Retirement of Maj Joni Pepin

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):

Official Ceremony Invitation


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

Important Information

Accessing the Yard

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:

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



Other Resources

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