Farewell Message from Sammy Solt

Shipmates, The sun has finally set on my tenure as President of the NANP. It has been one of the most rewarding positions I have ever held. It kept me in close contact with the many friends I have made over the years. I joined the Navy in 1961, and through my travels have met many wonderful people and created many precious memories. I have served with and made lifetime friends with many of you and was able to cultivate new and lasting relationships with many that I met after my retirement. These are relationships that I will cherish forever. Over the past two years, I was blessed with a Board of Directors (BOD) whose primary focus was keeping the […]

Christmas 2021

Shipmates, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. It has been a privilege to serve you as president these past two years, and we hope that each experience at the reunion and with NANP was exceptional.  It has been a remarkable year for NANP and Naval Photography. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Photographers Mate rating in Pensacola, the birthplace of Naval Photography and the home for over 50 years of the photo schoolhouse. Naval Photography has come a long way since many of us attended school in building 1500.  But Navy Photography is still alive and thriving in today’s fleet.  We are the legacy of all the […]

Thanksgiving Day 2021

A message to our members. First and foremost, Thank you to our dedicated members of the National Association of Naval Photography. For more than 100 years, Sailors have made many sacrifices for our nation and so have our families. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, may you find joy and solitude with your family as they have made many expenses as well. We have served with pride, no more than our families in us. As we have explored a new world and new cultures, our traditions have prevailed. Every year, we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for. Our health, the bounty of our own country, and the perseverance of freedom and the life of liberty. Worth serving […]

2021 Reunion An Overwhelming Success

Everyone, All I can say is the folks that attended the reunion in Pensacola had a great time. The weekend was wonderful including the two Blue Angel Air Shows we were able to see from our hospitality suite balcony. NAS was closed for the air show and the Blues flew their show on the beach, incidentally the Blue Angels 75th Anniversary party was in an adjoining suite and our shared balcony was center stage. Absolutely awesome! Since returning home many accolades about the event have been received. It was an absolute success. My personal thanks go out to some very key people that worked together as a team to ensure it ran smoothly: Jim Russel, our man on the ground […]

Veteran’s Day 2021

Another Veterans Day is here. It is the official day fellow Americans honor men and women serving or who have served in the armed forces, including those who are no longer with us.  Throughout the week, there are parades, ceremonies, and gatherings, designed to acknowledge the gratitude of communities. Some schools invite veterans to speak to classes. Churches, and veteran groups, hold special dinners. Various retailers and restaurants offer free or discounted items and food, all to say, “Thank you for your service.” Many of us also use this time to educate the public on the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  One of the most significant ceremonies happens in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown […]

Memorial Day Message 2021

Shipmates, This Memorial Day weekend signifies more than just the end of the school year, the start of summer, or a long weekend to spend with family or friends.  After more than a year of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it is easy to forget how special and important the upcoming weekend is. This weekend, we pay tribute to those who’ve sacrificed in service to our nation. We offer support to the families they’ve left behind. Above all, we pause to remember – not just those close to us we’ve lost, but the generations of Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also pause and remember our fallen Naval Photography brethren, such as MC1 Robert McRill, who […]

Easter Message from the President

Shipmates, Members and Friends of Naval Photography, As we enter the Easter and Passover holidays, I would like to take time to wish everyone peace during this very blessed Holy season. It looks like we are getting past this Covid nightmare. By the time the reunion rolls around I expect everyone should have had all of their shots and hopefully ready to travel. As everyone knows this is the 100th year of the Navy Photographer. Time to celebrate this notable milestone and our service to the US NAVY! 100 years of our work, some of which I imagine will be on display. We are fortunate to have Jim Russell’s boots on the ground in Pensacola, he has outdone himself by scoring another […]

2020 Reunion Replaced With 2021 Reunion

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 debacle and the slow rollout of the vaccine, the NANP Board of Directors have voted to cancel the 2020 Navy Photographer’s Reunion, which had been postponed to April 2021. Going forward, we are planning a 2021 Navy Photographer’s Reunion, November 5th – 7th at the Holiday Inn Resort on Pensacola Beach, Florida. This is the same location and venue we had planned to use for the 2020 Reunion. And as previously planned, our reunion will coincide with the Blue Angels Homecoming. The Board of Directors felt this course of action would allow ample time for the majority of our community to receive their vaccines, thereby increasing reunion attendance. A new 2021 Reunion page will […]