Zoom calls every Thursday night at 8pm Eastern Time.
Find an opportunity, or make one.
Time, tide, and formation wait for no man.
Our professional network was forged in fire and steel... we share an uncommon bond... promises made and kept in the face of mortal peril... duty... honor... service....
These things are easy to SAY. So every Thursday night, RINGKNOCKERs spend 90 minutes exchanging SAYING for DOING. We reconnect with old shipmates. We forge new cameraderies. We offer intelligence, mentorship, and opportunities. We accept the same.
Sign up for as many meetups as you like! A shipmate is always welcome, and opportunity does tend to knock loudest when one is on hand to open the door. Registrations are limited, so sign up in advance if you can.
See you this Thursday night!
Luis Martinez (USNA '01) is an aviator with over 400 combat flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing electronic support to ground combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many military officers turn their people-wrangling experience into civilian careers in project management, but Luis managed an inside job: he is a Marine Corps Reserve officer and a senior project manager for the Marine Corps.
But that's just his day job. After hours, Luis applies his leadership skills to the kind of problem he would never have faced in the skies over Iraq: presiding over several thousand unruly Naval Academy alumni, crossing many dozens of class years, in one of the most densely populated Alumni Association Chapters in the country. Luis is President of the Greater Washington DC Chapter of USNAAA.
Not every RINGKNOCKER went to the Naval Academy, and relatively few of us live in DC. But ALL of us went to college, and hear regularly from our own alumni associations. This week, beyond sharing a little gossip about our DC-area Navy classmates, Luis will address a broader question: in a world of professional distractions and global pandemics, why should YOU engage with YOUR alumni association?
You have more to offer than you know, and more to gain than you may realize.
Connect with your brothers and sisters in arms, and start sharing opportunities today!
Jason Williscroft (USNA '95) founded Ringknocker to provide mentorship and support to young military officers transitioning into civilian life. The Coronavirus pandemic arrived... and now we are all out of our depth. We all need mentorship now.
"We who have the capacity to create opportunities in a time like this have an obligation to do so... because nobody else is going to do it except us."
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