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Feb 29, 2020 USS Kansas City Commissioning Brief by RADM Penfield

Posted: 2/25/2020

Joint Service Academy Leadership Breakfast Feb 29 Hereford House Leawood, KS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When:               Saturday, February, 29, 2020

 

Where:             Hereford House, 5001 Town Center Dr, Leawood, KS 66221

 

Who:                All Service Academy Alumni, their spouses, Navy League, AUSA members, Service Academy Parent Clubs members

        

Time:              9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

 

Speaker:        Retired Rear Admiral Jeff Penfield, USN, will speak about the work of the local Commissioning Committee of the USS Kansas City (LCS-22), which is the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship being commissioned in San Diego, CA on June 20, 2020. Admiral Penfield is the Executive Chairman of the USS Kansas City Commission Committee which is comprised on many top civic and business leaders in Kansas City MO and KS, including mayors and congressman and also five service academy alumni representing all three academies.  Admiral Penfield was also the Executive Chairman of the USS Wichita (LCS-13) Commissioning Committee in 2018-2019 and planned the events for celebration of the ship turnover to the US Navy in January 2019 in Mayport, Florida. He was an F-18 pilot during his 34 years of active duty in the Navy and a squadron commander and held many positions of high responsibility in including in test and evaluation of aircraft, acquisition testing of the Super Hornet F-18 (advanced version) aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, and oversaw operational fleet maintenance.  His official Navy biography is here: Rear Admiral Jeff Penfield’s Navy Biography. The Admiral sits on the boards of several civic and veterans organization including the Fisher House and is a member of the Navy League.

 

Commissioning Committee:  The web page for the USS Kansas City Commissioning Committee:   https://usskansascity.org  Admiral Penfield will also talk about the littoral combat ship, the crew, what the mission of the ship will be, and potential overseas deployment capabilities for the Kansas City.  You are going to be amazed at the support (both financially and with community leaders) for the ship. An enduring scholarship fund (six figures) has been set up to support to crew of the USS Kansas City enlisted sailors where they can take on-line courses from local colleges and universities for college credit. The overwhelming majority of our contributions came from corporate sponsorships and local family and philanthropic foundations. The local USNA Alumni Chapter will make a corporate contribution representing all of you. This meeting is to tell the story of the USS Kansas City joining the fleet and make sure you, as local service academy alumni, get the insider story of how a community came together to support the Navy’s newest combat ship. There will be many Kansas Citians attending the public ceremony in San Diego, CA on June 20.

 

Dress:             Business casual or casual (it’s a Saturday)

 

Cost:               $16.00 includes a full buffet breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, juice, and coffee. Please RSVP to Bob Culler if attending ASAP: bculler@sbcglobal.net or text 913 488-6319 prior to midday on Wednesday, February 26.  Cash or personal check only at the door please, no credit or debit cards.


December 31 Greater KC Liberty Bowl Watch Party, Fox & Hound

Posted: 12/27/2019

 

Kansas City’s Metro Area Liberty Bowl Watch Party

 

 

When:            Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (Central), ESPN, Kickoff is at 2:45 PM (Central)

What:               Navy Liberty Bowl Watch Party (Navy vs Kansas State)

Where:           Fox & Hound Bar + Grill, 10328 Metcalf, Indian Creek Shopping Center, Overland Park, KS  66212. https://www.foxandhound.com The main bar area and two large side rooms with large picture windows looking into the bar can seat 200+.                       

Who:              Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter, Naval Academy Parents Club, Friends of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Navy League, Other Service Academy Guests 

Dress:             Casual: Navy Spirit Wear   

Food:               Order lunch off the standard Fox & Hound menu. See the web page above. The Fox & Hound may have a special menu with a few popular choices, which will speed up service. Get there early for ordering lunch.

