Class of 79 News
Ma y 2012
Omnes Viri News
PREZ SEZ commander/carrier strike group mentor, San
Diego, Calif. McGrath is currently serving
Greetings Class of 1979, as reserve deputy commander, Third
Fleet, San Diego, Calif.
I trust everyone is enjoying Spring. It has
been a little quiet on the Class-front, but I do A couple of weeks ago I attended the
have some 79 Flag news to pass along, the Council of Class Presidents meeting at
first a little old: USNA, and as always, it is an honor to be in
the same room with so much of the senior
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta leadership of our Alumni, some going back
announced today (2/13) that the President to the 30’s-decade classes. It was a pretty
has made the following nominations: mundane meeting, but my takeaways include
Navy Reserve Rear Adm. (lower half) John a couple of things. First, in the near future,
E. Jolliffe has been nominated for the Alumni Association website,
appointment to the rank of rear www.usna.com, will be relaunched with
admiral. Jolliffe is currently serving as easier navigation and new features,
reserve deputy commander, U.S. Naval including a 79 link to our website, plus some
Forces, U.S. Central Command, Bahrain. other details. Look for it soon. Second, we
Congratulations, John, on the well-deserved heard from Chet Gladchuk on the Football
second star. And now we know his new move to the Big East in 2015. With
assignment, taking over for classmate Pat conference realignments galore, this is a
McGrath. move that became necessary for scheduling,
if nothing else, and will probably include
The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and moving the Army-Navy game back to
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Thanksgiving weekend. Navy will still play
Greenert announced today (4/13) the Notre Dame, Air Force, and Army each
following assignments: season. By the way, this year’s ND game in
Rear Adm. (lower half) John E. Jolliffe, who Dublin is pretty much sold-out and will
has been selected for the rank of rear kickoff at 2pm local, or 0900 ET/0600PT on
admiral, will be assigned as reserve deputy CBS.
commander, Third Fleet, San Diego, Calif.
Jolliffe is currently serving as reserve deputy Not much else class news to report – and I
commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S.. don’t want to steal Wiz’s thunder from his
Central Command, Manama, Bahrain. great SHIPMATE columns – so I’ll leave
Rear Adm. Patrick E. McGrath will be you with this – we are a little over two years
assigned as Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) out from the next (35th) Class Reunion in
deputy combined force maritime component
2014. Never too early to start saving up for think I know. After the game and some
the big weekend in late September 2014. details were announced, the Council of Class
Presidents (COCP) was told by Chet
BEAT ARMY! Gladchuk that anyone who wanted tickets
Omnes Viri 1979, would be able to get them, and they did not
Sean necessarily have to book a travel package
through Anthony Travel to get a seat at
PREZ SEZ # 2 Aviva Stadium, capacity about 50,000. As a
“Home” game for Navy, the NAAA holds
Greetings Class of 1979, all the tickets. It is my understanding that
only about 2,000 tickets were set aside
Here is some gouge I want to share with directly to ND, and less than 20,000 were
everyone. allocated, or actually needed by, Anthony
Travel due to the number of advance
In case you have not heard yet, the Annual packages they booked. Obviously that left a
Joint 79 Service Academy Golf Scramble lot of tickets, and many of those sold in two
will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the days or so after they went on sale at NAAA.
Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, For some reason I do not know, the
Virginia. Your $100 fee includes Green fees, remainder were then sold through Europe
cart, lunch, and a donation to Wounded TicketMaster. The game is now a sell-out. If
Warrior. The POC is Army 79er Mike you wanted tickets, my best suggestion is to
Roller (email@example.com). check online forums, such as the Alumni
Ticket exchange at usna.com to see who
Registration is being conducted online only, may have bought some but now can’t go.
so if you are interested, please go to: Obviously there are scalper sites as well
where tickets can be found for a premium.
https://secure.west-point.org/wasa/golf However, if you feel the NAAA did not
handle this issue well, I also suggest sending
The deadline for registration is Sunday May a polite email to Chet Gladchuk (AD) and
6, 2012, so please check in by then if you explain your situation. I (and others) have
plan to golf that day. More information is made these concerns known to the COCP
available at the link. The Academy with the leadership and hope that prevents future
most golfers wins the participation award, problems.
which has most often gone to Army (boo!).
