WaveTops: March 2029 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.

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COVID-19 and the USNA Alumni Association and Foundation
Example content imageThe U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation is closely monitoring and responding to the impact of COVID-19 and related effects on operations. Please know that our top priority remains the health and safety of the entire Naval Academy family, as well as our staff and volunteers. Our mission of uniting the global Navy alumni community, celebrating the bonds we share and providing critical support to the Academy remains unchanged. Updates on our operations can be found here, and Naval Academy updates here. We also encourage you to continue to follow our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn) throughout this challenging period, as well as the Academy’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Naval Academy Earns Prestigious Simon Award
The Naval Academy is one of four colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which distinguishes excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. Named after the late Senator from Illinois, the award recognizes outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization, defined as a conscious effort to integrate and infuse international, intercultural and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of students’ education.
Involved in the COVID-19 Response? Shipmate Wants to Know
Are you or a Naval Academy community member you know involved in the COVID-19 response as a healthcare professional or first responder? Are you working to support those in your community as a volunteer? We want to tell your stories in Shipmate. Email Senior Writer Jimmy DeButts to share your experiences.

Guidance for Prospective Midshipmen Diagnosed with COVID-19
The United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues. In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recover. If the prospective midshipman’s healthcare provider recommends being tested, the Admissions Office strongly encourages the student to follow that advice, without worry that the testing will impact their ability to accede as a midshipman.
Watson ’19 and Other Pensacola Heroes to Receive Purple Heart Medals
ENS Joshua Kaleb Watson ’19, USN, and naval Aircrewmen (Mechanical) 3rd Class Mohammed Haitham, USN, and Cameron S. Walters, USN, who were killed by a Saudi officer who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola 6 December, will posthumously be awarded Purple Heart medals, along with eight others wounded in the attacks. The honors follow a ruling by federal officials that the incident was a terrorist attack.
The Jacksonville SACC is Going Virtual
While the on-site Jacksonville SACC has been canceled, SACC understands the importance of making career and education connections and is shifting to a virtual job fair. The SACC team is finalizing details and will post updates on their website, Facebook and Instagram channels. You can register now to attend seminars online, connect virtually with recruiters from industry-leading employers and chat with representatives from advanced education institutions. Contact SACC with any questions or for additional information: SACC@usna.com.
In Difficult Days, Love Endures … Virtually
In recent days, it became all too clear that the 9 May wedding of LTJG Montana Geimer ’16, USN, and 1LT Zachary Blanks, USAF, USAFA ’17, was unlikely to proceed as planned due to growing concerns and restrictions around COVID-19. So the couple, who met when Blanks was an exchange student at the Naval Academy, decided to seize the moment, call their minister, give their family and friends a heads-up and stream the blessed event on Facebook Live on 21 March. Geimer is the daughter of Capital Gazette columnist Wendi Winters, killed in the 2018 shootings. Of Blanks, she said: “He’s been my companion in everything. We can take on the world together.” The world … and COVID-19.
Knollwood Community
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Stavridis ’76:
The Military vs. COVID-19
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Vote in the Alumni Association Board Election by 17 April
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Carr ’79: Retired 2-Star Part of Leidos Team Building Drone Warship
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Navy Relaxes Hair Length Rules in Wake of Coronavirus
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#1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans
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USNA Alumni Association and Foundation Annual Report
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Modly ’83: Mulling Options for $40 Billion in Navy Budget Cuts
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Pentagon Prepares Hospital Ships for Coronavirus Response
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Preferred Provider of Financial Services
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U.S. Navy Overhauls Education System
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Pike ’52 Receives Last Rites by Phone Due to COVID-19
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