capabilities for the future and strengthen resource and
operational stewardship, Schultz said.
He also pointed to the success of the ongoing
National Security Cutter program as an example of how
the Navy League has helped keep critical Coast Guard
issues in front of decision-makers. The organization,
with its congressional staff “pizza briefs,” Special Topic
Breakfast series, Sea-Air-Space Exposition and its partnership with the Shipbuilding Council of America and
the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus in Washington,
has opened doors for the Coast Guard, provided venues
and opportunities for the service’s message to be heard
and to develop a national discussion.
“Our relationship with the Navy League has never
been stronger,” Schultz said. “In an environment like
this … we really need the advocacy, and I say ‘we’ for
all the sea services. … Keep doing what you’re doing,
because it’s working.”
Offutt then presented Schultz with a token of the
Navy League’s appreciation and asked the Dunmires
and his wife, Becky, to join him on stage. Champagne
glasses were raised in tribute to all the Dunmires have
done for the Navy League.
The 2014 National Convention will be held June
18-22 in San Diego. ■
Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander of the U.S. Coast
Guard’s Eleventh District, was the guest speaker during the
National Convention’s closing dinner June 22.