Cost:               No charge to get in, but we recommend you arrive very early to get a seat together with your alumni friends and family. The main bar area will not be closed to the public per the Fox & Hound management (Brenda Colebert, Events Coordinator)

Signup:           No RSVP necessary          

Questions:        Navy contact Bob Culler ’74 bob.culler@1974.usna.com  (913) 488-6319 (cell)

 


December 14 Combined Army Navy Watch Party–Location Fox & Hound Metcalf, Overland Park

Posted: 11/14/2019

When:              Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Central), TV Coverage on CBS is at 2:00 PM

What:               Combined Army Navy Watch Party At a Sports Bar & Grille in the KC Metro 

Where:             Fox and Hound Bar and Grill, 10328 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66212            

Who:              West Point Society of Graduates of Greater Kansas City, West Point Parents Club, Friends of West Point, AUSA, Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter, Naval Academy Parents Club, Friends of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Navy League, and American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (AFWMF), and non-Academy affiliated service guests. Family members are cordially invited as well.  This is a family friendly event. 

Dress:             Casually: Army and Navy Spirit Wear   

Food:              Order Off the standard menu

Cost:              No cost for admission.

Signup:          Go to this link to register for free and RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kansas-city-fox-hound-army-navy-alumni-watch-party-december-14-2019-tickets-83939586563

Questions:    Contact Bob Culler ’74     bob.culler@1974.usna.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 19 Service Academy Ring Knocker Golf–Falcon Lakes, Basehor, KS

Posted: 10/8/2019


Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic @ Falcon Lakes Basehor, KS  https://www.falconlakesgolf.com

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 (Rescheduled from rainout on September 22)

Where: Falcon Lakes Golf Club, 4605 Clubhouse Drive, Basehor, KS 66007 (913) 724-4653 https://www.falconlakesgolf.com/map-directions Please go to the Falcon Lakes web page and pull up the scorecard for more information on the course. Matt Blome, West Point ’97, is a member and is our host. blomeml@gmail.com (706) 587-1390.

Time: 12:00 PM Check-in with a 1:00 PM sequential start. Arrive earlier to eat lunch there.

Format: Team scramble. Foursomes all players drive from the Blue tees (6564 yards, Par 72) best ball is selected for 2nd shot. Each player hits a ball from that spot. Continue this all the way to the green and until the ball is holed. If only three players in a foursome then rotate through all three players to hit the next #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend. Gentlemen age 70 can use the Gold Tees (5543 yards, Par 72). Women can play from their Red tees (5167 yards). Play toward a four-hour round as a goal. Prize: A Traveling Trophy based on the lowest average of all service branch foursomes scores wins. Again low average wins, of all foursomes. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.

Course:   See the Scorecard   https://www.falconlakesgolf.com/golf-course-kansas-city/

Cost: $54.25 includes the military discount, green fees, cart, range balls and tax. Players will pay at the pro shop. Fee includes use of the Range.

Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Falcon Lakes has a very nice Falcon’s Nest Bar and Grill with excellent sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers. Suggest you get there early (by about 11:00 am) and dine with fellow academy golfers. For the menu go here https://www.falconlakesgolf.com/barandgrill/ 

RSVP: Navy Bob Culler bculler@sbcglobal.net | Army Matt Blome blomeml@gmail.com | Air Force Greg Shuey gshuey@tensortech.com by 9 September. Please indicate if you plan on eating lunch or not to ensure adequate staffing. Trophy Presentation: At the conclusion between 5:30-6:00 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. See note below on scorecards.

Tee Times- 1:00 PM Air Force #1 1:00 PM Navy #1 1:00 PM Army #1 1:00 PM Air Force #2 1:00 PM Navy #2 1:00 PM Army #2 1:00 PM Air Force #3 1:00 PM Navy #3 1:00 PM Army #3 1:00 PM Navy #4 1:00 PM Army #4

Questions call or email Bob Culler bculler@sbcglobal.net or text 913 488-6319.

Updated on 10/09/2019

 


June 30 Service Academy Ring Knocker Golf at Staley Farms

Posted: 6/4/2019

Win over Army (West Point) and Air Force Academy Alumni at Staley Farms Golf Club on June 30, 2019. All Navy foursomes averaged -4.4 to par and West Point was -4.25 to par. Air Force was -2.33 to par.

