The Founding of the U.S. Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis on Oct. 10, 1845.

On 10 October, the Naval Academy celebrated the day it was officially formed in 1845. Founder’s Day is also a celebration of the Naval Academy family of alumni, parents and friends. The mission is still strong and more important than ever.

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Jim Ravenel, USNA, Class of ’45

jim-ravenel45The entire Atlanta Chapter, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, family and friends were saddened to hear the news of former Chapter President and fellow alumni Jim Ravenel’s death on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

Jim was a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter.  He is both past Chapter President and Chapter Trustee Emeritus. Jim spent countless hours and made great efforts to grow the Atlanta Chapter into one of the ten largest chapters in the country.

Jim’s leadership and legacy continue to guide the chapter’s mission.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carol Sue, and the entire Ravenel family.

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Veteran’s Day USNA Gospel Choir Concert Tour in Atlanta, GA, November 10-13, 2016

The United States Naval Academy GOSPEL CHOIR will travel to ATLANTA, GA to perform several public concerts and visit area schools to honor all Veterans who have served, or are serving currently, and to introduce students to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy..


          November 10, 2016 - Public Concert!
               Mundy's Mill High School
9652 Fayetteville Road
                    Jonesboro, GA
6:00 PM  (Free, No Tickets Required)

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Dunwoody Baptist Church
  • 1445 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338
  • FREE ADMISSION; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • For VIP seating, call 770-280-1200

    November 13, 2016 - Guest Choir   
               Word of Faith Love Center Church
                    2435 Ben Hill Road
East Point, GA 30344
11:00 AM, Worship Service

The United States Naval Academy GOSPEL CHOIR is an upbeat inspirational musical ensemble.  Comprised of midshipmen, the Gospel Choir is reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen.  Their common bond is musical talent and a passion to praise through song.

Throughout the year, the USNA Gospel Choir maintains an active schedule and performs not only at the Naval Academy but throughout the nation at churches, schools, and community centers.

The Gospel Choir is a wonderful part of the Naval Academy family.  Not only does it allow its members to express their faith in song, but it also provides the public an opportunity to witness the diversity and talents of today's Brigade of Midshipmen.  The Gospel Choir continues to spread the joy of Gospel Music and assisting the Naval Academy to fulfill its mission.

Please contact the United States Naval Academy Music Department with any questions or comments.

United States Naval Academy
Musical Activities Department

Mailing Address: Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Rd. Annapolis, MD 21402-5086
Phone Number:  (410) 293-2439
Fax Number:  (410) 293-3218

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Distinguished Graduate Award Nomination Packages are due into Alumni Special Programs

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.

DGA Nomination Packages are due into Alumni Special Programs office no later than 1 November 2016 which is just over a month away. For criteria and package format requirements, please visit

Should you have any questions, please contact Noreen Frenaye, Director, Alumni Travel and Assoc Director, Alumni Special Programs, U.S.Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation

(O) 410-295-4016 Website:

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Kings Bay, Georgia Power open $75 million solar power facility 3 months early

Kings Bay, Navy brass say having solar farm on base provided energy security inside fence line

ATLANTA, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from Georgia Power and the Department of the Navy (DON) joined elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay near St. Marys, Ga. to mark the start of operations of a new 30 megawatt (MW) on-base solar facility. The 30 MW alternating current, or 42 MW direct current, solar generation facility is the first completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the DON and joins a similar 30 MW on-base solar facility recently completed with the U.S. Army at Fort Benning.

Kings Bay commanding officer, Capt. James Jenks, from left, Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of U.S. Navy Region Southeast, Georgia Power Senior Vice President of Marketing Kenneth E. Coleman

Georgia Power is currently developing more than 150 MW of solar generation to serve the state's electric customers through strategic projects with the DON and the U.S. Army. In addition to the facilities now online at SUBASE Kings Bay and Fort Benning, new Georgia Power solar facilities are under construction at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.


"Within a year, this site on the Georgia coast has been transformed into a state-of-the-art solar facility that will provide energy for our state for years to come," said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power. "As we look forward to bringing additional on-base solar facilities on line, we appreciate the Navy's continued partnership and recognition of the importance of this new energy source for our customers, the bases and local communities."

"Innovative energy technologies and collaborative relationships are important for the Department of the Navy," said Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson. "Ensuring our installations have secure, reliable, resilient and affordable energy is critical for continuous operations. Working with an innovator like Georgia Power enables the Department of the Navy to achieve its missions and energy efficiency goals."

The SUBASE Kings Bay solar facility was built and is owned and operated by Georgia Power with energy delivered to state's electric grid at or below the company's avoided cost (the amount projected it would cost the company to generate comparable energy from other sources). The solar project at SUBASE Kings Bay occupies 254 acres, utilizes approximately 133,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels and is estimated to represent a $75 million investment at the installation.

In coordination with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), Georgia Power continues to develop renewable energy as part of a diverse generation portfolio through programs designed to prevent upward pressure on customer rates. Through the company's various solar initiatives, millions of solar panels are being added to Georgia's energy landscape. Most recently, Georgia Power received approval from the Georgia PSC to add up to 1,600 MW of new renewable generation by 2021, as well as new demonstration projects to study wind and solar generation opportunities as part of its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

A leader in renewable development, Georgia Power was recently named to the Smart Electric Power Alliance's (SEPA) annual Top 10 Utility Solar list in recognition of solar connections to the state's electric grid in 2015 and was previously named the 2014 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year by the organization. To learn more about Georgia Power's solar programs, including resources available for residential and business customers considering solar energy, visit

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