Author Meghann Myers

A Naval Academy photo shoot went viral this week after the academy’s swim and diving team posted of a shot of their senior class re-enacting the Marine Corps’ raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. The Navy men’s swimming and diving team filmed the scene at the bottom of a pool on Sept. 23 with a GoPro video camera. The shot will grace the team poster for the 2013-14 season. “Every year our team does a team picture for the team poster,” said Midshipman 1st Class Luke Hoffer, who’s on the left  holding the flagpole.  “Over the past couple years,…

Media mogul Ted Turner is known for a lot of things: Founding CNN, a long marriage to actress Jane Fonda, and once proclaiming he wanted to buy so much land that he could ride his horse from Canada to Mexico without leaving his own property, among others. But did you know that once upon a time, he was in the Coast Guard? He was, and Wednesday night at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Navy Memorial presented him with the 2013 Lone Sailor Award. “My time in the Coast Guard was life-changing,” Turner said in a Navy Memorial…

[brightcove video=”2680444418001″ /] In the first two iterations of the Washington Nationals’ Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team absolutely whooped their D.C. celebrity opponents, winning by double digits. For this year’s event on Sunday afternoon, organizers decided to mix things up, blending Warriors with celebrities on a Blue team and a White team, for a decidedly more competitive game. The White team won, 10-9, on a walk-off run in the top of the fifth (the game was under a 50-minute time limit). “These guys will show up in towns all across America and those towns…

Happy Chief Pinning Day! In honor of the Navy’s newly pinned chief petty officers, check out these images from advancement ceremonies around the world. Senior Chief James Strong places a cover on Chief Equipment Operator Roderick Nelson, one of 18 petty officers first class advanced to chief during a pinning ceremony at Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti. Chief Yeoman Tonja Galberth receives her new chief petty officer’s cover during an advancement ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Chief petty officers sing “Anchors Aweigh” at a CPO pinning ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock Denver in 7th Fleet. Chief Logistics Specialist…

Military pay might not be very competitive, but according to a study by PayScale.com, Naval Academy graduates are ranked second in salary among civilians with bachelor’s degrees. According to the site, many former mids go on to take management and executive positions in corporate America, where they make a median starting salary of $77,100.  That number jumps to $131,000 by mid-career. The study also found that 69 percent of academy grads find a high amount of meaning in their current jobs. Annapolis came in just below Harvey Mudd College and just ahead of the California Institute of Technology, schools famous…

This photo of an individual wearing what appears to be the uniform of a chief gunner’s mate made the Internet rounds over the weekend, inciting heated discussions and thousands of cumulative comments on whether it’s appropriate to make a political statement while in uniform. It also appeared alongside several other photos of individuals wearing what appear to be U.S. military uniforms in a message left at Marines.com by hackers (image here). The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the Monday attack, but the image of the chief’s uniform appeared online days earlier, separate from the SEA message. Defense Department Directive…

Six swimmers from the non-profit Night Train Swimmers organization took off Friday to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. The group, which raises funds and awareness through open-water swims, will attempt to swim 228 miles, from Point Conception, Calif., in southern Santa Barbara County to San Diego. Today, the lead swimmers are near Oceanside, Calif. The ones in the back are off of Oxnard. “Night Train has a long history of raising money for deserving organizations. We are proud to partner with the Navy SEAL Foundation for this swim and to finish at the San Diego Yacht Club, near their…

Three months after Information Systems Technician 1st Class (EXW) Ernie Torres set an unofficial world record for breaking pine boards while plummeting toward Earth, the Guinness Book of World records has confirmed it. Torres now holds the record for “Most Pine Boards Broken in Free-fall.” Torres punched through 12 boards while free-falling 16,000 feet at 120 mph, and didn’t do it for the fame. He did it to bring awareness to his fundraising efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project. “I know the news of the record went worldwide,” Torres said in a Navy release. “My goal was to raise awareness…

The USS Olympia served as Adm. George Dewey’s flagship during the Spanish-American War and brought the body of World War I’s  “Unknown Soldier” home from Europe in 1921. Since 1957, it’s been pierside in Philadelphia as a museum ship. But now, as funds are drying up, the ship has three potential fates: Move homeports, get sunk or get scrapped. The Philadelphia waterfront’s Independence Seaport Museum can no longer afford to take care of the ship. Officials have looked for three years for new caretakers but time is running out. Of a handful of groups that have expressed interest, two are still…

Not many people can say that they were born at 12,000 feet, but that’s how it happened for Michigan’s Andy Howay on New Year’s Day 1986. His mother, JoAnn Howay, went into premature labor that day, and when she arrived at the local hospital in Alpena, Mich., the doctors thought she’d be better cared for at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. It would take a three-hour drive to get there, if the baby could wait that long. The other option was a 20-minute flight by Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet, one of which just happened to be…

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