President Roger Noakes and Vice President Owen W. Watford Installed

The  Long Island Council of The Navy League of the United States, an organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between Long Island-based defense supporters and veterans and the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and maritime sea services, has announced new leadership. Mr. Roger Noakes (South Setauket, NY)  has been elected President, and Mr. Owen W. Watford (Hempstead, NY) has been elected Vice President by the Long Island Council of The Navy League Board of Directors.

Mr. Noakes succeeds longtime outgoing President Forrest “Woody” Woodward, whose latest term had expired. Mr. Noakes commented “I am very proud to be elected Council President and I look forward to helping shape the direction and future of the organization. Long Island is home to hundreds of defense contractors, active sea service personnel, veterans and cadet youths, all of whom we support through the outstanding work of our corporate members as well as through legislative outreach. Forthcoming efforts will highlight the valuable work of defense contractors and honor the invaluable contributions of veterans through fellowship events and activities.”

Vice President Watford added “being in a position to assist our men and women in uniform and all our veterans through corporate support and grass roots efforts creates a feeling of accomplishment in the defense of our nation. I’m pleased to announce that we will continue our tradition of commissioning US Navy ships with the commissioning of the Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Patrick Gallagher which is currently under construction.”

Mr. Roger Noakes (photo left)  is President of Voyages of Discovery, a nonprofit organization located in Setauket, NY, whose mission is to empower youth with confidence, courage and character through offshore sailing adventures.







Mr. Owen W. Watford (photo right) is Business Development Manager at Retlif Testing Laboratories (Ronkonkoma, NY), a globally recognized, independent EMC/EMI and environmental testing (ESS) organization founded in 1978.  Retlif serves the military, maritime, rail, aerospace and aviation industries, among others.

Long Island Council of The Navy League of the United States member organizations include: Arnold Standard Cos. (Rockville Centre, NY); BAE Systems (Greenlawn, NY); Cox & Company, Inc.   (Plainview, NY); Curtiss Wright (Farmingdale, NY); East/West Industries, Inc.; Progressive Marketing Group, Inc. (Ronkonkoma, NY); Retlif Testing Laboratories (Ronkonkoma, NY); SilverSEAL Corporation (NYC);  TeamLogic IT (Setauket NY); Voyages of Discovery (Setauket