While I personally can’t make it this year On a related note, as a victim of Navy
due to a busy work schedule, this has always Football’s decade of success (last year
been an enjoyable event! notwithstanding), Club Level Tickets to the
Army-Navy game have become relatively
I have been made aware of a couple of issues hard to come by (Season Ticket holders
regarding Navy Football ticket sales, and must be Blue and Gold members at a certain
while this only affects a few of you, I did donation level to NAAA to guarantee CL
want everyone to know what I know. The tickets). Many years ago, however, some
first issue relates to the rapid sellout of folks paid a sum to NAAA under a “Life
Navy-Notre Dame tickets for the game in Membership” program that no longer exists,
Dublin this September. Some classmates and these folks are being squeezed out of the
may have missed the sales date through no CL seats due to the Admiral Row
fault of their own. Here is what I know, or membership. This concern, as well, has been
raised by the COCP so we’ll see what and will be televised live by CBS Sports
happens. Please let me know if you are Network.
personally affected by this and I’ll keep you
informed. Navy will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept.
1 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame.
Do you live near Fairfax, Virginia and like The game will be played at Aviva Stadium,
seafood and helping support a worthy cause? located in the heart of Dublin, and marks the
Join the Steve Smith Family in support of first time the stadium has hosted an
the Arthritis Foundation at Joe’s Crab Shack American football game.
(12831 Fair Lakes Parkway) on Sunday May
6th 2012 from 12-6pm. A share of receipts It will also be the first time in program
will go to support this worthy organization. history that Navy has opened up against
You will need to present a flyer to your Notre Dame and the second time the two
server to receive credit and if you need one, teams have met in Dublin. Navy played the
please let me know ASAP. Irish at Croke Park in Dublin in 1996. The
game will be broadcast by CBS Sports and
I received the following marketing kick at 2:00 PM in Dublin, which is 9:00
information from James Duncan, West AM on the East Coast.
Point, ’95. He and others have started
Academy Connect - the new online After a week off, the Mids will travel to
professional resource for service academy Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill
graduates. He founded Academy Connect to O'Brien's Penn State Nittany Lions. It will be
finally give service academy graduates a the first meeting between the two schools
premier online experience through which since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State
they can network. But Academy Connect is in State College, 7-6. A kickoff time has not
not just a networking site. It also provides yet been announced by Penn State and the
professional development seminars, job BIG Ten Conference.
postings, and opportunities for personal
connections such as mentoring. VMI comes to town on Sept. 22 for the
Get connected today @ home opener at Navy-Marine Corps
www.AcademyConnect.com. Memorial Stadium. It will be the ninth
meeting between the two schools and the
I have not joined this group, but would first since 2003 when Navy defeated the
welcome any feedback from classmates who Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener.
The Mids will have revenge on their minds
BEAT ARMY! when San Jose State comes calling on Sept.
Omnes Viri 1979, 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the
Sean Midshipmen from bowl contention with a
27-24 victory in San Jose.
2012 NAVY FOOTBALL
Navy will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Mids will play five times at Navy- for the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief's
Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Trophy on Oct. 6. The Falcons won the
Commander-In-Chief's Trophy last year
The five home games at Navy-Marine Corps thanks to a 35-34 overtime victory over
Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 3:30 PM Navy in Annapolis. Air Force and the
Mountain West Conference have not yet Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8. Navy
released a game time. leads the all-time series, 56-49-7, and has
won a series-record 10-consecutive games
The Mids will travel to Mount Pleasant, against the Black Knights. CBS has not
Mich. the following week, as Navy will play announced a game time as of yet.
at Central Michigan on Friday, Oct. 12 at
8:00 PM ET on ESPN2. It will be the first Season tickets are on sale now for $180.
