A PUBLICATION OF THE ARMY AND NAV Y CLUB
A LETTER FROM THE CONTENTS
Member News and more ..... 4
MG Daniel V. Wright, USA (Ret.) Club Life
[email protected] Club News and more ..... 6
Every year, when it's time to write my holiday remarks for The Dispatch, I am amazed at how Upcoming Events
quickly the year went by. Still, 2019 was a year of many firsts for The Army and Navy Club. We
started our very own Wine Society with much success and founded a vibrant Young Members Dining Events and more ..... 8
Sub-Committee to assist the Club in ensuring their concerns are known and considered. We Regular Features
are heartened to report much of their focus is the same as all of our Members – to maintain History Vault ..... 17
and improve upon the grand traditions and camaraderie so evident in our Club! In addition,
we also formed a number of other "Clubs within the Club" – like the Chess Group and Cyber Library Trust Fund Update ..... 18
In other activities, we expanded and grew a number of events such as the Rooftop Happy ON THE COVER
Hour Series, the "Dinner and a Show" offerings, and the highly popular Afternoon Teas. Your Photos taken by The Army and Navy Club
Club also hosted interesting and fantastic unique events like the meet and greet with Sully
the Dog and a dinner with Guest Chef Frida Karani, winner of the popular television show Membership and Marketing Staff.
Chopped and former Executive Chef at the Pentagon.
There is no doubt that 2020 will continue the trend of outstanding opportunities for our THE DISPATCH MAGAZINE
Members and Guests. Like every year, we will kick off 2020 with the New Year's Day Open A Publication of The Army and Navy Club
House. As you know, if you have been at one recently, the number of participants has grown
exponentially with many Members bringing numerous friends to show off their Club, which on Farragut Square
is understandable and expected – to a degree. Last year we had nearly 1,000 attendees DECEMBER 2019
walk through our doors during the three-hour event. Those numbers are perilously close to
exceeding the building’s allotted capacity and it has strained the staff and attendees alike. Editor
While we are grateful that the Open House is a part of your holiday tradition, it has reached Elizabeth Juskie
the point where the Club, Directors, and staff need to be more mindful for your safety and Art Direction & Design
comfort. For this reason, the Board decided to cap the number of guest tickets members may Ariana Pierce
All members are still entitled to their complimentary ticket, good for themselves and a A Platinum Club of America
guest. However, this year members may only purchase four additional guest tickets. This is
necessary to guarantee the safety and enjoyment for all who attend this festive event. DIRECTORY & HOURS
To request your member ticket, or to purchase additional tickets, please contact the Accounting
Membership Office at 202-355-0505. 202-534-3194
A last reminder – to show your appreciation to our great staff, please contribute to the
Employee Holiday Gift Fund. They do wonderful things for the Club, let's do something nice 9 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)
for them! Membership & Marketing
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to celebrating with you at our
9 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)
MG Daniel V. Wright, USA (Ret.)
President Catering & Sales
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9 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)
Dining & Hotel Reservations
7 am-11 pm (Monday-Sunday)
Librarian on Site
9 am-5 pm (Monday-Friday)
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
MG Daniel V. Wright, USA (Ret.)
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Mark Peckham Col James A. Bracken, USMC (Ret.)
[email protected] Vice President and
Let me start by saying how much pleasure and joy I have had in the role of Director of Human
Resources. In the nearly 11 years I have been here, the Club has changed and grown so much, CAPT James H. Czerwonky, USN (Ret.)
which I believe, has made it more competitive and healthier. Secretary
From an HR perspective, my goal is to support the Club by being a strategic partner-coach.
I possess a strong employee centric philosophy and mentality. I believe the more we can COL Holly O’Grady Cook, USA (Ret.)
make the employee feel valued, the more it positively impacts employee morale and Treasurer
motivation, and ultimately members' satisfaction. In my opinion, the Board of Governors
and Club directors, as leaders of the Club, are doing well, but it’s a never-ending process. Lt Col John H. La Raia, USAFR (Ret.)
In the coming weeks, we have our annual employee performance evaluations, which is an Finance Committee, Chairman
excellent time to stop and measure our performance and how every employee has made
a contribution to the purpose of our Club. This is also the perfect time to establish goals COL Marc L. Warren, USA (Ret.)
moving forward and how we continue to keep improving, both personally and professionally. House Committee, Chair
A few other HR frameworks, which keep me busy.
Training and Development: Club managers, supervisors, directors and culinary staff CDR Christopher P. Thomas, USN (Ret.)
continue to keep "growing themselves" by attending workshops and conferences throughout Membership Committee, Chair
the year, and then reinvesting their new found skills back into the Club. Col Eugene P. Gay, USAF (Ret.)
