Group 10 hails McNeill

Local community leader receives honorary award

December 5, 2013
From Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

During the Submarine Group 10 Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, Sheila McNeill received a huge surprise from outgoing commander Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo.

McNeill, a former national Navy League president and current president of the Camden Partnership, was appointed the title of honorary Submarine Group 10 Commander for her tireless efforts in supporting the Kings Bay military community.

In his remarks, Tofalo expressed gratitude to the civilian community surrounding the Kings Bay base.

“There are few civilian communities that are as supportive as ours, and it’s one of those things that just makes you feel great about being an American and living here in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida,” Tofalo said. “From the Navy League to the Camden County Partnership, to our congressman, mayors, county officials, school districts and first responders, we are so blessed to have the outstanding community support that we have. “

Tofalo pressed on the theme of community support, specifically recognizing McNeill’s dedication to local military initiatives.

“Whether it’s Camden Partnership activities, Georgia Military Affairs Council advocacy, pulling together state and local leaders and educators to help me address our aging TRF demographic, or flawlessly executing the extremely successful recent Triad Council, Sheila gives her heart and soul to the advancement of Kings Bay,” he said.

McNeill was presented with a specially monogramed hat and certificate as a token of appreciation in addition to her honorary title.