Montana has a proud history of producing the defenders of our nation. Our great state is in the top 3 for veterans per capita with 1 in every 10 residents having served in the military. And we are honored the US Navy would chose our fair city as the namesake for a proud naval vessel.
As you may be aware, the US Navy held a Christening Ceremony for the USS Billings in 2017. With the official act of putting the boat in the water completed, we look forward to the next step, the Commissioning Ceremony, which signifies the boat and her crew are ready for active duty, and tasking them with the defense of our nation.
As we look toward the commissioning in 2019, as the namesake city, we begin preparations to honor the USS Billings and her crew. While the men and women assigned to the USS Billings take pride in her name, we ask our community to share in that pride and honor the warship named after our great city.
Our steering committee is currently seeking sponsors for this historical event. Donations will be used for the hosting of the USS Billings crew when they visit Billings in July of 2018. There are also plans underway to print commemorative coins traditionally issued at such an occasion and valued by members of the military.
Your support in anyway will be appreciated. Our steering committee will also plan, and participate in, the Chairman’s Reception, in Tampa Bay. We would be honored if you could join us for this historic event. Major donors will be recognized.
We look forward to hearing back from you.