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A hearty congratulations to Ricky Williamson on his second star!!  Way to go ’85!

Rear Adm. (lower half) Ricky L. Williamson (USNA ’85), selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia; and commander, Maritime Air Forces, Naples, Italy.  Williamson is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.

If anyone hears of other promotions or retirements, please pass them along to Angela Orlando for public class acknowledgement.

Email Blast 15 DEC 2015

Dear USNA ’85,

Class of 1985, I want to first of all wish you a very wonderful, safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year this year. Navy kicked off the season with #14 over Army as I am sure most of you saw and quite a few of you watched it with the class in Philly this past weekend. GREAT memories of a great weekend for sure. We will continue to support a Class of ’85 pre-game event in years ahead. I know many of you asked me about the Military Bowl, there is plenty of ticket information on the Navysports.com website and I suggest you go there for ticket and parking information. The game is December 28th at 1430 at NMCS in Annapolis. Here is the official website for that game: http://militarybowl.org/tailgate/. Our class will not be having their own tailgate and suggest meeting together at the Northrop Grumman Tailgate prior to the game. The Class of ’85 will meet at Fado’s Pub up the street by the Westin after the game to celebrate, so stop by and warm up with your classmates at Fado’s. Details available on the class website at: http://1985.usnaclasses.net.

I have a VERY exciting announcement to make in support of the Chesapeake Brewing Company and Classmate Dave Marquis. As many of you know, we have successfully partnered with Dave and his wife Carolyn both on our 30th Class Reunion and now at our home game tailgates. Dave and Carolyn are proud to announce they are opening the first true Annapolis Brewpub at 114 West Street Annapolis in the old Fire Station that was previously the “Crush” wine bar. As part of the new Brewpub, Dave is naming a bar inside the Brewpub the “Beat Army Bar”. The entire place will be a shrine to all things Naval Academy and obviously Beating Army is the main focus of life at USNA. I have asked Dave to start a “Plankholder” program to allow our Class and other Alums a chance to buy into his concept and give each of us a chance to support Dave and Carolyn and also be a small “owner” or stakeholder in his new bar. I have attached his Plankholder Application form that will allow all of us a place to call “Home” in Annapolis and see our name forever part of the “Beat Army Bar”. This is a pseudo “Fund Me” program and as Dave grows his business, our Class will continue to partner with him and always have a place to congregate when in Annapolis. I am proud to say I own the first plank at his new pub and encourage ALL of you to join me in supporting this venture as we will be the be the only USNA Class to be able to say our classmate owns a Brewpub on West Street in the heart of Annapolis. GREAT GREAT Christmas gifts for that grad out there or that son or daughter who attended USNA or that parent who really really loves coming to back to Annapolis for home games and dining. Here is how you sign up:

Chesapeake Brewing Co. Plank Holders Society Chesapeake Brewing Co. will be opening their new operations in Annapolis at the old Firehouse located at 114 West St. in the next 90 days. They have just announced that they will have a BEAT ARMY BAR for former and current navy personnel. They are offering for a limited time to any USNA CLASS members or friends of USNA Class Members, a ‘PLANK HOLDERS’ membership that includes some really great benefits. ‘IN PORT’ PLANK HOLDERS – Nearby Patrons $950. Commemorative Growler with 1 free refill per month for a YEAR Engraved beer goblet that stays at the bar with $1 off refills all day, every day Plank Holder Membership Certificate framed Friends and Family discount to host your events or fundraisers Special package discounts with any away events (i.e. 2016 Notre Dame vs. Navy Jacksonville being planned) Special notice of all Navy Sport events & specials Plank Holder’s Name engraved on the wall of BEAT ARMY BAR and date Special Chef samples when available while dining T-shirt celebrating the BEAT ARMY GOLDEN LAGER release Advance Notice of all tasting and tap take-overs Participation in Annual Founders Party & Sunset Cruise Voting on new Beer Names (i.e. Fear the Goat Ale or Goat Milk Stout) The growler with refill, T shirt, and Founders Party are only the initial year; all other deals and specials will be ongoing for original Plank Holders.

‘OUT TO SEA’ PLANK HOLDERS – Out of Town Patrons $475. Commemorative Growler Plank Holder Certificate framed Special notice of other Navy Sport events & specials T-shirt celebrating the BEAT ARMY GOLDEN LAGER release Invitations to all tasting and tap take-overs Voting on new Beer Names (ire. Fear the Goat Ale or Goat Milk Stout) These make a great holiday or anniversary gift option. This will greatly help with start up costs associated with doing business in Annapolis by getting it off the ground and in the right direction. We plan to have a BEAT ARMY BAR within the establishment, blue & gold Mid-garita’s, beers from Eastern Shore breweries and fun food options with a Eastern Shore flair, as well as events and musical guests. We will show all Navy sporting events as much as possible and will have a clock counting the days until the next Army Navy game!

