About Us

Navy League of the United States

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

As part of its mission focus, the Navy League of the United States:

  • Enhances the morale of sea service personnel and their families through national and council level programs.

  • Provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity.

  • Supports youth through programs, such as the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

Imperial Valley Council

The Imperial Valley Council was given its charter from national Navy League on January 15, 1949 to serve all Imperial County communities.  

The chartering ceremony took place on February 12, 1949 at the De Anza Hotel in Calexico with 300 guests attending, and National Vice President Charles Davies presiding, with Senator Owen Brewster of the great state of Maine as the guest speaker.

 

The Council celebrated its 70th birthday in 2019.

It was on February 15, 1956 the council received permission from the Chief of Naval Personnel, J. Holloway, Jr. to hold its monthly dinner meetings in what was then the Commissioned Officer's Mess at Naval Air Facility El Centro. It was at that first dinner meeting that we began to serve our famous T-Bone steak dinners, and aptly providing our speakers with the equally (in)famous T-Bone plaque, cast from an actual T-bone!

Though we have seen a lot of changes in our history, one thing that hasn't changed, is our passion for supporting the men and women of the sea services.

We proudly sponsor the active duty personnel and their families of:

  • Naval Air Facility El Centro

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration squadron's Blue Angels

  • Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Maintenance Unit VFA-122 Detachment El Centro

  • Marine Attack Squadron VMA-214 Blacksheep

  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter PETREL (WPB 87350)

  • Navy Munitions Command CONUS West

  • Navy Branch Medical/Branch Health Clinic NAF El Centro

  • U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

    • Desert Eagle Squadron

    • Escondido Battalion

  • Navy Leaguer Cadet Corps

    • Training Ship Kit Carson

  • Calexico High School NJROTC  

The Navy League is a 501(c)(3) organization.