The game was good for about 3 quarters and a couple of minutes, then the fog set-in. Our chapter took full advantage of the Tailgate In A Box gedunk kindly supplied by USNA Annapolis. Six viewing parties hosted across the Triangle including our chapter's Zoom spontaneous pep-rally: Tommy McNamara 11, Mik Visgauss 08, Lt. David Heider 11 & Lt. Paris Scott 12, Alisha Malloy 90, Tal & Shari Holloway 22 (photo attached).
Major General Brett Williams USAF (ret.)
A Duke University graduate, Maj Gen (Retired) Williams commissioned into the Air Force in 1981, completed pilot training and was assigned to fly F-15C fighter. He deployed several times to Southwest Asia and completed over 100 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and others. In his retirement he advises enterprise-size corporation of IT and related Cybersecurity Issues. Additional information: https://thecyberspeaker.com. Grads in attendance included Noah White 04, Steve Gillespie 87, George Lipscomb 87, Will Pearce 78, Tom Clemons 81, Perry Taylor 71, Bill Sena 95, Kevin Alt 81, Jeff Edgar 81, Dave 80 & Jen 81 Clement, Warren Schultz 71, Larry Kisler 92, Chris Perrien 74.
Navy Birthday Golf Outing
The weather conspired to postpone our outing from Columbus Day to the following Thursday. Good news is that one dozen golfers enjoyed a challenging round at Duke University's course, home to the prevailing NCAA Women's Champions and host to qualifying rounds of the US Open and the NCAA Men's Championship tournaments. Participants including chapter members, friends, family and guests from West Point and the Air Force Academies. Grads included Chris Perrien 74, Bill Flannery 83, Marty Carpenter 70, Eric Benson 71, Kevin Hamilton 94, Lauren Wilson 09.
2nd Monthly Virtual Chapter Luncheon 911
22 members of our Chapter convened to commemorate this 19th anniversary of 911 and to speak with Dr. Bob Adams MD of the class of 1973. Bob discussed his latest book, Swords and Saints a Doctors Journey.
A fortunate coincidence is that we were able to celebrate the 100th birthday of Commander Alvin Huff 43 USN (ret). Cdr. Huff flew F4U Corsairs in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters having entered the Academy from the mountains of Kentucky in his own words. Double luck is that we learned that Dr. Adams’s father, Pappy Adams, graduated with Cdr. Huff.
Members in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, JD Cunningham 84, Sankey Blanton 71, Jeff Truitt 93, Bruce Cavey 74, JJ Cuff 75, Chris Mendez 96, Warren Schultz 71, Paul Stiller 58, Bob Adams 73, Bill Sena 95, Jenifer Clement 81, Kevin Alt 81, Jake Fox 13, Kim Tageson 78, Tom Clemons 93, Shaun McAndrew 93, Bill Marsh 73, Will Pearce 78, Edward Futch 66. This luncheon included 8 decades of graduates.
Our 1st Virtual Chapter Luncheon, August 20
Joe lives in Cary, NC and graciously agreed to speak with our chapter re his 7th and latest book, Bloody Okinawa, which has been favorably reviewed. Most of us are familiar that the Army and Marines endured in this horrific campaign prevailing over a much-determined enemy. As well, Joe described how our Navy suffered its worst casualties of the war mainly due to the relentless kamikaze attacks. Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Matt Baker 06, Paul Stiller 58, Jim Kinney 60, Chris Perrien 74, Jeff Truitt 93, Noah White 04, Gerard Lew 60, Chuck Adams 63, Perry Taylor 71, Jay Calvert 96, Helmuts Feifs 66, Bill Sena 95, George Lipscomb87 and Gray Tompson 07.
12th Annual George Herbert Leadership Award
Our Chapter supports the presentation of the annual leadership awards at the 3 universities comprising the Piedmont NROTC Consortium which are led by Lieutenants David Heider 11, Chris Moreno 12, Paris Scott 12, and Morgan Whitmore 12 under the command of Captain Andy Hertel USN, chapter member, and the first Executive Officer of our USS North Carolina, SSN 777. The 2020 recipients are: Admiral Skip Bowman Award at Duke University, Ensign Kathryn Ridgway USN; Ensign Worth Bagley 1894 Award at North Carolina State University, Ensign Victor Olson IV USN; George Herbert 45 Award at the University of North Carolina, Ensign Romeo Antolini USN.
