28th Company, U.S. Naval Academy Class of ’82
Bingham, William Perry – – Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Perry Bingham is in command of USS BARRY (DDG 52) after a tour in J6 where he learned some really neat Powerpoint stuff.
Boreen, Kevin Allen
Carkhuff, Kenneth A.
Cechak, Chris – – (Company e-mail representative)
Daly, James E.
Drouillard, Vince–7/14/07–Vince has recently transferred to OPNAV N131/2 as head of the Officer and Enlisted force shaping and education policy branch in the Navy Annex.
Ewing, Philip Alan
Fell, Brian D.
Gideon, William R.
Gneiser, David Charles – – 8/24/05 My wife Lorrie & I dated off and on during the 4 years at USNA. We got married 2 days after graduation in Wisconsin and then 7 days later went to Pennsylvania for Jan Myers’ wedding (29th Co.). Jan was also in our wedding—quite the road trips that week for all of us. I am more in love with Lorrie than anytime in our marriage. She is such a blessing.
We reported to Orlando for Nuclear Power School in July 1982. I had about 3 weeks off before school started so I either windsurfed or watched MTV each day! We then went to “our own private Idaho” for nuclear prototype training. Quite the experiences, riding the bus to & from the training site every day, learning how to fly-fish, and exploring Yellowstone, especially in the winter on snowmobiles!
Then it was off to Sub School for the Basic Officers course for 3 months—a nice break to spend fall in New England after all of that nuclear power training. We served on USS Ray (SSN-653) out of Charleston, SC from December 1983 to January 1987. Was OOD for the historic surfacing of three U.S. submarines (Ray, Hawkbill, & Archerfish) at the North Pole on 6 May 1986. It was a beautiful 13-hour day that we spent at the Pole with light winds and temps in the 20’s; we played Frisbee and explored the ice around the boats, visiting with the other crews. Had a KC-130 from Thule, Greenland do a fly-over and mail-drop.
Back to Sub School to served as an instructor from February 1987 to February 1989. Taught submarine officers and enlisted over-the-horizon targeting (OTH-T) of Tomahawks. Transferred from active duty to the Reserves on 1 February 1989. Transferred to Inactive Reserve status in November 1994 and resigned on 1 January 2001.
Came back to our family business in early 1989 (Fond du Lac Bumper Exchange) thinking that I knew something about business from all of my experiences in the Navy—did I find out quickly that I didn’t know too much at all! Enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh in their MBA program to learn business; only made it 1/3-way through their program and decided to “take a break for a semester”—never finished the program! But did “earn my PhD in business” through all that we’ve learned and experienced running this company.
Been challenged and grown as a businessman since taking over the company from my Dad in 1994. See our website @ www.fdlbumper.com for information on our company and its history. Lorrie was very instrumental in taking all of the things that she heard me talking about since 1989 concerning the business and putting it in writing. Our mission, values, and vision are updated to reflect how we believe God has led us to steward this business. Our website is also in the process of being updated.
We have a son Drew approaching 21, is a junior studying business at Northwestern College in St. Paul, self-taught on the guitar (owns a Les Paul Gibson), surfs way too much on the Net, and loves to snowboard. He has worked for us the last 3 summers—“income redistribution” according to the accountant. Drew oversaw bar-coding our warehouse last summer and setting up the racking in our new location in Wausau, WI this summer.
Sarah is 18 and is a freshman at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH, studying nursing. She is quite an artist (won best of show for 5 high schools for a self-portrait), cheerleader, very creative.
Emily is 15, loves gymnastics and cheerleading, and has a natural “business sense”—she might be the one that takes over the business as 4th generation.
I’ve been active with Promise Keepers for about 10 years. It has positively affected our marriage, my roles as a father, brother, and son, and definitely made me understand that I need men in my life that will hold me accountable. It’s been a blessing to volunteer with Drew at conferences nearly every year since 1998.
Had a blast with Dennis & Donna O’Meara at last year’s Army-Navy game. It had been 25 years since our wives roomed together for a game during our 2nd Class year. Enclosed is a picture of us pre-game as well as President Bush waving to our wives when he crossed over to Navy’s side for the 2nd half!
If any classmate ever wants to go to an EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh, let me know. Will get you passes and you’d have a place to stay with us.
I also offer USNA grads a deal on step bumpers (and some automotive accessories) that I think they will not find anywhere in the country. Contact me via email (email@example.com) to let me know the year & model of their vehicle and the parts.
