Maj. Gen. Timothy C. Hanifen, Marine Corps director of
Expeditionary Warfare, left, and Branch flank former
Marine Sgts. Saul Antonio Rivera and Jared Lyle Martin
during the Wounded Warrior reception at the convention
Oct. 27. Rivera and Martin are members of the U.S.
Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.
Honors and Awards
The annual Hall of Fame and Honors Luncheon on
Oct. 27 honored two members who have given decades
of service to the Navy League. Inducted this year into
the Navy League Hall of Fame were Lorraine D.
Hughey and Rabbi William Kloner.
Hughey was recognized at the luncheon for “more
than 31 years of distinguished service to the Navy
League of the United States and the maritime services
of our nation.” Branch was joined by several Navy
League members on Sept. 1 in New York, where
National Chaplain Kloner was presented his Hall of
Fame citation recognizing more than 26 years of distinguished service. Individual member and council
awards also were handed out by Branch at the luncheon. See the November issue of Seapower for a complete list of the award winners.
Past National President Sheila M. McNeill, who has
been a Navy League member since 1966 and has held
numerous offices within the organization, was given
the 2011 Distinguished Service Award during the
opening ceremony. She was credited with mobilizing a
grassroots effort in 2010 “to educate everyone involved
with the U.S. Coast Guard budget in the U.S House
and Senate about the importance of the Maritime
Safety and Security Teams [MSSTs],” which were
among planned cuts.
Branch inducts Lorraine D. Hughey into the Navy League
Hall of Fame Oct. 27 in honor of her more than 31 years
of service to the organization.
“She obtained wide support from Senators, the
Governor of Georgia and all local officials, effectively
restoring the $300 million and saving the MSSTs” for
the service, according to the citation.
Branch presented the President’s Annual Awards
during the convention to James Bras, William Dudley,
Donald Giles, Jack Ritter, Sam Sorenson and Al
Herberger. President’s Awards given but not presented
during the convention went to Kathleen Branch, Eva
Garcia and Cornelius Van Vliet. The Convention
Chairman’s Presentation was given to Saieed.
Noted for her work to recruit new members, represent the Navy League at public forums and create a
comprehensive report about the organization’s impact
on the sea services and their families, Kathleen Branch
was presented the National Scroll of Honor at the closing dinner.