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Each October, Navy League Memphis coordinates this unique event for the Memphis area.  The 2018 Naval Air Orientation Day will be held Thursday, Oct. 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hundreds of students from Memphis-area schools, STEM programs, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Traning Corps) units and homeschool programs are invited to come view and tour military aircraft, vintage warbirds, and a Coast Guard Fast Response boat!  This is a one-of-a-kind experience and opportunity for the youth of our area.  To coordinate your school's attendance at this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Media Coverage:

Naval Air Orientation Day 2017 -  Local Students Get High-Flying Lessons While Staying Grounded

Naval Air Orientation Day 2015 -  STEM Students Dream Big with Naval Aviation

Naval Air Orientation Day and Wine Under Wings

OCTOBER 4, 2018

Click on the picture above to see a slideshow of past year's event.

During the day from 10 AM to 4 PM, students from Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools and midshipmen from the University of Memphis, along with a large group of Navy Delayed Entry Program candidates, will have the opportunity to view front-line Navy and Coast Guard aircraft and talk to the crews about the aircraft missions and about how to become involved in Naval Aviation. Recruiters from the Navy Talent Acquisition Force will be available with promotional material. Vintage aircraft will also be available for viewing. Attendance is FREE.  If you, your high school or middle school is interested and/or has questions about this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Read more about STEM Students Dream Big with Naval Aviation

For the evening, citizens and business leaders will celebrate and salute our local Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard active duty men and women.  A military-uniformed sword arch from the University of Memphis Naval ROTC will provide a formal entrance for those attending our Wine Under Wings event. Later, our Millington Sea Cadet unit will smartly present colors to kick off the brief awards program portion of the evening. The local Memphis Knights will provide "big band" background music while guests may try tasty hors d'eouvres and sample dozens of great wines in the presence of vintage and military aircraft. Local treasures will be offered in a high-quality silent auction which benefits the Navy League Scholarship Fund and Memphis Sea Service Units.

Local business leaders, citizens, and military from the area Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard commands are invited to attend the festivities.

We hope you'll join and/or consider sponsoring an aspect of our event.  

To purchase tickets or a table, click HERE

2017 ADMIRAL SPONSORS

           

 

2017 COMMODORE SPONSOR

 

 

If you or your business would like to show your military appreciation by sponsoring a table or another aspect of this event, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES AMOUNT
Event Venue Sponsor $5000**
Catering Sponsor(s) $5000**
Event Set-up Sponsor(s) $5000*
Printing & Promotion Sponsor $2500*
Memphis Knights Swing Band Sponsor $2600*

Wine Tasting Sponsor - SOLD - Nancy Page/Wolfchase Wine & Spirits

$2000*

Naval Air Orientation Day Transportation Sponsor(s)

$1000

Table Sponsor - Bring 10 friends or send 10 employees to salute our troops

$950
Scholarship Sponsor (2) $1000
Wine Pull Sponsor - SOLD Silverleafe Capital Partners, LLC $1000
Wine Under Wings Commemorative Glass Sponsor - SOLD VLF Aviation, LLC $650
Ice Sculpture Sponsor $500

Naval Air Orientation Day Lunch for Pilots, Recruiters & Volunteers

$500

Naval Air Orientation Day Breakfast for Pilots, Recruiters & Volunteers

$250


** Admiral Level Sponsor includes 2 guest tables at event (10 persons per table)

* Commodore Level Sponsor includes 1 guest table (10 persons per table) 



"Paddle Off the War" USMC Veteran Stops in Memphis

Marine Corporal Joshua Ploetz (USMC) has made a brief stop in our very own Memphis, TN on his “Paddle Off the War” journey down the Mississippi River.

Cpl. Ploetz is a combat veteran and began his journey on May 19th from Lake Itasca in Minnesota. His overall journey, totaling 2,350 miles over 64 days in a one-man canoe, is part of Josh’s ongoing effort to address his combat related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cpl. Ploetz has named his journey, “Paddle Off the War.”

On Monday, July 14th, Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, along with Memphis Navy League Council members led by President Charles Beech, welcomed Joshua at 3:00 p.m. on the north side of the new Beale Street Landing facility in downtown Memphis.

Cpl. Ploetz served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Regiment as a machine gunner. He is committed to conquering the hidden war which rages within him and many veterans returning from conflicts around the world.

Joshua would like to promote PTSD awareness and the mission of the Baton which he is carrying in his canoe from Lake Itasca to Venice, LA, by raising money to support fellow wounded warriors and sufferers of PTSD. His route can be found on the Allied Forces Foundation website, and he asks that you visit the site and support him and his cause. All funds raised will go to support fellow wounded warriors and sufferers of PTSD here in the USA.

Navy League Memphis presented Joshua with a check for $1000.00, donated by council members, during his stop in Memphis.

