Jon King USMA ‘65

Jon King needs our help!  Jon’s health is not good. As most of you know, he has been on immuno-suppressant medication since his heart transplant. He now has squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth that has spread into his lungs. His condition is at Stage 4 (most advanced stage).  For the past seven weeks Jon has undergone chemo and radiation therapy  that has affected his energy level, damaged the roof of his mouth, and impacted his speech. He starts additional chemo therapy this week.   Jon is a fighter, but he could use our support to defy the odds.   Please send Jon words of encouragement by emailing him at joneliot@sbcglobal.net

Lastly, while Jon has adequate healthcare coverage, he is in need of monetary support for other expenses either not covered by insurance or otherwise. A GoFundMe account has been set up for your consideration. Please consider a donation.
About Jon. Jon is a 1965 West Point graduate, with a BS in Science & Engineering, a George Washington University gradúate with a JD with Honors in Law, a combat veteran, an award winning mediator and problem solver at Williams Birnberg & Andersen LLP. In 2017 he won the Houston Bar Foundation Award for Exemplary Mediation. Recognizing the epidemic of PTSD and veteran suicide, Jon became a board member of the PTSD Foundation of America (Camp Hope).  In 2010 he was awarded the Legion of Honor Award for Outstanding Community Service.  He’s a past-President and director for the West Point Society or Greater Houston.

All Academy Challenge – Starts SUNDAY

To our United States Service Academy alumni, families, and friends worldwide:

In May, we shared a message about our mutual values and the missions of the five United States service academies in the fight against COVID-19.

We affirmed that the ideals that support our commitment to serve our country continue to unite us during the challenges posed to our communities.

During these months, we have been proud to continue to serve and support our graduates and academies through programs, outreach, and fundraising.

Recognizing the tremendous uncertainty created by the COVID-19 crisis, our alumni communities have made it clear: they support the purpose and impact of their alma maters, and they want to play a part in their futures.

With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce the coming 2020 All Academy Challenge: 16-20 August. It’s 5 Teams. 5 Days. 1 Mission—five alumni communities coming together in support of their academies: Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Look for more information in the weeks ahead about the 2020 Challenge and how you can participate. Tell your classmates and fellow alumni to get on board—their support is more important than ever.

Thank you,

Colonel Todd Browne, USA (Ret.), USMA ’85
President and CEO
West Point Association of Graduates

Lieutenant General Mike Gould, USAF (Ret.), USAFA ’76
CEO
U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation

Byron F. Marchant USNA ’78
President and CEO
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation

Captain Andrea Marcille, USCG (Ret.), USCGA ’89
President
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association

Captain Jim Tobin, USMMA ’77
President
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation

Reminder: Alumni Assoc.’s Career Programs

As we continue to progress through unprecedented times, if needed, don’t forget that the USNA Alumni Association has career programs available to our Alumni for low or no cost.

SACC—Service Academy Career Conference: The only job fair exclusive to service academy alumni, held quarterly around the country in Jacksonville, FL; Washington, DC; San Diego, CA; and San Antonio, TX.

SACCentral—exclusive to the five federal service academy’s graduates offering an alumni networking database, a slate of career/job transition webinars and tutorials, a resume posting database for hiring companies to access and a job posting program for companies, agencies and university advanced degree programs interested in connecting with service academy graduates.

An account has already been created for every graduate. To access your account, click here.

Career Counseling is available by appointment to alumni making career/job transitions from the military or moving in the civilian sector. Email Dave Church.

Houston Awards Dinner, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund

In its 11th year, the Houston Awards Dinner will welcome more than 500 attendees and will feature dinner, remarks by each award honoree, and culminate with a live and silent auction. Funds from the Houston Awards Dinner will help support 194 children of Marines in Texas who attend 55 colleges, universities, and career training schools.

Knox Nunnally USNA ‘01 is proud to serve as Co-Chair for the 2020 Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Houston Awards Dinner, to be held at the Marriott Marquis on Wednesday, October 21st.

Register or contribute, or get more information here.

Chapter Membership Extended

It goes without saying that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years… for USNA, Houston, and our Alumni.  We have decided to extend ALL Chapter memberships, active and those that expired in 2020, by 1-year in an effort to encourage your participation and involvement in the Chapter as we hope to ramp back up events and activities, this fall, and into 2021.  If you have not joined, join now, before 2020 is over, and we’ll add an extra year, on us, after your membership is processed.  We hope to see you soon! BEAT ARMY.