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2018 Army Navy Watch Party December 8 from 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Posted: 11/15/2018


The Class of ’92 gang: Joe Spencer, Chris Linnane, and Tim Kelley.

Joe Spencer ’92, Jeff Kranz ’74, Shogo Cottrell ’93, and Monsignor Stuart Swetland ’81

Group alumni picture for the 2018 Army Navy Game Watch Party in Overland Park, KS on December 8. The oldest are George Flynn and David Whitman Class of ’71, and the youngest is Vic Hurlbert ’10.

2018 Kansas City Metro Area Army Navy Football Watch Party

When:              Saturday, December 8, 2018,Lunch Starts at 1:00 PM (Central), Kickoff is at 2:00 PM

What:               Combined Army Navy Watch Party and Buffet Lunch

Where:              Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, 9100 W 135thStreet, Overland Park, KS 66221

Capacity: 175 (135 seats in bar area + 40 seats in an adjacent private room). Additionally, there are 100 seats in the adjacent main restaurant area and 20 seats on the heated outdoor patio. All areas enjoy multiple large screen LCD TV’s, so you won’t miss a play – including the outdoor patio area! (improved from Blue Moose)     Phone: (913) 257-5439

Who:              West Point Society of Greater Kansas City, West Point Parents Club, Friends of West Point, Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter, Naval Academy Parents Club, Friends of the Naval Academy Alumni Association. Family members are invited.

Dress:             Army and Navy Spirit Wear  

Food:               A buffet lunch featuring party food: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Big Whiskey’s Wings, Assorted Cold Wraps, Cheeseburger Sliders, Garden Salad, Cookies and Brownies.

Cost:               $20 per person;which includes non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Cash Bar.

Signup:           Please go to this EventBrite link to sign up and pre-pay by November 28th.

Your event URL is  (Register before December 3 at 5:00 PM)

You can pay by check or cash at the door BUT we encourage you to pre-pay on-line so we can have an accurate headcount for food. The price is $20 per person either way. If you do not register on-line please contact Bob Culler and RSVP by December 3. We will print paper stick-on nametags based on the information you provide when you register on-line. We will also have wrist bands for everyone upon check in at Big Whiskey’s. Example nametags:  Karen Clark USMA ’93, Bob Culler USNA ’74, Joe Soldier Parent USMA ’19, Sue Sailor Parent USNA ’20, Chad Clark Army Fan, Jane Sailor Navy Fan, etc.

Objective:        Beat Army and Sing Second. The other objective is to socialize and have fun. Army and Navy fight music will play on the sound system in the background during the Pregame. Arrive 30 minutes early to get seats in the bar.

Questions:        Navy contact Bob Culler  (913) 488-6319 (cell)



Going to the Game Army Navy Game–Tailgate in Philly

Posted: 10/22/2018

Army-Navy Registration is Now Open!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sign up to cheer on Navy with the Alumni Association! Registration for our bus trip up to Philly and our tailgate is now available.

Army-Navy Game 

8 December 2018

3 p.m. Kick-off

Lincoln Financial Field

Coverage on CBS



Alumni Association Tailgate

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Alumni Association for the best tailgate of the season! We are indoors with heat, bathrooms, hot food and an open bar at the Wells Fargo Center, walking distance from Lincoln Financial Field.

Alumni Association Bus Trip

Departs at 8:15 a.m.

Skip the hassle of driving into the city and let us do it for you. Our bus trip leaves from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and brings you to the Wells Fargo Center and back again. Ride in style on our comfortable buses complete with trivia, prizes and Navy spirit. Unfortunately, no one-way discounted bus tickets are available.


Tailgate and Bus Combo Ticket

Sign up for both and save! Guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing both the bus and tailgate.

Sign up now and save with early bird pricing until 31 October. After this date, all prices will increase by $5. Registration closes on 1 December at 12 a.m. No refunds will be issued after this time. Registration may close sooner if the tailgate or buses sell out.

Please visit our website for more information, or email

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation
247 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 295-4000 |


October 6 Navy Air Force Watch Party

Posted: 9/20/2018

What: Navy vs Air Force Televised Football Game, CBS Sports Network (played in Colorado Springs)

When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, Kickoff Time is 2:30 Central Time

Where: Coaches Bar and Grill: , 9089 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223. Phone 913 897-7070. It is located near the Scheels Soccer Complex.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own off Coaches’s menu but recommended you arrive at 1:00 to 1:30 so you get a seat. We are in the Fireplace Room on the back right. The capacity of the room is 35.

