The Navy League of the United States launched several initiatives and welcomed new leadership in 2015, while also
marking a major milestone in its efforts to
educate the public and lawmakers in
Washington on the importance of strong
sea services and issues of concern to the
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard
and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
On March 26, the Navy League introduced a new campaign on Capitol Hill
aimed at rallying support for the Navy-Marine Corps team and increasing awareness about what the strain of underfunding
and overextension will mean for the
Department of the Navy in the years ahead.
The 16-month “America’s Strength:
Investing in the Navy-Marine Corps
Team” grassroots effort combines congressional, community and industry outreach
with media and advertising visibility.
Those concerns were reiterated to
members of Congress on Capitol Hill during the Navy League’s second Anchors
Aweigh Fly-In on Dec. 3.
In April, the Navy League celebrated the
50th anniversary of its annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition with several notable firsts,
including the Navy League STEM Institute’s
Naval STEM Exposition for middle and
high school-age students interested in science, technology, engineering and math;
and an International Leadership Panel
moderated by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert,
then-chief of naval operations, that brought
together sea service leaders from Europe,
Asia, South America and Australia.
Greenert also was the recipient of the
The Navy League:
Navy League’s 2015 Admiral Arleigh Burke
Leadership Award, which he was presented
by the 2014 honoree, retired Adm. Robert
J. Papp Jr., the former Coast Guard com-
mandant, during a Sea-Air-Space Golden
Anniversary Celebration April 12.
More than 800 area students in grades
six through 12, including a large contingent
of U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy
League Cadet Corps cadets, family mem-
bers and educators, crowded the hallways
and exhibit space at the Naval STEM Expo-
sition. The event was co-sponsored by the
Office of Naval Research as a means to gen-
erate interest and excitement about STEM
career opportunities in the naval workforce.
“The stuff we are thinking about
today is what you will be doing tomor-
row,” said Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter,
chief of naval research.
During the Navy League National Con-
vention in Tampa, Fla., Skip Witunski was
formally elected national president at the
Board of Directors meeting on June 20, hav-
ing served as president-elect under James
H. Offutt for six months. The convention
included a trip to Port Tampa Bay June 20
for the commissioning of the 13th U.S.
Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter, Richard
Dixon, which is homeported in Puerto Rico.
Along with a national president, Navy
League members also elected a new
Steering Committee during the convention.
The National Vice Presidents are: Maria-
Isabel Dickey (Communications & Mar-
keting), John Jay Donnelly (Sea Services),
Lisa Gallinat (Information Technology &
Field Services), Thomas Jaffa (Develop-
Advocacy, Education & Support
OF THE UNITED STATES
Navy League National President Skip Witunski speaks during the Navy League
Board of Directors meeting Dec. 5 at the Conference Center at the Maritime
Institute in Linthicum, Md.