Phil Dunmire, national president of the Navy League of the United States, will be the guest speaker at the Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council quarterly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. New officers will also be elected at the meeting.
Dunmire, who lives in Wellington, Fla., has been an active member of the Navy League for 24 years, serving in numerous council and national-level positions, inluding 16 years as a national director and three years as national vice president.
Enlisting as a private in the U.S.Army in 1967, he was later commissined as a second lieutenant and served in various positions in Germany and in Vietnam, where he was awarded the bronze star. His post service career was in finance and banking in Florida.
Founded in 1902, the Navy League of the United States is a civilian oganization dedicated to the education of citizens about the importance of sea power. Through more than 56,000 members and 265 local ouncils, the Navy League supports men and women serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S.Coast Gujard and U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine and provides support to their families as well.
The Navy League encourages America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Scholarship Program and Navy JROTC units like the one at Howard High School in Chattanooga.