National President’s Note

July 21, 2020

Fellow Navy Leaguer,
Last month, we made the difficult decision to postpone our National Convention to next year in Phoenix. We were looking forward to seeing our councils come together, especially during these hard times, but your safety and health was our first priority.
That said, we’re proud of the efforts you are making daily to support the Navy League mission and the men and women of the sea services. Adopting virtual events, sending care packages to the sea services, providing more learning opportunities to Sea Cadets and the public — these are exceptional ways Navy League councils are reaching out during COVID-19.
Thank you for your service, and we wish for your health and safety.
Best regards,

Bill Stevenson
National President

News From Around the Navy League

Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council
On July 8, the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council took a tour of the Bremerton International Emergency Services Center and watched the USS Carl Vinson Sailors’ training session, all while wearing masks and practicing social distance of course.
Central Florida Council
The Central Florida Council hosted their second virtual social on July 14 with leadership from the Navy and Marine Corps, including Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, and Gerald Saunders, senior vice president of Field Operations, Navy League of the United States.

Greater Kansas City Council
The USS Kansas City commissioning ceremony was held on June 22, with limited attendance due to COVID-19. However, the Greater Kansas City Council and the USS Kansas City Commissioning Committee worked around the pandemic to make the event special for the crew. They provided gifts, including signed jerseys of Kansas City major league teams, supplies for Kansas City barbecue and a framed picture of “Kansas City Spirit,” among many other items. The committee also raised money for a scholarship fund and other commissioning related expenses. You can view the commissioning ceremony here.

Ingleside Area Council
The Ingleside Area Council honored local U.S. Coast Guard members with annual awards, such as Junior Officer of the Year, Petty Officer of the Year and Civilian of the Year. Congrats to all the recipients!

Imperial Valley Council
Due to not being able to meet in person, the Imperial Valley Council put together 500 treat bags for all of its adopted units from the sea services to celebrate the 4th of July — a great way to show these men and women they are in our thoughts and we appreciate their service.

New York Council
The New York Council is hosting a virtual award ceremony with on July 30 for author William Geroux, winner of the council’s 2020 Commodore John Barry Book Award. You can register for the virtual event here.

Phoenix Council
USS Arizona sponsor asked the town of Gilbert, Arizona, and the Navy League Phoenix Council to be the municipal sponsor for the submarine, a great opportunity for our council! Read some of Council President Jake McManus’ comments.

Seattle Council
Seattle Fleet Week this year will take a virtual approach, showcasing Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps ships via social media. The Seattle Council is contributing a few things to the event, including a virtual parade of ships, virtual Sea Service Awards, a video highlighting the Sea Cadets and more.

Upper South Carolina Council
Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle spoke about his experiences in the Navy and shared his thoughts on current problems facing the services in a video interview with the Upper South Carolina Council. Take a look!

Remembering Navy League Volunteer Leaders

William “Bill” Kastner
Former Council President of Jersey Shore Council William “Bill” Kastner passed away on March 30, 2020, at the age of 91. A veteran who served 33 years in the Navy, Bill was commissioned into the service as an engineering duty officer. He later moved to central New Jersey with his family and started his civilian career in the machinery sales industry, while also serving as a Navy Reserve officer. During his time in New Jersey, Bill served as a volunteer firefighter and eventually become president of his department. As a member of the Jersey Shore Council, he served as council president, national director and national vice president. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years and their children.

Updates from Headquarters
Rewatch NATSEC2020 on the Navy League Website
Last week, the Navy League hosted NATSEC2020, together with the Association of the United States Army and Government Matters TV for a five-part series on how the national security community fulfills its mission differently in the post-coronavirus world. These episodes can now be viewed in entirety on the Navy League website. Please share with those who may be interested and keep checking for more Navy League webinar opportunities.

Seapower Introduces New E-Publishing Platform
Seapower magazine has transitioned its digital edition from its GTXcel service provider over to a new platform, called Flipsnack. To view the new digital Seapower platform, go to the Seapower Digital Edition page of our website. This new platform will allow users to view the embedded magazines in full-screen mode, search inside publications, and download and print the publication. As a part of this transition, Seapower is phasing out its mobile app, which will no longer be updated beginning this month. For any questions, contact Editor-in-Chief Danielle Lucey at

Navy League President Circle Highlight: Dave Reilly
The Navy League President Circle recognizes the supporters who give and annual gift $1,000 or more to any Navy League affiliated-program. This month, we recognize Dave Reilly, who believes the Navy League is one of the most important things he supports as an individual. Read about his reasons to give:

Highlighting Our Heroes on the Navy League Blog
Continuing with our Highlighting our Heroes blog posts, John Keane Sr. joined the Merchant Mariner at the young age of 16 after the Navy refused to take someone of that age. From there, John would explore the world and see it change right before his eyes. Read more about his journey:

Navy League National Convention Postponed

Due to safety concerns about travel and large gatherings through the remainder of 2020, contributed to the COVID-19 outbreak, the executive committee approved a motion to postpone the National Convention planned to be held in October in Scottsdale, Arizona. This motion also states that a convention will not be scheduled until sometime after the first of January 2021. Read more…

Navy League Learns Online Events

Battle of Midway Virtual Event

Learn about the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II that saw naval cryptographers outsmart Japanese forces with their codebreaking so the United States could prepare its own ambush, a move that set the U.S. up for victory. This pivotal battle paved the way for America’s triumph, serving as the first major naval win for the Allied forces.

This online event, which originally aired live on June 20, 2020, is brought to you by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League of the United States

Rewatch Videos From Our Small Business Opportunities Series

Re-live our week of webinars from the Navy League Learns: Small Business Opportunities webinar series. Each day featured top speakers from around the Department of the Navy, focusing on how to accelerate small businesses out of the new landscape brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.