Annual Dinner now Brunch with Croquet!

USNA Out Annual Alumni & Midshipmen Brunch & Croquet

Alley Bar at the Officer’s Club – U.S. Naval Academy

Our Annual Alumni & Midshipmen Dinner is CONFIRMED for Saturday April 27th, 2019 at the Alley Bar at the Officer’s Club a the U.S. Naval Academy.

As of now we’re taking RSVP’s to gage interest for this year with the goal of reaching 150 attendees! So please snag a free ticket on Eventbrite

Our tentative agenda is as follows:
Saturday Morning: Alumni, Cadets & Zoomies arrive
Saturday 09:30: Doors Open Alley Bar (O-Club)
Saturday 10:00: Brunch is Served with Mimosa Bar
Saturday 11:30: Presentation of Firstie Shoulder Boards
Saturday 12/12:30: Migrate to Croquet Match where we will rent a tent for USNA Out

Tentative Ticket Prices: Guest $70, Sponsor a Midn $40, Silver Sponsor $250, Blue Sponsor $500, Gold Sponsor $1000

All proceeds are intended to fuel the mission of USNA Out, support the Naval Academy, make an annual donation to Spectrum, and fund future alumni events.

Attire: Annapolis appropriate (think Croquet)

I Can See Clearly Now

An update from USNA Out member Barb Wujciak ’84..

Barb Wujciak ’84 reports that her crazy unbelievable Air Force career has taken another turn. The USAF is short on pilots and optometrists. So she threw her name in the hat and was selected for a 3 year Active Duty tour at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington DC. Ironic that this is a joint base with the Navy. Retirees, you can come by for an eye exam!

Shrewd USNA Outers will recognize the artist of the painting on Barb’s office bulkhead as being USNA Out member Linda Postenrieder ’82!



Dark Ages Get Together in DC

USNAOut member Rob Beer (’90) and his partner Van Ellis hosted our first Dark Ages Mixer in their home in Washington, DC. There was no better way to shake off those winter blues than getting together with your shipmates! Thanks to Rob and Van for their hospitality!

CAPT Jarrett’s Promotion

On Friday, September 1st, USNAOut member Rich Jarrett was promoted to Captain at the Naval Academy’s Robert Crown Sailing Center. Joining him was his husband, Dann, and his family, sponsor family, friends, colleagues and a couple USNAOut members.

Please join us in congratulating the Navy’s newest Captain and his family.

2017 Alumni Midshipmen Annual Event in Annapolis

It seems like yesterday that USNAOut and Navy Spectrum were gathered in Ogle Hall, the home of USNA’s Alumni Association, for our annual Alumni and Midshipmen Dinner. This has always been my favorite USNAOut event, as it gathers alumni together to reconnect with each other, congratulate our midshipmen on completing another year, and welcome the fleet’s newest Navy and Marine Corps officers to our ranks. It’s been a pleasure to this event grow each year from the small, private meeting into the gathering of 70+ midshipmen, alumni, and guests. Last year we’ve seen the numbers of midshipmen attendees continue to grow to the point they outnumber the alumni!

We also had the honor of presenting ten Ensigns, and three Second Lieutenants their first sets of shoulder boards and insignia, which they wore with pride at their commissioning. And 2ndLt Chris Goodale (’17) also introduced an Spectrum sponsored initiative to build a mentorship program that promises to connect alumni of all ages and phases of their military and civilian careers and personal lives. And, as usual, some key members stepped up to make the event happen. I’d like to extend a long overdue “BZ” to Steve Hall (’75), Kristen “Rosie” Barnes (’92), Jeff Morrison (’04), Chip Hall (USCGA ’12), Dave Wolynski (’97), and Chris Goodale (’17).

Fast forward 10 months, it is already time to prepare for this year’s dinner. I hope you’ll mark your calendars to join us on 6 May at Ogle Hall to congratulate all the Spectrum Mids on another year done and welcome the class of 2018 to our ranks. Please keep an eye out for the registration link and let us know you are coming. We look forward to seeing you!

The 2017 Alumni & Midshipmen Event in Annapolis

The Invites are ALMOST OUT!

All USNA Out members are invited to join us at our NINTH annual alumni event in Annapolis, when the we welcome our soon to be newest members from the Class of 2016 who will be graduating and commissioning 19 days following our event. Welcoming our new alumni members through this annual event has become the most cherished and meaningful of all USNA Out activities.

The event planners are excited to share that for the second time our event is happening in historic Ogle Hall, the home of the USNA Alumni Association. Ogle Hall is just outside the Yard though Gate Three, on the corner of King James Street & College Avenue. Also as in 2016, so we can better accommodate all our members and guest midshipmen, the event will be held on a Sunday Afternoon, May 7.

RSVPs are required by Sunday, 30 April (note: early registration by 21 April is discounted).

If you cannot make this year’s event, consider making a contribution when you RSVP so that we can continue to keep the event at little to no-charge for our midshipmen guests.

If you have recently met other USNA LGBT alumni who might not yet be registered on our website, please forward this invitation to them so they may also enjoy the opportunity join us in Annapolis.

For our large membership contingent in the Norfolk area, consider coordinating car pooling with the other LGBT alumni in the area.

Hope to see you in Annapolis!

