By Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs
KINGS BAY, Ga. — Sheila M. McNeill, former Navy League national president and current president of the Camden Partnership, received a big surprise during the Submarine Group 10 Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22.
The outgoing commander, Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, bestowed upon McNeill the title of Honorary Submarine Group 10 Commander for her tireless efforts in supporting the Kings Bay military community.
In his remarks, Tofalo expressed gratitude to the civilian community surrounding Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
“There are few civilian communities that are as supportive as ours, and it’s one of those things that just makes you feel great about being an American and living here Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida,” Tofalo said. “From the Navy League to the Camden County Partnership, to our congressman, mayors, county officials, school districts and first responders, we are so blessed to have the outstanding community support that we have.“
Tofalo pressed on the theme of community support, specifically recognizing McNeill’s dedication to local military initiatives.
“Whether it’s Camden Partnership activities, Georgia Military Affairs Council advocacy, pulling together state and local leaders and educators to help me address our aging TRF demographic, or flawlessly executing the extremely successful recent Triad Council, Sheila gives her heart and soul to the advancement of Kings Bay,” he said.
Rear Adm. Charles A. “Chas” Richard relieved Tofalo as commander of the Atlantic Fleet’s Ohio-class ballistic missile and guided-missile submarines, Submarine Group 10. Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces, served as the guest speaker for the event and presented the Legion of Merit to Tofalo for his outstanding job at Submarine Group 10.
McNeill was presented with a specially monogramed hat and certificate as a token of appreciation in addition to her honorary title.
From 2003-2005, McNeill served as national president of the Navy League of the United States, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to informing the American people and their government that the United States of America is a maritime nation, and that its national defense and economic wellbeing are dependent upon strong sea services — U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.The Camden Partnership, which she now leads, is a non-profit organization that promotes community support for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and the military missions in Camden County.
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