Friday, 26 August 2016
Thank you for spending this special day with me and my family as we mark the end of a long and successful career in the Marine Corps. We hope you enjoy your trip to Annapolis! Please take the time to review the important details below to ensure your visit to the Naval Academy is as enjoyable and frustration-free as possible.
While you're in town, I highly encourage you to take advantage of the many things the Academy and Annapolis have to offer. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me or Rachel, or leave a comment below. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please RSVP No later than 22 August using the following link (be sure to click the button at the bottom of the invitation to submit your response):
When: Friday, 26 August 2016 at 2pm
Where: Dahlgren Hall, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (map)
Other Information: The ceremony will take place on the Class of '53 Deck inside Dahlgren Hall. Enter the building through the doors facing the Yard (by the Drydock restaurant) and proceed up the stairs to the seating area. The reception location is a short walk across the Academy grounds. Both the ceremony and reception locations are air conditioned.
When: Friday, 26 August at 3:30pm
Where: Naval Academy Club, USNA, Annapolis, MD
The main entrance to the Academy is through the Visitor Center adjacent to Gate 1 (map). Only those with a DoD issued government ID card are allowed to drive onto the Naval Academy Campus. All others must enter through the pedestrian entrance.
Anyone 18 or older must show a valid (not expired) original (no photocopies) U.S. government-issued photo ID or original passport to enter USNA grounds. Visitors from the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa are required to present a SECOND PHOTO ID.
There are multiple parking garages in the town of Annapolis.
These are the closest to USNA if walking:
For those drivers with DoD ID Cards who wish to park on the Naval Academy grounds, only utilize spaces NOT marked "Faculty/Staff" or otherwise reserved.
Before the ceremony
In addition to the many restaurants in downtown Annapolis, there are two places for dining aboard the Naval Academy. If you arrive early to watch the "Noon-Meal Formation" in Tecumseh Court at 1200 (*highly recommended), these are convenient options:
Drydock Restaurant - Deli sandwiches, burgers, pizza, fries. Located on the bottom floor of Dahlgren Hall (same building as the ceremony)
After the ceremony
Eat a light lunch because, in addition to cake, food and beverages will be provided at the reception:
Stationary Hors d’Oeuvres