SUPPORT OF SEA SERVICE PERSONNEL
The San Diego Council of the United States Navy League is very active in its recognition and support of sea service personnel. Recognition and support are achieved through the following events and activities:
Monthly breakfasts that honor active personnel
The Navy Birthday Ball, Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon, and more.
Formal recognition of outstanding Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen of the Quarter/Year at the various local bases
September 2023 – OMBUDSMAN Appreciation Event
August 2023 – Coast Guard Birthday Celebration
Awards Recognition at MCAS Miramar
2023 July Breakfast Event – Spirit of Independence!
2023 June Breakfast Event
2023 May Breakfast Event – Sea Service Member of the Year Awards
2023 April Breakfast Event
2023 March Breakfast Event
2023 February Breakfast Event
December – Toys for Tots Drive & End of the Year Appreciation Event
Special Thank you to Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Rick Mitrovich in
sponsoring December’s Breakfast for Destroyer Squadron ONE Sailor of the
Quarter Award Winners and the 12th Marine Corps District and Marine
Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 in support or our council’s first Toys
for Tots Drive.
Guest Speaker Commodore, Desrtoyer Squadron ONE; CAPT Tom Chekouras, who
was presented autograph book; “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American
Family At War” by Jim Bedinger. During this special event the San Diego
Council recognized its Sponsors and Volunteers for their outstanding
support throughout the 2022 Year. Including, presenting over 120 toys
to the Marines in support of Toys for Tots and presented numerous door
prizes for those that participated in this special event.
Congratulations to our Homecoming & Field Operations Chairman winning
the 2022 Navy Leaguer of the Year Award and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Diego winning the Community Affiliate of the Year Award.
November – U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Event
October – U.S. Navy Birthday Celebration Event
September Breakfast Event
August Awards Recognition at MCAS Miramar & 3rd MAW
August – U.S. Coast Guard Birthday Celebration Event
July Breakfast Event
June Breakfast Event
Awards Recognition at Fleet Surgical Team THREE at Naval Base San Diego
Awards Recognition at MCAS Miramar
2022 Sea Service Member of the Year
May Breakfast Event
Fiscal Year 2021 Type Commander Sailor of the Year Awards Recognition
The San Diego Council collaborated with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing in sponsorship to recognizing the FY-2021 TYCOM SOY Award Winners for Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNAF), Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), Commander, THIRD Fleet (C3F) and Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSP).
During this event San Diego Council Members attended special events throughout the week that included the San Diego Zoo, Bernardo Winery and lunch and dinner receptions for the presentation of awards.
Congratulations to following award winners, CNAF; (Sea) AD1(AW/SW) Alexandra M. King and (Shore) AWS1(NAC/AW/EXW/IW) Evan L. Morrow, CNSP; (Sea) ABH1(AW/SW/IW) Landon D. Jamison and (Shore) EM1(SW) Raymond F. Madera, C3F; (Sea) LN1(SW/AW) Felicia A. Allen and (Shore) LS1(SW/AW) Felix Leyba and CSP; (Sea) LSS1(SS) Aubrey Prereyra and (Shore) NC1(AW/IUSS) Gabriella Oldham.
Special thank you to our Sponsors, Lockheed Martin’s; David Steindl, Al Worthy and Fred Becker, Raytheon’s; Mike Fabel and Jeff Weston, Boeing’s; Lori Iversen and Ward Wilson.
April Breakfast Event
San Diego Council held its April Breakfast Event, recognizing Navy and Marine Corps active duty service members for their outstanding performance as USS San Diego Sailor of the Quarter Award Winners; YN1 Brianna Slaughter, IT2 Arthur Keilbik, ABF3 John Macdonald, and LSSN Roman Dimapilis. Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Recruiter and Drill Instructor of the Quarter Award Winners; SSgt Jacques Craven, Sgt Vanessa Crump, Sgt Essozolim Amana, and SSgt Eli Goodwin. Expeditionary Strike Group 3 CS1 Alan Yang was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his Outstanding Volunteer Service with the San Diego Council. Guest Speaker was Captain Kevin Ralston who provided a motivational speech honoring April’s Awardees and tribute to the Chief Petty Officers and the role they serve in the U.S. Navy. Awards were sponsored by TRIADA Tactial Inc Veteran Business Owner Nil Ng. TRIADA Tactical is a Community Partner Affiliate that strongly supports our military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to have their support.
Council Vice President Tracy Owens and Sea Service Committee Member Nil Ng were recognized by County of San Diego Supervisor Joel Anderson Representative; Mrs. Eileen Henot for their volunteer service in the San Diego Community.
Special Thank You to First Command Jason Surya and his Team for donating $1k to the San Diego Council during its April CPO Birthday Celebration & Charity Event in support of its Sea Services Programs.
