National Director and Columbia Pacific Area President
James M. Lasher, from the Portland, Ore., Council, front,
and other Navy League leaders were sworn in as direc-
tors during the Annual Meeting of Members June 22.
Presenting the colors and performing at the Welcome
Aboard Reception were the NSCC Long Beach Division
Color Guard and the Redondo Union High School
Marine Corps JROTC Armed and Unarmed Exhibition
Teams, respectively. Presenting colors for the Hall of
Fame and Sea Services Awards luncheons were the
NSCC Seal Beach Battalion Color Guard and NSCC El
Toro Battalion Color Guard, respectively. And presenting colors at the closing dinner was the NSCC Haven
Division Color Guard while the Sea Cadet Band of the
West provided musical entertainment.
Manning tables in the foyer at the convention to
share their experiences with Navy League members
were the Redondo Union High School Marine Corps
JROTC and the Narbonne High School Navy JROTC.
Passing the Torch
Offutt introduced Schultz as the keynote speaker for
the closing dinner, noting the admiral went above and
beyond the call of duty in his support of the Navy
League during the week.
Schultz, who as Sector Miami commander and then
chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Congressional and
Governmental Affairs in Washington, knows well the
mission of the Navy League.
“On behalf of our commandant, Adm. Robert Papp,
and the men and women of the United States Coast
Guard, let me say thank you,” Schultz told the audience. “Thank you for your advocacy of the sea services
before our elected officials. Thank you for your many
outreach programs and efforts to inform the American
people about the important work that our sea services
do to provide the safety and security of our nation.
Thank you for your programs that help mold and pre-
pare our next generation of sea service leaders. … Your
support is tireless, your motivation altruistic, your
To Dunmire, who he has known since his time in
Dunmire’s home state of Florida, Schultz said, “To you
and your lovely wife, Linda, we’ve really enjoyed getting
to know you better and appreciate what you’ve done for
us. … Let me also take a moment to mention and thank
and recognize Jim Offutt. I got to know Jim a little bit
when he was up in the Northern Virginia Council.
We’ve worked together on many different occasions.
What a great guy, another friend. I don’t think the Navy
League could be in better hands and I expect a totally
seamless transition as you guys move forward.”
The work the Navy League does on behalf of the
Coast Guard, and all the sea services, is critical, he said,
“No one understands better than the Navy League that
we’re a maritime nation. Our national security and
economic prosperity are inextricably linked to freedom
of the seas. Some 50 million people, jobs, and 95 per-
cent of our foreign trade is reliant on the safety and
security of our seaports and our waterways.”
Briefly describing the mandate of the Coast Guard,
Schultz noted the service is “locally based, national
deployed and globally connected, vested with unique
capabilities and authorities. Like the other sea services,
we’re manned by the best the nation has to offer.”
Recapping 2012, he said the service prepositioned
assets in the Northeast ahead of Superstorm Sandy,
with a rescue swimmer saving lives and crews reconsti-
tuting ports, clearing highway tunnels for travel and
preventing waterway contamination in the wake of the
massive and deadly storm.
He said the Coast Guard, with its Navy, international
and Department of Homeland Security partners, interdicted 107 metric tons of cocaine worth more than $15
billion on American streets, took 60 metric tons of marijuana off the water at the southwest border between the
United States and Mexico, and detained and turned over
to other agencies for arrest 350 alleged smugglers in 2012.
The service also responded to 3,300 pollution incidents and conducted 9,600 port state patrol boardings
to make sure foreign-flag vessels were in compliance
with U.S. environmental laws and security and safety
This work is “a testament to the partnerships at
home and abroad,” he said. “Our national security
absolutely depends on our economic security, our
environmental security, our energy security and the
security of our seaports.”
Given the current budget constraints, the three
themes driving the service’s budget are: sustain the
most critical front-line operations, build essential