Fleet Reserve Association

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Fleet Reserve Association
Triangle on point with text "Fleet Reserve Association" along the top line, below Loyalty, Protection and Service Flank the right and left side of the triangle. the abbreviation USN, USCG and USMC inside the Triangle.
EstablishedJanuary 1, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-01-01)
Founded atPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Type501(c)(19), veterans organization
Headquarters125 N West Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates38°28′57″N 77°01′53″W / 38.4825°N 77.0315°W / 38.4825; -77.0315
Area served
Robert Washington Sr. (MD)
National Executive Committee
Key people

The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a non-profit U.S. military and veterans organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. chartered by the United States Congress that represents the interests of enlisted Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine veterans and active duty personnel in the United States.

FRA represents approximately; 264,640 active-duty members of the Navy,[1] 163,346 active-duty of the Marine Corps [2] and 40,000 active-duty of the Coast Guard [3]

The FRA was named after the US Navy retirement procedure "PERS 836".[4] The organization was founded in Philadelphia on October, 1922, by Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin, and it was chartered on November 11, 1924, by the U.S. Congress[5]. The association is composed of branches located in each State, U.S. territory, and several overseas locations.

The guiding principles of the FRA are Loyalty Protection and Service. In addition to organizing events, members provide assistance at VA hospitals and clinics. It is active in issue-oriented U.S. politics. Its primary political activity is advocating on behalf of the Sea Service enlisted personnel, including support for benefits such as pay and pensions. The organization has also prompts "Americanism and Patriotism" through its essay contest[6].


Conceived as the U.S. Fleet Naval Reserve Association. The organization was chartered as Fleet Reserve Association under Title_36_of_the_United_States_Code. Officially chartered by the U.S. Congress[7].


The organization's official monthly full color magazine was originally launched in 1921 and called Naval Affairs.[8] In December 2006 the magazine's name and volume numbering system changed again, this time to FRAtoday.[9] The publications typically is 48 pages of content.

Organization structure[edit]


The Fleet Reserve Association Headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia. It is the primary office for the National President and also houses the FRA museum, library, membership services, communications, and the magazine editorial offices.[10]


Each Branch is assigned to a region. Each region oversees 10-30 branches, to help each smaller group have a larger voice.


The Branch is the basic unit of the Fleet Reserve Association and usually represents a small geographic area such as a single town or a few counties. There are roughly 190 branches in the United States and Philippines. The Branches located overseas are intended to allow active duty military stationed and veterans living overseas to be actively involved with the Fleet Reserve Association as if they were in the United States. Members who do not live near a branch are referred to as Members at Large. The Branch is used for formal business such as meetings and a coordination point for community service projects. Often the Branch will host community events such as bingo, holiday celebrations, and be available to other organizations. It is also not uncommon for the Branch to contain a bar open during limited hours. A Branch member is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with gold piping.


Membership peaked for the Fleet Reserve Association at about 190,000 in the mid-1990s. Membership has been decreasing since then and is estimated to be about 45,000 (2018).[citation needed] A member's FRA service/garrison cap is distinguished by a gold crown, blue sides, gold piping and the Fleet Reserved Association National seal referred to as the Triangle. Members often add gold lettering with the member's status such as Life Member, officer title and Branch number or Member at Large.

The Branch officer is distinguished by a gold-topped garrison cap, navy blue brim with gold piping. The executive committee representative is distinguished by a red-topped garrison cap with gold piping.


Veterans who served at least one day of enlisted active duty or are serving now in either the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine are potentially eligible for membership in The Fleet Reserve Association. Members must have been honorably discharged or still serving honorably.

Notable members[edit]

Notable members of The Fleet Reserve Association have included:

List of Past National Presidents[edit]

