NDIA Georgia Chapter Honors McNeill with Citizen - Soldier Award

Sheila McNeill, president of The Camden Partnership and past national president of the Navy League of the United States, was presented the 2015 Citizen - Soldier Award by the National Defense Industrial Association's Georgia Chapter at its annual awards dinner on February 8, 2016.

The Citizen-Soldier Award is NDIA-GA's most prestigious award and recognizes significant contributions made by the recipient to the long-term strategic posture of Georgia’s defense industrial base, and outstanding contributions toward increasing public awareness of and support for our national defense needs.

Mrs. McNeill has been a key player in defense issues for many years and continues to be one of Georgia’s most influential defense voices at both the state and national levels.

She was the National President of the Navy League of the United States from 2003-2005, and is the only women to ever hold this prestigious position. The Navy League is the only civilian organization dedicated to supporting the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. As National President, she was responsible for leading the Navy League's 70,000 members who are dedicated to educating American citizens and elected officials about the importance of sea power.

Sheila is a life member of the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Council and served as president of the Council from 1993 - 1994. She continues to serve as an At Large Trustee for the Council.

She served as vice chairman of the executive committee for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), an influential advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense and other DOD officials.

Here in Georgia, she has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Governor's statewide Military Affairs Coordinating Committee. She was the commissioning president of the St. Mary's Submarine Museum and Charter Chairman of the Military Community Council. She continues to serve in both organizations. She was co-chairman of the USS Bancroft Sail Exhibit at Kings Bay to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Submarine Force. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Chambers of Commerce in both Glynn and Camden Counties. Georgia Trend Magazine has named her as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. 

She is currently President of The Camden Partnership, a non-profit organization which promotes community support for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NSBKB) and the military missions in Camden County, Georgia.

Other awards presented during the annual NDIA-GA event included the Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Barry Page, President of C4S2 Global, for his outstanding contributions to NDIA-GA as a board member and chairman of the small business committee; the Small Business Award, recognizing significant contributions made during the previous year by a Georgia small business to the long-term strategic posture of the defense industry in Georgia, was presented to Dr. John Olds and SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.; and, the General James Oglethorpe Space Award, named in honor of the founder of Georgia, presented to Camden County Administrator Steve L. Howard in recognition of his  significant contributions to the space program within the state.

Pictured left to right:  Barry Page; Sheila McNeill; LtGen (R ) Lee McFann, VP Chapters and Membership for NDIA; Chuck Hunsaker, President, NDIA-GA; Steve Howard; Dr. John Olds