The Minnesota Navy League

 The Navy League of the United States believes that we must always ensure that our armed forces are ready to fight and win our nation’s wars, deter those who would seek to engage us and secure access to the global commons to preserve freedom of navigation. 

Adopted Units

  • USS Minnesota SSN 783
  • Future USS Minneapolis Saint Paul LCS 21
  • Naval Operations Support Center, Minnesota Joint Reserve Base
  • Naval Recruiting District, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Naval ROTC Program
  • Naval Sea Cadet Program - four units
  • Harding High School Naval JROTC Program
  • Como Park High School Marine JROTC Program

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly and the meetings are open to all members.   Check our meeting schedule at our home page.


Bill James, President (

JR Olson, Vice President, USN Ret.

James Schoeberl, Judge Advocate, USNR

CAPT Mark Stange, USN Ret., Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Tom Weissen, Navy Veteran
  • Don Henderson
  • Jeanette Sterner
  • Mark Salmen, Navy Veteran
  • Chip Sharratt, CAPT USN (Ret.)
  • Brian Skon, Navy Parent
  • Cary Sparrow, Navy Parent
  • Barney Uhlig, US Army (Ret.)


You will see us at multiple events during the year including:

  • The Minnesota Navy Birthday Ball
  • The Army Navy Game here in MN
  • Supporting air shows including the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds
  • Eden Prairie Air Expo each July
  • The Minneapolis Schools STEM Expo each February
  • Supporting events involving Namesakes Visits from the crew of USS Minnesota
  • Partnering with corporate sponsors and professional teams like the Minnesota Twins and Vikings

Annual Board Meeting

Our annual board meeting is held in April each year.  We have five elected positions and multiple At Large members.  We encourage you  to participate in this event.

All Volunteer

When we raise funds, we pass 100% of the funds raised for the applicable project.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  The national office in Arlington, VA has professional staff in place.