The Long Island Council will honor United States Congressman Steve Israel (NY-2), Colonel Michael F. Canders (retired), commanding officer, 106th Rescue Wing, Air National Guard, and Lieutenant David Barnes, supervisor, Marine Safety Office (Coram), United States Coast Guard, as well as industry leaders, Northrop Grumman and Curtiss Wright for their contributions to naval aviation. Navy League National President Daniel Branch and New York Chapter President Rick Kenny are scheduled to attend.
“We are honored that Vice Admiral Architzel will provide the keynote address at our annual gala—especially as Long Islanders and our nation celebrates the Centennial of Naval Aviation this year,” said Tom Matteo, council president. “It’s a fitting time for us to honor the contributions of millions of Long Islanders to our nation’s naval aviation history and to demonstrate our continuing commitment to the value and importance that naval aviation has on our national and allied security.”
A high resolution photo of Vice Admiral David Architzel is available at http://www.navy.mil/
Keynote speaker Vice Admiral Architzel was raised in Merrick, Long Island and is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Previous flag assignments included program executive officer for Aircraft Carriers; Commander of Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Norfolk; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic;
A career naval aviator, Architzel has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours, 4,300 of those hours in the S-3, and the remainder in some 30 other aircraft types in his role as a test pilot at NAS Patuxent River. He served in Sea Control Squadron (VS) 30, deploying aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), and as maintenance officer in VS-28, deploying aboard USS Independence (CV 62). He later returned to VS-30 as the executive officer and subsequently as commanding officer.
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW), formed with the merger of Curtiss Airplane and Wright Aeronautical, today has its Target Rock business unit based in East Farmingdale, New York. While the Wright Brothers focused on the Army, Glenn Curtiss turned his attention to the Navy. It was a Curtiss Model D “Pusher” bi-plane that successfully completed the first aircraft takeoff from a naval ship, the Cruiser, Birmingham, on 14 November 1910 in Hampton Roads, VA. It was also a Curtiss bi-plane that, two months later on 18 January 1911 successfully landed on the wooden deck of the armored Cruiser, Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay. These demonstration flights ushered in the era of Naval Aviation when on May 8, 1911 Captain Washington I. Chambers issued requisitions for two Curtiss bi-planes. Curtiss also produced the Navy’s first trainers, including the Model F Flying Boat. Today, the legacy lives on as Curtiss-Wright's innovative technologies support many major Navy ship systems including propulsion plants, power systems and the latest Electro-Magnetic Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear currently under development for the next generation Aircraft Carriers. Please visit http://www.curtisswright.com for more information.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), with its Aerospace Systems sector based in Bethpage, New York, has supported naval aviation since 1930 with its first Navy aircraft, the XFF-1 Fifi. The company led the design and production of naval air forces with planes like the Wildcat, Hellcat and Avenger during World War II, the postwar F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, and E-2C Hawkeye, and continues that innovation today with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler, EA-6B ICAPIII-equipped Prowler, MQ-8 Fire Scout, Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) and X-47B strike fighter-sized transformational, carrier-capable unmanned air vehicle system. Today, Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Tickets for the event are $125 per person and support the non-profit organizations’
About the Navy League of the United States
The Navy League of the United States is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our citizens about the importance of sea power to U.S. national security and supporting the men and women of the sea services and their families. The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, a native Long Islander. The organization provides 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. Visit them online at http://www.navyleague.org.
About the Long Island Council
The Long Island Council was established in 1984 and is a member of the Empire Region of the Navy League of the United States. The council area covers the Navy Recruiting Command-New York, 1st Marine Recruiting District, Naval Operational Support Center-Amityville, USCG Long Island Sound Sector Field Office-Moriches as well as Coast Guard Stations at Fire Island, Montauk and Eaton’s Neck along with the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Visit them online at http://www.nluslongisland.com/
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About the Long Island Council
The Long Island Council was established in 1984 and is a member of the Empire Region of the Navy League of the United States. The council area covers the Navy Recruiting Command-New York, 1st Marine Recruiting District, Naval Operational Support Center-Amityville, USCG Long Island Sound Sector Field Office-Moriches as well as Coast Guard Stations at Fire Island, Montauk and Eaton’s Neck along with the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Visit them online at www.nluslongisland.com