The location at the Annapolis Firehouse, right next to the Lowe’s Hotel is a great place to have a NAVY BAR! There are ADDITIONAL BENEFITS that will be available to all Navy customers that sign up for our monthly newsletter/blog: BEAT ARMY! Show your class ring and get your first beer as the price of your graduation year. If you graduated in 75 your first beer is .75 or if your class is 2012 then you pay 2.12 8.5% of all BEAT ARMY Golden Lager sales during televised Navy Sports broadcasts, goes back to NAAA to support all sport teams as they strive for greatness. BEAT ARMY BAR will match whatever is raised! Free give-aways and drawings during Navy Sports commercials Free munchie bar at the BEAT ARMY BAR during Navy Sports televised with College Sports Network Invitations to New Beer ‘Coming Out’ Parties and Tap Take-overs Invitations to Celebrity Chef events and A&E Activities (We are located in the Arts & Entertainment District) Invitation to ‘Navy Trivia’ nights ** If anyone has Naval Academy/Duty Station pictures we could copy or any Navy memorabilia – that would also be appreciated. January is slated for necessary cleaning and renovations. The soft opening time frame is slated for mid February, depending on permits and license schedules. Plank holder form is attached:


Plank holder Level: Out to Sea _________ In Port __________

Your Name: __________________________________________________

Plank Holder Name: __________________________________________________

Nick Name/Call Sign: __________________________________________________

Date: __________________________________________________

Mailing Address: __________________________________________________

Month/Day Birth: __________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________

Web: __________________________________________________

Business Industry: __________________________________________________

Title: __________________________________________________

Desired Engraving: __________________________________________________

If USNA Graduate, Year? ______________

Any Additional Information: (let us know if this is intended as a gift)

Plank Holder form and checks may be sent to: Chesapeake Brewing Company. 2103 Montevideo Dr. Jessup, MD 20794 You can email the form to chesbrewco@yahoo.com and we can send you an invoice for online payment. Carolyn Marquis http://www.chesbrewco.com/ Chesapeake Brewing Co. Regional Sales VP 443 783-5705 GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

Class of ’85, I am extremely excited for this opportunity to help get our classmate off the ground here and to ALWAYS have a place and a friend in Annapolis we as a class can call “OUR HOME”. I will continue to partner with Dave and Carolyn in our home tailgates and special Class events as have this past fall. If you have some cool USNA ’85, Navy or Beat Army memorabilia, Dave and Carolyn would love to have it to start their collection. (you are always welcome to come and visit it). I want to thank you all in advance and also wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in all of 2016. Go Navy and Beat Pitt!!

Regards, Bob Smith ’85 President


Email blast sent 8 Dec 2015

Class of ’85,

For anyone who needs one more reminder about our pre-game Tailgate this Saturday, December 12th, here goes:

  • The Stadium Sports Bar at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium, 900 Packer Ave., Philly. http://stadium-bar.com
  • Starts at 1130 and goes through 1430 in time to depart for the March on.
  • The Cost is: $30 for Adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. This includes a food buffet and discounts on selected beers and wine. PAY AT THE DOOR to the bar staff in cash or Credit.
  • Drink prices will be good for pre and post game if you care to return after the game to celebrate our win.
  • You can park at the hotel for $30 and be right there for the tailgate and then a 12 minute walk to Lincoln Financial Field.


I have 2 Club seats in Sect. C4, row 7 (Navy side of course!) to sell. Face Value is $135 and I paid far more than that but am willing to make a deal. (I am still going but was offered seats in a sky box). The Club Seats are AMAZING, so if you want to make a last minute plan for seeing us win the CIC trophy and enjoy a mid 60’s December day in Philly, give me a call or text: 502-432-6185. See all of you SATURDAY and super excited, our group is over 50 and growing.

Also, we have rolled out a new line of Fall Class of ’85 items. We have 2 really great tops, one fleece (unisex) and one a lightweight athletic top in men’s and ladies’ styles and sizes. Check out our Class of ’85 Apparel store and get your orders in for a great Christmas Gift!! http://usna85.deco-apparel.com

I have seen all these tops and REALLY LOVE THEM! You will too.

Safe Travels and enjoy the big game wherever you get to view it. Cheers and BEAT ARMY #14!!

Bob Smith ’85

We are pleased to announce the rollout of our new fall USNA ’85 gear. Two styles of tops, one an athletic top in ladies’ and men’s styles. The other is a unisex fleece top. Both have zippered fronts and pockets. GREAT material with Bob Smith setting the example and owning both styles. You can choose from the USNA with our Class crest on the left breast or “Navy ’85”. These are nicely embroidered and super high quality.

Visit the USNA ’85 apparel site: http://usna85.deco-apparel.com. You need to order by Dec. 13th for delivery by Christmas. A PERFECT GIFT!!!

Thanks to Jim Berdeguez for putting these together!!

A couple tailgate related updates.


GREAT turnout so far for our Class of ’85 Tailgate at the Army/Navy game next weekend. About 50 and growing. If you are going, let Bob Smith know soon.  It should be a great time this Saturday!

Military Bowl – December 28, 2015

No class tailgate as the bowl folks are controlling the parking lot for the game and NAAA is out of the picture.  However, the bowl people are putting on a huge tailgate in the middle of the blue side parking lot.  If you’re attending the game, stop by the free tailgate. Past attendees have said that the tailgate is a good time!.  Game time is 1430 on 28 DEC.  More information on the tailgate can be found here: http://militarybowl.org/tailgate/