cy much earlier than age 22, when formal
training at military or civilian facilities
traditionally begins. VFA stitches community, e-learning and flight simulation
services together to provide an online
training environment and experience.
More information about the program
is available online at: www.virtual-flight-
n United Through Reading (UTR): UTR
is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote
the read-aloud experience for separated
military families. UTR offers deployed
parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation,
maintains positive emotional connections
and cultivates a love of reading.
Information about the program
can be found online at: www.
With more than 90,000 square feet of displays and command pavilions, Sea-Air-Space 2016, May 16-18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., will be the largest exposition ever presented by the Navy League.
Now called “Sea-Air-Space — The Navy
League’s Global Maritime Exposition,” this
year’s event will bring together the best
innovation the defense industry has to
offer to the sea services. It also will serve as
a platform for which the leadership from
the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and
U.S.-flag Merchant Marine can discuss and
illustrate the issues and challenges facing
our military forces.
“Sea-Air-Space will once again have
over 20 commands from the sea services
on the floor in 2015,” said Kevin Traver,
Navy League staff vice president for
Corporate Affairs, “and we are looking to
grow our international delegation participation from 20 countries to 25 in 2016.”
More than 12,000 people registered for
the 2015 exposition, the largest maritime
exposition in the United States, with more
than 3,000 active-duty personnel from the
U.S. and international sea services taking
part in a wide array of professional development opportunities, as well as touring
the exhibit hall.
Some highlights expected at Sea-Air-Space 2016:
n Northrop Grumman will display the
Unmanned Combat Air System on the
n Boeing will be returning with the V-
22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
n Lockheed Martin will display an F- 35
Lightning II joint strike fighter.
Invited keynote speakers include:
n Raymond E. Mabus Jr., secretary of
n Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant
of the U.S. Coast Guard.
n Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant
of the Marine Corps.
n Adm. John M Richardson, chief of
The Navy League will continue its partnership with news radio station WTOP
and Federal News Radio to promote and
expand the reach of Sea-Air-Space.
The Navy League also will be promoting the new Navy Cyber Pavilion on the
show floor, which will include Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command, Information Dominance Command and, for the
first time, U.S. Tenth Fleet.
Navy League corporate members are
responsible for providing the Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine
with the tools, resources and supplies they
need to keep the country secure, protect the
nation’s interests overseas and provide a
safe environment for commerce to flourish.
Members of the Navy League Corporate
Membership Program include multinational manufacturers, companies focusing on
specialty technologies, service providers
and consultants. The program provides a
way for them to demonstrate support for
the U.S. sea services and opportunities to
network with U.S. and allied defense industry leaders, senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill, and the departments of Defense,
Homeland Security and Transportation.
The Navy League offers four levels of
industry participation. Foremost is the
Corporate Gold Membership, followed by
the Corporate Membership level, Business
Associate level and a level for fellow nonprofits, research labs, embassies and nongovernment organizations. As of December 2015, there were 26 Corporate Gold
Members, 87 Corporate Members, 39
Business Associate Members and nine
Throughout the year, members take
part in a variety of Navy League-hosted
forums and special events with sea service leadership. Most prominent is the
The Special Topic Breakfast Series is
another benefit of membership. Featuring
distinguished speakers from senior military and civilian program offices, these
forums give industry the latest information
and insights on sea service acquisition priorities and developments. The most recent,
on Dec. 15, featured Zukunft.
Members have the opportunity to get
involved in special events hosted by the
Navy League around the country, often
in conjunction with local councils.
These include receptions on Capitol Hill
honoring members of Congress for their
support of the sea services, ship commissionings and other unique programs.
All corporate supporters also are acknowledged in each issue of Seapower, the
official magazine of the Navy League.
Profiles of corporate members are included in the Corporate Directory issue of
Seapower, which in 2016 will be published in November.
Corporate Gold Members during 2015
included: Accenture, BAE Systems, The
Boeing Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI,
Clarion Events Ltd., Cobham, Curtiss-Wright, DRS Technologies Inc., Ernst &
Young, Fluor Corp., GE Marine, General
Atomics, General Dynamics Corp., Honeywell, HP Enterprise Services, Huntington Ingalls Industries, IHS, L- 3 Communications, Leidos, Lockheed Martin
Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Orbital
ATK, Pentagon Federal Credit Union,
Raytheon Co., Rockwell Collins, and
In 2015, the Legislative Affairs Committee
continued to advocate for strong sea service support to members of Congress and
their staffs. The Grass Roots Legislative
Initiative, an undertaking steered by
National Vice President Geoff Prosch and
Committee Chairmen James P. Bras and
Donald A. Giles, helps educate lawmakers
in Washington about the nation’s sea-based defenses and their needs, and D.C.-based advocacy efforts complement the
Grass Roots program.
n Participation: The committee primarily
comprises the region vice presidents for
Legislative Affairs. They serve as a critical
link between national leadership and councils, areas and regions for grass roots outreach. Each region vice president has the
responsibility of guiding council, area and
region designees toward achieving the initiative’s goal of personal constituent contact
with 60 percent of all members of Congress
in making four separate presentations on
the importance of a robust maritime force
structure. From January to November
2015, 50 members of the 114th Congress
had received one or more Navy League
Grass Roots Legislative Affairs presentations in their districts, with a total of 616
presentations having been made throughout the duration of the program — not
including the 217 presentations made by 76