Seattle-XO-Pullom-20140109The June luncheon Speaker is Commander Djamal Pullom, Commanding Officer of the Naval Recruiting District Seattle. The Seattle Recruiting District encompasses Alalska, Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana. It’s mission is to recruit the best men and women for America’s Navy to accomplish today’s missions and meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Commander Djamal Pullom Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a degree in Mathematics. After winning a 1994 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Operations Research degrees in 1997. Commander Pullom’s sea tours included USS San Juan (SSN 751); five patrols as navigator/operations officer on USS Nevada (SSBN 733) (BLUE); the SSGN program’s first two Western Pacific deployments as executive officer on USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (BLUE); and a Western Pacific and Middle East deployment as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 3.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration! Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration.
Please call at your earliest convenience.
Cut off for reservations is June 2
Members without base access; processing time takes weeks.

  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
  • Provide your date of birth and city of birth.
Posted by: arbeam | May 18, 2015

May 25: Memorial Day Service Onboard USS Turner Joy

USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Service     Photo by James Klose

USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Service                                     Photo by James Klose

Memorial Day WreathThe general public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 25 at 10 AM on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy, on the waterfront in Bremerton. Commander Jason M Geddes Commanding Officer USS Nebraska SSBN 739, will be the Keynote Speaker. The ceremony is sponsored by the US Navy League, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council and Navy League President Tim Katona, serves as Master of Ceremonies. The Northwest Navy Band and the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor will support the Ceremony. Come early, as seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the Convention Center nearby. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the ship’s crew’s mess after the ceremony.

 

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NASWI logoNAS Whidbey Island is the premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest and home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. Adding to the depth and capability of the air station are four P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol squadrons and two Fleet Reconnaissance squadrons flying the EP-3E Aries.

History – On Jan. 17, 1941, almost 11 months before the United States entered World War II, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations asked the commandant of the 13th Naval District to find a location for the re-arming and refueling of Navy patrol planes operating in defense of Puget Sound, should such defense be necessary. The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Seattle recommended the site of Saratoga Passage on the shores of Crescent Harbor and Forbes Point as a base suitable for seaplane takeoffs and landings under instrument conditions.

On Dec. 8, three workers started a topographic survey of what would become Ault Field, about 4 miles to the north. Clover Valley — level, well drained and accessible from any approach — seemed tailor-made for a landing field. The strategic location, commanding the eastern end of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, guarded the entrance to Puget Sound. It was far enough from populated areas to carry on operational training flights with live loads. The area experienced visual flying conditions about 89 percent of the time, and there was plenty of room to grow.

Actual construction of Ault Field started March 1, 1942. The first plane landed there Aug. 5. On Sept. 21, 1942, Commanding Officer Capt. Cyril Thomas Simard read the orders and the watch was set. U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was duly commissioned.

Squadrons of PBY Catalinas flew from the Seaplane Base, starting in December 1942 when Lt. J.A. Morrison brought in the first PBY. Like big flying boats, PBYs took off with a churning of water and a roar of engines for their practice runs in Saratoga Passage, then returned, skimming the hill above the hangar and settling into the bay to repeat the maneuver.

Over at Ault Field, the earliest squadrons of aircraft were F4F Wildcats, which came aboard in 1942, followed by F6F Hellcats. Later that year, PV-1 Venturas arrived for training. By the end of 1943, the F4Fs were gone, replaced by the F6F Hellcats. In 1944, SBD Dauntless dive bombers became the predominant aircraft at Ault Field.

On June 27th the last EA-6B Prowler will Fly off completing the transition to EA-18G Growlers. The P3 Orion patrol squadrons on base are in the process of converting to the P8 Poseidon aircraft, a militarized Boeing 737 airframe.

