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Posted 7/05/14: (Wavetops, from USNAAA&F)

WaveTops: May 2014 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.
Featured Stories
I-Day!
Example content imageAnother one for the books. And, yes, it was hot, as per tradition. The Class of 2018 boasted the highest number of women (get the full class stats here) and moved through the stations in Alumni Hall at a record clip. Their class photo has already been taken as well— time-lapse video here. Public Affairs has also interviewed a detailer for his take on this responsibility. If you are a member of the Alumni Association, log in to view our ongoing Photo Program for all the plebe I-Day, oath, PEP and training pics that will be added this summer. Have a great summer, plebes.
Alumni Honored for Navy Yard Heroism
Members of Naval District Washington gathered at the Washington Navy Yard in June to honor civilians and sailors for their bravery and service in the midst of last year’s mass shooting. Four officers, including CAPT Timothy Crone ’91, USN, and CAPT Edward Zawislak ’90, USN, and four enlisted sailors received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for pursuing the gunman, helping personnel to shelter in place or evacuate and providing medical care.
Ham ’87 Designs Flight Program For Mids
A new program is helping midshipmen experience some of the rigors of flight school before they decide on their service community. Designed by CAPT Ken Ham ’87, USN, retired astronaut and chair of the Naval Academy Aerospace Engineering Department, the goal is to help with flight school attrition. Ham found that most of those officers felt they had no idea what they were getting into when they chose flight school.
9/11 Heroes Run
Before the Marine Corps Marathon in DC, there is the Heroes Run in Philadelphia, PA, on 14 September. Join your fellow alumni by running with the Run To Honor team. Proceeds raised support local veterans, their families, first responders and Travis Manion (Class of 2004) Foundation’s Challenge Grants.
50 Years Underwater, Ring Returns to VA Beach
A Naval Academy class ring that belonged to CDR William Greene ’61, USNR, went missing more than 50 years ago when he was stationed in Hawaii. “He and the other junior officers were playing touch football in the surf at Barber’s Point, and it just came off during the game,” said his wife, Gail. “Everybody who was playing the game with him dug in the surf and sand, looking for it for an hour but could not find it—it just disappeared.” So how did the ring finally turn up?
All Academy Challenge Results: $2.3 Million Raised
Example content imageNot bad for Third Place in the All Academy Challenge. West Point may have taken top honors in the inaugural Challenge, but the $2.3 million raised by more than 1,500 Navy alumni will have an immediate and lasting impact on the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Cyber Center: CLASSIFIED
Example content imageA state-of-the-art cyber operations center planned for the Naval Academy would allow midshipmen to view classified information and watch cyber attacks as they happen, said CAPT Paul Tortora ’89, USN, director of the Academy’s Center for Cyber Security Studies. The 206,000-square-foot building will feature the first classified facility. Construction is expected to take about two years staring in late 2016.
How a Marine Father Created an Academy Son ’14
In the ’80’s, the Army promised MSgt Daniel Ramos, USMC (Ret.), many different things. However, he felt the Marine Corps could give him everything he wanted, even though they promised not to give him anything … so he enlisted. He was also slightly influenced as a child by "Star Trek". His son, ESN Daniel Ramos, Jr. ’14, USN, is now assigned to the STERETT (named for naval officer Andrew Sterett who took command of the schooner ENTERPRISE in 1800—spooky.)
Q&A With Soccer Coach Carin Gabarra
Since 1993, Carin Garbarra and the Mids have produced 19 consecutive winning seasons and earned three NCAA tournament appearances. She became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history at UC-Santa Barbara in 1987, led the United States to its first Women’s World Cup title and won a gold medal with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Soccer Team, so the team’s success and her exceptional leadership should be no surprise.
Stann ’03 and Operation Matador
In the July-August issue of Shipmate magazine, you will find a feature on former Marine and mixed martial artist Brian Stann '03 who deployed twice to Iraq. This video about Operation Matador during his second tour gives additional insight about the mission. “I probably aged 15 years in my three years fighting a war for this country.”
Sea Trials TV
Our local cable folks recently aired their coverage of 2014 Sea Trials, which we would like to share with everyone outside of the DC viewing area. Part One goes all the way back to 2017’s I-Day to planning Sea Trials, Part Two goes in depth with 21st Company and their challenges and Part Three is the close of their long day and Herndon.
A Different Kind of SEAL Team
On 21 August, four SEALs, three of them USNA alumni, known as SEALs for Sunshine will swim the length of Sebago Lake (13 miles) in Maine to raise awareness and funds for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses. Their goal is to raise enough to fund 40 military families to attend the weeklong camp retreat. If you’ve ever been swimming in Maine water, you know they will earn every penny.
Does Your Alumni Chapter Consider Itself an “Other?”
Make your voice heard and help us further our mission! While the nine largest chapters automatically earn representation on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees, smaller chapters can apply for representation through one of the three “Other Chapter” positions. If your chapter is holding regular events, promoting USNA in your community and supporting local Blue and Gold officers, become a part of the Alumni Association Board by downloading this how-to pdf. Deadline is 30 July.
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Highlights
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Howard ’82, Highest Ranking Woman in Naval History
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Howard ’82’s Exclusive CNN Interview on New Warfare
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Supe Change of Command on 23 July
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Images of Summer Training
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Naval War College Welcomes First SEAL, RADM Howe ’84
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Midshipman Jumps with Leapfrogs Onto Worden
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Smitty Retires
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Always Be Present!
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Hurley04 +4 at British Open, Better Than Tiger
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Ships Went Dry 100 Years Ago
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ADM Sipple ’37’s WWII Sub Map Discovered in Garage
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RADM Rowden ’82 on “Cruiser Problem”
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World Cup Revives
“I Believe … ” Chant
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Meanwhile, San Diego State May Trademark “I Believe …”
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Varsity Athletes In Top Leadership Spots for Plebe Summer
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Navies + NATO = Unemployed Pirates
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New Navy Football Uniforms Leaked
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