CPO Birthday Celebration & Charity Event
San Diego Council held its first Charity Event coming off a two-year COVID Post Pandemic. The Charity Event Celebrated the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer’s Birthday – 129 Years of Excellence. The event had 75 guests for the celebration that range from business leaders to sponsors and guests from the community. Including Commander, Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, Force Master Chief Trenton Schmidt, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE CMC Matt Danforth, USS San Diego CMC John Lanza, USS JOHN FINN CMC Erika Lavallais, DESRON23 CMC William Coston, MCRD 1stSgt Carlos Canezgil and GySgt Kenneth Catledge, along with many Sailors and Marines from all paygrades in attendance. The San Diego Council thanks all our Sponsors for their generous donations in gifts to support our Charity Event.
Sea Service Chairman Marty Magaña visited aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22) to presents awards on behalf of the Navy League San Diego to the Sailor of the Quarter (4th Qtr) Award Winners; Senior Sailor of the Quarter; HM1 Larson, Sailor of the Quarter; EN2 Keatts, and Junior Sailor of the Quarter; IC3 Harrington for professional excellence, on Friday, 4, 2022. Awards sponsored by Club 22.
San Diego Council recognizes Maritime Security Response Team West 2021 Enlisted Person of the Year; ME1 Sawyard Mundford and Enlisted Person of the Quarter; YN2 Katelyn Yang. Awards sponsored by USAA.
CAPT Eric Cooper provides awareness on the wide range his command responsibilities has with Law Enforcement, Environmental Protection and Saving Lives at sea. Council President Ed Naranjo and Vietnam Prisoner of War Hero Jim Bedinger present CAPT Cooper his authograph book; “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family At War” for serving as Guest Speaker.
Council’s members; Jay Rindler, Bob Berman, Marty Magana, Ed Naranjo and Ernie Belmares were recognized by County of San Diego Supervisor Joel Anderson Representative; Mrs. Eileen Henot for their volunteer service in the San Diego Community.
State Assembly District 76 Candidate June Cutter attends the Breakfast Event to gain sight on the Council’s mission and the community it serves in the San Diego metro area.
Special Thank You to Froilan Patzi, Navy Veteran and Business Owner of Liberty Call Embroidery in donating $5k to the San Diego Council’s in support of meeting its mission towards its sea services in the San Diego Community.
San Diego Council recognizes Destroyer Squadron 23 Sailor of the Years; Senior Sailor of the Year; CS1(SW/AW) Chino Bacani, Junior Sailor of the Year; QM3(SW) Javasia Pittman and Bluejacket Sailor of the Year; RSSN(SW) Felicia Claudia. Awards sponsored by Club 22. Guest Speaker Captain Steve McDowell provides awareness on Destroyer Squadron 23 history and its role in serves the fleet and how it applies to meeting its mission with national tasking.
Navy League San Diego held its first Morning Breakfast Event for 2022. Its Guest Speaker was CAPT Henry S. Kim, Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE.
During this event, Captain Kim’s met with numerous guests and was presented a book by Author, James Bedinger, CDR, USN(Ret) and Vietnam Veteran and Prisoner of War Hero – “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family at War”. Additional highlights of this event was Navy League San Diego Sea Service Chairman; Marty Magana, CMDCM, USN(Ret) presenting Sailor of Quarter awards to USS San Diego (LPD 22) Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter (4th Qtr); Fireman Tysen W. Sparbel and Amphibious Squadron THREE Senior Sailor of the Quarter(1st Qtr); OS1(SW/AW) Marcell M. Harris for professional excellence.
Phyllis Barber, Council President stands with Commander James J. Light Executive Officer, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 as he is presented an autographed book Patriot Prisoner Survivor by author Jim Bedinger for being our November breakfast speaker.
Lockheed Martin’s, award sponsor, Al Worthy and Sea Service Chair Ernest Belmares were on hand to congratulate the Marines and Sailors of the Quarter from MCAS Miramar and 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.
Ernest Belmares, Sea Services Chair congratulates the Sailors of the Quarter from Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Council member and author Jim Bedinger presents a copy of his autographed book, “Patriot Prisoner Survivor” to the September breakfast speaker, Captain Kevin Ralston, CO of the USS San Diego.
Council member and National Corporate Secretary Pamela Ammerman presents Captain Kevin Ralston, CO USS San Diego a USS SAN DIEGO pin to give to his wife. The pin was sponsored by ButtonsUp by Joanee.
Captain Kevin Ralston, CO of the USS San Diego and council member Pamela Ammerman, the National Corporate Secretary are surrounded by those who were the honored Sailors of the Year and of the Quarter at the September breakfast meeting.
Naval Medical Center San Diego
3rd MAW NLSD Award Presentation
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