UPDATE: Navy v. UH Football Tailgate & Game Tickets

The kickoff time has been announced!  The Navy and UH game will start at 6:00 p.m., which means the tailgate will begin at 3:00 p.m.  Check out the details below.

Tailgate NAVY, presented by El Tiempo Cantina
made possible by Robert Leyba, ALF Technical Services, & USAA
(the official tailgate of USNA & TxGC)

  • Cougar Woods: 4031 Cougar Village Dr. Houston (1block from stadium)
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Sept 25
  • Food provided by El Tiempo Cantina
    • Chicken and beef fajitas, rice, refried beans, tortillas, salsa, cookies
  • Drinks included
    • Complimentary beer, courtesy of Eureka Heights Brew Co.
    • Coffee, juice (if breakfast), iced tea (if lunch), water
  • Presentation by Superintendent or Commandant and the USNA Alumni Association (Annapolis)
  • Free admission for Midshipmen in uniform 
  • $5 off per adult ticket for TxGC, NTX, Alamo, & Austin Chapter & Parents Club members & guests via discount code at checkout (sent via member email)

Navy vs. UH Football Game tickets

  • TDECU Stadium: Univ of Houston campus
  • Saturday Sept 25, kickoff 6:00 p.m.
  • Discounted game tickets (these are not the same tickets sold by NAAA/navysports.com) 
    • CHEAPER THAN NAVYSPORTS.com
    • CHEAPER THAN UHCOUGARS.com
  • No hidden fees or extra taxes
  • Sections 227 & 228
    • We will try to seat classes together and honor seating requests
    • All tickets will be electronic and will be emailed out about 10 days before the game

 

New Role for Captain Chris Cassidy ’93

We were privileged to have Captain Chris Cassidy ’93 as the keynote speaker for our 2021 Smith-McCool Sword presentation back in January.  Now it looks like Cassidy needs to update his resume again.  After careers as a Navy SEAL and a NASA Astronaut, Cassidy is starting a new job as President and CEO of the National Medal Museum Foundation.

Some of Cassidy’s first projects will be to build the National Medal of Honor Museum and Leadership Institute in Arlington TX and the National Medal of Honor Monument in Washington, D.C.

We’re sure he doesn’t need it, but we wish him luck in his new endeavor (and we selfishly hope he’ll make his way back to Houston to tell us all about it).

You can read the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation’s announcement here.

Navy vs. UH Happy Hour and Dinner

Now on Sale!

Navy vs. UH Happy Hour & Dinner, presented by Taste of Texas
Before we watch Navy beat Houston on Saturday, we are having a special event hosted by Taste of Texas and the Hendee family (owners/proprietors) Friday, September 24.  Join us and special guests from USNA, including the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, for a special Happy Hour and Dinner.  The details are as follows:

  • Taste of Texas
  • 10505 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024
  • 17:00 – Happy Hour with cash bar
  • 18:30 – Sit down dinner with wine included
  • $40 donation per person (for Taste of Texas!) to benefit the Tx Gulf Coast Chapter Foundation, a 501c3

Seating is limited for this event, so we expect it to sell out fast.  We hope to see you all there.

Go Navy! Beat Houston!

Navy vs. Air Force Game Viewing

It’s time to cheer on Navy Football as they beat Air Force. Join fellow alumni and friends of Navy Football at The Marquis II for a special, VIP event.  Drink specials. Plenty of food, maybe even a food truck.  Here are the details:

  • The Marquis II
  • 2631 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX
  • Saturday, 11 September 2021
  • Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

Please RSVP to help us plan headcount.  COVID guidelines in effect for restaurant venues.  NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF OLD PLEASE.

Battleship Texas Labor Day Tour

The Battleship Texas is a fixture of Houston’s naval heritage.  Unfortunately, the public hasn’t been able to visit it in quite a while as it has transitioned to different management and begun an extensive repair project.

