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he Twin Cities Council partnered with Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) to kick off a contest for students to design a logo for the submarine on Aug. 8. Cmdr. John Fancher, PCU Minnesota commanding officer, and Cmdr. (Ret.) Dave Hutton, Twin Cities Council President, decided to create a logo contest after the original logo for USS Minnesota was not received well.

Brian Skon, Twin Cities Council Vice President, accepts a flag from Cmdr. John Fancher, PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) commanding officer, during a picnic for crew and family members at Skon’s house on Sunday, Aug. 7.

The Twin Cities Council’s USS Minnesota Commissioning Committee is sponsoring the contest, open to students in Minnesota ages 16 to 22. Brian Skon, Twin Cities Council Vice President, created a Logo Committee to head the initiative. The winning design will be used as the logo for USS Minnesota, a new Navy submarine. The contest’s winner, selected by USS Minnesota crewmembers, will earn a college scholarship. “The winning logo will shape the ship’s identity and be a part of Minnesota history,” said Fancher. To promote the contest, Hutton reached out to Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm with strong military ties. They suggested an Aug. 8 launch – the same night the Minnesota Twins played a home game against the Boston Red Sox. The Twins agreed to partner with Weber Shandwick, PCU Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Council for the launch. The Twin Cities Council


Twin Cities Council Sponsors Logo Contest for PCU Minnesota

Crew members of PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) stand at parade rest prior to officially launching the logo contest at the Minnesota Twins game.

collaborated with Newport News Shipbuilding and the PCU Minnesota crew to create a video that played before the game to officially launch the contest. Crew members stood at parade rest prior to the video launch. “We want Sailors to be proud of the Minnesota logo every time they put it on and have a good understanding of what that name means. We are looking for students to help us design a logo that creates a bond between a world-class ship and the world-class state her name represents,” said Fancher.

Under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2013, USS Minnesota will be the 10th of 30 expected Virginia-class submarines. For more information about the logo contest and submarine commissioning, visit To view the logo contest’s promotional video, visit http://www.facebook. com/?ref=home#!/video/video. php?v=2306998241284&oid=21 7776814913414&comments. For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit

San Diego Council Announces First Graduate of the Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship Program


l e x a n d e r Kreiglowa touched many lives during his 20 year military career. He served on 10 different ships and spent nearly 17 years at sea. Several years ago, nearly 50 years after retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, Kreiglowa decided it was time to give back to the organiza-


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tion that gave him so much. “I always worked hard to get ahead. The Navy was very good to me and now I want to give back to the Navy and my country. I want this scholarship money to go to students who have a strong desire to get ahead and accomplish things,” Kreiglowa said. The San Diego Council was


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proud to witness the graduation of Dominick Avera, the inaugural Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship recipient, on June 25, 2011. Avera graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Game and Simulation Programming from DeVry University. He completed his degree in three years with a 3.986 GPA.


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Upon receipt of the award Avera remarked, “Throughout these three years, I was able to focus on my education thanks to the Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship Program administered by the San Diego Council. I did not have to worry about student loans or how I was going to pay for the next semester. Thank (Continued on page 2)




Blue Angel Sea Cadet Squadron on Youth Cruise during Seattle Fleet Week.

Youth Cruise was held aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Sampson (DDG 102). Hundreds of young people participated in the event, including Sea Scouts, NJROTC participants and Sea Cadets. The Blue Angel Sea Cadet Squadron, sponsored by the Seattle Council, was also in attendance. Seattle Rotarians and the Seattle Council coordinated a special “Navy Program” at the Seattle Rotary Club on Aug. 3. Several Service members of the Year from local Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps units were recognized. The event was one of many that sparked new interest in Navy League membership throughout the week. A group of 35 Navy League members, supporters, prospective members and Fleet Week sponsors boarded USS Sampson for a VIP Embark and participation in the Parade of Ships on Wednesday afternoon. For the first time, the Canadian Coast Guard joined the Canadian Navy, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in the event. To wrap up the week, the Seattle Council hosted its signature Fleet Week event, the Annual Sea Services Luncheon. Representatives from all five services participated in the Luncheon’s ceremonies, which included the recognition of dozens of Sailors,

