December Monthly Lunch

December Monthly Lunch

  • Friday, December 3: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • 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

Andy Kahan, Victim Crime-Stoppers of Houston
We are privileged to host Andy Kaham, Director of Victim Services & Advocacy with Crime-Stoppers of Houston for what is sure to be a compelling conversation.  Andy worked as both a Parole and Probation Officer before becoming a Victim Advocate–the first in the country to work in a Mayor’s Office.  He spent the next 26 years as a Victim Advocate for the Mayor of Houston’s Office and the Houston Police Department.  After retiring, he continued his work for victim advocacy with Crime-Stoppers of Houston.  You can learn more about Crime-Stoppers and some of the services and programs Andy supports here.

Andy will share his victim advocacy experience and expertise with a presentation on Crime Stoppers 101 and the effects of felony bond reform.

We hope to see you all there.

Army-Navy Viewing Party

We’ll be joining with the local West Point Alumni Association Chapter and Combined Arms again this year for a joint viewing party at Little Woodrow’s Midtown.  Enjoy the great food, drinks, games, door prizes, and giveaways.  There will be a special area for kids to play too, so bring the whole family.  Here are some of the details:

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • 2306 Brazos St, Houston TX 77006
  • Doors open at Noon
  • Kick-off is 2:30 p.m.
  • It’s Free! (but Combined Arms asks that you register at the link below)

Check out Combined Ams’ website to reserve (free) tickets and for additional details or opportunities to sponsor the event.

We’ll keep you updated on any changes. We hope to see you there.

Successful November Lunch

Last week’s monthly luncheon proved to be a great success.  The football update from Mike Yeager ’76 and the presentation by BGEN Joe Medina ’76, USMC (Ret) were very engaging.  And, as expected, the food from El Tiempo was delicious.  We hope to see you all there again next time.

Navy Vs. Notre Dame Viewing Party

It’s Notre Dame Week!

For this special game, we’ll be joining the local Notre Dame Alumni Chapter for a dual watch party at Penny Whistle Pub.  Enjoy some drink specials as we watch Navy Beat Notre Dame.  Here are the details:

  • 1625 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 7700
  • Saturday, 6 November 2021
  • Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

COVID guidelines are in effect for the venue.  Penny Whistle is an Irish bar, so please no one under 21 years old.  We hope to see you all there.

USNA Parachute Team Fundraising

The USNA Parachute Team is looking for help to fund a full-time coach to train, educate, and mentor them during the week in preparation for weekend jump practices, competitions, and other activities.  For decades, West Point and the Air Force Academy have employed full-time coaches.  This professional support has led their teams to establish superb safety records, dominate collegiate parachuting competitions, and represent their schools at games or events.  West Point and Air Force’s public parachuting exhibitions are a successful part of each school’s “strategic public outreach,” and it is something USNA lacks.

USNA’s Parachute Team is an extracurricular activity funded entirely by midshipmen team members, alumni, and other benefactors. In order to raise funds to afford a full-time professional coach to put them on par with the other service academies, the team is asking for your help.  You can learn more about the USNA Parachute Team and why they need your support with this short video here.

The Alumni Representative and Team Support Coordinator, Captain Bill Boniface ’72, USN (RET), provided us with a USNA Parachute Team FAQ and information on how to contribute.  Please take a look to see if and how you can help.

Navy Vs. Cincinnati Game Viewing

It’s time to cheer on Navy Football as they beat Cincinnati.  This week, we will be trying a different venue that is more family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids along.  There is lots of outdoor space for them to let loose.  Enjoy the great food and drink specials while you watch the game with fellow alumni and friends of Navy Football at Lazy Oaks Beer Garden.  Here are the details:

  • 10158 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77043
  • Saturday, 23 October 2021
  • Kick-off is at 11:00 a.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

COVID guidelines are in effect for restaurant venues.  We hope to see you all there.

November Monthly Lunch

November Monthly Lunch

  • Friday, November 5: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • 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

Brigadier General Joe Medina ’76, USMC (Ret)
Join us for a presentation by our very own Joe Medina ’76.  Joe has had a very unique career both in and out of the Marine Corps, including command of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines; 3rd Marine Regiment; Expeditionary Strike Group Three; Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler; 3rd Expeditionary Brigade; and 3rd Marine Division.  His command of Expeditionary Strike Group Three was the first time a Marine Corps Officer commanded a Naval flotilla.

Since retiring from active duty in 2017, Joe has held several executive positions in the Asia Pacific Region.  He is currently CEO of the risk consultancy firm, The Asia Pacific Strategies & Solutions (APSS) Group and recently published the book Battlefield to Business.


Tulsa USNA Alumni Chapter Events

Our friends at the Tulsa USNA Alumni Chapter invited us to join them for the Navy vs. Tulsa Football game on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.

They are also going to have a dinner Thursday, October 28 at BURNCO BBQ Restaurant and a tailgate party on gameday.  Some details still need to be finalized, but you can purchase tickets for the dinner here and for the tailgate here. For lodging, the chapter recommends the freshly renovated Hyatt Hotel Downtown, which has discounted rates for alumni.

We hope you and your families can attend.

Called to Serve Virtual Speaker Series

The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation announced the next event in their Called to Serve Virtual Speaker Series.  Log in at 10 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 26 to watch “A World Above: A Discussion with USNA’s Astronauts. ”

The talk is moderated by former NASA Director, Major General Charles Bolden ’68, USMC (Ret) and will feature Captain Frank Culbertson, Jr. ’71, USN (Ret), Captain Wendy Lawrence ’81, USN (Ret), Captain Robert Crubeam ’84, USN (Ret), and potentially more.

The event is sure to be entertaining and should get you ready to celebrate Lieutenant Commander Kayla Barron ’10, USN going to space for the first time later this month on the NASA Space-X Crew-3 Mission. Be sure to register for this free event here.