FLORIDA FIRST COAST COMMANDERY

Jacksonville, Florida
Naval Order of the United States

 

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  Remember the Sacrifices /Celebrate Freedom!!!!!

Remember the Sacrifices /Celebrate Freedom!!!!!

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)

  • Treasurer: LCDR Frank Fenno, USN (Ret)

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

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

  • Historian:

  • 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

In Memoriam

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!

 

EVENTS

                                                         NOUS Florida First Coast Commandery Annual OPLAN 2018/19

December

8     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. See Mike Manko for sign-up or e-mail nousfc@gmail.com

7 Navy League - NOUS Pearl Harbor Remembrance Luncheon, San Jose Country Club 1130-1300, $30 pp

9          20th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner Annual Formal Dinner to be held at Cypress Village Community Center.  Guest Speaker is Dr Wesley Moody who will speakon the events prior to Pearl Harbor and how they relate to today. A plated dinner will be served with choice of Prime Rib Au Jus or Citrus Grilled Tilapia.($30pp). Event starts at 1730! Attire is Formal (Dinner Dress Uniform, Tux, or equivalent). Sign up and Pay Here!

1730-1815 Cocktails (Cash Bar)

1815-1900 Dinner

1900-2000 Guest Speaker

January

10        Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, , 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

February

8          Social Gathering – Membership drive event at Royal Palms Wines and Tapas (Atlantic Beach) Toast to Mike!

16-17 Feb        Battle of Olustee; Re-enactment of Civil War Battle near Jacksonville

March

14        Bi-Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors and interested Companions.  Held at Cypress Village Dining Room, 1100-1330.  All companions are invited.

15        Social Gathering – Culhane’s Irish Pub w/ History discussion

22        Guest Speaker Dinner and Bi-monthly Companion meeting / Join-up – Cypress Village Guest Speaker Capt Marc Liebman (invited) – ‘Engaged Support:  Military Capabilities from the Air’

April

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

May

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

            0900 Ceremony 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

June

8          Battle of Midway / D-Day Dinner at QHYCC (Guest Speaker – TBD (invited))

21        Endless Summer Kick-off (Intuition Ale or Distillery)

July

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)

August

18        End of Summer Social Join-up (Cypress Village Party Deck)

September

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

October

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

November

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.

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. 

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:  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

Support the USS Charles F Adams (DDG-2) as a Museum ship in Jacksonville

Join the Crew “First in Class; Second to None”

 

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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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