Start time will be about 9:30 AM. Some will go up the night before, but if you are coming on the morning ferry from Port Townsend, there is one at 8:00 AM. Reservations are advised in the summertime. Also need a reservation from Coupeville to PT at about 4:15 or 5 PM

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If you are interested in this tour please contact Byron Faber by email: byfaber@centurytel.net or phone: 360-434-1144

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BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) — The Blue and Gold crews of USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) were named as the recipients of the 2014 Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award. The award, which is also known as the Olympic Bowl Trophy, is presented annually by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League to the top ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

“This ship demonstrated a superior level of performance over the course of a year and I commend them on a job well done,” said Rear Adm. Dave Kriete, commander, Submarine Group 9. “What is even more remarkable is the fact that two crews — Pennsylvania Blue and Gold — upheld the highest standards while working on completely separate patrol cycles. This combined effort exemplifies the sense of teamwork and partnership that must be prevalent in order to succeed in our deterrence mission.” Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | May 23, 2015

Kitsap County Veterans Memorials and Museums

Fischler ParkKitsap County has produced a Guide to Veterans Memorials and Museums in Kitsap County in Kitsap County. It was developed by Marion T, (Mick) Hersey, MSCS(AW) USN Retired. Mick is the county’s resident Historical Memorial Preservationist. He volunteers his time and effort to maintain the county’s Veterans Memorials.

On any given weekend he can be found at one of the memorials coordinating its cleanup and preservation. He arranges for local companies to provide the necessary supplies, and his crew of volunteers is comprised of military members, service organizations, and interested members of the public. As a labor of love he personally refurbished and repainted all the plaques along the Bremerton Boardwalk.

On this Memorial Day weekend come out and visit one of his memorials.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2015

June 4: Battle of Midway Ceremony at NBK Bremerton

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You are cordially invited to attend the Naval Base Kitsap Battle of Midway Ceremony on NBK Bremerton Pier Charlie,  Thursday, 4 June 2015 from 0900-1000 (request audience arrive no later than 0845).

This year marks the 73rd Anniversary of one of the Navy’s and the nation’s most historically significant Naval victories.  The Battle of Midway occurred during the period of  4-7 June, 1942 and changed the tide of the war in the Pacific and the course of world history.

In the summer of 1942 Admiral Yamamoto decided to try and capture the US base on MIDWAY Island. Unknown to him, Japanese communication codes had been broken by US Intelligence, so the US knew the Japanese fleet was coming. The Japanese Navy lost all four of her aircraft carriers and Yamamoto was forced to retreat.

In order to remember and honor the sacrifices of the shipmates before us, a wreath laying ceremony will be conducted. NBK commander Captain Thomas Zwolfer will be Master of Ceremonies, Captain John Ring will be the Guest Speaker.

Please RSVP by calling the NBK Command Staff at (360) 627-4000.  Request you RSVP prior to 29 MAY.

Posted by: arbeam | May 19, 2015

Navy League Tour Planning

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June 15 – Keyport – Meet at Pass & ID lot near the front gate about 12:30-12:45

June 30 – Boeing VIP tour at 10 AM. We will meet up at the Kingston Rite Aid parking lot about 8:15 AM to set up car pooling and get to the Ferry landing in time to get on the 8:40 Ferry We will try to drive together as much as possible but I will send out directions anyway. The tour goes until 11:30. If people wish, we can have lunch and then go tour the Flying Heritage museum or people can come directly home afterwards if they prefer.

July 21 – Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, start time about 9:30 AM. Some will go up the night before, but if you are coming on the morning ferry from Port Townsend, there is one at 8:00 AM. Reservations are advised in the summertime. Also need a reservation from Coupeville to PT at about 4:15 or 5 PM

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August 20- from 1-3 PM Naval Magazine Indian Island only 13 slots available. Our list is already at 13, but someone usually cancels, so I can make a “standby list” to fill out the number of seats available in the van.

