Thursday, April 23, 2015

From: John Howland

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Have you seen this before? Oprah had been using it for over a year!
John Howland

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

from: John Howland

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Breaking news Oprah had been using it for over a year! 

John Howland
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Monday, February 23, 2015

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

NAAAG to Appeal!

USNA-At-Large, breaking news from our NAAAG friends --

June 5, 2008
Status of Legal Action (12)
As you know, on April 7 Judge Caroom dismissed our suit, basing his decision on acceptance of the claim by the Board's lawyer that the tenure limits imposed on the Chair, Vice Chair and Immediate Predecessor of the Chair by the Bylaws in effect during the 2006 election are ambiguous.   Convinced that he is mistaken and that an appropriate reading of the Bylaws could not possibly support such a conclusion, on April 12 we filed a motion asking him to reconsider.  In the motion we pointed out to the court that, among other things, he had justified his action by referring to language in the Bylaws dealing with the President and Board-appointed trustees, about whom no questions whatsoever had ever been raised.
As you also know, on May 15 the judge denied without comment our request.  While this was not unexpected, motions to reconsider are rejected some 95 percent of the time, it was handed down more quickly than anticipated and came without reference to the arguments made in our motion.  Further, it came without his having waited to receive our rebuttal to the Association's opposition to the motion and without the hearing on it he had earlier indicated he would hold.
Copies of these documents, the order dismissing our suit, our motion to reconsider, and the Judge's denial of that motion are posted on the NAAAG website, , as documents NG46, NG47, and NG50 respectively. 
On that same date, May 15, the Judge denied a "Motion to Sever, Certify as Final, and Stay the Request for Declaratory Judgment" we had filed at his invitation.  He did so in an effort to resolve a legal question that had arisen out of an uncertainty regarding the court's authority to dispose of a declaratory judgment action without the entry of a declaration of the rights of the parties.  After asking for a briefing on this technical procedural issue by way of a motion to sever and response, the court concluded it was authorized to dismiss the declaratory judgment action without entering a judgment declaring the rights of the parties, in effect clearing the way for an expeditious appeal of his original dismissal of our suit.
The actions by the court subsequent to the original – and in our view erroneous -- decision to dismiss our suit follow from that action.  It is this decision that is at issue.  We have said from the outset that our goal was to make our case in open court and have it decided on its merits; we have been denied that opportunity, principally on procedural grounds, grounds we are convinced are entirely at odds with the facts of the case and legal precedents applicable to it.  What, then, are we going to do?   On May 29 we filed a Notice of Appeal with the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County indicated our intention to appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.  A copy of the notice is posted on the website as document NG51.
The Court of Special Appeals is made up of 27 jurists from across the state who sit in three judge panels to hear cases.  A second level to which appeal can be made is to the state's "supreme" court, the Maryland Court of Appeals.  It is made up of seven judges, all of whom sit for each case.  Usually cases move from the former to the latter, but the high court may take up a case directly if the legal issues it raises are deemed important enough.  
The filing of the Appeal Notice has set in motion a process involving the preparation of reports, records and transcripts related to the case, the filing of briefs by both parties, and concludes with the hearing of oral arguments by the 3-judge Court of Special Appeals panel.   Given that the court does not sit in August, it could take as long as eight months or more for a decision to be announced.
While they will be generally apparent from the documents referred to above and others posted on the NAAAG website, our grounds for appealing as well as why doing so is necessary and important will be the subject of more detailed treatment in future log entries.   At this point we want simply to let you know of our intent to stay the course and to ask that you continue to support this effort.
Now more than ever we need your financial support to pay our legal bills and we need your help in getting the word out to other alumni regarding what has happened to our Association and what is riding on the final outcome of this lawsuit.  Please contribute, either through the website or by sending a check made out to NAAAG, Inc., to NAAAG, Inc., P.O. Box 2709, Alexandria, VA  22301.
Stay tuned,
Bill Tate, '64
Jim Kenney, '58
Mike Tackney, '64

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Newest Supe: Admiral Jeff Fowler

