Blue Chip Dinner - December 17, 2020
VADM Sean Buck, USNA '83, will be our guest of honor at our chapter's flagship event
We will hold our annual Blue Chip Dinner on Wednesday, December 17, 2020. Once again we will host the dinner at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
Again this year, USNA's Superintendent, Vice Admiral Sean Buck, '83, will be our honored guest and keynote speaker.
The Blue Chip Dinner is intended to show highly qualified or "blue chip" candidates - and their parents - just how special the Naval Academy is. Many local alumni were themselves once blue chip candidates. It is our showcase event for the year.
Changes to annual dinner due to COVID-19:
- Capacity limits
- Lottery for seats
- ZOOM broadcast
Due to current COVID-19 requirements, Royal Oaks is limiting us to 140 attendees. This restriction provides us room to invite around 35 candidates and their two guests and only a few other attendees. If anything, 2020 has taught us that there will very likely be some changes as the event nears!
Because of attendance restrictions this year’s dinner will be open to a limited number of chapter members. However, in order to continue this annual event and fulfill its purpose it’s critical that we continue to receive your support via a donation. This money will be used to pay for dinners for invited candidates, their parents and any midshipmen able to attend, as well as for technology if the Annapolis guests are unable to attend.
As only a limited number of reservations will be accepted for non-Blue Chip candidates and families, we will hold a lottery for all those who sign up for seats. We will fully refund (or convert to donation) any payments that cannot be accommodated for seating. All seating reservations will be confirmed by phone/email. If your seat is not confirmed, please check with event management. We expect that confirmations will happen in the final week before the event.
Finally, we will be broadcasting the event via ZOOM! For those providing donations or reservations (and were not seated via the lottery) at $50 or greater we will send you the link to attend. We will have the camera focused on the podium so you can see all the speakers (Chapter President, Supt, Mids, Clint Bruce).
Thanks for your understanding. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and your volunteer leaders are trying to make this a fantastic event first and foremost for the candidates!
How you can help
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 critical as the entire cost of this event – estimated to be $15,000 – 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 be $50, the same as last year.
You can help by being a financial sponsor of this event:
- DONATE $450 Table Sponsor: sponsors 8 invited guests (2 candidates, 4 parents, 1 midshipman and guest);
- DONATE $200 sponsors two candidates and one set of parents;
- DONATE $100 sponsors two candidates or one set of parents;
- DONATE $50 sponsors one candidate or one midshipman; or a donation of any amount.
- RESERVATIONS - $50 per seat (subject to seating priority rules stated below)
Please note that the Blue Chip Dinner is intended to let Candidates specifically designated by the Admissions office meet Alumni, current Midshipmen, and parents from the Naval Academy family. As such, seating priority will be given to those groups. We expect to reach our capacity for this event. We may not have capacity for non-official candidates or other interested parties. Seating for this event is subject to such constraints, and we reserve the right to turn away, with refund, those who cannot be accomodated due to this constraint.
Reservations need to be made as soon as possible due to limited seating, but not later than Saturay, December 12, 2020. A wait list will be utilized for any over-subscription.
6:30PM Thu 17 Dec 2020, Central timezone
Royal Oaks Country Club
7915 Greenville Ave
Dallas , TX 75231
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About Vice Admiral Buck
Vice Adm. Sean Buck became the 63rd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy July 26, 2019. A native of Indianapolis, he graduated and received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 and was designated a naval flight officer in 1985. He earned a Master of Arts in International Security Policy from George Washington University and has completed studies at the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College, and the Armed Forces Staff College; a fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest; and executive certificate programs at both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As a flag officer, Buck has served as commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th/7th Fleet, Fleet Air Forward, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group; chief of staff, Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5), the Joint Staff; and most recently he served as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.
Flying the P-3C Orion, Buck’s early at-sea operational tours were with the “Fighting Marlins” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40; a disassociated sea tour aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the catapult and arresting gear (V-2) division officer; and a department head tour with the “Tridents” of VP-26. He subsequently commanded VP-26 and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.
His shore and staff assignments include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1; the Bureau of Naval Personnel; the Joint Staff J3; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff as executive assistant to the deputy chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for Warfare Requirements and Programs (N6/N7); and as the deputy director for operations in the Strategy and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Joint Forces Command. Prior to major command, Buck completed an interim assignment with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO); he is a member of the Navy’s Space Cadre. He also completed a special assignment as a senior fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG) in Newport, Rhode Island, an innovation think tank for the Navy.
Buck’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (five awards) and various other personal, unit and service awards. He is most proud of his various unit awards that reflect credit on the successful teams he has served with and the many skilled professionals he has been privileged to work alongside.