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January 2016 Newsletter


January 2016

A new year on the Yard means new events for our SPPA members!

Dine Arounds

Tuesday, Jan.12 at 6:30PM – Dine Around East, Montgomeryville Wegmans

Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30OM –Dine Around West, KofP Wegmans

Are you interested in joining a Dine Around at the Wegmans in Warrington?   Please email Pat Field – to let us know – numbers will dictate if this event will be added to the Dine Arounds already in progress.

Current SPPA members – our turnout at these events has been low, while the alumni families areattending in droves!  Come have a low-keydinner out, meet some new and old friends, share stories about your Mid andhear how others are doing since graduation.

Remember – you joined SPPA for support – GET IT HERE!!!

Speaker Meeting – 6:30PM –
Wed., March 9, 2016 at The Haverford School


We are pleased to announce Dr. John Nagl, USMA graduate and Ninth Headmaster of The Haverford School, as our guest speaker. Dr. Nagl is an expert in counterinsurgency and the author of two books, Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory andPractice and Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.  Additionally, Dr. Nagl served as the inaugural Minerva Chair at USNA, conducting research onthe relationship between culture and warfare and teaching a course on the history of counterinsurgency to the midshipmen. See the invitation for more information about this limited seating event; please respond promptly to ensure your seat!

Upcoming events:

Tuesday, March 22 – 6:30PM  Board Meeting  at Wegmans, K of P

Board members attendance required, other Club members welcome.

Sunday, April 10 at11AM – General Meeting and Firstie Brunch
Tuesday, May 10 – 6:30PM  Board Meeting at Wegmans, Montgomeryville

Board members attendance required, other Club members welcome.

Week of May 20-27, 2016 – USNA graduation, Herndon, Sea Trials


SPPA IS HERE FOR YOU!  Come to an event soon to enjoy camaraderie, learn about things to come, and meet friends who share your love of Midshipmen!

SPPA Plebe Summer Family Picnic


You’re Invited!

Saturday July 18th, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Please join us for the
USNA Southeastern Pennsylvania Parents’ Association
Family Picnic
The Tryzub Sports Complex & Club
1 Lower State & County Line Roads
Horsham, PA 19044

RSVP Karley Sisler at
Please let Karley know the number attending and what you food donation you will bring.

Remember to wear your name tags!

Download the PDF invitation.

Plebe Family Picnic 2015 – Calling for Donations!

SPPA LogoPlebe Family Picnic

Saturday, May 30, 2015
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ridley Creek State Park
351 Gradyville Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Pavilion #14

All Hands on Deck!

We are hosting the Plebe Families and need your help!

Please sign up to bring a yummy food to share with 8-12 people!

We need 2 sandwich wrap trays, 2 buckets fried chicken, 2 platters Bar-B-Q chicken, 2 cases of soda, 2 cases of sports drinks, 3 green salads, 2 pasta salads, 1 potato salad, 2 veggie trays, 2 cheese trays, 2 chips and dip, soft pretzels, 3 cut up watermelon, 2 large bowls strawberries

RSVP to Pam Zisselman
With food item and # attending

Annual SPPA Firstie Brunch & SPPA 25th Anniversary – April 19, 2015

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Place
Camden, NJ 08103

SPPA will be celebrating the Class of 2015 “Firstie Brunch” aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Sunday, April 19th, 2015.

We are celebrating with a brunch under the tent on the fantail of the Battleship New Jersey on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
The brunch will be served from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The Firstie Brunch program will begin while brunch is being served and will adjourn by 4:00 PM. A cash bar will be available as well as free parking on site.  In addtion, the Battleship New Jersey is handicap accessible.

The Firstie Dinner has traditionally been a dinner where we recognize our Firstie Parents, and all the sacrifices that they’ve made, along with their midshipmen, to achieve a transformation four years in the making.  However, this event is by no means limited to parents of the Class of 2015.  This event is open to all members of SPPA, as well as relatives, friends and family, the Alumni Association and prior graduates.  It’s a truly special event, highlighted by the reading of letters from the Firsties to their parents who will be in attendance that afternoon.  If you’ve never had the chance to attend this event, it is certainly an enjoyable celebration.  It’s one of those traditions at SPPA which is most memorable, where you’ll certainly laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two when the letters are read out loud to the audience.

In addition, in February 2015, SPPA will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary!  Therefore, we will also have a ceremony to celebrate this milestone, and hope to have many of our early membership come back and join us.

The cost of the tickets will be $50 per person, which includes the brunch buffet, attendance to the Firstie Recognition Ceremony and the 25th Anniversary celebration, and free parking.

Please RSVP by March 27, 2015.
Please send your check, made payable to SPPA – Firstie Dinner to the following:

Tom Nieberding – Treasurer
4633 Old Oak Road
Doylestown, PA  18902

We expect this will be a gathering we can talk about for years to come.  However, space is limited, so please don’t delay!

