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July 2019 - Mayport Navy Leaguers support the homecoming of USS Ft. McHenry (LSD 43)
On Thursday, 18 July, a team of Mayport Navy Leaguers turned out early
in the morning to provide our American flag to everyone waiting on the pier for their (and our) Ft. McHenry to return from a major deployment to 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations. While the early "reveille"
was a bit of a challenge for some, having the ship arrive and be pier side just before 8AM meant that it was a relatively cool great Navy Day, complete with a nice morning breeze. The Navy Region Southeast
band was on hand to cheer the families and friends and make the time pass quickly. Your Navy League handed out literally hundreds of flags so that when Ft. McHenry came alongside, the crew was greeted
with a sea of American flags waving up at them. The pictures are so much better than these words! Many thanks to the Navy League team who carried on the legacy of our long time Ship Greeting leader, Bill
McLoughlin. Bill passed away on the mid-watch of 17 July - am sure Bill was watching over us to be sure we got it right!
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July 2019 - Mayport Navy League Council Dinner and Naval Station Mayport Update
On Saturday, 13 July 2019, the Mayport Council of the Navy League held a dinner meeting at the Mayport Naval Station, Ocean Breeze Conference Center, to receive an update on changes accomplished or planned at the Naval Station. The keynote speaker was Captain David Yoder, the Mayport Commanding Officer. Captain Yoder provided a very comprehensive discussion of the evolution of the Mayport Naval Station from it's founding up to the present. He discussed the impact of various options for homeporting different classes of ships at Mayport and the infrastructure impacts or changes required to accommodate different options. Part of the Navy League mission is to be knowledgable spokespersons for the Sea Services.nbsp; Captain Yoder's discussion certainly helped all of the 50+ Navy Leaguers who attended to have a much better understanding of the issues that affect our Mayport homeport! Captain Yoder completes three years as Commanding Officer at Mayport and will turn over command on 26 July. Fair winds and following seas, Captain and Mrs. Yoder and family!
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Mayport Navy League Honors Top Midshipman at JU NROTC Commissioning
On Saturday, 27 April, the Jacksonville University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (JU NROTC) unit held their Spring Commissioning Ceremony at the JU Terry Concert Hall just inside the main gate - easy to get to, with convenient parking!
This Spring, the JU NROTC commissioned 7 new Ensigns and our Marine Corps commissioned two new 2nd Lieutenants into our Naval Service.
The JU NROTC Commanding Officer, Captain Leverette administered the Oath of Office to two of the officers while the other seven officers had a family member or close friend administer their Oath of Office - a truly family event.
Your Mayport Navy League Council presented an officer's sword to the outstanding Midshipman of this class - Ensign Holcombe. Pictured are Ensign Holcombe receiving his officer's sword from Mayport Navy League Council President, George Huchting.
Our future looks to be in very capable hands!
April 2019 - Terry Parker, High School NJROTC Cadet, Receives Roosevelt Youth Medal From Mayport Navy League
On Wednesday evening, 17 April 2019, Mayport Navy League Council President, George Huchting, was privileged to present the Navy Leagues Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal to Cadet Lieutenant Thomas at the Terry Parker High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit awards ceremony.
The auditorium was filled with the corps of cadets and their family as various civic organizations presented awards to the top cadets from across the spectrum of the unit. Pictured are the Terry Parker NJROTC Senior Instructor, LCDR Morosetti, President Huchting as they pin the Roosevelt award on a very proud Cadet/LT Thomas and President Huchting and Cadet Thomas with his certificate - there were some very proud parents in the audience!
President Huchting also presented Cadet/LT Thomas with a quotation from former United States Poet Laureate Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."