TAPS: CAPT Ted Daywalt USNR-Ret

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On October 4, 2017, CAPT Ted Daywalt, USNR-Ret, passed away at Shands Hospital in the University of Florida Health Complex. 

In addition to his career in the Naval Reserve, since 1999, Ted has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military jobs board on the Internet. 

He served on active duty in the Navy for seven years. He initially served as a Line Officer on a destroyer with cruises to South America, Europe and Russia. He was then assigned to the Commander United States Naval Forces, European headquarters in London, England, as an intelligence watch officer and later as a geopolitical analyst with responsibilities for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. 

In 1978, he transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service. He was a stalwart NIP member.

CAPT Ed Pope, whose release from unjust imprisonment in Moscow was another of Ted’s causes, passed the following:

“Those of us who had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Ted will miss him. He was a wonderful man, strong believer in God, family and country to the very end.”

Ed included a note from the Daywalt family: 

"This morning at 11:15 a.m., Ted's valiant fight against Interstitial Pulmonary Lung Disease ended. Ted was surrounded by his grateful family and many members of the Shands Hospital staff. He peacefully crossed the Bar and was greeted by Our Heavenly Father's words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." 

His determination to survive his double lung transplant this past January is a testament to Ted's courage and positive spirit." 

"We want to commend the entire wonderful and amazing medical community of Shands Hospital. They were committed to his daily progress and share our loss. The staff got to know Ted and loved, respected and admired his determination as he battled this terrible disease." 

"The care and love of the Shands staff gave Ted and our family 10 more months that we would not have had and for this we will always be grateful."

"Thank you for your visits, your prayers and the many expression of love that you all have showed to Ted on this journey."

"Ted's priorities in life were: God, his family and his country, in that order, and we will honor his memory by continuing his legacy."

"Belinda, Melissa, Andrew and Liz"

Memorial and interment plans are incomplete at this time. We will ensure Ted's many friends and shipmates will be notified when finalized.

INFO NOW AVAILABLE: WINGS OVER NORTH GEORGIA

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Who Doesn’t Enjoy Watching the U. S. Navy’s Blue Angels Fly? 

Attend a show and you’ll not only hear the roar of the Blue Angels in the air you will feel the excitement of the people around you. It is an unforgettable event whether it’s your first time or 10th!

The Blue Angels’ mission is “To showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”

In it’s 71st year, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron - aka Blue Angels - will be flying over Rome, GA October 21-22, 2017. It’s a flyover, no landing, but details on where to view the show will follow closer to the event. 

 Information Now Available!   
Check out the WINGS OVER NORTH GEORGIA website! 

But, did you know that one of the pilots is a Georgia Native?

On the team this year is #6 Blue Angel Tyler Davies. Davies, a native of Kennesaw GA, graduated from North Cobb HS and their NJROTC unit in 2000. CDR Frank Campbell (a past council member and president) was his Senior Naval Science Instructor. 

Davies enlisted in the Navy before attending the University of LaVerne in Riverside, CA. He served as an instructor pilot at Naval Air Station Oceana Virginia. Davies was the Blue Angel team’s narrator during the 2016 show season.

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Legislative Affairs - Senator David Perdue's Staff

Don Giles, Martha Zoller, Joyce White, Sarah Baska, Lamar Cheatham, and Harley Jones. 

Don Giles, Martha Zoller, Joyce White, Sarah Baska, Lamar Cheatham, and Harley Jones. 

Representatives of the NLUS Atlanta Metropolitan Council met with Georgia Senator David Perdue's Staff at his Atlanta Office, September 5, 2017, to provide a Navy League Legislative Affairs brief on " A CriticalEconomic & National Security Asset: U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine."  Depicted are (L-R) ATLAN Council VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles, State Policy Director Martha Zoller, State Director Joyce White, State Special Projects Director Sarah Baska, Former Atlanta Council President Lamar Cheatham, and Atlanta Council President Harley Jones. 

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Legislative Affairs - Congresswoman Karen Handel

Depicted are (L-R), CAPT (Ret) Jim Minta, Lilly Pratt, Emily Hamilton, Congresswoman Karen Handel, Don Giles, and Axel Spens.

Depicted are (L-R), CAPT (Ret) Jim Minta, Lilly Pratt, Emily Hamilton, Congresswoman Karen Handel, Don Giles, and Axel Spens.

Representatives of the NLUS Atlanta Metropolitan Council met with Congresswoman Karen Handel (Georgia District 6), at her Roswell, Georgia Office, August 29, 2017, to brief her on "The U.S. Navy: America’s Strength." Representatives of the local Lassiter High School Navy Junior ROTC Unit were also invited to attend the brief and meet Congresswoman Handel. Depicted are (L-R), CAPT (Ret) Jim Minta, Senior Naval Science Instructor, Lassiter-Pope-Kell High Schools, Lilly Pratt, Cadet CDR, Battalion CO, NJROTC, LPK High Schools, Emily Hamilton, Cadet LCDR, Battalion XO, NJROTC, LPK High Schools, Congresswoman Karen Handel, ATLAN Council VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles, and ATLAN Council Board Member Axel Spens.

