2017 Army – Navy Game Viewing in Atlanta @ Sports & Social

It is that time of year for Navy Midshipman to resume its dominating winning streak versus the Black Knights of Army in the Army – Navy football game…America’s Game. On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will meet on the gridiron for the 118th time.
The Navy football team will wear Under Armour Blue Angels uniforms for the 2017 Army-Navy Game.
Navy football team will wear Under Armour Blue Angels uniforms for the 2017 Army-Navy Game.
Calling Atlanta area Naval Academy Alumni, Parents, Family Members and Friends to view the Army – Navy football game at Sports & Social at the Battery at SunTrust Park on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Kickoff is 1500 (3:00pm). Sports & Social is located at 825 Battery Ave SE Suite 640, Atlanta, Georgia.  Telephone  (770) 675-9138. Restaurant’s entrance is located across from the Right Field Gate entrance of SunTrust Park stadium.
Parking — Four (4) hour free parking in the Red Parking deck is available; restaurant will validate parking with purchase of food and beverages over four (4) hours.

Here are a few Army – Navy facts you may not know.
1. Army and Navy have faced off a total of 117 times. To date, Navy has 60 wins, Army has 50. There have been seven ties.
2. Cadets and midshipmen played the first Army-Navy football game Nov. 29, 1890 on “The Plain” at West Point. Navy defeated Army team, 24-0.
3. Although today we know the game as an annual tradition (and it has been such since 1930), there have been 10 times when the Army-Navy game was not played.

  • It’s said that the longest interruption, which lasted from 1894 to 1898, came about after an argument between an Army general and a Navy admiral almost resulted in a duel following the 1893 game.
  • The game also wasn’t played in 1909. That year, Army canceled its remaining games after Cadet Eugene Byrne died from an injury sustained in an October game against Harvard.
  • Twice during World War I, in 1917 and 1918, games were canceled on orders from the War Department. And in 1928 and 1929, the academies could not reconcile player eligibility standards.

4. On Nov. 27, 1926, the game was held in Chicago for the formal dedication of Soldier Field in honor of the American servicemen who had fought in World War I.
5. The tradition of mules as mascots for Army dates back to 1899, when a quartermaster officer decided the team needed a mascot to counter the Navy goat and chose a white mule used to pull an ice wagon.
6. A 1973 episode of “M*A*S*H” referenced a fictional Army-Navy game that ended 42-36 Navy. To this day, no Army-Navy game has ended with that score. The radio announcer in the episode says the game is the 53rd Army-Navy game. That game was played in 1952; Navy won, 7-0.
7. The Rose Bowl is the only site west of the Mississippi River to host the Army-Navy game — it did so in 1983.
8. Only six Army-Navy games have been held on the campus of either academy. Two of those games were during World War II, one in 1942 and the other in 1943.
9. New York’s Polo Grounds holds the record for the most games hosted outside of Philadelphia, although the last game played there was in the 1920s.
10. Following each game, players sing both teams’ alma maters. The winning team joins the losing team and sings facing the losing team’s students. Then the losing team joins the victors on their side of the field and sings the winner’s alma mater to its students. This act is a show of mutual respect and solidarity.

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No Atlanta Chapter Luncheon – Friday, November 17, 2017

Please join Navy and Notre Dame alumni, parents and family members watch the Navy vs Notre Dame football game at Sports & Social, located at 825 Battery Ave SE Suite 640, Atlanta, Georgia.  Telephone  (770) 675-9138

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
    Time: 3:30 p.m.

See the below post for additional information.

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Navy vs Notre Dame Football Game Watch

Navy football fans…looking for a venue to watch Saturday’s Navy – Notre Dame football game.  Look no further and join Navy and Notre Dame alumni, parents and family members watch the game at Sports & Social, located at 825 Battery Ave SE Suite 640, Atlanta, Georgia.  Telephone  (770) 675-9138

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
    Time: 3:30 p.m.

Sports & Social is a one-of-a-kind sports bar, gaming parlor and social lounge at Live! at the Battery Atlanta, next to SunTrust Park.  It has become the home for Atlanta area Fighting Irish fans to gather and watch Notre Dame football.

