The Fleet Reserve Association is the leading voice of the enlisted Sea
Service personnel on Capitol Hill and has been since 1924. A
Congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress, the Association's membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more that 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Maine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.
Norfolk Branch 5 is one of the original branches of the FRA, in continuous operation since November 1924. For more than 80 years, the members of Branch 5 have been supporting those issues confronting our members and supporting patriotic activities in our community.
30 Years - Lee Mellott
35 Years - Ken Sypult
This year's Tin Can Sailor's (TCS) Mid-Atlantic Bull Session will be held jointly with the Old Dominion Chapter of the Destroyer Escort Sailor's Association (DESA). The event is scheduled for 28-29 October at the Best Western on Atlantic Boulevard in Virginia Beach. Attendee's do not have to be a member of either DESA or TCS and those attending are encouraged to bring guests. For further information, please contact I.C. Smith at ISeaSmith@aol.com, telephone (804) 445- 1510 Attendee's are urged to 1) bring a raffle item, 2) bring memorabilia for the exhibit, 3) consider biding on the great Navy related framed prints. All proceeds from the auction benefits TCS.
World War I Symposium
The MacArthur Memorial is the host site for the World War One Historical Association’s annual World War I Symposium, October 21-22, 2016. The symposium will focus on the year 1916 and will feature sessions on spies, aviation, Verdun, the Somme, and many other topics. Registration for this event is open and the early bird rate is good through August 1, 2016. For more information about the program, or to register, please visit the World War One Historical Association website.
The City of Norfolk will hold its Veterans Day Ceremony at 1000, 11 November 2016 in the theater of the MacArthur Memorial. The featured speaker will be VADM Manfred Nielson, German Navy who is serving as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO in Norfolk. Should be an interesting speaker. If you have an FRA hat, wear it. If not, come anyway.