The men and women who serve in America’s sea services need the support of their fellow citizens more than ever. Our sailors need the backing of a strong voice to advocate for the resources they need to serve their country. The Navy League is that voice on issues of maritime strength and security, and our local council is actively engaged.
The Council is supporting service members in our community by providing “Sailor of the Quarter and Sailor of the Year” awards to two local commands; namely the Submarine USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN-711), and US Coast Guard Station Golden Gate. We also support the NROTC unit located at UC Berkley each year with by presenting a sword for the Brigade Commander and an award for the top Merchant Marine Academy graduate of California Maritime Academy, located in Vallejo, California.
We support instilling the values of patriotism, responsibility, disciple, and leadership in America’s youth through the Local Division of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. We are actively and politically supporting the continuation of the high school ROTC units in San Francisco.
Outside of San Francisco, the perception is that San Francisco is unfriendly to all military. But, San Francisco has always been known as a ”Navy” town! In-spite of some local government publicized “unique” policies, our annual Fleet Week event in October, is attended by hundreds of thousands of people each and every year.
Our San Francisco Navy League is working to set the record straight. Just this year the Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief (Chief of the Boat) of USS SAN FRANCICSO, met with Mayor Newsom who conveyed his support to the Navy. This was a great first step for support of sailors in San Francisco. Join us in this endeavor to once again have San Francisco considered by all to be a “Navy” town.
A major effort of this Council has always been the education of the public as to the requirements for a strong national defense. The Sea Services must remain properly equipped, and need to recruit the best and the brightest of our young people. Each year, we conduct five general membership lunches at Scoma’s located at Fisherman’s wharf, San Francisco. We invite a guest speaker who has a unique and insightful view on a defense related topic.
If you believe that these goals are worth pursuing, we want you to join our group. The Navy League is a civilian organization, and you need not have served in the military to be a member. We enthusiastically invite you to go to the sign on page, complete the membership application, or just come to our next lunch, and help to continue the legacy of support to our sea services that has continued for over 103 years.