The Greater Washington Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association serves the DC and surrounding areas. We meet at local venues, including the Army Navy Country Club, for luncheon meetings and host several special events throughout the year.
The leadership of our Greater Washington Chapter is comprised of a dynamic group of Shipmates – active duty, retired, and civilian across each of the decades since the 60’s – who are proud to serve our institution. Learn more about who’s involved with our Board.
To learn more about the chapter, we would encourage you to explore this website, join the chapter’s Facebook or LinkedIn groups, or read our By-Laws.
USNAAA GWC Annual Membership Meeting & Social
USNAAA GWC Secretary, Teresa Kennedy ’16 at SACC
USNA I-Day Picnic
Spring USNA Candidate Event
8th – 11th graders speak with USNA Admissions Officers,
Blue & Gold Officers, Congressional Representatives,
and Greater Washington Chapter alumni
The USNA Alumni Association Greater Washington Chapter Spring Candidate Event was held April 3, 2019 at the U.S. Navy Memorial in downtown Washington, DC. Over 200 candidates and family members came out to learn about the application and nomination processes and gain insight on life as a Midshipman and Naval Officer.
LT Justin Vagt from the Admissions Office spoke to a full auditorium about his own experience at the Naval Academy and what USNA offers to Midshipmen. Several Blue & Gold Officers from the area presented the top qualities they look for when interviewing candidates for the Academy. Representatives from the local Congressional offices, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, spoke about the nomination process.
Special thanks for this event go to:
- Charlotte Hurd, Senator Warner’s Office, Joel Spangenberg, Congresswoman Norton’s Office, and John Daniels, Congressman Beyer’s Office;
- All the Blue & Gold Officers who attended, included Marty Menez, Heidi Lenzini, Michael Lake, Sean Ponder, David Gravseth, Robert Phelps, and Sarah Keuhl;
- The USNA Admissions Office, especially CDR Fajardo and LT Vagt; and
- The U.S. Navy Memorial for generously allowing us to use their fine facility.
USNAAA GWC is the nation’s largest Alumni Association chapter, serving over 800 local active duty and Veteran alumni. This event is one of two annual candidate events designed to recruit the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps leaders.
Winter Distinguished Speaker Event with
Admiral James Frank Caldwell
The USNA Alumni Association Greater Washington Chapter Winter Distinguished Speaker Event was held January 10, 2019 at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, VA. Admiral James Frank Caldwell (’81), Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, spoke to a crowd of over 70 alumni and guests, with numerous retired flag officers in attendance.
ADM Caldwell spoke to the ever-increasing importance of the U.S. Navy. The interactive discussion included a riveting refresher of the importance of the Submarine force and the continuing requirement to provide persistent options from under the sea to support the National Military & Security Strategies and promote the global world order.
The class of ’80 was recognized as the most represented at the event. Also in attendance were retired flag officers ADM Cecil Haney (‘78), VADM Mark Fox (’78), VADM Frank Pandolfe (‘80), VADM Rick Breckenridge (’82), and RADM Fred Byus (‘76).
Special thanks for this event go to:
· Jim Gray (‘88) for his tremendous personal efforts coordinating the event.
· Laura Hatcher (’92) of for volunteering her time and skills to photograph the event.
· Lockheed Martin for generously donating its Global Vision Center for the night.
USNAAA GWC is the nation’s largest USNA Alumni Association chapter, serving over 800 local active duty and veteran alumni. This event was the first of a Distinguished Speaker Series. We will be sharing details of our next event soon.
More photos of this event can be found .
USNA Candidate Open House
A big, big thank you to the Navy Memorial! The USNA Alumni Association Greater Washington Chapter traditional fall candidate event was held Saturday November 18th from 10:30am – 1:45pm at the Navy Memorial in downtown Washington DC. More than 150 potential candidates from high schools in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia actively participated in a robust exchange with USNA Admissions, Blue and Gold Officers, SEN Mark Warner’s office, Midshipmen, and alumni volunteers to gain insight and ask questions about the admission process.Special thanks go out to the following for their support of GWC Chapter efforts to support USNA recruiting:
LT Justin Vagts – USNA Admissions Office, and the Midshipmen who sacrificed their precious Saturday to give back to the community.
CAPT (ret) Marty Menez – Blue and Gold Officer Lead, and the numerous BGO volunteers who provided valuable lessons learned.
Ms. Carol Ford – SEN Mark Warner’s Constituent Services Representative, who shared Appointment Process lessons learned from the statewide perspective
Mr. Mark Baker – USNA Parents Club of Northern Virginia who volunteered to assist with check-in duties because of the positive impact a previous event made on him and his MIDN 4/c daughter.
CAPT (ret) Sean O’Connor and RADM (ret) Michael Browne – USNAAA GWC Event Co-leads
USNAAA GWC hosts two candidate events each year, one in the spring at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, and one in the fall at the Navy Memorial. These events continue to grow and provide tailored engagement between candidates and the Academy.
If you are interested in supporting our next event, or learning more about joining the GWC Chapter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Battleships, Brisket, and Brew
As part of our re-energized schedule, the Greater Washington Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association hosted a Battleships, Brisket, and Brew Barbecue at the Navy Museum located on the Washington Navy Yard on August 1st. 69 of our fellow alumni joined us for an evening of camaraderie and laughter as retired Admiral Sam Cox, Director of the Naval Heritage Foundation, breathed life into the Naval artifacts that surrounded us. Under the weathered mast of the USS Constitution and the life raft used by Lieutenant Hobson and his Medal-of-Honor-winning-crew after scuttling the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the fortified harbor of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War, we came away renewed and reenergized about our proud tradition. It was a great event with each of the decades in the link-in-the-chain sharing in the Navy Grog made from the “Big Z Rum” distilled from the waters of the Navy’s newest DDG-1000 warship. It was absolutely a great time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Go Navy, beat Army!
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