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Posted: 2/11/2021

Dear Class and Chapter Presidents:

Thank you again for the work you do in support of the Naval Academy and the Alumni Association. We are certainly a better organization as a result of your efforts and enthusiasm. This is a reminder for you to consider submitting a nomination for the 2021 U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA).

Since 1998, DGA has been a milestone event for the Alumni Association and one of our most visible ways of celebrating the contributions of our alumni. I ask for your help in soliciting nominations by sharing the criteria and procedures ( with classmates and shipmates. We are committed to encouraging a range of nominees and eventual honorees that fully reflects the wide range of backgrounds, experiences and most importantly, achievements, of our alumni community. Please note the deadline for completed nominations is 28 February 2021.

Should you need assistance or additional information on the program or the process, please contact Noreen Frenaye, our Distinguished Graduate Award program manager, at or 410-295-4016.

Again, thank you for your service and your help with the Distinguished Graduate Award program.

Warm regards,

CDR Craig Washington ’89, USN (Ret.)
Vice President, Engagement

Central Region Trustee Email dated February 11, 2021

Fellow Central Region Alumni,

Thank you all for your support in re-electing me to a second and final three-year term on the Board of Trustees. I am proud and honored to serve you.  I actively participate in three arenas on the Board of Trustees; the Executive Committee, the Admissions Committee and the Nominating committee. I promise you that I will do my best to answer your questions and represent you during the next 2 ½ years.

The past four months have been eventful as well as unusual with numerous virtual meetings conducted to execute and complete our mission.  We met virtually in October to consider and recognize Alumni Chapters who have distinguish themselves over the last two years.  I take great pleasure in congratulating our Columbus, Knoxville-Oak Ridge, Texas Gulf Coast, and Tulsa Alumni Chapters for being recognized as Other Distinguished Chapters.  

The East Tennessee Class of 2025 candidate cycle has been encouraging considering the stand up of a new on-line candidate admissions portal and BGIS system.  Please note Class of 2025 candidates have until 28 February to complete their USNA Application. 

The following link is to the Minutes and President’s Reports from our December 10th, 2020 Virtual Board of Trustees Meeting. VADM Buck spoke to the Board of Trustees during the December 10th meeting and his discussion focused on the state of the Naval Academy during the pandemic. On the same Alumni site page is a summary report of the Special Committee on Alumni Culture, Diversity and Inclusion and standup of the Ad Hoc committee of BOT.

Alumni Association Board of Trustees     

Thank you for your support. I wish you and your loved ones the very best in 2021.

Stay safe. 

Have a Great Navy/Marine Corps Day!


CDR Richard Cataldi ’69, USN (Ret.)

USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group (SIG)

Posted: 12/21/2020

Seeking nominations for USNA Women’s SIG Leadership
Are you interested in making a difference for alumnae of the US Naval Academy? Would you be willing to assume a leadership position with the USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group (SIG)?
We are looking for new leadership for the USNA Women’s SIG to keep connecting our 2,300+ members with each other, to the Alumni Association, and to other similar organizations.
The USNA Women’s SIG was created in 2017 with the mission of:
providing a platform for alumnae, alumni, and interested members of the USNA community to address issues of particular concern to women;
increasing and strengthening the presence and leadership of women within the Naval Academy, the Naval Service, and the communities within which we live and work;
providing opportunities for alumnae mentoring and networking.
The Women’s SIG is soliciting nominations for individuals interested in advancing this mission. Individuals need not be a USNA graduate or a woman to be a part of the USNA Women’s SIG, but they do need to have an interest in actively supporting issues important to USNA Women.
Nominations are being accepted for elected positions, including President and Vice President (3-year terms each) as well as Secretary, Treasurer, and Outreach (2-year terms each).
The Nomination committee is also soliciting interest from individuals seeking to fill Board-appointed positions, including Communications, Webmaster, Regionals Chairs, Fundraising, Philanthropy, and liaison officers to the Sisterhood of Mother B, Naval Academy Women’s Network (NAWN), and other SIGs like Naval Academy Minority Association (NAMA) and Run to Honor.
Elections will be held in February 2021, with new officers to be seated March 1, 2021.
If you are interested in stepping up to shape the USNA Women’s SIG as it moves forward, please fill out the google form here
If you would like to discuss the opportunity with a member of the nominating committee, please email

