The United States is a maritime nation whose national economic and security interests are
inextricably tied to the freedom of
the seas. Our sea services protect
the free flow of goods and energy
on the high seas as well as voice
and data traffic and trillions of dollars in banking transactions flowing through undersea cables. Being
forward-deployed, ever present,
matters. That is why the Navy
League’s newest campaign, “
America’s Strength: Investing in the
Navy-Marine Corps Team,” is so
The message of this grassroots
initiative is simple: If the Department of the Navy is
required to continue to respond to crisis after crisis
without the funding needed to build new ships, repair
old equipment and provide routine maintenance to
existing equipment, the nation risks permanent damage to our national defense and adverse effects on the
U.S. and international economies that rely on the safety and security U.S. sea power provides.
I am thrilled to report that since we launched
“America’s Strength” in March, the campaign has really
gained steam thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of
our Navy League members. Navy Leaguers have had
op-eds and letters to the editor published by several
news outlets, given radio interviews and appeared on
television, all emphasizing that underfunding and
overextending the Department of the Navy could bring
the Navy-Marine Corps team to a breaking point.
For example, Gulf Coast Area President Mark
Harden and Southern Region President Tom Pruter
appeared on the “Military Mondays” segment of the
local television show “The Daily Brew.” You can watch
that interview and read some of the letters and op-eds
Our Seattle Navy Leaguers passed out “America’s
Strength” fans to help keep Fleet Week attendees cool
as they navigated the festivities there. Our Hampton
Roads Council provided an “America’s Strength” backdrop for the speakers’ podium at the precommissioning
ceremony for USS John Warner.
One of the key goals of the campaign is to help our elected officials
understand that no matter what
state you represent — whether it’s
on the coast or in America’s
Heartland — every state is a maritime state. Every state has industry
that supports the Navy-Marine
Corps team in some way.
To that end, “America’s Strength”
has started the “Show Our Strength
Local Navy Leaguers help facilitate these tours. For
example, Philadelphia Council President Thomas
Metzger was on hand for Rep. Ryan Costello’s tour of
JA Moody Co. in Malvern, Pa., on Aug. 3. JA Moody’s
business focuses exclusively on the marine industry
and sells fluid control products nationwide.
Staffers from Sen. Jeff Flake’s office toured Robertson
Fuel Systems LLC in Tempe, Ariz., with Navy League
Arizona Area President Bill Stevenson on Aug. 5.
Robertson manufactures survivable fuel solutions for
aircraft and ground combat vehicles.
This is such an exciting aspect of the campaign, bringing Navy Leaguers, local industry and congressional leaders together so that these lawmakers can hear directly
from their constituents how important the sea services are
to their local economy. As I write this, four more tours
were confirmed for August in Utah, New Hampshire,
Texas and California, and many more being planned.
“America’s Strength” provides many opportunities for
Navy Leaguers — individual and corporate members — to
have a positive impact on our sea services. Contact Navy
League Headquarters to find out how to get involved.
Showing Our Strength
By SKIP WITUNSKI, Navy League National President