time Navy has played at Central Michigan Standing room only tickets for the grass hill
and the first time Navy has played in the located at the North end zone of Navy
state of Michigan since 2006 when the Mids Marine Corps Memorial Stadium are $100
beat Eastern Michigan at Ford Field in for the season and the Billy the Kid Package
Detroit. (age 12 and under) is $60 for standing room
only tickets for the grass hill. Children two
The Indiana Hoosiers come to Annapolis and under do not need a ticket unless the
the following week (Oct. 20) for child is occupying a seat. You can purchase
Homecoming. It will be just the third time in tickets by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by
school history that the two teams have met going to www.navysports.com
and it will be Indiana's first trip to
Annapolis. The Hoosiers will be the first Big For information about how to get CBS
10 team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Sports Network, including a full
Memorial Stadium since Northwestern beat programming schedule, go to
Navy in 2002. www.cbssportsnetwork.com
East Carolina will play host to Navy on Oct. 2012 Navy Football Schedule
27 in Greenville. The Pirates knocked off Sept. 1, vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland)
Navy last year in a thriller, 38-35. East Sept. 15, at Penn State
Carolina and Conference USA have not yet Sept. 22, VMI
announced a game time. Sept. 29, San Jose State
Oct. 6, at Air Force
Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the Oct. 13, at Central Michigan
gridiron for the first time the following week Oct. 20, Indiana (Homecoming)
as new head coach Carl Pelini brings his Oct. 27, at East Carolina
Owls North to Annapolis on Nov. 3. Nov. 3, Florida Atlantic
Nov. 10, at Troy
Navy will make its first trip to Troy, Ala. on Nov. 17, Texas State
Nov. 10 when the Mids take on the Troy Dec. 8, vs. Army (Philadelphia)
Trojans. Navy defeated Troy last year, 42- BEAT ARMY!
14. Troy and the Sun Belt Conference have
not yet announced a game time. NAVY-ND & IRELAND
The home finale takes place on Nov. 17, From Valerie Gerheiser:
when Dennis Franchione and the Texas
State Bobcats come to Navy-Marine Corps There are several '79ers heading to Ireland.
Memorial Stadium on Senior Day. So far I have....
Gerheiser, Krueger, Tobey, Jackson, Dixon,
The 2012 Army-Navy Game Presented by Harris, Cate, Marrs, Mueller, Counts, Doyle,
USAA will take place at Philadelphia's Meader, Dancer.
I have a "79 Ireland" email group. If you Alcohol is included!
want me to add you to the group, let me
know. We only ask one favor...please share this
with your friends and co-workers. A big
Thanks, Valerie turnout means a big donation for the
Navy-Notre Dame To Kick At 2:00 PM
Dublin Time We are available to answer any questions
9:00 AM in Annapolis, 8:00 AM Central, Again,
7:00 AM Mountain, 6:00 AM on the West Thanks
Coast and 4:00 AM in Hawai'i!
Steve and Liz Smith
CBS Sports will kick-off its 2012 college c 703-203-6007
football schedule with Notre Dame vs. Navy
live from Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, PS Oh yeah, be sure and get dessert!
September 1 (9:00 AM, ET/2:00 PM Local
Time). CBS Sports' lead college football (same as last month)
team of Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson
and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the Have you donated? I have.
action live from Aviva Stadium.
I received this from Steve Smith:
It is that time of year again. Emily and
(Updated info April 2012) Sophie, as captains of our Walk Team, have
asked me to request a donation from you for
Sophie, Emily, Liz and I would like to their Arthritis Walk Team. The Smith
encourage all of you to come to Joe’s Crab Family is again walking to raise funds for a
Shack in Fairlakes – 12831 Fair Lakes cure. Emily is now a sophomore in college
Parkway, Fairfax, Va 22033, 703-968-2601 majoring in Nursing (figures) and doing
– (with lots of friends and family) on Sunday well. Sophie is a junior in high school,
6 May from noon to 6pm! Joe’s will active with the Arthritis Foundation and
generously be donating a percentage of the excited about college. Please click on the
money brought in to the Arthritis link below and make a donation. You are
Foundation. The only catch is to remember also welcome to join our team at the same
to bring a flyer (attached). link and walk with us on the Mall in
Washington DC on the 19th of May.
The more our group purchases, the higher
the percentage of sales we’ll get: http://arthritiswalkonthemall.kintera.org/faf/
• If our group spends <$500 during the donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=994609
event, we will get 10% of the sales. &lis=1&kntae994609=1F748121F9374B16
• If our group spends $500 - $1,500 during 9CADDD1BD09EE180&supId=154974623
the event, we will get 15% of the sales.
• If our group spends more than $1,500 If you would like more info about the Walk
during the event, we will get 20% of the please click below:
http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-walk.php Even if you've told me you plan on coming
you'll need to register on-line to pay and put
And for more info about the Arthritis in any requests for partners in your
Foundation go to www.arthritis.org. foursome.
Please feel free to share this information https://secure.west-point.org/wasa/golf
with anyone you know who may be
interested in donating or joining us. Hope to see you soon and hit'em straight!
Thank you very much NAVY QB RESIGNS
Steve Smith Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:14 am
(703) 418-4400 EXT 340 | Updated: 12:19 pm, Fri Apr 20, 2012.
