Wherever this email finds you, we hope you are happy, healthy, and excited about the prospects for 2017. As a Class (and specifically as a 501(c)(3)), USNA 2002 Inc. has made incredible progress the past five years. This annual letter informs you of the Class’ recent accomplishments and will generate excitement to do more in the years ahead.
Year in Review
In 2016, our class took a steady strain approach towards activities planning knowing well that the 15-year reunion was coming and that would be a heavy burden on the leadership team. Last year’s brag sheet: 1) Exercised our competitive spirit and supported the “All Service Academy Challenge” (first week in June); 2) Under John Augusto’s leadership, established an informal partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation to drive participation in the 9/11 Memorial Run; 3) On Veteran’s Day, the class donated $2002 to Paradox Sports, an alternative sports organization helping veterans rehabilitate from their wounds; 4) Meagan (Varley) Flannigan, Kate (Kranz) Jordan, Allison (Beamer) Wolff, Natasha (Sistrunk) Robinson, Ben Drew and many other alumna participated in the 40 years of Women’s Service Athena Conference at USNA in September. Natasha represented the Class during a football halftime ceremony, and Ben was honored by USNI for a contest-winning essay. You can always catch up on class news here. On a sadder note, two classmates passed away: Erik Boyce and Whitney Saunders. Whenever a friend passes, it is important to remember their service to the country and the kindness they brought to our community.
Congrats to many classmates climbing the ranks in the Navy and leading in business and government. A few of those we're heard about: Rion Martin completed command of a mine countermeasures ship; Cari Murtagh is nearing the completion of her medical degree (not many women are pilots AND doctors!); Dirk Heron was selected to be the F-35C replacement Department Head, standing up the first squadron to transition fleet aviators from F/A-18 to Joint Strike Fighter; Dan Cnossen graduated the Harvard Kennedy School and was appointed by the President to be on the USNA Board of Visitors. We know there are many more accomplishments to share — as you reach personal and professional milestones, send your updates to Class Secretary Kate (Kranz) Jordan.
Our VP, Pat McConnell, has led the charge in keeping our class website running, managing back-end services like this email, and all of our accounting. Put simply, he is the engine of our Class’ operations. Please visit usna2002.org and look here for information on our class financials and anything about bylaws, rules, or procedures. Of note, we are still using our non-profit status to generate funds through Amazon’s affiliate program. Whenever you buy from Amazon, use this link <usna2002.org/a> and you automatically increase donations for USNA 2002 volunteer efforts. Also, be sure to sign on and checkout our other communication tools: USNA 2002 Facebook (link), USNA 2002 LinkedIN (link).
The USNA 2002 Inc. mission is to support the Naval Academy and advance the ideals of that institution in government and communities. We are committed to increasing volunteership amongst USNA 2002 graduates in as many ways as possible. Whether governing a non-profit, supporting with donations, or giving time and effort, John Augusto is standing by to receive your ideas on how the class can do more. In addition, we are starting a Scholarship Committee to explore the feasibility of helping students seeking a career in public service. Special thanks to Tim White for heading the Scholarship Committee, he will be looking for new volunteers immediately. Lastly, the Class of 2002 book, In the Shadow of Greatness, has been selected for a paperback edition. We will be launching a marketing plan to increase sales of that book and generate resources for veteran non-profits and volunteer causes.
15-Year Reunion is October 19 - 22, 2017 and Class Elections
Mark your calendars for October 20-22, 2017. It's homecoming, though Navy's opponent has not yet been announced. All information about the reunion is posted at USNA 2002 15-Year Reunion. We will also being holding elections shortly after the reunion; if you are at all interested please contact any of us. Rules and processes for seeking elected positions will be announced this summer.
Finally, we have provided a short survey so we can get your feedback on issues pertaining to the Class. Please take a few moments and fill it out!
Have a wonderful year, and we look forward to seeing you in Annapolis in October.
Josh, Pat, Cari, Kate, John, Charlie, and Chad