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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

Reservation Options:

  1. (Preferred) Make your reservation and pay online through PayPal (below).
  2. Send an email to nldalres@gmail.com. Provide name(s) of attendees and a contact number. Pay at the door.
  3. Call Cheryl Carathers at 972-727-8569. Leave a message with name(s) of attendees and a contact number. Pay at the door.

Reservations must be received by the 10th of May.

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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

BJ’S BREWHOUSE
4901 BELTLINE ROAD, DALLAS, TX 75254

LIGHT SNACKS PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL
CASH BAR AVAILABLE

 


Past Monthly Meetings

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.

NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION CHANGES:
THE MARCH LUNCH MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 22 (not the 29th)
AT PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB (not at the Park City Club)
Please share this with your friends

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

EVENT FEATURES:
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

TICKET INFORMATION:
$ 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)

October 2018

VR-59 Update

We are confirmed for VR-59's command team to speak to us this month.
CO, CDR Page Felini
XO, CDR Christian Byers
CMC, MCPO Ken Bowman

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty-Nine (VR-59) is Navy League Dallas Council's adopted active duty 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.
CDR Felini is an experienced Naval Aviator and accomplished Navy leader. We look forward to hearing from her and about VR-59's latest deployment.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, October 26, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

September 2018

Annual Navy Sea Cadet Update

We will get an update on the Forrestal Squadron, one of the three units of the Navy Sea Cadet and League Cadet Corps that the Dallas Council supports through financial donations. We will hear from Squadron leaders, Sea Cadet Parents, and former Sea Cadets who will recount the value of the cadet experience in their individual lives.

This meeting will make you proud of the support we provide to these young patriots and future leaders.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

August 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

Donald Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Dallas Council’s August 24 meeting will be a special celebration of the U.S. Coast Guard in honor of their birthday month. 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. Dr. Mitchener will speak about the Coast Guard’s history, especially in Texas.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, August 24th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Read Donald Mitchener's CV here (PDF)

July 2018

No meeting convened this July.

 

June 21, 2018

Battle of Midway

Image of David MitchenerDonald Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Come out and spend some quality social time learning about the mission of the Navy League in Dallas and learn some things you may not have known about the Battle of Midway.

This month's presentation will be at the Saltgrass Steak House, 3000 Dallas Parkway, Plano.

Thursday, June 21st, 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM.

Appetizers provided by the Dallas Council
Cash Bar

Please bring guests and prospective members!

Read Dr. Mitchener's CV here (PDF)