Class of 1971 Officers
Captain Perry Martini, USN (Ret.) (1991-)
|Perry J. Martini, a native of Warren, Ohio, graduated from the John F. Kennedy High School and then entered the Bordentown Military Institute (Foundation) Prep School. At USNA he played on the football team and was a member of the indoor and outdoor track team plebe and youngster year. He served as Class President for two years and during his senior year wrote monthly articles in the Log magazine about life in Mother Bancroft as Salty Sam. He graduated from the 9th company and holds a unique distinction as one of the members of the plebe 29th company “dirty dozen”.
Following graduation and a tour aboard the USS Wainwright (DLG-28), Perry entered naval aviation receiving his Wings of Gold in 1973. During his aviation career he subsequently amassed over 7500 hours in the P-3 Orion. He served for twenty-seven years in several leadership positions, as Commanding Officer of a Navy P-3 Squadron in Keflavik, Iceland, Communications Officer aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69) during Desert One, Flag Lt/Aide to Commander Patrol Wings Pacific, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War in 1991, and the Director of Leadership, Organization and Management for the Chief of Naval Operations from 1992-1994. In his last tour of duty from 1994 – 1998 he served at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Deputy Director of Athletics and concurrently served in a pivotal role in the development of the Leadership and Ethics curriculum as an Adjunct Professor. He retired from active duty in September 1998.
Perry was re-elected as Class President in 1991. In 1994 behind the leadership of the class officers and class wide recommendation/approval, a new Class of 1971 Mission Statement was published along with a new set of By-Laws. As a direct result of these initiatives, Perry led the formation of a Class Executive Board comprised of 20 members (Board of Trustees), a Class Webmaster and the 4 Class Officers. The Class Executive Board has been a moving force in the class resulting in successful fund raising campaigns, chairing class reunions, and recently leading and development the class plan for the Link-in-the-Chain with the Class of 2021.
He has authored and published numerous journal articles and books, co-authoring a book on the Class of 1971, Inspiring Leadership: Character and Ethics Matter. As an adjunct professor at Regent University, Villanova University and The George Washington University, he taught leadership, ethics, research, doctoral dissertation writing, and organizational leadership. As the former Director of Executive Leadership Programs at Academy Leadership, a leadership development consulting firm, Perry continues to be a sought after speaker on leadership and ethics as well as character development. He is an Elder at Mariners Church of Annapolis.
Perry has earned three Masters Degrees in Business, Education, and International Affairs. He also holds a Doctoral Degree from The George Washington University. Perry retired from teaching and consulting in January 2020 and currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Jean. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Captain James T. Bryant, USN (Ret.) (2022-)
Jim is a third generation Californian who joined the Class o f1971 after graduating from South Hills High School, in West Covina, CA in 1967.
Selected by a smiling ADMIRAL Rickover in 1970 for nuclear power training, he qualified in submarines on SEADRAGON (SSN 584) in February 1974 in the South China Sea.
He was Chief Engineer of ULYSSES S GRANT (SSBN 631), then Operations Officer/Navigator PERMIT (SSN) for an Indian Ocean .and Western Pacific deployment. As a staff officer at U.S. Naval Headquarters Europe, London, UK he assisted the Royal Navy during the Falkland’s War. He was Executive Officer on HADDOCK (SSN 621) when his father died in 1986. He turned down the Navy’s offer to transition to the Naval Reserve to allow him to take over the family business, one of the largest Honda Car Dealership’s in Southern California. He commanded GUARDFISH (SSN 612) from 1987 to 1990, which earned the Battle “E” for excellence and made two deployments to the Western Pacific.
After a few months as a Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron 11, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as a Political-Military Officer and Liaison with Naval Reactors on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon.
Retiring in 1994 he became an entrepreneur, including being Chairman of the Board of a junior mining company, Vice President of a technology company and founding and running a taxicab company in Northern Virginia for 20 years. He was a Blue & Gold Officer for 19 years, Vice-President, and then President of the largest Naval Academy Alumni Association Chapter, the Greater Washington D.C. Chapter and the 20th Company Representative for over 20 years.
He retired in 2015 to San Diego, CA. He is married to Monica and has two children by a previous marriage and two grandchildren.
Mr. David T. Laws (1991-)
|Dave Laws, our Class Treasurer since 1991, graduated out of the 14th company. He was in the glee club and along with three others created the folk group for the glee club that provided special music at their concerts. This included concerts across the United States and at the White House. Dave also rowed crew and played defensive end and wide receiver in battalion and company football.
He entered the submarine service, qualifying as a nuclear submarine officer, and served as a line officer and reserve line officer for 11 years. After leaving the active Navy in 1976 as a Lieutenant, he provided services to the Department of Defense as a Director for a professional services firm in the Washington DC area. In 1988, he began a second career working in the field of program management for Fortune 500 companies. During this time, he founded two companies and provided direction to organizations in several other companies.
From 2016 to early 2022 Dave directed Service to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross. He was responsible for several Red Cross programs that provide support and assistance to military members, veterans, and their families throughout 51 counties in North and South Carolina. He has deployed in Red Cross Disaster positions to assist families affected by hurricanes and flooding. He continues with the Red Cross as a volunteer.
After retirement from the Red Cross, he gave up his position on the board to become the Executive Director of the Patriot Military Family Foundation. He is also Vice Chairman of the Carolina’s Freedom Foundation and is an ordained Elder in his church.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Naval Academy and a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from The Catholic University of America. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married since 1972 and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three grown and married children and 9 grandchildren.
Captain Michael “Duke” Longworth, USN (Ret.) (2002- )
|Michael “Duke” Longworth graduated from the 36th Company. While at Navy he was an active Lightweight Crew team member and was a Plebe and Upper Class letterman. Following graduation he was assigned to USS O’Hare (DD-889) where he served as Navigator for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. In April 1972, Duke commenced his naval aviation career subsequently receiving his Wings of Gold in December 1973. He served for twenty-six years in leadership positions, including as Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 83, and as Strike Warfare Commander “ZP” for the Arabian Gulf Battle Force during Operation Desert Storm. His shore duty tours include Training Squadron Four, Attack Squadron One Seventy Four, Branch Chief, OPNAV N511, Policy and Joint Doctrine, and as Director, Plans and Exercises for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area. During his aviation career he amassed over 5000 tactical jet hours and over 800 carrier arrested landings. He retired from active duty in September 1997.
Duke started his service to the class as a Board of Trustee member in 1994. He assumed the duties as Secretary in April 2002. He was subsequently elected as Secretary in the fall of 2002 and was re-elected as Secretary September 2011. Duke is active with the Class of ’71 Ethical Character in Leadership award coordinating with the USS Theodore Roosevelt to recognize a deserving junior officer.
Duke was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton from November 2002 until November 2016 at which time his work, and he, transferred to SAIC. He served as Blue Cell Operations Officer at Joint Forces Command J9 in Suffulk then transferred to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk where he was assigned to the Training Policy Branch. His work was instrumental in changing Navy fleet training practices to focus on tactical training for all warfare specialties. Duke retired to enjoy his family and grandchildren December 2020.
Duke has an Aeronautical Systems Master of Science degree from the University of West Florida. He graduated from the U. S. Naval War College with Distinction receiving a Masters of Arts degree in National Defense & Strategic Studies. Duke resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Lisa. They have two grown children and two grandsons. They are looking forward to more grandchildren.