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Navy League Pittsburgh Council

November 10, 2022

Happy Birthday Marine Corps

247 years

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.  

The 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 celebration.

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 

Forces 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

Color Guard

Emcee Bob MacPherson


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.

RADM Harris

Cutting the Cake - Oldest to Youngest Sailor

Cutting the cake

Port of Pitsburgh Newsletter all Digital

Our award winning "Port of Pittsburgh" newsletter is now all digital.  The 3rd Quarter edition, now on this website, will no longer be mailed to our members.  This and 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 2022 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, Navy Ball flyer, Navy and Pittsburgh Council history, USS Laboom news and more.

Small Business Entrepreneurship Outreach Program for Veterans

The Small Business Entrepreneurship Outreach Program at provides support to veterans. They can connect with veterans and let you know about their recently published guide specifically for US Veterans who are in the process of starting or currently own a small business.

Recent data points to 1 out 20 business owners being veterans, which speaks to the fact that their unique experience and perspective gives them the ideal skill set needed to successfully take on the challenges of entrepreneurship. Veterans are often able to demonstrate an inspiring style of leadership that is characterized by selflessness, balanced with the discipline to strive for continued growth and progress, and perfectly equipped to remain effective when facing the greatest of setbacks. Most of all, though every entrepreneur will have a different journey, sacrifice will undoubtedly be a part of the success story.

Their organization can help veterans turn their business aspirations into successful endeavors by making sure they are aware of the unique competitive advantages available to them such as exclusive grants, training resources, and mentoring. You can learn more about it here:

For further information contact:

Carrie Smith
Small Business Entrepreneurship



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 2023

The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2023, 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

Edited from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 18, 2021

The last U.S. Navy vessel named for the city of Pittsburgha submarine, retired in 2019 after 35 years at sea, but the Navy announced that a new ship will bear the city's name.

Navy 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.

"As 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."

Prior 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.

"I am confident that the crew of the future Pittsburgh will demonstrate the same excellence in support of amphibious and littoral operations around the world,” Braithwaite said.

The 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 both ships.

The class also includes USS Harrisburg, being built in the same shipyard as the Pittsburgh.

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 website.

Veterans Day Fireside Chat with our own Captain Polly Bozdech-Veater (USN ret.)

Our own Captain Polly Bozdech-Veater (USN ret.) was privileged to have a fireside chat with the City of Pittsburgh Talent Acquisition Senior Director on Veterans Day.  Polly discussed her Navy career, the local Navy League in Pittsburgh, and her passion for supporting local veterans and active duty personnel.

Here's a link to the event:¬if_t=story_reshare&ref=notif

RDML James Aiken conducts webinar with the Pittsburgh Council

Our Council was honored  to have RDML Aiken present to us in July, 2020.  RDML Aiken is Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three.  Click on "Council News and Features, Full Stories"" to view the webinar.

Submarine USS Pittsburgh Memorabilia

Still Available

We 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

Acrylic Christmas Ornament                 8                               $20  

Ballcaps w/logo                                        7                               $25   

Lapel pins w/logo                                   31                              $5

To purchase any item, please contact John Caspero at: primary: e-mail - jfcaspero@verizon.netsecondary: home phone  (412) 257-6141 


VA website list of 2022 Veterans Day freebies, activities, etc.

November marks National Veteran and Military Families Month, highlighted by Veterans Day on Friday, November 11. The link below to the VA list of Veterans Day and Veterans Month events is organized by state and will continue to be updated as the VA learns of more events. 

Please verify details with the event organizers.

In addition to the list of community events below, 33 communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia will host VA-recognized Veterans Day observances this year to pay tribute to America’s heroes.

Also, check out the listing of free Veterans Day meals and other offers.

Veteran's day events, discounts, freebies

Below is a brief list of events, freebies and discounts available to active/reserve/retired/veteran military members.  Please ensure you have ID--VA, military or driver's license with veteran designation.  And a thanks to those participating is always appreciated. 

Events: Local:

University of Pittsburgh: Nov 11, free tickets to Volleyball and Men's Basketball games.  Claim tickets at

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: 4141 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, 15213.  Free admission throughout the day; special event celebrating post 9/11 veterans, 6 PM-8 PM, an evening of commencement and camaraderie. More info/register:

Pittsburgh Area--parades, other events:


Restaurants offering discounts/freebiees--each list has slightly different listings

Some local restaurants: 

Mission BBQ-free sandwich

Primate Bros: free sandwich

Quaker State Oil: Free entree up to $15 and free non alcoholic beverage

Sheetz: Free half ham and cheese or meatball sub and a regular size drink; free car wash

Retailers offering discounts

Travel and recreation discounts

Pittsburgh Resources List

The newly updated Resource List (October 12, 2022) is posted in the Council News and Features section (at the bottom of the page).  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.

Pittsburgh Council Facebook

Council Facebook

Facebook Pages Related to Pittsburgh and the Sea Services

Navy League Pittsburgh Council

Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh

Naval Operational Support Center Pittsburgh

USCG Station Erie, PA

World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh

US Submarine Veterans Inc.

USS Laboon (DDG 58)

USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) Blue Crew

USS Pennsylvania Group

USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Group

USS West Virginia (SSBN 726) Blue Crew

USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720)

USS Requin (SS 481 )

Other Military Announcements and Events

Passing on information for a presentation by General Thompson, Vice-Chief of U.S.Space Force


Date/Time: Dec 1, 9:30-10:20

Subject: Global Landscape and Geopolitics of Space,

Location: O’Hara Student Center, 4024 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

RSVP: Ms. Kristi Hilbert,

Sponsored by: The University of Pittsburgh Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Air Force ROTC Detachment 730 and Center for Military Medicine Research, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh 

This is a great opportunity to hear from a senior officer of the U.S. Space Force---our newest military force.

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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