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Commander’s Message

Located on the outskirts of the nation's capital, our commandery is in a unique position to commemorate naval history, not only through our own efforts but also in collaboration with other organizations that recognize the heritage of our sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and Merchant Marine.  In addition to the Naval Order, many of our companions participate in and take leadership positions in organizations such as:

From the annual Battle of Midway Commemorative Dinner and the annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Dinner to participation in the biannual McMullen National History Symposium and support to state history day competitions for high school and middle school students, our commandery fulfills the mission to preserve the nation's maritime history.

Our monthly meetings are open to all companions and guests. These meetings promote comradery among companions and assess the status of our sea service-related events and commandery projects.  We encourage our members to participate in these meetings and to become active in our programs and initiatives. If you are  interested in joining our commandery, I encourage you to contact our Vice Commander for Membership, Commander John Prevar, USN (Ret.) at 

Thank you.

Captain William F. Steagall Jr., USN (Ret), Commander


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

  • Promote Camaraderie among our Companions and members of similar organizations

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  • Commander: CAPT William F. Steagall Jr., USN (Ret)

  • Vice Commander: Chief Purser, Julius Jackson, Merchant Marines (Ret)

  • Vice Commander for Membership: CDR John Prevar, USN (Ret)

  • Vice Commander for Programs: YN2 Matthew Bolling, USNR

  • Vice Commander for Communications: GySgt Chipp Reid, USMC (Ret)

  • Treasurer: CAPT John Rodgaard, USN (Ret)

  • Historian: CAPT Charles Chadbourn, Ph.D., USN (Ret)

  • Recorder: Dr. Judy Pearson, Ph.D.

  • Chaplain: Rev. Eric Linthicum (Former Petty Office, 2nd Class, USN)

Companions to Council

  • RDML Donald Loren, USN (Ret)

  • CAPT Paul Crissy, USCG (Ret)

  • CAPT Robert Sinclair, USN (Ret)

  • CAPT Vance Morrison, USN (Ret)

  • CAPT Mileva Hartman, USN (Ret)

  • CDR William Joseph, MSC, USN (Ret)

  • RADM James Toole, USN (Ret)

  • LCDR Ralph Day, USN (Ret)

  • CDR John Hooper, USCG (Ret)

  • LCDR Jay Gaul, USN SC

  • LCDR Mike Zampella, USN

  • LCDR Steve Baker, JAG USN (Ret)

  • Mr. John Shanahan, USN NOAA (Ret)

Past Commanders

  • CAPT John Rodgaard, USN (Ret) Immediate Past Commander

  • CAPT Paul Crissy, USCG (Ret)

  • CDR John D. Hooper, USCG (Ret)

  • CAPT David G. Kaiser, USN (Ret)

  • CDR Louis J. Orsini, USCG (Ret)

  • CAPT Vance H. Morrison, USN (Ret)

  • CDR Daniel G. Felger, USN (Ret)

  • CAPT James F. Brooke, III, USN (Ret.)


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