“We have seen how Russia has
used the third platform — power —
against Ukraine, by threatening to
cut off oil. The Navy’s goal is to have
50 percent of all energy used coming
from alternative sources,” Mabus
said. “By the end of 2015, all bases
will be at this level. The Navy has
always led the change to power, by
being first to move from sail to coal,
then to oil, then to nuclear and now
to alternative energy sources.”
Partnerships, the fourth pillar,
have been formed with international
allies. Mabus has visited 132 coun-
tries during the past six years to form
and strengthen these relationships.
“Partnerships with the shipbuilding industry require we provide them with stable designs,
mature technologies, and to tell
them how many and when they are
needed,” he said.
Industry is required to train and
tool up, and provide future ships at
lower costs than before. In the
recent past, more than $3 billion
has been saved on the cost of ships
for the Navy.
According to Mabus, partnering
with the American people is done
through the Navy League connecting
the Navy and Marine Corps with the
people so they can see how hard they
work and how great they are.
Mabus later cited the example of
disaster response and relief efforts.
“Humanitarian aid is provided
to some country, somewhere in the
world, every two weeks; such as in
Nepal where we recently lost six
Marines. … Recall that we were
not only the first, but in most cases
the only country responding to disasters around the world, such as
was the case with the Philippines,
Japan and Haiti.”
Mayport Hosts Annual
The Mayport, Fla., Council hosted
the 18th Annual Battle of Midway
Commemoration dinner event at
the Renaissance Hotel, World Golf
Village in St. Augustine on June 13.
The event honors the Midway survivors who typically travel great
distances, from Michigan and
Texas in some cases, to attend.
This year, there were nine Midway
veterans among the more than 650
people in attendance, which is con-
sidered the largest Midway celebra-
tion nationally. Other notable heroes
in attendance were a Pearl Harbor
veteran, five Midway widows, five
former prisoners of war (POWs), 21
wounded warriors, a Medal of Honor
recipient and numerous Navy partic-
ipants from the Normandy and Iwo
Jima invasion among other World
War II battles.
Additionally, it was great to have
the past (J. Michael McGrath),
present (James H. Offutt) and
future (Skip Witunski) Navy
League National Presidents in
attendance. Witunski took over for
Offutt on June 20. The event also
recognized veterans from the
Korean War, Vietnam War and the
current war on terror.
The keynote speaker for the event
was Marine Gen John F. Kelly, commander, U.S. Southern Command,
who spoke about the numerous feats
of selfless acts of bravery exhibited by
Midway veterans during the battle
and compared them to the heroics of
the servicemen and women now
serving in conflicts abroad today.
Kelly also provided a detailed description of the heroic actions of
some of the Sailors, Airmen and Marines during the battle.
Following his comments, a special memento was presented to each
veteran in a very emotional ceremony as each biography was read.
Other highlights of the event were
a special Full Service Color Guard
presentation by members of the six
services (including the Merchant
Marine), a ceremonial presentation
of the six-person POW/MIA table by
these same service members, the introduction of the five Midway veter-
A Full Service Color Guard provides
the ceremonial presentation of the
six-person POW/MIA table during the
18th Annual Battle of Midway
Commemoration dinner event in St.
Augustine, Fla., hosted by the
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, former Navy Secretary Gordon England and
Dallas Council President Cub Amos gather with cadets from the U.S. Naval
Sea Cadet Corps’ Forrestal Squadron during a Speaker’s Lunch Forum at the
Park City Club May 28.