Tag Archives: Naval Academy

LIVE VIDEO: Naval Academy Obelisk Climb

From the Washington Post: Hundreds of Naval Academy plebes work together to scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard. It’s an annual tradition: The first year students can’t begin their summer until they replace an underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at the top of the monument with an upperclassman’s hat.

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Naval Plebes Climb Greasy Pole [VIDEO]

From the Washington Post: On Monday afternoon several hundred Navy plebes worked together to scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. It is a thrilling event. This is an annual tradition. Plebes, at the end of their first year at the academy, must replace an underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at ...

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In The Navy

Via the Navy Times: Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter issued a challenge to the 2018 plebe class Monday afternoon: Try to beat the 1 hour, 20 minutes it took his class of ’81 to scale the Herndon Monument and replace the plebe Dixie cup with a midshipman’s cover, signifying the end of the grueling plebe year. The fourth ...

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Smooth Sailing At Annapolis

The Baltimore Sun reports that since the repeal of DADT, life has gotten a lot easier for gay midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Eight months after the repeal, midshipmen both gay and straight describe a quiet but significant transformation at the Naval Academy. Gay midshipmen are seeking recognition for a student club. Last month, for the first time, faculty members ...

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MARYLAND: Openly Gay Cadets Attend Naval Academy LGBT Alumni Event

Gay history was made this weekend. Via USNA Out: Ninety-four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) alumni, midshipmen and their guests gathered here Saturday to recognize alumni and midshipmen accomplishments over the last year, commemorating seven months since repeal of the law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Thirty-one midshipmen of all four classes and ...

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GETTING IT RIGHT: Naval Academy Honors Gay Marine’s Burial Request

The Naval Academy has honored the final wishes of a gay Marine who had told his husband that he wanted his ashes interred at the USNA Columbarium. John Fliszar was a 1971 graduate of the Academy, but what’s so heartwarming is how the Academy treated his husband, Mark Ketterson. The memorial coordinator asked about his relationship to the deceased. Ketterson ...

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TRAILER: Out Of Annapolis

Out Of Annapolis, a documentary about the LGBT alumni of the Naval Academy, continues the rounds of the nation’s gay film festivals with a New Fest screening tomorrow at 2:30PM in Manhattan.

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Obama And McCain

John McCain IV, that is, meeting the president after his Naval Academy graduation yesterday.

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Asking And Telling

Former submarine captain Steve Clark Hall is making a documentary about gay and lesbian graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy. One captain in the Marine Corps had to sign the confining orders to send a lesbian to jail, but was so disturbed that the next day the officer, who was also gay, submitted his resignation papers. Another man, from the ...

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