Chapter President's Blog – November / December 2011

As we enter the final  several months of the year, the Atlanta Chapter has continued to book  interesting and informative speakers for monthly luncheons.  At the October luncheon, we listened to Ned Hunter ’81, USNA Blue & Gold  Officer Area Coordinator for Area 210 in Georgia.  In addition to being the Blue & Gold Area  Coordinator, Ned serves on Congressman Hank Johnson (D GA 4th) service academy  nomination board.  Ned shared with the  alumni in attendance the demographics of Georgia’s plebe class of 2015; and,  he talked about the quality of incoming plebes.   He also commented about the over nineteen thousand potential applicants vying  for 1400 appointments and the process of going from applicant to receiving an  appointment as midshipmen.
The  November Chapter Luncheon featured Shepherd  Center’s Greg Bennet
speaking to the chapter about the SHARE Military Initiative.  The SHARE Military Initiative is a  comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment  for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain  injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan  and Iraqi conflicts.  The Initiative
provides assistance, support, and education to service members and their families
during their recovery treatment and beyond. For additional information, please
Additionally, on the Tuesday  before Thanksgiving (November 22, 2011), Atlanta Area Blue & Gold Area  Coordinator hosted the 2011 OPINFO Program at Emory University’s
Goizueta School of Business.  Congressman  Hank Johnson has been invited to give the keynote remarks at the program.  This is the key part of the Blue & Gold  Officer Area Coordinator strategic outreach efforts for theAtlanta metro area.
Also In November, the  USNAAAA chapter alumni and Parents Club of Georgia members joined up on  Saturdays at a local sports bar to view several Navy football games and cheer
the team on to victory.  Although the  results of the games could have been better, we maintained hope and continue to  cheer on the team to victory.  The  chapter’s next football event will be in December at the annual join-up with  the USNA Parents Club of Georgia and West Point Society of Atlanta alumni to view the 112th  Army – Navy football game at Dantannas @ CNN Center.  USNAAAA Chapter is the host association this
year; we will be gracious to our West Point  guest while we watch Navy defeat the Black Knights for the tenth consecutive  year.  Please visit the USNAAAA website  for more information.
Due to the holidays and  other events scheduled for December, Atlanta Chapter did not schedule a Chapter  Luncheon for December 2011.  The next  Chapter Luncheon will be the third Friday, January 20, 2012.
In January 2012 during MLK  Weekend, the Naval Academy Gospel Choir will visit Atlanta January 14 – 16, 2012, to perform and  conduct community outreach at various venues in the metro area.  During their visit, they are scheduled to  perform at Ebenezer Baptist Church  on Auburn Avenue  which located adjacent to the King  Center.  Please visit the for more details  of date and time of events.
USNAAAA Chapter’s mission is:  “…To be an organization that enables USNA
alumni to connect, fellowship and network with other USNA alumni, to stay
informed and support the Naval Academy and Naval Service, and to be a voice and
ambassador in the metro Atlanta region for a strong and vibrant Naval Academy
and Naval Service.”
In short, the Chapter’s vision is to “…Connect, Support, Advocate… Navy Blue & Gold”
Warm regards and Happy  Holidays,
Ed Brownlee, ‘81
President, USNAAAA Chapter

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