Legislative Affairs - Congressman Hank Johnson

L-R: Dale Mastley, Don Giles, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Bill Wilkerson.

L-R: Dale Mastley, Don Giles, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Bill Wilkerson.

Representatives of the NLUS Atlanta Metropolitan Council met with Congressman Hank Johnson (Georgia District 4), at his Decatur, Georgia Office, August 25, 2017, to brief him on "A Critical  Economic & National Security Asset: U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine" Depicted are (L-R), ATLAN Council VP for Youth Programs Dale Mastley, VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Council Member Bill Wilkerson.

Legislative Affairs - Congressman Rob Woodall

L-R: Martha White, Congressman Rob Woodall, Jeff Alexander

L-R: Martha White, Congressman Rob Woodall, Jeff Alexander

Your Atlanta Metropolitan Council members, Martha White and Jeff Alexander, gave the Navy League brief on the Needs for the U.S. Navy to United States Congressman Rob Woodall, (GA 7th district) on August 21, 2017. Congressman Woodall is a great supporter of the Navy League and always ready with numerous questions for us following our briefings.

Did you know that more Naval Academy appointments come from the 7th district than any other district in Georgia?

Jonquil City Kiwanis Presentation on Sea Power

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Council VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles addressed the Jonquil City Kiwanis Club, August 15, 2017. The subject was “Keeping Sea Lanes Open: the Importance of Sea Power to our Economy and our National Defense.” Three other council members also attended. Depicted (L-R) Council President Harley Jones, Council member Bill Wilkerson, Don Giles, Kiwanis Club President Len Freedman, and Council Director Axel Spens.

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Hail and Farewell

Outgoing NRD Atlanta Commanding Officer CDR Steven Maxwell with Council VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles

Outgoing NRD Atlanta Commanding Officer CDR Steven Maxwell with Council VP Legislative Affairs Don Giles

While the formal ceremonies would follow on 10 August 2017, the Atlanta Metropolitan Council Navy League of the United States took the opportunity to host a Hail & Farewell ceremony on 1 August. Council members and friends honored outgoing NRD Commanding Officer CDR Steven Maxwell and incoming NRD Commanding Officer CDR Kim Y. Green. Also, attending was Executive Officer CDR Steve Schultz. The ceremony was held at Max Larger’s in Atlanta.

Council President Harley Jones who, on behalf of the Council presented a specially commissioned print of President Jimmy Carter and the USS Jimmy Carter. The print was autographed by President Carter.

CDR Maxwell will be relocating to San Diego to take on the job of Weapons Officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and will be deploying on a 10 month cruise. It just so happens that LCDR Paul Ritter, a native of Powder Springs, GA, who graduated from Harrison HS and the North Cobb-Harrison NJROTC unit in 2001 will also be aboard the Roosevelt. He is an Electronic Warfare Pilot.

Council President Harley Jones presented CDR Steven Maxwell with a print of  President Carter 

Council President Harley Jones presented CDR Steven Maxwell with a print of  President Carter 

Council Member Honored

William T. Schwendler Jr. receiving the Navy League Scroll of Honor from Jeff Alexander

William T. Schwendler Jr. receiving the Navy League Scroll of Honor from Jeff Alexander

At our 1 August 2017 Dinner Meeting, South Atlantic Coast Region President Jeff Alexander presented William T. Schwendler Jr. with the Navy League Scroll of Honor. This is the highest award that can be presented in the Region and the second highest award in all of the Navy League. The certificate reads, “In recognition of your support of the Navy League of the United States. Among your many facets of support, we especially recognize your outstanding involvement with the creation of the Leadership Fund, creation of the William Schwendler Youth Award and the many hours given each year for the Youth Banquet. The Navy League of the United States, the South Atlantic Coast Region and the Atlanta Metropolitan Council salute you.” Congratulations Bill on this well deserved recognition.

August Dinner Meeting - "Once Upon a Spy"

Jack Barsky, former KGB Operative.

Jack Barsky, former KGB Operative.

Members and friends of the NLUS Atlanta Metropolitan Council met at Max Larger’s Restaurant in Atlanta to hear Jack Barsky talk, 1 August 2017. His topic was “Once Upon a Spy: a Peek Into 20th Century Espionage by a Former KGB Agent with Observations on Russia and Putin.”

Jack Barsky (aka Albrecht Dittrich) is a retired KGB Operative. The subject of a 2015 CBS 60 minutes special and author of ”Deep Under Cover, My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America”. As a young East German graduate student he was recruited by the KGB and spent ten years as an undercover agent in the United States during the cold war. In his words, “But ten years after my mission began, the KGB ordered me to return; “You must come home or you will die”, I realized my allegiance had changed. I had never before defied authority, but now I was determined to outwit my KGB bosses and stay in the United States with the people I loved.” He severed his relationship with the KGB in 1988 and pursued a corporate career in information technology. He was captured by the FBI in 1997. Mr. Barsky is now a proud American citizen and lives in Covington, GA. 

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