Reunion with relatives wraps up Plebe Summer

August 14, 2004

Donning new white uniforms, more than 1,000 plebes at the U.S. Naval Academy greeted their families yesterday at the end of the grueling Plebe Summer -- a six-week program that includes rigorous physical training and instruction in academy rules and lore. The members of the Class of 2008 are enjoying three days of liberty and time with their families before beginning their first academic year. Above, Midshipman Erica Reid-Dixon gets a hug from her 10-year-old brother, Jarred, of Delaware. Reid-Dixon's family had traveled from England, where they live part of the year. At near right, another first-year midshipman, Cody Barton, greets his mother, Sandy Barton of Paragonah, Utah. At far right, Midshipman First Class Brandon McPherson, an upperclassman from Stone Mountain, Ga., sounds off during noon meal formation.

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