May 14, 2013
The wake-up call came at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, but Midshipman Alberto Salabarria was ready well before then. Anticipating a grueling, thrilling, muddy day of Sea Trials at the Naval Academy, Salabarria and some of his classmates couldn't wait. "Everyone was listening to music, trying to motivate themselves," Salabarria said. Staying upbeat is a key to surviving Sea Trials, a 14-hour test of strength, endurance and will that marks the end of the freshman, or "plebe," year at the Naval Academy.
December 9, 1997
Back in October, some 30 members of the 1957 Naval Academy football team that finished 9-1-1 and ripped Rice in the Cotton Bowl held a 40th reunion in Annapolis and honored their most celebrated teammate, Bob Reifsnyder.They presented him with a plaque that read: To Bob Reifsnyder, 1957, All-American tackle, Maxwell Trophy recipient and Philadelphia Sportswriters' Player of the Year. This year, they added a final line: Hall of Famer.Reifsnyder, a native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who now lives in Berlin, Md., will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame tonight in New York along with such former college stars as Arizona State quarterback Danny White, Nebraska center Dave Rimington, Penn State defensive end Dave Robinson and Notre Dame tight end Ken MacAfee.
May 26, 1991
The top two positions of command in the U.S. Naval Academy's 4,300-member brigade of midshipmen will be filled next semester by midshipmen Julianne Gallina of Pelham, N.Y., and Daniel Truckenbrod of Sycamore, Ill.As brigade commander, Gallina will have the rank of midshipman captain and will be responsible for the daily military activities and performance of the brigade.Most visible in parades, ceremonies and daily formations, she will also perform administrative functions and will be the key link in the chain of command between the midshipmen and officers.
March 4, 2013
President Barack Obama will return to Annapolis to give the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy this year, the first time he has spoken to a graduating class of midshipmen since 2009, the White House said Monday. The address comes at a time of continued transition for the military, as the administration draws down troop levels in Afghanistan in advance of the 2014 exit and the Pentagon is squeezed by government-wide budget reductions. "It will be an honor and privilege to welcome the 44th president of the United States and Commander-in-Chief back to Annapolis," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a statement. The graduating class, he said, "will look to the president for his leadership and wisdom as they get ready for their first assignments.
March 10, 2010
The Naval Academy is reporting a record number of applications, both overall and in the number of minorities who have applied. Bruce Latta, the dean of admissions, told the academy's Board of Visitors on Monday that the school received 17,416 applications for the Class of 2014, 2,100 more than last year. A typical class at the academy has about 1,230 students. Minority applications went up to 5,382, nearly 1,000 more than last year, an increase of nearly 23 percent. - Associated Press
September 18, 2012
As it turns out, the Naval Academy is awash in "Gangnam Style. " A crew of mids from the 22nd Company, at least, seem to have it in spades and shows it off in a video that's going viral. The video (see above), just posted Sunday on YouTube, already has more than 267,000 views. In it, the young men, mainly in dress whites, dance around the Naval Academy to the song "Gangnam Style" by South Korean rapper PSY. It's one of the hottest songs in America right now. The mids call it a "spirit spot.