Firstie Brunch and 25th Anniversary Celebration Cover Letter from the committee chairpersons

Firstie Brunch and 25th Anniversary Celebration Invitation

“Dark Ages” Speaker Meeting – February 19, 2015

You’re cordially invited to attend the SPPA Board/Speaker Meeting to be held on Thursday, February 19th, 2015, beginning at 6:30 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Lt. Veronica Camiolo, a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering.  Lt. Camiolo is currently serving as an instructor in the Seamanship and Navigation Department at the United States Naval Academy.

The venue:

Tryzub Sports Complex and Club
1 Lower State & County Line Roads
Horsham, PA  19044
click for map

The Program:

Cocktails:      6:30PM – 7:15PM
Board Mtg:    7:15PM – 7:45PM
Speaker:       7:45PM – 8:15PM

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP to Karley Sisler at KSISLER@VERIZON.NET by Thursday night, February 12th.  We are only holding one speaker meeting this year, so we hope you’re able to join us.  Please bring a light snack, appetizer or dessert to share with other members during cocktails.

Your attendance is appreciated and we look forward to a good turnout for our Guest Speaker, Lt. Veronica Camiolo. 

Colonel Tom Manion, USMC (Ret) – speaking engagement, Jan 22 2015

On behalf of the Travis Manion Foundation:

The Union League Armed Services Council
and American Legion Post #405

Colonel Tom Manion, USMC (Ret)
author of Brothers Forever

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Drinks by signature and food stations: 6:00 pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm

Price: $40.00 inclusive (books available for sale)

For reservations, please call Activities at 215-587-5565 or log on to

Tom Manion speaking engagement

“Col Manion’s writing is simple and powerful. He tells Travis and Brendan’s stories as a narrator of old, in the third person, and thus is able to make the boys seem alive as he relates them discussing their hopes and dreams and of Looney meeting the woman who would later become his wife. It?s this same visceral writing, however, that will make the reader’s heart ache when the Manions are told on a bright Sunday morning of their son’s death, and how it took Looney’s wife seeing his body in the casket to accept the reality of his death. The American public has been deliberately sheltered from war, and America needs to see its consequences in order to grasp its toll on the few military families.”

– Marine Corps Gazette, Book Review

“Brothers Forever is the story of two warrior brothers-in-arms who are bonded forever by their love of country, their shared need to serve, their selflessness, their courage, and war. This is the story of a deep and lasting friendship that lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved them. A deeply moving, true-to-life tale of two men, two brothers, two American heroes, who now rest with the angels, side-by-side at Arlington cemetery. God bless them both.”

– Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the veterans-supporting Gary Sinise Foundation

“For those who might question America’s character, this account of two remarkable young men will restore confidence. So long as our country breeds committed warriors like Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, we will pass down our freedoms intact to the next generation. Their story is the stuff of legends, yet for them it was very real.”

– General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), former commander of US Central Command

Col. Tom Manion started his career in the Marine Corps – retiring after 30 years as a Colonel. Besides his military career, Tom joined Johnson & Johnson in 1990 and through the years has held various leadership roles building a reputation for delivering results. Tom is the father of 1stLt. Travis Manion. Travis was a Marine leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in April 2007.

After the loss of Travis, the family established the Travis Manion Foundation to support our military, the families of the fallen and to help create the next generation of leaders. Through the foundation, Tom has worked within the community and around the country to galvanize people around him, inspiring them to convey a sense of sacrifice and public service in all they do. Tom’s late wife, founder and visionary of the Travis Manion Foundation, Janet Manion, passed away April 24, 2012, devoting every day to putting service above self.

Army-Navy Soccer Tailgate – Thank You!!

Patricia Field and I, along with Jack Parry and Dave Evans, wanted to say “Thank You” for all the support we received from the SPPA membership for the Army-Navy soccer game at PPL Park.  There was plenty of food, an abundance of help setting up and breaking down the equipment, before and after the tailgate, and most importantly, parents with ear to ear smiles serving the food to the midshipmen.  It was unfortunate that the midshipmen arrived later than expected, but everyone had a memorable time.

Those parents who went the distance and weathered the cool autumn evening, were not disappointed.  The entire game was back and forth, and exciting as anyone would have imagined.  The score was tie after regulation, so they played into double overtime.  Army had a chance to win the game on a direct penalty kick inside the 18 yard line, but the Navy keeper blocked the shot, which does not happen very often.  With approximately three minutes remaining in the double overtime, Navy put one in the net for the win. Hopefully, the euphoria will carry over into next year !

Your support at this event did not go unnoticed.  As usual, SPPA rose to the challenge and we appreciate that.  We are an active organization because of your dedication.

Thank You !

Andrew Assenmacher
Patricia Field
USNA Parents Club
Southeastern PA Parents’ Association (SPPA)

2014 Tailgate Season is Here!

Welcome Southeast Pennsylvania Parents Association Members!

