FLORIDA 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) 
    • 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;  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 Memorium

    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 will 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. 

     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

    January

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

    February

    15        Social Gathering – Membership drive event at Royal Palms Wines and Tapas (Atlantic Beach)

    17-18 Feb        Battle of Olustee; Re-enactment of Civil War Battle near Jacksonville

    March

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

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

    23        Guest Speaker Dinner and Bi-monthly Companion meeting / Join-up – Cypress Village Guest Speaker: Capt Bob Buehn (invited) –                ‘Guantanamo Bay History and Future’

    25        Blessing of the Fleet (St Augustine / Jacksonville)

    April

    1          Easter Sunday

    14        Spring Social Event Bi-Monthly Companion Join-up – St Augustine Lighthouse w/ Tour

              followed by Dinner in St Augustine (Membership Drive Event)

              1600    Tour

              1730    Dinner (Loc TBD)

    28(est) Presentation of Grad Award at Jacksonville University (Nurse/USMC)

    May

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

    17        31th 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

    3 (10)   Battle of Midway / D-Day Dinner at QHYCC (Guest Speaker – CNSF VADM Rich Brown (invited))

    22        Endless Summer Kick-off (Intuition or Distillery)

    July

    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        Mid-Summer Join-up    (VUCB or Intution/Distillery)

    August

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

    September

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

    21        Social Gathering – VUCB

    October

    5          Remembrance Luncheon -(El Faro Sinking (3 yr Anniversary) / Huguenot’s Massacre at Fort Caroline(1565)/Trafalgar (21st)

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

    24-28   2018 Naval Order CONGRESS – San Antonio, TX

    November

    8          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)

    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. 

    9          20th 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. 

    31        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 

     

    Commandery News

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

     

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

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