Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2014

Nov Luncheon Date Changed to Wed Nov 12

We have moved our November luncheon Date to Wednesday November 12, to accommodate the Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for 10:30, November 11, at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.

November 12 Luncheon Speaker LCol Stephen Keane Commanding Officer Marine Corps Security Battalion Bangor

LtCol KeaneMarines Celebrate 239th Birthday

On November 12, members of the Marine Security Force Battalion under the able leadership of Lt. Col Stephen Keane will celebrate their birthday at our regular monthly luncheon.

MCSFBN Bangor provides a dedicated quick reaction security force for Naval Base Kitsap. The MCSF Battalion, Bangor is the largest of the Security Force Battalions in the world. It is an independent Command, capable of self-ad- ministration, organized to support and accomplish their own particular mission.

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Con- gress. Since that date many thousands of men have borne that name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” John A. Lejune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1921.

The Commandant went on to say that “the record of our Corps is one which bears comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war and in the long era of tran- quility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemi- spheres, and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.”

Each year, the current Commandant sends out a message to all of the Marine units. We look forward to hearing this year’s message. The Marines demonstrate their drill team skills and their traditions, such as recognizing the oldest and youngest Marine in the room. If you know of an older Marine, please encourage him or her to attend.

Toys for Tots will also be collected. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a donation for this wonderful program.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch and then the very special program by the Marines. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ball- room, NBK, Bangor. Come support our country’s largest Marine Security Force Battalion. These fine young men and women are so very special.

This is a great program so bring your friends and neighbors.


Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience.

  • Cut off for reservations is Nov 4
    Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
    Spell your name to help make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
    If you do not have base access, you will need to provide your date of birth.
Posted by: arbeam | October 28, 2014

NWTT Supplement EIS/OEIS Notice of Intent


The Navy announces its intent to prepare a Supplement to the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) (NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS), which was released for public review and comment from Jan. 24, 2014, through April 15, 2014. The Navy’s notice of intent to prepare the Supplement to the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, Oct. 24. This Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS will focus on substantial changes to the Proposed Action due to updated training requirements and significant new information relevant to environmental concerns per 40 Code of Federal Regulations § 1502.9.

These changes include an updated requirement for increased use of sonobuoys during training in the NWTT Study Area. The Supplement will also include additional analysis related to assessing impacts of ongoing maritime security operations, such as air emissions from inland water vessel movements. Activities to be evaluated will now include maritime security escorts for Navy vessels, such as Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines.

The Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS is expected to be available in early December 2014. At that time, a notice of availability will be published and the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Supplement during a 45-day review period. All public comments previously received on this project are still valid and are being considered in the Final EIS/OEIS.

Details can be found at the United States (U.S.) Department of the Navy (Navy) official website for the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS)


Come help us honor our veterans Tuesday November 11, 2014 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Kitsap Sun Pavilion. The doors open at 9:00 AM and the ceremony begins at 10:30 AM. More than 40 veterans groups participate in the event.  Two dozen booths line the walls displaying vintage military vehicles, uniforms and other historic items. The ceremonies include the Bremerton High School Marching Band, bagpiper, colors presentation, bell-ringing, POW/MIA flag ceremony, Armed Forces medley, rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Our military co-host this year will be RDML Jeffrey Ruth, Commander, Navy Region Northwest. Guy Stitt, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Ambassador will be the other co-host.

First Sergeant Doug R. Pfeffer, USA, (Ret)  will be our Guest Speaker. Doug served a 24-year career with a Military Occupation Specialty of Forward Observer (13F). He deployed in support of Operation’s Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Doug Pfeffer serves as the Chief Operating Officer for RallyPoint/6, a Non-Profit focused on helping Veterans in the South Puget Sound. RallyPoint/6 is where the service member, veteran or family member can get connected with community organizations that will assist in transition and reintegration into the civilian community. The support received includes an assessment of each individual’s situation and providing guidance to their transition. No service member, veteran or family member is charged for the support and services they receive at the RallyPoint.

