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Have you visited the the Naval Academy’s Nimitz Library’s 2nd Annual Midshipmen Art and Poetry Exhibit? The exhibit opened April 9 and will be on display until Friday, May 25. The exhibit opening was held as part of National Library Week, as well as April’s National Poetry Month.

The U.S. Naval Academy came in first place in this year's University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC). This competition challenged university students to develop a system for corrosion detection in hard-to-access areas.

Each team built an autonomous system for corrosion inspection under specific challenge limitations and specifications in advance of the 2018 CORROSION Conference. On Tuesday, teams took the stage in one of the Corrosive Chronicles theaters to give oral presentations and introduce their prototypes for autonomous corrosion inspection. The next day teams demonstrated their robot’s ability to negotiate obstacles and inspect for corrosion in a closed steel box.

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The 2018 McCain Conference was held yesterday and today on the Yard. The theme of this year's conference was "The Ethics of Intrastate Warfare." Topics discussed included revolution, secession, coups, intervention, transitional justice, nonviolent resistance and refugees.

Fore more info about the 2018 McCain Conference, please visit:

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Happy #FirstieFriday! This week's Firstie is Midshipman 1st Class Andrew Schutta.

Name: Andrew Schutta
Company: 1 (United States Naval Academy First Company)
Service Selection: Navy Pilot

Andrew's USNA Story:
I am from Lansdale, PA, outside Philly, and went to La Salle College High School where I was a rower all four years. I have two brothers, one of whom plays college football at Wesleyan University in CT and one who is a junior at La Salle now. I don't have any immediate family members in the military, although one of my grandfathers was a marine, and the other was aboard the U.S.S. San Diego during World War II. I have two great parents who raised me very well and gave me and my brothers every opportunity to succeed.

I am lucky enough to have been the roommate of Brigade XO, 1/C Mike Germano, and have had plenty of interesting experiences with him. I also enjoy fishing for stripers with my good friend 1/C Jax Parrish and eating King Hall breakfast with 1/C Miranda Kosmides.

While I have developed from my time in the Hall and in the classroom, the place where I have learned the most is the boathouse. I have had the privilege of being on the Lightweight Crew Team here. My time on the team has taught me more than I could have ever imagined about integrity, hard-work, and character. Most people do not get to see what we do day in and day out, but the lessons I have learned from my team are invaluable. Whether it is pushing myself physically or teaching me how to care about people, I will always remember my time as a Navy lightweight rower and guys like ENS Tom Coffin, ENS Pat Leech, and 1/C Hank
Forsythe whom I owe so much to.

What the person who nominated Andrew had to say:
As both Navy lightweight crew captain and within the company, Andrew is absolutely loved. He is always there for people and consistently goes the extra mile to help someone out. He makes those around him genuinely happier through either his humor or through his generosity.

PC: 1/C Reilly

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The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM). The goal of SAAPM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Photo credit: MIDN 1/c Sarah Reilly

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Twenty-five midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program attended the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo last weekend. The team lead over 25 different hands-on activities with thousands of students and parents.

Topic areas for USNA activities included materials properties, energy, motors and circuits, robotics and sensors, fluids and aerospace, simple machines, mechanics, chemistry, math, and logic.

Festival authorities estimated that over 350,000 attended including the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, pictured here with some of the midshipmen manning the booth.

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An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator has been on the yard this week. Today is the last opportunity for any interested midshipmen to fly the simulator!
The purpose of the F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator is to expose midshipmen to a potential career path in Navy or Marine Corps aviation.

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This year's Distinguished Artist Series will feature the 45th Annual Spring Oratorio this Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at or by calling 410-293-TIXS(8497).

The USNA Masqueraders One-Act Play Festival will take place in Mahan Hall this Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Door open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and can be purchased online at, by calling 410-293-TIXS(8497), or at the door the night of the show.

The One-Act Play Festival features four individual one-act plays, all of which are entirely directed and performed by midshipmen. Of those four, two are originals written by current midshipmen, and one is an original written by a former midshipmen. This year's play line-up features a mix of comedy and drama, as well as a dynamic range of midshipmen comprising the casts.

