The Navy and Marine Corps, with regard to the
Pacific, are creating crisis response forces that are tailored to what the commander needs, Berger said.
“I think we need the resources on the Navy and
Marine Corps side to make sure we have not just the
forces, but the ready forces to get the job done, and I
think we will get there from here,” he said.
Reiterating Berger’s point regarding the force rebalancing in the Pacific, Hall said, “We’ve been there for
decades. We’ve got about 50 ships there right now,
which is about half of all the ships we have in the area.
We’ve been there and we’ve been with those kinds of
numbers since the ’90s. We do about 700 training
events out there each year, about 170 exercises” with
nations large and small.
He said the Navy and Marine Corps are not only in
Guam, Hawaii and Japan, but also Korea and Singapore.
“These are the places that we rest, relax, refuel,
repair. … We’re looking to increase our presence in
those areas by about 20 percent, from the 50 ships I
told you about, 40 there all the time, to about 60 ships
by 2020,” Hall said.
The difficult “purchase situation” in which the U.S.
Defense Department finds itself will not stop the rebalance, but it will affect it, Hall noted.
“For example, in our shipbuilding programs right
now, we have 47 ships under contract or under construction and, under the shipbuilding plan we have
today in the inventory, we should have 300 by 2019,”
he said. “The interesting part about
that is that there are only eight of
those 300 ships that are not currently under contract or already in
service. It is not a bridge too far as
long as we continue to get the
resources to do that.”
several Navy League honors and awards. Dunmire presented his President’s Award to board member and former Navy League Executive Director Dale Lumme.
John Stegman received the Navy League Distinguished
Service Award and Don Giles was presented the
National Scroll of Honor. Dickey was given a token of
appreciation for her efforts as convention committee
chairwoman. Cussler was given the National President’s Theodore Roosevelt Award. Richard Kennedy
and Jack Ritter were honored with Secretary of the
Navy Distinguished Public Service Awards for their
work in finance and legislative affairs, respectively,
while Dunmire’s dedication to the Navy League and
the sea services was recognized by the Coast Guard
with its Distinguished Public Service Award.
Dunmire, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)
Chairman Randy W. Hollstein and NSCC Executive
Director James Monahan recognized outstanding Sea
Cadets and NSCC volunteers during the Meeting of
Members. The Willis E. Reed Award for Cadet of the
Year was presented to Cadet Chief Petty Officer Ryan
C. Pellegrino, leading petty officer with the America
Division from Richmond, Va. Warrant Officer Jennifer
B. Weggen, NSCC, also with the America Division,
received the Nicholas Brango Award for Inspirational
Leadership. Weggen and Pellegrino also received
NSCC Distinguished Service Ribbons.
NSCC and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
(JROTC) units also participated throughout the week.
Elections & Awards
Offutt was elected national presi-
dent by the Board of Directors on
June 22, as were his slate of nation-
al vice presidents and other officers
that comprise the organization’s
Steering Committee (see page 69).
Saying he was honored and hum-
bled by the trust placed in him by
the Board of Directors to lead the
organization forward, Offutt said
the theme of his tenure will be
“The Navy League — Trusted
Partner of the Sea Services.”
Also presented during the
Annual Meeting of Members that
day and dinner that evening were
The Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps Armed Exhibition Team performs during the Welcome Aboard
Reception June 19.