Appointment presentation

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  1. USNA2011Dad

    USNA2011Dad Member

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    I am a first time poster. I have been lurking on these boards for sometime and appreciate all the information that is available here. My son has received an appointmet to the USNA. His mother and I are very proud of him. I would like to have his appointment presented to him at school. Who usually does this? I have sent an email to his BGO today. I would like to have your input.

    Thak you

    Go Navy Beat Army
     
  2. USNA69

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    Since BGOs are volunteers, they cannot be ordered to do so, but it is highly recommended that they present nominations at awards ceremonies. Most are happy to do so. If you meet resistance, I would call CGO and ask if there is someone else locally that could do the honors. Congratualations to your son.
     
  3. kpmom2010

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    Congratulations on your family's success. My son had his presentation at the awards night made by his local admissions advisor. You can also find someone from your local alumni association to make the presentation. If your son had an advisor it is really great to have that advisor make the presentation. My son is at Kings Point and had the highest value scholarship awarded at his school, cool and great stuff. Have fun and get ready for a tough year. KP Dad.
     
  4. Cougar_62

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    Have you thought of getting your Senator or Congressman/woman involved? If they nominated your son, maybe they would be interested in presenting his appointment to him? Wouldn't hurt to contact their local office and ask.
     
  5. USNA69

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    Great idea. If they are in town, I doubt if they would pass up the opportunity.

    Congressman William Whitehurst, 2nd Congressional District of Virginia, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee presented my son's appointment even though he went before the Admissions Board as a baseball prospect and received a Presidential appointment. Later his appointment was changed to a Virginia 2nd District Congressional.

    Afterwards, during the following congressional election, having just recently retired from the Navy and voting in Virginia for the first time, I discovered that through a bit of gerrymandering, we were one of a handful of families in Virginia Beach not in Whitehurst's district. The standing joke for my son's entire four years at the Academy was that anytime things weren't going perfectly, he said: "I am not even supposed to be here. I am here illegially. I am going to go turn myself in."
     
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  6. The Commissioner

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    As for my son's Senior Award Night, it looks like the Air Force Academy liaison officer is driving over 100 miles one way to present my son with the offer of admission to their prep school that he didn't accept and no one will be there from the Army to present him with the offer to MAPS that he did accept! It's funny in a way and highly symbolic of how the process went in his case.
     
  7. 2011's Mom

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    Commissioner - seems wierd for Army not to have someone give it while AF does - but you're right - the way it all came down, somehow it seems to fit. Isn't it odd how all these kids have vastly different stories for the mechanics of gaining their objective. A year ago I would have assumed similar straight forward stories about gaining appointments. Now, a year later, as our kids prepare to step off on a new adventure, I find that although the process in and of itself is quite similar, the implementation is quite disparate not only from candidate to candidate but significantly so from academy to academy.
     
  8. Antoinette

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    Commissioner,
    There must be an USMA grad in your community. Try www.aog.usma.edu/

    My son's Air Force Liaison Officer was extremely nice also. He wanted to present at Honors Night but our quidance counselor refused to let him come because they wanted my son to get recognized only once...for USMA. The quidance counselor arranged for an USMA grad to do the presentation since the USMA Liaison Officer could not come. I think USMA has fewer Liaison Officers because so many are serving in Iraq.
     
  9. The Commissioner

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    Please correct me if I am wrong, but one has to be registered to use the alumni search.
     
  10. Antoinette

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  11. USNA69

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    I think the place to start (and end) for getting someone to make the presentation is the respective academy admissions office. If the local BGO, ALO, MLO, etc. is not on board or not responding, contact the admissions office. This is huge for the candidate, whether it be the actual academy or one of the prep schools, and also an opportunity for academy PR. They want to be there also. Help them make it happen. Don't settle for anything less than an "official" representative.

    Commish, Antoinette:
    Are you stating that the representatives of programs which your son has turned down, still want to make presentations? Odd!!
     
  12. The Commissioner

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    Yes, it's true. I can't make this stuff up. Very odd!
     
  13. nurseypoo

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    When my son's BNG officer called and inquired about his awards night, he presented it with a double prong approach. First, was to recognize my son. Two, was to put the Naval Academy out there in front of everyone.

    I can see them doing that for advertisement purposes. However, I must say we didn't hear from his ALO wanting to do that. He was an odd fish, anyway. REALLY odd.
     
  14. Cougar_62

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    A little off topic, but we had something neat happen. My daughter is a member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, and last January was the Cadet Commander. The cadets were asked to help out at the inaugural ball for our new Governor. The Governor, Butch Otter, used to be our Representative and gave our daughter one of her USNA nominations.

    Our daughter was in her dress blue uniform, helping hold a rope which was holding back the crowd as the VIPs entered. As the Governor and First Lady went by, the First Lady leaned over and told our daughter congratulations on her nomination. The First Lady, unbeknownst to us, was our daughter's teacher in 8th grade! Just at that moment our Deputy Commander snapped a picture and it appeared with a story in the Idaho Wing Journal.

    Maybe we can get the First Lady to come present an appointment if she gets one next year.
     
  15. OldProp

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    Good story on receivng appointment

    My son has told me to keep a low profile as he has heard upper class men do read these forums and can focus on specific candidate during Beast or Plebe year. So I wont give all the details.

    Son plays for a local sports club at a level of play higher than he could receive at his high school. Thats why he plays with the club and not his high school. Obviously he doesnt play football.

    His club was invited to play at USMA and he took to the field in the second half. During play he couldnt understand what was going on as the Army players were giving him shots and some hits, though in a friendly manner. As it turns out they were saying "hello". His fellow club members and others all came out in force to watch the game, as it was considered an honor to play USMA.

    After the game, in front of his team mates and the Army players and his family - he was presented his admission binder. It was an absolutely amazing event.
     
  16. 2011's Mom

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    wow - that is a cool story. He sure won't forget how he got it!
     

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