VA Peninsula Newsletter February 2021

Posted: 3/9/2021

VA Peninsula Newsletter February 2021


We have scheduled zoom events for the 1st half of 2021.  
In addition we are working on in person events for later in the year and are planning a Plebe Recognition Picnic on June 12th at Spence’s “The Beeches at Capital Landing”.  

January 20th at 10:00    We held a General Chapter meeting with Bob Lynch as the keynote speaker.  Bob is the assistant manager of the large Blue and Gold network in all of Hampton Roads.  He reviewed what happened in 2020, current Candidate selection process and how 2021 is looking.

February 10th at 10:00    Ken Reightler ‘73, Retired Astronaut and Tig H. Krekel, Class of ’75 Distinguished Chair in Space Science at USNA.  His topic will be “Getting some ‘Space’ at USNA”:  Naval reliance on space, NASA and commercial space activities.

March 10th at 4:00        Howard Hoege lll, USMA ‘94, President and CEO Mariners Museum and Park.  Howard will share how they survived 2020 and what is new at the Park.

April 14th at 10:00        John Maxwell, Commissioner Virginia Department of Veterans Services will discuss their extensive support programs.

May 12th at 10:00        Bryan Cochran ’93 will discuss his Command tour at Joint Task Force-Civil Support (JTF-CS) headquartered at Fort Eustis. He will also share his recent retirement adventures.

June 9th at 10:00        Rick Dwyer, AF ’94, HRMFFA Deputy Director and Board Secretary will discuss the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance.


The 2nd Wednesday each month we host a Joint Service Academy SB BD Forum zoom meeting.  Mike Ohlhaver ’75 and I are the hosts of these meetings.

Here’s our SB BD purpose:

Vision:  Provide a Business Forum for Service Academy Graduates on the Virginia Peninsula that celebrates and reinforces the inherent trust and shared values flowing from our common Service Academy experiences.

Mission:  Our USNAAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter’s Business Development Group will actively support Service Academy Alumni owned or led businesses and nonprofits.
•    We will facilitate awareness and relationship-building through a morning meeting each month on 2nd Wednesday, an online Alumni Business Directory and various networking events.
•    We will promote support for one another by encouraging referrals, assisting business-to-business arrangements and identifying strategic teaming opportunities.
•    We will expand the impact of our mission by closely coordinating with the Hampton Roads Chapter’s BD Group.

I look forward to seeing you at our Zoom meetings.
Again, Margie Lynch, our Chapter Secretary, manages our Zoom account. Look for the monthly invitations from “Robert Lynch”:

Suggestions for zoom meetings are appreciated along with ideas for gatherings once we’re inoculated.  Call, text or email anytime…


Ben Francisco