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Impress Your Midshipman with Your Knot Knowledge

By Bill the Goat on Mar 20, 2019 9:07:00 AM

When it comes to knowing your nautical knots, you might find yourself in a bind, fit to be tied. You might even be tempted to turn to the International Guild of Knot Tyers for help (yes, there is one). But fear “knot,” here is a primer on the knots you need to know.

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What Makes the USNA “Lucky Bag” Yearbook Lucky?

By Bill the Goat on Mar 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, the USNA’s oldest living alumnus, Retired Rear Admiral Edgar Keats, passed away. He was 104 and an accomplished World War II veteran who served in the Pacific. He and almost 100,000 others have passed through the gates to this hallowed Yard as Midshipmen. They include such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Major General Charles Bolden, Wendy Lawrence, John McCain, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and more. All of these men and women had their USNA experiences captured in the annual USNA yearbook, The Lucky Bag, a tradition that started more than a century ago.

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3 Unique Gifts for Navy Fans That Have It All

By Bill the Goat on Mar 7, 2019 1:30:18 PM

You and your family are huge Navy fans. (Beat Army!) However, this means you have all the gear that naturally comes from being a Navy fan. You have the jerseys, the T-shirts, the jackets. You have the stickers for your car and the Naval Academy license plate frames. What else is there to buy? And since your family is as Navy-strong as you are, you have no idea what to get them for their birthdays, holidays, or even just for fun.

Fret not, fellow Navy fans. Our newly redesigned merch store Navyonline.com has some unique gifts for the Navy fan who has it all! Here are just a few:

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The Making of a Mascot - Bill the Goat

By Bill the Goat on Feb 27, 2019 3:30:00 PM

What follows is a brief history lesson of how the famous Goat came to be the official mascot of the United States Naval Academy and what our very own Bill was like in the early years.

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USNA Sports History Highlights - The First 100 Years

By Bill the Goat on Feb 20, 2019 1:31:00 PM

Go Navy, Beat Army! Yes, the classic, annual Navy v. Army game…known by USNA fans, Navy fans, and sports fans alike. But did you know there is a rich history of sports, yes even outside of football, at the USNA?

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Founders Day: The Formation of the Naval Academy

By Bill the Goat on Feb 14, 2019 11:26:00 AM

The United States Naval Academy has a very rich history that dates to the 1840’s. However, some people may not know how the USNA got its start. To help, here is a brief history of how the Naval Academy was established and the foundational values on which it was built.

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