Broward Council Members and Friends
Welcome to the Broward County Navy League Council Web Site. As the new Council President for 2014, I welcome you to the gateway to our Council.
My thanks to all that were able to make it to our March dinner meeting. For those who weren't there, you missed a great talk by our guest speaker, retired Lieutenant General Patrick Hughes, who spoke about his experiences during his distinguished military career that concluded as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). What you missed were his interesting stories about why he switched from Infantry to Intelligence early in his Army career while serving in Vietnam (they were the ones who flew in with clean uniforms and left after briefing the senior leaders), what it was like to lead the world's largest intelligence agency at DIA and work with senior officials at the White House, his approach as a "futurist", and his candid comments about the predictions he got right and the ones he didn't. A special thanks to Council member Bob Joslin for arranging for the general to speak, and to new member Claudia Perry for donating the beautiful gift basket for the raffle. Looking ahead, our April dinner meeting will be held jointly with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday April 16th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club, featuring Captain Austin Gould, US Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander, as guest speaker. Also, don't forget about our annual Easter Egg Hunt for Coast Guard families on Saturday, April 12th at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. Please come on out and enjoy the day and support our Council and our Coast Guard families.
I attended the final Broward Navy Days Fleet Week planning meeting at the port, and it reminded me of the critical role that many of our Council members play filling key volunteer positions to assist BND. While there will only be three ships this year (USS NEW YORK, USCGC DEPENDABLE, USCGC BERNARD C WEBBER), there will still be a full schedule of events for our members to assist with as volunteers or to attend. Our Council will once again be hosting the Junior Officer Party on Tuesday, April 29th at Briny's Pub, and I hope we will have a good turnout of members to welcome the JOs. We are also planning to staff a booth during the week and will need volunteers for that as well.
Finally, there are a few other events coming up to get on calendars. Master Chief Pomeroy, Command Master Chief at Coast Guard Air Station Miami for many years, will be retiring at Air Station Miami on Friday, April 25th, LT Paul Turner will be holding his Change of Command at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale on Friday, May 2nd, and long time Council supporter CAPT Rick Kenin will be retiring on Friday, May 23rd, also at Air Station Miami.
As always, please feel to contact me at 718-619-7402 or at email@example.com if you have any ideas on what our Council should be doing to make your membership more valuable to you.
CAPT, US Coast Guard Retired