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May President’s Message

Posted: 5/1/2019

The May meeting will be on May 8 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.   The meeting will feature CDR Balderson Commanding Officer of the NOSC (formerly the (Naval Reserve Center in Portland)

The July meeting on July 10 will be a special treat. Fred McDavitt. A close friend of Doug Bomarito will present an Early History of PBRs in Viet Nam.  There will be a 30 to 40-minute video followed by a presentation by Fred.  If you need to leave before the presentation is over, not a problem as the luncheon will go past 1:30.  You do not want to miss this.

We continue to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year.

There are lots of interesting activities coming up in the next several months.

On May 14 Sunset High School is hosting a Veterans Appreciation day.   On May 22 Aloha will host a Veterans Appreciation day.  These are wonderful chances to talk to students about USNA, and the military.  I would strongly recommend your participation.  This is one of the most meaningful activities an alumni can participate in.  To participate please contact Tim Meyers at dudleyolive@comcast.net.

June 9  at 1400 will be the annual Plebe (class of 2023) going away picnic at Marjorie Stewart Community Center in Sherwood. It is a nice time to meet the incoming class and their parents.  Class of 1973, who would like to represent your class as the ALITC? Please let me know.

In May I will be traveling back to Annapolis for the annual Chapter President meeting.  Doug Ballard, our Foundation Trustee will be traveling back also for the Trustee meeting.  We both should have good update information in June on what is happening at the Boat School.

As our chapter covers a large area, most alumni do not have a chance to attend many if not all of our gatherings.  We would like to expand our activities to include some regional activities such as occasional happy hours or other gatherings.  If anyone would like to set up an alumni event let me know and I will send you the names/emails of the alumni in your regional area.  There are many alumni in some of the cities in Oregon that are a ways from Portland.  Examples include:

Bend 28 alumni

Salem 28 alumni

Vancouver 32 alumni

Eugene/Corvallis 38 alumni

I will be attempting to set up a periodic USNA happy hour for the 36 alumni in Lake Oswego.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.  They have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect  gift.  See Frank Swientek.

 

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.


USNA-at-Large Exemplary Graduate of the Day: Col Jason L. Morris USMC ’92

Posted: 4/10/2019

(Edited by Dick Nelson ’64)

The U.S. Marine Corps has a proud tradition of producing superb combat leaders, and this Exemplary Graduate is certainly from that mold. As the son of a Marine officer and Vietnam veteran, he also followed a family tradition of selfless service in one of our military’s most challenging branches—Marine Infantry.

Colonel Jason Morris was commissioned in May 1992 after graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following The Basic School, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Course and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (The First Team). At the First Team, Lieutenant Morris served as a rifle platoon commander, the 81mm mortar platoon commander, and the Weapons Company executive officer. On his second unit deployment program deployment to Okinawa, Lieutenant Morris assumed command of Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, and was promoted to Captain.

In August 1996, Captain Morris reported to The Basic School for instructor duty where he was assigned to the Defense Section, Instructor Group. For three years, Captain Morris served as a patrolling and defense instructor, a Delta Company 4-97 staff platoon commander, and finally as an Infantry Officer Course instructor.

In August 1999, he reported to the Amphibious Warfare School. In June 2000, Captain Morris reported to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as the Commanding Officer, Bravo Company and deployed to Okinawa with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Ops Capable). In August 2001, Captain Morris received the Leftwich Award and subsequently assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, Fifth Marine Regiment. In July 2002, then-Major Morris was reassigned to the 1st Marine Division Schools where he served as the Director until January 2003 when he was reassigned to the Division G-3 as the Assistant Operations Officer.

During the heavy combat operations of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, he served in the Division Forward Command Post until being reassigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines as its Executive Officer on 27 March 2003.

After redeploying from Iraq in June 2003, Major Morris assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Portland, Oregon. During his three years of command, RS Portland won 12th Marine Corps District Station of the Year honors three years in a row and Western Recruiting Region Station of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

In 2006, Major Morris reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. In July 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Morris reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force and deployed forward to Fallujah, Iraq, where he served as the Future Operations Officer, G-3 Iraqi Security Forces, Multi-National Force West. Following his redeployment in February 2009, he served as the Deputy G-5 and Chief of Plans, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

In September 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Morris assumed command of 3d Battalion, 5th Marines (Darkhorse) and led its combat deployment to Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan conducting counterinsurgency operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 10-2 against the Taliban forces in that troubled province. Morris and his battalion were thrust into an enemy stronghold that British forces had failed to eliminate, with orders to dislodge them. The unit suffered heavy casualties, losing 25 Marines during its seven-month-long deployment, the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the Afghan war.

