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Tampa Bay Council

Letter From The President

Welcome Navy Leaguers and Patriots,
We are in the process of updating our website. First, thank you for your support and your patience.
We have some events coming up to energize our community and our members. Last year we were selected to be the commissioning committee to bring to life two new fast response cutters of the Coast Guard. First, one in early 2022 was the USCGC JOHN SCHEUERMAN at the Tampa Port and it has served its first year in the Sea of Arabia assigned to force protection along with the 5th Fleet of the Navy.
The Second Commissioning several months later in 2022 was the USCGC Pablo Valent and the first Fast Response Cutter assigned to St. Petersburg sector in our back yard and commissioned at the St. Petersburg Coast Guard Sector. What an exciting year.
This year another BUCKET LIST MOMENT for our community and the nation with community leaders, Tampa Bay Navy League and the Port of Tampa to Commission the first of the third generation of Navy Destroyers and named after a MOH recipient the USS JACK H LUCAS (DDG125) tentatively scheduled for commissioning at the Tampa Port on Saturday Oct. 7th .
Paul Anderson & I are the CO-COMMISSIONING CHAIRMEN for getting together a very talented Tampa Bay Committee comprised of former military and community leaders. The Ship will be in Tampa for a whole week leading up to the commissioning. You can follow the events as they develop on our website (WWW.TAMPABAYNAVYLEAGUE.ORG) and the committee website (WWW.DDG125.COM) We will also have a link you can select on your computer to be updated as we develop this once in a lifetime commissioning. We on the committee have been working diligently on making a showcase event for our Tampa Bay Community and the Naval Community. We will welcome 360 Plank Owners of the Navy to bring the ship to life.
The other upcoming events are the 1st Annual Dinner of the Commissioning of the USCGC PABLO VALENT and her crew at the St. Petersburg ELKS CLUB on July 12, 2023, at 5 PM until 9PM will more information to follow.
The next will be a retirement Party for a Coast Guard Chief on Sunday, August 13 th , 2023, from 10 AM to 2 PM, with more information to follow.
Lastly, our annual picnic for our Sea Cadets that went to training Camps around the US and Overseas this past summer. You can come and here the testimony of their achievements from their participation, and again at the St. Petersburg ELKS CLUB on Saturday on August 19 th , 2023, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
As we get more developed on our website you can stay updated with future events. We need patriots to join, and we need our members to participate and be involved to help our Council stay strong. We want our Council to help educate and advocate a strong sea service and to grow and for those that can dedicate some volunteer hours for our Council to keep growing and we have 212 members today and we can grow to 300 and beyond with your support. A very rewarding time to participate and help for those who serve and protect us 24/7.
Thank you and look forward to meeting you all.
Skip Witunski
48 th National President
Navy League of the United States