Just click the invitation below to RSVP!

USNA Out Members Attend the “President’s Circle Weekend”

Top photo:  USNA Out members Jeff Petrie ’89
Joe Soto ’83 & Eric Shangle ’97
with SUPT VADM Fowler
USNA Alumni Assn photo by Debbie Latta

Four members of USNA Out — Steve Clark Hall ’75, Joe Soto ’83, Eric Shangle ’97 and Jeff Petrie ’89, attended the USNA Foundation’s 2008 President’s Circle Weekend in Annapolis. In addition to an awesome comeback win by Navy over Temple in football, all four attendees agreed that we had a truly successful weekend and a great time!

This was the third straight year in which USNA Out Members attended the President’s Circle Weekend events. Eric Shangle ’97 and his classmate Thomas were the only two attendees who had graduated in the past 15 years. Because of our relative youth among the participants, USNA Out members stood “OUT” in the crowd.

USNA Out member Eric Shangle ’97
with Classmate Thomas Strenge ’97
at the Halloween reception in the
new Westly Brown Field House
USNA Alumni Assn photo by Debbie Latta

The events of the weekend serve to recognize and thank major donors the the USNA Foundation. The ambitious schedule included business meetings, cocktail receptions, tours of facilities, the final Fall Formal Dress Parade, and a delightful “Halloween Concert” in the chapel featuring the Naval Academy choruses performing to the accompaniment of the mighty M.P. Möller pipe organ.

USNA Out members Joe Soto ’83 and
Jeff Petrie ’89 with Thomas Strenge ’97
at the Navy-Temple gamC

All USNA Out members who have the financial resources to join the USNA Foundation’s President’s Circle are strongly encouraged to do so. By attending events such as the President’s Circle Weekend, we demonstrate that our commitment to excellence at the academy is as strong as (or stronger than) that of our contemporaries. And by doing so, we put a very positive face on who we really are here at USNA Out.

USNA Out members Jeff Petrie ’89,
Steve Clark Hall ’75, Eric Shangle ’97
USNA Out friend Thomas Strenge ’97
and Joe Soto ’83 had front
row seats for USNA Halloween Concert

USNA Out at the Annapolis 10 Miler – August 24th

How about a little motivation to stay in shape throughout the summer? USNA Out is recruiting you to run in the Annapolis 10 Miler at the end of August. If you are not a runner, then come out and be a cheerleader or a tailgate host. Jeff has already promised cosmos at the finish!

Check out the info page at: (The finishers jacket is worth the price of running 10 miles)

Barb has looked into getting “USNA Out” micro fiber shirts printed for the event. Cost will depend on the quantity ordered but will be $20 or less. Even if you are not running or cheering and would like a shirt, let her know.

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Naval Academy Admissions Outreach Conference

In early May 2008 the Naval Academy hosted its 10th Annual Admissions Outreach Conference. The title of this year’s event was, “Diversity: Built on a Solid Foundation, Forging a Stronger Future.” Disappointingly, still today gay and lesbian midshipmen are forced to compromise their honor and integrity on a daily basis — as required by the military’s embarrassing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy — and create a heterosexual facade lest their truth be discovered, resulting in shameful separation from USNA. No one at the Academy dares to take a leadership role in changing the outdated policy that is an embarrassment to our nation. In the past, Academy leaders have pretended that we do not exist within the Brigade of Midshipmen. In the hopes of bringing a mature perspective to a childish personnel policy, two of us USNA Out members attended the Admissions Outreach Conference. What follows is our account of how the two days unfolded:

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Second USNA Out “National Meeting” held in Annapolis & San Francisco

Left Coast – Paul Culver ’74,
Linda Postenrieder ’82, Jeff Petrie ’89 (seated)
Steve Clark Hall ’75, Eric Shangle ’97,
Greer Pucket ’75, Joe Soto ’83

The second USNA Out “National Meeting” was held on Army-Navy Friday, 30 November 2007 in Memorial Hall. Seven alumni were able to attend the a second “Left Coast Edition” of the national meeting held in San Francisco on Sunday, 16 December.
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USNA Out Members Attend the “President’s Circle Weekend”

Photo above: Joe Soto ’83 with some of the Midshipmen
attending the Superintendent’s Garden Party.

Steve Hall ’75 with classmate Jimmy Jackson on a YP cruise

USNA Out members Joe Soto ’83 and Steve Clark Hall ’75 attended the USNA President’s Circle Weekend events in Annapolis. This is the second President’s Circle weekend where representatives from USNA Out have attended.The three day event hosted by the USNA Foundation was held in Annapolis.

The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation welcomes the opportunity each year to celebrate and recognize the contributions of its leading donors. President’s Circle Weekend is just one way in which the Academy has the privilege of saying “thank you.”

The event gave USNA Out members an opportunity to meet and mingle with others whose commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy is proven by their generosity. Along with hearing about the state of the Academy from the Superintendent and his leadership staff, there was a packed weekend agenda of festivities.

All USNA Out members who have the financial resources to become a member of the USNA Foundation President’s Circle are strongly encouraged to do so. By attending events such as the President’s Circle weekend, we demonstrate that our commitment to excellence at the academy is as strong as our contemporaries. And by doing so, we put a very positive face on who we really are here at USNA Out.

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