Home: 889 Golf Vu Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54935-6414, 920-923-6262, Cell: 920-979-6770
Work: Fond du Lac Bumper Exchange Inc., 1285 Morris St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935, 800-236-2570
Harrington, Timothy David
Johnson, Paul Milferd
Kiser, Robert Eugene
Morrisette, Paul D.
Moylan, Bryan William
Murray, David Thomas–1/15/2007–went home to South Jersey to work at the Aegis CSED site awaiting Nuclear Power School in December following graduation. While in New Jersey, I married Lynn, whom I had been dating since before USNA.
Following training, I served on USS Alexander Hamilton in Groton and Holy Loch. Next I served in NAVSEA in Crystal City in Trident Command and Control Systems. I got a civilian job with RCA (now Lockheed Martin) in Moorestown NJ in 1989 doing System Safety Engineering and Electromagnetic Effects Management for the Aegis program in the US and abroad. I served 5 years in the reserves in Naval Control of Shipping.
In 2000, we moved to Yorktown, Virginia to work on the CVN-77 to manage the Specialty Engineering Team for the Integrated Warfare System. The Navy decided they didn’t want to change their carrier warfare systems, and so I led our newly-formed Lockheed Martin office as we turned our attention to other projects.
I presently coordinate Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2) efforts at the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation in Suffolk, Va. It’s a really cool job, working with all the latest technology from across the industry.
My son has recently graduated (Dec 2006) from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Theater Arts, and my daughter will graduate from York High in June 2007, and is lined up to go to the University of New Orleans to major in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering on a Chancellor’s Scholarship.
O’Meara, Dennis Joseph – – 1/26/07 — Captain Dennis O’Meara hails from Stoneham and Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering in 1982. In his initial sea tour, he served in a variety of billets in USS BERKELEY (DDG 15) including Auxiliaries Officer, Fire Control Officer and Combat Information Center Officer.
In 1989, Captain O’Meara reported to USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) as Engineer Officer, deploying in 1990 to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. After Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990, GOLDSBOROUGH participated in the early stages of Operation DESERT SHIELD and was the first U.S. warship to intercept and divert an Iraqi merchant vessel attempting to circumvent United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed on Iraq.
In June 1993, after earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategy Studies at the Naval War College, Captain O’Meara reported to the Situation Centre, International Military Staff at Headquarters, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium where he served as a watch officer.
From 1995 to 1997 he served as Executive Officer in USS LABOON (DDG 58). While deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 1996, LABOON became the first Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer to fire Tomahawk missiles in anger, launching a total of 13 missiles over a two-day period supporting Operation DESERT STRIKE.
From 1998 to 1999, Captain O’Meara served in a variety of billets including Fleet Distribution Officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Chief Staff Officer on the staffs of Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIVE and Commander, Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE.
Commanding USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60) from 2000 to 2001, Captain O’Meara deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group and conducted a variety of missions including Maritime Interception Operations and, following the attack on USS COLE (DDG 67), force protection escort to vessels transiting in and out of the Arabian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.
In March 2002 Captain O’Meara reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain for duty as Deputy Director of Operations where he participated in the detailed planning and execution of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
From June 2003 through April 2006 Captain O’Meara served on the OPNAV staff as the NAVCENT Branch Head at DEEP BLUE. Following the unsuccessful April 2004 terrorist attacks against Iraq’s two North Arabian Gulf oil terminals, Captain O’Meara’s team at DEEP BLUE worked to support reinforcement of the point defense of both terminals. Additionally, they provided Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command direct support in Maritime Security Operations, Counter-IED, Counter-Piracy and Expanded Maritime Interception Operations.
Captain O’Meara assumed command of MPSRON 3 on 31 May 2006.
Captain O’Meara’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards).
Married to former Donna Lynn Pantaleo, also of Andover, MA, since 26 Jun 1982. One daughter, Caitlin, currently a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in Classics.
Quillin, Michael Luther— Rest In Peace
Reinert, Tod F.
Russell, Robin Ladd – – Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Robin is in the pipeline to go to command of USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) after a tour in SPACECOM and a tour at the Aegis Training Center in Dahlgren.
- Joe DiRenzo’s “Coast Guard Year In Review” June 10, 2019
- SAVE THE DATE – August 1, 2019 – CNO Change of Command April 8, 2019
- R.I.P. – Rick Hunt (16), March 22, 2019 April 8, 2019
- Bill Dawson, R.I.P. August 25, 2018
- Sad News June 28, 2018