Cell (703) 203-6007
fax (703) 418-4437 Former starting QB resigning from academy
stephen.e.smith@L-3Com.com By BILL WAGNER Staff Writer
ARMY-AF-NAVY ’79 GOLF Kriss Proctor, Navy’s starting quarterback
last season, will not graduate from the Naval
The particulars, since they are hard to find Academy. Proctor has submitted his
without going to the link, are as follows: resignation from the academy, a school
spokesman confirmed to The Capital.
The Annual Joint 79 Service Academy Golf
Scramble will be held Friday May 11, 2012. Proctor’s resignation has not been
Check in at 0730 with a Shotgun Start at processed, but is likely to be approved.
“Midshipman Proctor has submitted a
The venue this year is the Twin Lakes Golf resignation that is currently under review,”
Course, 6201 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA said Commander William Marks, Public
20124, Cost is $100 per player and include Information Officer at the Naval Academy.
Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, and donation to the
Wounded Warrior Project. An inside source at the academy with
knowledge of the situation told The Capital
POC is Mike Roller (USMA) (703) 588- that Proctor’s resignation comes on the heels
8232, firstname.lastname@example.org of an alleged honor code violation. The
source said Proctor knew that academy
FROM MIKE ROLLER: This is it. It's time officials were going to hold him accountable
to register for the Washington Area Class of for the alleged transgression.
'79 Joint Service Academy Golf Outing.
We're going to make things a little easier Marks could not comment on a possible
this year by registering and paying for the honor violation due to privacy rules.
tournament on-line using the link below.
Information on the location and what's Proctor played in 22 games during his
included for the $100 price is at the web career, making 14 starts and rushing for
address. The deadline for registering is 1,441 yards. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound
Sunday, May 6th. product of Big Bear High (Caifl.) started two
games in place of injured starter Ricky
Dobbs as a sophomore then appeared in *Cot Pic: That was all the room I was given
eight games with one start as a junior. as I slept in an open room with people
constantly coming and going throughout the
Proctor started all 11 games in which he day/night while visiting COP Jaker (Nawa
played as a senior and led the team in District)
rushing and scoring with 914 yards and 14 *Building Pic: An existing Afghan building
touchdowns. The left-handed thrower also we used as berthing (sleeping quarters) at
completed 52 of 103 passes for 787 yards COP Jaker
and seven touchdowns in earning honorable *Plywood Pic: Individual "rooms" for some
mention selection to the All-Independent of the people who were stationed in Cop
Schools team. Jaker
*Building with a blue barrel on top: That is
He was involved in the most controversial where we shower, it is exposed to the
moment of the 2011 season when he was weather as you can see from the other
flagged for a personal foul for taunting picture (did I mention it was as cold as 24F
following a touchdown in a loss to Air and we still showered in it
Force. *Pic of outdoor sink/mirror: Where we
shaved/brushed our teeth outside, did I
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo mention it was FREEZING outside which
was out of town and unavailable for you can imagine made shaving that much
comment. more fun
*Pic of the celebration and food which was
PROUD PAPA! actually better than I thought, then again we
Received this from John Kaiser. Thanks, *A lot of other pictures are of construction
John! sites but I will not get in the weeds to
explain the relevance as they were purely for
Many of you know my son John has been in reports showing items of concern
Afghanistan with the Navy CEC....here is a *Towards the bottom you will see a brick
quick note (Dad bragging) and article he building with the roof off. The roof actually
recently wrote to bring you all up to speed caved in and collapsed and we had to go in
on what he is doing. Click on the link below and investigate, a battle that I have had is
to read the article and see the pictures. that certain powers that be want to replace
Thanks for your continued prayers! the roof as is. My team and I identified the
building is not structurally sound and would
Best regards again collapse resulting in imminent death.
