The Fleet Reserve Association is the leading voice of the enlisted Sea Service personnel on Capitol Hill and has been since 1924. A Congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress, the Association's membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more that 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Maine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.

Norfolk Branch 5 is one of the original branches of the FRA, in continuous operation since November 1924. For more than 80 years, the members of Branch 5 have been supporting those issues confronting our members and supporting patriotic activities in our community.


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40 Years - Earl Hunt

The speaker for the Memorial Day ceremony in Wisconsin Square (1000, 30 May) will be Rear Admiral Robert P. Burke Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13). Rear Adm. Robert Burke grew up in Portage, Michigan, and holds bachelors and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida.

His operational assignments include service in both attack and ballistic missile submarines, including USS Von Steuben (SSBN 632), USS Maryland (SSBN 738), and USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He has deployed to the Arctic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Western Pacific. Burke commanded USS Hampton (SSN 767) in Norfolk, Virginia, and was commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, Connecticut.

His staff assignments included tours as an instructor and director of the Officer Department Electrical Engineering Division at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, junior board member on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and as the Submarine Officer Community manager/Nuclear Officer Program manager in the office of the Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division (N13). Burke assumed his current duties in Washington, DC in August 2015.

We hope you can make it to the ceremony. It should be a good one.

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