A group of Consul Generals, military leaders, corporate leaders, Seattle Rotarians, Seattle Council officers and Congressional Staff aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Coast Guardsmen and Marines from visiting ships and local commands. Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Robert Papp, was the keynote Speaker. During the luncheon, the Naval Hospital Bremerton, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Carrier Strike Group 11 were added to the Seattle Council’s 13 existing adopted units. The visiting ships departed on Monday morning, Aug. 8, as Seattle Council members waved goodbye from the pier. Several Commanding Officers expressed gratitude and appreciation for having the Navy League as a “departing fan club”. “Having the Fleet in town reinforces the importance of our Navy League mission: supporting the sea services, the service members and their families. This year we were de-

Jacksonville Council Donates Doors to Namesake Nuclear Submarine


he Jacksonville Council revealed a set of doors that they created for the city’s namesake submarine on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Jacksonville’s City Hall. Currently stationed in Pearl Harbor, The USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) has been in service for 30 years and is the only vessel named for the city. When it was commissioned, the Jacksonville Council adopted the submarine and its crew. The sub has never been home-ported in Jacksonville, so the Navy League decided it was time to send Jacksonville to the crew. Seven doors from the mess deck were removed and sent to the Jacksonville Council, who then decorated them with images of local images and icons,


Crewmember aboard the USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) with the doors after installation.

including local sports teams, and photographs of the city’s signature landscapes from Downtown to the Beaches. The doors will be seen every day by officers and crew in the dining area. “The whole purpose of this it to give the guys on the sub, most of which have never been to Jack-

sonville, a chance to spoon up on what it’s like here,” said Bob Kidd, former Jacksonville Council President. “It has worked better than we possibly imagined it would.” The doors were shipped to the sub in Pearl Harbor immediately after the Navy League’s presentation at City Hall. Upon receiving the doors, Cmdr. Nathan Sukols, USS Jacksonville Commander offered the following sentiments: “The crew of USS Jacksonville and I greatly appreciate the effort put into these doors. They will serve as an ever-present reminder of the community we serve and the generous people who support us. We are extremely proud to represent the community of Jacksonville.” The doors were installed Thursday, Aug. 25.

lighted that many community leaders asked about getting involved with Navy League,” Tom Jaffa remarked.



ver 20,000 local citizens, seven United States Navy, United States Coast Guard and Canadian ships, and ten flag officers recently came together with a single mission: to celebrate Seattle Fleet Week. The Seattle Council has played a significant role in the Seattle Fleet Week for the past ten years and this year was no exception. Fleet Week co-chairs, Tom Jaffa, Navy League National Vice President, and Diane Jaffa, Seattle Council President, along with other Seattle Council members secured berthing space for the ships as well as funding for many Fleet Week events organized annually. To kick off the week, a


Seattle Council Raises the Bar at Fleet Week

(l to r) Cmdr. Steve Richards, Commanding Officer Navy Recruiting District Seattle; Betty Tisdale, Seattle Council Board Member; Lt. Cmdr. Graham Cornwell, Navy Action Offier, 3rd Fleet; Diane Jaffa, Seattle Council President; and Kyle Curtis, Seattle Council Intern stand on the dock to wave farewell as ships leave port.

San Diego Council, Cont’d (Continued from page 1) you Mr. Kreiglowa and the Navy League Scholarship Committee for your generosity and support!” The scholarship is available to Navy and Marine Corps dependents residing in California. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in the top 10 percent of his or her class and provide evidence of financial need. The San Diego Council hopes that Kreiglowa’s gift will continue to touch the lives of young men and women and exemplify the goals of the Navy League for years to come. For more information about the scholarship, please visit Scholarship.htm.




