Hello all. I'm a retired Navy captain, a graduate of "another fine institution" (Wake Forest to Navy via OCS), married to another retired Navy captain, USNA '62, former USNA 5th Battalion Officer. For the past 12 years, we have sponsored 4-5 plebes each year at USNA. We now have quite the alumni family, some still serving, and several "sponsor grandkids." We are very involved with USNA life, and I keep up with all kinds of things over in the Yard. I'm pleased to be part of this group and follow what's going on across the Academies. My naval career centered on Navy operational logistics with the Military Sealift Command fleet and naval installation management. After my command tours, my stint as 5th BattO was my favorite tour. I was Officer Rep for Women's Basketball, The Log, The Lucky Bag and the Class of '98. I was also the Commandant's rep on the Academic Dean's Medical/Dental Officer Board, which reviews applications from midshipmen interested in attending medical or dental school after graduation. In the interests of full disclosure, I'm with USAA Military Affairs in the Annapolis office. One of my motivations, but not my primary, for officially joining this forum is to catch wind of any Rumor Mill inaccuracies about USAA and, in my private capacity, steer people to where they can find correct information. I will not, of course, be speaking officially for USAA or using this forum inappropriately to promote USAA. For midshipman parents out there, I'm the "Bag Lady" who coordinates the hundreds of Proud Parent of a USNA Midshipman Tote Bag given away on I-Day each summer, sets up the annual Career Starter loan, and takes care of other corporate support of USNA programs. I also look after USMMA in the same way and do Bag Lady duty there as well. Beat Army, and may all those who go in harm's way come safely home again.