The Navy League in Memphis continues to be very active in support of the Sea Services, both in the Mid-South area and elsewhere. Each year, we contribute thousands of dollars to deserving units, individuals and causes.

The Navy League supports the Sea Cadets program which provides citizenship training and enlistment incentives for teens.  Our local Sea Cadets unit is under the capable direction of LCDR Yancey Black. Sea Cadets is simply an outstanding youth development program! 

Scholarships and special recognition awards are presented to students participating in the NROTC Units at the University of Memphis and the University of Mississippi. Annually, a service sword is presented to one outstanding NROTC student at each University.

Each Spring we sponsor an awards banquet where we recognize Mid-South Command Sailors of the Year, Marines of the Year and top Coast Guard representatives with monetary and recognition awards. A top Admiral is normally our guest speaker. The awards banquet is typically held in mid-April at the Memphis Country Club.

The Navy League Memphis Council also sponsors the USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) ballistic-missile submarine and the USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) guided missile destroyer

Each October, we host “Wine Under Wings”, a gala event at Wilson Air Center at the Memphis International Airport.  This is Navy League Memphis’ primary annual fundraiser and has consistently been praised as a very enjoyable event by those who have attended. The gala is supported by Navy fleet aircraft on static display from Virginia-based squadrons and the Navy’s training command, as well as Coast Guard aircraft from the Gulf Coast, local antique aircraft and top quality wine vendors.  In addition, there is a silent auction featuring a selection of interesting items, and the Memphis Knights swing band provides the musical entertainment. Over the years, this undertaking has afforded us the means to increase our financial support of local commands, scholarships, awards and other causes. Please note the date for this year’s Wine Under Wings in the “Events” section of the website and do plan to join us!  

Navy League Memphis winds up the year with an annual Christmas Brunch in December, featuring a senior Naval Officer as guest speaker. At this event, we contribute to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots Program by bringing toys to be collected and distributed by local Marines and Sea Cadets. We also conduct our annual meeting where we present our new officers and conduct any necessary business.

Membership in the Navy League is open to anyone who is not on active duty, and we welcome those of you who might be interested. Please consider becoming a Member of the Navy League!  Check the “Join Us” section of the website for details and a membership application.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

David P. Sutton

President – Memphis Council

Navy League of the United States

Citizens in Support of the Sea Services

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League of the United States has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American People. The Navy League has grown to become the foremost citizens' organization to serve, support, and stand with all the U.S. sea services -- the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

Since the Navy League’s founding, it has grown to become a worldwide organization with more than 50,000 members in 240 councils. Council membership includes more than 240 corporate and community affiliate members.

Today, the Navy League’s original mission is focused on two main initiatives. First, the Navy League’s public education efforts are designed to inform the nation, and its political leaders, of the vital importance to the country of comprehensive and fully-prepared sea services. Second, the Navy League, primarily through its councils, provides support for active duty sea services personnel and their families. In keeping with its educational objective, the Navy League also supports America’s young people through successful youth programs, including sponsorship of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Foundation Scholarship Program.

On the local level, our council:

  • Funds a growing scholarship program for selected midshipmen at the Universities of Memphis and Ole Miss
  • Supports a thriving Sea Cadet program for 11-19 year old young men and women interested in sea service careers
  • Provides awards to service personnel and high achievers affiliated with our programs - including Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi, and Marine Corps Reserve.
  • Supports a local initiative to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) interest in our local schools by offering Naval Air Orientation Day each fall in which area youth can tour military aircraft and a Coast Guard Fast Response vessel.  This is also an opportunity to educate our youth on the challenges and opportunities of our sea services.
  • Supports the annual Toys for Tots program in the local area
  • Responds to many other ad hoc requests for assistance in support of Memphis-area service personnel throughout each year 
  • Offers support to USS TENNESSEE (SSBN-734) ballistic missile submarine and USS WILLIAM P. Lawrence (DDG-110) guided missile destroyer
  • Offers an annual military appreciation event in which area citizens and business leaders can salute and celebrate our local Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
  • Each council lends support in way unique to its geographic area and the needs of the local commands.   We would be pleased to have you join us!   Please click on our JOIN US link below for more information.


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Navy League Memphis