NAVY LEAGUE NEWS / COUNCIL DIGEST
The San Diego Council held its annual San Diego Sea Ser-
vices Spouse of the Year Awards
luncheon on Dec. 11 at the San
Diego Marriott Mission Valley.
Megan Matthiesen was selected
Navy Spouse of the Year, Marine
Spouse of the Year was Cynthia
Farnum and Coast Guard Spouse of
the Year was Kimberly Cochrane.
Each received a bouquet of flowers
courtesy of G.E.T. Engineering, a
Tower of Cookies from the Girl
Scouts of San Diego, a gift certificate
from San Diego Gas and Electric, a
one night’s stay at the San Diego
Marriott Mission Valley and a gift
bag from Wal-Mart. Annie Gallet
accepted for Matthiesen, who transferred to Italy two weeks before the
Each of the local U.S. Navy,
Marine Corps and Coast Guard commands was asked to submit Spouse
of the Year candidates. Council Vice
President Pamela Ammerman
introduced the 12 nominees at the luncheon. All received a Certificate of
Appreciation from the Council 2013
1st Vice President Ed Riley, who
was assisted by Donna Buss, wife of
VADM David Buss, commander,
Naval Air Forces.
The qualifying women exemplify
a commitment to enhance the well-being of their family as well as the
larger community in which they
live, according to Ammerman. They
are recognized and admired not
only by their spouses, but the
active-duty service members of the
commands they diligently support.
“Their dedication to duty, tire-
less service in a selfless manner
and unwavering focus on helping
other families creates and main-
tains strong family and community
bonds throughout their respective
commands,” Ammerman said.
Each candidate was judged on
her volunteer projects, leadership
position and impact in the community. The spouse’s application
included a written dissertation on
“How I Balance My Activities and
Chet Barfield, from the office of
San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd
Gloria, presented a citation to each
of the winners.
A check for each winner was
presented by the title sponsor of
the event, BAE, by Bob Kilpatrick,
vice president and general manager
of San Diego Ship Repair.
Twin Cities Hosts
The Twin Cities, Minn., Council
completed its ninth namesake visit
with the crew of the Virginia-class
attack submarine USS Minnesota in
mid-December that featured recep-
tions, media availabilities, Toys for
Tots events and recognition during
a Minnesota Vikings football game.
The council hosted six members
of the crew during the visit, including the Junior Sailor of the Year Eric
Schnackenberg. Minnesota Chief of
the Boat Randall Reid, Senior Chief
Jerry Randall Mixon, Junior Officer
Jonathan Trost, Supply Officer Neal
Greenlund and Bluejacket Shawn
Ryan also took part, according to
Council President Brian Skon.
Minnesota was commissioned in
September. The Twin Cities Council
served as USS Minnesota
Commissioning Committee and sponsored
the December visit.
The group arrived and attended
a welcome reception Dec. 12.
Along with several media appearances, the Minnesota Sailors spent
Dec. 13 with the Naval Recruiting
San Diego Presents Sea Services
Spouse of the Year Awards
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
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At left, Donna Buss, wife of VADM David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces,
and, at right, San Diego Council 2013 1st Vice President Ed Riley flank the Sea
Services Spouse of the Year nominees during the council’s annual San Diego
Sea Services Spouse of the Year Awards luncheon Dec. 11.