USNA-At-Large, --
From the Baltimore Sun

Academy leader nominated

Veteran submarine commander known for advocating diversity

By Bradley Olson
sun reporter

March 18, 2007

Bush nominates an advocate of diversity to lead academy
President Bush has nominated a career submarine commander with a reputation for valuing diversity to be the next Naval Academy superintendent.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, who rankled alumni as he sought aggressively to make the school more accepting of women.
Rempt is expected to complete his four-year term as superintendent in the coming months.
Friends and classmates said Fowler, an avid hunter from North Dakota, would be well-suited to follow Rempt, praising his commitment to diversity in the Navy and his handling of difficult sexual assault problems while leading the Navy's recruiting command in Millington, Tenn.
"As things go wrong, as they sometimes do in the Navy family, the human side of him comes right out," said Master Chief Petty Officer Evelyn Banks, a senior enlisted adviser to Fowler in Tennessee. "He never failed to put the sailor first and would never make decisions about people's lives without considering the multiple consequences they could have."
Fowler, reached last night in Italy, where he is stationed, said he could not comment before his nomination was approved by the Senate.
An academy spokesman declined to comment about the nomination, which was announced with little fanfare Friday afternoon by the Defense Department.
A lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Fowler has the sort of international background that the Naval Academy values in the training of its students. He has deployed to the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans, as well as the Arabian Gulf, and commanded a squadron of fast-attack, nuclear-powered subs.
Fowler has been in Naples, Italy, since July, working as the deputy director of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Europe and commander of allied submarine forces on the Mediterranean.
As superintendent, he will face a community of outspoken alumni, some of whom have harshly criticized Rempt, accusing him of being overzealous in the charges he brought against former Navy football quarterback Lamar S. Owens.
"A lot of alumni would like to see an effort to get back to the basics," said John Howland, a 1964 academy graduate who distributes news and manages a blog for a network of more than 500 alumni. "A lot of us see this past few years as being a pretty rough time for a whole bunch of reasons. I think a lot of alumni are really anxious to see a pretty sharp change in direction."
The discontent of graduates highlights the complex nature of the superintendent's job, one that deals with sometimes competing constituencies: an active and vocal alumni, a body of bright and sometimes mischievous midshipmen; parents; civilian faculty who don't always tow the line; the Pentagon; and Congress.
Banks said Fowler would have no problem handling the job. When she arrived at the Navy Recruiting Command in 2003, sailors were concerned about a number of sexual misconduct incidents. She said she could not elaborate on those, but she praised Fowler's handling of the situation.
"He created an environment where everybody felt respected," she said. "He made them know that every woman in the Navy is someone's mother, sister or daughter, and he stood up in training and openly talked about the things that were on people's mind, things that people didn't want to talk about."
Fowler, whose wife, Katie, and three children accompanied him to Italy, loves to cook, Banks said. His skill with the grill rivals that of the "White House chef," Banks said.
Fowler is said to care deeply about diversity in the Navy.
Richard Butler, a senior manager at Career Communications Group Inc., which helps corporations and government agencies forge diversity strategies, said Fowler's leadership at the recruiting command, and his commitment to seeking out and valuing women and minorities, exceeded what he had seen in the corporate world.
"What he was doing and helping the Navy to do was head and shoulders above what other organizations are doing," Butler said. "He created awareness of opportunities amongst minorities and demonstrated the value of women and minorities in the Navy, above what my corporate clients are doing. He's a great man that I truly respect."

Friday, November 10, 2006

Dong Ha Bridge

Re: [USNA-At-Large] Dong Ha Bridge - Sunday Night on Fox

USNA-At-Large, Emil DiMotta provides more detail on the show --
One of my classmates built this bridge and another, John Ripley blew it up. It is an honor to have them both as Classmates.


Subject: War Stories - The Furious Fight for Dong Ha.

I am sorry to announce the air date for the 'War Stories with Oliver North' episode THE FURIOUS FIGHT FOR DONG HA has been moved to November 12th to allow for pre-election coverage on November 5th.
This episode is now scheduled to air on that date - November 12th  - on the 24-hour cable channel Fox News Channel (not local Fox stations) at 8PM Eastern Standard Time and will repeat at 11PM EST.
Until then, please visit, in the 'War Stories' section you can watch a 'behind the scenes' video and see a photo essay of the making of this episode. Also, program information for this episode, and all War Stories episodes, can always be found at
Apologies again for the pre-emption.

Gregory Johnson
Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212-301-3069

Monday, October 16, 2006

Memorial Hall Rededication Ceremony Report

USNA At Large, this is a firsthand report re the Alumni Homecoming Weekend Memorial Hall Rededication Ceremony (originally posted to the CA chat list) --
PS At the link below, you will find a Visit Report that served as one of the catalysts to get this project underway some years ago. JH
Or go to and follow the links to "Files" then to "USNA". JH
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 9:21 PM
Subject: Memorial Hall Rededication Ceremony Report

Today I attended the noontime Rededication Ceremony for the completely renovated Memorial Hall and the Vietnam Memorial located on the Dorsey Creek side of Alumni Hall. I thought you might be interested in some of my impressions.

First of all, I was mightily surprised that only a couple dozen of us old timers put in an appearance. My instict tells me that the Word was not sufficiently communicated in advance. At least half that number consisted of the special planning committee members who were appointed by RAdm Ron Marryott several years ago. The committee was chaired by Col John Ripley. The only other committee members whom I recognized were VAdm Al Burkhalter, LtGen Jack Klimp, RAdm Bob McNitt, Captain Bob Hofford and Captain George Zeberlein.

