Phoenix Navy League Council
The Phoenix Council Newsletter
Fall 2015
In this issue:
Mark Your Calendar...
Phoenix Council Earns 2014 Meritorious Council Award
Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2015
National Navy League, Important Membership Information
America's Strength - No Aircraft Carrier in the Persian Gulf
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Thanks for your support of the Navy League and the men and women of the sea services!

William S. "Bill" Stevenson, III, President
Phoenix Council
Navy League of the United States

Mark Your Calendar ...

Sept 26, 2015 - NBVC Point Mugu Air Show featuring the US Navy Blue Angels - Santa Barbara, CA - This marks the Blue Angels' first visit to Point Mugu since 2005 and will be their only appearance between San Diego and San Francisco in 2015.  Members of the Santa Barbara Navy League will travel together by bus (with refreshments) to attend the air show on Saturday, September 26.  Bus loading 0800 to 0815 hours at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort entrance, 633 East Cabrillo Street. Complimentary parking.  We expect to return by 1800 hours.   We look forward to having a great time with you at the air show!  If you are interested in this opportunity, please register as soon as possible as the boarding capacity is limited.  The cost is $95 including bus transportation, refreshments on the bus and Premium box seating (chairs with backs) at the air show. Click here to RSVP.  The Santa Barbara Navy League is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization; Federal Tax I.D.# 77-0553915.   Santa Barbara Navy League supports 12 adopted military units.  Contact Information:   Santa Barbara Navy League, PO Box 4007, Santa Barbara, CA 93140-4007, Email:, Phone: 805-879-1775

October 10, 2015 - Navy Birthday Ball - Phoenix, AZ - All active-duty members, Reserve members, Guard members, veterans from all branches and the public, are invited to the Phoenix-area U.S. Navy Birthday Ball on Oct. 10 at Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix.  The theme is "Celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday: Honoring 100 Years of the United States Navy Reserve, 1915-2015.”   Social hour begins 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30, followed by the evening program and dancing.   The dinner menu is beef, chicken, salmon or vegetarian.  Dinner is $65 per person.   RSVP by Sept. 30. Military uniform is Dress Blues with miniature medals, or service equivalent.   Formal civilian attire is required for other guests.  For information and to RSVP, contact registrar Capt. Carol Culbertson, U.S. Navy, Ret., at 602-943-7834 or   Or register at

October 21, 2015 - Phoenix Council Navy League Board Meeting - Tempe, AZ - 11:30 AM - Members are invited to attend the monthly board meeting of Phoenix Council of the Navy League held at the ASU Karsten Golf Club.  Board meetings are always held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Please contact Jake McManus here to RSVP.

October 23, 2015 - AZ Veterans' Hall of Fame 15th Annual Induction Ceremony - Tempe, AZ - The annual Induction Ceremony of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame will take place on Friday, October 23rd, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe 85282. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. See story below for more details.

Phoenix Council Earns 2014 Meritorious Council Award

On Thursday, June 18th, 2015, at the 2015 Navy League National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, the Phoenix Council of the Navy League was presented with the 2014 Meritorious Council Award for "an excellent job in following the mission of the Navy League and your dedication to the men and women of the sea services is demonstrated throughout the many activities conducted by your council."  The award was accepted by our Council President, Bill Stevenson.

Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

The 15th Annnual Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 23rd, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe 85282.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc., located in Phoenix, Arizona, and recognized by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society, and the Office of the Governor.  The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognizes and honors Arizona veterans who have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow citizens with deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.  This will be the 15th class of veterans inducted since 2001.

This year’s Induction Ceremony will recognize the Class of 2015:

John R. Ady, Scottsdale, US Army veteran
Sharon A. “Lee” Borgen, Lake Havasu City, U.S. Navy veteran
Jeanne Botwright, Apache Junction, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
Henry A. Brown, Phoenix, U.S. Army veteran
Patrick J. Connell, Peoria, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
Dylan J. Dalzotto, Phoenix, U.S. Army veteran
Robert S. Delsi, Casa Grande, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
James “Doc” Dougherty, Peoria, U.S. Army veteran
Dorn P. “Pat” Farrell, Kingman, U.S. Navy veteran
Robert T. Hysko, Phoenix, U.S. Army veteran
Andres Jaime Jr., Scottsdale, U.S. Army veteran
Gordon C. James, Scottsdale, U.S. Army veteran
Bobby Jones, Avondale, U.S. Navy veteran
Clarence “Shorty” Larson, Sierra Vista, U.S. Army veteran
Richard D. Lemons, Tucson, U.S. Air Force veteran
Michael J. MaLoon, Huachuca City, U.S. Navy veteran
Paul G. Marsh, Tucson, U.S. Army veteran
Manuel M. Rodriguez, Yuma, U.S. Army veteran, posthumous
Pete A. Rosales, Sr., Phoenix, U.S. Army veteran
William G. “Bill” Roscher, Phoenix, U.S. Army veteran
Michael A. Roy, Peoria, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
James G. Sylvester, Eloy, U.S. Air Force veteran
Robert Turpin, Phoenix, U.S. Navy veteran
Robert H. Walters, Surprise, U.S. Air Force veteran
William Weldon, Flagstaff, U.S. Army veteran

Medal of Honor Recipients to be included in the Class of 2015:

Benjamin Brown, Sergeant, U. S. Army, for bravery in Arizona, May 11, 1889
Robert S. Scott, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action, Chiricahua Mountains, AZ, October 20, 1869
Major General (then-First Lieutenant) Leonard Wood, surgeon, U.S. Army, for bravery in the Apache Campaign, Summer 1886

