ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) spoke at the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Council of the Navy League dinner in Arlington, Va., Jan. 18.
The NOVA Navy League is composed of community and corporate affiliate members, retired military, family members, and other sea service supporters. The night served as an opportunity to trade sea stories and gain perspective for the audience.
"I love the Navy League; everywhere I go I am pleased to be affiliated with them," said MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West. "Organizations like Navy League are crucial to the awareness and education of our Sailors and the public, ensuring that none of us stop learning about our past and the road ahead."
Nancy Gorell, vice president and ship liaison for the NOVA Navy League, said the top priority for the organization is to take care of the U.S. sea services and their families.
During the dinner, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Leland was named Coast Guardsman of the Quarter for USCG Station Washington, D.C. NOVA Navy League and MCPON presented Leland with a certificate of appreciation and gifts from the Navy League.
"I enjoy every opportunity to recognize outstanding service members for their outstanding dedication and accomplishments," said West. "Petty Officer Leland is a phenomenal representative of the Coast Guard and our military team."
West briefed the Navy League on the current state of the Navy, issues facing the Navy and Sailors, and reinforced the importance of the Navy League and the work they do for Sailors and families, particularly their partnership with Navy Safe Harbor and the Anchor Program which helps wounded warriors.
"I learn something new from Sailors every single day. They are our nation's treasures, they're the crown jewels," said West."It's 120 degrees on the flight deck of that carrier and they'll look at you, smile, and then say, 'What else you got?' That to me is amazing."
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