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A plebe unpacks as he moves into his quarters at the US Naval Academy. An M1 rifle is on the table

A plebe unpacks as he moves into his quarters at the US Naval Academy....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: J.E. Moore Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

A senior midshipman stands in formation with members of his recently arrived plebe unit during morning quarters in Tecumseh Court at the U.S. Navl Academy

A senior midshipman stands in formation with members of his recently a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Jack E. Moore Release Status: Released to Public C... more

A senior midshipman inspects a member of recently arrived plebe unit during morning quarters in Tecumseh Court at the U.S. Navl Academy

A senior midshipman inspects a member of recently arrived plebe unit d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Jack E. Moore Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Artwork: "Plebe Summer, Basic Sailing" Artist: Salvatore Indiviglia #31. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Combat Art Center

Artwork: "Plebe Summer, Basic Sailing" Artist: Salvatore Indiviglia #3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A plebe of the class of 1986 has his blood pressure checked during a medical examination at the US Naval Academy

A plebe of the class of 1986 has his blood pressure checked during a m...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

A plebe at the United States Naval Academy prepares his sailboat for competition in the Rear Admiral Blakely Cup race on the Severn River

A plebe at the United States Naval Academy prepares his sailboat for c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Perry E. Thorsvik Release Status: Released to ... more

A plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy leans out over the water to spread his boat's sail during the Rear Admiral Blakely Cup race on the Severn River

A plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy leans out over the water to spread h...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Perry E. Thorsvik Release Status: Released to ... more

A plebe at the United States Naval Academy prepares his sailboat for competition in the Rear Admiral Blakely Cup race on the Severn River

A plebe at the United States Naval Academy prepares his sailboat for c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Perry E. Thorsvik Release Status: Released to ... more

Mandy Keller greets Brigadier General Frederick Smith in the receiving line at the US Military Academy Plebe Parent Weekend

Mandy Keller greets Brigadier General Frederick Smith in the receiving...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: West Point State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SPC 5 Michael Hordeski Release Status: Released t... more

A female plebe of the class of 1988 and a senior midshipman at a swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy

A female plebe of the class of 1988 and a senior midshipman at a swear...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

A plebe from the class of 1988 climbs over a wall during a workout on the obstacle course at the US Naval Academy

A plebe from the class of 1988 climbs over a wall during a workout on ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: J.E. Moore Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

A plebe from the class of 1988 climbs a wall during a workout on the obstacle course at the US Naval Academy

A plebe from the class of 1988 climbs a wall during a workout on the o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: J.E. Moore Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

A plebe receives instruction in M-16A1 rifle marksmanship during basic training at the U.S. Military Academy

A plebe receives instruction in M-16A1 rifle marksmanship during basic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: West Point State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

An upperclassman instructs a plebe at the US Military Academy

An upperclassman instructs a plebe at the US Military Academy

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: West Point State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

A female plebe does a pull-up during basic training at the US Military Academy. (SUBSTANDARD)

A female plebe does a pull-up during basic training at the US Military...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: West Point State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Face of the New Warrior" CATEGORY: Combat Camera PLACE: First Place Combat Camera CAPTION INFORMATION: Men and women train side-by-side during the annual Sea Trials at the U.S. Naval Academy. As a female plebe struggles through the obstacle course her fatigue and pain are reflected in her face. the plebes must work together as squads and must complete the day together. Pain and fatigue are part of the test. Quitting is not an option. IMAGE FILE #DD-SP-01-00003

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Face of the New ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Mark S. Kettenhofen Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Herndon" CATEGORY: Portfolio PLACE: First Place Portfolio CAPTION INFORMATION: The goal sounds simple enough: working together, scale a 21-foot monument that is covered with lard, and fetch a Navy hat from atop. Still, it usually takes the Annapolis Naval Academy midshipmen hours to do it. The event is designed to reward students on finishing the plebe year. IMAGE FILE #DD-SP-01-0034

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Herndon" CATEGOR...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Robert Benson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A US Naval Academy Freshmen know as "Plebe" participate in an 11.5-hour rigorous physical and mental challenges know as "Sea Trials". This daylong, action-oriented event, modeled after the US Marine Corps (USMC) 54-hour "crucible" and US Navy (USN) "battle stations," requires plebes to use skills they have learned during their first year at the Academy

A US Naval Academy Freshmen know as "Plebe" participate in an 11.5-hou...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ph1brien Aho, USN Release Status: Released to Publ... more

Naval Academy Midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (MD), work together to climb to the top of the 21-foot gray obelisk, (which is covered in more than 200 pounds of lard) and retrieve a white plebe dixie-cup hat. According to legend, the plebe who replaces the white hat with a midshipman's cover will become the first member of the class to become an admiral. Midshipman 4th Class Brian Richards reached the top in 1:14:15

Naval Academy Midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Shane T. Mccoy, USN Release Status: Released t... more

US Navy (USN) Vice Admiral (VADM) Rodney P. Rempt (left), Superintendent of the US Naval Academy, and USN Captain (CAPT) Bruce Grooms (right), Commandant Captain, congratulate Midshipman 4th Class Brian Richards at the conclusion of the 99th annual Herndon Climb, at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (MD). Midshipmen work together to climb to the top of the 21-foot gray obelisk, (which is covered in more than 200 pounds of lard) and retrieve a white plebe dixie-cup hat. According to legend, the plebe who replaces the white hat with a midshipman's cover will become the first member of the class to become an admiral. Richards reached the top in 1:14:15

US Navy (USN) Vice Admiral (VADM) Rodney P. Rempt (left), Superintende...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Annapolis State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Kenneth J. Mierzejewski, CIV Release Status: Relea... more

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