Visit the website to donate HERE

 

Navy League Memphis Council President Charles Beech assisted by council member Trish Sorce, presents a check for $1000.00 to Josh Ploetz and his cause "Paddle Off the War"

 

Event sponsors Walker and Ann Ulhorn greet Corporal Ploetz.

 

Corporal Ploetz addresses the local media with his "highway", the Mighty Mississippi, in the background.

 

 

 

Each spring, Navy League Memphis honors superior Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard active duty men & women of the Mid-South military community.

Local NROTC Midshipmen and ANA Scholarship Winners are also recognized.  

 

Please Join Us

Spring Awards Banquet

Honoring Excellence in the Memphis Area Sea Services

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Memphis Country Club; 600 Goodwyn Street, Memphis

To make reservations by April 9th, please click here.

 

Guest Speaker:  Jon Thompson

Jon Thompson is a West Point graduate, a pilot, a Vietnam vet and an aerospace engineer who is well-known for coordinating the successful dive which started the recovery of the Titanic. Jon made a recent visit to China and North Korea and has some interesting insight to share.  He will also share about his ongoing mission - the historic pursuit of Amelia Earhart's plane.  

 

For more details contact, please call 901-683-5350 
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Mid-South Excellence Honored at 2017 Banquet

The “best-of-the-best” of Mid-South Sea Service Units were recently saluted at the Navy League Memphis Council’s 2017 Spring Awards Banquet.  Rear Admiral Richard A. Brown, Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, updated Navy Leaguers and attending Navy personnel on the challenges and highlights of our Navy’s recruiting opportunities before he presented awards to the individuals who were chosen as the best Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and NROTC Midshipmen from the Mid-South area.

Scholarship awards were presented to Naval ROTC Midshipmen at University of Memphis and University of Mississippi.  This scholarship program provides financial support to select midshipmen in their first and second years of undergraduate education and officer training.  This unique program is intended to support students who desire to receive their officer commission in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps, but were not initially selected for national scholarship programs.  All were selected for these awards based not only upon academic achievement but also for physical fitness and demonstrated officer qualities.   Awards proceedings are pictured below.

 

RDML Richard Brown shares sea stories and remarks with awardees, their guests, and members of the Navy League Memphis Council and ANA El Dorado Chapter.

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First to be honored were Midshipmen from the Universities of Memphis and Ole Miss.  

Navy League Scholarship Chairman, Buz Sorce, announced the awards for each scholarship recipient.  RDML Brown, CAPT Brian Goszkowitz (CO of Naval ROTC Mid-South) and Navy League President, David Sutton, congratulated each scholarship awardee.  The midshipmen pictured above were presented with a scholarship check in recognition of their Outstanding Academic and Military performance.  These midshipmen are:

  • MIDN 4/C Matthew Jones
  • MIDN 4/C Colton Kirby
  • MIDN 4/C Cullen Schwartz
  • MIDN 4/C Austin Tuohy

1/C Matthew Gumpert is recognized as the Outstanding NROTC Honor graduate from the University of Mississippi.  He is presented with the Sword Award by David Sutton, Navy League Memphis President.  Also pictured:  RDML Brown and CAPT Goskowicz.

1/C Casey Guthrie is recognized as the Outstanding NROTC Honor graduate from the University of Memphis.  He is presented with the Sword Award by David Sutton, Navy League Memphis President.  Also pictured:  RDML Brown and CAPT Goskowicz.

 

 

Next to be honored were our Sailors of the Year from the Naval Support Activity Mid-South, pictured below: 

MC1 (SW) Jeff Atherton of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South was presented with the 2016 Sailor of the Year award.  Congratulating him are CMDCM Marilyn Kennard, Command Master Chief of NSA Mid-South, RDML Brown and David Sutton. 

  

YN2 (SW) Jordan G. Daniels of Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) was presented with the 2016 NSA Mid-South Junior Sailor of the Year award.  Congratulating him are RDML Brown and David Sutton.  

YN2 (SW) Erin Goodwin of Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) was presented with the 2016 NSA Mid-South Junior Sailor of the Year award.  Congratulating her are RDML Brown and David Sutton. 

 

SK1 Joshua Halligan was presented with the 2016 Coast Guardsman of the Year award for Mississippi River Lower Sector.  Congratulating him are AETCS Stacy Dasher, Command Senior Chief, RDML Brown and David Sutton.

Sergeant Isaac D. Ramirez of Site Support Memphis, 6th ESB, 4th MLG, was presented with the 2016 Marine of the Year award.  Congratulating him are RDML Brown and David Sutton.   

At the 2016 banquet, CAPT. Buz Sorce, USN (Ret.), Navy League Scholarship Chairman, thanks CAPT Brad Mai for his commitment as CO of Naval ROTC Mid-South and congratulates him on his upcoming retirement as RDML Andrews looks on.

    

 

Photo courtesy of MC2(SCW) Scott Bigley from the

Commander Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs Office at Naval Support Activity Mid-South.

 

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