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Denver Council Dinner - May 17, 2024

The Denver Council held a wonderful dinner on Friday, May 17th with 80 people in attendance, including local area Sea Service Academy appointees and NROTIC scholarship recipients. These young people are about to take the first step in service to our nation. We were very happy to welcome them and wish much success going forward.

 We were also happy to welcome CDR William Murphy,   Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve Center Denver, and   Command Master Chief, MACM Gene Colwell. 

 The Denver Council presented the Junior Sailor of the Year   award to AME2 Cessy Morales, and the Bluejacket of the Year   award to BMSN (SW) Patrick Lamamee. The professionalism,   initiative, and dedication of these two young sailors is very           impressive.  Our Navy is in good hands!

 Don Price, President of the USS Colorado Submarine Association, gave a very   enthusiastic presentation about the group’s recent trip to Hawaii to welcome the USS   Colorado to her new home port at Pearl Harbor, and the associated activities with the   ship’s crew, including a tiger cruise.  A great time was had by all! 

 Pictured to the left is Don showing a picture of USS Colorado at the North Pole flyihg   the Colorado State flag.  

You can find the full story about the visit to Hawaii and more pictures in the USS Colorado Submarine Association newsletter. 

David Gilfillan provided an update on the activities of our Sea Cadets & Navy League Cadets, and the scholarships that will be available thanks to a most generous donation from retired Commander Len Deemer. 

Pictured to the right are the Sea Cadets as they prepare to present the colors. 

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, Director of Strategy, Policy & Plans (J5), North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command.

The Admiral explained that global dynamics today are in a state of flux.  Since 1992 there has been a 300% increase in maritime traffic, with another 300% increase predicted for the next 20 years. 99% of internet traffic flows through underwater cables. A strong Navy is more important than ever before. The national defense of the United States has shifted as China, Russia, Iran & North Korea seek to replace the United States as a global leader and reestablish international order to favor them. 

The US is under attack in the information and cyber domains.  This includes spreading misinformation and dis-information, attacks on our infrastructure that could affect our ability to project force, and creation of distrust in our national leadership.

The US has strengthened our alliances with our allies and partners to create a coalition of nations each bringing unique capabilities, to stand against these attacks, and to achieve the goal of being able to project power anywhere in the world.

The future of the Navy will likely see a smaller force as uncrewed systems become more prevalent. Work is progressing on unmanned systems, both in the air and under the sea. New combat systems, such as directed energy lasers, are being rapidly modernized. The force itself has become increasingly diverse. The Arctic has become a major logistic hub, and at the same time an area of competition with Russia.

The Admiral entertained many questions from the audience. He expressed his concerns about the vulnerability of our electronic grid, and the lack of understanding by our population about what our adversaries are trying to do.  People need to develop critical thinking skills to question sources of information rather than readily accept misinformation and disinformation.

 He noted that with the widespread use of electronics, may have lost interest in   interpersonal communication, which can lead to a loss of trust. He encouraged the young   people to establish a culture of trust, starting with living the values that they espouse   and being honest about their strengths and weaknesses. He advised them to ask   questions and to listen to the answers as no one learns anything by talking. It was a   wonderful opportunity for the young people there to be exposed to some lessons in   leadership as they begin their venture into new roles as future leaders of the Navy and   Marine Corps.

Denver Council Dinner - May 17, 2024

Our next Denver Council Dinner will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport, 16475 East 40th Circle, Aurora, CO 80011.

We are happy to welcome Rear Admiral Scott Robertson as our guest speaker for the evening.  Rear Admiral currently serves as Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (J5) at North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At this meeting we will also welcome the Front Range Area Sea Service Academy appointees, NROTC scholarship recipients, and their families.  We will also honor the top performers at the Naval Operations Support Center Denver.

Please click here to register for this event. If you prefer to register via ground mail, please click here to access the dinner flyer, print the last page and mail it along with a check for $40.00 payable to NLUS Denver Council to Mrs. Pam Quin, 1000 Green Oaks Drive, Greenwood Village, CO 80121-1325.

Denver Council Dinner - March 15, 2024

"From the Sea to the Stars"

Despite all the snow that fell on Thursday, we had a good crowd at our March meeting on Friday, March 15. Our guest speaker, LCDR Ryan Salcido, give an insightful presentation on U.S. Space Command and the Navy’s role in space warfighting.

Originally designated as a Naval Flight Officer, LCDR Salcido earned his Information Warfare qualification and was re-designated as a Maritime Space Office within the Information Warfare Community in 2022.  He is a plank owner in that community.

There are about 1,200 members of Space Command.  Five to seven hundred are active-duty military, both officers and enlisted, from all the services. The rest are GS civil service workers. The Naval Element of Space Command works in concert with joint interagency and other partners to support all aspects of Fleet tactics, command, and control. At this time there are about one hundred Maritime Space Officers, most of whom have transferred from other specialties. The need for a Space Cadre with expertise in space operations will only continue to grow as our interests in space grow.

