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News...

July 15th Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center Visit


Five Camden - Kings Bay Council members, and a representative of our adopted unit US Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team, visited the Lake City, FL, VA Medical Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. 

Navy League members Jeanne Straight, Cheryl Aston, Keith Post,Greg Glaz, and Stevie Obee, along with MSST SK3 Benson Ndungu, delivered 8 cases of coffee, crayons, markers, bingo daubers, bingo cards, music CDs
Wii remotes, DVDs, belts, decks of cards, books and model cars. We also left 3 cases of chips and 10 cases of soups and mac & cheese for the Hospice Family Room.

Due to the overwhelming support of our members for this project, we were also able to provide two items on the staff's 'wish list': a Karaoke machine for patient entertainment and a check in the amount of $355 toward linens and bed spreads for a new wing being opened. The total value of all cash and items donated approached $1,500.

The staff and patients were most appreciative of your donations, and all who contributed should be feeling very, very good about their generosity toward the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and merchant mariners being helped at the VA Medical Center.

Our next visit to the Lake City, FL VA Medical Center will be in December of this year. The Camden – Kings Bay Navy League would like to thank everyone for the items and cash donated. Your donations made this VA Medical Center trip a great success.

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St. Marys River Sunset Cruise

More than 90 members and guests boarded Calvin Lang's Cumberland Princess on June 12, 2015, for our annual St. Marys River Sunset Cruise. They were treated to heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and spectacular views of Cumberland Island, Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, and downtown St. Marys. We also took time during the cruise to recognize Benjamin Siclare, the winner of the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League 2015 Youth Scholarship. Many thanks to Calvin for the use of his boat, and to all attendees for making this event a tremendous success. View photos taken during the Cruise in our Photo Gallery.

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2015 Sea Services Awards Banquet

The 2015 edition of the Council's Annual Sea Services Awards Banquet was held on May 14, 2015, with special guest RDML Mary M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast. The entire Camden County Community gathered to recognize and honor 29 Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and a Marine of the Year from the commands on the Subase and in St. Marys. View photos from this inspiring event in our Photo Gallery.

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VADM Terry Benedict, Director of Naval Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), Updates Council on Ohio Replacement Program

VADM Terry Benedict, Director of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), was the special guest speaker at the Council's April 2, 2015, dinner meeting. More than 90 Navy League members, community and military leaders attended the event. The Admiral provided an update on the D5 missile life extension; our role in Ohio and Vanguard (UK) replacement programs; the new Strategic Weapon System Ashore facility at Cape Canaveral; an- Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay's role in all of the above. The Admiral's comments were very well received, and spoke well for the future of SWFLANT and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Click here to view photos of the event.

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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.

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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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