Council News



Date: Saturday, 21 April 2012

Time: 0930 – 1600

Place: Navy Recruiting District New England

495 Summer Street, Boston.  4TH deck MEPS.







Beverage, assorted pastries, lunch and registration cost at $10.00 per person (all inclusive).  Cash or check payable to “MBC, NLUS”, welcome at the door.  Advance Registration required. 

 Bill Waylett will conduct training in several aspects of council management and Navy League programs.



  0930 - Meet and Greet.  Refreshments.

  1000 -  Commencement of Program

Lunch break

1600 – Conclusion.


 Be prepared with photo ID for building security. If driving, get best directions on Google or Mapquest.  The building is a block past the Convention Center.  Parking:  drive past 495 Summer St. front entrance (by overhang), take first right (very sharp), take next right and take right into parking area.  Walk to entrance in front of building.

Navy League & MOAA Luncheon on February 10th 2012

The Navy League Penobscot Council and ther Pine Tree Chapter of Maine had a luncheon at the Sea Dog Restaurant in Bangor ME on Feb. 10th for the primary purpose of recognizing outstanding ROTC students.  The guest speaker was Commander Hank Stewart, U.S. Navy, the Executive Officer of the Naval ROTC Unit at the Maine Maritime Academy.


Navy & Marine Corps 236th Birthday Ball -At Maine Maritime Academy

The Birthday Ball took place 5 November 2011 at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME.  The Ball was carried out by the NROTC unit jointly located at the Academy and the University of Maine.  The PenBay Navy League always receives invitations to the Ball and this year there was a group of Navy Leagers that attended including the Council President, Capt. Chris Kopang, USN (Ret.)  Here are some photos taken at the Ball.


Our Naval Sea Cadets CAMP MOUNTAIN VIEW Commissioning Ceremony Sept. 10th

The commissioning ceremony took place on a beaautiful morning at the Camp Mountain View.  To get a complete picuture check the following youtube link.

U.S. Coast Guard Sailor of the Year Luncheon at Southwest Harbor

Approximately 25 Penobscot Bay Navy League and MOAA Pine Tree Chapter of Maine members enjoyed an outstanding prime rib luncheon on May 16th at the U S Coast Guard  galley in Southwest Harbor .  Each year the Penobscot council recognizes the Northern New England Coast Guard sailor of the year -- this year's honoree was Petty Officer Second Class Melissa Nute who is assigned to the Coast Guard Office in Belfast, ME.  Among her accomplishments:


USCG SOY Receives Medal

George Wardwell, New England Navy League Regional President, presenting her with a book on the history of the Navy League, along with an application to join


Annual New England Navy League Regional Meeting 

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 the Penobscot Navy League Council hosted the annual New England Navy League Regional meeting at the Manor Inn in Castine.  Representatives from four of the six New England Navy League Councils discussed their goals and objectives for the year as well as what challenges and concerns they were facing in each of their councils.  The meeting was chaired by George Wardwell of the Newport, RI council who is the New England Region Navy League President.  Guest speaker was Bill Waylett, Senior Director of Regional Activities for the Navy League of the United States.  Shown in the photo below are from left to right first row: Harold Learson, New England Regional President Emeritus, Bill Waylett, National Headquarters, Harriet Learson, Southern New England Area President, George Wardwell, second row:  Chris Kopang, Penobscot Council President, Irv Gorman, Massachusetts Bay, Louise Thorpe, Casco Bay, and Shirley Hill, Newport, RI council rep and National Vice-President for Sea Cadets.


An update on Council Events with our Naval Sea Cadets

Last Saturday (05 March) Chris Kopang, our President traveled to Madison where he had the honor of conducting a personnel inspection of our adopted Naval Sea Cadets (NCB 39 BN) and presenting them with a check for $500 to help support the construction of their training compound, scheduled to be open for business on Memorial Day weekend.  The Commanding Officer of the NSCC battalion, Roger Sabourin, has done an outstanding job in training a great group of cadets.  He also passed out a flyer (attached) for the essay contest we are holding this year for the sea cadets.  Dr. Esther Rauch and Mary Carlson have agreed to serve as judges for the contest, and the writer of the winning essay will receive a $500 savings bond to be presented at our May luncheon when we also will be honoring the Coast Guard Sailor of the Year from Northern New England.


First 2011 Event - Joint Navy League / MOAA Luncheon Saturday February 19th at the Sea Dog restaurant in Bangor, ME

During the joint luncheon our Council President Chris Kopang who is also the Pine Tree MOAA Chapter President had the pleasure of making awards to Midshipman Emily Fanning who is in her first year at Maine Maritime Academy.  She is a Marine Biology major with a 3.23 GPA, a member of the Maine Maritime Regiment, and the school's cross-country team.  She received one of two Joshua Chamberlain awards and a $1500 scholarship from the MOAA Pine Tree Chapter.  She aspires to be a Marine Corps officer and wants to earn her wings as a helicopter pilot. The photo below was taken following the presentation by Chris Kopang.  Also pictured is the new Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Maine Maritime Academy, Staff Sergeant George Oshana, who represented the Naval ROTC unit at the luncheon.


