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Community Involvement

The Dallas Council of the Navy League maintains a visible and vital presence in the local community through many different programs and initiatives.

Sailor of the Year (SOY) Awards

The Dallas Council seeks to encourage the men and women of our maritime forces by recognizing and rewarding top achievement. Each year, commanding officers select a Sailor of the Year from the USS Dallas nuclear submarine and from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas. The Council then presents each honoree with an award.

Since 1983, the Council has sponsored an Awards Banquet to honor the Sailors of the Year from each unit at the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB), Ft. Worth. This prestigious event has been expanded in recent years to include not only Sailors and Marines, but also Soldiers and Airmen of the Year from all of the reserve commands stationed at the base. Each award recipient receives an engraved keepsake clock.

Veterans Day Parade

The Dallas Council proudly supports the annual event, held on or around November 11 and winding through the streets of downtown Dallas. The Council pays for the lodging, meals and transportation of crew members from both its adopted vessels, the USS Dallas nuclear submarine and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas, so that they may represent their ships and shipmates.

Officers and crew visit various schools to build goodwill and promote Navy and Coast Guard careers to interested students. They also spend time in local children's hospitals and other facilities on behalf of the Navy League.

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Military Ball

Established in 1965 by representatives of the Air Force Association, Association of the U.S. Army, Navy League, Marine Corps Association and other Reserve and National Guard organizations, the Dallas Military Ball has become the unified military voice for the greater Dallas/ Ft Worth metroplex area. Dedicated to honoring both Active and Reserve forces, the Dallas Military Ball offers a unique opportunity to salute those who are serving, thank those who have served and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Underwritten by local citizens and business organizations, the Dallas Military Ball is a formal affair, mess dress for the military and black tie for other guests. Complete with military pageantry, a strong military presence and entertainment, these Balls have afforded the opportunity for the community to meet members of our Armed Forces including the senior leadership. General and Flag officers representing all of our Armed Forces and local Military Commanders are also regular attendees.

The inaugural Ball was held on February 13, 1965, at the Statler Hilton Hotel in downtown Dallas with over 500 people in attendance. While the primary purpose of the Ball is to honor the military, net proceeds, if any, are distributed to military relief agencies. To date, over $1.3M has been distributed to these organizations.

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Youth Development

The Dallas Council sponsors the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) Forrestal Squadron for youth ages 14-17 and has since the squadron's formation in 1964. This congressionally chartered program was established to provide education and training to young men and women and enhances their interests in maritime history, customs and traditions. The program's objective is to ingrain a sense of personal honor, patriotism, courage, self-reliance, confidence, and similar qualities, which will mold strong character and encourage good citizenship.

The Council also sponsors the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) Ranger Training Ship for youth ages 10-13. The program promotes mental, moral and physical training through naval and other instruction and develops patriotism, good citizenship, and instills a sense of duty, discipline, self-respect, and respect for others. The Ranger Training Ship was authorized in 1958 by the Navy League of the United States and received its Congressional Charter in 1974, making it one of the oldest Navy League Cadet Corps in the country.

In cooperation with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), the Council donates support to the Naval Leadership Cadet Corps in four DISD middle schools that offer the program as a three semester-hour course. In addition, the Dallas Council provides support for the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), as well as the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MJROTC) in several metroplex high schools.

The Dallas Council also sponsors other various youth scholarship programs with limited financial assistance. It has been possible to expand this support through the years due to the generosity of Dallas Council members and our Corporate Sponsor partners.