Summer 2020 Membership Drive is LIVE


Our Summer 2020 Membership Drive Is LIVE – JOIN TODAY

We have launched a summer chapter membership drive, membership rates have been drastically reduced to only $5 per year to meet the chapter needs of our new times.

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter membership management system has transitioned to, now providing you a more streamlined and very efficient way to join and renew your chapter membership.

We are also offering a SUMMER SPECIAL for the first 200 alumni to join the chapter for 3 or 5 years, your memberships will be extended by one year for free!

It has been a long time since many of you have renewed your chapter memberships, understandably, since many of our events have been tough to join because of time or regional distance. Our dues have been restructured to incentivize our alumni engagement.

** Lifetime $0.00 Chapter Membership applies to alumni whose class has participated in the Another Link In The Chain (i.e., your Graduation Day was more than fifty years ago = class of 1970 and prior). You will need to visit every year to renew your FREE membership. The chapter needs to know that you are still alive and kicking.

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Virtual Pregame Party Navy/AF


Mark your calendars for our first virtual (MEMBERS ONLY) chapter gathering! It’s time to have a pregame party for the Navy vs. Air Force game. Here are the details:

When: Friday, October 2, 5-7pm

Where: Zoom (Dial-in details to follow)

What: Wear your Navy gear, BYOB, and be ready for some games and “breakout room” socializing!

It’s not too late to join the chapter! Join HERE for just $25 for 6 years! 

Chapter Calendar

Want to stay in the loop on your chapter events? Subscribe to the chapter google calendar on the calendar tab:

Just click the small + sign in the bottom right corner to add the events to your personal calendar.

Your Chapter Has An Instagram Account

Follow @usnaaa_sfbaychapter and spread the word. THIS WILL NOT REPLACE EMAIL but is an amplifier.

Board Update (Membership still open!)

We had a great turn out at our last board meeting and I am happy to announce that Gordon McDonald ‘06 has assumed the position as our chapter Vice President! 

Gordon and his family live in the North Bay and I look forward to his support of your chapter. Watch out as he is on a mission to boost our membership! Join today!

Special BZ and thank you to Natalie Bettinelli ‘11 for helping to increase communication and launching the IG account.

Thank you to Nick Bruno ‘95 and Bobby Nefzgar ‘11 joining our board along with long time board members Secretary Cherine Griffin ‘02 and Treasurer Mark Lundstrom ‘86.

Our board meetings will occur monthly on the first Tuesday of the month from 5-6pm. If you are interested in being a part of the board or just listening in (ALL ARE WELCOME!) please join us. Detail can be found on the chapter calendar at

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always here for you.

Your president,

~Lauren “Baker” Cosgrave ‘04 GO NAVY!

Town Hall with Dr. Joseph J. Thomas

Town Hall with Dr. Joseph J. Thomas, the Roger and Linda Tetrault Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is pleased to invite you to a virtual town hall on Thursday, 6 August at 12 p.m. PDT  with Dr. Joe Thomas, The Roger and Linda Tetrault Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. The Stockdale Center works to strengthen the leadership abilities of USNA faculty, coaches and staff, and to prepare the Brigade of Midshipmen to find solutions for many of the ethical challenges facing our nation today. Dr. Thomas will present on successes at the Stockdale Center and highlight specific programs such as the Boeing Leadership Innovation Lab, the Influence the Influencer program and the Lawrence Ethics Essay Award.

About Dr. Thomas:

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas is the Roger and Linda Tetrault Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and former Class of ’61 Chair and Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education and ADM Jay Johnson Research Professor in Leadership and Ethics. Dr. Thomas holds an M.S.Sc. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a M.S.S. from the U.S. Army War College, a Ph.D. from George Mason University and Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. As an active duty Marine his assignments included 1st and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Notre Dame, 6th Battalion Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Head of Training Management and Evaluation/Senior Education Officer at Marine Corps Training and Education Command.

We are honored to have him lead this important and riveting discussion.

We expect Dr. Thomas’ remarks will last approximately 30 minutes with time allowed for questions afterwards.

Log in details will be provided to all SF Bay Area Chapters members via email. If you have not yet have an opportunity to join the chapter or renew your membership yet, now is another opportunity to

Not a member yet? – Join the Chapter Now

We hope you will join us! 

Meet Admiral Buck

Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the 63rd Superintendent of the US Naval Academy, was scheduled for a West Coast Tour this July. We are sorry to have missed this special opportunity to have met Admiral Buck in person. But our Chapter will have an opportunity to meet the Superintendent in a Virtual town Hall with the alumni in the Western Region on Thursday, 30 July at 11:45 am to 13:00.

VADM Sean Buck ’83

Details about this virtual town hall with instructions of how to join this virtual town hall session with the chapter leaders will be emailed to all SF Bay Area Alumni (including those who have not yet had an opportunity to join the chapter) for whom the Alumni Association has a valid email address, provided you have not opted out of communications from the chapter.

Make your you are in the communications loop by updating your profile at

You can read Admiral Buck’s biography at

More of these town halls with USNA leadership are coming in the future. The next planned event is scheduled for Thursday, 6 August, 2020. Make sure to be on the invitation list by joining the chapter at least three days before the event to get the email invitation.

Requested Action by All Alumni in the SF Bay Area

Good afternoon! Bay Area Alumni!

