) For today, 5/4, Happy Star
Wars Day and tomorrow, Happy Cinco de Mayo.
Friday, 4/26/2019, I was in Annapolis for the Spring Meeting of
the Council of Class Presidents, or COCP. In no particular
order, here are some of the highlights I would like to pass
There are always corporate sponsors in
attendance, and among those were representatives of various
Annapolis Hotels. The former Loews Hotel is undergoing a
significant renovation, so be aware of that. I think it is
now called the Annapolis Hotel but will rebrand as the
Graduate Hotel. The Westin will start renovations after the
Football Season. The Double Tree still gives you a cookie!
The Supe, VADM Ted Carter, briefed us. His
relief will be VADM Sean Buck, contrary to Annapolis rumors
it would be a woman or a Marine. Change of Command expected
July 26th. Admiral Buck is USNA 1983 and a P-3
NFO by warfare specialty. It is about time we had a “Sean”
as the Supe!!! The Commandant will turn over after
Graduation to Captain TR Buchanan, a submariner.
USNA Infrastructure has been called out for serious
deficiencies due to aging. The place is 173 years old,
after all. Hopper Hall, building now, will be the last
new building on the Yard unless or until an older
building is torn down. Hopper Hall will be the Cyber
Center and will have a SCIF (150-person Auditorium and
two classrooms so designated). Opens Spring 2020.
The Chapel Dome will be completely replaced, so expect
scaffolding to spoil your Reunion pictures. However,
when it is replaced, it will shine like a new penny for
about four weeks. It will then turn brown (like an old
penny) for about 20 years before again turning green.
Here’s to all of us seeing it turn green again!
Ricketts Hall is also being renovated and will be a
showcase for Navy Athletics.
The 4-Year Graduation Rate at USNA is 86 -90% which is
way over the 50% rate at most STEM Colleges.
The Alumni Association briefed us on what
they have going. A big emphasis was on the upcoming 30 May
to 3 June annual “All Academy Challenge” where the five
service academies compete to get the highest percentage of
alumni to make a donation ($5 is the minimum asked). Navy
has never won this – it is usually Coast Guard or Merchant
Marine, but sadly we always seem to lose to that school up
on the Hudson. The other one, a trade school in Colorado, is
usually last. In last year’s competition, the Class of 1965
led the way with 248 individual contributions. Second, at
154, was OUR CLASS in a tie with 1984. So way to go!!! 1979
minus 1 was fifth with 145. The COCP filmed several Spirit
Spots that may be used for the campaign.
Chet Gladchuk, the AD, always speaks to the
COCP. This time he noted the passing of Joe Bellino and
George Welsh and that there will be a special recognition at
the first home football game this year – August 31 vs. Holy
Cross. Chet pointed to Navy Baseball pitcher Noah Song as an
example of our athletes in action – Noah being one of he
best pitchers in the nation.
Finally, we received briefings from three
were also asked to again push the Alumni Survey. I have taken it
and it is really simple, and I fond no reason to worry about
security of the data. This is strictly voluntary, but the more
inputs made, the better the outcome. The link to the survey is:
https://surveys.max.gov/index.php/289441?lang=en - Your
participation in this survey is appreciated.
Saturday evening, 4/27, I returned to Annapolis (after battling
wrecks on I-66 and a bus fire on the Beltway- More confirmation
of my smart move out of the I-95 corridor) for the annual
Trident Scholar Poster Session and Banquet. Joining Janet and I
in representing the Class of 1979, the sponsor of the Trident
Scholar Program, were Fozzie and Mary Pat Miller, Frank and Peg
Klein, Jeff and Anne McFadden, and Chuck and Deb Dixon. The
Trident Projects of a record 16 members of the Class of 2019
were showcased, and included titles such as “Asymmetrically
Loaded Gridshells: A Parametric Study on Bracing Methods and a
Case Study For Use In Disaster Relief,” “Near Wake
Characteristics of a Marine Propeller in the Presence of Free
Stream Turbulence,” and my favorite head scratcher, “Quantum
Singularities in Black Hole Spacetime Systems with Timelike
Classical Singularities.” RADM David Hahn, Chief f Naval
Research, was the dinner speaker. At the Graduation Week Awards
Ceremony, I will have the honor of presenting the Class of 1979
Trident Scholar Prize to one of those 16 midshipmen.
way, I hope to soon announce some headway on closing our funding
gap toward the Trident Scholar Program portion of our Legacy
Gift Campaign. If you haven’t donated yet, there is still plenty
Finally – Navy Notre Dame 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. If you plan
to go, please contact Mary Ellen Doyle (email@example.com;
(757) 705-0565) and Tom McLernon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
who are coordinating the event for the USNA 1979 contingent.
you all in September!
From the Yard to the...Moon?; Shipmate
article by Sean T. Cate, '79 Class President