Smith/McCool Award Luncheon – UPDATE

Every year the chapter presents the 1/c Midshipman from our region with the highest order of merit with the Smith/McCool Award.  The award is named in honor of the astronauts Michael Smith (Class of 1967) and William McCool (Class of 1983) who tragically died in the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters respectively.  With the award, we present the Midshipman with a Navy or Marine Corps Officer sword.

Join us as we recognize Midshipman 1/c Michael Kurp with this year’s award and a special presentation by Captain, Michael Coats, USN (Ret).  Here are the details:

  • Monday, January 3: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Taste of Texas – 10505 Katy Fwy. Houston, TX 77024
  • $30 per person, advance purchase 
  • $5 OFF for TxGC member
    • Disc. code sent via email newsletter
  • Lunch provided by Taste of Texas
  • Limited attendance, very limited walk-ups

Midshipman 1/c Michael Kurp
This year’s recipient, Michael Kurp of Oak Forest, is a Computer Engineering major with a minor in Russian.  Michael has served as a Sea Trials Company Commander and Battalion Training Officer and will be 18th Company’s Operations Officer during the spring semester.  He will begin work on a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland through the Voluntary Graduate Education Program (VGEP) this spring.  When studies and Academy responsibilities allow, he participates in the Muay Thai ECA, reads, plays guitar, and rock climbs.  Michael will commission into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant with a cyber contract this May.

Captain Michael Coats, USN (Ret)
Coats graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and commissioned into the Navy as a Naval Aviator.  As an A-7E pilot, he flew 315 combat missions in Southeast Asia from 1970-1972.  After time as a flight instructor and test pilot, Coats was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978.  He flew in three space shuttle missions, STS-41-D in 1984, STS-29 in 1989, and STS-39 in 1991. Coats retired from the Navy and the astronaut corps in 1991.  He worked for several air and space companies before returning to NASA in 2005 to serve as the 10th Director of the Johnson Space Center until his retirement in 2012.  You can read more of NASA’s biography of Coate’s impressive career here.

We hope to see you all there.

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.

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.

 

October Monthly Lunch

October Monthly Lunch

  • Friday, October 8: 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

Afghanistan Experiences & Interpreters with Ian Knowles ’02 and Cress Clippard.
Listen to Ian and Cress share their personal experiences as Marines in Afghanistan and the impact interpreters had on their missions. They will discuss what it took to support interpreters seeking U.S. citizenship in the past and the importance of continued advocacy for Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans today.

 

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.

Beaumont “no-host” Lunch

Casual, “no-host” (pay your own meal) lunch in Beaumont for any Alumni or parents in the Beaumont area. No RSVP necessary- Just look for us wearing Navy gear at the restaurant.

Friday July 9, 11:30
Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp: 5555 Calder Ave. Beaumont, TX

Another Successful Luncheon

We don’t normally meet in June, but it turned out to be a good idea to add the lunch to our schedule last week.  It’s always nice to see so many of our regular attendees as well as a number of new faces.  Based on the reactions and questions, Bill Prom’s (Class of ’09) presentation on expeditionary shipbuilding during the War of 1812 went well.  We’ll let you know when the next events are scheduled.  We hope to see you then.

June Monthly Lunch Announced

  • Friday June 4: 11:30-13:00
  • Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
  • $30 Non-members; Members $5 off with code
  • BUY NOW

“A Warfare of Dockyards”: Expeditious Shipbuilding in the War of 1812.  Lunch & presentation with William Prom ‘09, writer & historian.
During the War of 1812, two self-taught American shipbuilders, the brothers Adam and Noah Brown, made everything from gunboats to ships of the line for the U.S. Navy—including the most successful privateers, the sloop of war Peacock, and the first steam-powered warship, Demologos. However, their most impressive work occurred in the wilderness around the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. The presentation will illustrate some of their impressive feats and provide insight into current debates about raising and maintaining our modern navy.

William Prom commissioned into the Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in History. In the Marine Corps, he served as an artillery officer for 5th Battalion, 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA. He deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2012 as a HIMARS Fire Direction Officer and on the 13th MEU in 2013-2014 as the BLT 1/4 Fire Support Officer and Fire Support Coordinator. William left the Marine Corps in 2014 and now works as a writer for CareerPro Global. His freelance work generally focuses on early U.S. Naval history and can be found in Naval History, CIMSEC, Real Clear Defense, and elsewhere.

TxGC MEMBERS ALWAYS GET $5 OFF!

  • TxGC Members, use the discount code, provided via email, at check out
  • Attendance limited to meet COVID protocols

Successful May Lunch

Last week’s May luncheon proved to be a great success. Newc

omers, guests, and longtime participants seemed to enjoy the company and shared a few sea stories. We had the privilege to have Professor Richard Stoll speak to us on various current events and international relations topics.  Based on the number of questions, his presentation was clearly engaging.

If you weren’t able to make it to this event, we hope to see you next time.