Like the other services, the U.S. Space Force is responsible for staffing, training, and equipping personnel to fight.  This organization provides forces to Space Command, which is the geographic command responsible for conducting operations in, to and from Space to defeat aggression and deliver space security. With the many and growing U.S. interests in Space it has become increasingly important to protect our assets in space, as well as to prevent malfeasance by bad actors.

At this meeting we honored the top performers at the Navy Information Operations Center Colorado.  We were happy to welcome the Executive Officer, CDR Lindsay Cosentino and the Command Master Chief Ken Walton.

Pictured to the right are Florence Mackin, Denver Council President, CTR2 (IW) Ariana Abrahamson, USN, the Blue Jacket of the Year, CTR2 (IW) Michael Canfield, USN, the Junior Sailor of the Year, and CTR1 (SS/IW) Zachary Dawson, USN, the Senior Sailor of the Year.

CMC Ken Walton, at the far right, gave an introduction for each of these outstanding sailors.  It is clear why they were chosen for this honor.

Sonja Asper, the Admin Officer and Finance Officer of the Lexington Division and Training Ship Colorado, gave us an update on the January and February activities of the Sea Cadets, including some who were sent to the base barber for haircuts.  She read some letters of thanks from the Cadets to Mr. Len Deemer, who made a very generous donation to that organization.  It was moving to listen to their words about what the Sea Cadet organization means to them.

JJ Mackin gave an update on the USS Colorado.  She departed New London, CT on March 15th.  Her next stop will be Pearl Harbor, HI for an overhaul expected to last about 2 years.  Her homeport after that is yet to be determined.

Click here to see the photo album for the event.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport.  We are very happy to announce that Admiral Scott Robertson, J-5 at NORTHCOM, has agreed to be our guest speaker. Registration will be opened about one month prior to the event.

Denver Council Dinner – January 19, 2024

We had a good crowd at our dinner on Friday, January 19th despite the very chilly weather.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Chris Juergens, the Head of Curatorial Services and the Anschutz Curation of Military History at History Colorado.  He was joined by Sydney Mauch, the Anschutz Military Collections Specialist at the Museum. 

The Museum follows a process of collecting objects from the original owners, military veterans and family members, and verifying the provenance of all items accepted.  Sydney Macuk works on the science and preservation work done on the items that are brought into their collections. The items are photographed to document damage, treated to remediate the damage, and then stored appropriately to prevent future damage.

As you might expect in Colorado, the collections regarding Army history are extensive. They recently opened the Winter Warriors exhibit detailing the training and service of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.  Pictured to the left are some of the artifacts in this exhibit, including an Eisenhower jacket, boots worn by a member of the 10th Mountain division and Benito Mussolini's fez. 

In addition to the exhibits housed at the Museum, they have outreach programs with various community organizations and schools, which are done both in-person and virtually throughout the state.  It was a fascinating look at the inside workings of the Museum by these dedicated professionals to bring history alive for the citizens of Colorado.

Senator Bernie Herpin presented a picture of USS Colorado (BB 45) to Chris Juergens.  The picture was found in the basement of the State Capitol and given to Bernie in recognition of his work in introducing the bill that authorized the USS Colorado license plate.

We honored the United States Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Colorado Enlisted Person of the Year, Intelligence Specialist Paul Myrick, for his top-notch performance in analyzing and providing time sensitive intelligence in support of US national security objectives, his supervision of over 35 joint service and civilian members, and his work to promote diversity and inclusion within this group. 

We were happy to welcome the USCG Cryptologic Unit Commanding Officer, LCDR Ian Phillips DeZalia as well as Senior Chief Tom Russo and Chief Josh Rousy.

David Fong presented an overview of the activities of the Sea Cadets. JJ Mackin showed slides of the return of USS Colorado (SSN- 788) from her third deployment and gave an update on future plans. 

The pictures taken at the meeting are now available at this link: Navy League Dinner 1-19-24 | Flickr

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2024 and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport in Aurora

Denver Council Dinner - November 17, 2023

  The Denver Council had a wonderful evening on Friday, November 17.  Out guest speaker for the evening was     Chaplain (Colonel) Andy Meverden, who served for 14 years as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, and   then for an additional 26 years as a Reserve/Guard Chaplain. He deployed to Afghanistan with the Colorado Army   National Guard Green Berets from 2002 to 2003. Chaplain Andy's presentation centered on his experiences in   Afghanistan with the ‘soft side of war’. In addition to his religious duties, he was asked to lead humanitarian   projects, such as conversational English classes for high schoolers, as well as missions to support orphans, widows,   and the local ex-patriot NGO community in Kabul.  

After a tragic accident resulted in the deaths of four young boys and left another one severely injured, he had to reach out to the village elders to learn about and then participate in a local custom to acknowledge the injury and make it right with the fathers of these children. His respect for the local Afghans, and willingness to atone for the injury led to a level of reconciliation. All in the audience were moved by his story.  Chaplain Andy’s book about these experiences, Unconventional Chaplain, was published in May 2020.

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