COURTESY OF ROBERT GRAHAM
The Oklahoma City Council hosted a
farewell picnic in October for the 71
Navy Individual Augmentees (IAs) who
participated in Army artillery at Fort
Sill. The event was held at the Fort Sill
Recreation area before the IAs
departed for their assignments augmenting Army troops in Iraq. Here,
Council member Rick Reeves, left,
and President Gus Gudmunson, right,
flank Mark Pinaz, officer in charge of
the Fort Sill Navy IA Group, and Navy
IA Everton Reid.
information into a computer at the
booth, as well as helping the Navy’s
Blue Angels precision flying team
give out autographs. More than
80,000 people attended the event.
■ Naval Station Everett, Wash.,
(NAVSTA) recognized the 2009
Navy League Everett Council’s Hal
Lewis Leadership Award recipient
at the command awards ceremony
Dec. 8. Master-At-Arms 1st Class
James Gibliant, security department leading petty officer, was presented the award and a $500 bond
by Niles Fowler, Everett council
president, and Meg Lewis, widow
of the award’s namesake.
“He is an exceptional Navy ambassador, organizing and coordinating the 2009 National Night Out at
two separate venues with over 4,400
participants, significantly enhancing
relations with the surrounding community and law enforcement agencies,” said Cmdr. Daniel Limberg,
NAVSTA Everett executive officer.
The Hal Lewis Leadership Award
is named in honor of the late Capt.
Hal Lewis, commanding officer of
Naval Station Puget Sound from
1983-1987 and a life member of the
Navy League. ■
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NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS
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REGION, AREA AND COUNCIL PRESIDENTS’ LIAISON
J. Douglas Crawford
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
Patricia Du Mont
Philip L. Dunmire
CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND DEVELOPMENT
Thomas E. Jaffa
MEMBERSHIP, MARKETING AND INFORMATION
Richard H. Kennedy
William A. Kopper
Richard C. Macke
SEA SERVICES LIAISON
John T. Tozzi
STRA TEGIC PLANNING
Alan L. Kaplan
NATIONAL ASSISTANT TREASURERS
William G. Braund
Stewart E. Reuter
NATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATE
NATIONAL DEPUTY JUDGE ADVOCATE
Robert B. Haemer
Rand R. Pixa
NATIONAL CORPORATE SECRETARY
Vicki S. Ruckman
CHAIRMAN U.S. NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS
Lawrence P. Lynott
ASSISTANT TO THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Cecil L. Blackwell
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Rabbi William Kloner
James M. Semerad
James H. Waller
2009-2010 NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
J. Michael McGrath
Stanley R. Arthur
Albert J. Baciocco Jr.
Evan S. Baker
Calvin H. Cobb Jr.
Joanne S. Crown
John H. Dalton
Richard J. Danzig
Fred Davidson III
Timothy O. Fanning
Morgan L. Fitch Jr.
Albert H. Friedrich
H. Lawrence Garrett III
James S. Gracey
Alfred M. Gray Jr.
Thomas B. Hayward
Albert J. Herberger
James L. Holloway III
Paul R. Ignatius
Hansford T. Johnson
Paul X. Kelley
William C. Kelley Jr.
Frank B. Kelso II
Jack M. Kennedy
Robert E. Kramek
Charles R. Larson
Sanford W. McDonnell
Sheila M. McNeill
J. William Middendorf II
Carl E. Mundy Jr.
John A. Panneton
John M. Rau
J. Paul Reason
Leighton W. Smith Jr.
John J. Spittler
Carlisle A.H. Trost
James D. Watkins
R. James Woolsey
STATEMENT OF POLICY
■ We of the Navy League of the United
States stand for a strong America — a nation
morally, economically, and internally strong.
■ We believe that the security of our nation
and of the people of the world demands a
well-balanced, integrated, mobile American
defense team, of which a strong Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine are
■ We support all Armed Services to the end
that each may make its appropriate contribu-
tion to the national security.
■ We know that in a free nation an informed
public is indispensable to national security
and, therefore, we will strive to keep the
nation alert to dangers which threaten — both
from without and within.
■ We favor appropriations for each of the
Armed Services, adequate for national securi-
ty, economically administered.
■ We oppose any usurpation of the
Congress’s constitutional authority over the
■ We urge that our country maintain world lead-
ership in scientific research and development.
■ We support industrial preparedness, plan-
■ We support efforts of our government to
achieve worldwide peace through international
■ We advocate a foreign policy which will
avoid wars — if possible; if not, win them!