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Annual Blue Chip Dinner, December 18th at Royal Oaks CC
Reservations now being taken for the wait list – contact John Wroten to be added to the wait list (see article for contact info).***
The USNA Commandant of Midshipmen is scheduled to be our guest speaker at this year's event

***Tickets for the dinner are no longer being sold through the website.  We expect a few more seats to become available.  If interested in attending, please contact John Wroten at jwwroten@earthlink or 972-741-3662.***
From the Blue Chip Dinner Chairman, John Wroten:
Our annual Naval Academy Blue Chip Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30 PM at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville Avenue, Dallas.  This event, hosting a number of outstanding candidates for admission to next year’s Plebe class, has been a major event for our chapter for over twenty-eight consecutive years.  These young men and women are top academic and athletic prospects who are in demand by other universities and academies.
The Blue Chip Dinner, and your personal participation, have been highly instrumental in influencing past prospects to select the Naval Academy.  This year we were able to schedule a date that allows local midshipmen on leave to attend and assist us in making a positive impression on these candidates.
We are honored this year to have as our featured speaker CAPT Bill Byrne, USN, Commandant of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. CAPT Byrne, class of ’87, will inspire these young men and women with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the mission and work of the Academy.  His many accomplishments are listed in the biography below.
Your presence at this event is important.  You can have a direct and significant influence on these candidates and their parents as they see the lasting influence and fraternity that attendance at USNA affords. 
Your financial help is also critical as the entire cost of this event – estimated to be $16,000 – is borne by our local chapter.  These costs include transportation and accommodations for the Commandant and dinners for our invited guests: the candidates, their parents, and USNA participants and representatives.  The dinner cost this year will be $50, a little more than last year.  You can help by being a financial sponsor or donor in a number of ways:

$450 Donation: This will sponsor a full table (2 candidates, 4 parents, 1 midshipman and guest); 
$200 Donation: This will sponsor two candidates and parents;  
$100 Donation: This will sponsor two candidates or one set of parents;  
$50 Donation:   This will sponsor one candidate or one midshipman;
Please click here to donate to the event.
Please seriously consider this request for support.  We look forward to seeing you there.

John Wroten, '65
Blue Chip Dinner Chairman
(o) 972-529-1676
(h) 972-562-9580

***Tickets for the dinner are no longer being sold through the website.  We expect a few more seats to become available.  If interested in attending, please contact John Wroten at jwwroten@earthlink or 972-741-3662.***

Donations are still most gratefully accepted. Click here to donate!!!

CAPT William D. Byrne, 85th Commandant of Midshipmen, United States Naval Academy

CAPT Bill Byrne was born in San Francisco and raised in nearby Pacifica, CA. He spent a year at the Naval Academy Prep School before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 1987.

His initial sea duty assignments were in San Diego aboard USS COOK (FF 1083) where he served as Gunnery Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant and aboard USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. His department head tours included a homeport shift from San Diego to Yokosuka, Japan, aboard USS VINCENNES (CG 49) where he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. In August 2000, CAPT Byrne reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) as the Executive Officer. LEYTE GULF was underway within hours after the terrorist attacks of 9-11 in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and deployed a week later with the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

CAPT Byrne's tours ashore include Aide/Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Forces Marianas, in Guam, several Pentagon tours including as a Resource Sponsor for the Director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86), Warfare Analyst for the Director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N70), and as Division Chief in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff (J-3), and as the Chief of Staff for the Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet. CAPT Byrne received a M.A. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2004.

CAPT Byrne assumed command of USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) in May 2005 and deployed in 2006 to South America and Northern Europe conducting Theater Security Cooperation operations with 25 allied nations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He assumed command of USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71) in September 2009 and deployed in 2010 with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group as the Strike Group Air Defense Commander.

In May 2013, CAPT Byrne became the 85th Commandant of Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy.

CAPT Byrne's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals and various unit and service awards.

Event Information
Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 at 6:30pm [ iCal ]
Royal Oaks Country Club
7915 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231

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