December 7, 2020

Posted: 12/20/2020

Board Meeting Agenda

December 7, 2020 (Pearl Harbor Day)


Roll Call

Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting – posted on

Treasurer’s Report 

Old Business

  1. Pro forma memorial procedures – AVAILABLE FOR DISCUSSION/APPROVAL
  2. Shipmate submission IRT Janet Maroscher – DONE
  3. Recruit new Shipmate contact person – DONE
  4. Design process to promote competition that would encourage more participation at social events – OUTSTANDING
  5. Design a simple process to identify new alumni to the area in database – OUTSTANDING

New Business

  1. Special announcement
  2. Herff Jones challenge coins – REQUIRES APPROVAL
  3. Dues collection – DISCUSSION/APPROVAL
  4. New Chapter email address –
  5. Google Docs
  6. Active duty alumni in Columbus

Round the Table

  1. Konecny
  2. Goins
  3. Sandman
  4. Waddell
  5. White
  6. Worthington
  7. Forney
  8. Plumley

Attachment 1


Purchase of condolence item (i.e.; flowers) or donation to nonprofits on family request:

  • Non-member – up to and including $25.00
  • Member – up to  and including $50.00
  • Very active member – up to and including $100.00
    • Officer/Board Member
    • Blue & Gold Officers
    • Contributed significantly to the US Navy, USNA, or Columbus Chapter

Board Meeting Minutes – December 7, 2020

Posted: 12/19/2020

DECEMBER 7, 2020


Roll Call:

Present: Tony Konecny ‘79 – President; Dave Goins ‘84 – Secretary/Communications Director; Jim Waddell ‘71 – Treasurer; Rob White ‘94 – Webmaster/Shipmate Coordinator; Jim Worthington ‘60 – Board Member; Todd Forney ‘86 – Board Member; Michel Plumley ‘09 – Board Member.

Absent: Ben Sandman ‘10 – Vice-President. 


Board Minutes:

Board Minutes from May 5, 2020 were discussed.  Motion to accept made by Waddell; seconded by Goins.  The minutes were unanimously approved.


Treasurer’s Report.  

Presented by Waddell.  Moved by Goins to be acknowledged and filed for audit.

  1. The balance of the USBank checking account is $5521.27;
  2. The checking account is a non-interest bearing account;
  3. There are no outstanding debts/liabilities;
  4. There have been no expenditures in the last six months;
  5. In 2020, the Chapter collected $1400.00 in dues and $740.00 in additional contributions;
  6. There are 56 dues paying members of which four are non-alumni associate members;
  7. The 2021, dues collection window will open on February 1 and close on March 31;
  8. There are three methods of dues payment:
    1. Personal check can be mailed to Waddell;
    2. Zelle which is a person to person (P2P) system – there is no transaction fee; or
    3. Membership Management Module (MMM) – there is a 5% transaction fee (credit card fee and USNAAA contribution).
  9. There are two officers that have check writing authorization/debit cards – Konecny and Waddell;
  10. According to our by-laws, any expenditure of $350.00 or more requires board approval.

Old Business 

  1. Pro forma procedures for personal events such as hospitalizations, deaths, etc.  Motion made to expend funds for personal events such as hospitalizations and deaths as indicated in Attachment 1 made by Forney; seconded by Worthington.  Furthermore, due consideration shall be given in situations where flowers may not be appropriate such as hospital restrictions.  Additionally, routine hospitalization may not rise to the level of a monetary gift.  In these cases a card from the Chapter may be more suitable.  Motion passed unanimously.
  2. Shipmate submission IRT Janet Maroscher’s death and donation to Navy League. – (Konecny) – DONE
  3. Recruit new Shipmate contact person. (Board) – DONE.  New contact is Rob White.
  4. Further discuss and design a process to incorporate Plumley’s suggestion (New Business Item #3 from May 5 Board Meeting ) as an integral part of annual event planning. – Plumley/Goins
  5. Work with Webmaster to design a simple process to identify new alumni to the area in database. – White/Konecny


