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.

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.

Navy Vs. SMU Game Viewing

It’s time to cheer on Navy Football as they beat SMU. 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, 9 October 2021
  • Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

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

Navy vs. UCF Game Viewing

It’s time to cheer on Navy Football as they beat UCF. 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, 2 October 2021
  • Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Central
  • It’s Free to attend!

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

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.

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.