Attire: Navy or Air Force Spirit Casual

Who: USNA Alumni, USAFA Alumni, USNA Parents, USAFA Parents, Family Members

RSVP:  Navy–Bob Culler

We had 9 USNA and 8 Air Force Academy Alumni attend with family members in 2017.

RSVP: Air Force–Greg Shuey


September 8 Navy Memphis Watch Party

Posted: 9/4/2018

Who:  USNA Alumni and Parents of Midshipmen (& Navy fans)

What:  Informal Watch Party Navy vs Memphis

Where: Coaches Bar & Grill 9089 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: (913) 897-7070

When: Saturday September 8, 2018, Kickoff is at 2:30 PM Central, arrive early and eat lunch off the menu. RSVP not required but email if you think you can make it so I get the larger viewing room in the back.

Bob Culler’s email:

OK the Hawaii game was a tough loss for the defense as Hawaii hung 59 points on the Midshipmen. It was non-conference and does not count in the AAC Conference standings. Come watch the Midshipmen at home in Annapolis at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Arrive early and eat lunch at Coaches. Kickoff is at 2:30 Central.

Service Academy Picnic Includes USNA Alumni and Parents Club

Posted: 8/22/2018
All Academies Family Picnic  8 September – 1200 – KCWineCO Winery
Grab your picnic basket and join us for the kickoff of the 2018-2019 Academies’ Event Season with a family picnic, wine tasting, and meet-and-greet with service  academy candidates.  This is an important event for several reasons:
  • Academy Candidates: We are inviting candidates for all the service academies to come and meet graduates and liaison officers so they can get a chance to talk in person to officers who have been there and done that.  Many grads don’t get many chances to talk to much less mentor students who are interested in attending a service academy.  Your participation is important so these young folks have an opportunity to talk to grads who served in different career paths. (After doing this as a liaison officer for 15 years, I can attest to the importance of giving these young people the big picture as well as the career benefits of serving in our military.) One other point: Parents of candidates are often clueless about the academies and, in particular, about military careers. Sadly, too many have distorted views of military service and fail to understand the benefits of being an academy graduate.  Your participation in this event is important in showing parents these benefits and allaying their fears.
  • Liaison Officers: This is an opportunity for liaison officers from the service academies to meet and talk to a number of candidates at one time, especially those who may only be applying to one service school but who need to understand the value in applying to more than one.  It is also a good opportunity to network with local grads and parents from the parents’ clubs who might have leads on potential candidates not yet in the system.
  • Parents Club Members: Our three associations always try to arrange events so that the parents clubs can be involved.  This particular event is a great opportunity for you to meet potentially new members and to provide some great information on your cadets’ experiences, activities, and successes.   As you probably remember, parents uninformed about the military and the academies have self-concocted misperceptions.  This is a great opportunity to help them understand the benefits the academies offer to their children.
  • Distinguished Guests: While it is too early to tell, we are inviting some of our good friends who are World War II veterans that have graciously graced our past events. These folks are real treasures and are fun to meet and talk to.  Invitations are also going out to some of our political leaders who are the sources of appointments to candidates.
Event Details:
  • Location: KCWineCo is an Academy grad-owned winery at 13875 S. Gardner Rd, Olathe, KS 66061 (web:                                      (Take 135th St west to Gardner Rd and go 1/4 mile south.  Note: There are two entrances. Take the second (south) entrance and follow it back to the large building past the pond. If you mistakenly take the north entrance, go through the parking lot all the way to the south.)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, 8 September at 1200
  • Venue:  Depending upon the weather and heat, we may be outside under the picnic tents or inside in their new private hall. If not, or for those who prefer the A/C, we have been given the use of the new event pavilion just opened up by the winery.
  • Food/Beverages: Bring your own picnic and preferred drinks.  However, KCWineCo will have a bartender for us and their entire line of wines available for purchase.  They will also provide soft drinks.
  • Games: This portion of the winery has a lot of yard games for those wanting to challenge their sister service academies, or their own children – and by the way, the younger ones are invited too.  Any one wishing to organize some competitions are more than welcome to do so.
These events are great opportunities to share war stories (even of current children serving at the academies) and meet new friends.  We hope to see you there.