New Business

  • Special announcement – Columbus Chapter has been selected as Distinguished Chapter and “Other Chapter”  which will result in a seat on the US Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees for the next three years starting at the May 2021 meeting.
    • President’s Vision
      • Beat Army in head count in at least one social event – goal is 156;
      • Engage in activity outside of ourselves (scholarship for Summer Seminar);
      • Meet the criteria of a Distinguished Chapter/Other Chapter.
    • Columbus Chapter has been designated as a Distinguished Chapter and an “Other Chapter” for seat on the USNAAA Board of Trustees.
    • Award presentation is virtual on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1600;
    • The Chapter Board will have to select who will represent the Columbus Chapter on the USNAAA Board of Trustees – ACTION
  • Purchase of Herff Jones (Chapel Domed) Challenge Coins
    • Joe Stewat ‘66 has suggested that the Chapter purchase five Herff Jones Challenge Coins as a fund raising item;
    • Total expense would be $537.45 (including shipping and handling);
    • Coins could be used for fund raising or as a thank you gift for VERY SPECIAL guest speakers;
    • Joe Stewart guarantees that he would buy the coins from the Chapter if they do not sell;
    • Motion to authorize the expenditure of $537.45 from the Chapter checking account to purchase five Heff Jones challenge coins made by Waddell; seconded by Goins.  Motions passed unanimously.
  • Discussion concerning dues collection during COVID-19 pandemic.  Motion made to adjust Chapter dues to $15.00 for 2021 and return to $25.00 thereafter made by Worthington; seconded by Waddell.  Motion passed unanimously.  Words will be included in Chapter correspondence encouraging members to contribute as they see fit to further the Chapter’s financial goals.
  • New Chapter email address –  The Communications Director will no longer be using  Information on the new address will be promulgated to the Chapter shortly.
  • Moving forward the Chapter will be using Google Docs for Chapter administration.
  • Active duty alumni attached to central Ohio commands:
    • Rear Admiral Kristen Fabry – Commander, DLA Land & Maritime
    • Captain Mark McCulloch – Commanding Officer, Professor of Naval Science, The Ohio State University
    • Commander John Mullen – Executive Officer, Navy Talent Acquisition Group – Ohio River Valley
    • White suggested that we look to other local organizations for USNA alumni to participate in the Chapter (i.e.; FBI, Secret Service, etc)

Action Items

  1. Board to vote on USNAAA Board of Trustee representative.  Email Dave Goins ( with choice by noon on  December 10, 2020. – Goins
  2. Purchase five Herff Jones challenge coins (three with Tecumseh and two with John Paul Jones).  Also investigate if there are any quantity discounts offered by Herff Jones and inquire about the cost of casting a die for a Columbus Chapter challenge coin. – Konecny
  3. OUTSTANDING – Further discuss and design a process to incorporate Plumley’s suggestion (New Business Item #3 from May 5 Board Meeting ) as an integral part of annual event planning. – Plumley/Goins
  4. OUTSTANDING – Work with Webmaster to design a simple process to identify new alumni to the area in database. – White/Konecny





Monetary expenditures for “personal events” (hospitalizations, deaths, etc) shall adhere to the following guidelines :

  • Non-member – up to and including $25.00
  • Member – up to  and including $50.00
  • Very active member – up to  and including $100.00
    • Officer/Board Member
    • Blue & Gold Officers
    • A Chapter member that contributed significantly to the US Navy, USNA, or Columbus Chapter


  1. No further Board approval is required provided guidelines are followed;
  2. Hospitalizations that are not of a serious nature or life-threatening shall not involve a monetary expenditure.  Instead, a “get well” card from the Chapter is deemed appropriate;
  3. Examples of monetary expenditures include the purchase of flowers, donations to a non-profit organization, and a contribution to an alumni or an alumni family member that is experiencing financial distress;
  4. Consideration of purchasing flowers should include care facility restrictions and personal allergies.




Columbus Chapter is recognized as a Distinguished Chapter

Posted: 12/14/2020

From Tony Konecny, class of 1979, President of the Columbus Chapter of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association:

I would like to share some exceptionally good news with you.  Each year the national office of the Alumni Association evaluates local chapters that meet certain criteria as to their overall organization and effectiveness. The areas that are considered are the chapter’s leadership team, communications, promoting & supporting the Naval Academy’s mission, coordination with local affiliated organizations, and membership growth.  It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the Columbus Chapter excelled in each of these categories and has been designated as a Distinguished Chapter.  This award is in recognition of very hard work by the chapter’s officers and board members and the support of a great many alumni and associate members.  