Retirement Plan: Our retirement plan continues to keep growing from year to year, as we Special Events Committee, Chair
have included an analytic component which all plan participants should be prospering from.
Recruitment-Talent Management: Fortunately, we have had almost little to no turnover in BG Malinda Ellen Dunn, USA (Ret.)
the past few years. This is fantastic for many different reasons, and is a testament to the Governor
positive culture here at the Club. When we do have an opening, I have noticed a strong
referral response from our employees. Capt Donald Hooper, USMC
Employee Benefits: We offer full-time staff a very rich benefits package, which is always Governor
being monitored for quality, cost and accessibility for our employees and their families.
HR-Miscellaneous: We hold annual flu shots, and we continue to conduct random drug LTG Larry R. Jordan, USA (Ret.)
testing with the goal and objective of keeping our workplace safe and productive. Governor
A goal that I have for HR over the next year is to introduce people analytics, which supports
the Club’s business, as well as introduce a needed, revised Employee Handbook. COL Michael Kirby, USA (Ret.)
Retail Shop: Since I possess retail and hospitality operational experience, I also assist with Governor
the retail sales of the Club. Our merchandise continues to trend at a strong growth rate of
88% from this year vs. last year. Brig Gen Edward Rodriguez Jr., USAFR (Ret.)
This year we revised our baseball caps; brought in light blue polar fleece and honey gold Governor
polos; created ANC challenge coins; expanded the color and pattern options for our stadium
blankets; and designed military branch socks. In total we added 50 new product lines and Lt Col Euseekers Williams Jr., USMC (Ret.)
continue to grow. Governor
One area, which is sorely missing is additional items for females. This has to be a priority
for the coming year. I welcome any and all suggestions for our retail that you believe would Curator
enhance our members' and guests' experience at the Club! Maj William Lang, USAF (Ret.)
LIBRARY TRUST FUND
MG John D. Altenburg Jr., USA (Ret.)
Director of Finance
Director of Human Resources
Director of Membership, Marketing &
Director of House Operations
Director of Food & Beverage
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MEMBERSHIP // MEMBER NEWS
Club members CAPT James P. Nickols, USN In October, Club member Mark G. Hartell
(Ret.) and Janell Nickols took a cruise to Quebec was promoted to Colonel, US Army. COL
City on the Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Hartell's wife (Kristy) and son (David) were
Seas. The excursion marked their 37th wedding proud to change his rank epaulettes in a
anniversary on September 25th. They are seen ceremony held at the US Army Medical
here with a King Louis XIV statue in Quebec City. Research Institute of Chemical Defense,
Edgewood, MD. COL Hartell previously
Club member Captain Paul Brooks, served as the institute's Deputy Commander. The ceremony was
USCG and his family enjoyed an amazing officiated by BG Michael J. Talley, Commanding General, US Army
vacation to London, England this summer. Medical Research and Development Command and Fort Detrick
They stayed at reciprocal club The Cavalry and hosted by COL Denis G. Descarreaux Commander, US Army
and Guards Club. The photo includes Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.
Captain Brooks' children in front of The
Cavalry and Guards Club, with the August Club member CPT Miguel E. Monteverde, Jr. was named Senior
Dispatch. Vice President and General Manager of Public Broadcasting's
WETA of Greater Washington. CPT Monteverde will oversee local
Club member, Rear Admiral Donald P. programming strategy and multi-platform content development
Loren, USN (Ret.) was recently presented the and production that will serve the Greater Washington, DC
Department of Health and Human Services community. Congratulations!
Pinnacle Award Gold Medal for his service as
Presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary On September 1, 2019, Chief Phyllis Wilson
of Veterans Affairs for Operations, Security assumed her role as the new president of
and Preparedness. The award recognizes an the Women In Military Service For American
individual's significant contribution to the Memorial Foundation (the Women's Memorial)
nation's preparedness and response capabilities and the long- Foundation, which oversees the only major
term effect these actions have on the Department of Health and national memorial honoring the three million
Human Services, the Federal Government and the nation. women who have defended America since the
American Revolution. Congratulations!
Do you have something exciting that you would like to share SOUNDING TAPS
with the Club? We encourage you all to share your stories, Our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of:
achievements, and positive goings-on. Please send your news and
photos to Ariana Pierce at [email protected] LTC Larry Franklin Ayers – Virginia Beach, VA
CDR W. N. Felder, II – Chevy Chase, MD
COL Brian T. Nolan – Lexington, KY
Mr. Noel N. Rothman – Chicago, IL
Brig Gen Horace L. Russell, USAF (Ret.) – Upper
Dr. Ronald Teague – Sacramento, CA
Employee Holiday Fund
'Tis the season of giving! As you finish your holiday shopping, we ask that
you consider participating in the Employee Holiday Fund, if you haven't done
so already. The Employee Holiday Fund serves as an opportunity for Club
members to say "Thank You" for the service and dedication provided by the
ANC employees throughout the year. Every Club employee benefits from the
distribution of the monies collected, and your thoughtfulness and generosity
are greatly appreciated.
