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VADM William Galinis
VADM William Galinis

Vice Admiral William J. Galinis is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Galinis’ sea duty assignments included Engineer Officer onboard USS Roark (FF 1053) and Damage Control Assistant onboard USS Vreeland (FF 1068).

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March Membership Meeting: RDML Jason Lloyd Presents to VSRA Membership

Rear Admiral Jason Lloyd
Rear Admiral Jason Lloyd

The March General Membership Luncheon meeting was held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. The guest speaker was RDML Jason Lloyd from Naval Engineering and Logistics, SEA 05, Naval Sea Systems Command.

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Feature Article: Knowing When to Act in Dangerous Situations

Ray Ruiz, Loss Control Manager, The American Underwriters, Inc.
Ray Ruiz, Loss Control Manager, The American Underwriters, Inc.

Knowing When to Act in Dangerous Situations

The words of Tony Robbins, the famed motivational speaker, remind us of an important factor in using situational awareness to keep yourself safe while performing both work and daily life activities: knowing.

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17th Annual Ship Repair Digital Innovation Competition

On March 16th approximately 100 students from 9 Middle Schools throughout the Hampton Roads Area participated in the 17th Annual Ship Repair Digital Innovation Competition at Nauticus.  The event - which promotes the ship repair industry while increasing competitive mathematical, analytical, and conceptual skills in middle school aged students proved to be a great success again this year. 

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New VSRA Member Companies

ELEVEN new member companies joined VSRA in the month of March 2023, bringing the membership total to 316. Please join us in welcoming:

Aimbridge Hospitality (Supplier/Service/Other)
Aon (Supplier/Service/Other)
Bluepoint Engineering LLC (Ship Repair Sub-Contractor)
Commonwealth Employee Benefits Solutions Inc (Supplier/Service/Other)
Fulton Bank (Supplier/Service/Other)
Hardhat Workforce Solutions, LLC (Supplier/Service/Other)
Martin Navarre Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo (Supplier/Service/Other)
Poseidon Industrial LLC (Ship Repair Sub-Contractor)
Seymore Equipment Services, LLC. (Ship Repair Sub-Contractor)
TCI Mechanical Inc (Ship Repair Sub-Contractor)
WorkersFirst Clinics (Supplier/Service/Other)

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Many of the programs and initiatives produced by the Virginia Ship Repair Association & Foundation rely on dedicated volunteers from our membership. Your expertise helps us promote the Ship Repair Industry within the community and inform the future generation of workers about the benefits of a career in ship repair.

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Maritime Structural Fitting Instructors Needed

Our partners at Tidewater Community College are in search of Maritime Structural Fitting instructors at their Skilled Trades Academy in Portsmouth.

Ensuring our community college partners have the best instructors has a tremendous impact on bringing qualified, highly skilled workers into the Ship Repair industry.

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VSRF Partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University

Your active and engaged Virginia Ship Repair Foundation (VSRF) Board of Directors has embarking on a new partnership in summer of 2022 with the Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU).  This partnership was forged with the goal and objective to provide valued educational opportunities to our VSRA member companies and their employees. VWU has developed four off the shelf educational programs for our ship repair industry students.

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VSRF 37th Annual Golf Tournament - ALL Golfer Slots are FULL - Other Sponsorships Available

The 37th Annual VSRF Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Cypress Point Country Club, 5340 Club Head Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23455.

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The Virginia Ship Repair Association, in partnership with the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation, conducts outreach, awareness, and advocacy activities that strengthen the ship repair industry and improve the business environment for our members. Many of our industry focused projects provide your company with opportunities to feature your leadership role in the industry and expand your company footprint through sponsorships.


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Writers Welcome! Please contact Kathy Bryan, Communications Committee Chairman, at (757) 366-9300, or kbryan@shipyardstaffing.com, if you would like to submit an article.

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