Joint Navy League / MOAA Luncheon Saturday November 13

On a beautiful, sunny day in Castine, approximately 25 members of both the Penobscot Navy League Council and Maine's MOAA Pine Tree Chapter enjoyed a delightful luncheon at the Manor Inn followed by an informative presentation given by Drs. Danielle and Larry Mutty on the volunteer work they have done in Haiti.  The topic of their talk was "Children of Haiti, the Hope of the Future."Each year in the spring for the last six years, they have devoted two-three weeks of their time to support an orphanage in Les Cayes called PWOJE ESPWA (Hope in Haiti), which provides housing, food, and education to over 800 youngsters plus medical care to the surrounding community.


Annual Schooner Bowdoin Fundraising Cruise

This year our cruise on the Maine Maritime Academy's arctic schooner Bowdoin was a smashing success.  Over 70 people signed up exceeding the passenger capacity of about 35.  To our great benefit, the academy offered to do a second cruise the following day. The weather/wind cooperated both days to provide a wonderful experience for the passengers on this historic sailing vessel.  Jan Kopang deserves a gold medal for the very nice snack pack she prepared and doled out to all the passengers. 


Joint Navy League/MOAA Luncheon 13 August

This event, held at the University of Maine at the Wells Conference Center, provided about 40 attendees with a nice lunch and a very interesting presentation by Dr. Habib Dagher, Director of the University's Advanced Structures and Composites Center.  Afterwards, approximately 25 of us toured his lab on campus.  This center was established by the National Science Foundation in 1996 and is now a world leader in the development of cost-effective, high performance hybrid composite materials for construction applications.  The Center has successfully conducted major R&D programs for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and other government departments and administrations.  Current research initiatives include cutting-edge technology for an Offshore Wind Laboratory which will design, manufacture and test components for deepwater offshore wind structures.


We Now Have a Naval Sea Cadet Battalion 

In May, 2010 Penobscot Bay Navy League Coucil formally adopted and became sponsor for the Camp Mountain View Naval Construction Battalion 39 (NCB 39 BN) headquartered in Madison, Maine.  Led by former Seabee LT Roger Sabourin, our Sea Cadets are in the process of building their own facility as shown in their NCB 39 BN website. The link is included in the Web Links section of our website or you may access directly by going to

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is a federally chartered non-profit civilian youth training organization for young people, ages 14-17, sponsored by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) and supported by both the U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard.  Included under the NSCC umbrella is the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), a junior program for youth ages 11-13.  Goals of both Cadet programs are as follows:

  • To develop an interest and ability in basic seamanship and seagoing skills.
  • To instill the virtues of good citiizenship and strong moral principles in each Cadet.
  • To demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free, and gang-free lifestyle.
  • To make each Cadet aware of the prestige of a military career and increase the advancement potential of those who serve.

United States Coast Guard Sailor of the Year Award

On Tuesday 18 May at a luncheon in Castine, ME, our Navy League Council presented an award to the USCG Sector Northern New England’s Sailor of the Year. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Kurt Kuntzmann is recognized for his superior performance of duty while serving as the Operations Petty Officer on board the USCGC THUNDER BAY.


The PenBay Navy League Council Presents Awards to Graduating Students of the Maine Maritime Academy 

Penbay Council President Capt. Chris Kopang presents the CAPT Edward Conrad Award for excellence in History to Amanda Laney of Farmington, ME .  She is our first recipient of this award having graduated with a degree in International Business Logistics. She also received a $500 U. S. Savings Bond.


Visit the Presidents Corner and Check out an article - Fridays at the Pentagon

The First Event in 2010 - Joint Luncheon - at the University of Maine

The MOAA Pine Tree Chapter of Maine and the Pen Bay Council Navy League gathered at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono on Saturday 6 February.  The main attraction was the presentation of  $1,000 scholarships to Army ROTC Cadet Christopher Lloyd and to Navy ROTC Midshipman 4/C William Hadden-Wyper.  The luncheon attendees were surprised by a visit by the University of Maine football team to thank the MOAA and Navy League members for their ongoing support of the team, for their military service and to chat with everyone present. Following the awards ceremony, the MOAA Chapter conducted the installation of new board members.


Important Navy Times Article

Navy League: Obama on path to 240-ship fleet

By Philip Ewing - Staff writer, Navy Times
Posted : Monday Jan 11, 2010 5:22:37 EST

The Obama administration has quietly ditched the Navy’s former goal of building a fleet of at least 300 ships and is now on course to field a fleet of only 240, the head of the Navy League has charged.


Navy League News Clips

The Navy League provides a weekly News Clip with articles of interest to all Navy League members.  A link for direct access to these News Clips on the National Navy League web site is included in the Web Links on this website