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Dear Navy League Members,

I hope everyone who came to National Convention 2018 enjoyed their time in Portland. It was a great opportunity for us to come together as a team, learning about what it takes to support our sea services and how we can better serve them going forward. Thank you to our Portland Council for their hospitality and hard work that resulted in such a meaningful convention.

I want to give a special thank you to all our outgoing national vice presidents and other officers and extend a warm welcome to our new 2018-2019 team. It’s an honor to be working alongside each of you to raise our mission to new heights.

One Team — Mission Focused

Alan Kaplan
National President

•  LGBT Pride Month: June
•  Flag Day: June 14
•  Independence Day: July 4
•  National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day: July 27
•  Coast Guard Birthday: Aug. 4
•  Purple Heart Day: Aug. 7
•  National Aviation Day: August 19

In Memoriam
The Navy League has lost many long-time members over the past year who were diligent advocates for our nation’s sea services. During the National Convention, National President Alan Kaplan presented the names of those individuals who previously held leadership positions and have passed away since the Navy League’s last convention. The Navy League honors the memories of Edwin Carter, Calvin Cobb, Victor Gainor, T. Cole Hackley, Ralph Hill, Alan Lloyd, Mike McGrath, Gerald Moskwa, Betty Reese, Jack Ritter, James Smith, Samuel Sorenson and all the members we have lost in the past year.

Newsletters for Everyone!
The Navy League wants to make sure all of its councils have a newsletter to enlighten others of our mission. To help get you started, here’s a link to a newsletter for your council, courtesy of Navy League headquarters. You can add your own information to this template and distribute it. This will be available in each issue of “Connections.”



News From Around the Navy League

Aurora Council
The Aurora Council is hosting a June 19 dinner in the private dining room at Grandma’s Table Restaurant. The event features speaker Brian M. McKnight, a special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Central Florida Council
The Central Florida Council recently unveiled a Blue Jacket Recruit Statue on April 14. The statue was built to recognize the women Sailors enlisted in the Navy as well as the history of Orlando as a Navy town. The statue was dedicated right next to the council’s Lone Sailor Navy Memorial on the former Recruit Training Command Orlando grounds.

Greater Austin Council
In May, the Greater Austin Council awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Navy League Youth Medal to a cadet in each of their 18 sponsored Navy and Marine Corps JROTC, Sea/League Cadet and Young Marine units. This marks the 20th year of presenting these awards to the cadets by a Navy League member.

Philadelphia Council
The Navy League Philadelphia Council presented a U.S. Coast Guard Band concert on June 9 at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. The event was open to the public.

Phoenix Council
Commander Michael K. Wagner, commanding officer of USS John Finn, received an award from the Phoenix Council for his duty and friendship toward the Navy League.

Pittsburgh Council
The Pittsburgh Council hosted a Kentucky Derby party and watched the 144th Run for the Roses on May 5. Forty-five people attended the event, and the group raised more than $900 for the USS Pittsburgh Scholarship fund.

Savannah Council
The Savannah Council is hosting the USS Yosemite (AD-19) reunion on April 24-27, 2019. The reunion includes tours, the annual reunion banquet dinner and the chance to interact with different generations who served on the ship. No matter when you served, all are invited.

Updates From Headquarters

Welcome to Our New National Officers, Vice Presidents
During the Navy League National Convention 2018, the Navy League nominating committee and members ushered in our national officers for the 2018-2019 term. This year’s national officers include National Corporate Secretary Pam Ammerman, National Treasurer Joseph Giambrone, National Judge Advocate David Reilly and Immediate Past President Skip Witunski. This year’s national vice presidents are Pauline Bozdech-Veater, Patricia Du Mont, Virginia Gibson, Sinclair Harris, Nicholas Hayes, Jonathan Kaskin, Thomas Pruter, William Stevenson III and John Vargo.

Once all new elections are validated, a full list of leadership updates will be available at

Photographs From National Convention 2018
Navy League headquarters collected photos from this year’s convention for each council to use, hosted on Seapower magazine’s Flickr page. Feel free to use these photos for your council’s website or social media accounts, and be sure to credit our volunteer photographers and Navy League members Danny Camp and David C. Livingston.

Farewell to Adm. Zukunft
Adm. Paul F Zukunft stepped down as commandant of the Coast Guard on June 1, ending his four-year term. Adm. Zukunft was a great leader for the Coast Guard and helped secure funding for future programs. National President Alan Kaplan shared a view words about the commandant’s impact on the sea services in an article in The Hill. You can find the article here.

Support the Energizing America Shipbuilding Act
On Maritime Day, May 22, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the Energizing America Shipbuilding Act. The Navy League is a strong supporter of this bipartisan bill, and National President Alan Kaplan spoke at the official press conference. Video of the event is below, with Kaplan speaking at minute 10 of Part 2:

Part 1:
Part 2:

A Voice-to-Congress campaign in support of this bill can be found here. Please click on the link and express your support for this bill that would require a small percentage (10 to 15 percent) of U.S. crude oil and liquified natural gas exports be transported on U.S.-built and U.S.-flag tankers, eventually resulting in 50 additional ships under U.S.-flag while generating thousands of shipyard and Merchant Marine jobs.

Wreaths Across America’s July Drive
Every year, Americans around the country celebrate our nation’s independence. This year, consider celebrating America’s fallen heroes beyond your Fourth of July barbecue. Wreaths Across America honors our fallen heroes with the annual, month-long “Christmas in July” event. Local councils can sponsor a specific cemetery and raise funds for their council. To find out how you can volunteer, go to

Free Museums Admission to Military Personnel
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This benefit is valid for military ID holders and up to five family members. To see a list of participating museums and see who is eligible to participate, go to

LinkedIn Offering Free Upgrades for Military Spouses
Spread the word in your community that LinkedIn is offering free tools and products to military spouses who are moving due to a Permanent Change of Station to assist them with finding a new job. Learn more here:

Submit Your Content for Facebook
If you want more ways to reach out through social media, consider submitting your events and achievements to Navy League headquarters via We’ll post it on your behalf on the Navy League main Facebook account.

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