WaveTops: January 2021 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.

Featured Stories
#GoNavyThankEveryone: Week of Gratitude 2021
The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation held its second annual Week of Gratitude 11-15 January. Alumni Association and Foundation staff expressed their gratitude to alumni, parents and friends who have shown their support for the Academy through emails, phone calls and a thank you video message. Even Bill the Goat got in a few words. The work we do for the Academy, the Brigade of Midshipmen and our alumni would not be possible without your help and contributions. Check out our Week of Gratitude website to learn why your fellow alumni, parents and volunteers support the Naval Academy. #GoNavyThankEveryone
“Astronaut - Aquanaut?” Join us for Know the Ropes with Jennifer Swanson ’90
Have little ones at home interested in the daily lives of astronauts and aquanauts? Want to figure out who is the ultimate explorer? Join Jennifer Swanson ’90, author of children's book Astronaut - Aquanaut, for an interactive presentation comparing the benefits of each extreme environment, whether soaring into space or diving deep into the ocean. The event will take place on 18 February, at 7:30 p.m. EST. This program is best for children in first grade and older. Register now and read more details about this event.

Nominate a Distinguished Graduate by 28 February
Since 1998, the Distinguished Graduate Awards have been a milestone Naval Academy Alumni Association program and one of our most visible ways to celebrate the contributions of our alumni. We are committed to encouraging a range of nominees and eventual honorees that fully reflects the wide range of backgrounds, experiences and most importantly, achievements, of our alumni community. Nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Graduate Awards will be accepted through 28 February. Additional information on criteria for consideration and the nomination process is available at www.usna.com/dga. Stay tuned for information on scheduling the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award ceremony and the 2021 events. Should you need assistance or additional information on the program or the process, please contact Noreen Frenaye at noreen.frenaye@usna.com or 410-295-4016.
Help Build the Future Alumni Center
Classes are fast stepping up to show their support for the future U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation Center, with commitments of $100,000, $250,000 and even more in the cases of the Classes of 1955, 1967, 1978 and 1985. Individuals have the opportunity to make their own mark on the Center with gifts of $2,500 per year (a President’s Circle-level gift) for five years to achieve Plankowner status and lifelong recognition in the Center. These individual gifts also count toward class giving and recognition in the Center. Additional information on these opportunities is available here.
Cyber Faculty Explore Recent Russian Cyber Attacks
More than 1,400 alumni, parents and friends logged on for our 6 January Called to Serve virtual speaker event, “Unclassified Briefing: Recent Russian Cyber Attacks on the U.S. Government,” which examined the recent cyber attacks on government agencies. The Naval Academy's Center for Cyber Security Studies and Cyber Science Department experts weighed in on the SolarWinds breach, how it happened and some of the strategic impacts it will have on U.S. national security. They explained the lessons learned and the connections with the midshipman cyber operations curriculum. A recording of the event is available here. Look for information on upcoming Called to Serve events on our Facebook and Instagram.
Tell Us How You Helped Fight COVID-19
Shipmate will spotlight the extraordinary charitable and humanitarian efforts made by alumni during the Covid-19 pandemic in the March/April 2021 edition. We want to share the stories—and photos—of individual alumni and class or chapter initiatives over the past turbulent year. To share stories of alumni good deeds, please send 250-word submissions with photos (at least 1MB jpg) to Managing Editor Jimmy DeButts at jimmy.debutts@usna.com by 4 February.
Don’t Miss Virtual SACC 22-26 February
After 26 years, the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) unveiled a new logo. To better serve our service academy alumni, SACC will also launch a new website in 2021. While much is changing, you can count on SACC to continue providing outstanding opportunities to connect with industry-leading companies and premier academic institutions as you navigate career transitions and consider pursuing graduate degrees. SACC will continue virtually for 2021. To improve this experience, we are partnering with Brazen, a leading virtual hiring event and online career fair platform. Whether you’re searching for top talent for your organization or a new opportunity for yourself, join us for the first SACC of 2021 22-26 February.
Need a USNA Gift? We’ve Got You Covered
These captain’s chairs have been extremely popular as they make wonderful gifts for retirements, promotions, birthdays etc. Visit Shop 3 to check out this top-selling item. Also available: gifts of distinction in Shop 1, apparel in Shop 2 and diploma frames in Shop 4—just in time to celebrate the Class of 2021.
NFL Giants Cover Squires ’75’s COVID-19 Battle
CDR William D. Squires ’75, USNR (Ret.), an operations consultant with the New York Football Giants, has been with the team for 30 years coordinating events at Giants Stadium and MetLife Stadium. He battled Covid-19 for 71 days in the spring of 2020. “I wake up in the morning and thank God I have another day on this earth” said Squires, Eastern Region Trustee for the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees. The Giants recently aired a video featuring his inspiring story.
Get Back on the Road with Us
While international travel is currently still largely on hold, USNA Alumni Travel is offering several domestic trips we know you will love. From Alaska to Yosemite to a Civil Rights tour, there are a wide range of options to choose from. Our March “Operation Homefront – Beyond the Galleries to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans” trip is almost sold out. Sign up today to join us.
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McDonough ’94 Named 89th Commandant of Midshipmen
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USNA Alumni Association
Board of Trustees
Ad-Hoc Committee
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Davis ’21, Zimmerman ’21 Chosen for MIT/WHOI Program
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We Remember Distinguished Graduates
Hays ’50 and
London ’59
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#1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans
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Midshipman Reopens Lawsuit Against USNA Superintendent
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Terwilliger Center Showcases Naval Academy Physical Mission
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Robinson ’87 Receives NCAA’s Gerald R. Ford Award
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in Annapolis Rentals
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Chapel Dome Heirlooms
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Mann ’99 Addresses Barriers to Diversity in Space Travel
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Preferred Provider of Financial Services
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Cardona ’15
a Finalist for NFL's Salute to Service Award
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Priefer ’89 Coaches Cleveland Browns to Playoff Win
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