Another Link in the Chain
Highlights of Opportunities and Events
(subject to change)
1967 - 2017
Recall a verse of “The Laws of the Navy” which reads:
Upon one link in the cable,
Dependeth the might of the chain.
Who knows when thou mayest be tested,
So live that thou bearest the strain.
Another Link in the Chain is a unique program that continues to form bonds
and relationships between generations of U.S. Naval Academy Alumni. The events
bring together classes with a 50-year bond and demonstrate the tradition
of respect and concern that exists between Naval Academy graduates. The midshipmen
are buoyed and encouraged by the physical presence and moral support of the
senior Alumni. They also are able to meet and hear from accomplished individuals
of our class whose inspirational words leave a lasting impact.
In 2000, a new tradition was added to the program when the Class of 1950,
in celebration of their 50th anniversary of graduation, personally presented
gold Ensign/2nd Lt bars inscribed ’50-’00 to the newly commissioned
officers of the Class of 2000. Many events have been added to begin with
a welcome to incoming plebes.
Not only will the Class of 1967 play a key role in supporting the Brigade,
but we will anchor our legacy with the Academy. We will initiate and sponsor
activities that perpetuate our history, traditions, memories and growth of
the Academy, and bind the Class of ’67 and ‘17 together. From
Induction Day to Commissioning, we will become a living part of the Naval
Academy legacy for the midshipmen. We will bring our unique frame of reference
to those who follow our footsteps a half century later, engaging them with
real life examples of personal character and service.
Events are subject to change with the desires of the Superintendent/Commandant.
4/C Plebe Year
(January 2013) Reef Points
Achievements of the Class of 1967, fifty years senior, are highlighted
in the 2017 Reef Points, mandatory reading for incoming plebes.
(June 27, 2013) Induction Day Welcome Aboard Picnic for Parents and families
of plebes The Class of 1967 (classmates and spouses or guests) are invited
to attend the picnic, share stories of our I Day, and offer support and fellowship
to the families of the new midshipmen just arriving. This event provides
a wonderful opportunity for classmates to get to know family members of the
incoming class. A table is set aside for our class within the information
tent set up for the families. A representative from the Class of 1967 will
address the parents and families. The Class of 1967 participation will be
highlighted on the USNA AA website.
(June 27, 2013) Induction Day Oath of Office Ceremony
Invited members of the Class of 1967 will be seated in either the Superintendent
or Commandants’ VIP sections. Following the ceremony, all ’67
classmates in attendance and families meet with midshipmen who are unaccompanied
by family members at the Mexican Monument on Stribling Walk to congratulate
them and support them, as well as offer use of cell phones for them to call
(July 19, 2013) Parade during Summer Training
An invitation is extended by the Commandant for a member of the Class of
1967 to be the official reviewing official of the parade. Viewing is open
to all sitting with the general public.
(July 22, 2013) Honor Coin presentation affirming Honor and Commitment:
Occuring at the end of Plebe Summer, the short ceremony marks a transition
from a “learning” phase to “living” phase of honor
concept. The midshipmen are given an Honor Coin to be a physical reminder
to values they are affirming. The Class of 1967 will provide an inspirational
speaker to speak on the honor concept. A limited number of classmates will
be invited to assist in distributing the coins to the Plebes.
(9-10 August 2013) Plebe Parent Weekend – Parent Forum - Parade
You are invited to attend the Parent Forum on 9 August 2013 in Alumni Hall
from 1015-1130. The Superintendent, Deans, Athletic Director, etc greet the
parents of 2017 and provide them with valuable information. The Class of
1967 will be mentioned and the Superintendent will point to your reserved
seating section. Following the forum, parents are invited to the arena floor
to speak with you as well as representatives from different USNA departments.
A Welcome Parade will take place for Parents of 4C Midshipmen and members
of the Class of 1967. Viewing is open to all classmates sitting with the
(May 2014) Herndon Climb
The Class of 1967 will be invited to view the climb in a reserved section
for 50 classmates and spouses/guests.
3/C Youngster Year
(late April 2015) Bonds of Gold (Ring) Ceremony
In 2003, the USNA AA took over the coordination of the USNA Ring program
to assist midshipmen from creation of an initial design (in 4C year) to production,
and ordering. Joining the ring program with “Another Link in the Chain” ensured
that the ring tradition continues its rich history for many years, and that
the ring experience is a highlight for every Midshipman. The midshipmen are
encouraged to include the year group 50 years senior in their class crest
Early in the Youngster academic year, there is an opportunity for the Class
of 1967 to donate Academy rings to be added to the metal for the new class’s
rings. This is referred to as the Bonds of Gold. In the past many rings have
been donated. The program concludes with a ceremony held in Memorial Hall
with the owners of those rings who share the biographies of the ring donors.
Though separated by 50 years, the “Another Link in the Chain” program
and the “Bonds of Gold” ceremony will more deeply connect the
Class of 2017 with the Class of 1967.
When the Class of 2017 receives their rings in the Spring of 2016, this
bond will become a physical one, as each ring will hold a small portion
gold from the Class of 1967 rings. Along with their rings, the Class of
2017 will also receive a biography outlining the history of each of the
(May 2015 during graduation week) 3/C Youngster Luau:
At the end of 3/C year, the entire Class of 2017 meets for an informal
picnic to celebrate being halfway through their Naval Academy experiences.
of 1967 is invited to join in the festivities.
(3rd week of August 2015) 2/C Commitment Dinner
This dinner is held the night before the first day of Fall classes in
August. Members of the Class of 2017 will make their commitment to
the Naval Academy
for the final two years. During the dinner, midshipmen will stand
and reaffirm their obligation to the naval service and the USNA Honor Concept.
and guests of the Class of 1967 will sit amongst the midshipmen at
their tables. An inspirational keynote speaker is provided by the Class
(mid-May 2016) Class of 2017 Ring Dance
Members of the Class of 1967 are extended an invitation by the Class
of 2017 to attend the 2/C Ring Dance.
1/C Year to Graduation
(late November or early December 2016) Service Community Assignment
A limited number of classmates will be invited to attend a
dinner in King Hall in honor of service assignments provided
in the day.
(Late January into mid-March 2017) Battalion Receptions
There are six Battalion receptions for 1/C Midshipmen held
at the Alumni House. These receptions welcome the Class of
and will acquaint midshipmen with their Alumni House, as
well as pass on information about the Alumni Association and continue
between the two classes. This event allows for a more relaxed
atmosphere to mix and
mingle with the graduating class. One member of the Class
of 1967 will address the midshipmen at each reception.
(late May 2017) Color Parade
A limited number of the Class of 1967 and their spouses or
guests will receive invitations to the Color Parade.
(late May 2017) Graduation/Commencement (Navy- Marine Memorial
Corps Stadium) Twelve presenters and spouses will receive
an invitation to sit in VIP
seating on the field at Navy/Marine Corps Stadium. The
presenters will personally
present gold ENS/2nd Lt bars to each graduating member
of the Class of 2017. The bars are engraved with both
years on the
(August and December 2017) Delayed Graduation
The six to ten midshipmen at each ceremony will receive
the gold Ensign/2nd Lt bars from one Class of 1967
members of the
Class of 1967 may observe the ceremony.