This Month’s luncheon Speaker is Rdml Jeffrey Ruth, Commander Navy Region Northwest. This year the Navy is celebrating its 239th birthday on October 11th. We are honored to have Rdml Ruth help us celebrate.

Rdml Jeffery RuthCommander, Navy Region Northwest provides consolidated base operations support for Navy activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. The Commander oversees the assigned shore organization and provides facilities and space management, exercise coordination, and support to homeported and transient ships, submarines, and aircraft as well as afloat and ashore tenants, military and family members.

Ruth served as commanding officer of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from 29 March 2012 until 8 July 2014. He also commanded the Rooks of VAQ-137 (October 2003- March 2004) and the U.S. 6th Fleet’s flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), which is homeported in Gaeta, Italy (August 2010 – September 2011).

Ruth’s other fleet assignments include a division officer tour with the Bountyhunters of VF-2 (June 1989 – April 1992) where he flew 43 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm, and a department head tour with the Patriots of VAQ-140 (January 1998 – August 2000) where he flew 40 combat missions in support of Operation Allied Force. Additionally, he served as navigator aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) (March 2005 – June 2006) and executive officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) (March 2008 – December 2009).

Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the Bangor Conference Center Trident Ball Room


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

  • Cut off for reservations is Oct 7
  • 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 | September 25, 2014

11 Oct: Kitsap Navy Ball

Oct 11, 2014 Kitsap Navy Ball @ 1800 Bangor Plaza Ballroom Naval Base Kitsap. All Active Duty, Retirees, Navy League and Marine Cops League invited

Navy Ball 2014BANGOR, Wash. – The U.S. Navy’s 239th birthday will be celebrated in a variety of ways at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) culminating in the Navy Birthday Ball on Sat., Oct. 11, at Bangor Plaza Ballroom, NBK-Bangor.

This year’s theme is “Since 1775, Always in the Fight” and features Rear Adm. Dave Kriete, Commander, Submarine Group 9, as the guest speaker.

The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to midnight and, in addition to the guest speaker, features ceremonial events including music provided by Navy Band Northwest as well as prizes and dancing.

Choice of Prime Rib of Beef, Halibut Neptune, or Pasta Primavera

Dress: Semi Formal or Better

Tickets Retirees/Civilians $40/person

The Navy League is interested in getting a couple of tables. If you are interested in attending, please call Bob Lamb at: 360-769-9108 with your dinner preferences. We will arrange to buy the tickets. Navy Ball Navy Ball 2013 Dance

Posted by: arbeam | September 23, 2014

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Hosts POW/MIA Rememberance


KEYPORT, Wash. — Active duty, Reserve, and retired service members along with military family members and civilians attended a ceremony to pay tribute to POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum, Sept. 20.

The 6th annual ceremony’s emerging theme was “Missing… Seeking Answers.” The theme honors America’s promise to continue the search for POW/MIA service members until they are found and brought home.

“This day, the third Friday of September, is set aside to remember those American warfighters whose crime was nothing more than doing their nation’s duty,” said Capt. Dave Kohnke, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport commander. “The idea of remembering our country’s POWs and MIAs is so powerful that it merits its own flag.


After speaking Capt. Kohnke initiated a flag passing ceremony for morning colors while Navy Band Northwest (NBNW) performed America the Beautiful proceeded by the National Anthem.


Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, commander, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor took the podium after morning colors and illustrated how many of our service members are still POW/MIA by stating that more than 80,000 men and women are still out there.

He also discussed the measures that Joint Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command (JPAC) is taking to find and bring home our heroes. “JPAC has identified more than 1,800 Americans since the accounting effort began in the 1970s,” said Capt. Zwolfer “Of course, numbers don’t really tell the story, each service member recovered was a person with goals, with dreams, with talents, whose life ended too soon.”

JPAC’s everyday operations involve researching case files, investigating leads, excavating sites and identifying Americans who were killed in action and never made it home. “They made the ultimate sacrifice and it’s important to remember people never made it home,” said Navy Diver 3rd Class Josh Amberson, assigned to Naval Undersea Warfare Center. “It’s an honor to be able to be able to pay respect and tribute.”


