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Through the perspective of a recent graduate, learn about life at the United States Naval Academy. Academy Insider serves midshipmen, future midshipmen and their families with information about life at the academy in Annapolis. Get an insider's view of the United States Naval Academy. This podcast is not affiliated with the United States Naval Academy, the United States Navy or Department of Defense. The thoughts and opinions are exclusively those of your host and his guests.

Through the perspective of a recent graduate, learn about life at the United States Naval Academy. Academy Insider serves midshipmen, future midshipmen and their families with information about life at the academy in Annapolis. Get an insider's view of the United States Naval Academy. This podcast is not affiliated with the United States Naval Academy, the United States Navy or Department of Defense. The thoughts and opinions are exclusively those of your host and his guests.
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Through the perspective of a recent graduate, learn about life at the United States Naval Academy. Academy Insider serves midshipmen, future midshipmen and their families with information about life at the academy in Annapolis. Get an insider's view of the United States Naval Academy. This podcast is not affiliated with the United States Naval Academy, the United States Navy or Department of Defense. The thoughts and opinions are exclusively those of your host and his guests.

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Episodes

#021 - Army Navy Game Ball Run - 13th Company with Guest Rebecca Richmond '16

12/10/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Navy Officer Rebecca Richmond '16 about what it is like as a midshipman in the 13th Company tradition of running the game ball to the stadium. Rebecca who is a 2016 graduate of the Naval Academy, joins the podcast while serving as a Navy pilot out of Virginia Beach flying the E2-C. She was in the 13th Company and a systems engineering major with an focus in robotics. She was a member of the women's varsity basketball team...

Duration:00:27:38

#020 - Army Week at the United States Naval Academy with Captain Eddie Pilcher '96

12/9/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Navy Captain Eddie Pilcher '96 and Grant's sponsor dad about what it is like as a midshipman in King Hall, Bancroft Hall and on the Yard during their years at the academy during Army Week. Captain Pilcher joins the podcast while serving as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Facility, Washington - Joint Base Andrews. He was in the 31st Company and an ocean engineering major. He is from Tigard, Oregon. This episode is a...

Duration:00:33:10

#019 - Army Navy Game with Dishan Romine '17, Calvin Cass Jr. '17 & Alex Barta '17

12/5/2019
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The Army-Navy Football Game - Insider Information In this episode, Grant is joined by Dishan Romine '17, Calvin Cass Jr. '17 and Alex Barta '17 all who are graduates from the United States Naval Academy. The Army-Navy game is the most celebrated rivalry in college football. It is frequently attended by sitting U.S. presidents and it is well known to be a "bucket list" item for sports fans. Each of my guests were players in those games during their time at the academy. They are tremendous...

Duration:01:13:48

#018 - A Parent's Journey at USNA with Karl Smith - Anchored in Tradition

11/26/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with Karl Smith the creator of the blog My Kid the Mid and the author of the book Anchored in Tradition. Karl is a USNA parent (Noah '20) and has a daughter exploring attending service academies. He has been of great service to the USNA parent community through his book, blog, and parent facebook pages. We talk about his journey as a naval academy parent and his book. He started his career as a writer, so it only seemed fitting to him that...

Duration:00:51:24

#017 - Jesse Iwuji '10 - Navy LT and NASCAR Driver

11/12/2019
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Jessie Iwuji '10 - USNA Grad, Navy Football Player, Navy Officer, & NASCAR Driver So today we're joined by Jesse who is a class of 2010 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the football team in 2007 when Navy beat Notre Dame in South bend for the first time in 43 years in triple overtime. So we talk, we talk about that story, but we also talk about a ton of other things. We talk about Jessie's time at the Naval Academy, some of the struggles that he had with...

Duration:00:53:07

#016 - Coast Guard Academy Exchange with Matt Meltzer '17 USN

11/5/2019
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Service Academy Exchange Opportunities at the USNA I'm joined by Matt Meltzer who is a class of 17 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Matt is from New York City and was a political science major at the academy and in currently stationed in Hawaii. Matt was a guest on one of our most popular episodes regarding The Daily Life of a Plebe. In this episode, Matt takes us through the opportunities for USNA...

Duration:00:31:19

#015 - Halloween at USNA with Jeremiah Harding'17 USMC

10/29/2019
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Halloween Night at the USNA I'm joined by Jeremiah Harding who is a class of 17 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Jerry was a history major at the academy and joins the podcast from Okinawa, Japan. In this episode, we give a peek of what Halloween is like at the Academy for a Mid. Do we decorate our rooms? Do we wear costumes (other than those Navy costumes we wear each day)? Grant and Jerry cover...

Duration:00:37:24

#014 - Andrea Howard '15 - Submarine Junior Officer and Marshall Scholar

10/22/2019
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I'm joined by Andrea Howard who is a class of 15 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as a submarine officer. Teresa was an Arabic and Political Science major at the academy. She is a Marshall Scholar and pursued graduate education directly after graduation. She earned a MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford and a MA in Science and Security from Kings College London. In this episode, we discuss all about being a submarine officer all the way from...

Duration:00:56:07

#013 - The Black N with Ricky Conlin '99 - The Secret Society of Bad Boys of the Naval Academy

10/15/2019
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My guest is author Ricky Conlin. He is a proud member of the mighty class of 1999, was an economics major and a member of the sixth company. Ricky describes himself as a very mediocre midshipman. He graduated smack dab in the middle of the class militarily and was relatively quiet. He did stand 14 days of collective restrictions. He played varsity football at the Naval Academy. He describes his football career also as mediocre but is a really, really proud member of the Navy Football...

