Mr. John Rodgers (left) spoke at a meeting of the Council on January 10, 2018. He gave a very informative presentation on the Battle of Jutland (May 31-June 1, 2016). Accompanying Mr. Rodgers is Norb Smith of the Council.
CAPT John Hickok, USN(Ret.) (left) spoke at a meeting of the Council on March 22, 2017. He discussed stealth technology and the use of stealthy vehicles by the United States and her adversaries. He is accompanied by Bill Teale of the Council.
Mr. Howard H. Hoege III, President and CEO, The Mariners Museum and Park (left) spoke at a meeting of the Council on January 11, 2017. Accompanying Mr. Hoege is Norb Smith of the Council.
Admiral James T. Loy, United States Coast Guard (Ret.), Senior Counselor, Cohen Group, ([eft) spoke at a Council meeting on November 9, 2016. Accompanying Admiral Loy is Norb Smith of the Council.
Rear Admiral Meredith Austin, US Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard Disrict, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League's Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on September 13, 2015. Admiral Austin provided a brief history of the Coast Guard and discussed her responsibilities for the mission readiness of all east coast personnel and facilities in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and part of Pennsylvania. Accompanying Admiral Austin is Norb Smith of the Council.
Rear Admiral Cindy Thebaud, USN, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, and Captain Michael McMillan, USN, Commodore of the IWO JIMA Amphibious Ready Group, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on November 4, 2015. Admiral Thebaud addressed her responsibilities for mission readiness of all East Coast naval amphibious forces. Captain McMillan reviewed the recent deployment to the Middle East of the IWO JIMA Amphibious Ready Group, including USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7), USS NEW YORK (LPD 21), USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43), and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU). Accompanying the presenters is Gerry Mauer, Council President.
Captain Ronald L. Ravelo, USN, Commanding Officer, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72, spoke a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on July 8, 2015. Captain Ravelo addressed the Refuel and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) for USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72 that is currently being conducted by Newport News Shipbuilding. RCOH, scheduled for completion in October 2016, includes refueling the ship’s nuclear reactors, warfighting modernization, and upgrading of the ship’s infrastructure. Accompanying Captain Ravelo is Gerry Mauer, Council President.
Captain Paul C. Haebler, USN, Commanding Officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on March 11, 2015. He discussed the primary mission of the Weapons Station as the receipt, storage and issue of ordnance to ships of the Atlantic Fleet and other sea services, including the United States Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and some foreign Navy vessels. Accompanying CAPT Haebler is Gerry Mauer, Council President.
Captain John F. Meier, USN, Prospective Commanding Officer of USS GERALD R. FORD CVN 78, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on January 14, 2015. He discussed the ship’s motto “Integrity at the Helm”, which characterizes the life and leadership of the former president. Captain Meier also reviewed the technologies and design features that will be aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, including a larger flight deck, electromagnetic catapults, advanced weapons systems, and a command culture that is founded on “character and quality of work”. Accompanying CAPT Meier is Gerry Mauer, Council president.
General Anthony (Tony) Zinni, USMC (Ret.), former Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command USCENTCOM, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League's Williamsburg Council on November 12, 2014. He reviewed concepts, plans and policies that provide the framework of U.S. national security strategies and national military strategies. These strategies are discussed in his recently published book "Before the First Shots are Fired." Accompanying General Zinni is Gerry Mauer, President of the Council.
Rear Admiral John Smith, United States Navy, Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. JFSC, one of the colleges of the National Defense University, is located on the Norfolk Naval Station, and provides four annual instructional programs for over 3,000 students. RADM Smith highlighted that JFSC’s mission is to “cultivate and teach jointness through education”, and that “diversity of thought brings better courses of action.” Accompanying RADM Smith is Gerry Mauer, president of the Council.
Rear Admiral Peter A. Gumataotao, United States Navy, Commander Surface Force Atlantic, spoke at the May 2014 meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Surface Force Atlantic, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is responsible for the manning, fleet readiness and training of the surface force Atlantic Fleet. SURFLANT includes 29 commands, 25,000+ personnel, and 70+ ships, not including aircraft carriers. Personnel and ships are assigned to the North Atlantic, Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, South Atlantic, and parts of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The command is also responsible for the missile defense maritime forces in the Mediterranean and the land based Aegis radar in Eastern Europe.