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

President, KCAO

Blue Angels Practice on August 24, PM in St Joesph, MO (Rosecrans Field)

Posted: 8/16/2018

If anybody is interested in going up to St. Joseph, MO on Friday August 24 and viewing a Blue Angels practice that afternoon starting at 2:00-3:00 PM here is how you can get in to Rosecrans Field. The public performances are that weekend on August 25-26 at the same airfield.

You must do the following to get your name in the RSVP pool, as there is security you must pass through to get in the gate.

  • Email the Navy League President, Captain Dick Scharff USN, Ret. directly at before 8:00 PM on August 16 and tell him your name, USNA Alumni Class, and the number of people in your party going. Your friends and family can get in with your in person escort.  

The gates open at 12:00 noon on Friday, August 24. It is a practice session and will not include all aircraft and maneuvers. The Blue Angels will not likely start their practice session until 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Enter the gate to the military airfield at the St. Joesph public airport. The gate is located on the South of the Main Runway 19-35. Again it is Rosencrans Field, which is a training facility for entire C-130 military community–Air Nation Guard, US Air Force, and foreign countries military.

To get into the base you must have one of these:  Name, Military ID or former Military papers, Membership in these organizations (Association of Naval Aviation, Navy League, Ft Leavenworth, etc.). You will need a drivers license or a picture ID card.

Parking is on the South part of the base close to the flight line. Golf carts will be available to help those who can’t walk. Seating will be available and water and food for purchase. There is a covered area for the group via Navy League. Restrooms will be Porta-Potties.

Host military org is:  139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri National Guard. Col Byron Newell, is Commander of the Missouri Air Nation Guard, a former Naval Aviator and who is a USNA Alumni.



August 15 Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Overland Park

Posted: 8/7/2018

Image may contain: sky, house, tree, plant and outdoorLunch is an informal get together for those who can make it. Arrive at 11:30. No speaker and we order individually off the menu. Discussion of Blue Angel practice session on Friday August 24 in St. Joseph, Fall NAVY football watch parties, new Navy ship USS Kansas City (LCS-22) Commissioning Committee, and other topics of interest. Please RSVP to Bob Culler by Monday, August 13. Also posted on USNA Kansas City Alumni Facebook page.

It was a great turnout on August 15. The following 12 alumni and one USMA alumni (“behind enemy lines”) attended, and the food was excellent so Maggiano’s Little Italy has passed the Navy wardroom taste test:

Col. Dick Stevens USAF Ret. USNA ’53 (oldest alumni), his son-in-law Col. Kevin Benson USA Ret, USMA ’77, John O’Neal ’65, David Whitman ’71, George Flynn ’71, Jack Rush ’73, Kyle Martin ’74, Bob Culler ’74, Jim Fee ’78, George Jackson ’79, Bryan Didier ’91, Tom Strenge ’97, and Vic Hurlbert ’10 (youngest alumni).

We talked about watch parties in the Fall 2018 for games Memphis, Air Force, and Army. Also the potential of a joint Army-Navy watch party at a nice venue such as Sporting Park in KCK or the WWI Museum, or similar venue that can host 125-150 people. Also talked about the Blue Angels being in St. Joseph, MO for a practice session on Friday, August 24, at Rosecrans Field in St. Joe. We also discussed the USS Kansas City (LCS-22) Commissioning Committee and projected christening/launch in Mobile, AL on September 22. We are going to pursue nice plastic engraved name tags for all paid chapter members, those who have paid their $25 annual dues. We noted the 2018 Navy football schedule looks a little tougher than Army’s lighter one and ESPN agrees. Vic Hurlbert ’10, Chapter VP, was congratulated for being elected county auditor for Clay County, Missouri.


July 7 Service Academy Golf, Ring Knocker Classic Ft Leavenworth

Posted: 6/21/2018

The winning West Point golfers with the Commander and (KC) Chiefs trophy. The guy on the left is the great grandson of President and General Dwight Eisenhower, Merrill Atwater.

