Chapter Luncheon, Friday, March 31, 2017

USNAAAA LuncheonChapter Members,

USNA Alumni Association Atlanta (USNAAAA) Chapter Luncheon - Friday, March 31, 2017.

Monthly luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., at American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.  Phone:  770-436-2501

Visit chapter’s website for more information: http://www.usnaaaa.com.

Cost is $15 for chapter members / $20 for non-members.

Luncheon speaker is Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Hollaway, U.S. Navy, and Naval Academy Class of 2010.  Lieutenant Hollaway is assigned to U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Office.  She is in Atlanta visiting with students interested in learning more about USNA.  She is also providing presentations regarding the Academy and its admissions process.

Please plan to attend Atlanta Chapter's March 2017 Monthly Luncheon.

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2017 Board of Trustees Election – Eastern Region

Vote For Your Representation
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees Election Information

Vote in this year’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees election. Your input strengthens our association and our shared future. Those elected will join the board for the Spring 2017 meeting.

In accordance with the bylaws of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees approved the slate of nominees for the position of Eastern Region Trustee at the December 2016 meeting.

Also, the Board approved the nomination of Major General Leo V. Williams III ’70, USMCR (Ret.), to serve a second term as Vice Chair beginning with the spring 2017 meeting when the new Board is formed.

Since metro Atlanta resides in Eastern Region, you will receive a ballot for the 2017 Board of Trustees election. Printed ballots (unless you opted out of the print ballot) and e-mail messages will be sent to regular members by an external vendor, Election America, with complete voting instructions for mail, phone and online options.

Please take a few moments to read the biographies of the candidates for Trustee, and look for a ballot and voting instructions from Election America. Votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET, 4 April 2017.

Thank you for participating in the process of electing Board leaders for the Alumni Association.

Click on a Eastern Region candidate's name to read their complete bio:

Commander William Squires '75, USNR (Ret.)
Eric Armour '81
Carlos A. Jativa '98

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U.S. Naval Academy Foundation looking for a Major Gift Officer

The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is looking for a Major Gift Officer to help raise funds in support of the Naval Academy and its mission. 

Check out the “Employment Opportunities” link at the bottom of the Alumni Association/Foundation website www.usna.com or go directly to Foundation's search group site:   http://hrstrategygroup.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2mqsz0ou7fx for more information on the position and how to apply.

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2017 Distinguished Graduate Award

Honoring the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) recipients:

  • ADM Harry D. Train II '49, USN (Ret.), served as the North American Treaty Organization’s Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic while Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command and Commander Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, from 1978 to 1982.
  • Milledge A. Hart III '56,  founder or co-founder of seven companies, including Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and The Home Depot.
  • The Honorable James Webb '68, 66th Secretary of the Navy and former U.S. Senator from Virginia.
  • VADM Cutler Dawson '70, USN (Ret.), president and CEO of Navy Federal Credit Union.
  • ADM Eric T. Olson '73, USN (Ret.), former Commander, United States Special Operations Command. The first Navy SEAL to reach three- and four-star rank and the first naval officer to command U.S. Special Operations Command.

Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients by Class Year

The Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) program started as a concept first envisioned by Rear Admiral Ronald F. Marryott, USN (Ret.), Class of 1957, when he was president and CEO of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. Rear Admiral Robert McNitt, USN (Ret.), Class of 1938, helped develop the concept to its current structure. The Alumni Association's Board of Trustees approved the DGA proposal and in May 1998 the selection committee met under the chairmanship of Admiral Carlisle Trost, USN (Ret.), Class of 1953 to determine the nominating process. Distinguished Graduates are the embodiment of what we strive to achieve in the U.S. Naval Academy's mission:

"To develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government."

As an institution, we honor our Distinguished Graduates because of their:

  • Demonstrated and unselfish commitment to a lifetime of service to our nation
  • Personal character which epitomizes the traits we expect in our officer corps
  • Significant contributions as Navy and Marine Corps officers, or as leaders in industry or government

Each of them serves as a beacon, lighting the way for our midshipmen as they begin to chart their naval careers. They also serve by example to motivate those alumni serving in the Fleet and Fleet Marine Corps. Our midshipmen can take away much from learning about our distinguished graduates. All the Distinguished Graduates honored – lived the traits of lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation.

2017 DGA Medal Ceremony
31 March 2017
1600 - Alumni Hall

Classmates of 2017 recipients wishing to attend the medal ceremony and sit in the reserved class section, please RSVP by emailing events@usna.com General seating will also be available. Regrets not necessary.

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USNA Alumni Shared Interest Groups Launched 

In December, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees unanimously approved an 18-month pilot program for three to five Shared Interest Groups (SIGs). Earlier in the year, briefings on the plan for SIGs were provided to both chapter and class leadership at the International Chapter Officer Forum and the Council of Class Presidents meetings, respectively.

“It’s important that the Alumni Association continues to be an inclusive organization,” said Admiral Bob Natter ’67, USN (Ret.), chair of the Board of Trustees. “Encouraging alumni to meet over shared interests like sports or extracurricular activities will only strengthen our relationship between alumni, the Alumni Association and the Academy.”

Beyond class and chapters, SIGs are expected to be active supporting members of the Alumni Association mission to foster engagement among alumni and support the Naval Academy. They are expected to actively communicate or gather around a central unifying purpose and a common shared affinity or bond based on shared experience, background, academic affiliation, profession or other USNA-related interest. SIGs are a best practice for alumni engagement among alumni associations around the nation including the West Point Association of Graduates and the Air Force Association of Graduates.

“In the 2010 membership survey, we learned that a large number of alumni were interested in SIGs and networking as future services,” said Captain Glen Woods ’78, USN (Ret.), chair of the Board of Trustees Membership and Services Committee. “We need to remain relevant to our broad range of alumni members, and to encourage new memberships. SIGs will help in those efforts.”

Alumni groups that would like to be considered for the pilot program are encouraged to submit an application to include a proposed charter and petition with at least 25 names of Alumni Association members.

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