The National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation are honoring Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and celebrating the centennials of the U.S. Naval Reserve, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations and the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard at the Washington Awards Dinner at the National Press Club on Thursday, 23 April 2015.
Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest is a philanthropist who has given millions to educational institutions, the arts, and to the cause of maritime history as seen in his generous support of the effort to renovate and preserve SS United States, which was, in its time, the fastest passenger ship in the world, and to the historic schooner Ernestina-Morrisey. Mr. Lenfest served as a reservist in the US Navy, and acknowledged its great impact in his life. In honoring Mr. Lenfest we honor the United States Navy Reserve which in 2015 will celebrate its centennial.
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, is the 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), an office that was established in 1915, two years before the U.S. entry into World War I. He is the individual who leads the U.S. Navy, ashore and afloat, in its mission to protect and defend the global interests of the United States on the high seas. Admiral Greenert has been a strong promoter of this country’s navy and its history, particularly in the commemoration of the navy’s role in the War of 1812. We honor the centenary of the offi ce of CNO in honoring Admiral Greenert.
Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, a native of Baltimore, is this country’s longest-serving woman senator, having won election to the US Senate in 1986. In the House of Representatives she served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. She was chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, and presently is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Mikulski has long been a strong advocate for the maritime industries of the Port of Baltimore and has worked energetically to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.