Anthony K. Gregory (l.) and Bruce Bramlett (r.) discuss the future of U.S.S. Texas.
On Thursday evening, July 11, the Hawkins Squadron was treated to a very special presentation on the current status and future of the Battleship Texas. Our special guests were Bruce D. Bramlett, Executive Director of the Battleship Texas Foundation, Anthony K. Gregory, the Foundation Chairman, and Kandace Trujillo, Program Director of the Overnight Education Program.
Presentation of a special plaque to Bruce Bramlett (l.), Executive Director of the Battleship Texas Foundation, by Squadron Commander Barnes.
The primary presentation was made by Bruce Bramlett, who discussed in detail how plans for preserving and maintaining the battleship had evolved over the years, and how the initiative to provide state funding for the project came together during the recent legislative session in Austin. He also addressed some of the widespread concerns in the popular press about how the ship can be moved safely to an out-of-state facility to complete the required work, and some of the concerns and issues involved in selecting a permanent home for the ship when she returns. It was an extremely informative discussion, and it turns out (surprise!) that a great deal of what we’ve all read over the last couple of months is little more than uninformed, speculative nonsense. Although there were a number of issues that he could not discuss in detail, because they are under ongoing negotiation, Bramlett made it clear that the decision making process was well in hand, deliberative, and taking into account a very wide range of issues and concerns.
Presentation of Texas Navy Rum to Anthony K. Gregory (l.), Foundation Chairman, and Bruce Bramlett (c.), Executive Director of the Battleship Texas Foundation, by Squadron Commander Barnes.
Hawkins Squadron Commander Adm. Chester Barnes also took the occasion to present officers’ pennants to current and past Squadron officers, including current and former Deputy Commanders Adms. Jeff Kilgore and Andy Hall, Secretary Adm. Paula Morris, and Treasurer Adm. Dennis Miller. Congratulations to all for you valued service to the Squadron and to the TNA!
Presentation of Officers’ pennants to current and former Hawkins Squadron officers (l. to r.), Adms. Jeff Kilgore, Andy Hall, Paula Morris, and Dennis Miller.
Finally, we were all treated to a magnificent West Galveston Bay sunset, that we took as a good omen for the future of U.S.S. Texas.
Sunset over West Bay.
The Texas Navy Association is a private, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical legacy of the naval forces of the Republic of Texas, 1835-46. The mission of the Texas Navy Association is to preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy; to promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated; to conduct, in the broadest sense, a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas; and to encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money, in pursuit of these goals. Membership in the Texas Navy Association is open to all persons age 16 and over who have an interest in Texas history and want to help support the goals of the organization.
In Galveston, the Charles E. Hawkins Squadron was organized in the fall of 2016, and meets on the second Thursday in odd-numbered months.