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October 2019


Meet VR-59, based in Fort Worth at the NASJRB – our adopted unit! Just returned from a deployment, the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and the Command Master Chief will have a lot to tell us about their missions.

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty-Nine (VR-59) is Navy League Dallas Council's adopted squadron. The unit consists of 250 sailors and airmen who operate the latest Navy logistics aircraft, the C40A Clipper. VR-59 is stationed at NAS Forth Worth JRB.

October is Navy Month!

Friday, October 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Park City Club
Buffet Luncheon - $30.00
RSVP by Wednesday, October 23

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During the business meeting we will:

November 2019

Annual November Fundraising Dinner 2019

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Past Monthly Meetings

September 2019

September is Sea Cadet month!

In honor of Sea Cadet month, we will hear from Sea Cadet adult leadership as well as two outstanding cadets reporting on their exciting summer trainings.

Speakers: Sid Willis; Commanding Officers of the three Sea Cadet units we sponsor; two cadets to tell us about their summer trainings.

Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Park City Club
Buffet Luncheon

August 2019

August is U.S. Coast Guard Birthday month
Maritime Speaker Series Luncheon

Friday, August 30, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gleneagles Country Club
5401 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093

CAPT Jackie Twomey, Maritime Safety Unit, Port Arthur, TX, will brief us on the changing and challenging missions of the Coast Guard, as well as an update on Sector Houston Galveston.

Captain Jackie Twomey returns to MSU Port Arthur after serving as the Detachment Chief of the Coast Guard National Towing Vessel Center of Expertise Detachment Chief, from June of 2015 until May of 2017. The NCOE maintains trained experts in the towing vessel industry to serve as in-house consultants to the Coast Guard and as participants in technical forums and decision-making collaborations, providing technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard, and to increase and maintain the Coast Guard’s collective competency and capacity to professionally engage with the towing vessel industry.

Captain Twomey was previously the Executive Officer of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, which includes the third busiest port, the third largest petrochemical complex and the busiest Strategic Port of Embarkation for Military Outload operations in the United States from 2012-2015. 164 personnel served at MSU Port Arthur performing marine inspections, marine casualty investigations, oil spill response, law enforcement, contingency planning, waterways management, vessel traffic management, administration, supply and medical functions.

Captain Twomey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1989. She sailed as a licensed engineer for the U.S. merchant fleet and upgraded her license to Second Assistant Engineer of Steam and Motor Vessels of Unlimited Horsepower. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Michigan, earning a Master of Engineering degree in Concurrent Marine Design and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Operations Engineering.

July 2019

Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43) Happy Hour

The Dallas Council of the Navy League of the United States
Invites you to join us in commemorating the
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30 TO 6:30PM

BJ’S Brewhouse
4911 Beltline Road, Dallas, TX 75254


June 2019


May 2019

Maritime Speaker Series Luncheon

May 17, 2019 11:30AM - 1PM
Gleneagles Country Club
5401 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

Buffet Luncheon - $30


RADM Michael Rodriguez, USMS
Superintendent Texas A&M Maritime Academy

RADM Mike Rodriguez is a 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. After graduation, he sailed as a ship’s officer aboard US-flag vessels for 17 years.

In 1997, Mike returned to Kings Point as an Academy Training Representative, supervising the shipboard assignments and training of hundreds of the Academy’s midshipmen. He also taught undergraduate business and several courses in maritime operations to military and industry professionals.

Click here to read the full biography.


Col Michael Edward Fossum, USAFR (Ret)
Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston Vice President, Texas A&M University Executive Professor of Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Michael E. Fossum was selected as the Chief Operating Officer for the Galveston campus and Vice President of Texas A&M University (TAMU) beginning March 1, 2017 following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center (JSC) in January 2017.

Click here to read the full biography.




April 2019

Battle of the Coral Sea (May 1942) – The first air/sea battle in history

Thursday, APRIL 11, 2019
5:30 TO 6:30PM



March 2019

North Korea - The Truth, the Threat and Our Options

Marc Liebman

Marc retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the Tanker Wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Storm. He is a Naval Aviator with just under 6,000 hours of flight time in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Captain Liebman has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K.