Notre Dame and Navy will meet for the 91st straight time Saturday in the longest continuous inter-sectional rivalry college football has to offer. Notre Dame currently holds a 74-13-1 lead over the Midshipmen, but Navy prevailed last season in Jacksonville, 28-27, running out the final 7:28 after taking the lead for good with 16-play drive that ate up 9:00 minutes.

Teams have met every season since 1927.


Sports & Social Live at the Battery Atlanta 

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Cancelled -Atlanta Chapter Luncheon – Friday, October 20, 2017

Regretfully, we must cancel the October Atlanta Chapter Luncheon scheduled on Friday, October 20, 2017.

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Navy Football is Back!

2017 Navy Midshipmen Football Schedule

Record: 1-0, 0-0 (AAC)

Date Opponent Time/TV Result
Sep. 1
Owls at Florida Atlantic Owls 
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
8:00pm ET
Won 42-19
Sep. 9
Green Wave Tulane Green Wave
Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
3:30pm ET
Sep. 23
Bearcats Cincinnati Bearcats 
Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
3:30pm ET
Sep. 30
Hurricanes at Tulsa Golden Hurricane
H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Time TBA
Oct. 7
Falcons Air Force Falcons 
Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
3:30pm ET
Oct. 14
Tigers at Memphis Tigers
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Time TBA
Oct. 21
Knights UCF Knights (HC)
Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
3:30pm ET
Nov. 2
Owls at Temple Owls 
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
8:00pm ET
Nov. 11
Mustangs SMU Mustangs
Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
3:30pm ET
Nov. 18
Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Fighting Irish 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30pm ET
Nov. 24
Cougars at Houston Cougars
TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Time TBA
ESPN network
Dec. 2
AAC The American Championship
Hosted by East or West Division winner.
Noon ET
Dec. 9
Black Knights Army Black Knights
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
3:00pm ET
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Birdies for the Brave – TOUR Championship 2017


TOUR Championship 2017TOUR Championship

  • September 20th – September 24th, 2017
  • East Lake GC • Atlanta, GA

Verify Your Military Service Then Claim Your Tickets!

Birdies for the Brave – Tour Championship

Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families.


Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2004 by PGA TOUR player, Phil Mickelson, and his wife, Amy, to support combat-wounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted the program, and expanded it to include a wide variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during PGA TOUR events, as well as a series of fundraising events conducted at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Clubs (TPCs) and partner courses across the nation – an effort that has raised more than $18 million for non-profit military homefront groups that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide direct support to military members, veterans, and their families ranging from financial aid, rehabilitation services, counseling and housing to educational scholarships and career development.

Verify Your Military Service Then Claim Your Tickets!

Birdies for the Brave – Tour Championship
Choose the option below that best represents your service, then claim your tickets for the TOUR Championship (September 20 – September 24, 2017).

  • Active Duty, Military Reserve, and National Guard Service Members – Along with dependents, receive complimentary tickets for each day of the TOUR Championship, Wednesday – Sunday.

  • Military Retirees:  Along with dependents, receive complimentary tickets for each day of the TOUR Championship, Wednesday – Sunday.

  • Military Veterans: Along with one guest are eligible to receive discounted tickets ($15 practice rounds, $25 tournament rounds) for each day of the TOUR Championship, Wednesday – Sunday.

All Active Duty, Reserve, Military Retirees and dependents, as well as non-retired Military Veterans, are welcome to visit the Birdies Image may contain: outdoorfor the Brave Patriots’ Outpost, Thursday – Sunday.

(Must show Department of Defense issued ID or Photo ID along with ticket voucher at tournament.)

Note: A $1 verification fee per Military Service Member does apply.

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A Season with Navy Football

Season-long behind-the-scenes coverage into the lives of the football players and coaches of the United States Naval Academy. The third installment of the all-access documentary series premieres Sept. 5 at 10PM ET/PT. New episodes on Tuesdays.
A Season with Navy Football
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2021 Plebe Stats

class 2021 photo

Class of 2021 Plebe Stats:

 327 women (27%), 888 men; 16,299 applied, 1,215 accepted; 15 international students; 55 sons and 16 daughters of alumni (6%); 202 from NAPS, 47 from U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Program and 83 who have come from other higher-ed institutions; former enlisted: 50 Navy, 10 Marine Corps, 1 Army.

