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Save the Date for the 36th Annual Colorado All Service Academy Ball

Posted: 11/10/2018

The 36th Annual Colorado All Service Academy Ball (CASAB) will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  Generous room discounts, explicitly for this event, have been provided by the Broadmoor. Invitations will be sent out in November and reservations with the Broadmoor may be made once you have received your invitation.

This will be an exciting and memorable evening to honor Colorado’s cadets and midshipmen who are presently attending a service academy.  Please refer to the attached flyer for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CASAB!

CASAB 2018 Save the Date


Scholarship fund established for USS Colorado crew & families

The USS Colorado Commissioning Committee is proud to announce that they have established a $100,000 scholarship fund benefitting the crew and families of USS Colorado (SSN 788). This long-term goal of the Committee was made possible through the generous donations by citizens and companies of Colorado and others who contributed to their fundraising campaign. Each year two $ 2,000 scholarships may be awarded to crew members, former crew members or members of their families. The scholarship fund will be administered by the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.

Please refer to the press release for more information.

USS Colorado Scholarship Press Release


Navy Women’s Basketball Team vs CU Buffs in Boulder on December 9th!

Posted: 11/6/2018

Now hear this! Now hear this!

Come out to CU-Boulder and support the Navy women’s basketball team as they take on the CU Buffs on Sunday, 9 Dec, at 1300.  Tickets in our reserved section behind the Navy bench are $10.  Order your tickets here: https://www.fevo.com/edp/Navy-Alumni-cE45oab.

Meet in the stands for the game or come for brunch beforehand at the CU Center for Community (C4C) dining center: http://places.colorado.edu/place?id=397.  From the C4C its only a short walk to the Coors Event Center.  It’s an all-you-can-eat cafeteria-style restaurant.  Kid friendly.  Lots of different ethnic and American foods (from Asian and Persian to pizzas, salad bar, burritos and sandwichs). We are planning to meet around 1130 in a seating area just past the Asian Shi Pin and Persian Ghaza dining stations.

In case you haven’t been following the Navy women’s basketball team, be advised that the team is coming off its winningiest season ever and second straight appearance in the WNIT after last year’s 25-8 record and a 13-5 mark in Patriot League conference play. The Mids finished third in the Patriot League’s standings and advanced to the title game of the league tournament for the second year in a row and fifth time in the last eight years.  Navy’s first round WNIT contest versus Virginia Tech was its third WNIT appearance in five years and sixth post-season trip in eight years. The Hokies edged the Mids by one point in Blacksburg on March 16.

Navy and Colorado (15-16, 5-13 in the Pac-12) will go head-to-head for the first time in the programs’ histories.  Stefanie Pemper enters her 11th season as the head coach of the Mids.  She is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and the winningest coach in Navy history.

For questions about tickets or the pre-game brunch, please contact Don Price ’73 at donpriceusna73@gmail.com or 443-995-9055.

Come out on December 9th for a good Navy deal–an alumni get together, a Navy win over CU, cheap tickets.  Clearly a good deal you don’t want to miss!


Update on WWI Documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Posted: 10/31/2018

A quick update to our notice about the World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.  Warner Brothers has bought the international distribution rights and is contemplating a theatrical release before the end of the year.  Incidentally, the one-day release in theaters in the UK scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Fort Collins Area Viewing of the 119th Army-Navy Football Game

Posted: 10/30/2018

Fort Collins area Army & Navy alumni will gather at the The Biergarten in the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fort Collins, on Saturday, December 8, for the Second Annual Viewing of the Army/Navy Football Game!  The A-B Brewery is located at 2351 Busch Drive off of Mountain Vista Drive (I-25, Exit 271) in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A-B has seating for 100 people, and RSVP’s will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A final headcount must be submitted by 12/1/18, so reserve your place ASAP. Overflow beyond the first 100 people will be standing room only, up to an additional 85 people.  A-B will be hosting a 5K Sweaty Sweater fun run from 0800-1200 on the 8th. Reserved seating for the A/N game viewing will open thereafter at 1200. Food and drink will be off of a limited menu, with each group responsible for its own tab.  The first round of Budweiser or Bud Light will be on the house for all veterans in attendance. Likewise, A-B will extend a discount for The Biergarten (food and bar) and Gift Shop.

There are several activities to enjoy at the brewery alongside the A/N game viewing.  The last tour of the brewery is at 1600. A-B will also host its Brewery Lights from 1700 to 2100, which includes light displays, complimentary beer tasting, a lighted Christmas tree maze and $1 Christmas train rides for the kiddos, a life-sized Lite Bright, fire pits, and opportunities for the kids to make s’mores over the fire ($10 for two people)!

A-B supports Folds of Honor (www.foldsofhonor.org), a non-profit charity that provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for this worthy charity as a thank you to A-B for hosting our viewing again this year.

