May Luncheon, Dan Goodwin 92

Our 7 May virtual luncheon welcomed Dan Goodwin 92 who discussed the vital nature of a reliable supply chain in contending with future warfare scenarios, especially those closer to the potential adversary than to our own shores.

Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Girard Lew 60, Paul Stiller 58, Bill Sena 95, Gray Tompson 07, Jeff Edgar 81, Mike Kapsch 76, Patrick Loftus 15, Perry Taylor 71, Shaun McAndrew 93, Stephen Thorn 12, Tom Clemons 82, Tommy Martinez 78, Warren Schultz 71, Dan Goodwin 92.

We conducted our Annual Meeting for the election of Officers:

President: Steve Gillespie 87; Vice President: Lauren Wilson 09; Secretary: Chris Perrien 74; Treasurer: Mike Kapsch 76; Director: George Lipscomb 87; Director: Bill Sena 95; Director: Gray Tompson 07

30th Anniversary Desert Storm Discussion

Our April virtual luncheon welcomed Captain Frank W. Stewart is a retired Navy Captain whose naval career spanned over twenty-seven years and was spent primarily in the submarine service. He served as Commanding Officer of USS Barb (SSN-596), USS Louisville (SSN-724) during Operation Desert Storm, firing the first warshot from a US submarine since the close of WWII, and closed out his career as Commanding Officer of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)(Gold). Grads in attendance included: Steve Gillespie 87, Chris Perrien 74, Jeff Edgar 81, Jim Kinney 60, Sankey Blanton 71, Perry Taylor 71, Kim Tageson 78, Nick Baileys 12, Dave Ruden 87.

March Virtual Luncheon #6

Our Chapter enjoyed its 6th virtual luncheon in March with Colonel Christian Cabaniss, USMC (Ret), USNA ’90 who briefed 25 members of the Chapter on the prevailing USMC’s plans for Force Design 2030.

Grads in attendance included Steve Gilliespie 87, Chris Perrien 74, George Lipscomb 87, Norm Elliott 58, Paul Stiller 58, Alan Lutz 11, Warren Schultz 71, John Wall 86, Mike Kapsch 76, Joe Matza 85, Pat Cheaure 62, Bill Flannery 83, Tommy Martinez 78, Girard Lew 60, Jenifer Clement 81, Dave Clement 81, Shaun McAndrew 93, Perry Taylor 71, Chris Cabaniss 90, Gary Sokoloski BGO, Mik Visgauss 08.

USNA from a Battalion Officer's Perspective

Our February luncheon welcomed Captain McAndrew as she relocated to the RTP with her family after her retirement as the CO of the NROTC units in Idaho and Eastern Washington. An aviator for service selection, she served as Batt Officer in the halls of Mother B for 3 years, 2014-17.

Change is constant at our Academy, Shaun shared her related experiences and entertained questions from an on-line audience of 26 grads representing classes from 1950s to 2010s.

Grads included: Steve Gillespie 87, Lauren Wilson 09, George Lipscomb 87, Jacob Fox 13, Doug Suriano 84, Jim Kinney 60, Jeff Edgar 81, Tom Clemons 82, Sankey Blanton 71, John Walls 86, Dave Clement 80, Jennifer Clement 81, Warren Schultz 71, Bill Flannery 83, Kim Tageson 78, Mike Kapsch 76, Paul Stiller 58, Brad Osmun 09, Bill Marsh 73, Norm Elliott 58, Chris Perrien 74, Perry Taylor 71, Girard Lew 60, Bob Adams 73.

USNA Alumni Association Status Report

In our 4th luncheon of the Virtual / Zoom series, George Lipscomb 87, our representative on the USNA AA Board of Trustees, briefed us on current initiatives such as the new cyber center and alumni hall at USNA; the Chapel Dome copper program, USNAAA in COVID, Diversity and Inclusion survey, Foundation vs. Association differences. Grads in attendance included: Dave 80 and Jenifer Clement 81; Chris Perrien 74; Steve Gillespie 87; Paul Stiller 58; Norm Elliott 58; Tom Clemons 93; Girard Lew 60;  George Lipscomb 87.

121st Army-Navy Game

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: 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.