Along with the designation of being a Distinguished Chapter, the Columbus Chapter has also been offered a seat on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees.  This seat will give us the opportunity to provide input on the issues that are important to us.  

Receiving this recognition does not mean that we are done.  We plan on building on our efforts to date by increasing our membership, continuing to offer our members rewarding activities, and furthering our efforts of promoting the Chapter, the Naval Academy, and the US Navy.  

2020 has been a tough year for many of us, but our Country will eventually work through it. Once we are on the other side of this pandemic, I see the opportunity for continuous improvement and a bright future for the Columbus Chapter.  Thank you for the honor of your time while I shared this very exciting news.

Letter from the President

Posted: 7/24/2020

Dear fellow USNA alumni:

Welcome to the Columbus Chapter of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. I hope you use this site to keep informed of Chapter events and stay connected with alumni in Columbus and Central Ohio. In our region, there are more than 115 USNA alumni who have already expressed interest in participating in Chapter activities.

To provide the most worthwhile experience for local alumni, the Columbus Chapter leadership will focus on the following objectives:
• Maintaining an up-to-date roster of local alumni interested in participating in the Chapter;
• Providing ample and diverse opportunities for alumni and their families to socialize, network, and have fun;
• Leveraging local Military and Air Force Academy organizations to enhance the overall experience of our members;
• Supporting and interacting with Navy entities such as visiting Navy sports teams/clubs, the local Naval Academy Parent Club, and the Columbus Navy League;
• Hosting an enjoyable and engaging Army-Navy football event; and
• Communicating effectively and consistently with local alumni.

USNAAA Chapter Officers and Board Members are volunteers, and I encourage you to contact them to indicate your interest in activities and events. The leadership of the Columbus Chapter is:
• President – Tony Konecny 1979 –
• Vice-President – Ben Sandman 2010 –
• Secretary/Communications Director – Dave Goins 1984 –
• Treasurer – Jim Waddell 1971 –
• Shipmate Contact/Webmaster – Rob White 1994 –
• Board Members
Jim Worthington 1960
Todd Forney 1986
Michel Plumley 2009

Additional information about Chapter Officers and Chapter By-Laws and can be found on the website. We also share frequent updates via various social media platforms:
Facebook –
LinkedIn – USNA Alumni Association – Columbus Chapter Group
Twitter – @USNAAACbus
Instagram – USNAAACbus
Shipmate – Chapter News

I look forward to meeting you at our next event. I am excited about the Chapter’s future, and I hope you will join us in making the Columbus Chapter an organization in which you are proud to belong.

Go Navy,
Tony Konecny

A Message from ADM Samuel Locklear III ’77, USN (Ret.)

Posted: 6/22/2020

Transmitted by USNAAA June 6, 2020

Today I was made aware of statements posted to a public forum attributed to an alumni volunteer of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees representing the Jacksonville, FL, chapter. These attributed statements do not represent the mission and values of the Alumni Association, the Naval Academy or the U.S. Navy.

As volunteer leaders in our communities, we must be inspirations and examples for all citizens. As Chairman of our Alumni Association, I have accepted the resignation of this alumnus effective today, and asked the Jacksonville, FL, chapter to take appropriate action to appoint a new Chapter Trustee.

The Naval Academy Alumni Association represents more than 65,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We support the Naval Academy mission. As alumni, we seek to uphold the Naval Academy core leadership values of honor, courage and commitment. As an alumni organization, we seek to be an inspiration for all young people who want to become future Navy and Marine Corps officers. We will continue to honor that inspirational role. We are all in this together. We must face the challenges of today and all future challenges of tomorrow…together.

ADM Samuel J. Locklear ’77 III, USN (Ret.)
Chairman, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees

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Our Core Values – USNA Alumni Association

Transmitted by USNAAA June 10, 2020

This message is being sent to volunteer leadership of classes, chapters, parent clubs and shared interest groups. While the message will be sent to all alumni this evening, we ask that you share via email and social media with your members and community to amplify the message.

