Region President and National
President-elect Skip Witunski.
Dave Sullivan, regional vice president of Legislative Affairs and a
National Director, received the Scroll
of Honor for his years of leadership
in the Navy League.
Simone Ramos, national director
from Fort Lauderdale Council, was
awarded the Outstanding Navy
Leaguer of the Florida Region.
Central Florida Area President
Chris Paddock joined Witunski in
presenting the Council President
of the Year award to Tim Rocklien,
president of the Sarasota Manatee
Tampa Council President Jason
Allen accepted the award for the
council with the most new members.
The Key West Council received
the award for greatest net growth and
highest percentage growth for new
members in the Florida Region.
South Florida Area President Chuck
Black accepted for Key West.
Witunski also presented a Navy
League History book inscribed to
Jackson as a show of appreciation
for speaking at the meeting.
CAPT John F. Meier, prospective
commanding officer of the aircraft
carrier Gerald R. Ford, spoke at
the February meeting of the
Council. He discussed the ship’s
motto, “Integrity at the Helm,” that
characterizes the life and leadership
of the former president for which
the ship is named.
Meier also reviewed the tech-
nologies and design features that
will be aboard the Navy’s newest air-
craft carrier, including a larger flight
deck, electromagnetic catapults, ad-
vanced weapons systems, and a
command culture that is founded on
“character and quality of work.”
The event took place at the U.S.
Coast Guard Training Station, York-
town, Port of York Club. ;
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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 contribution 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 security, economically administered.
; We oppose any usurpation of the Congress’s
constitutional authority over the Armed Services.
; We urge that our country maintain world leadership in scientific research and development.
; We support industrial preparedness, planning, production.
; 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!
J. Michael McGrath
James H. Offutt