During the ceremony the missing man table was displayed in remembrance of our service members who can’t be with us.

The United States’ pays homage to National POW/MIA Recognition Day across the nation on the third Friday of September every year. Many Americans and their families take time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. “To our military families who have suffered the uncertainty regarding the status of a missing family member, we pledge our continuing support,” said Capt. Kohnke. “We reaffirm our commitment to securing the return of all Americans who may be held against their will and to repatriating all recoverable remains of those who died in service to our country.

This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The five others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.


Posted by: arbeam | September 15, 2014

NAVSUP Announces 2014 Holiday Season Mailing Deadlines

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, 2014 Deployment

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — The Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters, and packages were released Sept. 15.

For mail addressed to/from:
APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966
* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 10
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
* Standard Post Mail: Nov. 8

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: N/A
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 3
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
* Standard Post Mail: Nov. 8

Domestic Mail (For Ships in Port and Personnel on Shore Duty in the U.S. mailing to U.S. destinations-not including APO/FPO)
* First-Class Mail: Dec. 20
* Priority Mail: Dec. 20
* Priority Express Mail: Dec. 23

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Africa and Central and South America should be mailed no later than Dec. 2.

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim; Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Caribbean; Mexico, Europe; and the Middle East should be mailed no later than Dec. 9.

All classes of mail addressed to FPO addresses must contain the proper nine-digit ZIP code or the New Navy Standardized Address format, which includes ship or mobile unit number, (or PSC number for ashore FPOs), virtual mail box number, and five-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery. Mail not addressed correctly could be returned to sender as undeliverable.

Priority Express Mail Military Service (PEMMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO/DPO address, check with your local post office to determine if PEMMS service is available and specific delivery service standards.

Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates first transported domestically by surface, then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. From overseas locations, items mailed at Standard Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined.

It is recommended customers check with local civilian or military post offices for information regarding size restrictions and customs declaration form requirements. Customers are advised mailing restrictions apply and some items cannot be mailed. Examples of non-mailable items are: alcohol, switchblade knives, pornography, controlled substances, and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt, contact your local civilian or military post office.

As a final note, customers should ensure articles are packaged properly for mailing and packages do not display markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team share one mission-to deliver sustained global logistics capabilities to the Navy and Joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps’ diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality of life issues for the naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.

Posted by: arbeam | September 10, 2014

Naval Undersea Museum Keyport Events


The Naval Undersea Museum would like to invite you to the fun activities that will be taking place in the town of Keyport and at the Naval Undersea Museum on Saturday, September 20th from 9am-4:30pm for Keyport’s annual Keyport Fest. The celebration will include a parade by the North Kitsap Marching Band at 10:00am, a classic car show, local bands and performers, craft and food vendors, and lots of free kids’ activities. The Naval Undersea Museum will host a robotics station for families, tic-tac-toe with Navy divers in the parking lot, and a performance by the Navy Band NW Jazz Combo at noon and a performance by the Navy Band NW Brass Band at 2:00pm. Captain David Kohnke, Commanding Officer, NUWC Division Keyport will give two “History of Keyport” presentations in the museum’s auditorium; one at 11:00am and one at 1:00pm. Please join us for this fun event!
Other Upcoming Events at the Naval Undersea Museum:

19 September at 7:45am: NUWC Keyport will hold their annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the museum’s flagpole.

28 September at 2:00pm: Navy Band Northwest’s Brass Quintet and Woodwind Quintet will give a performance in the auditorium.

4 October from 10:00am-2:00pm: Science Saturday. Held on the first Saturday of each month in September through May (minus December and January). We will take a closer look at all things science. The program is free, and includes hands-on activities and demonstrations that change from month to month. Recommended age range is 6-14.

19 October at 2:00pm: Navy Band Northwest’s Rock Band will give a performance in the auditorium.

1 November from 10:00am-2:00pm: Science Saturday.

16 November at 2:00pm: Navy Band Northwest’s Concert Band will give a performance in the auditorium.

7 December at 11:00am: NUWC Keyport will hold its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony in the auditorium.

