AWARDS RECOGNITION

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

August – U.S. Coast Guard Birthday Celebration Event

San Diego Council celebrated the Coast Guard’s 232nd Birthday at its August Breakast Event with 100 members and guests in attendance.  Award recognition was presented to Enlisted Person of the Quarters; Sector San Diego, MK2 Reggie Mitchell; Small Boat Station, ME3 Haleigh Branco, CGC HADDOCK, BM2 Lindsey York, Air Station San Diego, AMT1 Matthew Jones and Enlisted Person of the Year; AET2 Cody Speck.  Special Thank you to USS PRINCETON’s Culinary Specialists; CS3 Giovany Merced-Rodriguez for the presentation of the birthday cake.  Guest Speaker was USCG Sector San Diego CAPT James W., Spitler.  Additional special recognition was the 2022/2023 Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship Award Winners; Symone Antienza and Jack Peterson.  Special Thank you to Raytheon and its Military Representative; Jeff Westin for August Breakfast Sponsorship.

July Breakfast Event

In the spirit of our July 4th Independence, the San Diego Council celebrated its July Breakfast Event recognizing its Sea Service Members from the San Diego metro area.  Awardees recognized; Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN’s Sailors of the Year; USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) – NC1(SW/AW) Christopher Somerville, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) – DC1(SW) Mario Barrera, USS STETHM (DDG 63) – IT1(SW/AW) Monique Walker, USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) – LS1(SW/AW) Jin Zhang.  Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego’s Drill Instructor & Recruiter of the Quarter;  SSgt Juan C. Rios, Sgt Fontaine J. Bray Jr., GySgt Mileham and SSgt Rolando Nieto.  U.S. Coast Guard’s Enlisted Person of the Year/Quarter; Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific – ME1 Megan Raygor, Maritme Security Response Team West – ME2 Branden Tober and USCG Air Station San Diego – AMT2 Martin Andrade.
Awards sponsored and presented by USAA San Diego Military Representives Command Master Chief David Dearie, USN(Ret), Sergeant Major Tim Haney, USMC(Ret) and Arizona Regional Manager Chief Master Sergeant Rory Wicks, USAF(Ret).
Guest Speaker was Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN – Rear Admiral Christopher J. Sweeney who provided insight on his command and its role it serves in the fleet in meeting national tasking.  RDML Sweeney was presented an autograph book;  “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family At War” by Vietnam Prisoner of War Hero and former Navy League President Jim Bedinger for serving as the Council’s Guest Speaker.
During the Breakfast Event, President Ed Naranjo presented First Command’s District Advisor, Jason Surya and his team the Council’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award for their strong support of the Council’s sea service programs.  Including, a check to Josh Ramon, being selected as the 2022/2023 Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship recipient.  Josh was selected as one of four amongst 39 competitive applications, who will receive up to $15k towards his college education.  His parents where on hand to congratulate and witness this special occasion.  Special Thank You to Grand Manchester Hyatt Hotel Director of Event Management – Rick Mitrovich and his Team, Senior Sales Manager Gregory Seepersad and Karen Leparula in donating $950.00 to the San Diego Council in support of its Sea Services Programs.

June Breakfast Event

San Diego Council held its June Breakfast Event, recognizing USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Qtr) Award Winners to BMSN(SW) Jartavious Jackson, Sailor of the Quarter; RS2(SW/AW) Cody Province and Senior Sailor of the Quarter; GM1(SW) Steven Heim for professional excellence.  SOQ Awards was sponsored by LC Embroidery.  Special thank you to Geico’s Rep; Jenny De La Serna in providing giftbags to the awardees.  Guest Speaker was USS MICHAEL MONSOOR’s Commanding Officer; Captain Garrett Miller who provided familiarization on his warship’s capabilites and the role it serves in the fleet and how it applies to meeting today’s mission.  Including, how he instills a winning attitude and ship’s pride and professionalism culture to his Sailors.  CAPT Miller was presented an authograph book;  “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family At War” by Vietnam Prisoner of War Hero and former Navy League President Jim Bedinger for serving as the Council’s Guest Speaker.
During the Breakfast Event Youth Programs Chairman; Shane Steinfeld and President Ed Narango presented the Youth Medal Award to Sea Cadet Corps Michael Monsoor Battalion, Cadet Petty Offier Third Class Jonathan Lee for his outstanding performance.  Sea Cadet Corps Michael Monsoor Battalion Commanding Officer; LCDR Valencia Jones was on hand to accept the award on his behalf.  Youth Medal Award was sponsored by LC Embroidery.
President Ed Naranjo presented the Council’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award to LC Embroidery Business Owner Rolan Patzi for his outstanding support of the Council’s Sea Services programs; USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) and USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) Awards Sponsorship, Youth Programs NJROTC, MCJROTEC and Sea Cadet Corps Youth Medals Awards Sponsorship and the Sea Service Member of the Year Award Nominees and OMBUDSMAN Apprecation.Breakfast Buffet Sponsorship.   LC Embroidery is a Platinum Community Partner.
Congratulations to Katy Hall in being selected as the 2022/2023 Alexander Kreiglowa Scholarship recipient.  Katy was selected as one of four amongst 39 competitive applications, were she will receive up to $15k towards her college education.  Her parents and both grandparents where on hand to congratulate and witness this special occasion.
Additionally, our San Diego Council recognized Admiral Baker Catering Lead Supervisor Vern for his professionalism and outstanding support for our breakfast events.
Special Thank You to Military Mutual Real Estate Services and Board of Director; Derek Barksdale in donating $500.00 to the San Diego Council during its June Breakfast Event in support of its Sea Services Programs.

