Squadrons and Shipmates is a unique organization that brings together the men and women who served aboard US aircraft carriers or in squadrons assigned to air wings that served aboard US carriers. Originally founded to serve the sailors of the two great sister ships USS Midway and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and their squadrons, we now also welcome the men and women who have served aboard all of our US carriers and their squadrons. Presently most members of carrier squadrons cannot join and attend reunions of ships they served. The vision now is to correct that disparity and invite squadron members to join us, whether or not they served aboard their carriers. All squadrons can now be part of a large group but still have their own individual meetings during the annual reunions. If any of the squadron members would like to be part of this organization they would be welcomed with open arms.
We publish a newsletter several times each year and individual squadrons are welcome to submit articles for publication. This
should enlighten more people about the history of each squadron, the airmen who
labored to keep aircraft flying, and the brave pilots who flew into
harm's way during times of war and peace.
With increased membership, we would have clout when dealing with hotels to secure the best possible price in full service settings. Tour companies will also give us the best possible price for their venues.
Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy and we are in possession of all the names of shipmates who were ever listed in a cruise book. The only thing to do now is to find them and let them know about this organization. We anticipate that we will have a very large membership with all the potential untapped personnel waiting to be found.
The Bylaws of the
organization have been written to cover many potential situations and to
prevent injustice to any member. Our officers, board members and committee
members have term limits. This will help ensure the organization will be run
democratically. The central focus of the organization is the members' rights
and fostering camaraderie among the members. A Bylaws Committee oversees
any proposed changes according to a defined process.
In addition, the financial reports of the organization are available
to any member upon request, are reviewed at the annual business meetings and
financial updates are included in our periodic newsletters.
The association encourages membership beyond the veteran by extending memberships to spouses, parents, adult children and adult grandchildren as auxiliary members.
Squadrons and Shipmates puts the membership first.