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Commodore John Paul Jones – Great Naval Leader of the American Revolution

During the French Revolution, Commodore John Paul Jones, the great naval leader of the American Revolution, died in Paris at the age of 45. Lacking official status and without financial security, Jones died alone in his apartment on July 18, 1792. An admiring French friend arranged for his funeral and provided for a handsome lead coffin. John Paul Jones was buried in St. Louis Cemetery, the property of the French royal family. Four years later France’s revolutionary government sold the property and the cemetery was forgotten.
John Paul JonesOver a century later, a search began to find the body of John Paul Jones for the purpose of returning his remains to the United States. The American Ambassador to France, General Horace Porter, personally led in the research to relocate the forgotten cemetery, provided the funds to excavate the casket and coordinated the efforts to repatriate the mortal remains of the great naval hero. Correspondence, antique maps and other records in the French national library and archives provided Ambassador Porter the information which helped in the discovery of the built-over cemetery. After weeks of tunneling through basement walls and streets, the casket of Jones was found and disinterred.
Remarkably, his corpse, which had been wrapped in a winding cloth and placed in straw and alcohol in a tightly sealed lead casket, was nearly perfectly preserved. He was taken to the University of Paris where a complete autopsy was performed. There the head of the corpse was compared to the sculptured portrait bust of Jones executed in 1780 by Jean Antoine Houdon, who had taken a plaster impression directly for his subject’s head. The autopsy and forensic study proved conclusively that the body was John Paul Jones. He had died of the kidney ailment nephritis, complicated by pneumonia.

The Crypt of John Paul Jones
JOHN PAUL JONES, 1747-1792
U.S. NAVY, 1775-1783

Following an impressive parade, a religious service in Paris and a special train arranged by the French government to the port of Cherbourg, the remains of John Paul Jones were transferred to the USS Brooklyn, flagship of a special naval squadron sent by President Theodore Roosevelt to bring Jones home to his “country of fond election” and to the nation for which he immeasurably helped gain independence. On July 24, 1905, the naval tug Standish carried the casket ashore at Annapolis, Md., for placement in a temporary vault across the street from the new U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, which was under construction.
On April 24, 1906, elaborate and impressive ceremonies in commemoration of John Paul Jones were held in Dahlgren Hall, the new Naval Academy armory. Incidentally, this day was the anniversary of the battle between the Jones’s Ranger and HMS Drake, fought in the Irish Sea in 1778. It had been the first major naval battle fought under the newly adopted “starred and striped” flag and had resulted in Jones’ capture of an important warship in Great Britain’s home waters. President Roosevelt, Ambassador Porter, Admiral George Dewey and many other dignitaries attended the ceremonies. France sent an entire naval fleet up the Chesapeake Bay to mark the occasion. Afterwards the casket of John Paul Jones was placed in the Academy’s Bancroft Hall to await completion of his permanent tomb, in the new Naval Academy Chapel.
John Paul JonesJones was bid to rest in the crypt of the Naval Academy Chapel on Jan. 26, 1913. The crypt was designed by Beaux Arts architect Whitney Warren, and the 21-ton sarcophagus and surrounding columns of black and white Royal Pyrenees marble were the work of sculptor Sylvain Salieres. The sarcophagus is supported by bronze dolphins and is embellished with cast garlands of bronze sea plants. Inscribed in set-in brass letters around the base of the tomb are the names of the Continental Navy ships commanded by John Paul Jones during the American Revolution: Providence, Alfred, Ranger, Bonhomme Richard, Serapis, Alliance and Ariel. American national ensigns (flags) and union jacks are placed between the marble columns. Set in brass in the marble floor at the head of the sarcophagus is the inscription:
Important historic objects related to Jones’ life and naval career are exhibited in niches around the periphery of the circular space. Visitors today the Naval Academy can see an original marble copy of the Houdon portrait bust, the gold medal awarded to Jones by the Congress in 1787, the gold-hilted presentation sword given by Louis XVI of France and Jones commission as Captain, Continental (U.S.) Navy, signed by John Hancock. Here, too, is a plaque to Ambassador Porter, who was responsible for repatriating the great naval leader.
Normal public visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed on Federal Holidays. For information call 410-293-1100.