 

 

Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic

@ Staley Farms Golf Club 

When:                        Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Where:                       Staley Farms Golf Club, 10310 N. Olive Avenue, Kansas City, MO  64155 (816) 734-3839

http://staleyfarms.com/-course-infoStaley Farms is a private course rated #4 in the Kansas City Metro by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2019.  Go to the Staley Farms web page and pull up the scorecard for more information on the course. Bob Driscoll West Point ’79 is a member and is our host.           

Time:              12-12:30 AM Check-in with a 1:30 shotgun start  

Format:          Team scramble.  Foursomes all players drive from the Combo Blue White tees (6311 yards, Par 72) best ball is selected for 2ndshot. Each player hits a ball from that spot. Continue this all the way to the green and until the ball is holed. If only three players in a foursome then rotate through all three players to hit the next #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend.Ladies and Gentlemen over 70 can use the Gold Tees(5339 yards). Play toward a four-hour round as a goal.

Prize:             ATraveling Trophy based on the lowest average of all service branch foursomes scores wins. Again low average wins, of all foursomes. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.

Cost:               $42.50 includes the military discount. Pay at the Pro Shop upon arrival, an hour before the tee time. Fee includes use of the Range. Please RSVP to Bob Culler not later than June 16: bculler@sbcglobal.net  or text 913 488-6319.

Lunch:            Lunch is not provided. Staley Farms has a very nice Fireside Bar & Grillwith excellent sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers. Suggest you get there early and dine with fellow academy golfers.

Trophy Presentation:           At the conclusion between 6:00-6:15 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. See note below on scorecards.

Notes Updated on 06/04/2019

  1. Foursomes can be shuffled/reorganized by Service Academy Alumni Team Captains, but must be finalized by June 26 to Bob Culler organizer via email. bculler@sbcglobal.netor 913 488-6319 cell
  2. All players do not necessarily have to be service academy alumni, but the majority in the foursome should be. Parents of Alumni or service branch related friends (non Alumni) are welcome guests to “fill out” foursomes.
  3. Greg Shuey is the Air Force Team Captain, Matt Blome is the West Point Team Captain, and Eric Carlson is the Navy Team Captain if they agree to accept. Captains make sure all foursomes know which tees to drive from, how to keep score using the scramble format, and gather all branch foursomes score cards at the conclusion, compute the average scores of all branch foursomes, and turn in to Bob Discoll.
  4. Staley Farms has a dress code so make sure you comply. Shirts require collars and no jeans or jean shorts.
  5. Staley Farms fairways are bent grass so please repair your divots on both greens and fairways.
  6. We will try and do live scoring using the Golf Genius App on smart phones so you techie guys please see the Staley Farms web page and download Golf Genius App before June 30. Please keep scorecards in addition in case of a technology glitch.
  7. Just so you know we average the scores of all alumni foursomes to get the branch score, so it is important to set up foursomes strategically to get some of the better players in each foursome.
  8. All golfers please find Bob Driscoll, West Point ’79, beforehand or afterwards shake his hand, and thank him for hosting us. Also buy him lunch or a drink.
  9. I will distribute updated versions of this bulletin or flyer once we start filling in foursomes so you can see progress and where we need to make some phones calls to recruit some more alumni players. Let’s make a commitment to get four foursomes each with this much notice. Bob Culler
  10. Once foursomes are set, printed service academy logo’ed stick on name tags will be done so we can greet one another.

 


Chapter Member CDR Matt Hermstedt ’89 and Jane Hit The Road

Posted: 5/22/2019

Here is a message from former Chapter VP and Board member, Matt Hermstedt ’89, and Jane, who gave up the corporate life to travel the world (starting in North America). Matt is Class of ’89 and nuclear power trained so he can diagnose and fix any RV mechanical issues. In their overland RV with their young son Wolf, and South African Ridgeback named Casey, Matt writes:

“Jane, Wolf, Casey and I are about to hit the road on our wide ranging trip for who knows how long. We’ve already started recording our journey on our blog – https://www.kiddogtravel.com/. Please visit the site and subscribe to keep up to date with us. We greatly appreciate questions and comments on the site to help us form a community (and give us a feeling that someone is actually out there!)”