John...the elder Someones good idea fairy came up "Afghan
Good Enough" which has lead to numerous
FROM JOHN JR: Part of my my job is to challenges as just because something is
write a Public Affairs Article while I hold an standing for the moment does not mean it
Officer In Charge position and the one I will be standing in the near future. It wasn't
wrote from the beginning of our deployment until the we asked the question would you
was just published. Naturally they modified let your family go inside this building is
the document so the good details are no when we got their attention.
longer there as well as the captions that go *A local Afghan Policeman at the bottom of
along with the pictures. Some highlights of the pictures displaying their expert muzzle
the pictures is as follows: control
Seabees were required to directly support the
Sorry I have much better pictures but Marines of Regiment Combat Team (RCT)
unfortunately these were selected for some 5, who run the CAT and its corresponding
strange reason, I guess they wanted to show resources in Helmand Province. This
construction in theater even though it doesn't support would come in the form of a small
make much sense without an explanation. Construction Management Training Team
Anyways I hope everything is going great (CMTT) to train Marines and local
for everyone! contractors in construction methods and
This requirement was born out of the
http://nmcb11.navylive.dodlive.mil/2012/04/ discovery that local contractors, for which
11/cmtt-%E2%80%93-what-is-it-some- American dollars were spent, were not
background-on-the-topic-followed-by-a-fist- executing their work effectively due to lack
hand-account-of-a-ground-breaking- of expertise. Seabees, being experts in
ceremony-2/ construction were a perfect fit for the job.
Here’s the article: The construction impacts the region’s
infrastructure, facilities, and development
CMTT – What is it? : Some background on with projects including schools, clinics,
the topic followed by a first-hand account of roads, and bridges. It is the responsibility of
a ground-breaking ceremony the CMTT to ensure a safe and quality
Posted on April 11, 2012 by jcarmichael product that will have a long life expectancy.
By Lt. j.g. John Kaiser, NMCB-11 CMTT
OIC Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
As the calculated shift is gradually made (NMCB) 11 provided a five-person CMTT
from NATO to Afghan forces taking the to support the requirement: Builder 1st
lead in Afghanistan, the U.S. and its allies Class Nicholas Mileham was assigned to the
transition into more consulting and advising Nawa District, Steelworker 1st Class
roles. The intent is to create partnerships Coogan Kennedy was assigned to the
between Afghans and the U.S. and its allies Garmser District, Utilitiesman 1st Class
that will facilitate a smooth transition while Anthony Miller to the Marjah District,
enabling neutralization of the insurgency Construction Electrician Antonio Atkinson
and support improved governance and to the Khan Neshin District, and I was
stability. assigned to work with RCT-5 in Camp
Dwyer as the Officer in Charge of these four
One such effort is the Commanders Seabees.
Emergency Response Program (CERP). As
part of the Civic Action Team (CAT) in Breaking Ground -
theater, CERP enables local commanders in
Afghanistan to respond with a sustainable On February 12th 2012, BU1 Mileham and I
non-lethal weapon to urgent, small-scale, found ourselves on a V-22 Osprey flying to
humanitarian relief, and reconstruction COP Jaker. BU1 was going there as direct
projects and services that immediately assist support and I was going along as part of my
the indigenous population. battlefield circulation. The following day
was the first time going in the field working
with the Marines and the CAT to go to a
ground breaking ceremony in a remote The locals who we talked with are all very
region in the Nawa District. The ground thankful in our involvement. There was a
breaking ceremony was for the construction bit of a language barrier but you would be
of the Basulan School which is an eight surprised how many friends you can make
classroom school within the local area. The with a smile, shaking of hands, and a pack of
project also includes the construction of a gum.
latrine, a concrete sidewalk, and water well
for the children within the area who will be DC AREA 79ER DATABASE
attending. The school is located in a fairly
open area primarily consisting of farmers An updated database is included with this
and herders on the edge of the desert. newsletter. JUST A REMINDER, some
info is years old. If you now it’s out of date,
When arriving on site with the CAT we please send me updated info. Thanks!
parked our vehicles on the side of a joint
outpost of Marines and the Afghan Uniform 79ers IN THE NEWS
Police (AUP). We exited the wire and
walked approximately 300 meters where we
came across the a half dug foundation where
the locals gathered awaiting their Marine
friends and Afghan leadership. There we
listened to the District Governor, local
elders, and the C.O. of the 2nd Battalion, 6th
Marines. The speakers present spoke about
the progress being made within the region,
the social advances being made, and the
overwhelming joy of education coming to 1 – Welcome to the Area / Newsletter – New
the children in the area thus creating a better additions this month include: None.
future for Afghanistan. Once the speakers Updates include: Sean Cate, Ed Huyer, Jim
were done ceremonial bricks were laid in the Isom, Roger Rose, Tom Rychilk
pre-dug foundation and a ribbon cutting
ceremony for numerous people as the crowd
rejoiced. DC AREA 79er COORDINATOR
After the ceremony was over we walked HOME – Kirk.Michealson@1979.USNA.com
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