Chapter News & Events

Wreaths Across America

We strive to provide you with News & Notes that are relevant to the Quantico / DMV area and/or to USNA alumni in general. We also chronicle significant events of the Chapter throughout the year.

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Latest News and Past Events

October 2021

10/1/21: 0700 Monthly Breakfast Speaker:  Navy Birthday celebration.  The Honorable Joseph D. Kernan, ’77.   Location: Holiday Inn Express.

July 2021

QAC ANNUAL TIME OFF.

June 2021

6/4/21:  1130 EDT !!  Monthly LUNCH. Speaker: Mike Giorgione, RADM (Ret), Class of 1981 – Speaking on his book:  “Inside Camp David:  The Private World of the Presidential Retreat”. Location: Zoom Call UFN.

6/8/21:  1800-2000 JSABMDC. JSABMDC is going LIVE for June’s event! Location is The Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. RSVP (acceptances only) to Jess Posey ’83 at bwjessposey@gmail.com.

May 2021

5/7/21:  Annual Membership Meeting. Location: Zoom Call.  Invitation to be posted when available.

5/11/21: Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, VIRTUAL UFN.  If interested, contact  Jess Posey USNA ’83 bwjessposey@gmail.com.  Send your name, academy, and class year.  Contact Jess to get on the monthly mixer mailing list.

5/31/21: Run to Honor (RTH). Semper Fidelis Memorial Park (USMC Museum).  THIS IS A VIRTUAL RUN EVENT.  LAST DAY TO JOIN AND GET A T-SHIRT BEFORE 31 MAY IS 7 MAY https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-qac-usnaaa-run-to-honr-remembrance-5k-runwalk-virtual-tickets-141565776047  POC is Mike Russ.

TBD: Flag Raising. Quantico National Cemetery.  POC – Rob Curran.

April 2021

4/9/21:  CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO SPEAKER AVAILABILITY.  Monthly Breakfast. Speaker: Colonel Brian “Willow” Dryzga. Director, Marine Corps COVID-19 Cell, HQMC PP&O. Location: Zoom Call.

4/13/21: Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, VIRTUAL UFN.  If interested, contact  Jess Posey USNA ’83 bwjessposey@gmail.com.  Send your name, academy, and class year.  Contact Jess to get on the monthly mixer mailing list.

4/24/21: Army -Navy Lacrosse Watch Party.  Location – 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company, Fredericksburg. RSVP NLT 18 April POC – Nancy Springer.

4/26/21: 1800  QAC Council Meeting.  All Members are welcome to call in.  ZOOM Mtg.  .

TBD: Annual Golf Tournament. POC – John Keenan.

TBD: Service Project.

March 2021

4/9/21:  CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO SPEAKER AVAILABILITY.  Monthly Breakfast. Speaker: Colonel Brian “Willow” Dryzga. Director, Marine Corps COVID-19 Cell, HQMC PP&O. Location: Zoom Call.

February 2021

2/5/21:  Monthly Breakfast. ZOOM. 0700. Speaker will be VADM Robert Sharp, Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.  POC: Nancy Springer, ‘87. .ZOOM details in invite.

 

2/9/21: Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, VIRTUAL UFN.  If interested, contact  Jess Posey USNA ’83 bwjessposey@gmail.com.  Send your name, academy, and class year.  Contact Jess to get on the monthly mixer mailing list.

2/20/21: Army -Navy Basketball Watch Party. 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company, 1140 International Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA (540-356-9056). Tip-off is 1300.  POC – Nancy Springer

Frank McKinney ’80, George Williams ’87 & Nancy Springer ’87

CNX: Wreath Retrieval, Quantico National Cemetery.  POC – Rob Curran.

January 2021

1/11/21: QAC Council Meeting – 1800 – ZOOM Meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82562759246?pwd=WmNyUzZ1TEY0dm0xeU91VkN2N3c4UT09 Meeting ID: 825 6275 9246 Passcode: 847093  ALL QAC members are encouraged to attend and to lend your help and provide direction for the Chapter. 

1/12/21: Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, VIRTUAL UFN.  If interested, contact  Jess Posey USNA ’83 bwjessposey@gmail.com.  Send your name, academy, and class year.  Contact Jess to get on the monthly mixer mailing list.

1/23/21:  Army-Navy Basketball Watch Party.  6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company, 1140 International Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA (540-356-9056). Tip-off is at 1430.  POC – Nancy Springer.

December 2020

12/4/20:  Monthly Breakfast. ZOOM.  Speaker Congressman Rob Wittman, 1st District of Virginia. Virtual Meeting via ZOOM.