Farewell and following winds at 55 mph and 6 mpg to Matt, Jane, Wolf, and Casey.

 


May 26, 2019 Memorial Day Concert and Dinner at Pierponts in Union Station

Posted: 5/14/2019

MEMORIAL WEEKEND DINNER AND CONCERT

Sunday, 26 May 2019 – 1730 – Memorial Day Celebration – Dinner and KC Symphony Concert

The associations of graduates of the Air Force Academy, Annapolis, and West Point invite you to our annual dinner and concert honoring our American Veterans and the Fallen.  This annual celebration in the private dining room at Pierponts at Union Station will be followed by the Kansas City Symphony’s Celebration at the Station concert. This year our dinner will be a celebration of the commissioning of the Navy’s newest ship, the USS Kansas City.

Location:  Pierponts at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd, KC, MO 64108 (816-221-5111) (Belvedere Private Dining room, second floor)

Date/Time:  Sunday, 26 May 2019, 1700 (5:00 pm)

 

Presentations:

  • Guest Speaker, CDR Travis Dvorak, USN, Skipper of the USS Kansas City
  • RADM Jeff Penfield, Chairman of USS Kansas City Commissioning Committee
  • Special video presentations by Sean Winn, Producer of Patriotic Productions

 

Special guests include:

  • Steve Woelk, USS Pueblo POW
  • Debbie Austin, President, North East Chapter, American Gold Star Mothers
  • Four WW II veterans as our honored guests

 

Dinner Options:

CAESAR SALAD| Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, Parmigiano-Reggiano and sourdough croutons

Choice of one:

KC STRIP| grilled 10 oz. cut, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, baby green beans and maître d’butter

 

GRILLED MAHI MAHI | herbed risotto, sweet peas and blue crab cardinal sauce

 

ROASTED CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS | spinach caramelized onion veloute

 

USS KANSAS CITY cake

COFFEE AND ICED TEA

 

Cash Bar: Will be open before, during and after dinner.

 

Cost: $65/plate (taxes and gratuities included)

Dress: Business Attire (Active Duty and Military Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms in honor of Memorial Day Weekend.)

 

Symphony Seating: KCAOG has arranged for a limited number of VIP passes and VIP seats for the KC Symphony Celebration at the Station patriotic concert.  These are normally reserved by the Symphony for donors as a fundraiser at $500/VIP Pass. However, the Symphony has recognized our Veterans’ event as important to their venue and has given us a special deal. You may reserve your VIP pass/seat for a tax-deductible donation of $25/Pass online along with your dinner reservation.  Passes will be handed out at the dinner. Alternatively, those wishing to attend the concert but without donating for seats may bring their own chairs and sit in the general audience area.

 

Donations:  Those wishing to honor our WWII veterans with a donation towards their dinner may do so upon registration.

Reservations: Due to very limited space in the Belvedere Private Dining room, early reservations are highly recommended.  Registration will close on Sunday, May 19th at midnight. Cancellation deadline for refunds is also 19 May.  Those wishing to attend after reservations are closed may sign up on a waiting list in this registration.  They will be contacted if reservations become available for them.

Reservations should be made at:     http://www.cvent.com/d/d6q66q 

 

Questions: Contact Greg Shuey at: gshuey@tensortech.com or 913-894-8887.

 

Gregory N. Shuey, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)

President, KCAOG

913-894-8887


April 18 Navy/Marine Corps Social, at Burg & Barrel, Overland Park

Posted: 4/8/2019

Our own Treasurer Jack Rush ’73 has planned the early evening of Thursday April 18th for a social event co-hosted by the Navy League Greater Kansas City Council, Association of Naval Aviation (ANA), Marine Corps Business Network (MCBN), and US Naval Academy Alumni Association KC Chapter to be held from 4-7 p.m. now changed to the StageCoach Tavern.

