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We are moving legacy, unforgettable items and events to the "Pittsburgh Council News and Features" page. See link to the right.
Updated Resource List posted below.
248th Navy Birthday Ball
October 13, 2023
We had a great Navy Birthday Ball. Held at Edgewood Country Club, attendees included active Navy enlisted and officers, retired Navy, Steel City NROTC Midshipmen, civilians and RADM Tom Anderson as the guest speaker. Sequence of events included: Call to Order, Parade the Colors, National Anthem, Invocation, Sailors Creed, Honors Table, Recognition of Unit CO's, Honored Guests, RADM Anderson providing the Birthday message, cake cutting, dinner and dancing.
A few highlight pictures:
Active and retired Navy participants leave their hats on the entrance table.
Following the Call to Order by CWO2 (SS) Bob MacPherson, USN (Ret.) the Steel City NROTC Color Guard parades the colors.
RADM Tom Anderson, Acting Commander, Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) delivers a heartwarming message.
CAPT Tom Clark, USN (Ret.), President Navy League Pittsburgh Council, LCDR Rick Elster, USN (Ret.), and Midshipman Shannon McKay cut the birthday cake.
RADM Anderson and members of the Navy League Pittsburgh Council Board of Directors.
Polly Bozdech-Veater awarded Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year
Please join us in congratulating our own Ms. Polly Bozdech-Veater as the
2023 recipient of the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman Of The Year Award!
Polly has successfully created a sense of community throughout Western
Pennsylvania, both as our Navy Ombudsman and as a citizen of the Steel City.
She has been a wealth of information for all of us and her support is
unwavering. We are truly blessed by having her as part of our team!
Well done and well deserved, Polly!
The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
(CNO) established the Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award. Mrs.
Stockdale set an unflagging example for her support to families of other POWs
during the seven-year internment of her husband, Vice Admiral James Bond
Stockdale, in Southeast Asia.
Mrs. Stockdale’s commitment to Navy families
exemplifies the foundation of the Ombudsman Program today. She set the example
by establishing the National League of Families of American Prisoners in
Southeast Asia to provide support for families of other POWs. More than 40
years later there are over 2,000 dedicated volunteers serving Navy families as
Nominated by their commanding officers, these
ombudsmen maintain the highest standards of professionalism and create a
healthy sense of community by being positive role models for command members
and their families. They serve as a principal source of assistance and support
during deployment, mobilization and times of emergencies. Recipients of this
award have exhibited selfless dedication and service to the command families.
Keel Authenticated for Future USS Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Council of the
Navy League of the United States was represented at the keel authentication for the future USS Pittsburgh, LPD 31, by Captain
Polly Bozdech-Veater, former Navy League national vice-president.
Pittsburgh Navy League sponsored the former USS Pittsburgh, SSN-720 for over 36
years and will do so for the “new” USS Pittsburgh.
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 11, 2023:
Newest USS Pittsburgh under construction in Mississippi | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Is the Navy League still needed?
From the Navy League Headquarters: “The Navy League of the
United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore
Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that
supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and
U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.”
The question for some today might be, after 121 years, is
the Navy League still needed?
Here's our answer.
From the Huntington Ingalls Industries website:
HII Begins Fabrication of Amphibious Transport Dock Pittsburgh (LPD 31)
See the following link: (you may need to copy and paste in your browser)
Navy Birthday Ball celebrating the
247h Birthday of the U.S. Navy
Friday, October 14th, 2022
It was a great event.
