Rear Adm. Sean Buck will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting and dinner of the Western CT Council of the Navy League of the United States at 6 p.m. Feb. 11, at Giovanni’s The Waters Edge, 2748 Post Road, Darien.

Buck will discuss “Global Trends and Our National Security.”

“We are honored to have this high-ranking officer speak at our annual dinner,” said Cmdr. Steve Gravereaux, vice president of youth programs at the Western CT Council. Buck will allow time following his talk for discussion, questions and answers.

“This dinner brings together a number of our members, the units we support and those in the community who might have an interest in the nation’s military, to hear from a high ranking Navy flag officer. We would like to include as many in our community as possible, to let them hear Adm. Buck’s thoughts and ask questions,” Gravereaux added.

Currently serving as chief of staff for the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate on the Joint Staff, Buck has a distinguished career. His operational assignments have included multiple tours flying the P-3 Orion around the world on maritime patrols, and he has commanded twice at the flag level. Buck has also held multiple Strategy & Policy positions for both the chairman of Naval Operations and for the chairman of the Joint Staff. Buck is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was designated a naval flight officer in 1985.

“This event is open to all community members in Fairfield County who have an interest in our national security, from a Navy as well as a national security standpoint,” said Capt. Gerry Tighe, president of the Western CT Council of the Navy League. “We look forward to seeing you there.”

The Navy League defines its goal as supporting the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US Flag Merchant Marine and their missions, and to inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services. Additionally, the Navy League supports youth programs that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

The Stamford-based Sea Cadets is open to local youth. The program fosters leadership, self-confidence and citizenship. The Sea Cadets perform color guard duty for many Greenwich and Stamford events.

For tickets, which are $45, please RSVP to Gravereaux at , or call 203-984-3181