Naval Academy Alumni and Community:

As many of you are aware, a now-former alumni volunteer on our Board of Trustees recently made racist and sexist comments in a public forum. These remarks seriously discredited him as a Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy Captain. The comments trampled on our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. They injured and confused many of our alumni and shipmates and, by association, they reflected poorly on our 65,000 alumni, our parents and friends in our Naval Academy family, and our Alumni Association. He no longer serves on our Board, and he has rightly resigned from his home chapter. As a chapter trustee, he was removed by the local chapter from their membership.

During the Alumni Association Board of Trustees meeting on 10 June 2020, we also reviewed his membership status in the national organization and voted, in accordance with our bylaws, to expel the alumnus from the membership rolls of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

As members of the Board and as alumni, we are shocked and disappointed that our alumni, our Alumni Association and likely the broader military community have been impacted and tainted by the bigotry of a Naval Academy graduate. We will move forward and put our hand on the tiller to actively steer our Alumni Association on a course away from racism, sexism and bigotry. Our course will not tolerate bigotry of any type and will provide all present and future Naval Academy alumni with an alumni organization that reflects Naval Academy core values, nurtures all alumni with respect and dignity and treats everyone equally. Our Alumni Association celebrates the diversity of our members and the special talents of each of our alumni. As alumni, we must continue to reflect on the enduring oath we all took on I-Day as plebes and at our graduation and commissioning. We must reaffirm the responsibility we have to our Naval Academy, our Navy and Marine Corps, our nation and to one another to support, promote and live our core values.

We pledge to learn from this incident of bigotry and actively lead to restore the trust and hope of our diverse alumni community. We will purposely improve our alumni board processes and our alumni volunteer organizations to ensure there is no hiding place for racism, sexism or bigotry. Silence on these matters is not an option. We must ensure we are on the right course with the right people in place to lead and represent us. We are committed.

Therefore, we have established a special committee, co-chaired by Lieutenant General David Beydler ’81, USMC (Ret.), and Captain Karin Vernazza ’90, USN (Ret.), that will include a diverse group of our alumni. The committee will review how we can improve our leadership organizations and operations to support and nurture all alumni and to ensure racism, sexism and bigotry and their damaging effects do not exist and will not be tolerated in our Alumni Association. Additionally, the committee will review all aspects of our Alumni Association mission, board policy, processes, recruitment and succession planning. The committee will report its initial findings at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in September. As the committee gets established, we genuinely request your input and support. Please send comments to

We have much work to do in the months ahead but let us be clear: there is no place for racism or discrimination among our ranks as Naval Academy leaders, or within the larger Naval Academy alumni community.

Very respectfully,

Chairman and Trustees of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

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Our Core Values: Special Committee

Transmitted by USNAAA June 19, 2020

On 10 June 2020, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association took the actions encompassed in our statement on “Our Core Values”. We reaffirmed our values and commitment to steer away from racism, bigotry and sexism in our Alumni Association. We established a Special Committee to review our Alumni Association programs and policies in this regard. We are pleased to announce the members of that Special Committee:

Lieutenant General David Beydler ’81, USMC (Ret.), co-chair
Captain Karin Vernazza ’90, USN (Ret.), co-chair
Matice Wright-Springer ’88, co-chair
Alonzo Barber ’97
Rear Admiral Julius Caesar ’77, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral A.B. Cruz ’80, USN (Ret.)
Carlos Del Toro ’83
George O’Garro ’05
Captain Barbette Lowndes ’80, USN (Ret.)
Janie Mines ’80
The Special Committee will review our Alumni Association mission and vision, and our volunteer leader processes, and report its initial findings at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in September. The Special Committee will collaborate with the Executive Committee of the Board in this effort. The members of the Executive Committee include:

Admiral Sam Locklear ’77, USN (Ret.), chair
Lieutenant General David Beydler ’81, USMC (Ret.), vice chair*
Byron F. Marchant ’78,
Commander William Squires ’75 USNR (Ret.)
Commander Steve Hall ’75, USN (Ret.)
George O’Garro ’05*
Steve Comiskey ’69
Tim Wolf ’87
Captain Karin Vernazza ’90, USN (Ret.)*
Commander Richard Cataldi ’69, USN (Ret.)
The Special Committee continues to request your input and comments to:

Admiral Sam Locklear ’77, USN (Ret.)
Chair, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees

Byron Marchant ’78,
President and CEO, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

* Denotes members of both the executive committee and the special committee.

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