On February 1, the JINSA New York Cabinet hosted Navy SEAL Leif Babin, who recently left active duty. Babin spent 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, including nine years in SEAL Teams. He deployed three times to Iraq (2004, 2006, 2009-10) and supported forces deployed to Afghanistan and elsewhere.
In June JINSA New York area cabinet members and guests were honored to meet and hear from Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli, Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval Special Operations Command. The admiral presented a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and its mission - what the Command does and what goes into creating a Naval Special Operator.
On May 23-24, 2011, a JINSA delegation from the New York area led by JINSA Advisory Board Member Major General Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.) was hosted by the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia.
On April 12, members of the JINSA New York Cabinet enjoyed lunch with U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) who expressed concerns about American policy inconsistencies in the Middle East citing the lack of response to the uprisings in Iran in 2009.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Martin, USAF, spoke in New York City at a "New Leadership" program and also for the Long Island Forum in mid-October. Just back from combat in Iraq, Lt. Col. Martin discussed the war through the eyes of the members of the special operations units.