During the December 3 NOUS Northwest Zoom meeting, an important milestone for the Commandery was achieved as CAPT David Todd, USN (Ret) relieved CAPT James McGinnis, MSC, USN (Ret) as the fourth Commander of NOUS Northwest.
CAPT McGinnis leaves his post after a highly successful two years of command. Under his direction, NOUS Northwest was recognized at the 2021 and 2022 National Congresses with the CAPT Jan V. Armstrong Award for its “outstanding local efforts and success achieved” during both years.
It is noteworthy that CAPT McGinnis’s tour was predominately undertaken in a pandemic-stricken, “Zoom environment” which required compelling leadership via the internet. CAPT McGinnis met that challenge as our unit participation has grown steadily over the past two years.
CAPT Todd takes command with plenty of experience of leading large organizations. He recently concluded a highly successful two-year term as President of the Portland Rose Festival, overseeing events such as major parades, concerts, boat races and the festival’s annual Fleet Week. Vessels visiting Portland in June 2022 included USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), USS Coronado (LCS-4), USCGC Terrapin (WPB-87366), USCGC Bluebell (WLI-313), USCGC Elm (WLB-204) as well as Royal Canadian Navy vessels HMCS Edmonton (MM-703) and HMCS Brandon (MM-710).
Bravo Zulu to CAPT McGinnis and a hearty welcome to CAPT Todd.