After relinquishing command in June 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Morris attended the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, RI, from where he graduated in June 2012. Lieutenant Colonel Morris reported to U.S. Northern Command in July 2012 and was assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation Branch, Future Operations Division, USNORTHCOM Directorate of Operations. In January 2014, Morris was reassigned as the Chief, NC/J32 Counter-threat Network Division. He was promoted to Colonel on 1 June 2014 and assumed command of the 9th Marine Corps District in July 2014.

Col Morris was nominated for promotion to Brigadier General in February 2019, with confirmation now pending before the Senate. He is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.

Col Morris holds a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College, a Master’s in Operational Studies from the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategy Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He graduated with honors from The Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, the USMC Command and Staff College, the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and the U.S. Naval War College.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with Combat “V” (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon (two awards). As a Captain, he was awarded the prestigious Leftwich Trophy for leadership.

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April President’s Update

Posted: 3/31/2019

The April meeting will be on April 10 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.   The meeting will be a nice social gathering with no planned program.  If anyone has a good book review let us know.

We continue to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year.

There are lots of interesting activities coming up in the next several months.

Our next Council meeting will be on April 6 at 1000 AM at the offices of Doug Bomarito.  All alumni are welcome to attend.  We are looking for some alumni to step up to be council members, particularly those younger folks (those who are still looking forward to their 40th reunion).  If interested, please plan on coming and see what it is we do. The commitment is not huge, but it does give you the ability to give back to the organization and to vote your input on current and future Chapter activities.  Past council members and past presidents are allowed to rejoin.

The Parents Club is hosting a First Salute Luncheon on April 14th at Langdon Farms at 1pm, where parents of graduating midshipmen will be presented with the coin they will give upon giving their first salute as a commissioned officer. The lunch is no host.  RSVP to Kathy Barnes usnapcorwa@gmail.com 503791-6295.

On April 16 Southridge High School is hosting a Veterans Appreciation day.  This is a wonderful chance to talk to students about USNA, and the military.  I would strongly recommend your participation.  This is one of the most meaningful activities I participated in last year.  To participate please contact Tim Meyers at dudleyolive@comcast.net.

June 9 will be the annual Plebe (class of 2023) going away picnic at Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin.  It is a nice time to meet the incoming class and their parents.

In May I will be traveling back to Annapolis for the annual Chapter President meeting.  Doug Ballard, our Foundation Trustee will be traveling back also for the Trustee meeting.  We both should have good update information in June on what is happening at the Boat School.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.  They have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect  gift.  See Frank Swientek.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.


March President’s Update

Posted: 3/7/2019

The March meeting will be on March 13 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 11:30.  We are honored to have  Michael J. Murphy Network Director for VISN 20(Veterans Integrated Service Network in Vancouver WA) as our guest speaker.

We are starting to plan for this year’s August Chapter picnic.  The Picnic will be August 3 in the afternoon at the same waterfront park in Washougal WA as last year.

There are lots of interesting activities coming up in the next several months.

Our next Council meeting will be on April 6 at 1000 AM at the offices of Doug Bomarito.  All alumni are welcome to attend.  We are looking for some alumni to step up to be council members, particularly those younger folks (those who are still looking forward to their 40th reunion).  If interested, please plan on coming and see what it is we do. The commitment is not huge, but it does give you the ability to give back to the organization and to vote your input on current and future Chapter activities.  Past council members and past presidents are allowed to rejoin.

The Parents Club is hosting a First Salute Luncheon on April 14th at Langdon Farms at 1pm, where parents of graduating midshipmen will be presented with the coin they will give upon giving their first salute as a commissioned officer. The lunch is no host.  RSVP to Kathy Barnes usnapcorwa@gmail.com 503791-6295.

On April 16 Southridge High School is hosting a Veterans Appreciation day.  This is a wonderful chance to talk to students about USNA, and the military.  I would strongly recommend your participation.  This is one of the most meaningful activities I participated in last year.  To participate please contact Tim Meyers at dudleyolive@comcast.net.

The Parents Club of Oregon and SW Washington is sponsoring the All Academy Ball this year on December 21 at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.  They have asked us to help them identify potential sponsors for the event.  If you know of a company that would be willing to help sponsor the event, please contact Karen Faux at (541) 760 2713, email usnapcorwa@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect  gift.  See Frank Swientek.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike

Beat Army and Air Force


February President’s Update

Posted: 1/27/2019

The February meeting will be on February 13 at the Old Spaghetti Factory and will be  our annual Valentine’s Day Dinner.  Socializing will start at 6:30 and dinner will be at 7PM.  Cost will be $25 per person.  As this is an evening gathering, we hope to have as many of our working alumni (those that cannot make the luncheons) and our Parents club members present.  Please include spouse/significant other.  There will be some time for all of you to be able to talk a bit about your favorite Valentine.

