The Old Guard

A group of active-duty service members from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon of 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) recently were invited to visit Patriot Point for a weekend retreat.

Joined by a gentleman who helps the platoon with its horse training, the group arrived on Friday night and the following day enjoyed an early-morning duck hunt and then fished off the pier in the afternoon.

It was a welcome respite for the group, which had not been on leave from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in more than nine months.

The platoon is one of the hallmarks of the Arlington National Cemetery funeral procession, with its stately caisson pulled by six handsome horses.

“It was awesome, just a nice escape from normal life,”” Sgt. Colin Martin said. “You’re in the country, out away from everything. And everything there is super nice and well kept. There are so many options to do fun, relaxing things.”

Take Home Shrimp Feast

Volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly recently hosted Take Home Shrimp Feast benefiting Patriot Point.

Supporters picked up shrimp Emily’s Produce in Cambridge, Md., and Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, with proceeds going to the Military Bowl Foundation’s 290-acre retreat for recovering service members, their families and caregivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“What a wonderful event with delicious North Carolina shrimp,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “While we have been unable to hold our traditional fundraisers, Mike was focused to make sure we could do this and raise funds in a safe environment. Special thanks to our entire volunteer crew for helping make this happen and to everyone who purchased a dinner and/or a raffle ticket.”

Mattingly credited several contributors for the fundraiser’s success, including the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, Patriot Point volunteers, volunteers from Eastport, Lindy’s Seafood, Woolford Store, Pip Moyer Recreation Center directors Archie Trader and Bumper Moyer, the City of Annapolis Police Department and the Anne Arundel-Annapolis Community  Emergency Response Team.

PenFed Founded Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program

The PenFed Founded Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program launched its Master’s Program with a leadership and team-building retreat at Patriot Point earlier this month. The intensive Master’s Program is designed to prepare growth-stage, veteran-owned startups to raise investor funds and scale their companies. The program is held twice per year, consists of 10 veteran-owned companies and is sponsored by SOS International (SOSi).

In addition to the program’s meetings, the group also enjoyed a skeet shooting tournament at Patriot Point’s five-stand, held a closest to the pin chipping contest and enjoyed nightly bonfires.

PenFed CEO James Schenk, PenFed Foundation President Gen. (Ret.) John “Mick” Nicholson and SOSi CEO Julian Setian presented Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck with a Flags of Valor flag for hosting the retreat. The flag is mounted in the Patriot Point Guest House.

The PenFed Foundation also made a $5,000 donation to Patriot Point.

USO-Metro August Retreat

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted four active-duty military couples for a retreat at Patriot Point.

The couples began their stay by touring the facility and enjoying lunch, followed by kayaking and paddle boarding.

“They went out far into the water and enjoyed the beautiful weather that day,” said Brittany Buzzutto, USO-Metro’s field operations coordinator. “Many couples found it relaxing to walk along the beach and look at the tiny jellyfish that were floating in the water. The couples also enjoyed walking down the pier and enjoying the view.”

Following dinner, the group gathered on the beach for a bonfire.

“They talked with each other for hours about deployment locations, life with children, and the current state of the world,” Buzzutto said. “They all seemed to have a wonderful time, I wish I would have arranged for them to get to Patriot Point sooner. Things were very relaxing for them!”

Phase II Construction

Phase II of construction at Patriot Point is ongoing, with work focusing on the 1925 Main House Renovation.

Thanks to Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Building Industry Association’s Home Builders Care Foundation, the exterior doors and windows have been replaced, creating a much more energy-efficient environment.

Also, TW Perry continues to be a tremendous partner of Patriot Point, supplying nearly all of the exterior siding, interior framing, doors and trim material.
Among the other contributors to the project:

  • Mangan and Associates donated the design work.
  • Patriot Point volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly and his tireless crew have contributed demolition and ongoing assorted skilled labor projects.
  • Shelter Systems provided a structural engineering inspection and materials for repairs.
  • United Rentals and Reliant Drywall donated a lift to install exterior siding and drywall material.
  • Freestate Electric, a Union Sportsman Alliance member, is donating electrical labor, materials and fixtures.
  • Union Sportsman Alliance tradespeople also are donating much of the plumbing labor and material and others are planning further donations, including painting labor.

Patriot Point is currently looking for donations of tile material and carpeting.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the members of the Maryland Building Industry Association and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance for their contributions at Patriot Point,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “It is heartwarming to know that we have so many partners who share our commitment to providing a first-class retreat for the men and women who serve the nation so selflessly.”

Patriot Point & Pella Windows

Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Building Industry Association’s Home Builders Care Foundation recently teamed up to provide and install nearly $100,000 worth of new windows and doors at Patriot Point.

“Pella Mid-Atlantic is honored and proud to contribute to the Patriot Point replacement window and door project,” said David Lebowitz, General Manager, Eastern Shore, Pella Mid-Atlantic. “Giving back to our veterans in this way, where they can enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Shore with their families, is a wonderful way for us to participate in supporting the men and women who defend our freedom.  The new windows and doors will add to the enjoyment of their stays at the property.”

The project replaced all of the exterior windows and doors on the 1925 Main House with more than 30 Pella Lifestyle Series Windows (the number one performing wood window for the combination of energy, efficiency and sound) and five Pella Brand Entry Doors.

The Home Builders Care Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the MBIA, contributed financially to the project and worked with Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Military Bowl Foundation to lead and coordinate the construction efforts.

“The Military Bowl Foundation and Patriot Point are so fortunate to have partners such as Pella Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Building Industry Association,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Not only do they share our commitment to honoring and supporting our nation’s service members, but they take things to the next level and then some with their incredible generosity, helping us improve Patriot Point and give our service members this wonderful retreat to enjoy.”

MWSF January Hunt

The Military Warriors Support Foundation is hosting eight veterans this week at Patriot Point. The group includes Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans, including one double amputee, and came from across the country to visit Patriot Point, traveling from Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland for a four-day visit that includes duck hunting and good hunting.