he National Capital Council presented its seventh annual Congressional Sea Services Award to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., during a Sept. 14 ceremony on Capitol Hill. The award, given annually by the National Capital Council, honors a U.S. Representative or Senator for outstanding contributions to the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Vice Adm. John Blake, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations; Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant; Adm. Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard and a representative from the Maritime Administration were among the guests on hand to honor Akin. After remarks from Mr. Sean Stackley, Assistant Sec-

retary of the Navy praising Akin’s support of the sea services as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Charlie McCullough, National Capital Council President presented the award to Akin. The award is shaped like a compass binnacle from the SS Sioux Falls Victory. The ship served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and is one of the only Victory ships whose crew received a battle star for action during the assault on Okinawa in 1945. The binnacle is on loan from the Maritime Administration. Congressman Akin stated that he was both honored by the award and humbled by the company of past recipients. His name will be engraved on the binnacle’s plaque along


National Capital Council Presents Rep. Akin With Congressional Sea Services Award

(l to r) Vice Admiral John Blake, USN; Unknown; Mr. Sean Stackley, ASN (RD&A); Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, USMC; Charlie McCullough, National Capital Council President; Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.; Adm. Robert Papp, USCG; Unknown.

with Rep. Fla.; Rep.

previous award winners C.W. “Bill” Young, RSen. John Warner, R-Va.; Ike Skelton, D-Mo.; Sen.

Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Rep. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill.; and last year ’s recipient, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.


he Navy League of the U.S., Ta m p a Council along with the City o f Ta m p a , F l o r i d a , H i l l s b o r o u g h C o u n t y, F l o r i d a and the Hillsborough County Economic Development Corporation, hosted the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) for a three day visit to Ta m p a f r o m J u l y 2 5 t o J u l y 2 8 , 2 0 11 . The JMSDF visit is part of a five-month training cruise required for newly commissioned Japanese Naval officers. The cruise is intended to broaden the s a i l o r ’s u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f the sea as well as to develop goodwill with the host c o m m u n i t y. The Japanese training squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral Umio Ohtsuka, contains roughly 800 officers and enlisted sailors, including 150 newly commissioned ensigns. During their visit, the JMSDF participated in a variety of events and activities in addition to man-

datory training and lectures at MacDill Air Force Base. Ta m p a c i t i z e n s w e r e encouraged to participate in the JMSDF visit by hosting a Japanese Naval O f f i c e r f o r d i n n e r, o v e r night and/or day excursions. M a n y Ta m p a C o u n c i l members welcomed the crew by offering an overnight stay at their homes and by throwing a backyard barbeque cookout. Several members of the JMSDF remarked on t h e c o m m u n i t y ’s h o s p i t a l ity during their visit. During a speech at t h e We l c o m e R e c e p t i o n o n Tu e s d a y, J u l y 2 6 , R e a r Adm. Ohtsuka said, “I enj o y t h e c i t y, n a t u r e a n d foremost the people.” T h e Ta m p a C o u n c i l also hosted a luncheon at t h e Ta m p a Wy n d h a m H o tel with Rear Adm. Ohtsuka as the guest speaker o n We d n e s d a y, J u l y 2 7 . B i l l D u d l e y, F l o r i d a Region President noted t h a t Ta m p a C o u n c i l m e m b e r s S k i p Wi t u n s k i , J o s e


Tampa Council Welcomes Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force

(l to r) Skip Witunski, Navy League of the Rear Adm. Umio Otsuka, Commander Dudley, Florida Region President during Force Welcome Reception at the Tampa 26.

Gutierrez, Chris Paddock a n d G a i l Ry a n w e r e e s pecially proactive in organizing the c o u n c i l ’s involvement. He thanked a l l Ta m p a C o u n c i l m e m bers for providing support f o r t h e J M S D F, w h i c h h e called “a very important f r i e n d a n d a l l y. ” Immediately following t h e i r v i s i t i n Ta m p a , t h e

U.S., Central Florida Area President; Japan Training Squadron; and Bill the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Convention Center on Tuesday, July

Japanese training squadron spent several days at sea conducting maneuvers with U.S. warships. To s e e a v i d e o o f the Japanese Maritime S e l f D e f e n s e F o r c e We l come Reception at the Ta m p a C o n v e n t i o n C e n t e r, p l e a s e v i s i t h t t p : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=8f6hgLAiyk4.




