To preserve, promote, celebrate and enjoy our Nation’s Sea Service history and heritage. To accomplish this we will:
Commemorate American Sea Service Heroes and important historical events,
Support the study of Naval History through writing, speaking and educational events,
Preserve Sea Service historical artifacts, documents and monuments, and
Promote Camaraderie among our Companions and members of similar organizations
First Coast contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org ; Like us on Twitter @nousfc
Commander: CAPT Robert N. Whitkop, USN (Ret)
Vice Commander - Programs: CAPT Pete Wynkoop, USN (Ret)
Vice Commander - Membership: CAPT Gregory F. Streeter, USN (Ret)
Vice Commander - Enlisted Affairs: ETCM (SW) John R. Craft, USN (Ret)
USS Stark Memorial: CAPT Pete Wynkoop, USN (Ret)
Treasurer: LCDR Frank Fenno, USN (Ret)
Asst Treasurer: CAPT Bill Wirth, USN (Ret)
Chaplain: CDR Reverend Steven Souders, USN, CHC, (Ret)
Charles F Adams Museum Liaison: CAPT John E. O’Neil, Jr., USN (Ret) Past First Coast Commander
Commandery Advisory Council: RADM George Huchting, USN (Ret); CAPT Gregory F. Streeter, USN (Ret) Past Commander General NOUS; MGEN Gerry Maloney, USAF (Ret)
Commandery Companions: CAPT Ed Frohlich, USN (Ret); LCDR Mike Manko, USN (Ret); BMC (DV) Bill McLoughlin, USN (Ret); CAPT Jim Morgan, USN (Ret); HMC Tony Ross, USN (Ret); CAPT Chuck Walker, USN (Ret), et al
The Florida First Coast Commandery mourns the loss of CDR James Michael McGrath, USN (Ret), Past Commander of the Florida First Coast Commandery who passed away on 24 Jan 2018. Funeral Services for CDR McGrath were held be held at St Paul's Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach on Thursday 1 Feb 2018 at 1100. A reception will follow in the parish Family Life center across the street from the church. Internment will be held 9 Feb 2019 at Arlington national Cemetery.
We thank him for his service to his country, the Naval Order, The Navy League, and his family and friends!
NOUS Florida First Coast Commandery Annual OPLAN 2019
14 Palm Sunday / Blessing of the Fleet (St Augustine / Jacksonville)
21 Easter Sunday
26 Spring Social Event Bi-Monthly Companion Join-up – Culhanes Irish Pub
27(est) Presentation of Grad Award at Jacksonville University
9 Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions. Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, , 1100-1330. All companions are invited.
17 32th Anniversary of the Stark Missile attack (Wed) NS Mayport
1000 Ceremony at Memorial Grove (NS Mayport) w/ Presentation of Reagan/Kalares Pic and Cert
18 Informal Summer Social – VUCB or Intuition Ale Works and Distillery
28 Memorial Day Wreath Laying – Veterans’ Memorial Wall Jacksonville
9 Battle of Midway / D-Day Dinner at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & CC (Guest Speaker – VADM Al Konetzni (invited))
21 Endless Summer Kick-off (Intuition Ale or Distillery)
11 Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions. Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, , 1100-1330. All companions are invited.
19 Mid-Summer Join-up (VUCB or Intution/Distillery)
18 End of Summer Social Join-up (Cypress Village Party Deck)
12 Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions. Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, 1100-1330. All companions are invited.
20 POW-MIA Remembrance Luncheon ICW Navy League (San Jose CC) Guest Speaker-TBD)
20 Social Gathering – VUCB
4(planned) Remembrance Luncheon -(El Faro Sinking (4 yr Anniversary) / Huguenot’s Massacre at Fort Caroline (1565) /
18 Trafalgar Day (21st 1805) – VUCB (CONGRESS Send-off)
23-27 2018 Naval Order CONGRESS – Boston, MA
7 Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions. Officer slate determination and Annual Plan review. Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, , 1100-1330. All companions are invited.
15 Pre-Thanksgiving Join-up (Intuition / Distillery)
29 TBD Electric Boat Parade – Jacksonville Downtown
Jacksonville’s Annual Boat Parade on the Jacksonville waterfront followed by a Fireworks Show. Best viewing from the Landing, or Southbank Riverwalk.
TBD Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Continuing the tradition started by the late VADM Mike Kalares, the Commandery will Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army from 9AM-6 PM at the Publix at Hodges and Atlantic.
8 21st Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner Annual Formal Dinner to be held TBD. Attire is Formal (Dinner Dress Uniform, Tux, or equivalent).
TBD Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus Holiday Pops at the Time Union Center
Annual concert with festive holiday music.
For Info on any events call (904)672-8176 or e-mail: email@example.com
Florida First Coast Commandery has been Awarded the Lee Douglas Memorial Award as Best Commandery in the Order for 2017-2018
The USS Charles F Adams (DDG-2) as a Museum ship in Jacksonville has been abandoned by the City and the Navy. The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association is pursuing other options for the Jacksonville waterfront!
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All Companions are invited to attend any and all Commandery events. Any questions email Bob Whitkop or Pete Wynkoop at firstname.lastname@example.org
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