12/5/20: Sgt Mac Foundation Wreath Laying, QNC – CANCELLED

12/10/20:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, VIRTUAL UFN.  If interested, contact  Jess Posey USNA ’83 bwjessposey@gmail.com.  Send your name, academy, and class year.  Contact Jess to get on the monthly mixer mailing list.

12/12/20: 1500 Annual Army -Navy Football Watch Party.  Hawkins Room, TBS.  POC – Nancy Springer, Ron Diefenbach  Smaller group than normal due to COVID -19…but we still were able to have a limited group!

12/ 16-19 /20: Wreath’s Across America is by appointment  only 16-19 Dec. To reserve two wreaths and a time slot. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wreaths-across-america-quantico-national-cemetery-new-process-this-year-tickets-125175867389   – POC: Rob Curran, ‘88

November 2020

11/6/20:  Monthly Breakfast. Speaker: MajGen Olson, Staff Director of the Marine Corps. Virtual Meeting via ZOOM.

11/10/20:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-7:00 pm. Expect a kick off with a word from our host Jack White ‘00 USMA 95 from FH+H.  Acceptances only; please send your name, academy, and class year to Jess Posey USNA 83 bwjessposey@gmail.com  ZOOM instructions will follow.

TBD: Battlefield Tour. POC – JD Baker. POSTPONED.  SEE INFORMATION FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021.

October 2020

10/2/20:  Monthly Breakfast. Speaker: TBD, CANCELLED 

10/2/20:  POTENTIAL MONTHLY BREAKFAST SPEAKER.   CANCELLED 

10/9/20: Annual Golf Tournament. POC – John Keenan. CANCELLED 

10/13/20:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-6:00 pm. Location: VIRTUAL.  Expect a kick off with a word from our host Michael Shoemaker USNA ‘00 from Guidehouse Consulting.  Then 2 rounds of breakouts into our sidebar rooms. Sidebars are where we’ll go round the horn with intros. Max for the event is 60 so RSVP now. 
*RSVP:*   Acceptances only; please send your name, academy, and class year to Jess Posey USNA 83 bwjessposey@gmail.com  When you respond to this email instructions will follow.

10/19/20: QAC Council Meeting – 1800 – Fatty’s Tap House, 225 Garrisonville Road, Stafford.  ZOOM CALL. All Members invited to join the process.  Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86900654843?pwd=aEk5bndZYVpPczMxRnRXZ3JFeUp5UT09

September 2020

9/4/20:  Monthly Breakfast. Speaker: Rear Admiral Charles Brown, Chief of Information, Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom.  

9/8/20:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-8:00 pm. Location: TBD. CANCELLED  This event is a casual, business-oriented networking only (no speaker) event scheduled monthly for all Academy grads in the greater DC area.  Introductions are at 6:30 pm. Dress Code is business casual; food and drink provided at no cost.  Please send acceptances only to Jess Posey, ’83 at bwjessposey@gmail.com.  QAC POC is Nancy Springer ’87 at

TBD: CANCELLED  Greet/Escort DC Honor Flight – Reagan Airport – POC Dave Mattingly

TBD: CANCELLED  Wine Tasting/Chapter Group Event. POC – Steve Ritacco.

August 2020

8/7/20:  Monthly Breakfast. CANCELLED 

8/11/20:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-8:00 pm. Location: TBD. CANCELLED  This event is a casual, business-oriented networking only (no speaker) event scheduled monthly for all Academy grads in the greater DC area.  Introductions are at 6:30 pm. Dress Code is business casual; food and drink provided at no cost.  Please send acceptances only to Jess Posey, ’83 at bwjessposey@gmail.com.  QAC POC is Nancy Springer ’87 at nancy.a.springer.nancy@aol.com.

TBD: Service Project. CANCELLED 

July 2020

Date TBD:CANCELLED Picnic with TBS

7/20/20: QAC Council Meeting – 1800 – Phil Salinas’ house.

June 2020

6/1/20:  Start of new fiscal year.

6/12/20:  Monthly Breakfast. CANCELLED  Speaker: Thomas B. ’83, Secretary of the Navy.   Location: Holiday Inn Dumfries  

6/9/20: CANCELLED  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer,

May 2020

5/1/20:  CANCELLED Annual Membership Meeting. Location: Holiday Inn Dumfries.