Pittsburgh Council of the Navy League of the United States sponsored the annual
Navy Birthday Ball on Friday, October 14, 2022. Once again, this year the Pittsburgh
Council was joined by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy
Alumni Association, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Requin Base, and the Chief
Petty Officers Association of McKeesport and Pittsburgh as co-sponsors of the
Keynote speaker for the event was Rear Admiral
Sinclair “Sinc” Harris, USN (Ret). Currently serving as Vice President for
Client Relationships at the Logistics Management Institute in Washington, DC, he
also serves as Immediate Past
President of the National Naval Officers Association, Vice President of the
Navy League of the United States, and as a board member of the Navy &
Marine Corps Relief Society. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, his most recent assignments
included: tours in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Deputy Director,
Expeditionary Warfare Division and as the Director, Navy Irregular Warfare
Office/Future Concepts; the Commander of U.S. Naval
Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet; and as the Vice Director for Operations on
the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Harris' decorations include the Distinguished Service
Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.
Steel City NROTC Color Guard
RADM Sinclair Harris delivering his moving words about core values, faith, family, our constitution, the Navy and having a healthy dialogue moving forward.
Link to the text of
RADM Sinclair Harris' remarks at the Navy League Pittsburgh Navy Ball, 2022.
Cutting the Cake - Oldest to Youngest Sailor
Port of Pitsburgh Newsletter all Digital
Our award winning "Port of Pittsburgh" newsletter is now all digital. All future editions will be sent via email to our members and continue to be posted on our website. The benefits include reduced cost and speed of delivery.
3rd Quarter 2023 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter posted
The 3rd Quarter Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter, the official publication of the Navy League of the United States, Pittsburgh Council, is posted. See Ports of Pittsburgh tab above.
Content includes the President's message, 2023 Navy Ball speaker, Veterans Breakfast Club schedule, our own Polly Bozdeck-Veater award, Tuskegee Airman anniversary, Coast Guard birthday and much more.
RDML Richard Seif & CAPT Jason Deichler webcast held July 27
RDML Seif is Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, Groton, CT. Capt. Jason Deichler, is the past CO of the USS Pittsburgh and now the Director of Training, Naval Submarine School. Here is a rebroadcast of the webinar link:
Looking Forward to Exciting and Rewarding Events in 2024
The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2024, a year for exciting new events.
Details for events will be provided as final plans are firmed up.
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.
New Navy Ship Named USS Pittsburgh
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 18, 2021
last U.S. Navy vessel named for the city of Pittsburgh, a submarine,
retired in 2019 after 35 years at sea,
but the Navy announced that a new ship will bear the city's name.
Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite said a future San Antonio-class amphibious
transport dock will be the USS Pittsburgh (LPD-31), the fifth Navy vessel to
honor the city. With
Marines embarked, the ship has a crew of over 1000 Officers, Chiefs and
enlisted. The normal crew size is a little over 350 - about three times
the crew size our beloved USS Pittsburgh SSN 720 submarine.
a proud resident of the Keystone State, I know that Pittsburgh is a proud city
with a strong legacy of service to our nation," Mr. Braithwaite said in a
Navy video. "And the name USS Pittsburgh has served the Navy well."
ships bearing the name of the city were a Union ironclad, cruisers in both
world wars and most recently a Los Angeles-class attack sub that completed its
final tour in 2019.
am confident that the crew of the future Pittsburgh will demonstrate the same
excellence in support of amphibious and littoral operations around the world,”
new 25,000-ton USS Pittsburgh was ordered in April, 2020 and is being built at
a Mississippi shipyard by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport
docks are designed to transport troops and equipment to battle zones around the
world. The class includes the USS New York, the first of three LPDs built in
honor of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. The New York's bow stem was
cast using steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. The others are the USS
Somerset, site of the crash of Flight 93 on 9/11, and the USS Arlington, where
another plane hit the Pentagon. Materials from the sites were incorporated into
class also includes USS Harrisburg, being built in the same shipyard as the
last USS Pittsburgh was a submarine launched in 1984 and saw action in both
Iraq wars. It marked its 1,000th dive in November 2017, after which the crew
posed for a picture holding a Terrible Towel, shown in the Legacy tab on our
Submarine USS Pittsburgh Memorabilia
have in our inventory a small number of USS Pittsburgh memorabilia
items. Since the USS Pittsburgh has been deactivated, once they are gone, we will not have any future memorabilia inventory to remember this boat. These make great holiday items to
remember and to celebrate this fast attack submarine Pittsburgh namesake. The following listing displays the item, the quantity available and price (shipping
charges are included).
