Jacksonville, Florida
Naval Order of the United States


Join us in Boston for the 2019 CONGRESS 23-27 October


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Remember the Sacrifices /Celebrate Freedom!!!!!

Remember the Sacrifices /Celebrate Freedom!!!!!


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 


  • Commander: CAPT Robert N. Whitkop, USN (Ret)

  • Vice Commander - Vacant

  • 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) / CAPT Ed Frolich, USN (Ret)

  • Treasurer: LCDR Frank Fenno, USN (Ret)

  • Asst Treasurer: CAPT Bill Wirth, USN (Ret)

  • Chaplain: CDR Reverend Steven Souders, USN, CHC, (Ret)

  • Historian: Mr Bill Webb

  • 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

  • Commandery Companions: VADM Al Konetzni, USN(Ret); CAPT Ed Frohlich, USN (Ret); CAPT Bob Buehn, 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


                                                         NOUS Florida First Coast Commandery Annual OPLAN 2019


4        Remembrance - (El Faro Sinking (4 yr Anniversary) / Huguenot’s Massacre at Fort Caroline (1565) / No formal event planned. Companions are encouraged to visit the Memorial on the North Bank under the Dames Point Bridge.

17        NOUS Join UP at Mavi’s on Beach Blvd.   1700-1900.   Dinner afterwards is Optional.  Bring a prospect for Membership! (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.


8          21st Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner Annual Formal Dinner to be held at Breezy Point Conference Center, Naval Station Mayport.  Attire is Formal (Dinner Dress Uniform, Tux, or equivalent).  1700-2100.  Guest Speaker (invited) CNSF VADM Rich Brown, USN.

21     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. 

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)410-2107 or e-mail:  nousfc@gmail.com 


Commandery News

Florida First Coast Commandery has been Awarded the Lee Douglas Memorial Award as Best Commandery in the Order for 2017-2018

JU NROTC is new home to the Bell from USS ShangriLa - see story at JU Wave OnLine

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 which includes the WWII Era USS Orleck (DD-886), currently in Lake Charles, LA ! Waiting on the City (Jax) to sign the lease!

Volunteer to help us promote Naval History in Jacksonville! We will be working on a HIstory Essay Contest, Establishing a History Trail, and Promoting History events ICW the Jax Historical Society and Museum of Science and History(MOSH)! Call or e-mail if you’d like to help!

Like us on our Twitter Page @nousfc

All Companions are invited to attend any and all Commandery events. Any questions email Bob Whitkop or Pete Wynkoop at  nousfc@gmail.com

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