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Three Councils Merge Into New Entity, the Connecticut Council

By Seapower staff

The three existing Connecticut Councils – Western Connecticut, Hartford and Eastern Connecticut – have been merged to create a new entity, known simply as the Connecticut Council.

The councils in Hartford and Eastern Connecticut had become dormant, so council leadership thought that combining them into a new council would be in the best interest of everyone interested in supporting the Navy.

The council is looking forward with the addition of new members from the merger and is seeking ideas and suggestions for council operation in the future. Those can be sent to

One council focus is on SEAL candidate mentoring, and that program is moving ahead despite the challenges from COVID-19. Retired captain and council board member Drew Bisset was able to arrange outstanding guest speakers for the weekly Zoom webinars, including the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, Capt. Tom Norris (a SEAL Medal of Honor recipient), a former senior Naval Special Warfare Development Group officer to speak on necessary SEAL officer character traits, a nutritionist, a retired SEAL discussing SEAL history and several prior Recruiting District Assistance Council candidates as they graduated from active-duty training.

In the middle of July, in-person physical training resumed at Pugzee Farm and at the Greenwich YMCA pool. Individual training regimens in place prior to the restart allowed the candidates to retain their physical fitness.