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Annual Blue Chip Dinner, December 19th at Royal Oaks CC
USNA Superintendent to speak at Annual Alumni Association Chapter Event for Prospective Candidates. ***Online reservations are maxed out. For reservations at the dinner, please contact John Wroten directly (info below).***

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UPDATE 12/10/2014: Online dinner reservations are maxed out.  Online donations are still graciously accepted. If you are still interested in attending the dinner, please contact John Wroten directly.  His contact info is below. 
To All Hands:

Our annual Naval Academy Blue Chip Dinner will be held Friday, December 19, 2014, 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 twenty nine 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, has 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 Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr., USN,  Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.  Vice Admiral Carter, class of ’81, will inspire these young men and women with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the mission and work of the Academy.  His many accomplishments and awards are included in the biography on the reverse of this letter.

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 Superintendent and dinners for our invited guests: candidates, their parents, and USNA participants and representatives.  The dinner ticket cost this year will remain $50.  You can help by being a financial sponsor or donor as shown below:
  • $450 Table Sponsor: sponsors 8 invited guests (2 candidates, 4 parents, 1 midshipman and guest); 
  • $200 sponsors two candidates and one set of parents;  
  • $100 sponsors two candidates or one set of parents;  
  • $ 50 sponsors one candidate or one midshipman
Please click here to donate or buy tickets to the event (Note that to attend the event, you need event tickets for your reservation). Reservations need to be made as soon as possible due to limited seating, but not later than Monday, December 15, 2014.  A wait list will be utilized for any over-subscription.

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

Admiral Carter's biography:

Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy on July 23, 2014. He is a native of Burrillville, R.I. He graduated from the U.S.Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985. He completed the Air Command and Staff College course and the Armed Forces Staff College. In 2001, he completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. 

Carter’s career as an aviator includes extensive time at sea, deploying around the globe in the F-4 Phantom II and the F-14 Tomcat. He has landed on 19 different aircraft carriers, to include all 10 of the Nimitz Class carriers. Carter commanded the VF-14 “Tophatters,” served as Executive Officer of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and commanded both USS Camden (AOE 2) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). His most recent Fleet command assignment was Commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG-12) during Big E’s final combat deployment as a 51 year old aircraft carrier in 2012.

Ashore, Carter served as Chief of Staff for Fighter Wing Pacific and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. He served as Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command and subsequently as lead for the Transition Planning Team during the disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2011. After leading Task Force RESILIENT (a study in suicide related behaviors), he established the 21st Century Sailor Office (OPNAV N17) as its first Director in 2013. Most recently, Carter served as the 54th president of the U.S. Naval War College. During his tenure, he established the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, R.I., on May 1, 2014. 

Carter is the recipient of various personal awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V, Bronze Star, Air Medal (two with Combat V and five strike/flight), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two with Combat V). He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award and the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. Carter was also appointed an Honorary Master Chief by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy in 2008. 

Carter flew 125 combat missions in support of joint operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He accumulated 6,150 flight hours in F-4, F-14, and F-18 aircraft during his career and safely completed 2,016 carrier-arrested landings, the record among all active and retired U.S. Naval Aviation designators.  

Event Information
Friday, Dec 19 2014 at 6:30pm [ iCal ]
Royal Oaks Country Club
7915 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231

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