Sheila M. McNeill is a Georgia native whose record of service spans from her local community to leadership as the first and only woman National President of the Navy League of the United States. The Navy League is the only civilian organization dedicated to supporting the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. Currently, she is a region leader for the Submarine Industrial Base Conference and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strategic Deterrent Coalition.
Because of her long history of active involvement with the sea services, McNeill served as vice chairman of the executive committee for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), an influential advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense and other DOD and DOT officials. During her three-year DACOWITS tour, she visited 45 U.S. Military installations throughout the world.
McNeill has received numerous awards including the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Public Service medals; the United States Coast Guard’s Distinguished and Meritorious Public Service medals and the U.S. Armed Forces Spirit of Hope Award. In October, 2019 she was awarded the Naval Submarine League’s Distinguished Civilian Award.
In her home state of Georgia, McNeill was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in Georgia Trend Magazine. She also serves on the College of Coastal Georgia Advisory Board and has been on the Board of Directors of the Chambers of Commerce in Glynn and Camden Counties.
McNeill is married to Arlie McNeill, a Navy veteran and long-time Navy League member and national director emeritus. They have one daughter, Leslie, and four grandchildren, Ryan, Norah, Rayne and Kylie.