USMC amphibious demo

USS San Diego off Red Beach
USS San Diego off Red Beach

Yesterday, Flag Day, members of the Inland Empire Council and others were privileged to be among those attending a training evolution and demonstration of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) concept. It took place on “the beach” at Camp Pendleton.

The event was part of Camp Pendleton’s celebration this year of its 75th anniversary and members of the community were invited to watch and learn more about the Marines and the base. Inland Empire Council received very short notice of the event and it was only possible for a few members to attend. With the impending merger of Tri-City and Inland Empire councils, it is the intention of the council-to-be to expand the range of such activities and access of members to them.

In simple terms, MAGTF involves Navy and Marine forces — air, ground, and sea — in a coordinated amphibious operation. Navy ships bring materiel and personnel to the area, land Marines and their equipment and supplies, supported by Navy and Marine aircraft.

Medium howitzer

The event was much less whiz-bang than similar demonstrations at the annual MCAS Miramar airshow, but the scale and kinds of equipment were quite different. The Camp Pendleton evolution involved Navy ships, amphibious craft, and an actual amphibious landing on an awesome stretch of sand and waves.

Here’s a video (7:00) of highlights.


Council and cadets at Avocado Festival


Joined by members of Gunfighter Squadron, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Training Ship TopGun, Navy League Cadet Corps, the Council offered information about the Navy League and programs it supports locally, including these cadets, to the throngs at Fallbrook’s Avocado Festival yesterday.

The cadets, all in uniform, were especially effective visual communicators and they made personal contact with hundreds of festival attendees.

(L-R) Cadets AA Bailey Ramos, LC Quinn Vereker, LC2 Daniel Burns, and AA Uri Shakked. In rear,  CDR Donn Murray SC, USN (Ret.)
(L-R) Cadets AA Bailey Ramos, LC Quinn Vereker, LC2 Daniel Burns, and AA Uri Shakked. In rear,
CDR Donn Murray SC, USN (Ret.)

Many thanks to those cadets and adult leaders who helped out. CDR Donn Murray SC, USN (Retired), commanding officer of the cadet units, joined by unit instructors Carole Stockbridge and Don Burns, spent much of the day communicating with the public and assisting cadets.

Bravo Zulu to all who participated.










Great Navy day


Members of the Inland Empire and Tri-City Councils of Navy League visited several Navy units Friday, April 8, in San Diego. Final stop on the tours was USS Pasadena (SSN-752), as seen above. Arrangements were made by Bill Lauper, CDR USN (Retired), president of the Inland Empire Council, and at right in the photo.

Here’s a short — just under nine minutes — video of the day’s activities. The day started in Coronado with a tour of San Diego harbor aboard one of Assault Craft Unit ONE’s boats, moved to Naval Air Station North Island to visit HSM-35, then just across the air station to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and finished on USS Pasadena. As you’ll see, the tour group earlier in the day was larger than the group posed on the gangplank above and included several members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Bill Lauper has been diligent in arranging such tours and making them available to members of the Navy League. Tri-City Council is working closely with Bill and the Inland Empire Council to engage in collaborative ventures, including these tours. Because of the operational activities of these active duty units, such tours often come together on short notice and are during the week, which limits accessibility. Please let us know if you would like to be on a list of those to be notified when such tours are available.