Keyport POW/MIA

Keyport, Wash. – In partnership with the Naval Undersea Museum, Naval Undersea
Warfare Center Division, Keyport (NUWC Keyport) is hosting its sixth annual
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony on September 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM. The event will be held in front of the Museum and is free and open to the public. Base access is
not required.

Each year the ceremony honors those who have yet to come home and includes the
silent passing of Old Glory by NUWC Keyport’s dive locker as well as music by
Navy Band Northwest.

Captain David Kohnke, commander of NUWC Keyport, will be the master of
ceremonies and Captain Thomas Zwolfer, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap
will be the guest speaker.

NUWC Keyport is commemorating 100 years of providing technical capabilities that
support America’s dominance in the undersea domain. NUWC Keyport is
headquartered in Washington State, and has facilities and operations in
California, Guam, Hawaii, British Columbia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, and
personnel working in several other states and countries.

Posted by: arbeam | September 9, 2014

Bremerton Thunderbird Award winners announced

BCOC Thunderbird

Every year, the Bremerton Chamber honors leaders in our community with the Thunderbird, or Hyas Tyee awards.  The past-presidents of the Chamber come up with suggestions for the award, and the Board of Directors votes to approve the list.  In a community rich with volunteers and leaders, the challenge is not in finding enough people to honor, but to pare the list down to only 4 or 5 honorees.

Captain-KohnkeThis year was no exception, and the honorees are as follows.  Sheriff Steve Boyer, Scott Bosch- CEO of Harrison Medical Center, Captain David Konke Commanding Officer Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport and Majors Jim and Marcia Baker from the Bremerton Salvation Army.

Posted by: arbeam | September 9, 2014

Strategic Weapons Facility Sailors Honored by Navy League


Silverdale, Washington. The Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) 2013 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and third quarter 2014 Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) and Junior SOQ were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during an August 9th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Station Kitsap–Bangor.

One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families. Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council President Larry Salter. Navy Captain Michael Baretela, SWFPAC Commanding Officer, was the luncheon guest speaker. SWFPAC Command Master Chief, Mitch Erhardt, and Missile Technician Chief Petty Officer (Submarines) Mario Legaspi were also present to honor their stand-out Sailors for their hard work and individual efforts.

In 2014, SWFPAC celebrates its 50th anniversary. It was established in 1964 as the POLARIS Missile Facility Pacific (POMFPAC). Today, SWFPAC provides assembly, storage, check-out, onload, and offload of Trident D-5 strategic missiles; ensures custody, accountability and control of strategic weapons and material; publishes and maintains Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) procedures and conducts START inspections; and provides technical engineering services for guidance, missile, and launcher support equipment.

SWFPAC SOYThe SWFPAC 2013 SOY is Missile Technician First Class (MT1) (SS) Richard Hays of Brazoria County, Texas. According to his citation, Hays expertly led a complex team of over 30 personnel through an extremely arduous production schedule. He exhibited outstanding mentoring abilities, and spent numerous off-duty hours creating and implementing an aggressive plan for the the Command’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Program to deter negative behavior among sailors.

“He is a pretty outstanding technician and he’s done a lot of things for us,” recalled Baretela. “He’s the Operations Division Leading Petty Officer, and he keeps me out of trouble in that area. This summer he had a unique opportunity to go over to the United Kingdom and be one of instructors at their training facility, and got rave reviews by all of our Allies over there in Faslane. He truly represented our country well!”

Hays was recently selected for a commission as a Limited Duty Officer after only eight years in the Navy–well ahead of his peers. He was near the top of his selection group and will pin-on his officer insignia at the start of Fiscal Year 2015–on October 1st.

MT1The SWFPAC Third Quarter 2014 SOQ is MT1 (SS) Matthew Shaffer. According to his citation, as the Accountability Leading Petty Officer, Shaffer’s leadership and experience were instrumental in the management of the command’s Nuclear Weapon Related Materiel program resulting in zero discrepancies during the most recent Nuclear Weapon Related Materiel self-assessment and Semiannual Inventory Report.

He skillfully planned, managed, and executed the Semiannual Inventory, whichresulted in zero deficiencies and discrepancies for all accountable items. “Petty Officer Shaffer keeps me out of trouble as well,” said Baretela. “He is one of the guys that can get you fired if he doesn’t do his job right. He has to know where everything is at all times. But he does his job exceptionally well.”