Awards Recognition at Fleet Surgical Team THREE at Naval Base San Diego

Sea Service Committee Chairman; Marty Magana, CMDCM, USN(Ret) and Executive Director; Ernie Belmares, CMDCM, USN(Ret) visited Fleet Surgical Team THREE to present the Junior Sea Service Member of the Year Award to HN(SW) Edward Johnson and runner’s up to HM2(SW/AW) Angelina Mangram, and HM1 Patrick Whalen who were all unable to attend the previous month’s Awards Ceremony due to operational commitments. Job well done FST3!

Awards Recognition at MCAS Miramar

Council’s Homecoming & Field Operations Chairman Jay Rindler and Board Member Bob Berman visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to present 11 awards to Marine and Sailor of the Quarter attached to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on May 11, 2022.

2022 Sea Service Member of the Year

San Diego Council held its 2nd Annual Sea Service Member of the Year Award that hosted 108 guests in attendance, that included business leaders from the community and the service members Chain of Command.
Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners; Junior Sea Service Member; HN (SW) Edward Johnson (Fleet Surgical Team THREE), Sea Service Member; HM2(SW/AW) Eric Johnson (Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE) and Senior Sea Service Member; ABF1(SW/EXW) John-Paul Candelaria (USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23).
Including all our nominees; BM3(SW) Andrea Rodriguezlopez (USS PINCKNEY (DDG-91)), BM3 Luis Ruiz (USS MOBILE GOLD (LCS-26)), HM3(SW) Eugene T. Hawks II, USS Anchorage (LSD 23), OS3(SW) Diamon McKinney, USN – CPR5, Cpl Matthew Labosky, MALS-11, AN Eleanor Everett, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight, ET3 Abegail C. Bitzer, USS Lake Erie (CG 70), HM2(SW/AW) Angelina Mangram (Fleet Surgical Team THREE), HT2(SW/EXW) Jonathan Jimmerson (USS MOBILE GOLD (LCS-26), MK2 Zachary R. Lill, USCGC HADDOCK (WPB 87347), MC2 Chelsea Meiller, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, YN2 Jacoby Mayweather, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Sgt Brian Peterson, HMH-465, PS2(AW/SW) Emari Barber, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight, CS2 Mata, USN – USS Essex (LHD 2), PS1(SW/AW) Tylere Gonzalez (USS MOBILE BAY (CG-53)), OS1(SW) Felicia Ward (USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52)), HM1 Patrick Whalen, Fleet Surgical Team THREE, ABF1 Wilmon  Michal Davies, USS Essex (LHA 2), CS1 Phyllis D. Amaraz, USCGC HADDOCK (WPB 87347), IT1(SW/AW/IW) Joshua Johnson,USS Mobile (LCS 26) GOLD, HM1 Jenna Willard, Commander Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, IS1 (IW/SW) Demetrius Bruce, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE, YN1 Olmar Aguilus, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, and AWS1 Vincent Meza, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight.
Special thank you to our Sea Service Committee Chairman; Marty Magana and his Award Selection Board Committee; Tracy Owens, LCDR, USN(Ret), Shay Fortson, CMDCM, USN(Ret), Rosa Wilson, CMDCM, USN(Ret), Kevin Rogers, Sgt, USMC(Veteran) and Shane Steinfeld, FC2, USN(Veteran).
Including, our sponsors; Raytheon for the awards certificates and LC Embroidery for the breakfast in supporting all nominees.