6th Annual Admiral Skip Bowman Leadership Award
Ensign Kathryn Ridgway USN
5th Annual Ensign Worth Bagley 1894 Leadership Award
Ensign Victor Olson IV USN
Eric Shangle 97 March Luncheon
Eric relocated to the RTP from the Bay Area. He spoke of 'intention' and 'passion' in the process of career transition. We are not being 'detailed' so it is incumbent upon the job candidate to research and to prepare properly for interviews. Transition is a process of networking. Evaluate the culture of the potential employer. Grads in attendance: Kevin Alt 81, Phil Skopek 81, Jeremiah McCloud 08, Nick Baileys 12, Eric Shangle 97, Chris Perrien 74, Paul Stiller 58, Perry Taylor 71, Sankey Blanton 71, John Walls 86, Tyler Whitmore 11, Lt. Megan Whitmore 12, Luke Wolf 08, Mik Visgauss o8, Helmuts Feifs 66, Ken Smith 66, Gray Tompson 09.
10th Annual Dark Ages Dinner, Feb. 2020
Halfway from the Christmas holidays and halfway to Spring Break. 40 chapter members and guests convened at the City Club in Raleigh for cocktails, dinner and friendly discussion. At the request of Commander Michael Fischer USN, CO of the USS North Carolina, an ensign flown over the our SSN 777 presented to Dr. Jane Hogan of North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution by the first Captain and Executive Officers of the 777, Captain Mark Davis USN (ret) and Captain Andy Hertel USN. Dr. Hogan led a DAR effort that supplied 165 Half-Way Boxes for the entire crew of the 777 and 200 books for the children of the families of the crew.
Captain Davis shared a few fun sea-stories of the early days of putting the 777 into commission. Guests included: Captain Andy & Tanya Hertel USN, Captain Mark & Bea Davis, Captain Steve 87 & Becca Gillespie, Bill 95 & Anne Sena, John 86 & Fay Walls, Matt Baker 06 & Ashton Smith, Pat 09 & Lauren 09 Wilson, Dr. Jane & Chris Hogan, Captain Reece 89 & Heather Morgan, Captain Bonny 89 & Dick Podiak, Captain Carrie Hasbrouck, Catherine Truitt, Pete 87 & Bliss Turner, Warren 71 & Elise Schultz, Tarey 97 & Kim Gettys, Dr. Bob 73 & Jeri Adams, Sankey 71 Blanton, Dr. Emile Patton de Luca, JD 84 & Lisa Cunningham, Gerard 60 & Annette Lew, Christopher 74 & Tessa Perrien.
Welcome 2020 Luncheon
Mike just retired having served 30 years after his graduation from NC State. His roles included aviator (helos), CO of the USS San Antonio, LPD-17, and most recently as Chief of Staff for Navy Operational Test and Evaluation Force in Norfolk. Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Bill Marsh 73, Mike Kapsch 76, Girard Lew 60, Jake Fox 13, George Lipscomb 87, Ward Sax 84, John Walls 86, Chuck Adams 63, Jim Kinney 60, JD Cunningham 84, Norm Elliott 58, Eric Shangle 97, Chris Perrien 74, Luke Wolf 08, Dan Goodwin 92, Sankey Blanton 71.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Captain Ted Triebel USN (ret) 64, LCdr Sankey Blanton USN (ret) 71, Captain Jim Kinney USN (ret) 60 represented our Navy at this compelling occasion on the same day as the annual Army-Navy game. It may be important to recall why we compete and for whom we compete.
Winning Streak Resumes, 24-7
300+ at the Top of the Hill in Chapel for the 26th consecutive Army-Navy Party. Although outnumbered by the Army fans (TOPO owner is USMA 88), quality prevailed as the Fates intend. A good time had by all. Grads in attendance included (in photo) Emory Miller 07, Paris Scott 12, Wes May 58, Chris Perrien 74, Joe Matza 84, Ken Smith 66, Luke Wolf 08, Matt Baker 06, Steve Gillespie 87, Al & Patricia Cheaure 61, Sankey Blanton 71, Stan Bashaw 81, Warren Schultz 71.
Three Years In A Row
Thanks to the growth of our membership, nearing 170, and the support of programs by members, we received our 3rd consecutive DCA. It's an honor to be so acknowledged especially given our distance from traditional Navy installations and large Navy communities.
USMC 225 Birthday Celebration
Just what General Lejeune had in mind when he directed that all Marines, wherever they may be, celebrate the founding of our beloved Corps. This was the first dedicated celebration by our Chapter with solid prospects for many more to come. Joining the cake cutting and the customary toasts were James Davin 11, Helmuts Feifs 66, John Walls 86, Keith Nadolski 71, Sankey Blanton 71, Jake 13 & Rebecca Fox, Tommy 11 and Megan McNamara, Steve Gillespie 87, Chris Perrien 74, Scott Cooper 93, Tommy Martinez 78, Liz Hallinan 80, Don Cheaure 61 as well as friends, parents, babies (future Marines) and significant others. A good time was had by all.