Navy League Pittsburgh Council


Looking forward to Exciting and Rewarding Events in 2018

The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2018, a year of exciting new  events.  If you would like to support our Nation's and local Sea Services and have fun doing so, just get in contact with our President listed on the "Board of Directors"  tab above.

Navy Ball Coin Available

The Navy Ball (243th birthday) is scheduled on October 12 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.  This coin is available as a keepsake of the event.

Pittsburgh Navy Ball Fund Raising Coin Ordering Instructions

  • This limited edition coin commemorates the Navy’s Birthday and Pittsburgh’s strong connection to the Nuclear Navy dating back Seventy Years.
  • All orders will be centralized through Bob MacPherson at
  • Email your interest as soon as possible so you can be recorded on the master list. Please include ship to address
  • No specific numbers can be reserved except as designated below. (We will try to honor requests but only on an as available basis)
  • Costs: Internet costs for shipped coins will be $12.00 each (except as listed below)
  • Coins purchased at the door will be $10.00 for Navy Ball Ticket Holders
  • Payment: check or money order made out to Robert MacPherson with Navy League Pittsburgh Coins in information line (Sorry, no Pay Pal)
  • Address: Bob MacPherson, 3 Circle Drive, West Newton PA 15089
  • Coins will ship when we receive them and when your funds are received.
  • Special Coins reserved for auction (Minimum starting bid $12.00 per coin):#1 Coin#2 Coin#7 and #20 will be sold as a set (USS Pittsburgh SSN 720)#243 Coin (This Year’s Navy Birthday)Email your bid and it will be placed in the spread sheet. Bids close at midnight on October 11. Winning bids will be announced at the 2018 Navy Ball. If you are out of the area, they will be shipped to your location once payment is received.
  • All funds will be used to repay Navy League for the starting and operating funds and current and future Pittsburgh Area Navy Ball expenses.

Upcoming Events

September 29: VA Picnic         Location: H. J. Heinz Campus  11am - 1:30 pm

October 12: Navy Ball - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. 

The Pittsburgh Navy Ball is honored to announce that Rear Admiral David Hahn, Chief of Naval Research and Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94) will be our guest speaker.  Admiral Hahn was formerly a Commanding Officer of the USS Pittsburgh SSN 720.  The theme this year is Forged by the Sea... Tempered by the Steel City.  This unique theme recognizes the birth and development of the Nuclear Navy in the City of Steel nearly 70 years ago.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Place: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum,4141 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Time: Reception: 6:00 PM, Dinner: 7:00 PM, Dancing: 8:30 PM
Dress: Military Dress: Service Dress Blue with Ribbons or equivalent, Optional: Dinner Dress Blue, Civilian Dress: Business Attire, Optional: Black Tie
Ticket Price per person:
O5 and above, their guests, & Civilians - $70
E-7-O-4 & guests - $60
E-4-E-6 & guests - $40
E-1-E3, midshipmen, & guests - $30
Make checks payable to: Navy League, Pittsburgh Council, note for Navy Ball
R.S.V.P. by September 24, 2018 to your command POC or Bob MacPherson, or Polly Bozdech-Veater,,

3rd Quarter 2018 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter posted

3rd Quarter 2018 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter, the official publication of the Navy League of the United States, Pittsburgh Council, posted.  See Ports of Pittsburgh tab above.  Check out stories about the Navy Ball, VA Picnic, 2018 Wreaths Across America and more.

Sponsor a Wreath Today for the

2018 National Remembrance Ceremony

 The Pittsburgh Council is once again partnering with Wreaths Across America. This program is a way for us to honor our military members and their families whose remains are buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville PA. This program has been shown on all national TV networks and is held across the country.  A portion of every contribution is returned to the Navy League to support our educational programs.

Costs of the wreaths are $15 each; 4 for $60, etc.    To donate, click on this link:

Be sure to use Our Group ID: PAO294P     Location ID: PANCAB  

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Bob MacPherson at

Pittsburgh Resources List

Updated Resource list (August 10, 2018) posted in Council News and Features section

USS Pittsburgh Change of Command

Council members attended the Change of Command of the USS Pittsburgh on January 12, 2018.   CDR Neil Colston, the outgoing commanding officer, thanked the Council for its support, including visits to the city by the crew, hosting a Christmas party for the crew’s children and providing a scholarship program. The Council welcomed CDR Jason Deichler, a son of Pittsburgh, as the new commanding officer; and, of course, celebrated with a Pittsburgh traditional cookie table.

See the January 16, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:

See the February 2, 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article:

See the USS Pittsburgh Tab for further information

Council Facebook:

Other local Navy and Military Events

Who we are:

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.

The objective and purpose of the Navy League is twofold: educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information regarding the condition of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters which aid our maritime capabilities.

To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of 265 councils in the U.S. and around the world. The Navy League has more than 65,000 active members.

The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Scholarship Program. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $200,000 in scholarships and awards every year.

Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs.

Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.

To Join Navy League of the United States and the Pittsburgh Council, please go to the National Navy League site at: 

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