5/12/20: CANCELLED  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-8:00 pm. Location: Sirius XM, 1500 Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC 20002 .  This event is a casual, business-oriented networking only (no speaker) event scheduled monthly for all Academy grads in the greater DC area.  

5/25/20: UPDATE:  Run To Honor (RTH) 5K is now a VIRTUAL-ONLY event.  Despite challenging world events, we will still honor our fallen & invest in the future!  Get details at  RTH 2020  QAC POC is Mike Russ at  micheal.d.russ@gmail.com  Never Forget!

DATE TBD: CANCELLED  Flag Raising, Quantico National Cemetery. QAC POC is Rob Curran ’88 recurran@yahoo.com

5/31/20: End of Chapter Year.

April 2020

4/3/20:  Our monthly breakfast was CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Our speaker was scheduled to be Admiral James Caldwell, Jr., Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. We sincerely look forward to rescheduling the Admiral in the future if at all possible.

4/6/20:  QAC Council Meeting, 6:00 – 7:15 Meeting was held virtually on a conference call.  The Agenda and the Minutes can be viewed on the Council Meeting Minutes page of this website. 

4/18/20: CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Army-Navy Lacrosse Game Watch Party.

March 2020

6 Mar 20: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker RADM Bill Byrne ’87, USN, Vice Director of the Joint Staff. RADM Byrne gave a very interesting presentation centered around his duties as a former Commandant of Midshipmen, his experiences as a flag officer in the fleet as a surface warfare officer, and his current duties on the Joint Staff.  His candid remarks were well received and insightful.  He also answered several probing questions from those in attendance. Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

February 2020

1 Feb 20: QAC Volunteers assembled at Qauntico National Cemetery to remove wreathes. Amazing that 13,500+ wreaths (only 1/2 the cemetery, actually) can be picked up in about an hour or so.  Notice the dumpster packers (one of many dumpsters) in the background.

7 Feb 20: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker, and Chapter Member, John Keenan ’81 who presented a briefing that addressed the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate programs run by the Marine Corps out of Quantico.  John’s address was very interesting for all attendees, and he answered several questions at the conclusion.  Hats off to John, who stepped in at the last minute after two planned speakers had to reschedule (Acting SECNAV and Deputy Secretary of the VA (Jim Byrne ’87)).  Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

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22 Feb 20: No-Host Social/Watch Party at The Liberty Tavern Manassas (nice place!). We had a fun time, with some camaraderie & cheese steaks thrown in, but unfortunately a Navy loss in OT—we’ll get them next time!! L-R Dave Mattingly QAC USN Senior Enlisted Advisor, Nancy Springer ‘87 & Bob Taylor ‘74.

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January 2020

3 Jan 20: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker BGen Jason Morris ’92, USMC, Commanding General , Training Command. General Morris gave us an interesting overview of how his command is organized, the extent of his command’s responsibility, and the many challenges he faces during these turbulent and changing times.  He was very positive about the contributions of individual Marines who come up with solutions to problems that can be used by all Marines.  These initiatives are championed by leadership. He also answered several questions from the audience which addressed current training and organizational challenges in the Navy and Marine Corps.  Held at the Holiday Inn, Dumfries, VA.

25 Jan 20:   Army-Navy Basketball Game Watch Party, Paddy’s Steakhouse & Pub, Stafford, VA.  Tough Loss for the Mids but there is another chance on FEB 22 !  Let’s turn out for that one!

December 2019

6 Dec 19:  Monthly Breakfast.  Speaker: Representative Rob Wittman. Congressman representing the First Congressional District of Virginia.  He is currently serving his sixth full term in the House of Representatives where he serves on the House Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Natural Resources.  Congressman Wittman gave a presentation on his roles in the Congress related to the Navy and Marine Corps, including USNA, and his thoughts with the way Congress conducts business with regard to the NDAA, appropriations bills, and continuing resolutions.  He also answered several questions from the audience which addressed current challenges in the Navy and Marine Corps and for USNA.   Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA

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7 Dec 19:  QAC Members joined hundreds of others on a sunny and chilly morning at Quantico National Cemetery to assist the Sgt Mac Foundation in laying over 16,000 wreathes on the graves of those who served and went before us.  Wonderful words from the podium, concluded by an TAPS played by a lone USMC bugler, prior to a small amount of time laying the wreathes..

