8th Company, U.S. Naval Academy Class of ’82

Acalin, Steven Evon – – E-mail 06/04/00: I flew P3’s out of Barbers Point. I got out in 1990 and immediately went to work for Delta. Been at Delta ever since. I live near Atlanta with most of the other Delta people and currently fly the L1011. My only destination right now is Honolulu. This is a little strange, but we’re in the process of retiring all our 1011’s and so the category is shrinking and that is our only 1011 international destination. I’ll have to go to a different airplane next year. I’ve been married for 15 years and have two girls, 11 and 8. There are a lot of us at Delta. Off the top of my head, Cooksey, Jim Akiyama, Russ Gentry, and myself are all here from 8th company. For the class there are tons!
– – E-mail 09/03/99: Steve has two daughters 8 and 10 years old, he coaches both soccer teams. Somewhat of a letdown for a proud old USNA baseball player, but what are you going to do? Some refer to soccer as third world jogging, but I bet his old roommate Javi Suarez-Merrill would have disagreed.

Akiyama, James Steven

Blankman, Steven Michael

Castanien, Christian James – – E-mail 08/01/00: I actually enjoyed the Navy quite a bit. I married my high school sweetheart, Sue, the day after graduation and spent the next few years doing the nuke routine. I was assigned to USS Alaska (SSBN 732) deep in new construction. We started out in the yards in Electric Boat in CT and then patrolled out of Bangor, WA. After qualifying Engineer, I taught Submarine Officer Basic Course for two years, earned my MBA and got out in 1989. I stayed in the Reserves for a couple of years but reserve submarining wasn’t much like the real thing. Sue and I now live on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio with our son, Sean 12, and daughter Julie 9. Cleveland has really improved since we left back in 1978. It’s become a nice place to raise a family and have some fun. Sue is a trustee in our city soccer club and the kids are doing real well in school and playing soccer and softball. Since leaving the Navy I’ve been working for Lubrizol Corp. Lubrizol is a fluid technology company and the world’s largest manufacturer of lubricant additives. It’s been a really interesting ride. I’ve worked closely with many of the world’s vehicle and engine manufacturers and I’m presently working very closely with our joint venture partner, General Electric – quite a learning experience. A year ago Sue, the kids and I returned from a four and a half year overseas assignment in England where I ran our lubricant testing laboratory. Two years ago I became responsible for all three of our global testing labs so I wind up traveling to Japan and England a bit. We plan to try to make it to the 20th reunion and look forward to seeing Mother B.

Colombo, Matthew James-May he rest in peace

Cooksey, Steven Brian

Dapas, Marc Louis

Fillion, David Michael-May he rest in peace

Gentry, Russell Greg

Harper, Andrew Dean

Horton, Matthew Roger — 2/27/2007 — I spent 11 years as a Marine in artillery and got out in 1993 after an assignment as battery commander for Battery B, 1/10.  Afterwards I went back to school for my masters in Mechanical Engineering and then fielded an offer from Applied Materials in Austin, Texas.  Applied is the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor wafer manufacturing equipment and lists Samsung, Intel, Micron, and IBM as a few of our customers.  I’ve been managing engineering organizations for the company for many years. My wife, Shiann, and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.  We have two outstanding boys, Garrett (10) and Trace (8).

Kerno, Robert Stephin – – Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Bob will take command of one of the CGs down in Pascagoula.

Korn, John Frederick

Mauro, Jeffrey Bryant

McLeod, Myles Laurentz

Meier, Louis Orville – – Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Lou is on the CruDesGroup One staff.

Morris, Michael John

Plude, John Fredrick

Richardson, Marc Arthur

Ryniewicz, Craig James — 6/12/2007–Following graduation, I went to the West Coast and settled in San Diego, CA.  I served on active duty for 5 1/2 years as a SWO.  After two ship tours and two Westpac deployments, I had enough and joined the reserves!  I eventually became a civil servant and earned a Masters degree from University of Southern California (USC).  Go Trojans!  I got married in 1995 and we had our daughter in 2002.  In 2003, after twenty years in San Diego, we headed east and settled in Fredericksburg, VA.  I am employed as a Systems Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWC DD).  Currently, I am a Captain back on an extended Active Duty as the Director of Operations for Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) (and quasi-Chief of Staff) in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.  Am looking forward to the 25th reunion and catching up with everyone!

Sands, Jeffrey Alan — 4/22/07 –Following graduation, I flew S-3s on the West coast for several years until my commitment was up in 1990. I had the pleasure of serving during two IO cruises aboard the USS Carl Vinson with several classmates including Steve Cooksey. During that time I married my high school sweetheart, Wendy. We then moved back to New Jersey where I joined the flight department of Philip Morris Companies, Inc. As it happens, I was hired by a USNA grad and former S-3 driver. I’m now Director of Flight Operations for the company flying a small fleet of Gulfstream aircraft throughout the world. Great job. Wendy and I have two daughters just entering their teens. Really looking forward to that!

I’m hoping to make it to the 25th in September. I expect to relocate to Richmond, VA in the near future so hopefully I’ll have more opportunities to visit the Yard more often.

Sano, Chris–10/29/02– I am doing well and live with my wife Mary in Dutchess County, New York. I work for Allstate Insurance Company as a Senior Claims Adjuster handling homeowner fire loss.

Shelter, Andrew Payson – – (Company e-mail representative) 8/12/05-Running a successful internet design firm outside of Philadelphia and trying to stay ahead of the flood of 5 emails he receives every year to update the class website. E-mail 5/5/02: Andy is currently a Commander in the Naval Reserves and the Commanding Officer of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 208 based in Miami, FL. He has been activated and is serving in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. During his 10 years in the Naval Coastal Warfare Community he has been to Australia, Turkey, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm), as well as various islands in the Caribbean.

Suarez-Marill, Javier-May he rest in peace

Valente, Frank Edward – – Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Frank is out here in San Diego as the Fleet Liaison for NSWC, Port Heuneme.

Ward, Ralph Claude

Weiner, Brad Morrison–1/14/2007 Retired in 2002.  I have been working as an investment advisor for UBS in Seattle for about the last 3 years. Things are going great. Married 21 years this month, 2 teenagers, a cat, a dog, and not nearly enough sleep.
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Yohe, James Russell – – 8/20/05–Having the time of my life in Major Command getting ready for deployment in Nov 05.  Took command of USS Cape St George CG-71  on 28 May 04 which is homeported in Norfolk.

Mike Fierro e-mail 09/09/00: Jim is finishing up his command tour in USS MAHAN (DDG 72),
– – Andy Shelter E-mail 07/24/00: Jim is getting ready to bring the USS Mahan (DDG 72) home from a great 6 month deployment. He has really enjoyed his CO tour! The deployment (2/19-8/18) is the Mahan’s Maiden Cruise. The deployment has been both fun and very successful! Jim will be met by their beautiful daughter, Ryan Marie (age 11), in Newport, RI so that she can participate in the ship’s Tiger Cruise. Jim will be greeted on the pier, a few days later, by our other 2 fabulous kids, Nikki (age 6) and Taylor James (age 4). Jim’s Change of Command is scheduled for September 2000.

Young, Peter Hamilton