May Breakfast Event

San Diego Council held its May Breakfast Event, recognizing USS O’Kane FY2021 Sailor of the Year Award Winners;  Bluejacket Sailor of the Year; GSM3(SW) Shifu Hou, Junior Sailor of the Year; LS2(SW) Alexander Kiernan and Sailor of the Year; NC1(SW/FMF) David Butler for professional excellence.
Guest Speaker was USS O’Kane (DDG 77) Commanding Officer; Commander Michelle Fontenot who provided awareness of her ship’s namesake, heritage and warfare capabilities and familiarization.  She provided insight on her crew’s success during its recent eight month deployment to the western pacific and middle east and the role it played as the Ballistic Missile Defense ship with Carrier Strike Group 1.  CDR Fontenot was presented a ball cap by the Council President Ed Naranjo and authograph book;  “Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family At War” by Vietnam Prisoner of War Hero and former Navy League President Jim Bedinger for serving as the Council’s Guest Speaker.   Awards for USS O’Kane Sailors of the Quarter were sponsored by RCP Block & Brick.  RCP Block & Brick Owner Kathy Olsen was on hand to present the awards and say a few words about her company and the customers they serve in the San Diego Metro Area.  RCP Block & Brick  is a Community Partner Affiliate that strongly supports our military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to have their support.
During the Breakfast Event, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center Machinery Repair Shop Leading Chief Petty Officer; MRC Charles Gross-Ruiz and his Division Leading Petty Officers; MR1 Bartels, MR1 Hinojosa, MR1 Pundoh, MR2 Walker and MR2 Byrd presented the Council’s 1960 Bell after making repairs to the crack stand and refurbishing the bell’s brass and wood stand and adding its personal touch with fancy work and the names engraved for the repairs.  Ultimately restoring its original look 62 years ago and back to operation.
Council Member Jennifer Givens was were recognized by County of San Diego Supervisor Joel Anderson Representative; Mrs. Eileen Henot for her performance in organizing April’s Mt. Soledad’s Women Veterans Ceremony and her volunteer service in the San Diego Community.
Special Thank You to Raytheon’s Mike Fabel and Jeff Weston for donating $5k to the San Diego Council t in support of its Sea Services Programs.

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.

VP Tracy Owens visits Navy Talent Acquisition Group Southwest to present awards to Senior Sailor of the Quarter; NC1 Jacob Hackfeld and Junior Sailor of the Quarter; CE2 Emily Starnes  for professional excellence during the first Quarter of 2022..  Awards sponsored by Club 22.

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.

Jim November breakfast speaker

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.

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.

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.

NMCSD

Naval Medical Center San Diego

3rdMAW NLSD Award Presentation

3rd MAW NLSD Award Presentation

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Walmart

Council President Phyllis Barber presents 2019-2020 Council President Tony Johnson a gift of thanks for his leadership during his tenure

CMC Ernie Belmares, USN (Ret) Chair of Sea Services; Council President Phyllis Barber; Sector San Diego Command Master Chief Master Chief Greg Via; USAA awards sponsor representative David Dearie; Sector San Diego Enlisted Person of the Year AST2 William Arrison and Captain Timothy Barelli, Commander Coast Guard Sector San Diego.

 Captain Timothy Barelli, Commander Coast Guard Sector San Diego prepares to cut the Coast Guard 21lst birthday cake with LtJg Liesl Olson; Sector San Diego Command Master Chief, Master Chief Greg Via and Sector San Diego Enlisted Person of the Year AST2 William Arrison.

Council President Phyllis Barber presents Captain Timothy Barelli with an autographed of Patriot Prisoner Survivor. Council Past President Jim Bedinger the author stands next to the Captain.

support service members in the San Diego area.

A $4000.00 check presented to Mr. Tim Ney, Executive Director of Armed Services YMCA to support service members in the San Diego area.

RECOGNITION & SUPPORT

A $4000.00 check presented to Mr. Tony Teravainen, CEO and Co-Founder of Support the Enlisted Project (STEP).

RECOGNITION & SUPPORT

A $2000.00 check presented to Mr. Barry White, Director of San Diego Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Ms. Rosa Wilson Deputy Director to assist in supporting Marines and Sailors.

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