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Jul 26

Story Time with '72: Meal Time Shenanigans

Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:01 AM


  During Plebe Summer the mantra “just make it to the next meal” is not uncommon as meals provide a small break from the physical nature of the summer. Today during the academic year rivalry weeks when the Midshipmen are slated to play Air Force or Army King Hall becomes a place of danger for upper class who are tough on plebes. Food and water goes flying through the air to ruin the uniforms of the upperclassman and many others end up getting caught in the crossfire. The members of the Class of ’72 recall similar things happening during their… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Story Time with '72: USNA Class of 1972 Remembers I-Day from 50 Years Ago

Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:01 AM


Thursday June 28th the U.S. Naval Academy inducted the newest class of midshipmen. On I-Day, just as it is every year, the yard was busy with parents trying to catch a glimpse of their child as they exited Alumni Hall’s loading docks where newly minted 2nd Lieutenant taught them how to salute and walked to their new home in Bancroft Hall. Just across the footbridge over College Creek vendors held an event to distract parents from the day’s events as well as welcome them to the USNA family.   Walking around the Parents tent, taking in the sight of excited and nervous parents,… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Earning Your Ink

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:01 AM


Mariners getting “inked” is a tradition that spans back to the Age of Sail. Many of the same tattoo patterns from centuries ago are still found on sailors today. 1. Swallow Legend has it that tattoos began when seven sailors from a ship called the Swallow each tattooed a swallow on his chest to mark their mutiny. Tradition, though, generally holds that a swallow tattoo is used measure how far a sailor travels. Originally, a swallow was earned every 5,000 nautical miles. Due to the enhanced capabilities of today’s ships, a sailor earns a swallow every 10,000 nautical miles. Swallows… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Sailors Scream For Ice Cream!

Sunday, July 15, 2018 12:05 PM


Few things are as important as coffee, tobacco, and ice cream in today’s Navy. Though coffee offers caffeine to get through long days and the tobacco provides opportunity for smoke breaks, ice cream acts on a separate level of physiological necessity. Studies demonstrate that ice cream is a “comfort” food that ranks above all others. Aside from being the only food to lower the human startle response, the frozen treat is thought to invoke nostalgia that reminds individuals–especially those on long demanding, deployments–of childhood innocence, of security, and of family vacations–memories that can be relaxing. In 1914, with new the… Read the rest of this entry »