WaveTops: November 2021 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.
Featured Stories
Alumni Center Milestone Event
On 18 November, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation broke ground at the site of the future Alumni Center. USNA and Alumni Association and Foundation leadership along with guests were invited to celebrate the phase transition from planning to construction for this state-of-the-art facility, the first in our history dedicated to the service and accomplishments of Naval Academy alumni, parents and friends. Check out this video of ADM Bob Natter ’67, USN (Ret.), chair of the Alumni Center Chairs Committee and Advisory Panel, who personally launched the demolition as honorary excavator operator. Visit our webpage for updates on construction progress and a link to a live camera that takes stills every 30 minutes. Alumni Association and Foundation staff expect to take occupancy at the Center in spring 2023.
Your November/December Shipmate
Please be advised that your November/December issue of Shipmate will arrive in mid-December rather than early December so that we can include in the mailing our Called to Serve: Daring To Lead Campaign Report. Thank you in advance for your patience and Happy Holidays!
Navy vs. Notre Dame Travel in 2023
Come cheer on Navy as we take on Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland in August 2023. All Navy fans welcome! There are plenty of travel packages to choose from, including three-day Dublin-only packages and golf packages. You can also create a custom package for you and your family. All packages include game tickets. Let’s turn the stadium Navy Blue and Gold! Go Navy!
Lost Ring Triggers Amazing Story of Connections
A hunting trip in Norway in 1993 led to the discovery of a Naval Academy ring belonging to 1stLt Henry Pilger ’70, USMC, who perished in a 1972 helicopter crash. This discovery and the desire to return the ring to the Pilger family launched a path of many twists and turns, dead ends and strange coincidences. The ring found its way to San Diego, where Pilger’s daughter Abigail Boretto lives. The story doesn’t end there, Boretto will meet the man who found the ring in Norway and will visit the crash site. Read the full story here.

SACC: Back in Person!
After two years of successful virtual events, it is time to get back to connecting with one another in person. The Service Academy Career Conference returns to in-person events beginning 24-25 February 2022 in Jacksonville, FL! We are looking forward to seeing candidates network, interview with recruiters, and take next steps in their careers. If you are considering a career transition or need to hire top-tier talent, register for SACC in 2022!
Fox Sports Hosts Veterans Day Show at USNA
On 7 November, FOX Sports continued the annual tradition of honoring those who have served our country with a two-hour “FOX NFL Sunday” pregame show from the U.S. Naval Academy. Special segments included a message from Brigade Commander MIDN Jackie Booker Jr. ’22 and U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, a tribute to RADM Grace Hopper, USN (Ret.), and more. In the piece “Blood Brothers, Tom Rinaldi told the story of LT Brendan Looney ’04, USN, and 1stLt Travis Manion ’04, USMC, who lost their lives in combat.
Join Us on an Adventure to the Galapagos Islands!
Our first Galapagos Islands tour sold out and our second departure is almost sold out. Join us 5-12 March 2022 and celebrate 50 years of travel with us. Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions. Click here to see a short video of what you can expect. For more Galapagos trip information and to make a reservation, click here. To view all of our extraordinary 2022 tour options, visit here.
Share Your Financial Advice with Young Graduates
Newly commissioned Naval Academy graduates are prepared to lead sailors and Marines. As they enter the workforce, many could use some financial guidance. Shipmate wants to share the best financial advice alumni received. In 200 words or less tell us who supplied the advice and how you benefited. Please send responses to Managing Editor Jimmy DeButts at: jimmy.debutts@usna.com.
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Barron ’10 Arrives at International Space Station
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Virtual Veterans Day Wall of Gratitude
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Skinner ’22 Selected as Rhodes Scholar
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#1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans
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Regoli ’99 Wings Thomas ’18, First Navy Woman Assigned F-35s from Flight School
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Preferred Provider of Financial Services
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Midshipmen Tour NSWC Dahlgren Division
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Join Our Team!
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Prager Squash Facility Dedication
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O’Hare ’88 Wins 2021 Veterans Writing Award
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Great Gifts for the Holidays
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First Native American USNA Graduate ADM Joseph Clark 1918 Honored

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