Posted by: arbeam | October 22, 2014

Trident Training Facility Sailors Honored

The Trident Training Facility Pacific, Bangor, WA (TTF Bangor) 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Junior SOY, along with two Instructors of the Year, were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during an October 14th luncheon. Assembled left to right: NLUS Council President Larry Salter; TTF Bangor Executive Officer, CDR John Mohn Jr.; 2014 Junior SOY and 2014 Junior Instructor of the Year, MT2(SS) Charles A. McAllister; MMC(SS) Royce Glenn, 2014 Senior Instructor of the Year; 2014 SOY, MT1(SS) Alexander Pelletier; and Command Master Chief, CMDCM(SS/SW) James Willis

 Assembled left to right: NLUS Council President Larry Salter; TTF Bangor Executive Officer, CDR John Mohn Jr.; 2014 Junior SOY and 2014 Junior Instructor of the Year, MT2(SS) Charles A. McAllister; MMC(SS) Royce Glenn, 2014 Senior Instructor of the Year; 2014 SOY, MT1(SS) Alexander Pelletier; and Command Master Chief, CMDCM(SS/SW) James Willis

Silverdale, Washington. The Trident Training Facility Pacific, Bangor, WA (TTF Bangor) 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Junior SOY, along with two Instructors of the Year, were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during an October 14th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Station Kitsap–Bangor.

Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council President Larry Salter. Rear Admiral Jeffrey Ruth, Commander Navy Region Northwest, was the luncheon guest speaker. TTF Bangor Executive Officer, CDR John Mohn Jr., and Command Master Chief, CMDCM(SS/SW) James Willis, were also present to honor their stand-out Sailors for their hard work and individual efforts.

The TTF Bangor 2014 SOY is Missile Technician First Class (MT1) (SS) Alexander Pelletier. According to his citation, as the Strategic Weapon System Department Leading Petty Officer, Pelletier supervised 17 instructors through the training and certification of 16 SSBN crews. As the Command Property Manager, he oversaw $400 million in trainer assets in lieu of the incumbent civilian employee and resolved $33 million in administrative discrepancies.

The TTF Bangor 2014 Junior SOY is MT2(SS) Charles McAllister, who was also recognized as the 2014 Junior Instructor of the Year. According to his citations, as the Strategic Weapon System Department Maintenance Supervisor, McAllister supervised 14 instructors through 6,856 man-hours of maintenance. During a Tactical Readiness Examination (TRE), he was individually cited for his superior instructional technique. As a Department Work Center Supervisor, McAllister dedicated countless hours revamping the 3M (Material Maintenance Management) Program resulting in zero deficiencies during the TRE.

Machinist’s Mate Chief Petty Officer (MMC) (SS) Royce Glenn was recognized as the 2014 Senior Instructor of the Year. According to his citation, as an instructor for the high-risk Damage Control and Fire-Fighting Trainers, Glenn provided leadership for 10 instructors who delivered expert instruction to over 1,300 students. As a Master Training Specialist mentor, his personal leadership not only supported Damage Control Division personnel, but also aided in the improvement of instructional technique and knowledge to 130 TTF Bangor instructors.

TTF Bangor’s mission is to train officer and enlisted personnel in the knowledge and skills required to build competence and proficiency in operating and maintaining SSBN, SSGN, and SSN Submarine systems, sub-systems, and equipment, as well as Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems and CVN engineering reactor plant systems and equipment. The command also provides replacement, conversion, advanced, off-crew, and team training for submarine crews and submarine support personnel. As the largest Navy training center in Western Washington, they also coordinate solutions to the myriad of the Navy Learning Center training needs in the Pacific Northwest.


Posted by: arbeam | October 22, 2014

Oct 16: NL Tour Joint Base Lewis McChord

JBLM-LogoOn a sunny and warm Thursday October 16, 2014 ten Navy Leaguers (and one dog!) assembled at the visitor center at Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) for a tour of parts of both the Air Force and Army sides of the base.

JBLM originated as Camp Lewis in 1917, later becoming Fort Lewis. McChord Field was established in 1940 and became McChord Air Force Base in 1948. Fort Lewis was joined with McChord AFB to become JBLM in 2010, resulting in operational efficiencies and economy.

