FIRST COAST COMMANDERY

Jacksonville, Florida
Naval Order of the United States

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MISSION

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 nousfc@gmail.com ; Like us on Twitter @nousfc 

    LEADERSHIP

    • 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) / CDR J. Michael McGrath, USN (Ret)
    • Treasurer: LCDR Frank Fenno, USN (Ret)
    • Asst Treasurer: CAPT Bill Wirth, USN (Ret)
    • Chaplain: CDR Steven Souder, CHC , USN
    • Historian: Dr Alan Bliss, Prof of History (University of North Florida
    • 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; CDR J. Michael McGrath, Immediate Past First Coast Commander; 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

     

    EVENTS

    February

    16          Congress Planning Committee Meeting

    18-19 Feb        Battle of Olustee; Re-enactment of Civil War Battle near Jacksonville

    23        NRSE COC

    25        Companion meeting / Join-up – 1700-2100 at Veteran's United Craft Brewery 

    March

    9          Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Queens Harbor Clubhouse, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

    18        Visit to Fort Clinch (Amelia Is) or Fort Fredericka (Brunswick)

    24        Social Gathering – Culhane’s Irish Pub w/ History presentation

    April

    6          Congress Planning Committee Meeting

    9          Blessing of the Fleet (St Augustine / Jacksonville)

    16        Easter Sunday

    20(Tent)Spring Social Event Bi-Monthly Companion Join-up – St Augustine Lighthouse w/ Tour

    followed by Dinner in St Augustine (Membership Drive Event)

    29        Presentation of Navy Officer’s Sword to Top OC at Jacksonville University

    May

    11        Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Queens Harbor Clubhouse, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

    13        NAS Pensacola Air Museum Weekend trip (Indiv travel / block rooms at Navy Lodge / NIS)

    16        Reception Hosted by NOUS and other (VFW / Navy League) for USS Stark

    17        30th Anniversary of the Stark Missile attack (Wed) NS Mayport

    29        Memorial Day Wreath Laying – Veterans’ Memorial Wall Jacksonville

    June

    4 (Est)  Battle of Midway / D-Day Dinner at QHYCC

    8          Congress Planning Committee Meetings at QHYCC

    22        Dinner Meeting Join-up: 1700-2100 at Cypress Village.  Dr Samantha Cavell, PhD is confirmed as guest speaker and will talk about the history of the Confederate Submarine Hunley.

    July

    13        Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Queens Harbor Clubhouse, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

    27        Congress Planning Committee Meeting - QHYCC

    August

    10        Congress Planning Committee Meeting

    20        End of Summer Social Join-up (TBD)

    24        Congress Planning Committee Meeting - QHYCC

    September

    14        Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Queens Harbor Clubhouse, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

    22        Social Gathering – VUCB

    28        Congress Planning Meeting

    October

    5          Congress Planning Committee Meeting

    12        Congress Planning Meeting (Final)

    14        Navy Birthday Ball (sponsored by NRSE and Navy League) – WGV St Augustine

    18-21   2017 Naval Order CONGRESS - Jacksonville

     November

    9          Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Officer slate determination and Annual Plan review.  Held at Queens Harbor Clubhouse, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

    December

    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. 

    3 or 10 19th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner Annual Formal Dinner to be held TBD.  Attire is Formal (Uniform, Tux, or equivalent).

    TBD     Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus Holiday Pops at the Time Union Center

      Annual concert with festive holiday music.  See Companion Mike Manko for details.

    26/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.

    For Info on any events call 904-672-8176 or e-mail:  nousfc@gmail.com 

    More to follow!

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    Naval Order Congress -2017 Planned for Jacksonville

    All Companions are invited to attend any and all Commandery events. Any questions email Frank Fenno at  nousfc@gmail.com

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