We hope to continue to grow our Ft Collins area group and to make this viewing an annual event we can be proud of.  To RSVP or if you’d like to make a donation toward the purchase of lanyards, decorations, and spirit gear, please contact the event organizer, Shannon Bican Sharrock, USMA ’97, directly at (970) 556-4089; shannonbican@yahoo.com.


Denver Viewing of 119th Army-Navy Football Game

The Denver West Point Society and Colorado USNA Alumni Association cordially invite you to watch the 119th playing of the Army-Navy game on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. This year’s joint watch party will again be held at the Sports Column located at 1930 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado. Doors will open at 11:00am MST with kickoff at 1:00PM MST. Be sure to arrive early as the bar was nearly full last year. Due to generous donations from both alumni societies and the respective athletic departments of both academies, there will be door prizes given away throughout the game. All attendees will be eligible to win.

This year, for the first time, we will be using online registration so that we can better plan with the Sports Column as well as organizing our various prizes.  Please register your plans to attend at: https://armynavy2018.eventbrite.com/.

As in past years, we are partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in an effort to bring some holiday cheer to less fortunate children in the greater Denver area. All monetary donations as well donations of new unwrapped toys will remain at our local Toys for Tots program. Donations of $5 or more will earn a free Coors Light draft courtesy of the Sports Column. Fans who donate $20 or more will be entered into a special drawing for Broncos tickets, Avalanche tickets, Nuggets tickets and other special prizes. An option to donate is available on the eventbrite registration site. If you prefer to donate in person, you can bring cash, check, or a new, unwrapped toy with you to the game. Game day donations of new unwrapped toys will also qualify for the free draft Coors Light.

Please direct general questions/comments to Tim Tacl, USNA ’09 at tim.tacl@gmail.com.


Posting Articles & Perspectives

Posted: 10/23/2018

As we seek to provide additional value to our Colorado-based USNA alumni/alumnae, we’ve begun posting articles and notes that we hope are of interest to all y’all.  Likewise, we encourage any alumni/alumnae to submit your thoughts and blogs along with links to articles of potential interest to alumni/alumnae.

Submitted articles or comments should be of interest to our community at large.  The only restrictions are:

  • No political material – as a charitable 501(c)(3), we cannot publish partisan material
  • No ad hominem attacks

Within those few guidelines, we’re willing to consider any material you may want to submit.  We have faith in your judgment.  You can submit material to either:

Go Navy!


UK Release of WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Posted: 10/21/2018

November 11th, 0300 MST, will mark exactly 100 years since the end of World War I, The Great War, The War to End All Wars. The combatant nations mobilized 63,038,819 troops, of whom over 100,000 were women. (Most women in uniform were nurses, but some women actually saw combat at the front). Of those total troops, 8,556,315 were killed and 21,219,452 were wounded. Today, there are no longer any living veterans of that war.

Many of us think of WWI veterans as old men, but they weren’t old men 100 years ago. Renowned director, Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fame), has released a 99-minute documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old. His objective for the film is to provide us with a look at what life on the front line, in the trenches, was like for the soldiers. He wasn’t interested in treading the path of an historical documentary of the why’s and wherefores of the war – that’s been done.

Jackson and his crew accessed the archives of the Imperial War Museum and applied state-of-the-art image enhancement technology to digitize, sharpen and colorize hundreds of hours of film. They accessed actual audio recordings of veterans and enlisted the help of lip readers to help voice actors provide a true-to-life sound track.

The original intent was to show the film for one night, but rave reviews and an unexpectedly large audience for an unpublicized film is leading the team to consider theatrical releases internationally. The BBC will be airing the documentary on November 11th in the UK.

We’ll keep an eye out for information on a US release and let everyone know.


DefenseNews article on U.S. Sealift Capacity

Posted: 10/12/2018

DefenseNews published an article on October 8th highlighting potentially serious issues with the United States’ sealift capacity.  The article goes into the age and minimal size of the existing sealift fleet.  The author emphasizes the importance of being able to move the Army’s equipment to Europe in the event of a conflict there.  What the article doesn’t touch on is Russia’s submarine capability and the threat that poses to an already inadequate sealift capability.  In WWII, we lost hundreds of ships, but we had thousands and the loss of no one ship was devastating. With fewer than 100 sealift ships, the loss of a single ship could spell disaster.


Vail Resorts Ski Pass Offer for Retired Military

Posted: 4/5/2018

FOR RETIRED MILITARY

Vail Resorts is offering a single-resort ski pass for the 2018-2019 ski season for $99.00.  This pass is good only for the Vail resorts, so it doesn’t cover A Basin or the slopes in Japan (for those of you who were planning on day tips to Japan).

I called Vail Customer Service yesterday and they re-applied my $50 down payment on next season’s Epic Local Pass to a single resort pass.  There was no problem with reapplying that down payment.  What I understand is that they will be coming out with information on this offer no later than September.  They will require verification of retired status (either an ID card number or DD-214 benefits number).

It seems to me that this is a seriously good deal.

More information is available at the following link:

https://www.epicpass.com/Passes/Military-Epic-Pass-Active-Retired.aspx

 


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