On the Air Force side out first stop was at 62nd Airlift Wing, 8th Airlift Squadron, Air Mobility Command. This unit is assigned 48 C-17 four engine transport aircraft. Each is large enough to hold two full size tractor trailers side by side. The C-17 was originally designed to be able to carry the M-1 Abrams tank. Although we were not able to get up close to one we did observe several nearby on the flight line. Very impressive. The primary mission of the 62nd AW is to move cargo around the world. They also support the National Science Foundation, provide aero medical evacuation, transport nuclear weapons (none at JBLM), more all of the President’s vehicles, helicopters and related material, humanitarian relief, etc. Combat airlifts keep convoys off the road. Precision air drops are possible through use of GPS steerable parachutes. This unit is always doing something, somewhere.


Next we visited the outside display of the air museum where attack bombers, fighter/interceptors, cargo/transport, search/rescue and trainer aircraft of WW II to current day are on display. Prominent are the C-124 and C-141 transports, and best was the opportunity go inside the C-141.

Lunch at an Air Force dining facility was followed by a visit to an historic Fort Lewis building where we received a briefing about the history of the base and current day operations. Interestingly then Lt Col Dwight Eisenhower had an office next door to where we were meeting prior to WW II. There are many Army units, most commanded by I Corps, one of the Army’s contingency corps which stays prepared to deploy world wide at a moment’s notice. Stryker Brigade combat teams are included and we were next given a close up look at Stryker armored fighting vehicles.

JBLM__4 Stryker vehicles, named for two unrelated MOH recipients with the same last name from WW II and Viet Nam, are built by General Dynamics. There are 10 variations but they are all 8 wheeled and share a common Caterpillar engine, transmission, and hydraulics…all of which simplifies maintenance. One type deploys a stabilized cannon, another a 120mm mortar. There is a medical version, another for command and a reconnaissance vehicle, to name some. The special suspension provides a smooth ride on a rough road at 60 MPH. All are very impressive.

From time to time Stryker vehicles are given a general rebuild at Anniston Army Depot and then some are sent to a General Dynamics team at JBLM for further rebuild and refit.   It was this unit that gave us the hands on-and in-tour…very much appreciated.

End of tour time got us headed off base and back on the road home. Our sincere thanks to the personnel at JBLM for their informative and warm welcome. A great tour. And thanks to Byron Faber for getting it all arranged. – Norm Marten

Posted by: arbeam | October 22, 2014

USS Turner Joy Haunted Ship

The USS Turner Joy (DD 951), a museum ship located on the Bremerton waterfront, will soon undergo its annual transformation from museum ship to haunted ship.

This transformation occurs at the end of October each year to become a haunted ship open to the public to celebrate Halloween. Volunteers are now busy planning the ninth annual event to take you on the horrific tour of: Tormented Tales – Island of the Dolls. The theme this year is inspired by a real, “live” island of the dolls:

The haunted ship will welcome visitors beginning Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. Monday through Thursday hours are 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 6 p.m. – midnight. This event is not recommended for children under age 8. This event also helps collect food for the local food bank. Donate a non-perishable item and receive a $1 off admission. Last year yielded over 400 pounds of food.

Local Bremerton merchants generously provide materials, food and advertising material and volunteers give countless hours to plan and execute the event. In addition to the wonderful scary and exciting ship tour, the small admission fee will help secure the necessary money to accomplish a mandatory dry-dock availability for hull inspection and preservation due in two years.

The USS Turner Joy (DD-951), famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War, is now maintained and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association.

It’s located at 300 Washington Beach Ave., Bremerton. For more information call 360-792-2457 or email information is available at

Central Kitsap Reporter article

Posted by: arbeam | October 18, 2014

Tacoma patient shuttle starting at Naval Hospital


BREMERTON — A free patient shuttle between Madigan Army Medical Center and Naval Hospital Bremerton will begin Monday. The new service is being provided by the Puget Sound Military Health System to transport patients between primary and specialty care.

The shuttle will pick up and drop off patients at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s main entrance — the quarterdeck, not the gate — and Madigan’s Main Medical Mall North entrance. It will offer four round trips a day, Monday through Friday.

The shuttle will depart Madigan at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from Naval Hospital Bremerton at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The trips take about an hour, and could be delayed by traffic.

Reservations won’t be taken. Active duty service members will have priority. Others will be transported on a space-available basis. Escorts or guests can ride if there’s space after all the patients are onboard. If a beneficiary has a family member who is an inpatient at Madigan, they can take the shuttle if space is available.

