WaveTops: May 2019 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.



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Celebratory Send-Off for the Class of 2019
Example content image“This class, by almost every measure, is the best class we’ve ever graduated from the United States Naval Academy,” said VADM Ted Carter ’81, USN, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, at the Class of 2019’s graduation on 24 May. Before the 265 Marine second lieutenants and 769 Navy ensigns set out for the fleet, they gathered together with family and friends to celebrate the four years just passed.
Represent: Nominations Open for Alumni Association Board Positions
A nominating committee has been formed to find and recommend a single candidate to succeed MajGen Leo V. Williams ’70, USCMR (Ret.), as vice chair of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees and one or more nominees for regional trustee positions currently held by CDR William D. Squires ’75, USN (Ret.)—Eastern, and CDR Richard Cataldi ’69, USN (Ret.)—Central, who are both seeking re-election. Proposed candidates must be regular members of the Alumni Association who have expressed a willingness to serve and regional candidates must reside in the region they intend to represent. Send your proposed candidate submissions to Nominating_Committee@usna.com by 16 October.
Buck ’83 Nominated as New Superintendent
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations ADM John Richardson ’82, USN, have nominated RADM Sean Buck ’83, USN, for assignment as the next Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. Buck is a career naval flight officer and is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet in Mayport, FL. The date of the change of command is yet to be determined, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
2023 Triple Threat
What are the odds of having triplets, and then what are the odds that they choose military paths through college? Jim (USNA), Charlie (ROTC, Penn State) and Bobby (USMA) Crossfield of Philadelphia, PA, will do just that. “It’s important for us to give back to a country that's afforded us so many freedoms,” explained Jim, who will study aerospace engineering at the Naval Academy with the Class of 2023.

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A Fitting Tribute to a Legendary Coach
George Welsh ’56 was a four-time winner of the ACC’s Coach of the Year award, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and the winningest coach in ACC history after 19 seasons coaching UVA. Before that he was a Navy QB and “Roger Staubach before Roger Staubach” and was head coach for Navy starting in ’73. After he died in January, former players and friends returned to UVA to pay tribute, including former Navy kicker CAPT Bob Tata ’79, USNR (Ret.).
Diploma Frames, Father’s Day, Polo Shirts …
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Capstone Projects Cap Off Class of 2019’s Year
Ever wondered what goes in to the graduating classes’ Capstone Projects—research, design, teamwork and presentation efforts that represent the culmination of months, sometimes years, of work? Find out in our video coverage of Capstone Day 2019.
A New Opportunity for Officers, Educators
St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, is often considered the Athens to the Naval Academy’s Sparta. Now the schools are banding together with a new graduate degree: the Graduate Institute at St. John’s will provide uniformed officers with the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, then return to the Academy to teach to fill the need for junior officers as instructors.
Contribute Your History for Future Generations
Ensure your service story is archived and preserved for future generations. The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is actively seeking oral histories, original photographs, letters, unpublished memoirs and other wartime correspondence from Naval Academy alumni. Regardless of your rank or role, if you wore a U.S. military uniform and are no longer serving, they want to hear from you. Download a how-to Field Kit, search the veterans’ database and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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Register Now for the DC SACC
For 25 years, the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) has connected more than 30,000 alumni with top companies hiring staff with the proven skills, leadership and experience only service academy alumni possess. Job seekers and hiring employers can register here to attend the 25th Anniversary Washington, DC, SACC at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City on 13-14 June. For more information, email sacc@usna.com.
Podcast with SEAL Holley ’00
The VA has an audio series called “Borne the Battle,” and a recent episode featured Stephen Holley ’00, president and CEO of the non-profit Carry the Load that he founded with his fellow Navy Football player and SEAL Clint Bruce ’97. Carry the Load is reinforcing the meaning behind Memorial Day—this podcast sheds light on how.
What Does an All-American Athlete Look Like?
For years athletes, academies and recruiters have debated whether it was right and fair for stellar athletes to defer service in order to follow a dream in professional sports. The Naval Academy has seen this question before with stand-out athletes Napoleon McCallum ’85, Billy Hurley III ’04, LTJG Joe Cardona ’15, USN, and LTJG Keenan Reynolds ’16, USN. The topic has recently come back up for debate.
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Highlights
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All Academy Challenge Starts 30 May
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Schwien ’22 Takes
Herndon 2019
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Distinguished Graduate Nominations Open 1 July
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Slye ’14:
A Mother
Knows Best
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Byrne ’87 Nominated to Head VA
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Navy Repeats Star Series Win
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Get Your 2020 Travel Guide
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Preferred Provider of Financial Services
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Lucky Bag of Books
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Distinguished Graduate Award Videos
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Drone Ship May Re-supply Marines
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2019 Navy Football Tickets on Sale
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Portman Plays Part Inspired by Nowak ’85
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Luria ’97: Demands VA Attention to Veteran Suicides
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Senate Confirms Moran ’81 for Navy’s Top Spot
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Merz ’86: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit
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Muirhead ’41: City’s last Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 100
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