Naval Order Congress - 2017

18-21 October 2017

Jacksonville, Florida

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The 2017 Naval Order Congress is planned for the beautiful city of Jacksonville Florida; a city bisected by the magnificent St John's River and bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the East.

Jacksonville is home to Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Original Home of the Blue Angels), Marine Corps Logistics Base Blount Island, and just to the north is Naval Submarine Base, King's Bay Georgia.  I-95 passes through the heart of the city and it is the end point for Interstate 10 which began in Los Angeles.  

Arrive early and take advantage of what Florida has to offer:  

- Take a Cruise out of Jacksonville on the Carnival cruise ship 'Elation'!  Arrive on the morning of the 12th and hop on the 'Elation' for a 4 night cruise of the blue Caribbean heading for the Bahamas -"CRUISE"-!  Ship returns on the 16th in plenty of time to catch all of the CONGRESS action.  Get with your special someone and/or some friends and make arrangements for Cruisin' on your own at the Carnival Website!

- Take a day trip to the Magic Kingdom (4hrs away in Orlando); the Oldest City: St Augustine (1 hr down beautiful A1A); Kingsley Plantation (20 min from the hotel); Jacksonville's Beaches (20 min from the hotel); World Golf Village and the PGA Hall of Fame (25 minutes south of Jax); Daytona International Speedway (90 min South of Jax); Theater (walking or water taxi distance from the Hotel); and so much more!  

- How about a Deep Sea or River fishing experience?   Cap'n Steve at knows the best spots and can get you there on a half day charter out of Mayport to catch Wahoo, Amber Jack, Reds, Sea Bass, King Mackerel, and a whole lot more!!!. Call Cap'n Steve at (904)463-3998.

- See an NFL Football Game between the surging Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams on Sun 15 Oct at Everbank Field, a short water taxi ride from the hotel! 

Tickets for the Alhambra Dinner Theater presentation of "The Addams Family" are going fast.  Get your registration in now and check the block or at least send an e-mail to    (Subj: Addams Family) and reserve your tickets now before you miss out on this delightful show!!!

Detailed information on the CONGRESS is posted below.....e-mail any questions to:!

Accommodation Reservations:  The CONGRESS Hotel will be the 'Doubletree Riverwalk' in Downtown Jacksonville and is open for Reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Worldwide Reservations for $129/night at 800.222.TREE (8733) ask for “Naval Order of the US Congress 2017” 

or do it on-line here at the "CONGRESS link" . Use the Reservation Group Code: NOU 

Please submit ideas and desires to 

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Welcome to Jacksonville

Coming to Jax early or staying late?   Take a look at the opportunities to enjoy the area ( items below have an associated link...just roll over the topic and click to go to the web site):

Visit Jacksonville: Explore our site before you explore our city

What You Don’t Know about Jax

An #OnlyinJax Kind of Experience

After your meetings:

Discover #JaxCulture

Take a Bite Out of Jax
Chow Down in Downtown

Enjoy a Cocktail or two

Hop on the Jax Ale Trail

Let’s Go Shopping

Make Your Way Though Jax:

After you land

Getting Around

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NOUS 2017 Congress: Jacksonville

Events (Proposed)

Sun 15 Oct

Jacksonville Jaguars vs LA Rams at Everbank Field

-  There will be a Tailgate prior to and following the game and Local Companions will assist with transport to and from the game site.  Contact us if you'd like a ticket to the game (@$50 ea).

Tues 17 Oct

1400-1800 Courtesy Early Registration                               Second floor, Foyer B

Local Excursions (own cognizance)

Companions are encouraged to take advantage of proximity to St Augustine (US Oldest City) and World Golf Village (PGA Hall of Fame) prior to or following the CONGRESS.  For those desiring to play Golf, the Commandery will have Golf Clubs available for use and is happy to make recommendations for Courses in the Area to Play.  All three Naval Bases (Mayport, NAS Jax, and Kings Bay) have SUPERB courses and the Players Course at Sawgrass is Iconic along with King and the Bear at World Golf Village.  E-mail to if interested in a Golf outing prior to the CONGRESS.  Also if you'd like a Half Day of River or Ocean Fishing let us know and we'll hook you up with Capt Steve at to catch some Big Ones!!!!!