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14 Dec 19: Over 15 QAC Members & their families joined at least 90 TBS 2nd Lieutenants & their guests for the 3rd Annual Army-Navy Football Game QAC Watch Party, The event was held again in the Hawkins Room at TBS.  Walking away with a 31 to 7 victory, all hands had a great time with wonderful food and even better company.  Special thanks to TBS and the Hawkins’ Room “Admiral”, Sunny, for the use of the facility and for keeping the refreshments coming. Also, a loud shout-out to our own Ron “Emeril” Diefenbach for once again being a one-man food guru.  A unique, and fun, treat this year was having 2 special drawings – which was a personal sponsorship – by Erica “The Price is Right” Wogaman.  Finally, a special thanks to USAA for helping out again this year with a partial sponsorship.  Navy’s on its way to another 14 in a row!

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November 2019

1 Nov 19: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker BGen James H. Adams ‘91 USMC, Director, Capabilities Development Directorate; Combat Development & Integration, Headquarters Marine Corps. Gen Adams gave an very interesting presentation about reassessing the current mission and roles of the USMC and designing the force for 2030, based upon the new Commandant’s Planning Guidance.  We also celebrated the Marine Corps’ 244th Birthday with a cake cutting ceremony.

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4 Nov 19: QAC Council Meeting to review current activities, 6:30 pm at Fatty’s Tap House, 225 Garrisonville Road, Stafford. Agenda and Minutes (when published) available on the “Council Meeting Minutes” sub-page.

16 Nov 19:  Tour of the Fredericksburg battlefield led by JD Baker ‘05 (Honorary).  Members and guest met on a cold Saturday morning to walk the battlefield and hear about the leadership successes and failures at the highest levels on both sides.  A very interesting history lesson.

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October 2019

11 Oct 19: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker CAPT Scott Kraft ’93 USN, Commanding Officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.  CAPT Kraft gave a very thoughtful presentation about what he does, and included some questions to think about regarding naval service and the state of affairs within DoD.  We also celebrated the Navy’s 244th Birhday with a ceremony and cake cutting. Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

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10/8/19:Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-8:00 pm. Location: Avascent, 1615 L Street NW, Washington, DC.  This event is a casual, business-oriented networking only (no speaker) event scheduled on the 2d Tuesday monthly for all Academy grads in the greater DC area. 

September 2019

9/6/19: Monthly breakfast with guest speaker Dr. Joe Thomas (LtCol USMC (Ret.)), Director, Stockdale Center for Leadership at USNA.  Dr. Thomas gave a very interesting talk on leadership and ethics training efforts at USNA and discussed the various changes over the years to increase the effectiveness of the courses.  He also readily answered many questions from the audience, who paid close attention to what was being said. Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

9/7/19:  Greet/Escort DC Honor Flight, Reagan National Airport.  QAC POC: Dave Mattingly, daamattingly@me.com

9/11/19:  Joint Service Academy Business Mixer, 5:00-8:00 pm. Location: BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management Patio — 7900 Tysons One Place, Suite 150, Tysons, VA 22102.   This event is a casual, business-oriented networking only (no speaker) event usually scheduled on the 2d Tuesday monthly for all Academy grads in the greater DC area.

28 Sep 19:  Several members and available spouses attended a Bull Run Battlefield Tour/Winery Tour & Tasting event in Manassas, VA. The battlefield tour was led by QAC member Scott Moore.

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August 2019

2 Aug 19: President Nancy Springer submitted an application to again be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award.

9 Aug 19:  Monthly breakfast with guest speaker CAPT Roger Herbert, USN (Ret.), the current General Robert T. Herres Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics at USNA.  CAPT Herbert is a former SEAL, having graduated from BUDS in 1985.  His presentation was entitled,”7 Questions That Will Change Your Life” discussing personal character, morals and ethics and the affects of these on leaders.  He included references and ideas to several of the studied philosophers of history.  A very well received and interesting topic. Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

July 2019

The month of June is typically a period of “rest” for the Chapter with no specific scheduled activites

June 2019

7 Jun 19:  Monthly breakfast with guest speaker Mr. Lew McIntyre, c/o 70, author of The Eagle and the Dragon, a Novel of Rome and China. Lew gave a very detailed and interesting view of the world in terms of world history both BC and AD.  Many found the situations affecting civilizations from then until now are very similar. Lew answered several questions.  Tom Connally hosted the event as the new President was unavailable and the new VP had not had any turnover time yet.  Tom announced the results of the election and provided a slide show of the recent Run-To-Honor event.  Attendees were reminded that the new fiscal year for QAC chapter started on 1 June, with dues’ submissions gladly accepted. A 3-year payment option with discount is now available.  Held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA.

Distinguished Chapter Awards

2018 AWARD