Beginning with its inception in 1902 and the endorsement of then President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League of the United States has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American People. The Navy League has become the foremost citizens organization dedicated to serve, support, and stand with all U.S. sea services – the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. The Dallas Council was established October 25, 1944.
Compiling an impressive record of accomplishment by members who are recognized for their integrity, patriotism, and community service, the Navy League has grown since its founding to become a worldwide organization, comprised of nearly 70,000 members in almost 300 councils; including more than 250 corporate and community affiliate members.
Today, the Navy League’s original mission translates into two main initiatives. First, the Navy League’s public education efforts are designed to inform the nation, and its political leaders, of the vital importance to the country of a comprehensive and fully prepared sea service. Second, the Navy League – primarily through its local councils – provides support for active duty sea service personnel and their families.
In keeping with its primary educational objective, the Dallas Council of the Navy League supports America’s young people through successful youth programs, including sponsorship of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Foundation Scholarship Program and the Southwest Youth Leadership Conference. The Council devotes time, money, and energy to support and improve the well being of American service personnel and their families.
The Council has “adopted” two ships (the USS Dallas submarine and the USCGC Dallas); rewarded and honored enlisted personnel of the year; hosted dinners and balls for military personnel, and supported family members left behind when spouses and parents are deployed.
The Council also plans, executes, and underwrites ceremonies connected with the commissioning of new Navy ships or openings of new military buildings; raises money in support of local veterans initiatives; provides volunteer workers for Fleet Week activities, and hosts birthday celebrations for the various sea services.
The Navy League regularly publishes SeaPower magazine, The Navy Leaguer newsletter, white papers, and special reports while annually publishing the Almanac of Sea Power, a professional reference journal. The League also sponsors the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, the largest maritime exposition in the world, conducts educational seminars, coordinates an annual convention of members, and provides numerous speaking opportunities at symposia and forums.
The Office of Legislative Affairs serves as the Navy League’s liaison-representative to the Military Coalition, the Navy/Marine Corps Council, the Navy/Marine Corps Caucus in the House of Representatives, the congressional/legislative affairs offices of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Maritime Administration and the four military branches.
In addition, this office routinely conducts legislative and issue research focusing on sea service needs and concerns, specifically tracking and monitoring legislation. The office is responsible for planning and coordinating functions on Capitol Hill or in congressional districts to increase congressional awareness on the mission of the Navy League and its legislative issues.
Within the Dallas Council, an active and on-going effort is underway to inform, educate and communicate with elected officials from the congressional districts serving the north Texas area on issues and concerns facing the men and women of our sea services.