Chattanooga Navy League Hosts USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) Crew Members

Monday, June 09, 2014
Commander John L. Howrey, United States Navy
Commanding Officer, USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734)(BLUE)
Commander John L. Howrey, United States Navy Commanding Officer, USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734)(BLUE)

Commander John L. Howrey, US Navy, Commanding Officer of the USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) will be guest speaker at the Navy League John J. Spittler Greater Chattanooga Council dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Mountain City Club in Chattanooga.

Commander Howrey and nine of his crew members are paying a reciprocal visit to Chattanooga at the request of the Chattanooga Navy League which adopted the submarine and its crew several years ago.

In January, 29 Navy League members and guests traveled to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay near St. Mary’s, Ga., where they were treated to a three-hour, personalized tour of the USS Tennessee as well as a visit to the Trident Training facility, one of the nation’s largest government buildings.

A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Commander Howrey’s diverse Navy career includes assignments as weapons officer aboard the USS Olympia (SSN 717) and USS Topeka (SSN754); legislative Liaison at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida; and advisor/mentor to the Afghan commander for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul Afghanisan.

Commander Howrey holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in National Resource Strategy.  His military decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals and various other individual, campaign and unit awards.

To attend Thursday's dinner or for more information about Navy League programs please call Patty Parks at (423) 326-0839 or visit www.chattanooganavyleague.org


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