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Report to Congress on Navy Light Amphibious Warship - USNI News
07/06/2021
Report to Congress on Navy Light Amphibious Warship - USNI News

Report to Congress on Navy Light Amphibious Warship - USNI News

The following is the June 29, 2021 Congressional Research Service report Navy Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report The Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 24 to 35 new amphibious ships to support th...

04/26/2021

It's #MarineMonday! Today we're highlighting the heroic actions of Gen Roy Geiger in the Battle of Okinawa.

“If you had a son going into combat, you would hope he had a commander like Geiger.” --BGen Frederick Henderson, Geiger’s Artillery Officer, Okinawa

Gen Roy Geiger rose in rank from PFC to full general, serving initially as an infantryman, then as a pioneering aviator. He commanded a bomber squadron in WWI, helped innovate close-air support techniques in Central America, led the storied “Cactus Air Force” at Guadalcanal, and commanded amphibious forces in Guam, Peleliu, and Okinawa.

With LtGen Simon Bolivar Buckner’s death on Okinawa, Geiger took command of the Tenth Army, becoming the first Marine and only aviator of any service to command a field army.

Semper Fidelis, Marine.

04/23/2021

🎉We've always known this, but now it is official! Joshua Navy JROTC has been named BEST Unit in Area 10 by the Navy JROTC governing body! Area 10 covers almost all of Texas and includes 58 units. Joshua was selected based on their performances in various competitions, community service activities, scholarships, and annual Military Inspection. The group will now be judged against 12 other best units from around the world and the top unit will be announced in the next couple of weeks!
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#TakeFlightJISD

Photos from Granbury Marine Corps JROTC's post
04/21/2021

Photos from Granbury Marine Corps JROTC's post

U.S. Naval Institute
11/08/2020

U.S. Naval Institute

#OTD in 1921, 2,200 U.S. Marines were deployed across the nation to protect the U.S. Mail after gangsters had committed a rash of robberies. The iconic Thompson submachine gun (AKA the "Tommy Gun", "Chicago Typewriter" and "Street Sweeper") was put into service for the first time when it was issued to the USMC and Postal Inspectors. The new weapon had also caught the attention of agents for the Irish Republican Army who placed one the first large orders - though most of the guns were seized by U.S. custom authorities before they could be smuggled into Ireland.

Once a Marine, Always a Marine
08/07/2020

Once a Marine, Always a Marine

BREAKING: Sailors Injured, Explosions Reported in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire - USNI News
07/12/2020
BREAKING: Sailors Injured, Explosions Reported in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire - USNI News

BREAKING: Sailors Injured, Explosions Reported in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire - USNI News

This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. Sailors have been hurt in a fire aboard amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) that’s docked the pier at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., local officials said on Sunday. According to the San Diego Fire Department,...

Naval History & Heritage Command
06/20/2020
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

A trailblazer in her own right, Cmdr. Claire Bloom served as the Executive Officer (XO) on USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and America’s Ship of State.

As XO, she was directly responsible for the planning and ex*****on of taking "Old Ironsides" out to sea for the first time in 116 years. Denise Krepp of Naval History & Heritage Command recently sat down with Cmdr. Bloom in a personal interview. Learn more about her story in our blog below.

#OldIronsides #USSConstitution

First Marine pilot to qualify in the C-40 is the Commanding Officer of VMR-1. VMR-1 transferred it's flag from MCAS Cher...
05/22/2020

First Marine pilot to qualify in the C-40 is the Commanding Officer of VMR-1. VMR-1 transferred it's flag from MCAS Cherry Point NAS Fort Worth JRB and is now awaiting its first aircraft which is scheduled for delivery next summer.

Roadrunner history was made today. We have the Marine Corps’ very first officially NATOPS qualified C-40A pilot. The oncoming squadron Commanding Officer, LtCol Michael “Mario” Valenti (far right), and KC-130J pilot by trade, completed his initial pilot checkride today under the watchful eyes of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing (CFLSW) NATOPS Officer/Model Manager LCDR Dan Kealey (center), and Mr. Bob “Blaze” Garcia (far left), a retired US Navy pilot himself and sim instructor/B737 pilot extraordinaire. Many thanks to those involved in making this possible. Mario will begin training with US Navy C-40A crews soon. The first of many steps before we get our first USMC C-40A aircraft next summer!

What Was America's First 'Special Forces' Team?
05/20/2020
What Was America's First 'Special Forces' Team?

What Was America's First 'Special Forces' Team?

In 1942, Evans Carlson's 'Marine Raiders' gained instant celebrity status.Major Evans Carlson stood on a rickety platform built from wooden crates, the kind their rations came in. He said nothing for a moment as he looked out over the young Marines he and his executive officer had personally selecte...

National Naval Aviation Museum
05/16/2020

National Naval Aviation Museum

#OTD in 1953, while serving as an exchange pilot with the USAF, Marine Major John F. Bolt shot down a MiG-15, the first of his six kills during the Korean War that made him Naval Aviation's only two-war fighter ace. He achieved that mark in World War II as a pilot with the VMF-214 Black Sheep. # navyreadiness

05/12/2020
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation is sending 2 million toys to families in need over the coming weeks. With this extraordinary distribution we will be depleting our toy supply normally being reserved for Christmas distribution. Your gift today is needed to help replenish our toy inventory as we aim to help children both now and during the Christmas season.

