A Trusted Partner
By JAMES H. OFFUTT, Navy League Present-elect
It has been an honor to be the Navy League’s president-elect for
the last eight months and I look forward succeeding Philip Dunmire as
national president at the 2013
national convention. The theme of
my tenure will be “Trusted Partner of
the Sea Services,” with Navy League
members, councils and headquarters’ staff working together to support our partners in the U.S. Navy,
Marine Corps, Coast Guard and
U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
Much like those we serve, a sense
of pride in mission is vital for each
member of the Navy League. As part
of my election platform, I committed to several points, among them:
■ Increasing contact with our sea service partners in
order to better support them.
■ Personally interacting with and listening to members.
■ Providing volunteer and leadership training opportunities for members.
■ Developing support for council programs and generating public relations materials.
■ Identifying more ways for councils to develop mission parameters and focus.
■ Engaging in a free exchange of ideas among the Navy
Our sea service partners defend this nation at home and
its interests abroad, help ensure our economic security and
protect our citizens in times of crisis. We will do our best
to be a trusted source of information regarding the requirements of our sea services for the American people and
elected officials. We will continue to help ensure the success of our service members and the well-being of their
families and our veterans. We will provide our corporate
members with opportunities to engage sea service leaders.
Let me remind you where the Navy League stands
with regard to our support for our sea services, which
can be found in more detail in our Maritime Policy,
“Maritime Crossroads — Strategies for Action,” at
It is imperative we keep the maritime crossroads —
where sea lines of communication intersect — open and
secure. For the Navy, that requires hulls in the water,
forces and aircraft overhead. We
cannot maintain that force without
a fully funded, achievable ship-
building program that produces the
right quantity and quality of ships,
with the right capabilities, for the