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Food and Drink: Available on individual tab basis (very good Food)

Time : 4 – 7 p.m. (1600-1900)

Location: Stagecoach Tavern, Overland Park 

Address: 9617 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

There will be no guest speakers however each organization will be given a brief opportunity to provide a short overview summary of their organization, missions and goals. Please come by spend a few minutes or hours enjoying the company and meeting new Sea Services friends. Not restricted to veterans or active duty. All individuals supporting our sea services are welcome. Do not hesitate to invite friends and family members.

Update RADM Jeffrey Penfield, USN, Ret. (2015), who is a former F-18 SuperHornet pilot, and Navy fleet readiness expert, will be there talking about the challenges facing the sea services in the next decade and how our respective fraternal organizations can help influence younger Americans to serve, as military personnel needs continue to increase.

Please respond to me to RSVP your attendance so I can print you a name tag. Bob Culler bculler@sbcglobal.net         


Passing of John Owen ’52 on March 21, 2019

Posted: 3/27/2019

Fellow Kansas City Alumni:

It is my sad duty to pass along to you and it was in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, March 24, 2019, the obituary of attorney John Owen age 89, USNA Class of ‘52, with his passing on March 21. He was a naval aviator, served in the Korean War, and was a prominent businessman, attorney, and civic leader in Kansas City. He is survived by his wife Billie of 58 years, three daughters and four grandchildren. His law degree was from the University of Missouri ‘61.

His service to the Kansas City community was of great distinction:

* Board of the Missouri Bar Association
* Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
* Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
* Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army
* President of the Liberty Memorial Association
* Board of Trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute
* Treasurer of the Board of Education, Kansas City School District
* Boards of: Research Hospital, Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Sunset Hill/Pembroke Hill School, Carriage Club, University Club, Central Methodist College

He was past Executive Vice President of Commerce Bank, President and Chairman of Board of Plaza Bank and Trust, member of Country Club United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be on Monday, March 25, at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer, and Freeman Funeral
Home with full military honors at 1:00 PM, followed by a reception.

There also will be a celebration of life at Country Club United Methodist Church (400 West 57th Street, Kansas City, MO) on Sunday April 7 at 3:00 PM.

Thank you,

Bob Culler ’74

President Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter


Gary Sinise Luncheon with AUSA in Kansas City

Posted: 2/26/2019

Several members of the USNA Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter attended a grand luncheon event honoring actor Gary Sinise with the Col. Roger Donlon Patriot Award. We were behind enemy lines with the Army—-the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) on February 25, 2019, at the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, MO. There were over 400 in attendance total.

Included Navy USNA alumni mingling with the Army were:  KC Chapter President Bob Culler ’74, Chapter Treasurer Jack Rush ’73, Board Member Chuck Stevens ’73, Board Member Eric Carlson ’74, Board Member Captain Mike Gochis ’90 (SelRes still wearing the uniform), Board Member Bryan Didier ’91, Retired Captain Dale Puhrman ’73, and Stu MacArthur ’84. Also attending was Honorary USNA Chapter member RADM Jeff Penfield, USN, Ret. and his wife Cynthia. Admiral Penfield is the only Navy Flag Officer living in Kansas City, and is Executive Chairman of the USS Kansas City (LCS-22) Commissioning Committee.

When it was announced in Gary Sinise’s biography that the U.S. Navy had previously made him an Honorary Chief Petty Officer, the whole Navy contingent cheered loudly. Sinise’s own father Robert Sinise, was a Navy Photographers Mate in the early 1950’s, it seemed most appropriate. Actor Gary Sinise’s has a new 2019 book out entitled Grateful American, A Journey From Self to Service. 

 

Gary Sinise is with AUSA President and Exec. VP and Col. Roger Donlon, 1964 Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient. The Patriot Award was presented in Col. Donlon’s name.


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