It is with regret and sadness that both the Sacramento Council and the
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Navy League of the United States, learned of
the closing of the Grant Maritime Technologies Program at Grant High School.
I hope that the new school board did not hold a hearing prior to their
decision because if so neither council was so notified in advance. We would
have definitely testified not to sink the program but to move it forward with
increased vigor and impact.
You at sea well know career positions are available to all qualified to
fill them. The Navy League strongly supports the US flag Merchant Marine, the
nation's academies for officers and training programs for crew members. We
have so stated in our maritime policy statement, http://www.navyleague.org/legislative_affairs/Maritime_Policy.pdf
and at hearings on Capitol Hill. Locally councils elsewhere show their
support. The current copy of Sea Power, http://www.seapower-digital.com/seapower/seapower_sample
our respected national monthly magazine has two articles focused on maritime
education and council support.
A number of individuals associated with the Grant Program joined the Navy
League upon learning of and experiencing first hand our councils' desire to
further maritime training. Two you know are Captain Jim West and Tericia
Andresen. Graduates include David Gagne, Carrie Gillette, and Howard Baker.
I invite you to join the Navy League. We have through the month of June
what amounts to a membership enrollment or renewal special: 3 years for $100, http://www.navyleague.org/membership/index.php
affiliation is optional but encouraged. Please contact me about joining or if
you should have a question about the Navy League.
All the best to all of you - fair winds and following seas as we like to
National Director - Merchant Marine Committee and Membership
President, Pacific Merchant
Director, Sacramento Council
Navy League of the United
(916) 739-6949 | (916) 955-3972
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The Navy League of
the United States, founded with President Roosevelt's encouragement in
1902, is a civilian organization with more than 60,000 members. The League is
focused on reminding the American public and government officials that the
United States is a maritime nation and that its national defense and economic
well being are dependent upon strong sea services - the Navy, Marine Corps,
Coast Guard and U. S. flag Merchant Marine. NLUS and its 270 councils sponsor
activities, events, and awards along with supporting military and Sea Cadet
units. Its monthly magazine Sea Power focuses on United
States maritime defense news. The council publishes its newsletter
Captain's Call quarterly.
The Pacific Merchant Marine
Council was chartered 11 December 2006. Luncheon meetings, frequently
aboard the National Liberty Ship Memorial S. S. JEREMIAH O'BRIEN, Pier 45, San
Francisco are the 2nd Monday in March, June, September, and December. We invite