SHIPMATE September 2016

REUNION UPDATE: Mark your calendars for October 20-22, 2017 for USNA Homecoming and our 2002 15-Year Reunion! Our class room block is at Historic Inns of Annapolis (, call 1-800-847-8882 to book your room early!

Plan for a day of homecoming events, class memorial service, and a casual happy hour on Friday and a football game and family tailgater on Saturday.

Please e-mail Kate ( if you’d like to help with the planning or execution of the reunion.

A few updates from our classmates from sea to sea:

Josh Welle dropped in on Chad Summe and his family this summer, got a selfie! Lookin’ good crew!

Last summer, Matt Wright, wife Caitlin and family, and John Merchant, wife Marjorie (’03) and family moved into the same neighborhood.  The adults and kids became fast friends - they attended many Navy football games, enjoyed the kid's soccer games together, and did some DTA exploring.  Matt is a MH-60S pilot currently serving on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Marjorie received her Masters from Boston College and is a pediatric nurse practitioner, and John completed his MBA from MIT Sloan and works for the Boston Consulting Group. 

Marjorie Merchant, Caitlin Wright

Marjorie Merchant, Caitlin Wright

Anderson Wright, Olivia Merchant, Grace Wright, Connor Merchant

Anderson Wright, Olivia Merchant, Grace Wright, Connor Merchant

Elizabeth Vary played in a polo tournament in July at Honolulu Polo Club and one of her ponies won "Best Playing Pony." She ran into Makani Christensen ('03 and a former candidate for US Senate!) at the tournament. 

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season…as always our thoughts and prayers go out to all those separated from family - standing the watch, keeping our nation safe.

We’ll be back in 2017!

Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Josh, Pat, Kate, Cari, Chad, Charlie, John