United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Receives Annual Awards

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council —a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services, the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine, organized at the national level as the Navy League of the United States—announced on Tuesday that it has won annual council awards for its efforts in Sea Service Unit Adoptions and  Communications for their Social Media avenue. Of the nearly 200 active councils that comprise the Navy League of the United States, the United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council was honored for its continued support of both local and out of state maritime services.  

This includes the local Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Naval Operational Support Center Chattanooga, Navy; The USCGC OUACHITA homeported in Chattanooga; Howard High School’s NJROTC program; the United States Sea Cadet Corps, Chattanooga, Division; the USS TN USS TENNESSEE SSBN-734 (G); and the Southeast Tennessee Area Young Marines. 

For the 2019 year, the United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council supported our youth councils with annual awards, visits to their units with guest speakers, monetary donations, reading materials, and leading several, national trainings. 

A tour of The USS TN USS TENNESSEE SSBN-734 (G) in late May and early June of 2019 was supported by the United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council with a dinner for both the Blue and Gold Crews and a tour of their boat the following day.  Many members and guests attended this event in King’s Bay, GA. 

The local Navy, at the Naval Operational Support Center, were supported by fundraisers to sponsor the Navy Ball in October of 2019.  At the end of the year, they also received a large donation of coffee from StarBucks.  Our Council also purchased Navy Ball Caps for their annual family day.

Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division were supported throughout the 2019 year with donations for their Marine Ball and attendance; and donated formal gowns to their female personnel and spouses/friends. 

The United States Greater Chattanooga Navy League Council supported and attended the Wreath of Honor Ceremony in October of 2019 to honor the “Fallen 5.”  The Council has multiple members involved with the planning and implementation of the Annual Armed Forces Parade, Memorial and Veteran’s Day and also RiverBend’s “Military Appreciation Night” which encompasses all military branches and youth groups.

“Our Council takes great pride in supporting our maritime services throughout our country and here, locally.  Training and supporting our future leaders with our youth groups, and showing our appreciation for our adopted units.  Our Council is enriched by the membership in being both veterans and civilians,” said Council President Stacy Kehoe.

“Support of the sea services at the grassroots level is the mission of each of the councils of the Navy League,” said Navy League National President Bill Stevenson. “This year’s council award winners represent the Navy League organizations that continue to enrich our mission each day to educate, advocate and support the Navy, Marine Corp, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. ” Each year, the Navy League of the United States awards councils by issuing three separate awards. The Council Performance awards are awarded to councils that earn either outstanding, meritorious or honorable mention accolades for their work on overall council activities, youth support, sea service activities, public education activities and legislative accomplishments. The Sea Service United Adoption Excellence Award honors councils, sorted by size into small, medium and large councils, for their demonstrated strong commitment to direct support of sea service units through a robust adoption program. The award also includes the adoption of youth programs, like the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps. The Donald M. Mackie awards recognize councils for their communications efforts in three categories, newsletter, website and social media. The award is named in honor of an instrumental founder of the Navy League of the United States ’Seapower magazine. To see a list of all of this year’s winners, go to https://www.navyleague.org/programs/awards/council-awards

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: The Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. Through national and local programs, the Navy League of the United States provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity. The Navy League provides support to our sea services personnel and their families and youth programs, such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

For more information, go to www.navyleague.org.


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