Contributions may be charged to your Club account or contributed by personal
check. To contribute to the Employee Holiday Fund, please contact Tracy Brown
at 202-534-3194 or [email protected]
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT // MEMBERSHIP
Air Vice-Marshal Gavin ("Gav") Parker, Royal Air Force (RAF)
Fighter Pilot, Diplomat; Warrior Leader
By: COL Geoffrey Prosch, Membership Committee
Aproud and Force. His staff appointments have been split between
active mem- the Ministry of Defense (Equipment Procurement and
ber of The Army Capability Strategy) and the UK's Permanent Joint
and Navy Club, HQS serving in the J3 (OPNS) Division and as the
Gavin Parker is Chief of J5 (Plans). He has served as the UK's Defense
a second-gen- Attaché to the USA since September 2017.
combat pilot. Gav is married to his wife Lucy and they have 6 chil-
He was born in dren. He and his family live in Washington, DC.
Zimbabwe, the He likes riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and is
youngest son of studying for an MBA. With everything else he does so
a WWII bomber capably, Gav found time to train and run the USMC
pilot and colonial Marathon last year and the Army 10 Miler this year.
civil servant, then
Permanent Secretary for Defense in the Rhodesian While attending military events in the Pershing Room,
government. His father was shot down in Libya and Gav was introduced to The Army and Navy Club. Af-
spent 1941-1945 as a German Prisoner of War in the ter enjoying the great meals, camaraderie with fellow
infamous Stalag Luft 3. officers, the Club's history and tradition, and a pro-
spective member orientation and tour, he was sold, and
Gav Parker was commissioned into the RAF in 1990 now uses the Club frequently for UK Embassy events
and was awarded his wings 3 years later following Ad- including hosting a quarterly lunch for his German,
vanced Flying and Tactical Weapons Training Cours- Italian, and French military attaché counterparts. Air
es. Selected for duty as a fighter pilot, he flew the Tor- Vice-Marshal Parker finds the Club very useful for
nado and Typhoon on operations in the UK, Europe, both business and pleasure.
and Middle East.
The Army and Navy Club is very fortunate to have
Gav has commanded at every rank up to Air Vice-Mar- enthusiastic, senior military allied partner members
shal, including as Air Officer Scotland and as the Air of Air Vice-Marshal Parker's caliber. His member-
Officer Commanding No. 2 Group, exercising com- ship brings both distinction and solid British Embassy
mand of the RAF's tactical and strategic Air Mobility business to the Club. ◄
Force, its Force Protection Force, and its Rotary Wing
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CLUB LIFE // CLUB NEWS
THE ARMY AND NAVY CLUB
WELCOMES THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS
CALIFORNIA MARYLAND VIRGINIA
Maj John Holt, USAF (Ret.) LCDR Ben Logan Anderson, USN LTC Mark N. Awad, USA
LT Matthew B. Philbin, USN LCDR Jacob Foster Davis, USN Mr. Christopher K. Bobb
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CPT Tyler Eppstein, USA Maj Gen Dawne L. Deskins, USAF
Gen Frank Gräfe, German Embassy LT Sherleen P. Espinosa, USN Lt Col John Dingeman, USAFR
Maj David R. Haines, USMC Dr. Robert A. Gramzinski (LCDR, USN) Mr. John A. Gillis (CPT, USA)
RADM Daniel B. Hendrickson, USN Mr. William Shin (1LT, USA) LtCol Kevin P. Mahne, USMC (Ret.)
CAPT Sherman Lacey, USCG LTC Chike T. Williams, USA CDR Stacie A. Milavec, USN
LT Clifton Edwin Luber, III, USN CPT Anthony C. Woods, USA COL Robin Neumeier, USA
Maj Miles C. McMullen, USAF NEW YORK CAPT Sharon Ruest, USN
2LT David Brennan Purser, USAR LCDR Ander Heiles, USN Mr. Anthony M. Schinella
Ms. Fiona Elisabeth Tomlin Mr. Evan Solomon CDR Johannes Smith, USN
FLORIDA NORTH CAROLINA LTC Thomas Edward Switajewski, Jr.
LT Col Robert J. Bunker, USAF (Ret.) Capt Anthony Beaupre, USMC USA (Ret.)
Rev. C. Timothy Corcoran, III (LCDR, PENNSYLVANIA MAJ Daniel F. Toven, USA
USNR) LTC Jeffrey A. Ritsick, USA (Ret.) LTC Jeffrey R. Voigt, USA (Ret.)
