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Naval Academy Announces Color Company
Posted on: May 20, 2014 08:00 EDT
Press Release #: #055-14
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 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 21. 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. The parade is free and open to the public, however seating is limited to the families of the Class of 2014.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, U.S. Navy, and Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen Col. Bobbi Shea, U.S. Marine Corps will review the parade.
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.
The midshipmen of 19th Company have earned the honor of being designated as the spring color company. The midshipmen of the 15th Company earned the honor of being designated the fall color company.
Midshipman 1st Class Lauren Schmiegel, of Lancaster, N.Y., is the 19th company commander. She will be commissioned as a Navy surface warfare officer. Schmiegel will receive the Stewart Wight Hannah Memorial Trophy. The silver bowl will be displayed in Bancroft Hall throughout the year and is inscribed 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. Schmiegel has selected her father, Frank Schmiegel, also of Lancaster, N.Y., as the 2014 color honoree.
Midshipman 1st Class Andrew I. Robinson, of the 15th Company, from Madison, Miss. served as the fall semester color company commander. At graduation, he’ll be commissioned as a Navy ensign and will train as a Navy pilot. MacPherson 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.