Our March meeting will be a luncheon at 11:30 on March 13 at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  We are planning on having a senior rep from the VA Hospital to speak to us, so plan on coming.

We are starting to plan for next year’s August Chapter picnic.  If anyone has any ideas or would like to assist in the planning and execution, please let me know.  We are tentatively planning on having it at the same location as this year (Washougal WA.).  The Picnic will be August 3 in the afternoon.

Our next Council meeting will be on April 6 at 1000 AM at the offices of Doug Bomarito.  All alumni are welcome to attend.  We are looking for some alumni to step up to be council members, particularly those younger folks (those who are still looking forward to their 40th reunion).  If interested, please plan on coming and see what it is we do. The commitment is not huge, but it does give you the ability to give back to the organization and to vote your input on current and future Chapter activities.  Past council members and past presidents are allowed to rejoin.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect Christmas gift.  See Frank Swientek.

 

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike

Beat Army


January President’s Update

Posted: 1/2/2019

Happy New Year to all.  This will be the year of the Football turnaround.

The January meeting will be 11:30 at the Old Spaghetti Factory on January 9thth.  At this meeting Doug Ballard and I will present the USNA Foundation and Alumni Association fundraising campaign “Called to Serve Dare to Lead”.  The Campaign is targeting to raise $50M over the next 2 years. ($350M has already been raised through the “Deep Pockets” alumni.  While I am always skeptical of fundraising at colleges, after seeing what the foundation is doing to enhance significantly the education and training of midshipmen, I am excited and supportive of the effort.  Hopefully you all will join and support Doug and me on this.

Our February meeting will be our Valentine’s Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory on February 13.  Many of you cannot make the weekday luncheons so this is a wonderful opportunity to have a night out with your spouse/significant other and alumni.

We are starting to plan for the Chapter picnic, August 3rd.  If anyone has any ideas or would like to assist in the planning and execution, please let me know.  We are tentatively planning on having it at the same location as this year.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect Christmas gift.  See Frank Swientek.

As we enter the new year, we are looking for alumni to consider joining the council.  The commitment is not huge, but it does give you the ability to give back to the organization and to provide input for current and future activities.  Past council members and past presidents are allowed to rejoin.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike

Bear Army


December President’s Message

Posted: 12/5/2018

The December meeting will be 11:30 at the Old Spaghetti Factory on December 12th.  At this meeting we honor the Greatest Generation.  As the number of WWII vets is rapidly diminishing we are expanding the meeting to honor both WWII and the Korean Conflict Vets.  If you have a friend/relative who was in either of these conflicts, please bring them to our lunch.  Please respond to the invitation so we can give the restaurant an idea of how many are attending.

With the holiday season fast approaching we are encouraging all of you to bring a toy to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Lastly the Alumni Association and Foundation is kicking of a major fundraising event this month titled “Called to Serve Daring to Lead”.  Doug Ballard will be introducing the event at our December meeting.

We are starting to plan for next year’s August Chapter picnic.  If anyone has any ideas or would like to assist in the planning and execution, please let me know.  We are tentatively planning on having it at the same location as this year.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect Christmas gift.  See Frank Swientek.

As we enter the new year, we are looking for alumni to consider joining the council.  The commitment is not huge, but it does give you the ability to give back to the organization.  Past council members and past presidents are allowed to rejoin.

A special thanks to Frank Swientek for the outstanding Shipmates articles he writes.  Also, a big thanks to Janette Sandberg for her tireless work with our databases, website and email. Without her none of you would ever hear anything from the Alumni Association.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike

Beat Army


Strong For Veterans

Posted: 11/4/2018

STRONG FOR VETERANS is excited to host our Program on Coming Home on 14 November at the Oregon Historical Society. We will also host a Veterans Town Hall (see below), a Closed session for Veterans only to share their stories. Please help spread the word.

STRONG FOR VETERANS Program on Coming Home
* 14 November 2018 – Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
* 5:30 p.m. – Reception
* 7:00 p.m. – Program
* 9:00 p.m. – Wrap up

