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Commander’s Message

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you find it useful both to learn about our organization as well as to link to other organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that are extremely active in recognizing the heritage of our nation’s sea services that include the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.  We work with each organization to promote activities that our members may be interested in. These organizations include:

Our commandery meets monthly and is open to all companions and guests. These meetings promote comradery among companions and assess the status of 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 interested in joining our commandery, I encourage you to contact our Vice Commander for Membership, Commander John Prevar, USN (Ret.) at 

Thank you.

Captain John A. Rodgaard, 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

National contact email is


  • Commander: CAPT John A. Rodgaard, USN (Ret)
  • Vice Commander: Vacant
  • Vice Commander for Membership: CDR John Prevar, USN (Ret)
  • Vice Commander for Programs: CAPT Bill Steagill, USN (Ret)
  • Vice Commander for Communications:  GySgt Chipp Reid, USMC (Ret)
  • Treasurer: LCDR Tom Burden, 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

  • Dr. Judy Pearson, Ph.D.
  • RDML Donald Loren, USN (Ret)
  • CAPT Paul Crissy, USCG (Ret)
  • CAPT Robert Sinclair, USN (Ret)
  • CAPT Charles C. Chadbourn, Ph.D., USN (Ret)
  • CAPT Vance Morrison, USN (Ret)
  • CAPT Mileva Hartman, USN (Ret)
  • CDR William Joseph, MSC, USN (Ret)
  • LCDR, Thomas Burden, MSC, USN (Ret)
  • CAPT Robert Sinclair, USN (Ret)
  • GySgt Chipp Reid, USMC (Ret)
  • Rev. Eric Linthicum (Former Petty Office, 2nd Class, USN)
  • RADM James Toole, USN (Ret)
  • LCDR Ralph Day, USN (Ret)
  • Chief Purser, Julius Jackson, Merchant Marines (Ret)
  • CDR John Hooper, USCG (Ret)


Past Commanders

  • CAPT Paul Crissy, USCG (Ret) Immediate Past Commander
  • 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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