T h u r s d a y, S e p t . 8 t h r o u g h S u n d a y, S e p t . 11 . T h e S a n t a Barbara Council partnered with several local businesses a n d m e d i a o u t l e t s t o p u l l o ff the event. The 3/5 Darkhorse Mar i n e s a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s a rrived at the Reagan Ranch C e n t e r, i n d o w n t o w n S a n t a B a r b a r a , o n T h u r s d a y. T h a t evening, Santa Barbara Council members Rachael and King Wi l l i a m s , h o s t e d a c r u i s e f o r t h e m a b o a r d C h a r l i e M u n g e r ’s catamaran, Channel Cat. Santa Barbara Council members joined the Marines for a private tour of the Reagan Ranch, just north of Santa B a r b a r a , o n F r i d a y. T h e t o u r


he Santa Barbara Council held a f o u r d a y We l c o m e Home We e k end honoring the c o u n c i l ’s n e w e s t a d o p t e d a c tive duty unit, United States Marine Corps’ 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5 Darkhorse), from Camp Pendleton, Calif. O rg a n i z e d i n 1 9 1 7 a n d having served in all major battles, 3/5 Darkhorse returned from a six month deployment to the Sangin Province of Afghanistan in April. Over 90 Marines from 3/5 Darkhorse and their families a t t e n d e d t h e w e e k e n d ’s f e s tivities which took place from

Marines from 3/5 Darkhorse aboard the Channel Cat Thursday evening.

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Santa Barbara Council Honors Marine Corps’ 3/5 Darkhorse

3/5 Darkhorse Marines outside the Reagan Ranch Center upon arrival Thursday, Sept. 8.

concluded with a barbeque where Santa Barbara Council member John Barletta, told stories about his time as Presi d e n t R e a g a n ’s p r i m a r y b o d y guard and escort horseback r i d e r. O n S a t u r d a y, 3 / 5 D a r k h o r s e p l a y e d s o f t b a l l a t P e rshing Park with the Santa Barbara Fire and Police Departments. Afterward, everyone gathered for lunch at the S a n t a B a r b a r a We s t e r n A r t s & Carriage Museum. During lunch, a 3/5 Darkhorse company commander spoke about daily life while deployed. He described the Afghan countryside, encounters with the enemy and individual acts of heroism. “Though some of the stories of loss and sacrifice were heart wrenching, what really c a m e t h r o u g h w a s t h e c o u r-

a g e , b r a v e r y, l o v e a n d b r o t h e rhood they shared and how they were happy to do whatever it took to dispatch our enemies and protect their fellow Marines – and would do it again,” said Karen Crawford, National Vi c e P r e s i d e n t f o r P u b l i c A f fairs and Education. 3/5 Darkhorse joined the Santa Barbara Fire Department and Police Department on S u n d a y i n a 9 / 11 C e r e m o n y a t the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden. Afterward, t h e S a n t a B a r b a r a Ya c h t C l u b took the Marines and their families aboard their boats for a Regatta and they later sailed back for a barbeque. T h e We l c o m e H o m e We e k end was a time of reflection and joy for 3/5 Darkhorse and their families, Santa Barbara Council members and the Sant a B a r b a r a c o m m u n i t y.

E v e n ts


Innovation Expo

Navy League of the U.S., Pacific Merchant Marine Council members, Phelps Hobart (left center) and Ken Blue (right center) with American Merchant Marine Veterans Sacramento Valley Chapter member, Bill Fairfield (left), and Sacramento, Calif. Postmaster, Jeff Lelevich (right), unveiled a poster of the new Merchant Marine stamps at a First Day of Issue Ceremony in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, July 28. All four men spoke during a ceremony commemorating Merchant Marines and our nation’s history that day.

