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IMPORTANT: Changes to Subase Security Impacting Attendance at our Monthly Dinner Meetings held on the Subase
There have been some important changes in security policies which impact people wishing to attend Council dinner meetings held at Magnolia's in the Kings Bay Conference Center onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
Effective immediately, to access the Subase for all Navy League meetings on the Subase, attendees must show either an active duty or retired military ID, or a Subase Navy League photo ID (available only to Camden – Kings Bay Council members), or submit a Consent Form and undergo a background check prior to the meeting.
Consent Forms are available on the Council’s website, and must be completed, witnessed and submitted to Subase Security no later than one week prior to the date of the meeting (April 3rd for the April 10th meeting). Attendees submitting a Consent Form by April 3rd to attend the April 10th meeting will have their names on a guest list at both Subase gates the evening of the event.
Questions about the new security procedures and accessing the Subase can be directed to Council President Dave Burch at 674-4252.
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Navy's Marine Mammals Program Explored at March 13th Meeting
Mark Yates from Kings Bay's Marine Mammals Program drew back the curtain on one of the most secretive Navy programs on March 13, 2014, when he presented a video and answered questions on the Navy's Marine Mammals Program. The video was enlightening and covered all of the major points of the program from training through an unclassified description of the work the dolphins and California sea lions do in defense of our strategic assets at Kings Bay.
Photos from the event can be viewed in our Photo Gallery, and a copy of the video will be posted to our website .
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2014 Camden - Kings Bay Council Youth Scholarship
Application Now Available
Graduating seniors in the NJROTC program, as well as dependants of Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine (active duty or retired) attending Camden County High School, and graduating seniors in the Kings Bay Division of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, who plan to further their education after high school are encouraged to apply for the 2014 $1,000 Camden - Kings Bay 2014 Youth Scholarship.
The application, available as an interactive PDF, is available on the Council's website as well as on the Camden County High School Scholarship Page. The application package consists of the application, space for a 500 – 750 word (maximum) original Essay on "The Importance of American Sea Power" and a recommendation form to be completed by a teacher or unit commander (NJROTC or Sea Cadets). The scholarship winner will be chosen based on the quality of the essay and teacher/unit commander recommendation.
The complete application must be received by the Navy League Scholarship Committee no later than Apri1 21, 2014, to receive consideration.
The Scholarship will be announced on May 20, 2014, at the 2014 Camden County High School Scholarship Night, and presented during the Council's June 13th St. Marys River Sunset Cruise. The scholarship recipient and his/her parents will be guests of the Navy League for the event.
For more information, please contact David Burch, 674-4252.
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USS TENNESSEE (Gold) CO Addressed Council at February 13th Council Meeting
CDR Richard Dubnansky, commanding officer of USS TENNESSEE (Gold), was our guest at the February 13, 2014, Camden - Kings Bay Council dinner meeting. The CO updated us on USS TENNESSEE Gold's recent activities and achievements and spoke about the challenges he faces at the helm of a major command in our nuclear triad.
Photos from the evening are available in the Photo Gallery.
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December 10th Visit to the Lake City VA Medical Center
Barbara Johns, Jack Mead, Jerry O'Donoghue, and Council President Dave Burch delivered donated suppies and spent time with patients at the Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Nicky Adams, Assistant Chief, Voluntary Services, served as our tour guide as we visited several of the different wards and spent time with the patients.
Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were able to deliver a large quantity of large print crossword, word search, Sudoku books; shampoo & conditioner; body wash; coffee; decks of cards; board games; and, laundry detergent. We also delivered three boxes of books collected through our Operation Paperback program.
Your contributions of supplies and cash were greatly appreciated by the staff and the patients at the Medical Center.
View additional photos of our visit in the Photo Gallery.
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Annual Toys for Tots Brunch
Our annual Toys for Tots Brunch on Sunday, December 1st was a great success, albeit with a smaller than usual crowd due to the Thanksgiving weekend.
We were joined by Lance Corporal Anthony Crist and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Kidd of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion who generously gave up a Sunday afternoon to represent the U.S. Marine Corps by accepting toy donations from attendees. Both young men looked extremely sharp in their dress uniforms, and were very professional in the way they greeted and thanked our membership for their donations.
The Camden - Kings Bay Council would like to sincerely thank LCpl Crist and LCpl Kidd for their time and their professionalism. These young men were wonderful representatives of the Kings Bay Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, as well as the Toys for Tots program.
See more photos from this event in our Photo Gallery.
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Camden - Kings Bay Council Helps Deliver Thanksgiving Dinner to Local Marines
Due to sequestration and other financial pressures, for the past two years the Galley on the Subase has closed early on Thanksgiving Day. Many members of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion did not get off duty in time to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner. Working with other community members, off-duty Marines and spouses, our Council joined in to make sure these heroes were not deprived of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
See a few more photos of this event in our Photo Gallery.
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Caring for our War Fighters and their Families
Our November 14th Council meeting featured guest speaker CDR Chad Rowe, officer in charge of the Naval Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay. CDR Rowe presented a briefing about the history of the Clinic, its relationship to Jacksonville Naval Hospital, how the Clinic is structured and staffed, and how they support the war fighters and their families.
We also honored the Health Clinic's Sailor of the Quarter, HN Ashley Barker.
Photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.
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10th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety & Security Team
The 10th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay was celebrated on October 4, 2013, on the grounds of Orange Hall in downtown St. Marys. Our Council joined the City of St. Marys and The Camden Partnership to organize what was an outstanding community event with music by the choral group Volume One from Camden County High School, outstanding BBQ donated by C. B. Yadiv from Kingsland Grocery and cooked up by new Navy League member Daniel Minckler of Cumberland Gas, and a re-dedication of our community's support for our Coast Guard units here in St. Marys and at Kings Bay NSB.
We want to thank all those who attended. Photos are available in the Photo Gallery. Plus, you can read the Tribune & Georgian article on the event here, and the Brunswick News article about the event here.
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September 12th Meeting Featured Navy League President
We were extremely proud to host newly elected Navy League President Jim Offutt at our September 12, 2013, Council dinner meeting. Jim gave us his view from the top, including many new initiatives designed to further the Navy League mission. You can view photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.
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