Mr. John Howland Ferguson (1LT, RHODE ISLAND MAJ Mike Webb, USA (Ret.)
USA) Mr. Alexander J. Leach INTERNATIONAL
ILLINOIS TENNESSEE LTC Erik Olsen, USA
ENS Anne Richter, USN MG John K. Singlaub, USA (Ret.)
COL Kelly S. Rosenberger, USAR Mr. Dwane R. Stone
» The Club will replace its air handler unit starting January 16 - 28. During this time, service on the 1st and
2nd floors will cease, and all dining will be in the Eagle Grill. During this time, the Main Dining Room menus
will be served. Breakfast hours will remain 7 am – 10 am, lunch will start at 11:30 am and go 'til 2:30 pm, bar
service will be from 3 pm – 10 pm, and dinner will be served between 6 pm and 9 pm. Dining reservations are
strongly encouraged for lunch and dinner. To make a dining reservation, please contact the Front Desk at 202-
» The Daiquiri Lounge will be closed from January 16 - 28. The Daiquiri Lounge menu will be served in the
Eagle Grill from 3 pm to 9 pm.
» There will be no Champagne Brunch on Sunday, January 19 and Sunday, January 26.
» The Club will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The hotel will
» There will be no Seafood Buffet on Tuesday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 28.
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CLUB NEWS // CLUB LIFE
THE ARMY AND NAVY CLUB
A Platinum Club of the World
The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square, for the first time, has
been elected a Platinum Club of the World for 2020-2021.
This prestigious award recognizes The Army and Navy Club’s commitment
to uncompromising excellence in operations, governance and management.
The international Panel of industry experts, historians, and connoisseurs
considered more than 600 Clubs when casting their vote, utilizing the Seven
Selection Criteria as developed and adopted by the Club Leaders Forum
Advisory Board: your Club's Universal Recognition, Respected Membership,
Excellence in Amenities and Facilities, Exceptional Service Standards, how
your Club has Adapted to Changing Times, Management and Operations and
the Overall Experience.
In total, there are only 250 Platinum Clubs of the World, making Platinum
status the benchmark for Excellence and the most revered and respected
award for private clubs.
We hope you, the Membership, are proud of this new distinction; it was
achieved only because of your continued support, enthusiasm and dedication.
Prestige. Honor. Tradition.
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CLUB PROGRAMS // FORUMS & LECTURES
BOOK FORUM LUNCH AND A LECTURE SERIES
"Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio" "Apollo at 50: A History in Artifacts"
with Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony
by Flint Whitlock Friday, January 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Lunch: 12:30 pm | Presentation: 1 pm
Reception: 6:30 pm | Speaker: 7 pm Price: $24++ per person
Price: $10 per person
A riveting and comprehensive account of the Battle of Project Apollo ranks among the most bold and
Anzio and the Alamo-like stand of American and British challenging undertakings of the 20th century. Within
troops that turned certain defeat into victory. The four- less than a decade, the United States leapt from
month-long 1944 battle on Italy's coast, south of Rome suborbital spaceflight to landing humans on the moon
was one of World War II's longest and bloodiest battles. Surrounded and returning them safely back to Earth. Hundreds of thousands of
by Nazi Germany's most fanatical troops, American and British people helped make these missions possible, while billions more
amphibious forces endured relentless mortar and artillery barrages, around the world followed the flights. The material legacy of these
aerial bombardments, and human-wave attacks by infantry with missions is immense—with thousands of artifacts from rocket
panzers. engines to spacesuits to the ephemera of life aboard a spacecraft
represented in the Smithsonian’s collections. Fifty years after the
Military historian Flint Whitlock uses official records, memoirs, first Moon landing, Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of Apollo collection
diaries, letters, and interviews with participants to capture the at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, reassesses the
desperate nature of the fighting and create a comprehensive account history of Project Apollo through the most evocative objects of the
of the unrelenting slugfest at Anzio. Desperate Valour is a stirring Space Age. She examines artifacts that highlight how Project Apollo
chronicle of courage beyond measure. touched people’s lives, both within the space program and around
the world. More than space hardware alone, the objects she features
BOOK FORUM reflect the deep interconnection between Project Apollo and broader
"Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life" developments in American society and politics.
by Albert Louis Zambone RESERVATIONS
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 For reservations, please call 202-355-0505 or visit www.
Reception: 6:30 pm | Speaker: 7 pm armynavyclub.org. All book forums, unless otherwise noted,
Price: $10++ per person
In Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life, the first are $10 per person.
biography of this iconic figure in forty years, historian REMINDERS
Albert Louis Zambone presents Morgan as the
quintessential American everyman, who rose through On forum nights the Main Dining Room opens a half hour early
his own dogged determination from poverty and obscurity to become at 5:30pm. Please note that when you attend the Tuesday
one of the great battlefield commanders in American history. Using
social history and other advances in the discipline that had not been Night Seafood Buffet the night of a forum, your $10 forum fee
available to earlier biographers, the author provides an engrossing is waived.
portrait of this storied personality of America's founding era—a
common man in uncommon times.
