Our Next Meeting

There will be no Council meeting in March

Our next meeting will be held on

Thursday
April 2, 2015

With special guest speaker


VADM Terry Benedict
Director, Strategic Systems Programs

When

Thursday, April 2, 2015

6:00 p.m. - Reception 
7:00 p.m. -Dinner
7:45 p.m - Program

Where

Magnolia's in the Triplex
 NSB Kings Bay

Menu


TBA

Cost

$25 per person

Reservations

Reservations must be made and paid for no later than Monday, March 30,2015

Please mail your check in the proper amount with the names of the people in your group to:

Cheryl Aston
103 Hallowes Drive S
St. Marys, GA 31558

 

Welcome
to the Camden - Kings Bay Council
Navy League of the United States

        
Special Thanks to Our Community Affiliate Members (click to visit their websites):

Altamaha Technical College | Beachview Event Rentals and Design/Military and Disaster Solutions, Inc. | Coastal Oaks Home Inspections | Crosby of Camden | Freedom Self Storage | Lang Seafood, Inc. | Lilliston Ford of Kingsland | Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company | Navy Federal Credit Union | Securiguard, Inc. | Soncel | Southeast Georgia Health System - Camden Campus | Southeast Spine & Rehabilitation | Southern Equipment & Services | Stewart's Insurance Depot

News...

Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Re-Adopted; $1,055 Raised for Sea Cadets at Dessert Auction

Our February 12, 2015, event saw the re-adoption by our Council of Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay, and a Dessert Auction which raised $1,055 to help pay for summer training sessions for our local Sea Cadets.

LCDR Eric Casper, commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay signed the Proclamation on behalf of his command. Our Council first adopted MSST Kings Bay on January 28, 2012. A re-adoption ceremony s conducted whenever a change of command takes place. Our good friend CDR Matt Baer was relieved as commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay by LCDR Casper on July 11, 2014.

View photos of the event in our Photo Gallery, and view the Re-Adoption Proclamation in the Library.

Camden - Kings Bay Council 2014 Digital Scrapbook

Council Historian Deb Morin has outdone herself with our 2014 digital scrapbook, a visual journey through the programs and activities sponsored, hosted and attended by members of the Camden - Kings Bay Council of the Navy League. The 2014 Scrapbook is posted on Youtube and can be viewed by clicking on the screen below.

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Camden - Kings Bay Council Hosts Inaugural  Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kingsland Veterans Memorial Park on December 13, 2014

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, members of the Council and the community gathered at the Kingsland Veterans Memorial Park for the first of what will become an annual wreath laying ceremony held in conjunction with the national Wreaths Across America program.

The mission of Wreaths Across America - Remember, Honor, Teach - is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies each year on a Saturday in December at Arlington National Cemetery, at veterans' cemeteries and at other locations in all 50 states and beyond to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

Members of the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Council also laid a wreath at the Lake City (FL) Veterans Administration Medical Center during our visit to the facility on December 10th to deliver personal care and entertainment items and to spend time visiting with hospitalized veterans.

Honoring the service of America's Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force veterans is a keystone program of the Council. We hope to see a large crowd at next year's ceremony.

Click here to see more photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.

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Camden - Kings Bay Council Spreads Holiday Cheer at Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center

Seven members of the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Council traveled to Lake City, FL, on December 10th to deliver a record load of donated personal care and entertainment items and spend time with hospitalized veterans. 

Shown in the above photo are Stevie Obee, Porter Johns, Barbara Johns, Jerry O'Donoughue, Cheryl Aston (program coordinator), Greg Glaz, and Dave Burch, along with VAMC staff members.

Our Council makes this trip twice a year to thank hospitalized veterans for their service and make sure they know we are all greatful for their sacrifices. More than $1,000 was contributed by Council members to supplement donations of shampoo, deodorant, body wash, razors and shaving cream, coffee, books, decks of cards, and laundry detergent. We also presented a wreath, as part of the Wreaths Across America program, which the VAMC will display at their front entrance on December 13th, which is national Wreaths Across America Day.

