and health-care industries, and he
has been granted 42 patents. His
recent work at Juliet Marine,
Portsmouth, N.H., involves the
development of multiple new technologies that have been incorporated
into GHOST, a surface vessel that is
a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform.
Sancoff’s award citation noted,
“His prolific technological
advancements in vessel design and
propulsion and in health care have
made the world a safer and better
place, both on land and at sea.”
Retired Navy CAPT John P.
“Sean” Coffey, partner in Kramer
Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP,
served as master of ceremonies. The
New York City Sea Services Color
Guard posted the colors, Victoria C.
Miningham performed the National
Anthem and the invocation was
given by Rev. Joseph Lim, associate
pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, N. Y., and a retired Air
Force lieutenant colonel. Navy
Reserve Officers Training Corps
(NJROTC) cadets from George
Washington High School helped
welcome guests and honorees.
The Seattle Council hosted its Installation of Officers & Awards Dinner
March 18 at in the base gym at U.S.
Coast Guard Base Seattle at Pier 36.
RADM Richard T. Gromlich,
commander of U.S. Coast Guard District 13, was the keynote speaker.
Dinner Chairman Tom Jaffa, the
Navy League’s national vice president
for International Affairs, installed the
2015 council officers and board
members. Retired Coast Guard
CAPT Matt Miller relieved Dan
Neilsen as council president.
The council hosted approximate-
ly 65 awardees and spouses/guests
from its 17 adopted units and other
local commands. Twenty-five framed
awards and gift cards were presented
to outstanding Sailors, Marines and
Coast Guard men and women.
Sea Cadet awards also were presented, as well as a “thank you”
plaque to Coast Guard Base Seattle
for hosting the event, as well as Blue
Angel Sea Cadet Squadron drills.
The Seattle Council Officers
Sword was presented to an outstanding Midshipman of its adopted unit
University of Washington NROTC.
Former Chief of Naval Operations
retired ADM Thomas B. Hayward
received the first “Tom & Diane Jaffa
Distinguished Service Award.”
The council’s award winners were:
Navy Leaguer of the Year was
Kyle Curtis, a former three-year
intern, council secretary and coordi-
nator of volunteers for ship visits
during 2014 Seattle Fleet Week.
Rising Star Awardees were Jeff Davis
and Michele Bullock.
Boeing Co. was Corporate
Member of the Year, GMNameplate/
SuperGraphics was Community
Affiliate Member of the Year and
TriTec Manufacturing LLC was
Business Partner of the Year.
Several “honorary” memberships
were presented, including one to
Colleen Bryan from the staff of U.S. Sen.
Patty Murray, D-Wash., who read a
letter from the senator congratulating
all the awardees, saluting the service
of the sea service members and the
work of the Seattle Navy League.
Supports JROTC Drill
The Nebraska Council provided trophies for the annual Drill Meet competition between Nebraska Junior
Reserve Officers Training Corps
(JROTC) units from all services
March 7 at Papillion/LaVista High
School in Papillion, near Omaha.
Papillion/LaVista is the only Navy
JROTC program in the state of Nebraska, according to Nebraska
Council President Butch Kirkland. The
Nebraska Council provided $275
toward the event.
Kirkland and Joe Gershon, commanding officer of the local Association of Naval Aviation (ANA),
helped present the trophies. The
Nebraska Council collaborates with
ANA on numerous events annually,
according to Kirkland.
Hosts VADM Foggo,
U.S. Consul General
The French Riviera-Monaco Council
held its annual general meeting at the
Carlton Hotel in Cannes Feb. 28. The
guest speakers were U.S. Consul
General Monique Quesada and U.S
Navy VADM James G. Foggo, commander of U.S Sixth Fleet/Naval
At center, RADM Richard T. Gromlich, commander of U.S. Coast Guard District
13, stands with sea service award winners at the Seattle Council’s Installation of
Officers & Awards Dinner March 18 at U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle at Pier 36.