Latest Letter from Sean
Greetings Classmates, most of whom I hope to see in September at
is a LOT of news here, so read carefully and completely.
time now to turn your attention to Class Elections. As you
should know, and according to our Class by-laws, we hold
elections for Class office in conjunction with our
ten-year-multiple reunions. The Nomination and Election
Committee has set the ballot as follows;
Class President – David Jackson (17th Co)
Vice President – Charles Dixon (19th Co)
Secretary/SHIPMATE – Wiz Withers (19th Co)
Treasurer – Jeff Johnson
First Battalion Representative – Richard Phares (5th
Second Battalion Representative – Your choice of (in
alphabetical order) John “Fozzie” Miller (8th Co),
Carl Rehling (7th Co), and Al Steel (12th
Co) (A Statement from each candidate is provided in this email.)
Third Battalion Representative – Ralph Quarles (14th
Fourth Battalion Representative – Kirk Michealson (22nd
Fifth Battalion Representative – Stan Clark (29th Co)
Sixth Battalion Representative – Jeff McFadden (36th
Office will also have a Write-In option However, any candidate
who receives a write-in vote MUST be eligible for the office and
MUST be willing to serve.
you have voted for the Class Officers, you may vote ONLY for
your Battalion Rep. Your USNA Company determined what Battalion
you were in. I was in 17th Company so I was in Third
Battalion. I may only vote for the Third Battalion Rep. If I try
to vote for another Battalion Rep, that vote will not count.
Because we have three candidates for Second Battalion
Representative, I have asked each to provide a statement for
their candidacy. All Second Battalion classmates should read
these statements before making your selection. Again, in
John “Fozzie” Miller:
Cate and the nominating committee put out the word for the
upcoming election of class officers, I immediately saw an
opportunity to “give back” to my classmates by volunteering to
serve as the Second Battalion Class Representative. Fortunately,
two other classmates had a similar thought and now the Second
Battalion 79ers have a number of volunteers to chose from.
absolutely confident that either Carl or Al will be great reps
for us and feel assured that there is no wrong choice. While
both are undoubtedly smarter and better looking than I am, I do
offer the following:
been a Naval Academy Foundation Trustee since 2008 and have been
very active in the organization since my retirement from active
duty in 2015
Pat and I live just outside the 50-mile radius from the Naval
Academy Chapel (remember when that used to matter), so we often
find ourselves at USNA for various events, including lectures
(that are no longer mandatory!), sporting events, and USNA
self employed, so I have good fidelity on my ability to
contribute – I have both the motive and opportunity to serve
feel an obligation to give back, having spent much of my time on
active duty away from T-Court and unable to participate except
very episodically – I feel fortunate to now have the time and
opportunity to take a turn at the oar on behalf of our class and
the Second Battalion
be pleased to be selected, I’ll be equally pleased if Carl or Al
become the rep, and I look forward to assisting either one, as
79, I am
ready, willing and able to support the class as Second Batt Rep.
However, I’m not going to waste our time in any effort to try
to make a case for myself over Fozzie or Al. I know that
whoever gets elected will do a great job supporting Class
Leadership as we ramp up to taking our place in the
all-important “One Link in the Chain” process.
share though, that as time keeps passing and I’m prepping for
“real retirement” which is near term, I find myself thinking
more and more about not only how much in my life I owe to USNA,
but more importantly, what a special group the Class of 79
remains in my life, and how tremendous it is to be able to call
you all Classmates. They always said that they broke the mold
with us, and I think time has proven them right!
elected, I will do my best to not let you down, but regardless
of the results, I will always continue to help and support the
Class in whatever way is needed.
McGiffin remains my hero.
Two of my
company mates approached me about running for Second battalion
Representative for the upcoming term. Our company does a pretty
good job of staying in contact, and I enjoy the interaction.