Dress Code: Traditional business attire (jackets and neckties for men, equally appropriate attire for women) is the
preferred dress code for special events. No denim permitted.
Special Event Cancellation Policy: Due to the popularity of our paid events, any cancellation made within 72 hours of
the event date will result in the member’s account being charged 50% of the event price. Cancellations made within 24
hours of the event, and no-shows, will result in the member’s account being charged the full event price.
For additional questions regarding special events, please contact Elizabeth Newcomer at 202-355-0505.
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EVENTS // CLUB PROGRAMS
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Dinner & a Show at the Kennedy Center
Seatings from 6 to 9 pm Come From Away
$59++ per person (plus 15% gratuity and 10% tax) Friday, January 3, 2020
Please call 202-628-8400 for reservations. Dinner at The Army and Navy Club at 6 pm | Showtime: 8 pm
Savor 1½ lbs of mouthwatering, all-you-can eat lobsters at $145 per person (Includes prix fixe dinner at the Club and
our celebrated Lobster Bake! Enjoy an extensive seafood ticket to the show)
buffet with a carving station, a great selection of hot and
Due to the nature of the event, cancellations and refunds will
cold sides, and decadent desserts. note be allowed after December 27th. Space is limited.
CHESS GROUP A Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York
Saturday, December 7* and 14, 2019 Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable
10:30 am | Eagle Grill (*Daiquiri Lounge) true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in
Reservations are not required. Newfoundland that welcomed them. For reservations, please
The mission of The Army and Navy Club Chess Group is to engage contact Elizabeth Newcomer at 202-355-050.
Club Members who already play chess, and to offer beginners
an opportunity to learn the game. The Chess Group will increase
friendships and bonds between Club members who might not
otherwise have a chance to meet. For more information on how
to become a part of the Chess Group, please contact Pamela
Copley at [email protected]
CYBER CLUB NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Monday, December 9, 2019 Wednesday, January 29, 2020
6 pm | John Paul Jones/Iwo Jima Rooms 6 pm to 7:30 pm | Ballroom
Reservations are not required. Complimentary to new Club members.
Please call 202-721-2091 for reservations.
The Cyber Club provides a forum where members can meet
new friends, network with each other and the broader cyber Orientations are a great way for new members to meet Club
industry, explore employment opportunities, and/or encourage Staff, other new members, and become familiar with all of the
the hiring of transitioning military Club members. The Cyber programming the ANC has to offer. The reception begins at 6 pm
Club meets once a month for mixers with guided discussions. and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, optional tours, and all of the
For more information on how to become a part of the Cyber Club, information you'll need to get the most out of your Army and
please email Capt Don Hooper at [email protected] Navy Club membership. Reservations are required.
FOX CONNER SOCIETY
Monday, December 30, 2019
6 pm | Daiquiri Lounge
Reservations are requested.
The Fox Conner Society gathers once a month for drinks,
a round table discussion and dinner. It's more than just a
book club; the primary focus is building relationships and
camaraderie among like-minded professionals. Reservations
are requested, please contact COL Thomas Woloszyn, USA
(Ret.) at [email protected]
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EVENTS SNAPSHOT SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
12/2 6:00 pm 12 34567
Cyber 101 Series: Part II Champagne Brunch Cyber 101 Series: Dinner in the Eagle Chess Group (Daiquiri
Lobster Bake! Lounge)
12/3 6:00 pm Part II Gingerbread House
Lobster Bake! Grill
12/7 10:30 am Champagne Brunch Cyber Club Daiquiri Lounge Family Workshop
Gingerbread House Dinner in the Eagle
Family Workshop closed from 6:30- Grill
12/10 6:30 pm 8:30pm Daiquiri Lounge
Flint Whitlock Book closed from 6:30-
Forum: "Desperate 8:30pm
Valour: Triumph at
Anzio" 10 11 12 13 14
Dinner in the Eagle Breakfast, Lunch Chess Group
12/14 2:30 pm Flint Whitlock Book Dinner in the Eagle Grill and Dinner in the
Army vs. Navy Football Eagle Grill Army vs. Navy
Game Viewing Party Forum Grill 12 Days of Bubbly Football Game
12 Days of Bubbly Viewing Party
12 Days of Bubbly
12/15 10:00 am 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Brunch with Santa Brunch with Santa 12 Days of Bubbly Seafood Buffet 12 Days of Bubbly Breakfast, Lunch 12 Days of Bubbly Christmas