One Act Performances will be:

You Don't Know My Story (written & directed by MIDN 2/c Hayden Burger '19)

A Friday in Late Autumn (written & directed by MIDN 2/c Nelson Chandler '19) -

Almost Maine (written by John Cariani, directed by MIDN 2/c Jordan Tolentino '19)

Invisible Walls (written by Taylor Buck '16, directed by MIDN 2/c Nick Hajek '19)

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The 58th annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) took place last week and this year's discussion focused on “Guarding Liberty in a World of Democratic Undoing.”

Midshipman 3rd class (sophomore) Sophie Lekas summarized the conference in her NAFAC overview below.

Pictures from the conference are also up and can be found here:

On March 19-23, 2018, Midshipmen Ted Johnson, Kelsey Melinosky, Paige Monk, Hannah Rose, Brendan O'Donoghue, and Kurt Zepeda joined over 60 other service academy cadets from around the world for the 17th Annual Military Academies Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition hosted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at their headquarters in San Remo, Italy. The competition, which is held in San Remo each Spring, is a simulation-based competition that aims to teach Midshipmen and Cadets LOAC and its application within the context of contemporary armed conflict. It is intended to compliment the national training of LOAC and to ensure that military cadets develop an early appreciation of the critical importance of LOAC in multinational military operations.

Read more about the competition and their trip here:

Photos and competition summary provided by:
LCDR Paige J. Ormiston, JAGC, USN
Assistant Professor, Military Law

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We had a beautiful day for the annual Naval Academy vs. St. John’s croquet match on Saturday! The Johnnies ended up taking home the Annapolis Cup trophy this year but the crowds still looked like they had a great time enjoying the match on a sunny April day.

Photos courtesy of MIDN 1/c Sarah Reilly

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We have a wide variety of athletes at the Naval Academy and last week showcased some of our best in combative sports:

Last Sunday the United States Naval Academy Taekwondo Team sent two competitors, MIDN 3rd class (sophomore) Jawaun Stanley and MIDN 2nd class (junior) Richard Zirkle, to the 43rd U.S. Collegiate National Taekwondo Championship in Washington, D.C., at American University. Colleges from all over the country sent their best competitors to compete for national titles. MIDN Zirkle won the heavyweight division (+87kg) winning his final match 34-14. This makes Richard Zirkle the Naval Academy's first National Collegiate Champion in Taekwondo, and he is currently the best collegiate heavyweight in the nation!

Three Naval Academy boxers also recently won national championships, including MIDN 1st class (senior) Jessica Valez, MIDN 3rd class (sophomore) Sophie Lekas and MIDN 4th class (freshman) Kendell Louis.

The Naval Academy Jiu Jitsu team also traveled to West Point last weekend to compete in the Third Annual Army-Navy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Meet and came out beating the cadets with 3 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws.
Congrats to all of our mids!

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Who's coming to today's Formal Parade?

Here are photos from last week's parade, the first of the spring semester, taken by MIDN 1/C Reilly and 4/C Brophy.

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Happy Friday! This week's Firstie Friday is Midshipman 1/C Omar Bailey.

Name: Omar Bailey
Service Selection: Submarines
Company: 5
His USNA Story:

I am from North Plainfield, NJ, and an involved member of the almighty 5th Company Rocks. I major in Mathematics with Economics and am a proud NAPSter. My first exposure to the Naval Academy was during my junior year of high school when I participated in the Naval Academy Summer Seminar, and though I visited many other universities, the Naval Academy was easily my top choice. The food was great, the camaraderie was like no other, and I hoped to challenge myself alongside some of the best future officers the Navy and Marine Corps has to offer.

I declined ROTC scholarships to several universities and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island for one year prior to joining the Naval Academy Class of 2018. After winning the 400 meter dash in the Plebe Summer Track Smoker, I walked on to the track team and never looked back. I love competing, but my role on the team has grown into something much larger, as I actively mentor the underclass and bring a lot of energy to our daily practices. Along with track, I serve as an Midshipman Group Study Program leader for Macroeconomics, where I tutor midshipmen outside of class. Other clubs and ECAs I participate in include Cannoneers, Midshipmen Black Study Club, and Lean in Circle.