MT2The SWFPAC Third Quarter 2014 Junior SOQ is MT2 (SS) Adam Cronkright of Fenton, Michigan. According to his citation, as an Explosives Handling Wharf Team Leader, Cronkright led a team of five Sailors during 14 missile transfer operations during the busiest quarter in recent history. As the Divisional Weight Test Petty Officer, he tracked the maintenance and ensured proper operation of over 150 pieces of handling equipment essential to the successful completion of all wharf operations.

As an Assistant Command Fitness leader, Cronkright’s dedication to his shipmates directly led to 27 Fitness Enhancement Program Sailors showing significant improvement on the most recent Physical Fitness Assessment.

Baretela explained how “Petty Officer Cronkright works down at the Explosive Handling Wharf where the rubber really meets the road for SWFPAC. He directly supports the Fleet and ensures they get everything they need to do their job.” Baretela was especially grateful for Cronkright’s efforts leading 27 sailors to improved physical readiness in a fast-paced organization that leaves little time for recreational fitness activities.

Posted by: arbeam | September 9, 2014

USS Bremerton: Captain’s Log


Over the past month, your Sailors have continued to work extremely hard to get the Bad Fish ready for sea. We are down to the last weeks remaining in this availability, and the pace has really begun to pick up. We are currently conducting “hot ops” propulsion plant testing. This is our opportunity to ensure that all of our shipyard repairs were successful and that all of our gear is ready for sea. The testing is quite extensive, and our Engineering Department team has been in shift work for the past week and a half to allow us to conduct this testing.

Once we complete hot ops, we will begin a three-week training period to prepare for our next milestone event, our Post Overhaul Reactor Safeguards Examination. This inspection will test our abilities to operate the propulsion plant safely and correctly, in both casualty and routine situations. As we prepare for the exam, I expect that we will need to work on some weekend days so that we can ensure that we are ready for the exam- we will need to practice, train, and drill extensively to ensure we are ready to take the Bad Fish back to sea.

Following PORSE, we will quickly roll into fast cruise, a two-day training event in which we simulate that we are at sea…think of it as a dress rehearsal for heading back underway. After fast cruise, we will get underway for sea trials. My best estimate for the time frame for sea trials is the beginning of October.


patchThe land for the Bangor base, 7,000 acres on the East side of the Hood Canal and approximately 500-600 acres directly across the Canal on the Toandos Peninsula, was purchased from local landowners beginning in 1941, and completed by 1944. In 1943 the Marginal Pier had been built to handle the loading of ammunition on Navy transport ships headed for the Pacific Theater during WWII.

In those early days the base was commissioned as Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor “Bangor” was the name of the small community where the acreage was located, which, in turn was named after Bangor, Maine due to their geographical similarities (mountains, evergreen trees, inland waters and artesian wellwater).

Ammunition handling was Bangor’s chief mission all through WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam era.

Commissioned as POLARIS Missile Facility Pacific (POMFPAC) in 1964, the POLARIS A3 missile facility was in full production and providing the Fleet with high-quality missiles by December of that year. The “jewel” of Strategic Systems Programs’ (SSP’s) Fleet Ballistic Missile ( FBM) program for the Pacific was recommissioned Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) in July 1974. Along with the command name change, came a new mission: SWFPAC would become the missile production facility for the new generation FBM deterrent weapons—the TRIDENT I (C4) missile. By August 1980, SWFPAC was approved as a TRIDENT-capable facility and production of the new missile began. The first of 8 TRIDENT submarines assigned to protect American soil and interests in the Pacific, USS OHIO, arrived in August 1982, becoming the first of the Pacific TRIDENT Submarine Fleet.

In February 1977 Naval Ammunition Depot stood down and the base was commissioned as Naval Submarine Base, Bangor. In August of 1982 the first Trident submarine, USS Ohio, arrived at the Delta Refit Pier on the Bangor waterfront. It was followed thereafter about every 10 months with the arrival of seven more Trident submarines, for a total of eight boats. Ten more Tridents were built, each of them going to Kings Bay.

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