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Navy League Helps Fill Toy Boxes for Toys for Tots

Fifty-three Navy League members came together in the Osprey Room at Osprey Cove on Sunday, December 7, 2014, to elect and install the new Board for 2015 and donate 6 large boxes of toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Our guest speaker for the event was LtCol Richard Pitchford, commanding officer, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, shown to the left with his wife Aimee.



Colby Stilson, chairman of the Nominating Committee, which included  Lou Lambremont and outgoing Council President Dave Burch, recommended the following nominations for Board and Officers positions in 2015:

President - Hunt Thornhill
Secretary - Jeannie Straight
Treasurer - Gull Weaver
VP Communications - Stevie Obee
VP Legislative Affairs - Dave Reilly
VP Membership - Greg Glaz
VP Operations - Georgia Stilson
VP Sea Services & Family Support - Cheryl Aston
VP Youth Programs - Barbara Johns
Judge Advocate - Sam Colville
Immediate Past President - Dave Burch

The slate was elected unanimously by those members present and will take office on January 1, 2015.

View photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.

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MajGen Harencak Wows Navy League with Passionate Defense of the Nuclear Triad

Those who attended our November 13th Council dinner meeting, featuring special guest speaker Major General Garrett Harencak, USAF, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, are probably still talking about one of the most interesting and entertaining presentations we've had at any of our meetings. The General gave a rousing, emotional, fact-filled, and at times hilarious argument for continuing support of the nuclear deterrent triad. Our only regret was that we didn't videotape his talk for a wider audience.

View photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.

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October 9th Meeting Introduced New Subase Commanding Officer and Featured Re-Adoption of the Subase by Our Council

Our October 9, 2014, Council dinner meeting featured the new commanding officer of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay CAPT James Jenks. In addition to getting to know the new "Mayor of Boomertown," we conducted a re-adoption ceremony furthering the commitment of our Council to support the Officers, Crew and subordinate commands on the Subase first adopted by our Council on April 14, 2011. We also honored the Subase Sailor of the Quarter John Edwards and his wife Charlene.

View photos of the event in the Photo Gallery on our website, and click here to view the Re-Adoption Proclamation.

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September 11th Hail & Farewell

More than 90 military and Navy League members joined together on September 11th at the St. Marys Submarine Museum for a Hail & Farewell. The Board recognizes that we often don't get an opportunity to meet and get to know new military arrivals to our community in a timely manner, and, it seems like as soon as we do get to know them and their families, their transfer comes through and they're off to a new assignment in support of our national security. This, and future, regularly scheduled "Hail & Farewell" events recognized and introduced recent arrivals in our community, and honored and expressed our thanks to those who will be transferring away in the near future. View photos of the event in the Photo Gallery.

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Summer 2014 Programs

June 27,2014 - Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Change of Command. 

CDR Steve Love, commanding officer, Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU), a good friend and strong supporter of the Navy League, turned over command of the MFPU to CDR Kevin Jones on Friday, June 27, 2014, at the Subase Chapel. Photos will be posted as soon as they are available.

July 2, 2014 - Travel to VA Medical Center in Lake City, FL, to visit with hospitalized veterans and deliver gifts and supplies.

Nine Camden - Kings Bay Council members visited the Lake City VAMC on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. What better way to kick-off our Fourth of July celebrations than to visit with veterans who fought to ensure our liberty, and bring them much needed personal care items, books, magazines, and other supplies. The above photo shows (l - r) Barbara Johns,Cheryl Aston, Stevie Obee, Olivia Godfrey, Dave Burch, VAMC Chief of Voluntary Services Nicky Adams, Jack Mead, Jerry ODonoghue. and Jack Briggs.

Among the many hospitalized veterans we spoke with, one of our favorites was Ed Johnson a World War II Navy veteran. In the above photo, Council President Dave Burch presents Ed with a Navy Veteran challenge  coin.

July 11, 2014 - Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay Change of Command.

LCDR Matt Baer, commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay, turned over command to LCDR Eric Casper on July 11th at the MSST HQ in St. Marys. The ceremony was followed by a scrumptious BBQ lunch and fellowship with the new CO and his outstanding team of Coast Guard professionals. Photos of the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

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St. Marys River Sunset Cruise

One hundred and twelve Navy League members and friends boarded Calvin Lang's Cumberland Queen II on Friday, June 13th, for a spectacular St. Marys River Sunset Cruise. Click to view photos in the Photo Gallery.

We enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and spectacular views of Cumberland Island, Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, and downtown St. Marys.

As a special added attraction, during the cruise we recognized Megan Hendricks,the winner of the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Youth Scholarship, and the following Camden County NJROTC Cadets who earned honors from our Council at the Annual NJROTC Awards Ceremony:

Outstanding Leadership: Cody Bahrs
USMC Officer Potential: Brian Austin Campbell
Academic Achievement: Logan Hancock
Outstanding Junior & the Navy League Theodore Roosevelt Medal:
Colton Clark

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2014 Youth Scholarship Awarded to Megan Hendricks

The Camden-Kings Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States has awarded its 2014 $1,000 Youth Scholarship to graduating Camden County High School Senior Megan Hendricks.

Ms. Hendricks is the daughter of Lorene and Jimmy Hendricks of St. Marys. She will attend the University of Alabama in the Fall with plans to major in Chemical Engineering.

Megan earned Chief Petty Officer rank in her Junior year in the Kings Bay Division, United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps - the first female to be promoted to Chief - and was the first to lead the unit as Chief during her Senior year. The $1,000 scholarship check was presented during the Council's June 13, 2014, St. Marys River Sunset Cruise. Click to read her winning essay, titled "The Importance of American Sea Power."

Megan is flanked in the above photo by Scholarship Committee Chairman Joyce Bason and Council President Dave Burch.

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May 20th Hail & Farewell

Four of the strongest military supporters of the Navy League, who will be transferring away from Kings Bay and the Camden County community this summer, were honored at a May 21, 2014, "Hail & Farewell" at the St. Marys Submarine Museum.

Approximately 75 members turned out at this free event to say "fair winds and following seas" to CAPT Harvey Guffey, commanding officer, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay; LtCol Kevin Moody, commanding officer, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion; CDR Steve Love, commanding officer, Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit; and LCDR Matt Baer, commanding officer, Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay.

You can view photos of this event in our Photo Gallery.

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Annual Sea Services Awards Banquet held May 8th

The Camden - Kings Bay Council honored 25 Sailors-, Coast Guardsmen- and a Marine  of the Year at our annual Sea Services Awards Banquet on May 8, 2014.

Our special guest speaker was Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens. The Master Chief talked about his time as MCPON, but was more interested in taking questions and comments from the audience to take back with him to the Pentagon. 

We are grateful to the many members and  and local businesses whose donations helped make this a memorable evening for our honorees and their spouses.

You can view photos of this event in our Photo Gallery

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Navy League Welcomes RDML Chas Richard to Camden County

The Camden - Kings Bay Council welcomed the new commander of Submarine Group 10, RDML Chas Richard, to our community at a dinner meeting on April 10th. The Admiral shared his thoughts on the unique position of our SSBNs and SSGNs in the nation's defense, and the challenges that face him as commander of two submarine squadrons, the Trident Refit Facility and the Naval Submarine Support Center.

Lisa Richard, the Admiral's wife, who has already become active in many Subase and community causes,also joined us for the dinner meeting.

Photos of the event will be posted soon to our Photo Gallery.

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Navy's Marine Mammals Program Explored at March 13th Meeting

Mark Yates from Kings Bay's Marine Mammals Program drew back the curtain on one of the most secretive Navy programs on March 13, 2014, when he presented a video and answered questions on the Navy's Marine Mammals Program. The video was enlightening and covered all of the major points of the program from training through an unclassified description of the work the dolphins and California sea lions do in defense of our strategic assets at Kings Bay.

Photos from the event can be viewed in our Photo Gallery, and a copy of the video will be posted to our website . 

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USS TENNESSEE (Gold) CO Addressed Council at February 13th Council Meeting

CDR Richard Dubnansky, commanding officer of USS TENNESSEE (Gold), was our guest at the February 13, 2014, Camden - Kings Bay Council dinner meeting. The CO updated us on USS TENNESSEE Gold's recent activities and achievements and spoke about the challenges he faces at the helm of a major command in our nuclear triad.

Photos from the evening are available in the Photo Gallery.

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