and Dinner in the Afternoon Tea
12/21 1:00 pm 12 Days of Bubbly 12 Days of Bubbly Eagle Grill
12 Days of Bubbly
Christmas Afternoon Tea 12 Days of Bubbly
12/25 11:00 am
12/31 7:00 pm 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
New Year's Eve Gala Champagne Brunch Eagle Grill Closed Eagle Grill Closed Christmas Buffet Eagle Grill Closed
12 Days of Bubbly 12 Days of Bubbly Club Closes at 3pm Eagle Grill Closed OBSERVED
No Dining Services Club Closed
29 30 31
Champagne Brunch Eagle Grill Closed New Year's Eve
Society Eagle Grill Closed
EVENTS SNAPSHOT SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1/1 12:00 pm 7 1 2 3 4
New Year's Day Open Albert Louis Eagle Grill Closed Dinner in the Eagle
House Zambone Book New Year's Day NEW YEAR'S DAY Grill
Forum Open House OBSERVED Dinner and a
1/3 6:00 pm Seafood Buffet Club Closed Show: Come From
Dinner and a Show at Hotel Open Away
the Kennedy Center: 14
Come From Away 56 Seafood Buffet 8 9 10 11
Champagne Brunch Wine Society
1/7 6:30 pm
Albert Louis Zambone 12 13 15 16 17 18
Book Forum Champagne Brunch Cyber Club
All dining will be in All dining will be in
1/29 6:30 pm
1/31 12:30 pm
Lunch Series: "Apollo at
50" with Dr. Teasel
the Eagle Grill the Eagle Grill
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
No Champagne MARTIN LUTHER All dining will be in All dining will be in All dining will be in All dining will be in
Brunch KING JR. DAY
OBSERVED the Eagle Grill the Eagle Grill the Eagle Grill the Eagle Grill
Hotel Open No Seafood Buffet
26 27 28 29 30 31
No Champagne All dining will be in All dining will be in New Member Lunch Series:
Brunch "Apollo at 50"
the Eagle Grill the Eagle Grill Orientation
No Seafood Buffet
CLUB PROGRAMS // UPCOMING EVENTS
Gingerbread House Family Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:30 am to 12:30 pm | Eagle Grill
$45 per family; additional houses can be purchased for $30 per house.
For parties larger than 4, we recommend a minimum of two houses.
Please note: If you plan to purchase multiple houses, please plan to have one adult per house available
to assist the children.
Kick off the holiday season with family time at the ANC! The Gingerbread House Family Workshop is the perfect
opportunity for parents and children to work together to design and decorate their very own gingerbread house. We'll
supply a pre-built gingerbread house, a large candy bar for decorations and plenty of frosting to create a gingerbread
house masterpiece! Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Elizabeth Newcomer at 202-355-0505 or
[email protected] to be added to the waitlist.
For reservations, please contact Elizabeth Newcomer at
202-355-0505 or [email protected]
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UPCOMING EVENTS // CLUB PROGRAMS
CYBER 101: PART II
A TWO-PART INTERACTIVE LECTURE SERIES
Monday, December 2
6 to 8 pm | Ballroom
$10 per person (Includes a wine and cheese reception.)
Attend the last installment of the Cyber 101 Series! The series is designed to raise awareness for the importance of
cybersecurity and give ANC members a basic understanding of effective cyber hygiene and best practices. At the
conclusion of the series, members will have an increased knowledge of today's cyber threats and be equipped with
techniques to better protect themselves against malicious cyber activity by learning how to:
• Create strong passwords • Identify and avoid social engineering attacks
• Reduce vulnerability on social media/shrink online • Secure their personal devices and home network
For reservations, please contact Elizabeth Newcomer at 202-355-0505 or [email protected]
A Rivalry for the Ages
Army vs. Navy Football Game Viewing Party
Space is limited!
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Eagle Grill | Doors open at 2:30 pm | Kick-off at 3 pm
$28++ per person (Price includes buffet. Drinks are an additional charge.)
Watch the nation's best football rivalry at The Army and Navy Club! Meet other die-hard fans and enjoy a delicious buffet as you
watch the game on multiple screens in the Eagle Grill!
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CLUB PROGRAMS // UPCOMING EVENTS
Brunch Sunday, December 15, 2019
Santa Seatings from 10 am to 2 pm
$38++ per adult
$18++ per child ages 5-12
(plus 15% gratuity and 10% tax)
Complimentary for children ages 4 & under.
Please call 202-628-8400 for reservations.
This holiday season, hand deliver your wish list to Santa at the ANC.
This magical day is sure to be memorable for kids and parents alike.
Our brunch menu has something for everyone, both young and the
young at heart. Don't forget to bring your camera for a fun photo op!
