Parents of USNA Midshipmen BEAT ARMY !!
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  • These are the folks who work every day to make your Navy Parenting experience a little easier.

    They do not receive any pay for their time or effort.

     USNA-Parents Moderator & Administrator

    Towanda Curtis
    (More about Towanda)
    USNA-Plebe Moderators
    Karen Grimm
    (More about Karen)

    Elaine Brye
    (More about Elaine)

    Capt. Barbara Craig

    (More about Barbara)

    Towanda Curtis,
    USNA-Parents Moderator & Administrator
    Blue and Gold Officer
    United States Naval Academy 

    I am your moderator and administrator for this listserv. I am the proud mother of three Midshipmen. My son is a Captain in the Marine Corps, USNA class of 2002. My daughter-in-law is a LT, USN, USNA class of 2003. My daughter is a LT jg, USN, class of 2005. My second daughter is in the class of 2010.  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 serving as Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, COMNAVSURFLANT. There is still one other child at home, a daughter, age 13. 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 Norfolk, Virginia. I serve as a Blue and Gold Officer and hopefully this will come in handy when trying to get information from those "in the know" on the yard.  With all of this considered, I feel my greatest attributes are my enthusiasm and desire to assist where and when needed. Looking forward to serving you with NAVY pride.

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    Elaine Brye ,
    USNA-Plebe Moderator
    NAIA-Naval Academy Information Affliate
    United States Navy

    I am Elaine Brye, your Plebe list 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 list will stand with you as you experience the thrills and chills of the plebe year. Let me tell you a little more about myself.

    I am a military brat who ended up marrying an Air Force pilot whom I met while earning my MBA as a member of AFROTC. I am proud to say I was a member of the first coed AFROTC Field Training program and did pass the PRT much to my children's amazement. A medical problem on my commissioning physical prevented my entry into active duty but I consider my two years of military training invaluable. I am currently serving as a Blue and Gold Officer so I may better inform area students of the opportunities available to them in our Navy.

    I am the mother of five-our eldest son is a member of the USNA Class of 2005 and our second son is a member of the Class of 2007. Our children range in age from 21 to 8. We live on an organic farm in eastern Ohio where my husband, a commercial airline pilot, relaxes by chasing cows. I do not find that part of farm life relaxing! I work as the Family and Children First Council Coordinator in my county. In my spare time, I train for marathons at a penguin pace and help with costuming in local theater productions.

    We have been fortunate to make multiple trips to the Yard to support our Midshipmen. Our eldest is a member of the Navy Track team, and our second son plays the bass drum in the Drum and Bugle Corps. I am an "immersion" mom-I like to understand my children's world and this network of parents helps me to know how to support my Midshipmen 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.

    Email Elaine Brye

    Captain Barbara Craig,
    USNA-Parents List Plebe Section Co-moderator
    Medical Corps
    United States Navy

    Captain Barbara Craig is an active duty Navy pediatrician who subspecializes in the field of forensic pediatrics (evaluation of suspected child abuse). She is the founder and director of the Armed Forces Center for Child Protection, located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity she serves as the senior medical consultant for the Department of Defense on issues related to child maltreatment world-wide - interviewing and examining patients, providing training to multidisciplinary professionals, performing medical-legal case consultations and expert testimony.

    Captain Craig received a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Miami and her M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Her Naval career began when she entered the service on a Navy Health Professions Scholarship while in medical school. After graduation, Captain Craig has been assigned as an intern, resident, chief resident, and later, a general and forensic pediatrician at Naval Hospitals from coast to coast. While stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, she met and married her husband, Peter, a Naval Flight Officer, who was on the staff of the Naval War College. Upon completion of this tour, they headed north to Brunswick, Maine where Pete was assigned to a VP squadron flying P-3s in antisubmarine warfare. In 1990, they crossed the country once again, spending six and a half wonderful years in the Pacific Northwest, where Captain Craig was assigned at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, and Pete retired from the Navy. On the move once more in 1996, Captain Craig came to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Between the two of them, the Craigs have served over 50 years in the Navy! They have two daughters - one, a member of the USNA class of 2005, the other a high school junior.

    We make frequent trips to the Yard which allows us the opportunity to take photographs of various events which we post on the USNA-Parents website. That way those who live far away can see activities at the Naval Academy and maybe even spot your sons and daughters in the crowd! Since I am assigned to the National Naval Medical Center where midshipmen come for specialty medical appointments and hospitalizations, I am always on the lookout for them, stopping to see if they need someone to talk to, directions, or something to eat. Although I won't get involved in their medical care as a child abuse specialist, 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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    Karen Root Grimm,
    USNA-Parents WebMom

    When my daughter went to the Naval Academy Prep School in July 2000, I knew absolutely nothing about what she was getting herself into. There was a serious lack of information available to parents and I spent a great deal of time trying to understand her experiences. I shared my discoveries online at and a whole communications forum and support system developed and continues to grow.

    When she became a Mid I continued to look for information and support. All of us have a piece of the puzzle on Navy parenting. Helping our fellow parents through the changes of each year is a service we provide each other. I have some of the technical abilities to lay the digital groundwork with the help of WP-org. But the richness of the resources lies in the networking of parents. It is my hope that together we can be encouraging and supportive to incoming and current parents.

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