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March Chapter Luncheon with Bruce Latta, USNA Director of Admissions
So, what is the state of admissions at the Academy? What roles do the Blue & Gold Officers play? How can we as alumni/parents leverage and/or support the system? Get all your questions answered!


We are pleased to share that the Naval Academy’s Director of Admissions, Stephen Bruce Latta, also the Head of the Blue and Gold program nation-wide, will be our honored speaker for the March Lunch. He will be discussing with us the importance of the Blue and Gold Program, what the program is all about, and the importance of a Blue and Gold Officer (BGO) to the young men and women that are seeking admission to the Naval Academy. Additionally, Bruce will give us his perspective on how the USNAAA of North Texas is helping highlight prospective candidates and nominees through our annual Blue Chip Dinner event, the only one of its kind in the Nation.

So you can get to know Captian Latta's background, here is his fascinating bio: Captain Stephen B. Latta was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Naval Aviator.  He entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1974, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980.

After initial assignments to Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), and Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) as a FRS Instructor, Captain Latta reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan.  There, he served as ASW Plans Officer and Aide to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet.
After tours to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a Rating Assignment Officer, and Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) as a Department Head, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Patrol Wing Two as Operations Officer in August 1992.  After disestablishment of Patrol Wing TWO in June 1993, he joined Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Current Operations Officer.

Captain Latta joined Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) as Executive Officer in June 1994.  While there, the squadron deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT.  During this deployment, VP-17 assumed detachment responsibilities for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from LANTFLT, thus becoming the first quad-site deployed VP squadron.  Upon completion of deployment, the squadron was disestablished in March 1995.

Captain Latta served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) from April 1995 to April 1997.  While assigned, the squadron deployed to Misawa, Japan and supported dual Battlegroup operation during the China-Taiwan crisis.  The squadron was also recognized as the Battle "E" winner twice, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" winner for maintenance excellence, and CNO Safety Award winner twice.

Captain Latta reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1997 where he headed a DoD review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 as the Assistant Director for Joint Officer Management.  He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (DASD(MPP)).

In August 1999, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Maritime and Surveillance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet as the Chief of Staff.  Almost immediately, he oversaw the first real world ASW prosecution in the Mediterranean in nearly 10 years, initial Maritime Patrol support to Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and the integration of new technologies to Mediterranean operations.

In June 2002, Captain Latta reported to USNA as Director of Admissions. Captain Latta's awards include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Naval Commendation Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as various service awards.


Pre-register online (deadline Mar 19, midnight): $20 members**/$35 non-members
Afterwards, tickets at the door will be $30 members**/$45 non-members
**For this event, 'members' referes to members of either the alumni club or the Parent's Club.


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Event Information
Tuesday, Mar 20 2018 at 11:30am - 1:00pm [ iCal ]
Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75225

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