The Club will also be collecting toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Program. Please bring your unwrapped toy donation with a value of
$10 or more to the Club the day of the brunch. Toys for Tots only accepts
new toys, and all toys should be unwrapped. Children served by Toys
for Tots range in age from toddler to 17. The program often suffers a
lack of gifts for older children, so please consider donating a gift that
would apply to the older age group.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Main Dining Room
Sold out! First Service: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Sold out! Second Service: 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Sold out! Third Service: 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Sold out! Fourth Service: 4 pm to 5:30 pm
$35++ per person (plus 15% gratuity and 10% tax)
Reservations are limited to a maximum of 6 people
Our holiday-themed Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to kick
start your festive celebrations and a wonderful opportunity
to spend the afternoon with friends and family. Enjoy our
selection of sandwiches, savouries and cakes, together with
a choice of teas and coffee. Please call 202-355-0505 to be
added to the waitlist.
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UPCOMING EVENTS // CLUB PROGRAMS
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Seatings from 11 am to 3 pm
$55++ per adult | $18++ per child ages 5-12 (plus 15% gratuity and 10% tax)
Complimentary for children ages 4 & under.
Please call 202-628-8400 for reservations.
Celebrate Christmas Day at The Army and Navy Club with a traditional buffet that includes seasonally inspired
dishes and delicious desserts, all carefully prepared by our talented culinary team. Holiday cheer and good
tidings are included!
Seating begins at 11 am and is offered every half hour until 3 pm. The Club will accommodate members with
two identical buffets on the first and second floors of the Club. Seating is assigned and first-reserved, so
make your reservations early!
NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
Sold out! Tuesday, December 31, 2019
7 pm to 12:30 am
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres: 7 pm | Dinner: 8 pm
$260++ per couple | $135++ single (plus 15% gratuity and 10% tax)
Black Tie Formal | Band: Paradise
Please call 202-628-8400 to be added to the waitlist.
Ring the New Year in with style! Start the evening with a cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres followed
by a spectacular dinner. Close out the night with dancing, a countdown, and a balloon drop at midnight, with a
complimentary champagne toast to welcome the New Year.
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CLUB PROGRAMS // UPCOMING EVENTS
YOU'RE CORDIALLY INVITED
NEW YEAR'S DAY
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
12 pm to 3 pm
Member ticket admits a party of two: Free
Guest tickets are available for advance purchase.
Please hold on to your ticket and have it ready to present at the door.
Reservations are not required. Please note that this event is open/limited seating.
Please allow us to show our appreciation to you as a loyal member. Come to the Club and celebrate the beginning of another
year! The event includes an open bar and buffet.
Members are entitled to one (1) complimentary ticket per household that admits the member and spouse or guest. Member tickets have
been mailed out to all resident members. If you are a non-resident member and would like to attend, or if you would like to purchase
additional guest tickets, please contact the Membership Office at 202-355-0505.
$60 for guests 21 and over
$40 for guests under 21
Children ages 4 and under are free
*Please note that Members are allotted a maximum of four (4) guest ticket(s).
Please note that valet parking is not available for this event. Travel by Metro is highly encouraged. Member tickets are not
transferable. No denim permitted.
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RAYMOND A . SPRUANCE , USN // HISTORY VAULT
Raymond A. Spruance, USN
By Col James A. Bracken, USMC (Ret.) Club Vice President & Historian
Bull Halsey's Brilliant Surprise
In early 1942, when Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey became seriously ill, he recommended Rear Admiral
Raymond Spruance as his replacement to lead Task Force 16 (2 carriers, 2 cruisers, 6 destroyers) into what became
the epic Battle of Midway. Halsey’s superiors, Admirals Nimitz and King, concurred in the selection.
Spruance, who like Halsey, was a longtime member of The Army and Navy Club (Spruance joined in 1909, three
years after his graduation from Annapolis).
When news of Spruance’s selection reached Task Force 16 it was received with adverse reaction. Spruance was a
surface Navy (black shoe) cruiser commander, not an aviator (brown shoe), and he had never even served on a
carrier, let alone commanded one.
Spruance was known for having a personality seen to be in “chilling contrast” to most of the Navy Admirals. He was an introvert, avoided
publicity and he “…demonstrated a shadowy, elusive character throughout his naval career and afterwards.” Some of his friends described him
as “frozen face.” However, it quickly became evident that Spruance, “…had to be judged by what he did, not what he said.”
The skeptics were soon proved wrong. Spruance’s “attention to detail, poise and power of intellect” allowed him to quickly win over his staff and
commanders and gain an extraordinary victory at Midway, a victory that proved to be the turning point of the Pacific war.
In August of 1943, the Admiral, now promoted to four stars, was given command of the 5th Fleet. He was described as “collected, decisive and
receptive to advice.” He led the Fleet to a succession of victories in the Gilberts, Marshall Island, Iwo Jima and in 1945, his final campaign,
Okinawa. When his Fleet was screening for the invasion of Saipan they defeated a major Japanese carrier force in the Battle of the Philippine
Sea, which broke the back of Japanese Naval Air.