1600-2000 Special Meeting on Financial responsibilities  TBD

1700-1900 Optional On-Your-Own Happy Hour – Hotel Lounge Bar 


0730-1800 Registration Desk/Welcome                            Foyer B

0830-0930 Communications/Credentials Committees   Mayport        

0930-1030 Membership and Retention Committee         Seminole

1030-1130 Commandery Support                                       Mayport


Luncheon (individually arranged)


1300-1400 Investment Committee                                    Mayport

1400-1500 Finance and Audit Committee                        Seminole

1500-1600 Site Committee                                                Mayport                

1600-1700 Foundation Board                                            Seminole

1600-1700 Nominating / By-Law Constitution

Committees                                                                         Mayport

 Dinner (individually arranged)

Alhambra Dinner Theater - "The Addams Family"           Lobby at 1715

 - Dress: Casual w/Sport Shirt or a Jacket

 - The Alhambra will be donating a portion of the gate to the USS Charles F Adams (DDG-2) Museum.....

2100-2300 Hospitality Suite                                               Room 330


Thurs 19 Oct

0730-1130 Registration Desk                                             Foyer B 

0800-0900 Historian General's Committee Mtg            Room 330

0830-1030 General Council                                              Duval Ballroom

1045-1145    Awards Committee                                        Duval Ballroom

Luncheon (individually arranged)

1330-1600: Optional Tour Cummer Museum  OR On Your Own Options – See Welcome Packet

1800-2000: Commander General’s Reception/

Northwest and Continental Chartering Ceremony                 Pool Deck

Dinner (individually arranged)

2100-2300: Hospitality Suite                                            Room 330


Fri 20 Oct

0700-0830 Continental Breakfast                                  Duval Anteroom

0830-0900 General Session –Opening Ceremonies    Duval Ballroom

          Administrative remarks by Congress Host

0900-0910      Credentials Committee Report

0910-0930 Commander General’s Report

0930-0945 Recorder General’s Report

0945-1000 Registrar General’s Report

1000-1015 Membership Report

1015-1030 Commandery Support Report

1030-1045 Communications Report

1045-1100 BREAK

1100-1110 Auditor General Report

1110-1125 National Investment Committee Report

1125-1140 National Finance Committee Report

1140-1155 Awards Committee Report

1155-1210 Historian General Report                              

1210-1225 Project Manager Report

1230-1400 DSSA-SE/LCDR Lee Douglas Award

Luncheon Award Luncheon:

 Awardee MCPCG Leavitt                                               Ruth’s Chris

1415-1430 General Session Reconvenes/Remarks       Duval Ballroom

1430-1445 Site Committee Report

1445-1505 President Naval Order Foundation Report

1510-1600         Presentation by Dr Jeremy Stalker; 'The Rising Seas in Naval Cities'

1610-1700         Presentation by Mr James Scott; 'Doolittle's Raiders'

1700-1715 Administrative Remarks

1800-1930: Hospitality Suite                                           Room 330

 Dinner individually arranged      

1730 -2200: Optional Jacksonville Symphony*            Transport by Water Taxi or Shuttle 

*Note: Orig EarlyBird special for Symphony on previous form of $30 is invalid for any Registration postmarked after 18 Jul.  

2100-2300: Hospitality Suite                                          Room 330

Sat 21 Oct

0730-0830:   Continental Breakfast                              Duval Anteroom

0830-0840   General Session Reconvenes/ Remarks Duval Ballroom

0840-0920        Presentation by Dr Atwood; 'History of Florida in WWII'

0930-1010        Presentation by St Augustine Lighthouse

1020-1100 Presentation by Dr Alan Bliss; 'A Maritime History of Jacksonville'

1110-1150           Presentation by Mr Scott Grant; 'The Sinking of the Gulf America'

1215-1315     ADM George Dewey/CG Medal and

Certificate Awards Luncheon

    Awardee Robert Stevens                                            Ruth’s Chris

1335-1345 General Session Reconvenes/ Remarks      Duval Ballroom

1345-1435          Presentation by VP-30; 'A History and Future of ASW in the Atlantic'

1440-1530          Presentation by Capt Scott O'Connor, St John's River Bar Pilots

1530-1545 General Sessions Ends/Final Remarks    

1800-1900: DSSA Cocktail Reception                         St. John’s Ballroom

1900-2200: Distinguished Sea Service Award Banquet

Awardee ADM Jonathan Greenert                                Duval Ballroom

2200:            Congress officially concludes

2230-2400 Hospitality Suite                                          Room 330


Any revised or additional Tours and Specific Speaker information will be added as details are firmed up.  Send ideas and suggestions to .

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