**to keep receiving communications from the SF Bay Area Chapter, please update your email at as soon as possible.

Chapter communications from Mailchimp will be deprecated at the end of July 2020. **

I hope everyone is well! Today, I posted a video to our brand new Facebook group. I will be using the group more regularly in the future in addition to email communication. Join the group today and watch the update.


If you don’t have a Facebook profile here is a summary of the Chapter news I shared in the group.

Please take the following actions:
1. Update your email and location at ASAP! This will be our primary email communication platform going forward.
2. The chapter membership campaign will be kicking off in the next week or two! Screaming deal here. More info to come.
3. Call for board members! Are you interested in supporting the chapter? DM me or email me via our contact page.
4. Virtual Calendar coming soon. In case it wasn’t clear, ALL in-person events for 2020 have been canceled.
5. The Superintendant Vice Admiral Sean Buck will be addressing the western region chapters on thursday, July 30th at 11:45 am PDT. This Town Hall with the Superintendent will be open to ALL ALUMNI (whether or not you have joined the chapter, yet). VTC details will be shared when available! Mark you calendars.

I am very excited about the progress and hard work your board has been putting in over the past few months. See you on Facebook!

Very respectfully,
Lauren (Baker) Cosgrave ’04
President, USNAAA SF Bay Area Chapter

Our mailing address is:

USNA Alumni Association – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
4460 Redwood Hwy
Suite 16-582
San Rafael, CA 94903

SACC goes Virtual, Again

The Service Academy Career Conference is going virtual for the second time. The conference which was originally schedule to take place in San Diego will now be conducted online. Both the Jacksonville and the DC SACCs were held virtually this past April and June.

Informative company webinars and panel discussions will be held on 18-19 August. Then join the SACC for the career fair on Friday, 21 August. See the SACC website for the schedule.

Upcoming August Shipmate

Here is the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter column in the upcoming August Shipmate

Your San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Association is still here and we have a few announcements!

I would like to give a tremendous Bravo Zulu to Liam Lane ’02 for his service to the Chapter over the past few years. Thank you for your leadership as President and we wish you all the best in your adventures with your family in the future. We will give you a proper farewell when we can gather again!

It is my honor to accept the position as your new chapter President! For those of you that I have not met yet, I look forward to getting to know you. 

Lauren Cosgrave
Lauren Cosgrave

If we have not met I am Lauren Cosgrave ’04. I served for 11 years as a SWO aboard USS RUSSELL, USS GETTYSBURG and USS CHOSIN. After leaving the Navy in 2015 my husband Sean and I moved from Hawaii to the Bay Area which is Sean’s hometownarea. We live in Marin with our 2 daughters Nora (4) and Claire (2). After a few years working in tech at Facebook and Dropbox, I am currently a Certified High Performance Coach and love my new found career of service. I am very excited to be a part of this organization and to help the group continue to grow as a resource for USNA Alumni. 

In the coming months, expect more communication, a renewed virtual events calendar, and a call for board member volunteers!

Our Core Values

From the Desk of ADM Samuel J. Locklear III ’77, USN (Ret.), Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees:

Today I was made aware of statements posted to a public forum attributed to an alumni volunteer of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees representing the Jacksonville, FL, chapter. These attributed statements do not represent the mission and values of the Alumni Association, the Naval Academy or the U.S. Navy. 

As volunteer leaders in our communities, we must be inspirations and examples for all citizens. As Chairman of our Alumni Association, I have accepted the resignation of this alumnus effective today, and asked the Jacksonville, FL, chapter to take appropriate action to appoint a new Chapter Trustee.

The Naval Academy Alumni Association represents more than 65,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We support the Naval Academy mission. As alumni, we seek to uphold the Naval Academy core leadership values of honor, courage and commitment. As an alumni organization, we seek to be an inspiration for all young people who want to become future Navy and Marine Corps officers. We will continue to honor that inspirational role. We are all in this together. We must face the challenges of today and all future challenges of tomorrow…together.

The words spoken by the Jacksonville Trustee were painful words and shocking to hear they come from a fellow alumni and volunteer leader within our ranks. I encourage you all to look into it fully to better understand what has happened, but know that our Chapter is aligned with the these statements made by Admiral Locklear.

Additional information on the incident with details:

About the Board of Trustees: The Board of Trustees (BoT) is a representative board of 25 Alumni from USNA classes, geographic regions and chapters that are responsible for the governance of the USNA Alumni Association.  The BoT meet throughout the year, with members meeting in 11 various committees, to discuss and vote on pertinent issues. 

Alumni Business Directory

JUST LAUNCHED! Many Naval Academy alumni go on to launch and/or own businesses in a wide variety of vital industries. Many of those industries—and your fellow alumni and their families and employees—are currently feeling the immediate impact of the COVID-19 crisis. If you’re in need of a product or service, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Business Directory can help you locate the right business by class, location or industry and support your fellow alumni at the same time.

CALL TO ACTION!  If you are an Alumni that owns a business, log in and register now!

USNA COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 and the USNA & USNA Alumni Association and Foundation
Example content imageThe U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation is closely monitoring and responding to the impact of COVID-19 and related effects on operations. Please know that our top priority remains the health and safety of the entire Naval Academy family, as well as our staff and volunteers. Our mission of uniting the global Navy alumni community, celebrating the bonds we share and providing critical support to the Academy remains unchanged. Updates on our operations can be found here, and Naval Academy updates here. We also encourage you to continue to follow our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn) throughout this challenging period, as well as the Academy’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter.