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I was busy inside, Pete, and Towanda Curtis, Elaine Brye, and Karen
Grimm greeted new plebe parents and family members, offering advice
and support as they walked around the Yard. They were on the go
all day and did a terrific job, making lots of new friends. By the
end of the day, we actually had people we met earlier in the day
coming up to us to chat like long lost friends. What a Navy family!
It was fascinating being inside Alumni Hall. The new plebes all
appeared shell-shocked as they were greeted with yelling and sooo
many questions. "Why are you wearing that Summer Seminar T-shirt
on Induction Day?" "Sir, no excuse sir" "Do
you think you are special because you went to Summer Seminar?"
"Sir, no sir". They quickly learned this"sir, yes
sir", "sir, no excuse, sir" routine for every communication
and to hold their Reef Points up high in front of their faces, within
seconds upon entering the building.
I was in one of the early stations, they were still in their civilian
clothes and had hair on their heads! The medical teams were instructed
to be extra friendly, warm, and supportive, to help ease the stress
of the day and to make their first impression of Navy medicine a
the medical screenings we all made an effort to use their first
names (something that won't be used again for the next year!),
ask about their interests and sports, and where they were from.
Since I was not able to arrange for an official usna-parents.org
meeting place for unaccompanied plebes after the induction ceremony
(a long story), we had an unofficial one--I found 5 plebes during
my medical evals who were alone and they all came to the designated
spot. Karen, Elaine, Pete and I gave them food and cold drinks,
took photos, gave hugs, and let them call home. I think that was
our favorite part of the day.
Although it rained in the am, the sun came out and shone brightly
in the afternoon and at the Induction Ceremony. It was much less
hot and humid than last year and there was a lovely breeze. The
new Supe and Dant gave wonderful welcoming speeches after a terrific
performance by the Navy Band in Alumni Hall. I think there were
even more parents this year than last, it was packed.
Induction Ceremony was moving. Sun glinting off Bancroft Hall, jets
flying overhead, and lots of pomp and tradition. The new plebes
looked sharp, albeit a little worn out after the long day. There
were lots of hugs and tears along Stribling Walk as parents and
plebes said their farewells. It was a great day.
Welcome to our USNA family, parents of the class of 06, your roller
coaster ride has begun!