Marc’s latest career is as a novelist and six of his books – Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Forgotten, Inner Look and Moscow Airlift have been published. A seventh - The Simushir Island Incident - will be released in early 2019. Big Mother 40 was ranked by the readers who buy books on Amazon as one of the top 100 war novels. Forgotten was a 2017 Finalist in Historical Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards; a Finalist in Fiction in the 2017 Literary Excellence Awards; and rated as Five Star by Readers Favorites. Inner Look was also rated Five Star by Readers Favorites.

AT PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB (not at the Park City Club)
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Friday, March 22, 2019
11:30am - 1:00pm

Prestonwood Country Club - the Creek
15909 Preston Road, Dallas, 75248

Lunch Buffet, $30.00

Download Mr. Liebman's bio (PDF) here.

February 2019

Perspectives on the United States Merchant Marine

Gini Mattson, Esq. brings with her 20 years of experience and knowledge of marine operations and Admiralty law.

Currently, she is the Global Marine Practice Leader with Envista Forensics managing their team of both Inland and Ocean Marine experts. Until recently Gini was the Ocean Marine Recovery Specialist with Zurich Insurance evaluating legal liability and actively managing subrogation efforts on Ocean Marine and Inland Marine claims. Previously she has worked primarily in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach as a Superintendent, Vessel Planner, Labor Relations Manager, and as a Liability Claims Manager actively overseeing all general liability, cargo, and equipment claims in addition to performing litigation management duties.

Gini holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a United States Coast Guard Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage License and a Juris Doctorate from Whittler Law School. She is a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer Program, maintains Proctor status with the Maritime Law Association and is a California Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Specialist.

Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Park City Club

A buffet lunch is available for $30 at the door.

Download Ms. Mattson's bio (PDF) here.

January 2019

Current Operations in U.S. Fifth Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and
Considering America’s fleet of the future and “The Navy Our Nation Needs”

Rear Admiral Douglas "Woody" Beal
Vice Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet

Rear Adm. Doug “Woody” Beal is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a 1986 graduate of Purdue University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1987 and earned his Wings of Gold in 1988. He has earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College.

Beal assumed duties as vice commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in September, 2017.

Beal has accumulated 3,844 military flight hours, 55 combat sorties and 472 carrier-arrested landings. Beal is grateful to have served with outstanding Sailors, colleagues and friends whose exceptional teamwork and performance have enabled him to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual Action with Combat Distinguishing Device and Strike Flight awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Battle ‘E’ awards.

Luncheon not included - $30 at the door.

Friday, January 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Park City Club

Read RADM Beal's official bio here.

December 2018

Commemorating the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor

Donald Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Dallas Council’s December 6th happy hour meeting/holiday event will commemorate the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Our guest speaker is well known to the council members, Dr. Keith Mitchener, Professor of History at University of North Texas and its Military History Center.




Thursday, December 6th, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Drive, McKinney, TX 75070

Finger foods and snacks will be provided, along with a cash bar.

Members/attendees will be able to stay after the meeting and have dinner at the club if desired.

Read Donald Mitchener's CV here (PDF)


November 2018

11th Annual Fundraising BBQ & Auction








The Dallas Council of the Navy League cordially invites you to an Evening of Food, Fun, and Entertainment!

Benefiting Navy League Programs, including:

Local US Naval Sea Cadet Units
Forrestal Squadron / TS Ranger
Halsey Battalion / TS Boyington
7 Navy JROTC & 4 Marine JROTC Units

Saturday Evening, 10 November, 2018, 6:00-9:00 PM
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas

Access to the Amazing Frontiers of Flight Museum
US Naval Sea Cadets – Honor Escorts
US Navy JROTC – Honor Guard
Honored Guests from
VR 59 / The Lone Star Express
NAS/JRB Fort Worth

Musical Entertainment by Dave Tanner
Live and Silent Auction / Fun Participation Events
Funding Council Activities throughout the year

Food and Beverage by Dickey’s Famous BBQ
Doors Open at 5:30 PM for Museum Experience
Open Bar / Dinner Service begins at 6:15 PM

$ 50 per person (Adult)
$ 25 per person (Active Duty Military,
Uniformed and World War II Vets)
Payable in Advance or At Door
Attire: Seasonal Casual

Make checks payable to Navy League and mail to P.O. Box 670691, Dallas, TX 75367

See the Flyer (PDF) and the Reservations Ticket (PDF)