NLUSGLR and MI AREA Annual Conference

Status report on USS DETROIT (LCS 7) and how your Council can join with MEDET Detroit to support the ship 


Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The USS Freedom is shown Friday in the San Diego Bay before beginning its maiden deployment to Singapore. The Freedom, built by Marinette Marine, is the Navy’s first littoral combat ship put into action. The Pentagon announced Monday 04MAR13 that the shipyard has been awarded a contract to build two more of the combat vessels. They are part of a 10-ship block awarded in December 2010.

The skilled team of shipbuilders at Lockheed Martin's Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin is hard at work this Spring building the USS DETROIT (LCS 7), fourth in the FREEDOM-class Littoral Combat Ships.  Current plans are the DETROIT to be launched in February 2014 and commissioned in the summer of 2015.  After her keel-laying ceremony in November 2012, the Metropolitan Detroit Council, NLUS, formed the USS DETROIT BLUE & GOLD COMMITTEE in anticipation of the ship’s launching, commissioning and future fleet operations.

The LCS program has faced many challenges since conceived and the first two ships were designed and built under competitive contracts. But with first deployment of USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) in March to Singapore, the Navy has achieved an important milestone on adding this highly effective warship to our fleet.  Although still in "development" as far as crew size, modular war-fighting packages and operational experience, the dedication of the Navy leadership, contractor teams and the Blue and Gold Crews of all LCS ships is to be greatly admired.

Chairman of the USS DETROIT (LCS 7) BLUE & GOLD Committee

CAPT John G. McCandless, USN (Ret) retired from the U.S. Navy in June 1999 after 32 years of active and reserve service. A native of Detroit, McCandless earned a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in June 1969. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the US Naval Reserve.  After active duty assignments on board the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66) and at the Pentagon, he remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring in 1999 as a Captain after 32 years of service.  In the Reserve, he commanded four Naval Public Affairs units in Detroit, Chicago and Great Lakes, Illinois. His civilian career was focused on automotive public relations. He retired as a senior member of Toyota’s U.S. Corporate Communications team in October 2011. 


Importance of participating in NLUS Legislative Affairs Program

Learn why it is so important for every council to participate in the NLUS Legislative Affairs Program and engage every Michigan member-of-congress in a continuing dialogue about the U.S. Sea Services vital global role in keeping the sea lanes open during wartime and peacetime.


Joe Schwarz, MD is a Life Member of NLUS, a USN Vietnam Veteran and former elected Member of Congress from Battlecreek, MI. Following his term in Congress, he sat on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Oversight Committe. Today, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan and continues his private medical practice.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…You and your Council leadership team will want to hear this presentation, meet other MI Council leaders and participate in discussions during this one-day annual regional-area conference close to home.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT T.R. Shaw, NLUS Battlecreek-Kalamazoo Council, (269) 979-3838 (W), Email

When planning this one-day event, the highest consideration was given to limiting drive times to 2.5 hours or less from each Council city. This relatively short drive will easily allow 4 Council leaders to ride in one vehicle to the event location and return home in one day. Discuss NLUS Council affairs both ways and you can make the trip focused, productive and fun. All of us are NLUS members who have committed ourselves to leadership positions, so come to participate - meet, talk and learn from your counterparts. Are you looking for your replacement as Council President? Look around your Council and select one or two prospects to attend this conference with you.

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP (elected officers, committee chairs, future leaders)
930a – 445p  SAT 27 APR 2013

Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub
115 S. Eagle St.
Marshall, MI 49068
Shuler's Restaurant
The conference site is easily accessible from I-94 and I-69. 

This one-day event is especially for Council Presidents and a minimum of 3 other leaders from each MI Area Council. All NLUS MI Area Council members are welcome, so spread the word. 

Encourage energized members who are current and future elected leaders to attend this annual event to meet leaders of other NLUS Councils located in Michigan, hear ideas about how things are done in other Councils, tell about your Council successes, contribute to discussions about NLUS Council operations
and return to your Council stimulated with new things to try in 2013.    

Meet the NLUS Great Lakes Region Leadership Team – MI Area President Pat Posey (BAY CITY MI)…Region VP Legislative Affairs Bob Wilson (SAGINAW MI)… Region President Tom Baker (LEXKY)

No later than WED 10 APR 2013
Conference Room seating is limited…we request all Councils to have four leaders in attendance to participate in this important and informative NLUS GLR MI AREA annual one-day conference. We must confirm our food order in advance, so we need to know who is coming.

You’ve hosted events and know how this works, right?

Pay at the door with correct cash (receipt will be issued to confirm payment)
Only $25 person, includes lunch with featured speaker, 5 conference sessions with ideas and discussions about NLUS Council operations, chance to win a door prize.

NAVY LEAGUE and NLUS Council shirts and caps, if you have them. Otherwise, business casual (collared shirts and khakis for men; no suits, sports jackets, ties or jeans, please.)           


0930 hrs              
Registration – sign-in and find seating for a fast start to the day
(eat breakfast before arriving because the restaurant doesn’t open until 11a…bring coffee of soft drink if you want it)

0945 hrs              
Welcome - round robin Council attendees self-introductions (3 minutes per council) and NLUS Overview, Issues, Programs

1030 hrs              
Session 1: U.S. Sea Services - support of local recruiters and commands; adopted ships/shore-based units 

1130 hrs            
PROGRAM: Status report on USS DETROIT (LCS 7) and how your Council can join with MEDET Detroit to support the ship 
Chairman of the USS DETROIT (LCS 7) BLUE & GOLD Committee

1200 hrs             
Break 09 minutes 

1209 hrs             
LUNCH – box lunch sandwich & soft drink…in-place
PROGRAM:  Importance of participating in NLUS Legislative Affairs
Former Congressman Joe Schwarz, MD

1300 hrs              
Session 2: Membership – Recruitment & Retention:  Our Primary Target Audience = Civilians in Support of the U.S. Sea Services 

1400 hrs              
Break 09 minutes

1409 hrs              
Session 3: Legislative Affairs - join the Great Lakes Region Legislative Affairs Team – recruit and appoint a Council VP Legislative Affairs

1500 hrs              
Break 09 minutes

1509 hrs              
Session 4: Youth Programs – independent cadet programs, JROTC/ROTC schools/universities, military recruiters, parents = potential new Council members

1600 hrs              
Session 5: NLUSGLR Wrap-up and Open Topic Discussion

1645 hrs             

Want to make it a fun destination Weekend?

If you can spend a night or two, this centrally located destination of our NLUS Michigan Area has a gambling casino for adult gaming.
You are invited to NAVY LEAGUE SUNDAY in Detroit the morning after our conference. This is a unique event that you will never forget and might inspire you to host one like it in your city.

Want to come early or stay later to gamble?
Firekeepers Casino is only 5 miles from the conference site.
I-94 - EXIT 104 | 11177 East Michigan Avenue | Battle Creek, Michigan 49014

NAVY LEAGUE Sunday at Mariner's Church of Detroit hosted by NLUS Detroit Women’s Council
1100a SUN 28 APR 2013 

You are invited by Council President Eileen Doyle to join NLUS members for this special annual event that recognizes uniformed members of the U.S. and Canadian Sea Services and Sea Cadets. Mariner’s Church is a non-diocesan, self-perpetuating parish especially for sailors.

Mariner's Church
170 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226

Mariner's Church of Detroit