Admiral Gumataotao, a native of Guam, thanked the Navy League for their role in communicating the importance of our national security. Accompanying RADM Gumataotao is Gerry Mauer, president of the Council.
Vice Admiral Nora W. Tyson, United States Navy, Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on March 12, 2014. U.S. Fleet Forces Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is responsible for fleet readiness and training of 145,000 surface, aviation, submarine, expeditionary and network warfare personnel, plus fleet ships and shore installations. VADM Tyson addressed USFF’s mission to execute the Chief of Naval Operation’s objectives of “warfighting first, operate forward, be ready.” Accompanying VADM Tyson is Gerry Mauer, president of the Council.
Captain Reed Stephenson, USCG, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League's Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on January 8, 2014, USCG TRACEN YORKTOWN is the largest of the Coast Guard's four training centers, and annually trains on-site over 2,600 USCG students and over 250 international maritime students, and conducts training in the Coast Guard's seven operational missions. Accompanying Captain Stephenson is Gerry Mauer, president of the Council.
Elliot Gruber, new President & CEO of The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Since becoming the Museum’s new president nine months ago, Mr. Gruber has launched a significant renovation and upgrade of the exhibits and displays, and reorganized major facilities within the Museum to enhance the experience and enjoyment of its many visitors of all age groups. Accompanying Elliot is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Gregory J. Edwards, Vice President of Government Affairs, Virginia Port Authority, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on September 11, 2013. Greg reviewed the existing marine terminal facilities located in Hampton Roads and also the inland port operations. He also provided an update on the significant economic and business opportunities that are achievable during the next decade, based on the competitive advantage of the Commonwealth of Virginia due to our already existing deepwater ports. Accompanying Greg is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Steven H. Ratti, Commander, 5th Coast Guard District, spoke at the July 10, 2013 meeting of the Navy League's Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Admiral Ratti has overall responsibility for the full range of Coast Guard maritime safety and security missions carried out in the mid-Atlantic region, from central New Jersey through North Carolina. He addressed Fifth District's maritime safety, recovery and lifesaving operations during super storm Sandy, to include the lifesaving mission to search for and rescue the crew of the ship Bounty during the storm. Accompanying Rear Admiral Ratti is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Matt Mulherin Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Matt Mulherin, President of Newport News Shipbuilding, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on May 8, 2013. He addressed the four major business sectors in which Newport News Shipbuilding supports the United States Navy: production of the new Ford-class aircraft carriers; production of Virginia-class attack submarines; mid-life overhaul of Nimitz-class carriers; and deactivation of Nimitz-class carriers. Newport News Shipbuilding is Virginia’s largest manufacturing employer. Accompanying Matt is Norbert Smith, Council President.
Admiral Walter Doran, United States Navy, Retired, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on March 13, 2013. A Williamsburg resident, he is a former Commander-In-Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT). ADM Doran presented an overview of the Asia – Pacific Region, and its strategic importance to US foreign policy, and to our economic and national security interests.
Congressman Rob Wittman Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Congressman Rob Wittman, Representative of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on January 9, 2013. As the newly appointed Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Wittman spoke on the impact of current budget deliberations on our national defense and on the readiness of our nation’s armed forces.Accompanying the congressman are Joe Schumacher, Peninsula District Director for the 1st District, and Norbert Smith of the Council.
Bill O’Donovan, Publisher of the Virginia Gazette, gave a slide presentation to the Navy League’s members and guests at the November 14, 2012 meeting. His presentation covered “The History of the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex”. He also discussed that the current location of the USCG Training Center Yorktown was formerly the Naval Mine Depot. Accompanying Bill are Captain Reed Stephenson USCG, CO TRACEN YKTWN, and Norbert Smith of the Council.
Captain Kevin B. Terry, United States Navy, Commanding Officer, Supervisor, Conversion and Repair, USN, Newport News, addressed the Navy League's members and guests, at the September 12, 2012 meeting. He discussed the current program for the construction, conversion and repair of the United States Navy's aircraft carriers and submarines taking place at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Captain William Riffer Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Captain William Riffer. United States Navy (Retired), addressed the Council's members and guests, at the July 11, 2012 meeting, on the subject of nuclear submarine operations during the Cold War. Captain Riffer is a former Commanding Officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS BOSTON (SSN 703) and the submarine tender USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33)
Captain Steven Pope Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Captain Steven Pope, United States Coast Guard, addressed the Council's members and guests at the May 13, 2012 meeting. He discussed the history of the maritime battles that took place between our young nation's Revenue Cutter Service and the British Navy on the York River during the War of 1812. The Revenue Cutter SURVEYOR, commanded by Samuel Travis of Williamsburg, engaged a British warship in the vicinity of Gloucester Point. Captain Pope is the Coast Guard Atlantic Area's Plans Officer for the Commemoration of the War of 1812.
