Jackie & Tom Grim, 11 June 1966 at the Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA

If you knew your spouse when he was a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy or joined him in the years following, this page is a venue for all things related to the wives, widows and partners of the Class of 1966.

Our “Band of Sisters” comes together weekly for zoom conversations organized by Ginny Jones and Kacky Carter (Wednesdays at 4 pm ET). Recently, Linda McCook launched a separate initiative for those women who have lost their Class of 1966 husbands. “Sail On Solo” (SOS) participants meet on the first Monday of every month at 4 pm ET. Click on the buttons below for more information.

Wives, widows and partners are encouraged to join in the zoom(s) and/or to click on this webpage to hear about tailgate news, book and movie recommendations, survivor resources, and, even light-hearted plans to caravan around the country to rendezvous with each other.

You belong to the Band of Sisters. Welcome aboard!

SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday, 15 September at 4 pm ET during Band of Sisters Zoom
V.J. (“Ginny”) Michaux introduces “A Tree for Antarctica”

Many years ago, I was spurred to research climate issues by a small filler article in the Washington Post: scientists were saying that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could disintegrate by 500 years, causing sea levels to rise. Always a geography buff, I had to know more. So, I began to research in the Library of Congress, seek out-on site scientists, and ultimately, I undertook expeditions to see things for myself. Convinced this was a serious matter, I joined Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and over time presented talks to thousands of people about earth’s atmosphere and the mounting peril of climate change.

Eventually, I decided to try approaching the subject through a novel, A Tree for Antarctica, which hopefully would entertain while calling to action. Because act we must – not for ourselves, but for future generations.

Click HERE for a link to Ginny’s website that has information on the book, her blog and more. If you’re interested in reading the book before September 15, you can obtain it inexpensively via Kindle or as a paperback. Profits from her book go to organizations working to prevent the worse effects of climate change.

Click HERE for details on the book.
Click HERE for a Sept 13, 2021 article on the importance of ice memory, “Scientists scramble to harvest ice cores as glaciers melt”.
Click HERE for a list of credible sources on climate change.


USNA66 Band of Sisters, Kathy Prout, inspires us with how she honors the memory of her husband by educating future generations. Click HERE for information on the success of the recent event.


Please note, if you have photos you’d like to share, please send them to USNA66webmaster@gmail.com.

“Sisters” Learning and Growing Together

Below are some of the fruits of our discussions over the past year and a half. Enjoy!

  • Bookshelf
    • Bookshelf: recommendations from the Band of Sisters as of May 2021
    • Summer Reading Recommendations
      • This article was excerpted with the permission of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). For more information and to join, visit www.moaa.org. Thank you, Ginny Jones, for flagging this to our attention.
  • Music Playlist to help inspire a return to health of an “adopted daughter” (spouse of 2016 Link in the Chain alumni)
  • Ovarian Cancer prevention