50th Reunion Update

Posted: 3/11/2022


As we approach Reunion-8 months, the Class ’72 Reunion Planning Committee would like to add some details.

The Committee is working hard, so please note the managers of the areas below and consider thanking them for their volunteer work.

Rick Rubel – rrubel9@gmail.com

REGISTRATION UPDATE – Paul Bienhoff bienhoff@verizon.net

  • There are over 450 Classmates and Guests who have paid to attend the Reunion with an additional 49 Classmates who have registered already. Seven Companies that have registered 10 Classmates or more, and 7 Companies have 3 or fewer Classmates registered.
  • You can see the three tiered cost structure below and we hope this will incentivize early registration as we go from EARLY TO REGULAR PRICING ON 30 APRIL
  • You can always cancel for a refund or pay monthly installments. If you would like to attend, but have trouble paying for this, please let Paul Bienhoff know.
  • Register at: https://SignUpNow.Events/USNA1972.  After you have registered, you can return to your registration information by logging in on the site (using the same password you chose when you registered), and make changes to the events you plan to attend, or make your payment, if you haven’t already.
  • The 50th Reunion price for couples, singles, widows, and Tailgate guests includes:
    – Thursday night Welcome reception (food and drink),
    – Friday night reception 1700-1930 (food and drink) and optional “Company Tables” 1930-2130 in Alumni Hall
    – Saturday tailgate (food and drink),
    – Football game tickets (required to attend the tailgate),
    – Sunday Brunch in King Hall
  • Free events, which include the Class Business meeting, Superintendent’s Briefing, a “special” Dress Parade, religious services at the Chapel and Levy Center, and the Class of 1972 Memorial Service
  • Donations to the class operating fund for future projects may be made during registration.


EARLY UNTIL- 30 April   622.72 (note 1)

REG 1 May-7 July          672.22
FULL 8 July-25 Oct        692.72

EARLY UNTIL- 30 April    399.72
REG 1 May-7 July           433.22
FULL 8 July-25 Oct         492.72

CHILDREN <15 (weekend) 100.00
WIDOWS                      172.00
TAILGATE ONLY GUESTS   88.00 plus $42 for each game ticket

TAILGATE ONLY CHILD GUESTS (<15) 42.00 plus $42 for each game ticket

Note (1) 622.72= single cost of 399.72 + Guest cost of 223.00

For Widows of our Fallen Classmates

We would really like to encourage widows of Fallen Classmates to attend. Please reach out to the widows in your company. The registration process for widows of our fallen Classmates has been revised to make it simpler. Widows of fallen Classmates who would like to attend the Reunion can use the following link to register: https://signupnow.events/USNA1972/FallenClassmateGuest

Registration sign up will ask if you need mobility assistance or if you have other restrictions on diet or other activities during the Reunion events

UPDATE FRIDAY NIGHT- Joyce Stocks – ciaostocks@gmail.com

  • The Friday evening reception at Alumni Hall will begin after the Parade (1700-1930), with handicapped transportation available as necessary.  Plenty of food and beverages will be available with heavy hors d’oeuvres buffets, and complimentary refreshment stations with water and coffee. Beer, wine, and soda will be available with provided drink ticket, and additional beer, wine, soda, and mixed drinks will be available by credit card.
  • There will also be designated Community Table areas located in the upper mezzanine, where Marines, Aviators, SWO’s, Submariners, etc. can gather and reconnect with former shipmates.
  • At 1930-2130 the event will transition to a “Company Table”  after-party and will continue, with lighter hors d’oeuvres and a credit card bar.

Friday Night reception slide show reminder – Don Speights   donspeights@1972.usna.com

WE NEED MORE PICS! Thanks for sending all the pics from your time at USNA, the service, and reunions! …BUT we need more! There are a LOT of gaps, as some companies haven’t sent any.  I know, everyone is very busy, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE try to send anything you have.  I guarantee you will enjoy seeing all of them again.  I certainly have.  Send to me at donspeights@1972.usna.com.