Item Quantity Price
Metal Travel Mugs 3 $30
Christmas Ornament 8 $20
w/logo 7 $25
pins w/logo 31 $5
To purchase any item, please contact John
Caspero at: primary: e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org; secondary: home phone (412)
Non - Navy Military Related
November/Early December "Happenings" in Western PA
Compiled by member Polly Bozdech Veater
Registration for Military Families Holiday Carnival. https://operationsantapgh.com/
Nov 7: Department
of the Labor Vets Off Base Transition Training (OBTT) GoodWill
(Lawrenceville) Workshops 10am - 12pm: LinkedIn Profile; 1pm -
3pm: LinkedIn Job Search. Register/further info: www.dol.gov/obttworkshops. POC:
Marlene Ciesielski, M:
Nov 7: Restore
22 Coffee Roadshow, 10 AM-Noon, Friendship Perk and Brew, 300 S. Pacific
Ave, Pittsburgh, 15224 RSVP/more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restore-22-coffee-roadshow-tickets-739561156327.
POC: Christine Ree,
Veterans Breakfast Club, 15th anniversary, 8 AM-Noon, River's Casino,
free breakfast; resource fair. Register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-breakfast-club-15th-anniversary-breakfast-at-the-rivers-casino-tickets-724197663707?aff=oddtdtcreator
Nov 9: GI
Jobs Get Hired Workshop, Virtual, noon-1 PM Register: https://www.gijobs.com/get-hired-workshop?utm_source=pgh_reserves&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gij+get+hired+workshop+nov+9&utm_content=pgh+reserves+newsletter&utm_ID=gij
Nov 9: UPMC
Veterans Job Fair, 3-7 PM, Acrisure StadiumRegister/further info: bit.ly/upmc-veterans
A chance to win prizes--Steeler tickets, concert tickets, etc.
Breakfast: Veterans Leadership Program, WPA, "Welcome Home-Honoring
All Vietnam Veterans" Duquense University, Student Union Ballroom. 8
AM REGISTER NOW, https://www.classy.org/event/2023-veterans-day-breakfast/e519357.
If you have issues registering, please contact VLP-WPA at 844-857-8387
- Veterans Day
Parade, 10:30 Liberty and 10th, parade proceeds down Liberty Ave.
Have rec'd a number of lists. In checking on the websites, I found it
difficult to find updated information. Strongly suggest you contact
the individual restaurant or business to determine what is being offered,
eligibility requirements, date, time etc. ALWAYS bring
Veteran/Military ID and don't forget to say THANKS.
Not just Veterans Day.
