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||USS RONALD REAGAN UNABLE TO VISIT SANTA BARBARA DUE TO BUDGET CUTS
We are very sorry to announce that we have been informed by the US Navy that the REAGAN's visit to Santa Barbara has been canceled due to the recent military budget cuts related to sequestration, which were announced earlier this week in Washington DC.
|The aircraft carrier was expected in early May. However, along with cuts to other community relations activities such as Navy Days and the Blue Angels, the visit will not take place.
Unfortunately, these budget cuts include cutting expenses that provide opportunities for the public to support, serve and honor our nation's finest sons and daughters for their service to our nation.
"While we are disappointed with the news, we also understand why the Navy has to make this decision at this time due to the current economic climate,” said Patricia Westberg, President of the Santa Barbara Navy League. “It is also an indicator to me personally that the Navy will need support from organizations like ours more now than ever."
The Santa Barbara Navy League expresses its appreciation to all the volunteers and supporters who have worked so hard to organize an amazing weekend visit for the sailors on the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). Of particular note is Andrew Ochsner, owner of Boone Printing & Graphics, for their sponsorship support.
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Sailors & Their Families
The Santa Barbara Navy
League considers the sailors not only our protectors, but our family.
Sailors visit the Santa Barbara community regularly. We welcome them
into our homes and plan activities so they can meet our membership and
enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara . We are also creating survivor's
assistance fund to help support the families of USS RONALD REAGAN crew
members in the event of a tragic loss of life. More
||The U.S.S. Stockdale
The Santa Barbara Navy
League officially “adopted” USS ADM James B Stockdale (DDG
106) in 2008. In April, 2009, the Santa Barbara Navy League sponsored
the commissioning and adoption of the USS Stockdale. The commissioning
was a formal ceremony during which the crew "brought the ship to life",
and she began her life as a United States Navy ship, We continue to
raise money to provide ship enhancements designed to improve the
quality of sailors' lives while deployed, and to support the crew and
their families for the life of the ship.