  • William P. Green, 1922-1924
  • Francis A. Knaus, 1924-1925
  • Ed W. Wintering, 1925-1926
  • Charles J. Batchelor, 1926-1927
  • Robert A. Young, 1927-1928
  • Otto Grunewald, 1928-1929
  • Logan E. Ruggles, 1929-1930
  • Philip G. Cronan, 1930-1931
  • Cornelius E. Anderson, 1931-1932-1933
  • Jesse Acuff, 1933-1934
  • Abraham M. Rosenberg, 1934-1935
  • John J. Bayer, 1935-1936
  • Carl A. Viken, 1936-1937
  • Jesse F. Cordes, 1937-1938
  • Alexander Steele, 1938-1939
  • Thomas C. Ryan, 1939-1940
  • George C. Corbell, 1940-1941
  • Frank T. Walker, 1941-1942
  • John H. Burke, 1942-1943
  • Clarence Boeckman, 1943-1944
  • James H. Van Slycke, 1944-1945
  • Robert W. Allen, 1945-1946
  • Robert F. Bonomarte, 1946-1947
  • Fredrick E. Grammer 1947-1948
  • Christopher C. Sanders, 1948-1949
  • Leo A. La Belle, 1949-1950
  • James J. Ralph, 1950-1951
  • James W. Mullins, 1951-1952
  • Charles D. Hause, 1952-1953
  • Edward E. Keeley, 1953-1954
  • Michael F. Catania, 1954-1955
  • William F. Hickey, 1955-1956
  • Wilson H. Sandefer, 1956-1957
  • Edgar H. Cook, 1957-1958
  • Robert E. Doherty, 1958-1959
  • Harold W. Elke, 1959-1960
  • Charles A. Herget, 1960-1961
  • Joseph Keehan, 1961-1962
  • Robert A. Means, 1962-1963
  • Edward C. Duffy, 1963-1964
  • George C. Bernatz, 1964-1965
  • Eddie King, 1965-1966
  • Lawrence M. Bane 1966-1967
  • Bernard P. O'hara 1969-1968
  • Stanley S. Nahill 1968-1969
  • Walter C. Rowell, 1969-1970
  • Robert L. Bastian, 1970-1971
  • Francis E. McCulley, 1971-1972
  • William A. Holdforth, 1972-1973
  • Marvin Silverman, 1973-1974
  • Albert E. Wilson, 1974-1975
  • Joseph D. Morin, 1974-1976
  • Thomas A. Heaney, 1976-1977
  • Royce J. Hatfield, 1977-1978
  • Roderick D. Wiley, 1978-1979
  • Marvin F. Harris, 1979-1980
  • James W. Neal, 1980-1981
  • Lawerence J. Cummings, 1981-1982
  • Charles R. McIntyre, 1982-1983
  • Daniel Spalding, 1983-1984
  • Geworge E. Brown, 1984-1985
  • Townsand I King, 1985-1986
  • William G. McCarley 1986-1987
  • Peter R. Ross Jr.,1987-1988
  • John A. Putney, 1988–1989
  • Jack A. Coover, 1989–1990
  • William E. Combes, 1990–1991
  • Wallace E Baker, 1991–1992
  • Aloysius D. Caso, 1992–1993
  • W.J. "Jim New, 1993–1994
  • Geoge P. Hyland, 1994–1995
  • J.C. "Jim" Eblen, 1995–1996
  • Robert E. Fudge, 1996–1997
  • Robert G. Beese, 1997–1998
  • Thomas l. Lisher, 1998–1999
  • Marvin W. Johnson, 1999–2000
  • Eugene Smith, 2000–2001
  • Richard M. Smith, 2001–2002
  • Ralph A. Schmidt, 2002–2003
  • Josweph L. Maez, 2003–2004
  • George R. Key, 2004–2005
  • Edgar M. Zerr, 2005–2006
  • Jerry L. Sweeney, 2006–2007
  • Lawrence J. Bourdreaux, 2007–2008
  • F. Donald Mucheck, 2008–2009
  • Gary C. Blackburn, 2009–2010
  • James W. Scarbro, 2010–2011
  • Jeffrey A. Gilmartin, 2011–2012
  • Mark A. Kilgore, 2012–2013
  • Virgil P Courneay, 2013–2014 2015-2016
  • John D. Ippert, 2014–2015
  • Donald E. Larson, 2016-2017
  • William E. Starkey, New Jersey, 2017-2018
  • Robert Washington, 2018-

See also[edit]

FRA Logo


  1. ^ [1] Navy Stats
  2. ^ USMC July 2017 Report
  3. ^ USCG Stats
  4. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/retirement/EnlistedRetirements/Pages/default.aspx
  5. ^ http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title36/subtitle2/partB/chapter701&edition=prelim
  6. ^ https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/Events_and_Programs/7_12th_Grade_Essay_Contest/Web/Content/Essay_Contest.aspx?hkey=707c4b42-2eb8-4992-9d57-31b8bd14c68a
  7. ^ http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title36/subtitle2/partB/chapter701&edition=prelim
  8. ^ [Naval Affairs http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00052862/00001 Naval Affairs,] OCLC 4123895.OCLC Number: Master negative microfilm held by University Microfilms, now part of ProQuest.
  9. ^ FRAtoday, OCLC 80940360.
  10. ^ Fleet Reserve Association: Office Locations

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