PRESENTATION SPEAKERS
* Former POW Lieutenant Colonel Tony Marshall, USAF, Retired – Tony Marshall was born in Washington, DC in 1946, and raised on a tobacco farm in nearby Maryland. He was accepted by the US Air Force Academy, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He completed Navigator training and Electronic Warfare Training and was assigned to the F-4 fighter aircraft. Following training at MacDill AFB, Florida, he was assigned to the 13th Squadron, Udorn Airbase, Thailand, flying combat missions in Southeast Asia. On his 266th mission he was forced to eject over enemy territory and was captured. A Captain at the time, Tony was held as a POW from July 3, 1972 until his release on March 29, 1973. Upon his return to active duty, Captain Marshall completed pilot training and was assigned to the F-4C at George AFB, California. He flew the F-4D at RAF Bentwaters, England, and then served as an Air Liaison Officer with the US Army in Frankfurt, Germany. He returned to the cockpit flying the F-4G Wild Weasel at Clark AB, The Philippines and George AFB, California. After 22 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, Command Pilot, with 480 hours of combat time, 3000 hours in the F-4, and 3600 hours total military flying time. His military awards include 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and 16 Air Medals. Following his retirement from active duty in 1990, Tony was hired by United Airlines and logged 12,000 hours flying the DC10, B747, and A320 aircraft out of Los Angeles. He retired from United in December 2006. Tony is a member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) and a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI).
Grant Coffey – Gold Star Dad, Father of Keaton Coffey. Marine Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey, 22, of Boring, Oregon was assigned to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. He died May 24, 2012 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. Grant Coffey, a retired Portland Fire Battalion Chief and longtime coordinator of the Hazardous Materials Team, is honored to serve as President of Tribute to Honor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2001 right after the 9/11 New York tragedy and expanded in 2017 to include US Military and their families.

VETERANS TOWN HALL
Taking inspiration from Sebastian Junger’s TRIBE:  On Homecoming and Belonging, SFV is excited to host a Veterans Town Hall as part of our evening programs. This is a closed event for Veterans to share their stories with the Veteran community. Both Tony Marshall and Grant Coffey will attend. Light refreshments will be served.
*14 Nov – Oregon Historical Society Hatfield Room – 1500-1800
*Veterans only
*No photos
*No recordings
*No sharing Veterans’ stories outside the room
*No exceptions

Details at http://strongforveterans.org/


November President’s Update

First a few words about our upcoming meetings in November and December.

The November meeting will be 11:30 to 1:00 at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse on November 14th.  This meeting celebrates the November 10 birthday of the US Marine Corps.  We will have a cake to celebrate.  If you are a Marine, please make a special effort to join us.  If you have a friend who is/was a marine, plan on bringing them.

Also, at our luncheon in November we will be honored to have Sara Carlson, daughter of Ed Carlson USNA ’66 and Tony Marshall, former POW and USAFA ’68. They are in town for the “Strong For Veterans” program the evening of November 14th.

The December meeting will be 11:30 at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse on December 12th.  At this meeting we honor the Greatest Generation.  As the number of WWII vets is rapidly diminishing we are expanding the meeting to honor both WWII and the Korean Conflict Vets.  If you have a friend/relative who was in either of these conflicts, please bring them to our lunch.

For both meeting we are encouraging all of you to bring a toy to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

While the football season has been a bit of a disappointment to date, I predict a stunning upset of Army December 9th.  Plan on joining us at Big Al’s to watch and celebrate the victory.

For those of you that missed the opportunity of serving in the submarine force, there is a recent movie release called Hunter Killer.  Tim Myers recommends.

Lastly the Alumni Association and Foundation is kicking of a major fundraising event this month titled “Called to Serve Daring to Lead”.  Doug Ballard and I will be attending a kickoff meeting in Annapolis November 8th and 9th.  We will give an update at our meeting on the 14th.

We are starting to plan for next year’s August Chapter picnic.  If anyone has any ideas or would like to assist in the planning and execution, please let me know.  We are tentatively planning on having it at the same location as this year.

Remember, Chapter Challenge Coins can be the perfect Christmas gift.  See Frank Swientek.

We are still in need of a chapter Secretary.

Mike

Bear Army


October President’s Update

Posted: 10/3/2018

Our October meeting will be an evening affair which gives the opportunity for those who work that cannot normally attend our monthly lunch meeting to come out and enjoy a pleasant dinner with alumni.  The cost is $25 per person.  We will celebrate the USNA and US Navy birthdays.  There is no formal program, just a nice social gathering.  Please come and bring spouses, significant others.

The USNA Foundation is kicking off a major promotional and fundraising campaign later this year.  I will be attending a kickoff in November so will be able to give you more details in December.

Frank Swientek tells me we have lots of Challenge Coins available.  If you do not have one, they are available at each meeting.  A real bargain at $10 or 3 for $25.  For Parents Club members, they are perfect Graduation gifts and introduction to the alumni association.

The Chapter is still in need of a secretary, we are now entering our second year without one.  It would be nice if someone would step up.  Additionally, we have several council members terms expiring next Spring.  Being on council is a nice way to stay involved in the Alumni Association and contribute to the success of the great institution we all attended.

Football season is in full swing, and we have several games that we are setting up to watch as a group.  Notre Dame will be Oct 27 and we will watch with the ND alumni at Paddies and finally Army Navy will be 12/8 once again at Big Als.


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