Sept – date to be determined – USS John C Stennis

Sept – date to be determined- Seattle CG facilities, with tour of the Vessel Tracking Service as well as the Joint Harbor Operations Command (homeland security) and a cutter or ice breaker

Oct – date to be determined – Safe Boats– trying for both port of Bremerton & the Tacoma facility if possible

Nov – date to be determined – Bremerton Navy Hospital

If you are interested in these tours please contact Byron Faber by email: byfaber@centurytel.net or phone: 360-434-1144

 

Posted by: arbeam | May 19, 2015

Bremerton Named Outstanding Council 2014

Navy League Certificate BROLPN 2014

Posted by: arbeam | May 14, 2015

USS John C Stennis Stand out Sailors Honored

Three 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a recent luncheon. Shown left to right: Command Master Chief, CMDCM (AW/SW) Trenton Schmidt; Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent, Junior SOY, ABH3 (AW) Chelsea Dell; SOY, HM2 (SW/AW) Isiah Burns; Blue Jacket of the Year, YN3 (SW/AW) Alaina Damico; and Council President, Tim Katona.

Three 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a recent luncheon. Shown left to right: Command Master Chief, CMDCM (AW/SW) Trenton Schmidt; Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent, Junior SOY, ABH3 (AW) Chelsea Dell; SOY, HM2 (SW/AW) Isiah Burns; Blue Jacket of the Year, YN3 (SW/AW) Alaina Damico; and Council President, Tim Katona.

Silverdale, Washington. Three 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a May 12th 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, Tim Katona, with assistance from Bremerton Mayer, Patty Lent. The carrier’s Executive Officer, Captain Kavon Hakimzadeh, and Command Master Chief, CMDCM (AW/SW) Trenton Schmidt, were present to honor the stand-outs for their hard work and individual efforts. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | May 14, 2015

People Matter: 10 Changes Coming to the US Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 13, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the Department of the Navy Talent Management Initiatives at the U.S. Naval Academy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 13, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the Department of the Navy Talent Management Initiatives at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has unveiled a host of initiatives and policy changes aimed at improving quality of life and careers for sailors and Marines. During a speech to Naval Academy midshipmen, Mabus laid out his plans for the future.

1. SECNAV plans to open all operational billets to women.
2. Base day care centers to open earlier and remain open later.
3. Better co-location policies and joint service co-location policies.
4. Legislation has been proposed that will double paid maternity leave from 6-12 weeks.
5. SECNAV is planning to revamp the physical fitness assessment to include current body fat measuring techniques.
6. Beginning June 1, SECNAV is ending GMT as the Navy knows it. Stopping all DoN-directed GMT on NKO.
7. Legislation has been proposed to expand Career Intermission Program from 40 to 400 billets.
8. Meritorious Advancement Program will expand to include shore-based units.
9. Initiatives are aimed at getting the right people in the right jobs at the right time.
10. The Navy is trending toward uniforms that don’t divide Sailors as male and female, but unite them.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus DoN Talent Management Address

I came here to talk to you about shared interests- your future and the future of our Navy and Marine Corps. That future begins with policies we announce today; and that future is bright. Whether you are one year closer to graduation, or one of the soon to be Ensigns and 2nd Lieutenants of the class of 2015, you will all join the most formidable expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known. Our Navy and Marine Corps uniquely provide presence around the globe, around the clock – ensuring stability, deterring adversaries, and providing the nation’s leaders with options in times of crisis.

We are “America’s away team” because Sailors and Marines, equally in times of peace and war, are not just in the right place at the right time, but in the right place all the time. We get on station faster, we stay longer, we bring what we need with us, and we don’t need anybody’s permission to do what needs to be done.

Our ability to provide that presence is built on four fundamentals: People, our Sailors and Marines; Platforms, numbers of ships and aircraft; Power, how we fuel those platforms; and Partnerships, our strong relationships with industry, international friends and allies, and the American people.

On that list, people come first for a reason. People are the Navy and Marine Corps’ greatest edge.

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