William Teale Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Mr. William E. (Bill)Teale, a Williamsburg resident and member of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council, addressed the Council’s members and guests on the construction and operations of America’s first nuclear-powered commercial ship, the N.S. SAVANNAH. The ship began maritime operations in 1962. N.S. SAVANNAH was constructed by the New York Shipbuilding Company when Bill’s father was company president and CEO.
Malcolm Taylor Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Mr. Malcolm P. (Mick) Taylor, assigned to the Naval Warfare Integration Group of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, spoke at the January 2012 meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Mr. Taylor addressed the mission areas and capabilities of our nation’s new military strategy announced earlier in the month. Accompanying Mr. Taylor are CAPT William J. Milne USCG, Commanding Officer, USCG Training Center Yorktown, and Norbert Smith of the Council.
Congressman Rob Wittman Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) 1st District spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on November 9, 2011. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he addressed national security in the context of current and future global threats, and the impact of current budget deliberations on our national defense and readiness. Accompanying Congressman Wittman is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Captain Dorian F. Jones USN Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Captain Dorian F. Jones USN, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Captain Jones addressed the ship’s recent 11-month deployment, during which the ship, its crew and the embarked Marine amphibious group supported relief operations in Pakistan, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean, and the U.S. Libyan Operation. Accompanying Captain Jones is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Rear Admiral Ted N. Branch USN Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
In celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral Ted N. Branch USN, Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Admiral Branch addressed the current status of our naval air forces, and how naval aviation will be evolving in the decades ahead. Accompanying Admiral Branch are the Council’s naval aviators in attendance (l to r): Perry Stone, Tom Flanary, Gerry Mauer, Fred Gore and Stew Zink.
CAPT Lowell D. Crow USN Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Captain Lowell D. Crow USN, Commanding Officer Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. He addressed the newly expanded role of NAVWPNSTNYKTWN, to include being the new headquarters of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, and the addition of approximately 800 Marines.
Fleet Master Chief Thomas Howard USN (Ret.) Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Fleet Master Chief Thomas Howard, who recently retired from the United States Navy as FLTCM of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va., spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. He addressed the professionalism, service and patriotism of the men and women in our Navy and Marine Corps. FLTCM Howard is accompanied by Bill Teale and Norb Smith of the Council.
Bill O’Donovan Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
Bill O’Donovan, Publisher of the Virginia Gazette spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. Bill’s presentation is entitled “The Art of War” and describes the Battle of the Capes and the Siege on Land at Yorktown in 1781. O'Donovan, left, is shown with Norbert Smith, President of the Williamsburg-Yorktown Council.
Commander Allan Carpenter USN (Ret.) Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
In recognition of Veterans Day, Commander Allan Carpenter USN (Ret.) spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council on November 10, 2010. CDR Carpenter, a naval aviator and combat veteran, was a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from November 1966 until March 1973.
General Anthony Zinni USMC (Ret.) Addresses Williamsburg-Yorktown Council
General Anthony (Tony) Zinni USMC (Ret.), former commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM), spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council held on September 8, 2010. He reviewed current U.S. national security issues from the politics and policy, strategy, operational and tactical levels. Accompanying General Zinni is Norbert Smith of the Council.
Captain William (Bill) Milne USCG, Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, spoke at a meeting of the Navy League’s Williamsburg-Yorktown Council. He briefed the council members on the Coast Guard’s operations during the Deepwater Horizon Incident in the Gulf of Mexico, and Training Center Yorktown’s current mission responsibilities to train Coast Guard personnel and other federal and state government agencies in handling the Deepwater Horizon Incident and future incidents. Accompanying Captain Milne is Norbert Smith, President of the Council.
RADM Mark Fox, USN, Commander Carrier Strike Group TEN, pictured with Council President Norb Smith (center) and ex-Council President Tom Flanary, after he spoke at the March 2009 Council meeting.