USS Kingsville Commissioning Committee

The USS Kingsville Commissioning Committee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit project of the Kingsville Council of the Navy League in partnership with the City of Kingsville and the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce.

Chair Sam Fugate Kingsville Mayor
Vice Chair Mark McLaughlin Kingsville City Manager
Secretary Edna Lopez Kingsville City Commissioner
Dick Messbarger Kingsville Economic Development Council (EDC), Emeritus
Manny Salazar Kingsville Chamber of Commerce & Greater Kingsville EDC, President/CEO
Janine Reyes Kingsville Tourism Services Director
Lance Hamm Kingsville Council of the Navy League, Vice President
Honorary Chair Tres Kleberg
Honorary Vice Chair Clyde Allen
National/State Currently Held By Position U.S. Navy/Ship Currently Held By Position
(Held by Position) Greg Abbott Governor of Texas (Held by Position) Kathy Kline Ship’s Sponsor
Eddie Lucio State Senator (District 27) ______________ Prospective Commanding Officer
J.M. Lozano State Representative (District 43) ______________ Prospective Executive Officer
Ted Cruz U.S. Senator CAPT Thomas Korsmo Commanding Officer, NAS Kingsville
John Cornyn U.S. Senator ______________ Austal USA, Representative
Filemon Vela U.S. Representative (District 34)
City/County Rudy Madrid Kleberg County Judge Commissioning Site
(Held by Position) Norma Nelda Alvarez Kingsville City Commissioner (Held by Position) Paulette Guajardo Corpus Christi Mayor
Hector Hinojosa Kingsville City Commissioner Barbara Canales Nueces County Judge
Edna Lopez Kingsville City Commissioner ______________ Port of Corpus Christi
Ann Marie Torres Kingsville City Commissioner
Jerry Martinez Kleberg County Commissioner
David Rosse Kleberg County Commissioner
Marcus Salinas Kleberg County Commissioner
Chuck Schultz Kleberg County Commissioner
Dr. James Hallmark Interim President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Buddy Windham President, Kingsville Council of the Navy League

Commissioning Director Dave Anderson, Director, Commissioning Support Team
Prospective Commanding Officer ____________________
Public Affairs/Military Rep ____________________
Committee Chair Sam Fugate, Mayor
Committee Vice Chair Mark McLaughlin, City Manager
Secretary Edna Lopez Social Events Connie Womack, Director
Public Affairs/Social Media Janine Reyes, Director Wed. Crew Picnic Bob Cleek, Director
Chris Maher Thurs. CO’s Reception
Kevin Clarke Fri. Sponsor’s Reception
Krystal Emery Fri. Chairman’s Reception
Government/Community Relations Manny Salazar, Director Sat. Platform Guests Reception
Leslie Hakala Sat. Post Commissioning Reception
Sponsor/DG/Ship/DOD Liaison Dick Messbarger, Director Sat. NL/City Adoption Ceremony
Veterans Relations Butcho Ruiz, Director
History/Photography/Videography Terry Fitzwater, Director Invitations James Clement, Director
Force Protection Richard Kirkpatrick Rebekah Everhart, USS Lexington
Crew Activities Charlie Ratliff, Director
Kingsville Family Adoptions Randy Foust, Director Finances/Development/Fundraising Brad Womack, Director
Ship/Crew ARL, COMREL Jake Bristow, Director Fundraising Activities Brad Walker, Director
Crew Transportation Gabe Guerra
Crew Picnic (Social Events) Gloria Hicks
Gifts/Awards/Merchandising Lance Hamm, Director Co-Treasurer, NL 501-c-3 Kim Hamm
Plankowner Plaques Glenn Jones, Director NL Auditor Linda Hahn
Sponsor’s Gift, Ship’s Gift Tracey Beadle
Merchandising Janell Kleberg