Famous Quotes

 An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.”
 I have not yet begun to fight!”
 I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”
 If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”
 It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”
 Whoever can surprise well must conquer.”
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Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

The Distinguished Graduate Award is to be given to a living graduate of the United States Naval Academy whose character, distinguished military and civilian service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that the U.S. Naval Academy strives for in keeping with its ideals of duty, honor, loyalty and integrity and “From Knowledge Sea Power,” as well as the core values of the United States Navy and Marine Corps: honor, courage and commitment. With the purpose of identifying to the public and Brigade of Midshipmen, the broad national significance of the Naval Academy as one of the Nation’s cherished institutions, candidates for the Distinguished Graduate Award will be living graduates of the United States Naval Academy who:

  • Have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting the Navy/Marine Corps and the United States Naval Academy
  • Have provided a lifetime of service to the Nation or Armed Forces
  • Have made significant and distinguished contributions to the Nation via their public service

Nominations for this annual award will normally be provided by the presidents of Alumni Association chapters or graduated classes. However, nominees need not necessarily be a member of the Chapter or Class presenting the nomination. A narrative detailing the nominee’s contributions and distinguished service justifying selection as the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award must accompany the nomination.  Individuals who currently occupy or are currently candidates for elective office at the state or federal level and those who currently serve in an appointed senior government position (e.g. typically requiring Senate confirmation) are not eligible to receive the award. The exemption also applies to all individuals still serving on active duty. It is preferred that those selected agree to accept the award at the Naval Academy.
Alumni nominated, but not selected in the current year, are eligible for a total of three consecutive years and then are not eligible for one year. Nominators must submit a new nomination letter each year the Alumnus is eligible in order for their package to be reviewed by the selection committee. The nomination can then be resubmitted for an additional three years; this cycle of 3 on and 1 off are indefinite. Nominations that carry over should have current year endorsements and executive summaries.
Nomination Procedure
Any Alumni Association member can nominate eligible graduates for the DGA. All nominations must have the endorsement of a Class President or Chapter President. Each nomination for DGA must be routed through the nominee’s class president for their information and review. Nominations for the Naval Academy DGA are due each year by November 1st to be considered for the following year’s award.
Submissions should be made to DGA@usna.com consistent with the DGA Nomination Guidelines promulgated each year by the Alumni Association.
Nomination packages will clearly state that the nominee agrees to be nominated for the award and will make every effort to attend the DGA ceremony. Nominees should further understand that their packages will be vetted to take into consideration all publicly available information.
A member of the DGA Selection Panel may not be nominated or receive the award during his or her time serving on the Panel and for a period of two years after terminating service on the DGA Selection Panel.
Military officers, elected officials, political appointees, and Senior Executive Service officials may not be nominated or receive the award while still serving on active duty, holding public office, or still working for the government.
DGA Timeline

  • July – October: Call for nominations via email and media
  • November 1: Nominations due
  • November:  Precept letter promulgated
  • December: Selection Panel convenes and selects Distinguished Graduates
  • Late December: BOT Chair, Alumni Association/Foundation President/CEO, Superintendent, DGA Selection Panel Chair notify/congratulate selectees
  • Late December: Director, USNA Alumni Association Director of Special Programs notifies nominators of non-selectees; DGA Program Manager notifies past DGA recipients of new selectees
  • January: Announcement of DGA selectees to all Alumni Association Foundation boards; class, chapter and Club Leadership
  • January: Selectees announced via various media
  • Late January/Early February: Selectee bios posted to Alumni Association website
  • March/April: Ceremony and related events

Nomination Packet Guidelines
For more information, contact Noreen Frenaye.

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