The shuttle isn’t wheelchair accessible. Patients must be able to get in and out with little help. Children less than 8 years old must be secured in a child safety system. Child seats aren’t available on the shuttle. All children less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Emergency medical services aren’t available on the shuttle.

Kitsap Sun article


Posted by: arbeam | October 16, 2014

China’s Navy Is Already Challenging The U.S. In Asia


Korea-based magazine Global Asia is back with an issue on the geopolitics of Asia. Featured are articles from well-known commentators such as Boston College professor Robert Ross and diplomatic historian extraordinaire Walter Russell Mead. It’s a refreshing read for anyone fascinated by the bareknuckles interactions that ensue when political calculations meet human passions meet geographic facts of life. The Naval Diplomat was jazzed after browsing through.

But (And you knew a but was coming) let me zero in on Professor Ross, who lodges several misleading claims in his tour d’horizon of geopolitical competition in Asia. For one, he starts a discussion of naval trends in the region by contending that the “Chinese Navy cannot yet challenge the U.S. in maritime East Asia.” Really? The People’s Liberation Army, including its seagoing arm, has been mounting a challenge against the U.S. Navy for some years now. It clearly can if it already is. Whether its challenge will succeed remains to be determined. Either way, long-term strategic competition has been joined.

Now, it may be that Chinese sea power – meaning not just the PLA Navy but the shore-based component of Chinese maritime strategy, manifest in land-based anti-ship missiles and tactical aircraft flying from airfields ashore – cannot yet defeat the American naval contingent forward-deployed to Asia in a pitched battle. In a sense, though, that’s beside the point. Four decades back Edward Luttwak affirmed that peacetime “naval suasion” is more about optics than slugging it out with enemy fleets. It’s about displaying ships, warplanes, and armaments in a manner that convinces important audiences your navy would triumph in combat on the high seas.

Armed suasion, then, is about managing perceptions. Physical implements are implements of political discourse. In other words, writes Luttwak, whoever a critical mass of observers thinks would have won an actual battle does win in peacetime encounters, where rival forces face off without actually exchanging fire.

Appearances sway observers one way or the other. Perception is king. Outwardly impressive ships, aircraft, and weaponry can make an outsized impression on lay audiences – potentially skewing the results of a peacetime showdown in favor of the lesser contender. To wit, China. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | October 13, 2014

Navy’s 239th Birthday October 13, 2014

BOSTON (July 4, 2013) USS Constitution gets underway to celebrate America's 237th birthday for the ship's annual 4th of July turnaround cruise. More than 500 guests went underway with Old Ironsides for a three-hour tour of Boston Harbor in celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney

The U.S. Navy began as the Continental Navy, created to defend the fledgling U.S. states against the British by sea. Congress established the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775, by passing legislation to build two ships. The vessels were needed to scout for British munitions ships that were supplying British troops in America. From this humble beginning, the Continental Navy grew to twenty active warships at its greatest strength and operated fifty ships over the course of the War for Independence.

Although the Continental Navy disbanded after the American Revolution, the 1789 U.S. Constitution provided for a standing navy. In 1794, Congress ordered construction of six frigates – one of which, USS Constitution, is the oldest warship afloat and continues to be operated by the Navy today. These six warships marked the beginning of the new U.S. Navy.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt authorized recognition of October 13 as the Navy’s birthday. Since then, this date has become an annual celebration of our Navy’s proud history and great future.

NBK 4 star

FFR LogoBANGOR, Wash. –Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team was recently recognized for earning a Four Star rating as part of the Fiscal Year 13 (FY13) Accreditation Program cycle. The Accreditation Program recognizes three levels of achievement, Three, Four, and Five Stars, and, of the 47 bases recognized, NBK MWR was one of only eight throughout the world that received Four-Star status.

“Our MWR team is not only top-notch but their commitment to providing our sailors, their families and military retirees with quality of life enhancing activities is impressive,” said Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Commanding Officer, NBK, when he presented the award. “We live in a beautiful area with numerous recreational options. Our MWR team ensures that we all have opportunities to take advantage of those options.”

“We’re excited to celebrate this impressive recognition,” Zwolfer continued. “We invite eligible patrons who have not yet experienced what our MWR program offers to give it a try. They’re sure to be delighted.”

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