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumThis Saturday, November 15, Navy plays their last home game of the season against Georgia Southern at  Navy – Marine Corps Stadium.!!!  Game Time is 3:30 PM, but if you are an alumni or any other SPPA member who would like to help set up for the tailgate, please arrive around 10:00 AM.   With all hands on deck, we should be set up by 11:00.  If you’re not able to make it to the game, at least send down some home-made desserts for our midshipmen. 

If you are bringing food, please don’t forget to go fill out the Tailgate spreadsheet (see below) and please let us know what you are bringing so we can plan appropriately.

Each home game we will feature a class to be that week’s TAILGATE CAPTAINS. Tailgate Captains have the privilege of leading the rest of our Pennsylvania parents in showing up with the most personnel, setting up, bringing or sending desserts, serving our MIDs after the game, and/or tearing down and cleaning up after the tailgate. The class with the most volunteers all season will get their year and names added to the brand new ”Wall of Fame” to be installed on the SPPA trailer this year! Cool huh!

Class Captains this week are the CLASS OF 2018!

SPPA Tailgating 2014

USNA Tailgating Tips for First-Timers

This info applies to all home games:

If you are bringing food, please don’t forget to visit the Tailgate spreadsheet  to note what you will be bringing.

When the spreadsheet opens up, click on the tab at the bottom of the page which corresponds to the specific game, and please let us know what type of dessert, in the dessert column, you are bringing so we can plan appropriately.  (When it looks like we may not have enough desserts for the mids, we will go out and purchase more.  So, to avoid the last minute anxiety and logistical nightmare of running to BJ’s please  “register” your dessert.)

Drop-off can be accommodated along Farragut Road by calling 215.205.9318 or 267.467.1536 (my number) and we can meet you roadside for a drop-off.

Please pass this information long to your son or daughter and have them tell everyone about it. All MIDS are invited!

And remember, we will not be coming in off of Farragut Road any more.  Rather, we will be entering Gate #5 off of Taylor Avenue and Cedar Park Road.

You can e-mail or call me with any questions.

Jack Parry
SPPA Tailgate Chairman

Jack Parry and his Mid, Colin 15
Jack Parry and his Mid, Colin 15

November 12th – General Meeting Notice

Hello SPPA Parents:

On Wednesday, November 12, we will be holding our next General Meeting.  We are in the process of preparing our program for this General Meeting, which will be held at the First Troop Armory in Philadelphia.  The Armory is located at 23rd & Ranstead Streets in Philadelphia, is accessible by public transportation, within walking distance of the 30th Street train station and includes plenty of off-street parking.

We are trying to get a head count of how many parents plan to attend the meeting.

Do you have any questions you’d like to get answered about Commissioning Week?

  • What events are a must see?
  • How long should I stay in Annapolis?
  • Where should I stay, in a house or a hotel and why?
  • What specific details are available on the graduation ceremony itself?

Currently, we are looking at the following program:

6:30 – 7:00 Board Meeting (Board Members)

For the General Membership:
6:30 – 7:30 Reception
7:30 – 8:15 Presentation by parents of recent graduates, who will have plenty of first hand knowledge to share with the membership.
8:15 – 8:45 Question and Answer Session

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to by Sunday, November 9th.  Please bring along your favorite appetizer, snack or dessert for the Reception preceding the meeting.

When you reply, please put “November 12 Meeting Reply” in the subject of your email.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Andrew Assenmacher
Patricia Field
USNA Parents Club
Southeastern PA Parents’ Association (SPPA)

Go Navy!

Army-Navy Soccer Tailgate (11/7/2014) Update!

SPPA Parents:

Army Navy Cup 2014The Southeastern PA Parents’ Association, along with assistance from the “Friends of Navy Soccer”, will be hosting the Army-Navy soccer game on Friday night, November 7th.  In support of our midshipmen, SPPA will be setting up a tailgate for the soccer team and approximately two bus loads of midshipmen.

We have procured the meats for the tailgate, which will consist of hamburgers and hot dogs, through private donations, but will need some help with side dishes and desserts.  If you are able to help out, please sign up using this link:

Once you click on the link and it opens up, select which items you would like to provide, and click on the sign up.  If you have any questions, or would like to provide a dish or dessert not listed on the sign up sheet, please contact Courtenay Pecoraro, whose name is listed on the sign up sheet.  In addition to side dishes and desserts, we would like some help with setting up before the tailgate and breaking down after the tailgate, but before the soccer game.

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM (Tailgate Set Up)
Time: 6:00 PM (Midshipmen Arrival)
Time: 6:45 PM (Tailgate Break Down)
Game time is set for 7:00 PM.

PPL Park
One Stadium Drive
Chester, PA  19013
(610) 859-3100

Visit the PPL Park website for more information about the game.

If you would like to provide a side dish or dessert, but are unable to attend, please contact Denise Esposito at, and include your name and contact information, and someone will contact you.

Let’s show our midshipmen some real hometown support!

Thank you.

Andrew Assenmacher
Patricia Field
USNA Parents Club
Southeastern PA Parents’ Association

Go Navy – Beat Army !