While we were gathered in the Rotunda awaiting arrival of the Superintendent, Ross Perot entered unobtrusively (perhaps "mysteriously" is a more apt adjective), circled the Rotunda once without speaking to anyone, and disappeared inside the Commandant's office. I did not see him again and for some inexplicable reason, the Commandant did not appear at the ceremony.

Upon arrival of the Supe, we moved outside to the front steps of Bancroft Hall where Adm Rempt addressed the informally assembled members of the Brigade. He did a masterful job of explaining the historical significance of Memorial Hall, characterizing it as the spiritual heart of the Naval Academy--the institution's "Hallowed Ground". He explained that this is the first major renovation to Memorial Hall, it should last for another hundred years, and was financed by a combination of Congressional appropriated funds, the Alumni Association, The Naval Academy Foundation and supporting grants from the classes of  1939, 1954, 1968 and 1995. He concluded his remarks by dedicating Memorial Hall to the Brigade of Midshipmen, inviting them to spend some private moments there from time to time to reflect on our sacred heritage that was bequeathed to the Naval Service and the nation through the valor and human sacrifice of all Naval Academy graduates who died in the line of duty.

He then introduced Adm Carl Trost who spoke of our swearing-in ceremony for the Class of 1953 in Memorial Hall that unforgettable day in June 1949 when we all looked up at that flag proclaiming "Don't Give Up The Ship" and were made instinctively aware of the lifelong course on which we were embarking from that moment forward.

Adm Rempt then announced that the secondary purpose of the gathering today is to celebrate the birthday of the Navy and invited the oldest and youngest midshipmen (a male and female respectively) to do the honors of cutting the symbolic cake and eating the first  piece. We sang together the first and last stanzas of Navy Blue and Gold, after which Adm Pempt invited as many midshipmen as space would allow to attend the Rededication Ceremony in Memorial Hall.

After we were assembled in Memorial Hall, George Watt extended a hearty welcome to all in attendance and introduced John Ripley who made the formal presentation to the Brigade.

Col Ripley explained the purpose of the renovation that was presented to the Committee in the form of a "charge" by then-Superintendent, Ron Marryott. The "charge", in essence, was to redesign Memorial Hall in a manner that focuses primarily on the valor and ultimate personal sacrifice of all graduates who have lost their lives while serving on active duty. The form in which the redesign would be drawn was left to the discretion of the Committee. They decided that Memorial Hall should constitute a permanent record of the names of all graduates who met the established criteria to be displayed prominently for all who should enter. The only question was the form in which to record and display the names.

The centerpiece is Captain Lawrence's immortal flag preserved in its glass case in its historic location at the center of the wall directly opposite the main entrance. Immediately beneath is the bronze plaque that declares that the names listed on the Memorial Honor Roll encased immediately below are those graduates who were "Killed in Action". I can't recall the exact number; but it is several hundred.

The issue remaining to be resolved by the Committee was how to record the names of all the other graduates who have died on active duty who were not officially certified by the Navy Department as being "KIA". Their decision was to record all of those names (I believe the total number is approaching 3,000) on separate stone plaques according to each successive graduating class. For whatever it's worth for you to know and perhaps consider, these graduates were deemed by the Committee to have died under circumstances declared as "Operational Loss". These plaques adorn the walls on both sides of Memorial Hall.

There is a profoundly distinctive oversize Bronze Plaque on the right side of the front wall that lists the names of all grads who were awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Vietnam Memorial is a bronze tablet that lists all known grads who died in theatre during the Vietnam War regardless of circumstances. Accordingly, some grads' names are recorded on both the "Operational Loss" plaques and the Vietnam Memorial plaque.

Altogether, my detailed examination of all the displays at the conclusion of the formal ceremony was profoundly moving. My emotions peaked when I read the names of my classmates listed in alphabetical order on the "Operational Loss" plaque. I knew most of them from our four years by the bay and their faces and memories leapt to mind as though it were only yesterday. I ran my hand over their names and said a silent prayer ending in "We love you guys".

In a word, Memorial Hall now has a new and profoundly personal place in my heart and spiritual being. Every time I have ever entered, I stop at the entrance for a moment, to catch my breath and attempt to gain control of my emotions. Henceforth from this day, I know it will become an even greater test of will power to enter this "Hallowed Ground". It is destined to serve all those future classes of Midshipmen perfectly for its intended purpose. And it serves all of us survivors and next of kin as an eternal reminder of what  defending liberty and freedom for our great nation is all about. The dead pay the ultimate price.

The Renovation Committee deserves our gratitude for a task "Well Done".

Semper Fidelis,
Bruce Ogden