Duration:00:54:54

#012 - Life of a Surface Warfare Junior Officer (SWO) with Guest Teresa Meadows '16

10/8/2019
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Life of a Surface Warfare Junior Officer (SWO) with Guest Teresa Meadows '16 I'm joined by Teresa Meadows who is a class of 16 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as a surface warfare officer. Teresa was in 28th company and a history major. In this episode, we talk about how she ended up as a surface warfare officer as well as what are the next steps for surface warfare officers after graduation. So we cover topics such as BDOC, the basic division officer...

Duration:00:45:28

#011 - The Daily Life of a Plebe with Guest Matt Meltzer '17

10/1/2019
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The Daily Life of a Plebe with Guest Matt Meltzer USNA '17 In this episode, you learn a lot about what goes on in a typical day at the United States Naval Academy, specifically for the plebes. We go from the moment they wake up to the moment they fall asleep and everything in between. Everything from the military obligations to the academic obligations to the athletic obligations. Matt provides great insight from something that he will mention in the podcast as the "NARP" perspective or...

Duration:00:55:58

#010 - Patty Lutton - USNA MID MOMS!!! (and DADS!) Facebook Page Founder

9/22/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with Patty Lutton the founder of the USNA Mids Moms (and Dads)!! Facebook page. Patty founded this page when there were really no other communication and sharing tools for service academy parents other than email list servers. Her page now has over 7,500 followers and is busy all the time with questions, issues, news, and celebrations. She has intentionally opened her page to grandparents, sponsor parents and anyone who wants to know more...

Duration:00:49:38

#009 - Signatures Sheets with Guest Nicki DeGuzman '16

9/1/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Navy officer Nicki DeGuzman'16 about signature sheets and his experience at the Naval Academy. Nicki joins the podcast while serving in the information warfare community. He was in the 4th Company and a computer science and IT double major. He is from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Nicki takes the time to talk about signature sheets. So if you don't know what a signature sheet is, it's a task that plebes get in the...

Duration:00:57:44

#008 - Temporary Assigned Duty at the USNA with Guest Tilman Dunbar '16

8/25/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Naval Academy graduate Tilman Dunbar '16 about his experiences as a TAD ensign during plebe summer. Tilman was selected to serve after his graduation to coach with the varsity basketball team and serve also in the PE department during plebe summer. Grant and Tilman talk about Tilman's experiences as a student at the naval academy and later as an ensign helping out for activities like PEP, swimming, boxing, and the rock...

Duration:00:33:00

#007 - Tango Company with Guest Chrishad Broadway '16

7/23/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Naval Academy graduate Chrishad Broadway '16 about his experiences as a detailer for struggling plebes in Tango company. Chris was hand selected to serve in this sensitive and important role by the officer in charge of this duty. Grant and Chris talk about what the little talked about Tango company is, their schedule, where they live in Bancroft Hall, where they eat in King Hall and all that goes into helping them discern...

Duration:00:41:09

#006 - Julie Haller - 2023 BLB Parents Facebook Moderator and Experienced USNA Mom

6/24/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with Julie Haller the moderator of the BLB 2023 USNA parents facebook page. Julie and her husband are both USAFA ‘88 grads. She left active duty after 5 years, but was a participating reservist for several years, leaving the reserves as an 0-4 (Major). Though Julie and her husband are USAFA grads, she jokes that all four of her children have gone to the "dark side" becoming USNA midshipmen. She has four children, Jeff (USNA ‘14), Lauren...

Duration:00:48:50

#005 - Being Excellent with Guest Jon Bangsal '15 USMC

5/19/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Marine Corps officer Jon Bangsal '15 about his experiences and struggles to get into the academy and his lessons learned in Annapolis. Jon while serving in the Marine Corps in Southern California founded the brand B3 EXCELLENT in which the concept comes from the United States Naval Academy and many of the lessons learned from the inspirational leaders he encountered there. Jon explains it stands for yourself, others and...

Duration:00:40:22

#004 - Plebe Summer Series: Guest Sarita Condie '17 Liked Plebe Summer

5/17/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer speaks with United States Navy officer Sarita Condie '17 about her experience during plebe summer, being one of the best basketball players ever at the naval academy and her time as the honor and character liaison on the staff during plebe summer. Sarita joins the podcast while serving in the surface warfare community in Japan. She is kind enough to jump into a Taco Bell for a place to connect with Grant for this podcast. Sarita talks about how as a...

Duration:00:35:10

#003 - Plebe Summer Experience Series: Being Your Best Every Day with Guest Troy Thompson '17 USN

5/16/2019
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Plebe Summer Series: Being Your Best Every Day with Guest Troy Thompson '17 USN Grant and Troy Thompson discuss plebe summer, leadership lessons learned at the United States Naval Academy and being your best every day. I specifically wanted Troy to be my first guest on the plebe summer experience series of the academy insider podcast because there are few individuals that I have more respect for than Troy. Troy is an amazing person and an amazing leader and he excelled as a midshipman....

Duration:00:44:59

#002 - Plebe Summer Organization with guest Christian Blanchard USNA Class of 2017

5/15/2019
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In this episode, your host Grant Vermeer introduces for the audience how plebe summer is organized. He and his close friend and 26th company shipmate Christian Blanchard explain the various roles for midshipmen detailers during plebe summer. Grant served as the regimental commander during plebe summer for the class of 2020 and Christian chose to be a platoon leader. During the academic year that followed Grant served as the Sixth battalion commander and Christian was his executive officer...

Duration:01:00:31