Proud of our Cadets ... The 26th Annual Youth Awards Banquet

Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, developed an interest in the Navy early in life and as a student at Harvard in 1882 wrote "The Naval War of 1812" establishing his credentials as a serious historian. Among his many roles in serving his country, he became Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897 and was instrumental in preparing the Navy for the Spanish-American War. It was in 1902 that President Roosevelt established the Navy League of the United States. 

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In his honor, the Atlanta Metropolitan Council Navy League of the United States will be awarding a deserving cadet from each of our units the Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal that is awarded to outstanding Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets and Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC). The award consists of a medal, ribbon bar, certificate, and pamphlet on President Theodore Roosevelt whose visage is on the medal.

The Atlanta Metropolitan Council of the Navy League of the United States supports 9 sea cadet units and 45 Navy & Marine Corps JROTC units. Theodore Roosevelt Youth Award winners qualify for consideration to compete for the "Cadet of the Year" among all of our supported units. Last year, the Atlanta Metro Council was pleased to award over $5,000 in checks to deserving cadets: 1st Place $1,500, Runner-up $750, and Honorable Mention $250.

Our guest speaker at the banquet will be CAPT Mark Pimpo, Business Consultant for Chick-fil-A Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the United States Naval Academy. 

This year the Youth Awards Banquet is May 10, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Smyrna, GA. Social at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm.

Hope you can join us for the 25th Annual Youth Awards Banquet celebrating our top cadets from Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy/Marine Corps JROTC units.

For more information, contact William Wilkerson at william.wilkerson1@att.net.

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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Memorial Day Ceremony - Honoring Those That Have Died

The National Memorial Day Association of Georgia hosted the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery on Monday May 27, 2017.

Attending the event was Council Treasurer Robert "Bob" Wise who placed our annual wreath. 

Thank you, Bob, for representing our council at this ceremony. Let us always remember those who sacrifice their lives for the peace and security of our country.

"Remember fallen heroes and pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others." President Ronald Reagan.

Honoring Our Veterans

The 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2016 started at 11:00 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and ended at Glover Park on the Marietta Square.  The ceremonies on the Square began at 12:00 noon and concluded at approximately 1:00 pm.  Parade Grand Marshal and Keynote Speaker was Captain Edward G. Gallrein, III, United States Navy SEAL (Retired). The 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, United States Marine Corps, presented the Colors and the Cobb Sheriff's Department performed TAPS and a 21-gun salute.

This year, the Atlanta Metropolitan Council had two council cars’s in the parade. One car was driven by Sea Cadet Committee member Jim Serrate and the other by council VP of Youth Services Dale Mastley. The riders included Sea Cadet Committee member Jim Serrate, CAPT Don Giles USN (Ret), council VP of Legislative Affairs, CMDR Kent Hepler, Executive Officer, Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC), and Command Master Chief Michael Petty of NOSC.

Also marching in the Marietta parade were cadets from Hillgrove High School NJROTC and Kennesaw Mountain High School NJROTC, both council sponsored units.

At exactly 11:11 AM, Saturday, November 12th the 35th Annual Georgia Veterans Day Parade was started in Downtown Atlanta to honor our Veterans. Our council had one convertible entered into the parade driven by council Dale Mastley. Two of our sponsored Sea Cadet units, the 2745th Seabee Battalion and the 1124Th Construction Battalion, marched just ahead of the car. Congratulations to the 2745th Seabee Battalion who were presented the Parade Award for the best JROTC unit in the Georgia Veterans Day Parade for 2016.

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The 2016 Freedom Ball followed that evening at the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium. Several council members attended this fabulous event.