This Labor Day Weekend, however, the Battleship will temporarily reopen to the public.  The Officers’ Wardroom and Main Deck up to the Navigation Bridge will be open.  The historic ship can be visited from 8 a.m. o 5:30 p.m. September 4-5.  Check out the video below for updates on the Battleship and the Battleship Texas Foundation website to find more details and purchase tickets.

Navy vs. Marshall Game Viewing

It’s finally here! The Navy Football season kicks off this weekend. Join fellow alumni and friends of Navy Football at The Marquis II for a special, VIP event.  Drink specials. Plenty of food, maybe even a food truck.  Here are the details:

  • The Marquis II
  • 2631 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX
  • Saturday, 4 September 2021
  • Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

Please RSVP to help us plan headcount.  COVID guidelines in effect for restaurant venues.  NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF OLD PLEASE.

Afghanistan Veteran Resources

The news from Afghanistan has been difficult to watch for many of us.  Whether you served in Afghanistan or not, it is hard not to react to the events as they unfolded.  It might be making you angry, upset, despondent, or depressed.  Feeling distressed because of something so negative that you were involved with personally is normal.  If you are struggling, please talk with friends and family or reach out to your fellow chapter members.

Our community spans generations while linked with a common dedication to service, so remember, you are not alone.  It is important now more than ever to stay connected.  Every member of this chapter would gladly answer your call or respond to your email if you needed it.

Taking care of your mental health is not a sign of weakness, it is self-preservation.  The VA recently distributed a list of recommended resources for those seeking help.  Please consider these if you are in distress or know someone else that is:

We care about you and we’re here for you. Please take care of yourself, and if you can, someone else too.

The Return of the Homecoming Scramble

Are you attending Homecoming events back in Annapolis this fall?  If so, you might want to bring your clubs.

After three years, the Homecoming Scramble is returning to the Naval Academy Golf Course.  The USNA Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Athletic Association are partnering for the alumni athletic competition to contribute to the Academy’s Fund for Athletic Excellence.

Here are some details:

Friday, 22 October 2021
Naval Academy Golf Course
Scramble format, 0900 shotgun start
Foursomes only:  $1,200
Singles: $300

You can register at the Alumni website.

If you attend, let us know how it goes, and make sure to check out the Willie McCool Memorial too. Don’t forget, there are those that consider it a cross country course that some people get to golf on.

August Service Academy Career Conference

Looking to change jobs or start a new career?  The Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) is hosting another virtual event August 16-20.  SACC events provide networking and engagement opportunities with industry-leading companies and academic institutions for graduates of the five service academies.  Sign up to meet with representatives from 80 companies, including 11 joining a SACC event for the first time.

Check out more details and registration information at the event website.

And if you attend, please let us know how it goes.

Wellborn ‘59 N* Football Lunch feat. Mike Yeager ‘76

Buddy Wellborn ‘59 Annual N* Football Lunch

Special presentation, game to game, Navy football preview and predictions by Mike Yeager ‘76

  • Friday 27-Aug: 11:30am
  • El Tiempo Cantina – 2814 Navigation Blvd
  • $30 per person, advance purchase 
  • $5 OFF for TxGC member
    • Disc. code sent via email newsletter
  • Lunch provided by El Tiempo Cantina
  • Limited attendance, very limited walk-ups

Mike Yeager, ’76, played QB and slot back on the ’73,’74,’75 Navy football teams that won three Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies beating Army 3 times by a combined score of 100-6. Upon graduation, he served in USMC Artillery for 5 1/2 years. After leaving the service, he began a career as a petroleum engineer with ExxonMobil for 26 years and served as the CEO of BHP Petroleum for 8 years. He now serves as a Trustee on the Athletic and Scholarship Program committee at USNA providing needed funds for all 33 Navy Sports teams and is active with local Houston Marine Corps League Detachment #324 providing funeral honors for deceased Marines and assisting local Marines in need.