03/21/2020
Marine Battleherk Project

Let's divert our attention away from the doom and gloom for a few minutes. Most of you know about the Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and even about the C-130 dubbed Fat Albert that accompanies them. But, do you know why Fat Albert actually is part of the airshow? It wasn't always that way. Once upon a time, the C-130 was simply a logistical tool used to haul the Blue Angels maintenance personnel and equipment from airshow to airshow. Fat Albert is flown by Marines, and Marines being who they are, always want into the action. Somewhere alone the line many years ago the pilot of Fat Albert went to the Navy demonstration team C.O. and made the cases to let Fat Albert perform. The story I heard was that he was met with great skepticism, but allowed it anyway. I think my friend Ron Fleming may have been the Marine that started it all. Maybe he can chime in an confirm that. :-) Anyway, here's what Fat Albert is all about. Sometime in the near future a new Fat Albert C-130 J will be performing at an airshow near you. Sadly, the last JATO bottles have been fired and that is no longer part of the show, but you won't be disappointed. The J model is a fabulous aircraft with great performance capability.

Thanks to my friend and Marine Corps colleague and his Battleherk Project for sharing!

With the first C-130J "Fat Albert" going through depot modification, I think this is a good time to reflect on its mission for the Blue Angels before it arrives back in the U.S. for service. Here's an older video from around 2008 that shows what the Bert crew does behind the scenes of every airshow.

(note: the C-130J Fat Albert will not have JATO, as the last bottles were fired in 2009)

Navy Times
02/06/2020

Navy Times

Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry "Dick" Turpin (1876-1962). One of the first African-American CPOs, Turpin enlisted in the Navy in 1896. A survivor of the explosions on both the Maine (1898) and Bennington (1905), he became a Chief Gunner's Mate in 1917 and transferred to the Fleet Reserve two years later. He retired in 1925. Qualified as a Master Diver, he also served as a Master Rigger at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. During World War II he made inspirational visits to Navy Training Centers and defense plants. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)

The Lincoln is home.
01/22/2020

The Lincoln is home.

Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Herman is introduced to his daughter, Liana, for the first time by his wife, Felecia, after returning from deployment on Monday. The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, its new homeport.
(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea D. Meiller/Navy)

Aerospace Center for Excellence
01/19/2020

Aerospace Center for Excellence

#OTD in 1911, Eugene Ely flew out over San Francisco Bay and landed on the cruiser USS Pennsylvania, becoming the first person to accomplish this feat! He then had lunch with his wife, Mabel Ely, and the ship's Captain, then took off from the ship's deck and headed back to land!

This feat would change Naval Aviation forever!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to land an airplane aboard a ship?

One of the easiest ways to support your Navy League Fort Worth Council is by doing something you'll probably be doing an...
11/15/2019
Support Fort Worth Navy League of the United States by shopping at AmazonSmile.

One of the easiest ways to support your Navy League Fort Worth Council is by doing something you'll probably be doing anyway, shopping on Amazon. Amazon Smile is a program that donates .05% of every dollar purchased while using the site back to the Navy League Fort Worth Council. Those donations are used to support our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard service members and their families in the local area and to support our Sea Cadet Youth program. The program is easy. Just save the link as your Amazon shopping page and shop as you always did. Your Amazon Prime account works the same as always with Amazon Smile. If you lose the link there is one at the top of the homepage at our website, www.fwcnavyleague.org.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Fort Worth Navy League of the United States. Support us every time you shop.

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council
09/05/2019

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council

Marine Commandant Berger: Force Design is Top Priority - Seapower
08/23/2019
Marine Commandant Berger: Force Design is Top Priority - Seapower

Marine Commandant Berger: Force Design is Top Priority - Seapower

ARLINGTON, Va. — The new commandant of the Marine Corps has made force design as his top priority as he moves to shape the Marine Corps for the future. The “Commandant’s Planning Guidance” (CPG), issued by Gen. David H. Berger...

08/23/2019
Adm. Mike Gilday's Message to the Fleet

Message from Admiral Gilday upon assuming his new role as chief of Naval Operations.

Adm. Mike Gilday, 32nd Chief of Naval Operations, delivers his opening message to the fleet, stressing that "together, we are part of the greatest Navy in th...

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council's cover photo
08/22/2019

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council's cover photo

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council's cover photo
08/22/2019

NAVY LEAGUE-Fort Worth Council's cover photo

National Naval Aviation Museum
08/17/2019

National Naval Aviation Museum

USS Midway (CV 41) at sea #OTD in 1984.

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!
08/04/2019
U.S. Coast Guard – One Strong Fighting Force

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

By Chris Lange, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division As America's oldest continuous seagoing service, established to enforce

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Friday evening I attended the MCJROTC award ceremony at the International Leadership of Texas Arlington/Grand Prairie HS. There I presented the Navy League Theodore Roosevelt Medal to Cadet Sargent Moses Ramirez. The MCJROTC at ILTexas A/GP has 125 Cadets equal to 25% to the entire student body. Congratulations to Cadet Sargent Ramirez and the ILTexas-A/GP MCJROTC.