About Us

Our Mission

The North Texas Coalition of Service Academies (NTCUSA) is dedicated to honoring and recognizing all area North Texas Cadets and Midshipmen who attend one of our five United States Uniformed Service Academies through an annual collectively organized event: the Lone Star Military Ball. The formal evening program begins with a Grand March of all attending Cadets and Midshipmen, presentation of the colors, seated dinner, and special recognition of graduating Cadets and Midshipmen, as well as dancing and entertainment. The event showcases our true Texas hospitality and undeniable pride in our military service members. All Cadets and Midshipmen are welcomed along with their invited family and friends. Active duty and retired military officers, congressional aides, and other dignitaries and special guests are invited to help celebrate the occasion as well.

About Us

In 1993, volunteers from each of the five North Texas Service Academy Parents’ Clubs established the NTCUSA to honor and recognize the Cadets and Midshipmen from the North Texas area. We hold this formal military ball at Christmastime when the Cadets and Midshipmen are home for the holidays. The first Holiday Ball was held in 1993 with only 250 attendees. In recent years, it has grown upwards to 600 guests; over 150 of those attending being Cadets and Midshipmen.

Organization leadership for the Lone Star Military Ball rotates among the five service academy parents’ clubs in North Texas, with volunteer representatives from all of the clubs assuming various planning positions. The 2017 ball will be hosted by the U.S. Military Academy Parents’ Club. The 2018 ball will be hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.  The 2019 ball will be hosted U.S. Air Force Academy.

This event is underwritten by citizens and business organizations that enable NTCUSA to keep the Lone Star Military Ball tradition ongoing through their in-kind donations and monetary sponsorships.  Sponsorship support allows NTCUSA to continue to provide an outstanding and memorable evening for all without having to pass along the rising costs of such a formal affair to the invitees. These relationships have been, and will continue to be, paramount to the success of the NTCUSA Lone Star Military Ball.

Commitee Members


Lawne Callan – lawne@callan.me, 817-899-5699
Debbie Lindstrom – dlindstrom7@gmail.com, 469-387-5560
Nita McKeethen – nmckeethen@gmail.com, 214-282-1331


Dave Rinkliff – david.rinkliff@verizon.net, 214-789-5515


James Welch – welch5764@gmail.com, 214-505-9414

Academy Reps

Debbie Lindstrom (USMA)

DeAnna Goode (USNA)

Ken or Nadine Wilcox  (USCGA)

Bryann Kittlitz (USMMA)

Kelly Waterman (USAFA)