ing and technology multinational
in Spain and Latin America.
“It was indeed a great day to celebrate, a great day for the military
men of two nations that together
made a turn in history with the
successful victory in Pensacola
[Fla., where Gálvez, the colonial
governor of Spanish Louisiana,
captured the capital of British West
Florida in one of the longest battles
of the Revolutionary War]. The
U.S. Navy League is now part of
this history accomplishment, too,”
“I was extremely honored for
the opportunity to participate in
the fulfillment of this piece of history, thanks to the Asociacion
Bernardo de Galvez, thanks to the
hard work and enthusiasm of
Manuel Olmedo and thanks to the
efforts and successful results of
After discovering Congress
never followed through on its
promise to hang a portrait of
Gálvez to honor his Revolutionary
War service, Valcarce, a labor
union secretary in Washington,
worked for the past three years to
bring the recognition to reality,
according to the Washington Post.
The “the Lady of the Portrait,” as
she has become known, also
attended the unveiling ceremony.
Successfully recognizing Gálvez
in a Capitol portrait also bolstered
the effort to grant him honorary citizenship by increasing his name
recognition among lawmakers,
according to a CQ Roll Call report.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., helped
spearhead the honorary citizenship
campaign that culminated in a joint
resolution with 30 co-sponsors, 13
Democrats and 17 Republicans.
Energy Center Hosts
‘Sea Cadet Day’
Ameren Corp.’s Callaway Energy
Center hosted its first “Sea Cadet
Day” on Jan. 17, welcoming more
than 100 U.S. Naval Sea Cadet
Corps (USNSCC) and Navy Junior
Reserve Officers Training Corps
(NJROTC) cadets and staff from
across the state of Missouri.
The Sea Cadets represented the
Thomas Jefferson Division, Battleship Missouri Division and the
Harry S. Truman Squadron from St.
Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson
City areas, and the NJROTC cadets
were from Washington, Mo.,
according to Instructor John H.
Brandt with the Thomas Jefferson
The tour was structured to support efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) study and career development programs. Volunteers from the
Callaway Energy Center supported
the event by leading the cadets
though tours of training facilities at
the nuclear plant including the
Control Room training simulator and
the cooling system flow simulator,
human performance discussions and
the radiological protection dress-out
lab. The cadets did not visit the actual control room or any radiological
controlled areas, Brandt said.
Many of the volunteers were
former Navy nuclear or military
personnel who often shared their
insights on how military training
in similar systems led to their
careers in commercial energy production. Among them was Navy
Reserve LCDR Kelly Alderman,
Callaway’s Outage Manager and
commanding officer of Naval Sea
Systems Command’s Surgemain
(Surge Maintenance) Kansas City.
The father of one of the Harry S.
Truman Squadron cadets, he spoke
to the entire group in the Callaway
Learning Center lunch room during the visit, according to Brandt.
NAVY LEAGUE NEWS / COUNCIL DIGEST
Eva García, Navy League National President’s Representative in Spain, center,
stands with Capitan de Navio Jose Maria Martinez Nuñez, Lt. Gen. Rafael Comas
Abad, Coronel Fernando Valencia and General de Brigada Angel Valcarcel
Rodriguez before a portrait of Revolutionary War hero Bernardo de Gálvez following its unveiling in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room Dec. 9.
A U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps cadet dons a radiological protection
suit in the dress-out lab at Ameren
Corp.’s Callaway Energy Center in
Missouri during its first “Sea Cadet
Day” on Jan. 17.