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Reunion '13

Philadelphia, PA - 2-6 September 2013

BANQUET

Guest speaker was RADM Mark Milliken (ret).

Rear Adm. Milliken graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1975. In October 1976, during his advanced flight training in Airborne Tactical Data Systems for the E-2C Hawkeye, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer.
His career included numerous international assignments, including: Flag Lieutenant and Personal Aide to the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in Naples, Italy; Commander, USS Independence (CV 62), Yokosuka, Japan; and Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe, Mons, Belgium.
In November 2000, Rear Adm. Milliken reported to United States Naval Forces Central Command for assignment as the Deputy Commander, stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla. At retirement, Rear Adm. Milliken was the Director, Navy International Programs Office reporting to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) for all Department of the Navy International Programs, including Foreign Military Sales, Security Assistance, International Cooperative Programs, and Technology Transfer.

After the Admiral's address he was given a commemorative quilt handmade by Cynthia Daniels. The innovocation and benediction was made by our shipmate Steve Thatcher.

We were entertained by a special quartet singing an old sailor's ditty that Capt. Connelley provided.

The Old Salts Quartet - (left to right) Pat O'Sullivan, Ernie Tafoya, Ted Deason, Tony Cellucci

And of course as is customery, all hands sing the Navy Hymn, Anchors Aweigh.

 

Usually our shipmate/spouse photographers take photos of the tables at the banquet. Only a few were taken this year so if anyone has photos to share, please forward them and they will be posted here.