As graduation grows closer, I have been reflecting more on the amazing opportunities I have had here at the Naval Academy. Some of the most rewarding experiences have occurred over summer training; I was given the opportunity to study French in Paris for 5 weeks for an LREC, serve as a NAPS detail Squad Leader, and work as Chief of Staff in Summer Seminar as a 1/C Midshipman. These summer training assignments helped me grow as a leader because they immersed me in new environments where I was forced to adapt and overcome challenges. My motivations here at the academy definitely stem from my love of country, my family back home who support my global affairs, my friends at the academy, and my belief that I have to earn my keep everyday. I am excited to Commission and thankful that I have an opportunity to serve as a Naval Officer in the world's best Navy.

What the person who nominated Omar had to say: There is no greater person than 1/C Bailey. He is kind to everyone and his positive attitude rubs off on all those around him. He is a varsity track runner and has a QPR above a 3.0. He is a squad leader and balances his responsibilities to his team and his squad very well. He is always the first person to help anyone out. Always puts time aside to help those around him out. Overall a great guy, I know him personally. He's a fun loving guy and this past year has been like a big brother to me.

Photos were taken by 1/C Paul Vogeler.

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#ThrowbackThursday to spring break, when 16 Midshipmen toured USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after watching flight ops on the carrier.

Photo Submission: MIDN 2/C Isaac Phillips

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Temperatures this week are warming up for the annual Annapolis Cup Croquet Match this Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Get ready to watch the Naval Academy battle it out with St. John’s to see who will bring home the coveted Annapolis Cup trophy.

The weather forecast for Saturday is sunny and seasonably hot. What are you planning on wearing to the match?

(tickets to this event are sold out)

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Last night the Commander of the United States Southern Command Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke to the Brigade of Midshipmen during the 58th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference as part of the Naval Academy’s Forrestal Lecture Series. The Forrestal Lecture Series was established at the Naval Academy in May 1970 in honor of James V. Forrestal. The purpose of this series is to enhance the Brigade of Midshipmen's awareness and appreciation of the social, political and cultural dimensions of the Nation and the world.

Who was your favorite Forrestal speaker?

Photo credit: Ken Aston and MIDN 1/c Sarah Reilly

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This past weekend in Dahlgren Hall, for the first time in more than a century, the British Royal Standard was on display. In history, it flew over York (Toronto), Canada and was captured by a joint U.S. Army-Navy force on April 27, 1813, in York during the War of 1812. The flag measures 35 ft. x 25 ft. In 1849, President James Knox Polk issued an executive order that all flags captured by U.S. naval forces be preserved and displayed at the U.S. Naval Academy. This flag was recently removed from its case after a century for preservation purposes.

Photo Credit: 2/C Anna Kang

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The 2018 International Ball was a memorable and successful event for the thousands of midshipmen, officers, and guests in attendance!
The International Ball is held each year to honor our International Officers and 1/C International Midshipmen. Additionally, it presents a unique opportunity to educate the Brigade, faculty and staff about various aspects of international cultures.

Photo Credit: Midshipman 3/C Agosta and 4/C Brophy

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Did you attend the USNA Women's Glee Club Alumni Reunion Concert?
If you missed it, check out this clip from their amazing performance.

Video by: MIDN 2/C Grace Lee and Charlie Park

The Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference is officially underway! For conference updates, check out the NAFAC Facebook page and follow along on their Twitter and Instagram pages:
Twitter: @USNA_NAFAC
Instagram: @usna_nafac

For more information on the conference please visit:

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Do you have a photo you'd like featured on our Facebook page? (taken at USNA or of our Midshipmen)

Submit it here:

Check out this awesome Noon Meal Formation submission by Midshipman 2/C Anna Kang.

"No Ike Jackets + outdoor formation = spring is here!
The 30th Company wedge (MIDN 1/C Connor Harris, MIDN LTJG Lacey Kelley, and MIDN 4/C Arthur Devine) marches into position to lead the company into King Hall for noon meal."

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There will be a Holocaust Remembrance Service in Miller Chapel next Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

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Good luck to the United States Naval Academy's Navy Rockets​ team, currently competing in the NASA Student Launch Competition in Huntsville, Alabama!

Members of the team have been working together for the past eight months to design and test a full-scale rocket for the competition. The team will be tasked with ensuring their rocket reaches one mile in altitude, performing a successful autonomous recovery, and deploying an autonomous rover from inside the rocket upon landing.

For more information on the team please visit:
For competition updates, follow along on their Facebook page: Navy Rockets

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Posted by Navy Rockets on Sunday, December 3, 2017