The 2011 Navy League National Convention is only weeks away. It promises to be one of the biggest ever with lots of exciting things to do and see along with convention business activities. Another exciting opportunity is our 4th Innovation Expo being held again this year. This is an opportunity for councils to share best practices, ideas, achievements, programs, awards, upcoming events, and a host of exciting things your councils have been doing. It is also an opportunity to see what fellow Navy Leaguers have been doing or plans for new programs and strategies in the future. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this year’s Innovation Expo to demonstrate your council’s forward thinking ideas that have made it successful and innovative. For more information, please contact: Bill Dudley President Florida Region Navy League of the United States Chairman, St. John’s Co. Veteran’s Council



S e a Cadet Corner


1124th Construction Battalion Honored at City Council Meeting


aval Sea Cadet Corps Commanding Officer, LTJG Eric Farland and 17 Sea Cadets from the 1124th Construction Battalion were honored with a Proclamation by Mayor Billy Copeland and other City Council members at a City Council meeting in McDonough, Ga. on Sept. 12. The Mayor’s Proclamation occurred just two weeks after Navy League of the United States National President Dan Branch, declared September Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) Month. Mayor Copeland supported President Branch’s announcement by recognizing September as NSCC Month in the City of McDonough. Mayor Copeland presented the Proclamation to LTJG Farland who accepted on behalf of the 1124th Construction Battalion.

NSCC Month commemorates the organization’s formal establishment by Congress in Sept. 1962. NSCC provides American youth a drug and alcohol free environment to foster leadership skills as well as experience hands-on training and guidance to help them become mature young adults. Naval Sea Cadet Corps’ 1124th Construction Battalion was formed seven years ago under the Command of LTJG William Dempsey in Griffin, Ga. Ensign Eric Farland was the Training and Operations Officer at that time. The 1124th Construction Battalion moved to McDonough, Ga. in Aug. 2010 with nine Sea Cadets. Since assuming Command in Jan. 2011, Farland expanded the unit to include 42 Cadets ages 11 to 17. During the City Council

Sea Cadets marching at Camp Mountain View.


group of eleven Sea Cadets experienced what it’s like to be a U.S. Navy Officer during Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) at Camp Mountain View in Madison, Maine from July 7 through July 16. The newly constructed facilities at Camp Mountain View are a product of the hard work of the staff and Sea Cadets from Madison’s NCB39 Battalion. New England Region President George Wardwell noted the tremendous time, effort, volunteer work and donations that made the building possible. POLA brings Sea Cadets from all over the Northeast together for

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(middle row: l to r) Mayor Billy Copeland, LTJG Eric Farland with members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps 1124th Construction Battalion following the presentation of the Proclamation. (back row: l to r) McDonough City Council members Rufus Amis, Monta Brown, Rufus Stewart, Sandra Vincent and Gail Notti.

meeting, three cadets from the 1124th Construction Battalion were recognized for continuing their commitment to military service in the Navy SEAL program, at the U.S. Naval Academy and in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Naval Sea Cadets Graduate from Petty Officer Leadership Academy nine days of challenging search and navigation and emergency first aid training in accordance with U.S. Navy requirements. Participants range from 14 to 17 years old. “What we do in nine days is [transform] that seaman petty officer into a leader,” said Camp Mountain View Commanding Officer, 1st Sgt. Roger Sabourin. At the end of POLA, the Sea Cadets’ newly acquired knowledge is put to the test during “hell day.” POLA Operations Officer and U.S. Air Force Major (Ret.) Robert Demchak, designed a mile-long course that leads the Sea Cadets through the woods presenting them with a variety of challenges and allowing them to utilize their skills in a supervised military environment. “The [Sea Cadets] have been here going on 10 days learning leadership, teamwork [and other] innovative skills. Now we’re going to test them. [The course has] 13 different stations and five challenges – one for each of the team leaders,” Major Demchak said. Major Demchak followed closely behind to evaluate the Sea Cadets’ retention of the military knowledge, leadership skills and teamwork taught throughout the



program. POLA culminated on the morning of July 16 with a graduation ceremony. The July weekend drill for NCB39 Battalion cadets proceeded immediately after the ceremony. “My thoughts and congratulations are extended to each of the fine young Sea Cadets that endured the week’s activities. My hat is also off to the fine leadership at Camp Mountain View, notably Roger Sabourin and Robert Demchak,” said Wardwell. The staff at Camp Mountain View hopes that POLA will inspire the Sea Cadets to become leaders within their own communities. For more information about POLA, please visit http://seamme. com/POLA2011.aspx.

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Sea Cadets during “hell day” at Camp Mountain View.



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