After WW II, the Congress created four billets for Fleet Admirals (Five Stars), as recognition of the successful prosecution of the war by
the Navy’s most senior Admirals. Spruance was repeatedly blocked for this promotion by Congressman Carl Vinson (D-GA), who wanted
Bull Halsey to receive the promotion, which he did. Congress responded by specifying that
Admiral Spruance would receive full Navy pay for the remainder of his life.
On return from the Pacific, he commanded the Naval War College (1946-48), and from
there he retired from active service. In 1952, President Harry Truman appointed him to be
Ambassador to the Philippines, where he served for three years.
The Admiral died in 1969 and he is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in
San Francisco, next to his wife Margaret and three of his longtime Navy friends: Fleet
Admiral Chester Nimitz, Admiral Richmond Turner and Admiral Charles Lockwood. This
arrangement was made by the four friends while they were living.
Our Club displays a handsome bust of Admiral Spruance, created by Felix deWeldon. ◄ Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Vice Admiral Marc
Mitscher, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Vice
Admiral Willis A. Lee, Jr. (listed from left to right) are
photographed on board USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in
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LIBRARY TRUST FUND // UPDATE
A Letter from the Library Trust Chairman
MG John D. Altenburg, USA (Ret.)
Fall Art Event in the Iwo Jima/John Paul Jones Room
Pivot Point: A First Look at the Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial
30 October was a sublime evening at the Club, where the Librar y
Trust unveiled our latest exhibition—first look—the upcoming
Desert Storm Memorial on the National Mall. Members and
guests who attended were simply blown away by the incisive
knowledge and commentary of Randy Schumacher, the
memorial’s principal architect, and Scott Stump, president of
the Memorial’s Board of Directors and a USMC veteran of the
Gulf War. All of us learned about the historic dimensions of the
often-overlooked operations that occurred exactly halfway
between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the
Soviet Union. Schumacher and Stump both emphasized that
the United Nations functioned exactly as designed—forging a
coalition to ensure the collective security of the free world—a
feat the organization never achieved as successfully either
before or since 1991. The exhibition, currently in the Iwo
Jima/John Paul Jones Room, includes historic photographs,
architectural design plans, watercolor renderings, maps and
models, as well as early concept renderings of the memorial
sculptures. It is breathtakingly informative—and will remain,
we intend, through the end of February 2020 for your perusal.
The reaction to this special event was so positive that the
Library Trust is already planning a second event for the
Spring to explore more deeply the unique geopolitical and
technological achievements of Operations Desert Shield and
Storm. The event will include memorial sculptors Robert
Eccleston, former U.S. Army officer, and Jim Nance, former
U.S. Air Force pilot.
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Rendering of the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial
Library Trust Donations and events in the coming years.
This holiday season, we would like to express Our 501(c)(3) status enables you to
our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who contribute to our continuing improvement
support the Library Trust. Thank you for and acquisition efforts. There are several
your continuing contributions, donations, ways to donate, including monthly Club dues
participation, and investment of all variety. and periodic contributions through those
Without your enthusiasm and engagement, invoices. Some members have generously
none of our efforts over the years would have included the Library Trust in their estate
been possible or meaningful. For all of us planning and bequeathed IRAs to the Trust.
that work to enhance the beauty, history, and Each of them is specially recognized in
community on which this Club was founded, the Library Reading Room. Other donors
your support of the Library Trust is essential have used Donor Advised Funds (DAF) to
and deeply appreciated. contribute to the Trust. Yet another donation
At this time of year, and in the spirit of method is through a Qualified Charitable
giving, Library Trust donations are more Distribution (QCD). A QCD from an IRA by
essential than ever. We continue working to a donor who has reached the required
enhance our Club through new exhibitions, minimum distributions age (RMD) can reduce
artist talks, and new acquisitions, as well as the taxable amount of an IRA distribution,
expanding our online collection and initiating lowering tax liability. Donations to the Library
the process of culling our library collection Trust are fully tax deductible. Please contact
in anticipation of making it available online John Altenburg ([email protected])
along with the art collection. for more information. As always, we greatly
Please consider making a holiday gift appreciate your generosity, especially the
contribution for the Library Trust so that we regular donations. Thanks!!! ◄
can continue to provide you with programs
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The Army and Navy Club
901 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-2503
Keep the fizz in your holiday bubbly!
Join us for champagne and bubbly specials
starting on December 12 through December
23 in the Daiquiri Lounge. On Sundays, the
sparkling selection will be served during Santa
Brunch on December 15 and Champagne
Brunch on December 22. Reservations are not
required in the Daiquiri Lounge.