I see the
position as an opportunity to expand my interactions to the
broader Class. I had many friends in each of the other companies
within Second Battalion during school and enjoy catching up
whenever we meet.
the time, ability, and desire to discharge the duties of the
office and to represent my Battalion mates at the Class level as
we move into our years of time freedom and Link-in-the Chain
stewardship. I will give the same level of support to whomever
is elected should I come up short in the vote. Respectfully,
796931 12th Company
IS NOW OPEN – See these instructions from Grant Thornton, the
Chairman of the Nominations and Elections Committee:
Class of 1979,
of the Reunion Election Committee, voting is now open for the
election of Class Officers and Battalion Representatives in
conjunction with the 40th Reunion. Voting is open from now
through September 2nd.
your choice for President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer, and for one Battalion Representative from your
Battalion at the following web address:
nominees have been determined to be graduates of the class and
have indicated their willingness to serve. Thank you to all the
nominees who have indicated their willingness to serve if
elected. A copy of the ballot is also posted in the reunion
information section on the class website:
website instructions are simple to follow. VERY IMPORTANT that
each classmate voting include your Name and Company on the first
page to ensure one shipmate one vote for class officers, and one
vote for your Battalion Representative. The three members of the
Nomination and Election Committee are sworn to secrecy about
each and every ballot.
Classmates who graduated are eligible to vote, even if you are
not attending the reunion. ALL VOTING WILL BE CONDUCTED THROUGH
THE WEBSITE. If you have trouble accessing the website, please
send an e-mail to the committee: Grant Thornton - email@example.com;
Mike Foreman - firstname.lastname@example.org;
and Bob Klocek - email@example.com
Ellis has two tickets available for Navy Home Games this season
(except ECU). From Abe - our TWO seats are in (lower) section
29, Gold (visitors') side in the last row (#19) of the bottom
half of that section, first two seats right on the aisle as one
exits the tunnel from the concession area. There are no other
seats behind them, just a railing and then the spectator walkway
paralleling the sideline so there are never any knees whacking
folks in the back of the head!! Also, they are on the 48-yard
line and in the sun the entire game, which is nice when the
later fall weather may turn a bit chilly.
Holy Cross tickets are $40 each, Air Force $55 and all the rest
of the home games are $45 each, plus a $2.50 per ticket cost to
cover shipping and credit card processing on our end through our
business. We did not purchase a season parking pass and all
of those prices are exactly what we paid, no scalper mark up!
are interested, contact Abe directly at Abe Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Policy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Clear Bag Policy - NEW FOR 2019
year, Navy will be adopting A Clear Bag Policy already enacted
by many schools around the nation. This policy was adopted to
enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient by
limiting the size and style of bags carried into the stadium.
The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is
about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.
Permitted Items: Clear bags no larger than
12"X12"X6", small clutch purses no larger than 4.5"X6.5",
blankets, seat cushions, diaper bags, umbrella strollers, and
video cameras. All items will be inspected.
Prohibited Items: Backpacks, computer bags, purses,
fanny packs, brief cases, binocular cases, camera cases, tote
bags, firearms, nuclear weapons, Polaris Missiles, bottles
(glass or plastic), cans, thermoses, coolers, alcoholic
beverages, outside food or drink, large bags, folding chairs,
umbrellas, profession cameras and tripods, noise makers, hanging
banners/signs/sticks, chains, illegal substances, laser
pointers, clothing containing vulgar language, large strollers,
fireworks, aerosol cans, pets, pepper spray, and any item deemed
by management to be dangerous or inappropriate.
info should be available on the Nay Sports website.
of missing classmates has been updated on the class website,
www.usna79.com. (Webmaster....give me a day or
two...currently requailing to fly in Dallas after nasty bicycle
accident). Please help us find these lost classmates
– grads, non-grads, and widows.
USNA Class of 1979.
On behalf of the
Reunion Election Committee, voting is now open for the election
of Class Officers and Battalion Representatives in conjunction
with the 40th Reunion. Voting is open from August 19th through
Vote for your choice for President,
Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and for one Battalion
Representative from your Battalion at the following web address:
All nominees have been determined to
be graduates of the class and have indicated their willingness
to serve. Thank you to all the nominees who have indicated
their willingness to serve if elected. A copy of the ballot is
also posted in the reunion information section on the class
instructions are simple to follow. VERY IMPORTANT that each
classmate voting include your Name and Company on the first page
to ensure one shipmate one vote for class officers, and one vote
for your Battalion Representative.
All Classmates who graduated are
eligible to vote, even if you are not attending the reunion.
ALL VOTING WILL BE CONDUCTED THROUGH THE WEBSITE. If you have
trouble accessing the website, please send an e-mail to the
committee: Grant Thornton - email@example.com; Mike
Foreman - firstname.lastname@example.org;
and Bob Klocek - email@example.com for