Video of the Farewell (courtesy of Hellcat Productions) can be viewed by clicking: Here. A photo Gallery of the event can be viewed by clicking: Here. CMDCM Mario Rivers is heading to Hawaii to assume the duties as Area CMC. Stewart Ramsey is retiring and has plans to undertake some interesting travel. For those that know him the term "Have bike will travel" comes to mind. Both are terrific people and will be dearly missed. An invitation with specifics can be found by clicking: Here
Public gathering restrictions have been lifted sufficiently to allow a face to face BOD meeting. The Pensacola Navy League Board of Directors will meet at 4:00 PM at the Pensacola Yacht Club in the Ballroom on Wed, 12 August 2020. Read More.
The Cutter DILIGENCE arrived to their new Homeport of NAS Pensacola at 10:00 AM on Monday, 27 July 2020. The day may have been dark and damp but the enthusiam was clearly undampened as the good ship and Crew were welcomed by the Base, the community and their families. A photo gallery for the arrival can be viewed: Here.
The Commander of Naval Education and Training Command conducted a Virtual Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, 9 July 2020. During the Ceremony RADM Kyle J. Cozad USN was relieved by RADM Peter A. Garvin. RADM Cozad's retirement Ceremony followed the Change of Command.
A Link to view a recording of the Virtual Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony follows: Click here.
The Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 conducted a Change of Command on Friday, 10 July 2020. During the Ceremony Col Michael H. Johnson, USMC was relieved by Col William C. Hendricks IV, USMC.
A link to view a recording of the Ceremony can be found: Here
The original invitation can be viewed: Here
The Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23 conducted a Change of Command on Friday, 10 July 2020. During the Ceremony Col Ryan G. Goulette, USMC was relieved by Col Kevin J. Boyce, USMC.
The original invitation can be viewed: Here
Instructions for viewing a recording of the Ceremony on the MATSG-23 Facebook page follow:
Instructions for becoming a member of the “MATSG-23 Headquarters Permanent Personnel Family Readiness” Facebook page. Our Command Facebook Page is set up as a private group, so there are a few more steps involved.
This may seem daunting, but it really is quite easy! Please go to the following link as soon as practicable: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303156677015305/?ref=share When prompted, ask to become a member. When you do, three questions will come up.
Q1 – How are you affiliated with MATSG-23?
A1 – Friend / Family (as appropriate)
Q2 – Are you in Pensacola?
A1 – Y / N (as appropriate)
Q3 – Who is your family member in MATSG-23?
A3 – CO
The Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter DECISIVE conducted a Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. During the Ceremony CDR Jose D. Martis, USCG was relieved by CDR John B. McWhite, USCG. A link to view a recording of the Ceremony follows: Click Here. To see the Change of Command Photo Gallery: Click Here
The Pensacola Navy League recognizes the efforts of our Military during the annual Margaret Flowers Civic Award, Military Recognition Day ceremony. The ceremony, a lunch event held in February, is the largest event hosted by the Council. Enlisted service members (up to E-6) from the Pensacola area are nominated by their commands. The selection criterion is based on civic work in the community, leadership, rate proficiency and representation of appearance. The award’s namesake, Margaret Flowers, honors Ms. Flowers’ long and devoted record of service to the Navy and the community; she embodies the true esprit de corps of community and social involvement. To see Galleries from previous years go to the Recurring Events Tab and click on Military Recognition Day.
The Pensacola Navy League through a Remembrance Ceremony will be Honoring and Remembering the sacrifice and heroism of our shipmates that took place on 6 December 2019. Presentations by Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson IV, and CAPT Tim Kinsella USN, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola will provide the City of Pensacola and outlying Community a chance to Honor and Remember those brave sailors who gave their lives in the service of their country. THIS EVENT WILL BE OPEN TO ANYONE.
At a date and location to be determined. Come join us as we welcome CAPT Andrews to discuss the Center for Information and Warfare Training at Corry Station, its mission, past, present and future.
20 August 2020 at Seville Quarter
The Pensacola Navy League and the Marine Corps League of Pensacola will jointly host a membership social and recognition event in Phineas Phoggs at Seville. Come and learn how these two fine organization support our Pensacola military community. Watch our Sea Cadets and Young Marines in action and learn about those terrific youth programs. Most importantly come and join. Join one or both of the Leagues. Join in on the support for our Sea Services and local military. Join us for the fun! Read More.
The new date is Thursday, 5 November at 11:30 AM, Skopelos, at New World Landing.
The Pensacola Navy League is proud to recognize Pensacola area Spouses as nominated by their respective Commands. The nominees are selected for their selfless contributions, sacrifice and commitment to service on behalf of their spouse: Read More
In place of an in person meeting and breakfast this year we will instead electronically honor and recognize those selected by their units using public media. Expect to see the award recipients publically posted via electronic billboards and other social media.
Normally Local enlisted service members are recognized by the Pensacola Navy League during a breakfast ceremony held each spring. The event honors military enlisted members who have demonstrated significant contribution to their command and the community. The honorees are nominated by their respective commands. Read More:
8 October 2020. Pensacola Yacht Club; Attire: Civilian - Casual, Military - Service Khaki. Great food. Great people. Come hungry! Read More.
Previously scheduled for Tuesday, 15 September 2020 the Luncheon has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 14 September 2021. Check back here for updates as they become available. Read More.
To view a gallery of the USS Tripoli "Plankowner" Plaque assembly efforts by the Tripoli Commissioning Committee and the Pensacola Navy League: Click Here
On April 3, 2018, the Secretary of the Navy chose Pensacola as the site for commissioning USS Tripoli LHA 7. The USS Tripoli is named for the Battle of Derna in 1805, the first battle fought on foreign soil by the military of the fledgling United States of America. The ship is 850 feet long (about the size of the USS Lexington) with a crew of 1050 Sailors. She will be able to embark over 1700 Marines and is the first LHA, designed to support the new F-35B Lightning II.
Unfortunately due to public gathering limitations an administrative only Commissioning event in lieu of a formal Ceremony will be conducted pier side at the Ingals Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS.
While the crew of the Tripoli awaits completion of construction and Commissioning of their ship they are engaged in local training, professional development and Community Relations support. To see the Tripoli Community Relations gallery: Click Here
For additional detail and to listen to a radio interview with Commissioning Committee Chairman RADM Don Quinn USN (ret) and Pensacola Navy League Public Affairs Officer, Harry White: Click Here
On 26 November 2019 members of the Tripoli Commissioning Committee and the Pensacola Navy League traveled to the Ingalls Shipbuilding Facility in Pascagoula, MS. While at the facility CAPT Kevin Meyers the Tripoli Commanding Officer provided a personal guided tour of the ship while it was in "Dry Dock" completing the final stages of construction. A crew from the University of West Florida radio station WUWF accompanied the tour and recorded the event. A copy of their three part broadcast can be seen/heard here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
The Secretary of the Navy chose Pensacola as the site for the Commissioning of the USS St. Louis, LCS-19. The Commissioning has been re-scheduled for Saturday, 8 August 2020 on board Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville. FL due to concerns regarding Crew COVID infection potential. An invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony can be found: Here. A video of the Commissiomning Ceremony can be found: Here.
The Commissioning will occur at 1000 on Charlie 2 pier with minimal crowd participation due to public gathering restrictions. The Commissioning Committee from St. Louis, Missouri includes members of the Pensacola Navy League, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and Visit Pensacola.