GOLF – Tal Manvel talmanvel@icloud.com

  • Tal Manvel has graciously agreed to organize the Class of 72 Golf outing.
  • Golf Outing at 50th Reunion will be on Thursday 27 October 2022 with a shotgun start at 1300 with 40 spots available for ’72.
  • The cost per person will be $120 for the tee time, cart and $4 for range balls for a total of $124.
  • For more info, please contact Tal Manvel at talmanvel@icloud.com .

Stadium Events Alan Kraft –  alankraft@verizon.net

  • Football Tickets: Since the Tailgate is inside the stadium, everyone who wants to attend the TG will need a game ticket. The ticket price is included in the weekend price.
  • Season ticket holders may choose to use their season tickets for access to the game (and the Class Tailgate). Their Reunion package cost will be discounted by the amount the Class pays for its group tickets ($42 for each ticket). This option, titled “Season Ticket Holders – Remove Ticket from Weekend Package” is available on the Events page, immediately following the Tailgate event for you and each of your guests (there’s a check box for each person in your group) Note that the Events page appears after you have entered the names of your Guests, and selected the red box that states, “Continue Registration – Add your events and pay”.

Ship’s Store – Jim Grover – jcgrover72@gmail.com

Our reunion ship’s stores are still open.  In case you’ve forgotten, the  link for clothing is: http://www.usnaclasstore.com/72store.html and the link for other merchandise is: https://www.foreverfirstie.com/product/class-packages. Don’t forget, at Forever Firstie you have a choice of our class crest or the 50th reunion logo created by Gary Besaw (15th company).

HOTEL UPDATE – Dave and Barb Hogen – dave.hogen@comcast.netblhogen@icloud.com

While both DoubleTree and Crowne Plaza room blocks are full for Friday/Saturday, please check as openings may become available outside the room block. For those who are staying elsewhere and who wish to use the bus service from those two hotels to events in the Yard and/or football game/Tailgate, parking is generally available at either hotel. Other hotels in the area (Parole, West Street, downtown) may still have availability, and will typically require multi-day bookings for this Homecoming weekend.

Bus Transportation – Skip Kohler gmkoh@comcast.net

We will provide bus service between the hotels and the Yard. We will also have handicapped buses as required when we see how many require assistance from the registration numbers.

MEMORIAL SERVICE – Bill Moffatt wgmoffatt@comcast.net

  • This is maybe the most important event of the weekend, as we honor our fallen Classmates by reading each of their names. 
  • We still need more Company Readers to read the names of their fallen company-mates at the memorial service. If interested in helping please contact Bill Moffatt –
  • Also, we are working toward streaming the Memorial Service or possibly recording it for people/NOK who cannot attend.

 Rich Robison is working on a system that will allow us to text you all event reminders and changes during the reunion weekend. Scribe72@comcast.net

  • Misc info 
    COVID protocols are likely to change between now and October. We will keep you informed. This is one of the conditions that can be publicized via text, if you agree to receive texts while registering.
  • Other info on Parking, driving onto the yard, security docs, etc., will be explained later as procedures change. (Have you ever seen procedures change in the Navy??)

Schedule: (tentative)
Thursday, 27 October 2022
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1500 Alumni Golfing
0900-1700 Museum Hours

1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation

1300-1700 Golf Tournament

1600-2000 Check-In Double Tree Hotel

1600-2000 Welcome Reception at the Double Tree Hotel

Friday, 28 October 2022
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1530 Check-in Alumni Hall lobby
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
1000-1100 Class Business Meeting
1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation
1350-1500 Superintendent’s Briefing and Alumni Association Welcome
1600-1715 Dress P-rade on Worden Field
1700-1930 Reception at Alumni Hall (immediately after P-rade)
1715-2000 Reunion Check-in for Stragglers – Alumni Hall lobby
1930-2100 Company tables – can stay until 2100 at Alumni Hall for Company parties

1915-2030 Jewish Service in Levy Center

Saturday, 29 October 2022
0730-1200 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
TBD Tailgate (Inside stadium NW corner)
TBD Navy VS? (Schedule will be set in March 2022)

Sunday 30 October 2022
0800-1000 Brunch in King Hall
0900-1000 Catholic Service (Main Chapel)
1000-1100 Class of ’72 Memorial Ceremony in the Levy Center

1100-1215 Protestant Service (Main Chapel)