We invite you to join our ListServ of friendly and supportive parents who know the joys and concerns of USNA parenting. Our goal is to provide a caring atmosphere where you can exchange information about the Academy and your midshipmen. We are the only ListServ officially endorsed by the USNA Alumni Association & Foundation and we are completely moderated by parents of current Midshipmen. Find out:
The USNA-Parents.org ListServ forwards e-mail messages to members and archives them in a searchable database, offering the families and friends of midshipman an efficient way to communicate using the Internet. Only ListServ members can receive posts. Through the ListServ, you can share your experiences, discuss what it means to be a USNA parent, offer advice and support to those that are new to the USNA community, or ask questions of parents whose sons and daughters have already graduated. Please join us today and become a vital part of the "Extended Brigade!"
To register for the listserv send the following information to Towanda Curtis, moderator & administrator at DCandTC@aol.com.
- Parent's Name
- Midshipman Name(s)
- Midshipman Graduation Year(s)
- Midshipman Company(ies)
- Email address you wish to use for the ListServ
Note: If you or your spouse are a graduate of the USNA please include graduation year.
Blue and Gold Officer
United States Navy
I have volunteered to be one of two co-moderators for this listserv. I am the proud mother of two midshipmen. My son is a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps, USNA class of 2002. My daughter-in-law is an ensign, USNA class of 2003. My daughter is class of 2005. I am also the loyal and dedicated wife of a grad from the class of '76 who once served as a USNA company officer. He is now a Rear Admiral. There are still two other children at home, both daughters, ages 15 and 9. For those of you who are wondering about the age differences of my children, I am a Navy wife who would only have children during shore duty and for our family it was few and far between.
We currently reside in San Diego, California. I serve as a Blue & Gold Officer and hopefully this will come in handy when trying to get information from those "in the know" on the yard. Also, I am a member of the Chapel Fellowship Council at USNA. With all of this considered, I feel my greatest attributes are my enthusiasm and desire to assist where and when needed. I am looking forward to serving you with Navy pride.
USNA-parents.org Plebe Moderator
NAIA-Naval Academy Information Affliate
United States Navy
I am Elaine Brye, your plebe listserv moderator. The information and support I have received throughout these past exciting years have been invaluable and I would like to return the favor. I and other members of our usna-parents.org list will stand with you as you experience the thrills and chills of the plebe year and the years to follow.
I am the mother of five-our eldest son is a member of the USNA Class of 2005 and currently a Marine 1LT attending flight school. Our second son is an Ensign stationed in Pensacola and member of the Class of 2007, and our daughter is a Midshipman in the Class of 2009. Yes, you read that right-I am proud to say that I have survived three Plebe summers as a mom-and my license plate reads USNAMOM just to prove it.
Our children range in age from 24 to 11. We live on an organic farm in eastern Ohio where my husband, a commercial airline pilot, relaxes by raising and sometimes chasing cattle. I do not find that part of farm life relaxing! My paid job is that of a junior and senior high science teacher. The military life is not new to me however. I grew up in the military as an Army brat and later married my Air Force pilot husband whom I met while I was in AFROTC.
We have been fortunate to make multiple trips to the Yard to support our midshipmen. Our eldest was a member of the Navy Track team, and our second son played the bass drum in the Drum and Bugle Corps and was very active in the Brigade Honor system. Our daughter is on the Navy Marathon Team and Women's Glee Club. Their experiences have run the gamut from Service Academy exchanges to Model UN and the Halloween Concert. We continue to be amazed at the wealth of opportunities afforded them by attending the USNA.
I am an "immersion" mom – I like to understand my children's world. This network of parents helps me to know how to support my midshipmen and graduates through each challenging year. There is so much to learn – (I do not know if I will ever get the Navy insignias mastered) – but there are many others who have walked this road. They are ready to help through the ups and downs of life as a plebe and plebe parent. Welcome aboard.
Captain Barbara Craig, MC, USN (Ret.)
USNA.com Listserv Moderator
Captain, Medical Corps
United States Navy, Retired
I am Captain Barbara Craig, MC, US Navy (Retired). Having spent thirty-one years in the Navy as a physician, I have lived from coast to coast and taken care of military family members from the Naval aviation, surface warfare, submarine, and academic communities, as well as Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force families too. Although retired from active duty now, I continue to work for the Navy as a civilian.
My husband is a retired Naval flight officer and we have two daughters. Our older daughter graduated from the Naval Academy in 2005 and is now a surface war officer (SWO). She was recently married to Navy pilot and member of the USNA class of 2004. Our younger daughter graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007. Between us, we have served over 58 years in the Navy!
Living in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade has allowed our family to visit the Naval Academy frequently for sports, musical, and academic events. Our home has welcomed many mids over the years. We have a wealth of experience both in the Navy and at the Naval Academy. Being a moderator of the listserv since 2001 has allowed me to make wonderful friends around the country and around the world. It has been a pleasure to get to know so many midshipmen and midshipmen parents.
Since I work at the National Naval Medical Center where midshipmen receive specialty medical appointments and are occasionally hospitalized, I am always on the lookout for them, stopping to see if they need someone to talk to, directions, or other guidance. Although I am not involved in their medical care, I am delighted to check on their personal needs while they are at the hospital. Just click on the link below to send me an e-mail.
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