Navy League of the United States - Denver Council

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Denver Council Dinner - March 15, 2024

Our next membership meeting will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, at the Hillton Garden Inn Denver Airport, 16475 East 40th Circle, Aurora, CO 80011. The social hour will begin at 6:00pm; dinner will be served at 7:00pm.

Our guest speaker for the evening is Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Salcido, USN. Lt. Cmdr. Salcido began his career as an Avionics Technician.  He received his commission through Officer Candidate School. Initially winged as a Naval Flight Officer, he earned his Information Warfare device and re-designated as a Maritime Space Officer within the information Warfare Community in 2022.  He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Naval Element of U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs. 

 We will also honor the top performers of the Navy Information Operational Center (NIOC) Colorado.

 Your reservations for dinner are due no later than 5pm on Thursday, March 7th. The hotel has asked for our headcount one week prior to the event to ensure adequate staffing. We cannot refund any payments for cancellations after the reservation deadline. Click here to access the online registration page.

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 - January 19, 2024

Our first meeting of the year will be held on January 19, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport located at 16475 East 40th Circle, Aurora, CO 80011. The social hour will begin at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm.

Please note that this is a change in venue.  Click here to register for this event. 

   Our guest speaker for January is Dr. Chris Juergens, Head of Curatorial Services, and the Anschutz Curator of Military History at History Colorado where he manages the military collections with oversight of over 10,000 artifacts. 

Dr. Juergens will discuss the "Military History Collections at History Colorado." This talk will broadly discuss the types of stories held in the state collection at History Colorado, the methods of collecting artifacts, the strengths and weaknesses of the collection, and plans for the coming year. Also provided will be an overview of recent high-profile work in the collection, including the newest exhibit, Winter Warriors, and ongoing work surrounding the service of the WWII battleship, USS Colorado BB-45.

We will also honor the top performers at the Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Colorado. 

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.

We also honored the top performers at the Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Rocky Mountain.  PO1 Andrew Burris received the Recruiter-in-Charge of the Year award and PO2 Moreno Big received the Recruiter of the Year Award.  Both fine sailors demonstrated great devotion to duty and the willingness to go above and beyond in order to exceed recruitment goals.

 We were happy to welcome a third-class Petty Officer with the Sea Cadets to give us an update on the   activities of the Lexington Division and the Training Ship Colorado.  Another five cadets took the stage to   share their recent activities with the audience.  We are very proud of the Lexington Division and the Training Ship Colorado cadets.  They are a very active and impressive group of young people.

Many thanks to all who brought gifts for donation to the Toys for Tots program.  We have 3 large bags of toys ready to be brought to the donation warehouse in Aurora.  We hope to see you at our next meeting on Friday, January 19th

September Denver Council Meeting

   At our meeting on September 15, we were honored to welcome CDR Regina Kauffman, Deputy of Officer Development, Naval Service Training Command, as our guest speaker.  CDR Kauffman stressed the importance of the maritime services filling the pipeline with responsible officers, especially those who are nuclear trained. This year 1,100 Ensigns entered the Navy through NROTC programs.  The need for submarine and aircraft carrier officers is especially critical since those vessels are the lynchpins of the Navy.

We honored the Lexington Division Sea Cadet of the Year, PO1 Patterman and the Navy League Cadet of the Year, PO2 Jones. They were joined by some proud family members.

We also honored the Marine Recruiting Station Dever top recruiters of the year, SSgt Pedro Machara and SSGT Christa Brown, who was unable to attend the meeting. They were joined by their Commanding Officer, Major Tyler Folan and Master Sergeant Matthew Renkas.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, November 17.  Details will be posted a month prior to the meeting.

The Denver Council of the Navy League of the United States is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  2137 Night Sky Lane, Lafayette, CO 80026

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