Food Share, Veterans Leadership Program, Noon-2 PM 2934 Smallman St, Pittsburgh
Nov 14: Department of the Labor Vets Off Base Transition Training
(OBTT), CCAC (Allegheny
Campus-Jones Hall) Workshops: 10am - 12pm: Creating Your Resume; 1pm
- 3pm: Employment Rights. Register/further
info: www.dol.gov/obttworkshopsl POC:
Marlene Ciesielski, M: 412-295-5841 email@example.com
Military Mindful Movement Moment, 7-8 PM, Apple Blossom
Activity Room, 125 Apple Blossom Way, Moon Township, PA 15108, More
POC: Christine Ree, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support Meeting, 1 PM, 316th Sustainment Command, 99 Soldiers Lane. RSVP
NLT Nov 14, to Polly,
Nov 16: GI
Jobs Virtual Job Fair, noon-4 PM, Register: thttps://www.gijobs.com/virtual-job-fair?utm_source=pgh_reserves&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=virtual+job+fair+nov+16&utm_content=pgh+reserves+newsletter&utm_ID=gij
Nov 17: Vetrepreneur
Franchise Workshop. 3-4 PM, Register: https://vetrepreneur.com/franchise-workshop/?utm_source=pgh_reserves&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vetrepreneur+franchise+workshop+nov+17&utm_content=pgh+reserves+newsletter&utm_ID=vet
Food Share, Veterans Leadership Program, Noon, 727 Goucher St,
Johnstown, PA ,
Dec 1: NORAD
Track Santa, https://www.noradsanta.org/en/. Activities, etc from Dec 1
till Dec 24, evening. A chance to track Santa as he makes his way across
the world---and you can even talk live to a Santa Tracker on Dec 24
Dec 2: Operation Home Front
Holiday Meals, Commissary Gift Cards, register at https://operationhomefront.org/events/?state=pennsylvania&event-type=holiday-meals#ListingTitle
Dec 9: Military Families
Wreaths Across America, laying of wreaths at National Cemeteries. More
Dec 16:Candy Cane Lane Powered by Operation Santa for veterans
and retirees. Check https://operationsantapgh.com/ for registration details,
911th Steel City Airman Support Team quarterly newsletter "The Moose",
Unclaimed Military Medals Link: https://unclaimedproperty.patreasury.gov/en/Medals
from Home Depot: Access the AAFES website, https://www.shopmyexchange.com/a/3539981?iid=home-depot,
You can purchase
Home Depot appliances through AAFES, tax free. Upon checkout, customers
are brought back to ShopMyExchange.com to check out. There is the option of no
payments for 6 months (with 0% financing) when using a MILITARY STAR card.The
appliance is delivered by The Home Depot. The delivery dates are set by the
customer. Professional delivery and installation on select appliances of $396
or more is free. Pricing is 1% less than lowest price at Home Depot
Memory Care Resource Guide for Veterans
A study conducted by NIH (National Institute of
Health) found that veterans are twice as likely to develop dementia. Aside from
the normal aging process, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress
disorder make veterans more vulnerable to dementia than the general population.
To help veterans and their families, we have been provided with a guide to memory care for
veterans This resource goes over dementia in detail and shares treatment
options as well as available VA programs and resources.
You can view the guide here: https://wwwmemorycare.com/veterans/.
Paying for Senior Care for Veterans
There are approximately 18
million senior veterans living in the U.S., many of whom may be eligible for
various assisted living and home care benefits. The guide on
PayingForSeniorCare.com provides comprehensive information on the options
available to senior veterans, whether they are living in a nursing home,
assisted living facility, or at home. This information will help veterans meet
their basic needs, stay safe, active, and healthy.
Here’s the link to the guide: https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/veterans.
Our Navy League Council has no affiliation with these organizations.
Resources for Military (active and reserve) and families in the Pittsburgh Area
The newly updated Resource List (June 13, 2023) is posted here. This is a comprehensive listing of local resources specifically available for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Resource topics include military, legal, veterans, family, financial counseling, retail discounts and many more. Here's the Military Resource List.
Here is a resource for your reference: https://www.resumebuilder.com/veterans-resume-and-job-hunting-guide/.
Pittsburgh Council Facebook
Facebook Pages Related to Pittsburgh and the Sea Services
Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/USCoastGuardPittsburgh/
Navy Reserve Center Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/NOSC-Pittsburgh-389972627801302/
USCG Station Erie, PA https://www.facebook.com/uscoastguardstationerie/
World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/WorldAffairsPGH/
US Submarine Veterans Inc. https://www.facebook.com/USSVIncorporated/
USS Laboon (DDG 58) https://www.facebook.com/USSLABOON/
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) Blue Crew https://www.facebook.com/USSPennsylvania735Blue.gov/
USS Pennsylvania Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/124934005695/
USS Requin (SS 481 )https://www.facebook.com/USS-Requin-SS-481-383745111100/
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
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:
Pittsburgh Council, Patriotism & Gratitude, Honor, Knowledge, Service, Awareness, & Engagement