#020-16 Schedule of Naval Academy Events Open to the Media
POSTED ON: Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:14 PM by firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional events on the Naval Academy calendar may be open to the media upon request.
NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: To RSVP for any event, please email email@example.com with your name, outlet, phone number and a list of events you plan to cover, or call 410-293-2292. More information for the media can be found at: www.usna.edu/pao.*Credential requests for the Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony on May 27 must be received by 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26; for all other events, credentials can be requested by 4 p.m. the day prior.
Parking: As always, there is very limited parking available on academy grounds. We will have a limited number of reserved parking spots available for media, and parking will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For each event, please anticipate a great deal of traffic in the City of Annapolis, particularly Monday, May 23, Wednesday, May 25 and at the stadium Friday, May 27. Arriving at the time listed will give you ample time to park, check-in with Public Affairs staff for your media credentials, and get to the event site. You will not be granted access to base until the check-in times listed, so if you arrive at a gate too early, you may be asked to come back at the time listed. Media without credentials will not be granted access to the event.
A more detailed media advisory will also be sent closer to the event date for most events listed below.
Tuesday, May 17
SEA TRIALS – Various locations on USNA grounds
Media Opportunity: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check-in time: 7:30-7:45 a.m. unless otherwise arranged.
NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Sea Trials is modeled after the Marine Corps’ Crucible and the Navy’s Battle Stations recruit programs. It is a “capstone” event for the fourth class midshipmen (freshmen or “plebes”) and serves as a leadership challenge for the upper class. Sea Trials is led by academy upper class and provides a final physical and mental challenge to the plebes, designed to test their teamwork and to reinforce their bonds as a company and class. Plebes will be physically and mentally tested through a variety of challenges in different stations located across the Academy and Naval Support Activity Annapolis.
Monday, May 23- USMC BATTLE COLOR DETACHMENT SILENT DRILL PERFORMANCE -USNA on Worden Field
(Media check-in at 10:30-10:45 a.m., event begins at 11 a.m.)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon from the Marine Corps Barracks at 8th & I, Washington, D.C., will perform with a Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard. The Marines will execute a series of calculated drill movements and precise handling of their hand-polished, 10 and one-half pound, garand rifles with fixed bayonets. The routine concludes with a unique rifle inspection sequence demonstrating elaborate rifle spins and tosses. There is an opportunity to meet the Marines following the performance.
Monday, May 23 – HERNDON MONUMENT CLIMB - USNA in front of Chapel
(Media check-in: noon- 12:30 p.m. Event begins at 1:30 p.m.)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Members of the fourth class (freshmen or “plebes”) will climb the 21-foot obelisk in order to retrieve a white plebe “dixie cup” hat on top of the monument and replace it with an upperclassman’s hat.
Wednesday, May 25- BLUE ANGELS PERFORMANCE- Over the Severn River
(Media check-in 1-1:30pm, event begins at 2 p.m.)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron’s Blue Angels will perform a variety of high-speed, aerobatic precision-maneuvers in an approximate two-hour performance over the Severn River. Best viewing areas are from Ingram Field (narration can be heard from this area), portions of Farragut Field and Hospital Point on Naval Academy grounds. Spectators from other viewing areas can tune-in to WNAV-AM (on 1430 AM and 99.9 FM) to hear the broadcast of the narration.
Thursday, May 26- COLOR PARADE USNA on Worden Field
(Media check-in 10:15-10:30 a.m. Event begins 11 a.m.)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Please note: Seating available only ticket holders): The highlight of the Color Parade is the formal presentation of the color company pennant by the superintendent, the company commander and the “color honoree,” to the newly designated spring color company. Each semester, the color company is designated by virtue of its excellence in academics, athletics and professional accomplishments throughout the semester. The color company competition began in 1867.
Friday, May 27– Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
GRADUATION AND COMMISSIONING CEREMONY
NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (By invitation only)
Credential requests for the Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony must be received by noon Thursday, May 26.
(Media check-in 6:15-8 a.m. Mandatory Media Briefing at 8:20 a.m. Event begins 10 a.m. and will last until approximately 1:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter
The commissioning and graduation ceremony is the culmination of the four-year education and training of the men and women of the Class of 2016. Each graduate receives a Bachelor of Science degree and takes the oath of office as they are each commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy or as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the USNA Public Affairs Office at (410) 293-2292 or send detailed requests for story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissioning Week press releases and additional media information will be posted online and available through www.usna.edu/PAO. Photos of these events will be available through the Naval Academy’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavalAcademy, and flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedstatesnavalacademy/sets/.
For more information about the Naval Academy, visit www.usna.edu.
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