Navy golfers L to R: Bill Dorrance, Knute Rosche, Chris Brown (LtCol ARMY/Naval War College), Joe Spencer ’92, Bob Culler ’74, David Martisak, Scott Porter ’81, Larry Baker, Eric Carlson ’74, Jackson Porter, Dan Prather ’92.

Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic

@ Trails West Golf Course, Ft. Leavenworth

When:                        Saturday, July 7, 2018

Where:                       Trails West Golf Club, 306 Cody Road, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, phone number:  913-651-7176.

The winning tabulation was the average of all service academy alumni foursomes scores:  It was very close!

Army -4.5 to par

Air Force -4.0 to par

Navy -3.66 to par Please allow 45 minutes to an hour driving time from the Kansas City metro. This is the Ft. Leavenworth post golf course. Army is the host.

Time:              7:15 AM Check-In, 8:00 AM 1stTee Time, Shotgun Start (if 9 foursomes or less)

Format:          Team scramble.  Foursomes all players drive from the GoldMiddle Tees (5783 yards, Par 71) best ball is selected for 2ndshot. Each player hits a ball from the spot of the selected drive. Best ball is selected and all players hit a shot 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 #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend.Ladies can use White Tees(5369 yards). Play toward a four hour round if possible.

Prize:             ATraveling Trophy based on the average of the low gross wins. The average of all foursomes from Army, Navy, and Air Force will determine who wins the cup.  It is a team game. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.  Month and year will be engraved on the trophy. Winner’s alumni president keeps trophy on display until the next outing. Army currently owns the trophy.

Cost:              $35 includes the military discount. For 0-3 military or retiree and below cost is $29.

Cost includes green fee, cart fee. Pay at the Pro Shop upon arrival, 45 min before the tee time.

Lunch:            We will provide a continental breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels, and doughnuts before tee off.  Get there early. Lunch is not provided.

Trophy Presentation:           At the conclusion between 12:00-12:30 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. The CIC trophy has a USNA, USMA, and USAFA side, where the winning dates are engraved. Winner keeps trophy until the next competition.

Contact:  Bob Culler if you want to play or call 913 488-6319

June 14 Ceremony at Korean War Memorial 9:30 AM

Posted: 5/30/2018

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Bio_Captain Fraser-Loria_Dec 2017


The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial Committee 

Observance of National Flag Day 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Patriotic Music begins at 9:30 am, Ceremony at 10:00 am 

at the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial 

Washington Square Park, Pershing and Main Streets, Kansas City, MO 

Jamie Fraser-Loria, Captain, USN, Keynote Speaker 

Mark Alford, WDAF Fox 4, Master of Ceremonies 

The American Legion Band, Heather Pickett Conducting 

Korean Choir of Greater Kansas City 

Parking in the west lots of the Liberty Memorial 

Military Vehicle Display by Kansas City Military Collectors Club 

Flag drop off at area Dignity Memorial Providers of Kansas City 

American Legion Posts in Greater Kansas City 

Follow us on Facebook: @MKWVM 

May 24, 2018 American Flag Planting for Memorial Day

Posted: 5/16/2018
Kansas City Alumni here is a civic project we can get behind. Our own K.C. chapter Treasurer, CDR Jack Rush USNA ’73 is the Executive Director of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation. I will be there and hope to see you there too wearing Navy/Marine Corps gear. Bob Culler ’74 K.C. Chapter President
Flag Planting for our Memorial Day 8000 flag display will commence at 0900 24 May  2018 at the Schlitterbahn parking lot, in Kansas City, KS, weather permitting. If it is raining that morning we might opt for afternoon or morning of the 25th. I know that Thursday works better for Home Depot Volunteers so we will try to get as much done Thursday as possible. A lot of schools are still in session on the 24th so I have not been able to rally many youth this year. If you know of any youth groups that might be available please share. Last year we had about 35 volunteers and knocked it out in about 3 and a half hours.
Mike and I will be out on the 23rd laying out the lines and grids to help things go smoothly on the 24th and could probable use one more volunteer that day if you have time or know someone who does have them reach-out to me.
Thanks, In advance for your support.
Plan is to remove the flags and store salvageable flags on the 29th in the morning. Please have volunteers indicate if they would be available one or both events.



Jack Rush USNA ’73

Executive Director
American Fallen Warriors Memorial Foundation

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