Naval Order Congress - 2017

18-21 October 2017

Jacksonville, Florida

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Thanks to all who attended the 2017 CONGRESS in Jacksonville Florida.  The Florida First Coast Commandery hopes that your time here was rewarding, educational, and fun!  We have posted up the briefs in the form of links in the agenda below that were provided by speakers which will stay in place as long as no one complains!!!  The information pages below will remain in place as well; so if you are looking for a good time....think JAX!!!!


2017 CONGRESS Informaiton

The 2017 Naval Order Congress was held 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.  

Come on back and take advantage of what Florida has to offer:  

- Take a Cruise out of Jacksonville on the Carnival cruise ship 'Elation'!  Hop on the 'Elation' for a 4 night cruise of the blue Caribbean heading for the Bahamas -"CRUISE"-!    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 your favorite 'non-kneeling' NFL Team at Everbank Field, a short water taxi ride from downtown!

Tickets for the Alhambra Dinner Theater presentation of "The Addams Family" went fast.  If interested in future productions at the Alhambra, check out their website at or send an e-mail to 

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

Accommodation Reservations:  The CONGRESS Hotel was the 'Doubletree Riverwalk' in Downtown Jacksonville and is always open for Reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Worldwide Reservations at 800.222.TREE (8733). 

Please submit new ideas and desires to 

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Welcome to Jacksonville / Come on Back!

Coming to Jax again?   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

Connect with us, use #onlyinjax on social media!
Twitter: @Visit_Jax l Instagram: @Visit_Jax l Facebook:


NOUS 2017 Congress: Jacksonville

Events (Completed)

Sun 15 Oct

Jacksonville Jaguars vs the NFL at Everbank Field

-  Contact us if you'd like a ticket to a 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     St John's Room

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                              

1210-1225Project Manager Report

1230-1400 DSSA-SE/LCDR Lee Douglas Award

Link to Remarks by MCPOCG (Ret) Leavitt

Luncheon Award Luncheon:

 Awardee MCPOCG 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 Mr James Scott; 'Doolittle's Raiders'

Link to the Presentation by James Scott

1610-1700    Presentation by Capt John Rodegard; 'HMS Venemous'

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'

Link to Presentation by Dr Atwood

0930-1010        Presentation by St Augustine Lighthouse, Ms Kathy Fleming

1010-1045       Presentation by Capt Scott O'Connor, St John's River Bar Pilots

1045-1115        Presentation by Mr Scott Grant; 'The Sinking of the Gulf America'

Link to the Presentation by Mr Grant

1115-1200       Presentation by Mr Bob Stockton; 'Fighting Bob' and other stories of the Navy

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

1400-1500   Presentation by VUP-19, CDR John LeVoy, XO; 'Drones in Modern Naval Warfaare'

Link to the Presentation by CDR LeVoy

1500-1545   Presentation by RADM Doug Moore, USN (Ret): Comparing the US and China 

1600           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

Link to Remarks by ADM Greenert

Link to Naval Order Change of Command

2200:            Congress officially concludes

2230-2400 Hospitality Suite                                          Room 330


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