The Nebraska Admirals Association was formed by those who had been honored by the Governor of Nebraska with an Admirals certificate to promote and enjoy tourism in the state of Nebraska.
Annual meetings are held in various Nebraska towns, including those named as "Ports" by the Association, highlighting the host town's area tourism attractions.
After receiving their commissions, many have asked, "Now that I am an Admiral, what are my duties, what can I do for Nebraska?" The NAA has the answer to that question, and perhaps much more.
A main project is hosting groups of sailors from the USS NEBRASKA submarine when they visit the namesake state, in cooperation with the Big Red Sub Club in Omaha and the Cody Cavalry in North Platte. A group of sailors arrive for a fun and enjoyable visit in June and sometimes also in September.
To further promote tourism, the Association has awarded scholarships since 1992 to students for their senior year, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (Travel & Tourism 4-year degree program) and at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Tourism & Hospitality Management 4-year degree program).
"Operation Ornament" is conducted annually in November. Ordinary folks and lots of schoolchildren assist in creating a decorated paper ornament in the shape of the state of Nebraska. These ornaments are sent with good wishes to the crew of the USS NEBRASKA submarine, Nebraska National Guard personnel deployed overseas, and to veterans living in the four Veterans Homes in the state.
Members of the Association celebrate Nebraska!
It is estimated that several hundred thousand Admirals have been appointed. Many Nebraskans and visitors to our state have not heard of our navy; they have not heard of the waves of prairie schooners that at one time plied our plains under which lies our real wealth---Nebraska's under-ground sea.
Nebraska Admirals Association Mission:
NAA's primary purpose is to organize the Admirals in the Nebraska Navy into a force for the promotion and enhancement of the "Good Life of the State of Nebraska," specifically:
In 1931, then Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Theodore W. Metcalf found himself to be Acting Governor for several weeks. To please some of his friends, he appointed "20 to 25 prominent Nebraskans" as Admirals; hence, the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska was born.
While the practice of awarding commissions to the more or less "prominent" has persisted, a requirement for some meaningful act or service to the state or community has become more and more necessary to obtain an Admiral certificate.
A curious mystery is related to the Admirals, that of appointments of women as "Yeomanettes" in 1934. No information is known concerning them except that a few of the "appointments" have surfaced. Perhaps they were the results of attempts to recognize the Admirals' spouses, or women themselves for their own significant contributions.