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Shopping Guide: Give Your Mid Gifts They Actually Want

By Bill the Goat on May 13, 2024 8:30:00 AM

As we rapidly approach the end of the academic year, congratulations are in order! The midshipmen have once again shown excellence in their moral, mental, and physical pursuits. They’re now preparing for summer training or (in the case of the Firsties) their commissioning into the naval service. We are excited to bid them fair winds and following seas. But before they go, here are some great Real Navy gifts you can send them off with—gifts they will be excited to receive and proud to wear or display.

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Shopping Guide: Commissioning Celebration Gifts

By Bill the Goat on Apr 22, 2024 8:30:00 AM

Commissioning Week is coming! After four long years of proving themselves again and again, the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2024 are ready to take the Oath of Office and start their journeys in the U.S. Navy Fleet and U.S. Marine Corps. While we’re busy preparing for the week-long celebration, it’s a good time to look ahead for commissioning gifts. Just make sure to order soon so they get here in time for your favorite midshipmen. We have the Navy gear and Navy apparel they want—items that commemorate their time here and serve as important reminders in the future, as their stories continue.

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Spotlight: Monte Maxwell, King of the Pipes

By Bill the Goat on Apr 16, 2024 8:30:00 AM

The Naval Academy is fortunate to have a devoted group of faculty and staff members who enrich its work every day, and many of them have been here for decades. In this article, we’ll explore the inspiring career path of Monte Maxwell, USNA orchestra director, director of chapel music, and chapel organist at the Naval Academy, who is well known and beloved for his mastery of the organ and has been at USNA for almost 30 years. We recently sat down with Maxwell to hear his fascinating story.

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