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Naval Academy Announces Color Parade

Posted on: May 16, 2013 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: 031-13

Note to Editors, Reporters and Photographers: Media who wish to cover this event and who have not yet notified the Public Affairs Office of their intended attendance, should do so no later than noon, Wednesday, May 22. Please plan to check-in between 10-10:30 a.m. at Gate 3 (Pedestrian Access) or Gate 8 (Vehicle Access).

In case of rain the parade will be held at an alternate location but check-in will remain the same.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The academy’s annual Color Parade, honoring the fall and spring color companies will be held on Worden Field, Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m.  Mr. Roger M. Natsuhara, Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Energy, Installations & Environment, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller; and Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Robert E. Clark, II will review the parade.

The midshipmen of 20th Company have earned the honor of being designated as the spring 2013 color company through their accomplishments during the last semester.

The Color Parade is the oldest parade at the U.S. Naval Academy, a tradition which began in 1867.   Midshipmen anticipate this parade as their last full dress parade while at the academy.  The highlight of the Color Parade is the formal presentation of the color company pennant to the company that has excelled in academics, athletics and professional accomplishments. 

Midshipman 1st Class Brooke Pitcher, of East Hampton, Conn., served as the spring semester color company commander.  At graduation, she will be commissioned as an ensign and will train as a Navy pilot. Pitcher will receive the Stewart Wight Hannah Memorial Trophy.  The silver bowl will be displayed in Bancroft Hall throughout the year and isinscribed with the spring semester color company number and the name of the new Color Company commander.

A color honoree is selected by the winning spring semester company commander. Pitcher has selected her mother, Kelly Fabrycki Pitcher of Hartford, Conn., as the 2013 color honoree.

Midshipman 1st Class Chloe J. Staab, of the 14th Company, from Chino Hills, Calif. served as the fall semester color company commander.  At graduation, she’ll be commissioned as a Navy ensign and will serve as a surface warfare officer aboard the U.S.S. New Orleans. Staab will receive the Forrestal Award, an engraved silver tray presented in honor of the nation's first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, donated by the late Charles P. McCormick.

For more information about May events at the Naval Academy, visit http://www.usna.edu/CommissioningWeek/. For more information about the Naval Academy please visit www.usna.edu or our Facebook page.
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