ON CAPITOL HILL
Gen. James Conway Speaks at
Navy-Marine Corps Caucus Event
The Navy League’s Office of
Legislative Affairs recently sponsored a Navy–Marine Corps Caucus
coffee with Gen. James Conway,
commandant of the Marine Corps. The event
drew more than 25 members of congress and key
staff. Among them were Reps. Susan Davis (CA-
53) and Randy Forbes (VA- 4), the bipartisan co-chairs of the caucus, who served as moderators.
The early morning gathering, open only to
members of congress and designated legislative
staff, is intended to provide an open forum for
congressional members and senior sea service
officials to address pertinent issues. Gen.
Conway spelled out the top priorities and concerns related to his Title 10 (U.S. Code) responsibility for the readiness of all active and reserve
elements of the Marine Corps. Several attendees
solicited Conway’s perspective on the adequacy
of both time and operating space for training
activity, which Conway characterized as a concern second only to the welfare of Marines in
action. The Navy League plans to support additional coffees with the Navy–Marine Corps and
Coast Guard Caucuses throughout the 2007
Congressional session. ■
Gen. James Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, shown
later during his testimony before the House Armed Services
Committee in March.
Membership Outreach Here and Abroad
S T. MAAR TEN / S T. MAR TIN
PRESIDENT & MRS. PANNETON
John A. Panneton, national president of the Navy
League, visited the dual-nation island of St.
Maarten/St. Martin in mid-February to recognize
the accomplishments of the St. Maarten/St. Martin
Navy League Council for its exemplary work with
island groups to provide greater assistance to the
island community. Panneton, accompanied by his
wife, Alice, used the trip to emphasize the importance of government, civic and business partnerships not just on a community scale but also globally. Panneton met with a number of leaders on both
the French and Dutch sides of the island, including
French Mayor Albert Fleming, whom Panneton
welcomed as a new Navy League member. Panneton
also presented a workshop on how to achieve success in volunteer organizations. At a luncheon at the
(Dutch) St. Maarten Rotary Club, he said the Navy
League’s global vision for maritime security is
founded on a partnership concept, as is supporting
the men and women of the Sea Services. “Building
community partners and sharing resources provides
a win-win situation for all concerned,” he said.
U.K. COUNCIL MEMBERS
CONFER ON UNIQUE
In early March, board members of the Navy
League’s United Kingdom Council had the opportunity to meet with past National President Sheila
McNeill, who was visiting London, to discuss the
challenges facing the council. Although council
president Sharon Christenson was on travel in the
U.S., board members took advantage of McNeill’s
visit to discuss an array of matters such as strategies for building membership and hosting activities in the U.K, particularly since U.S. naval presence in greater London will end in October 2007.
McNeill, who is chairman of the National
Advisory Council, met with members Steve
Franck, newly-retired Navy Vice Adm. Malcolm
Fages, council treasurer, and long-time U.K.
Council member Doug Stearns. The group discussed membership initiatives, education, the legislative program and the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
IMPERIAL VALLEY COUNCIL
In mid-February, the Imperial Valley Navy League
Council hosted its 25th Annual Desert Outing, a
two-day membership event for the Pacific
Southwest Region. The event, which drew guests
from as far as Seattle and Mississippi and boosted
membership by 35 members, kicked off with a
Friday evening social hour and steak dinner. The
following day, guests traveled by chartered bus to
the desert for a ranch-style breakfast, where they
watched a Blue Angels practice demonstration from
Naval Air Facility El Centro. The event culminated
with a BBQ luncheon for attendees. The Imperial
Valley Council actively supports the men, women
and their families stationed at NAF El Centro, the
winter home and training ground of the Navy’s Blue
Angel’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.
TOP: National President John Panneton addresses audience
at St. Maarten Rotary Club while vice president for international relations Jack Stevens looks on.
ABOVE: John Panneton and his wife, Alice, along with Jack
and Asha Stevens, meet with Dutch Governor Franklyn
Richards of St. Maarten.
The Greater Cincinnati Navy League Council will
host its annual fundraising gala on May 19 at the
Tri-State Warbird Museum in Eastern Cincinnati.
For more information, visit www.cincinnatinavy
league.com or contact council president retired
Navy Cmdr. Tony Gadaleta, at 513-523-8844.
Board members of the U.K. Council of the Navy League meet
with past National President Sheila McNeill, who was visiting
London. From left to right: Malcolm Fages, Steve Franck,
Sheila McNeill and Don Stearns.