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Alumni Summer Picnic following the Welcome Aboard Event
We are starting a new tradition!


Each year the Parents Club hosts a Welcome Aboard event for the incoming class and their families. This year, the Chapter will follow it with an alumni-wide Texas-sized Picnic in which our entire USNA community is invited!

We are pleased to announce that Rear Adm. Rod “Tool” DeWalt, Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, will be joining us on June 16th at Southwest Airlines!

DeWalt has accumulated 4,615 military flight hours, 45 combat sorties and 380 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike and Flight Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards. Read more.

Date and Time:
Saturday, June 16
10:00 - Noon: Welcome Aboard hosted by the Parents Club
Noon - 2:00pm:  Summer Picnic

Southwest Airlines HQ
(Near the basketball court)
2702 Love Field Dr.
Dallas, TX 75235

Welcome Aboard – Southwest Airlines Cafeteria
Picnic – Outside near the basketball court

If you are coming from the Welcome Aboard event prior to the picnic, simply come downstairs and join us!

Thank you to James Hollingsworth, '94, current parent and parent of a candidate, for making this wonderful location available to us! James is a pilot for SWA. Thank You, James!

The picnic will have some setting-up while the Welcome Aboard event is in progress. We could use a few extra hands at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm so we leave the location better than how we found it. If you are interested in helping out, email Julie Rivera at julie.rivera135@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

Arrival Info
Upon arrival, you will stop at the guard shack and provide everyone’s name in your group. Each person must be on the list to be granted entry. **If you plan to bring someone who is not registered, contact Stacie at stacie@sacleadership.com

Parking is free. Follow the signs to the visitor’s entrance. The picnic is taking place very near that entrance. Once you have arrived at the visitor’s entrance, park anywhere you like. Look for the tent off to the left of the entrance near the basketball court.

We have an amazing caterer for you! Here is the menu:

Barbeque Chicken - Light and dark meat chicken breast, thighs and drumsticks marinated in a Cornell sauce, slathered with a smoky barbecue sauce and grilled over charcoal flames.
Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork - Dry rubbed, slow smoked pork pulled and glazed with homemade Dr. Pepper barbeque sauce accompanied by soft rolls.
Baked Beans - Slow simmered and finished with brown sugar, spices and a hint of mustard.
Jalapeno Corn Salad - Sweet summer corn blended with jalapeno peppers, red Bermuda onion, green spring onion, cilantro, red peppers, cumin, chili and ripe Roma tomatoes.
Potato Chips
Watermelon Slices
Apple-Blueberry Crisp - Granny smith apples blended with blueberries, sugar, butter and a touch of cinnamon baked with an oatmeal streusel top

We will also have iced tea and water.

What You Can/Should Bring:

Drinks and Alcohol
We will have ice tea and water. You are welcome to bring coolers with any beverages and food you wish, including sodas, beer and wine. **We expect several coolers, so you may want to make sure your name is on yours.

Games and Sports Equipment
We will have corn hole and access to the sand volleyball and basketball courts. Please feel free to bring volleyballs, basketballs and any games you wish to set up.

Other Things
You may consider bring sun screen as well! If you want to have your own picnic chairs and blankets - that is OK, too!

Bounce House - we will have a full bounce house for the little ones!
Basketball - bring your basketball and shoot some hoops!
Sand volleyball- Bring a volleyball and come early for this one!
Corn Hole - what is a picnic without corn hole?

Wrist bands:
Colored wrist bands will be provided to everyone and must be worn at all times per Southwest Airlines security protocols. We have chosen three different colors to conveniently identify:
  • Plebes and their families - Blue
  • Midshipmen and their families - Green
  • Alumni and their families - Yellow

Parents Club and Alumni: please look out for those new to the USNA community and make them feel very welcome! **It is possible for families to be wearing more than one color – even all three!

Registration (DEADLINE: Thursday 6/14 at Noon):
Due to the tight security on the SWA campus, ALL PEOPLE - INCLUDING THE TINIEST BABY - MUST BE REGISTERED in advance. NO WALK-INs permitted.

Registration now closed.

Rain Plan:
Conveniently, Southwest Airlines has a wonderful indoor space that will accommodate all of us should the weather not cooperate. This picnic is a go - rain or shine!!

Fundraisers - USNA Officially Licensed 22oz & 32oz Insulated Water Bottles
Great Father's Day and Graduation Gifts!

The tumblers were such a hit (over 120 sold) that we are now making the water bottles available in two sizes. Support your local Chapter and promote the Academy, all while benefitting from superior quality, environmentally friendly water bottles! These make EXCELLENT gifts, for example graduation. . . 

Buy Water Bottles here!

We also have ~6 USNA Officially Licensed 30oz tumblers left as well.  Buy tumblers here!

Should you run into any issues the day of the picnic, here are some contact numbers to keep with you:

All questions: Stacie Hyatt at 214-952-7456 or 469-333-0610
Welcome Aboard questions: Rod Green at 817-988-7992
Security gate issues: James Hollingsworth at 703-887-8887

The Parents Club and the Alumni Chapter are thrilled to be hosting you! See you Saturday!


Event Information
Saturday, Jun 16 2018 at 10:00am - 2:00pm [ iCal ]
Southwest Airlines HQ
2702 Love Field Dr
Dallas, TX 75235

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