Veterans and the public are invited to the Induction Ceremony, which includes lunch.   The lunch entrée choices are Beef, Chicken, Fish, or Vegetarian.  The cost is $50 per person until September 30, 2015.  From October 1 to October 12, the lunch cost changes to $60.  Registration is now open for the Induction Ceremony.  Please go to the web site: and print out the Registration Form for use by the public.  Please mail your Reservation Form and payment (check or money order) to: Treasurer, Unified Arizona Veterans, P.O. Box 34338, Phoenix 85067.   Veterans and the public who do not have access to the web site, please contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, telephone 602.943.7834, to have the form mailed to you.  The final RSVP due date is October 12, 2015.  All lunches are pre-paid, lunches will not be sold at the Induction Ceremony event.  For general information about the Induction Ceremony and Luncheon, contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, Unified Arizona Veterans, at email:, telephone 602.943.7834; or Rob Welch, Chair, Unified Arizona Veterans, at email:, telephone 480.292.5822.

National Navy League, Important Membership Information

  National Navy League is currently updating its Membership Database and as a result, updates have slowed during this period.  Further, the online membership database which allows Council officers to keep track of new and renewing local Navy League Members has been delayed.

  We haven't been able to update our data on national membership renewals for a while now, and have heard that some members have not received membership renewal notices from National.  If you think your national membership may be nearing renewal, please check your membership card for your expiration date.  You can renew your National Navy League membership here:

Join or Renew Your Membership

  Questions about the status of your national membership can be directed to Membership at 800-356-5760.  Questions about the status of your local membership can be directed to our VP for Membership to

America's Strength - No Aircraft Carrier in the Persian Gulf

The U.S. Navy has recently confirmed that for the first time in years, the United States will not have an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf

The Navy has expressed concern that this will hurt U.S. capability in the region.  This aircraft carrier gap is both a symbol and symptom of deeper problems facing our Navy.

  The Navy and Marine Corps have too much demand and not enough supply.  The demand on the Navy-Marine Corps team is high and continues to grow, as crises from the South China Sea to the Middle East and Europe break out.  Yet the supply of ships and crews is constrained by the size of the force, the condition of its ships and aircraft, and the proficiency of its Sailors and Marines.  The U.S. Navy simply does not have enough ships for the missions necessary to protect and sustain our national defense, our leadership in the world, the strength of our economy, and the health of the global economy.

  This is the latest example that a decreased U.S. Navy budget is impacting real-world operations.   It was aircraft from a U.S. Navy carrier that was first to respond to the ISIS threat.   For 54 days, while other services secured land-basing rights, U.S. aircraft carriers were the only U.S. response.   Without a carrier in the region, the nation’s ability to respond to a crisis is severely limited.   Carrier presence also deters bad actors that would seek to control and disrupt oil and trade chokepoints.

  The demand for aircraft carriers far exceeds the supply.  Carriers deploy "heel to toe," or one after another.  This leaves no flexibility in the scheduling of training and maintenance.   Any delay throws off the schedule and results in gaps like this one in the Persian Gulf; gaps which present opportunities to those who would do us and our allies harm.

  In addition to the problem of a too-small carrier fleet, funding for maintenance of these badly-needed ships is not enough.  Lack of funding has resulted in hiring and overtime freezes for government shipyard and aviation depot maintenance workers, and has created a shortage of ships and aircraft.  The U.S. Navy usually has three aircraft carriers and strike groups ready to deploy in a crisis; today, it has only one due to backlogs at air and ship maintenance depots.

  The impact of overstrained ships and delayed maintenance go beyond our national and economic security.   Sailors and Marines are being forced to spend too much time away from home and family.  The gap in carrier duty is part of an effort by the U.S. Navy to reduce the marathon deployments that have taken a heavy toll on morale among Sailors and Marines.  The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) recently finished a deployment of more than nine months, the longest scheduled deployment since the Vietnam War.  The USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group completed its second extended deployment in 18 months.  The submarine USS Pennsylvania's (SSBN-735) deployment was extended a record 140 days due to maintenance issues on another submarine.

  The solution is increased funding for the Navy-Marine Corps team.  We need our leaders to demand more on behalf of our Sailors, our Marines, their families, and our national security.  This must be done for all of us.

Send your support letter to Congress:
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Sea Cadet News - SOS Save Our Ship

SOS - Save Our Ship!

Please help save and restore the USS ARIZONA replica.

Most of you have seen her in patriotic parades, Veteran’s events and schools in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield, Buckeye, Surprise, Anthem, Tempe and Yuma as well as California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.

This historic icon of WWII represents that "Giant" awakening, come back spirit that we as Americans hold in hope for the right time. This IS the right time! The SOS has been sent out.

The USS ARIZONA replica is a privately owned, non-profit, mobile, historical memorial in desperate need of repairs.

Anyone can help by donating on Go Fund Me or sending a check to:

Veterans Pride Battalion
C/O LTJG Dean Tomlinson, US Naval Sea Cadets
11044 N 154th Lane
Surprise, AZ 85379

The estimated total cost for restoration is $10,000 to $12,000.

Any Company or collaborate is welcome to fund the whole project and advertise your patriotic thrift with photos on your Company web site. So as to keep the Ship and Trailer a true tribute to our Veterans no advertisement is allotted on any part of the memorial itself.

Thank you!

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