Posted by: arbeam | August 23, 2015

Oct 10: 240th Navy Birthday Ball

Come Celebrate the 240th Navy Birthday Ball

October 10, 2015 at 1800
NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom

Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.

Guest Speakers: Capt John Ring CO USS Nimitz and CMDCM David Lynch Naval Base Kitsap
Uniform: Dress Blues with ribbons
Menu: Top Sirloin California, Chicken Dijonnaise, and Pasta Primavera.
Band: Navy Band Northwest as well as Mobile sound DJ.

The Navy League will coordinate reservations for a table. Please contact Bob Lamb by September 15th for reservations. Email: rhlamb@wavecable.com, Phone: 360-710-2326. The ticket cost is $40 for retirees

Navy Ball 2014 Group

Over 450 local military attended last year’s Navy Ball held at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor. The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually, Since 1972 this occasion is designed to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service”.

NL Navy Ball 2014

Navy League members are honored to be invited and each year we enjoy this opportunity to participate. What fun to spend an evening with a huge group of young people who are excited about what they are doing and looking toward the future. Plan on attending this event next year to help celebrate the 240th year of the United States Navy.

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions sips supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the continental navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.

After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. By 1783, they realized that this had been a mistake and the Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.

The struggle to maintain a strong, capable Navy continues to this day and is one of the major issues that Navy League supports and urges Congress to use their power wisely..

Posted by: arbeam | August 15, 2015

Sep 18: POW/MIA Recognition NUM Keyport @ 7:45 AM

 

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 NUWC Keyport POW/MIA recognition Ceremony 7:45 AM Flag Raising at the Naval Undersea Museum, Friday 18 September.

POW LogoThe 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, 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 | August 10, 2015

Kitsap County Veterans Memorials and Museums

Kitsap County Veterans Memorials and Museums
UPDATED 9 August 2015
Written and researched by Marion T, (Mick) Hersey, Historical Memorial Preservationist
Layout assistance and editing by Leif Bentsen

Memorial Day 2013     Chris Davies

Bremerton Lone Sailor Memorial Day 2013 Chris Davies

I would like to cordially invite you to view the Memorials and Museums to Veterans throughout Kitsap County. Over the past 5 years I have led groups in refurbishing and cleaning up a lot of these sites. When I started this project in 2010 I did not realize there were so many memorials and museums in our county, the current count is over 100, (This is counting all Boardwalk plaques as 1 even though there are over 300).

 Kitsap History Veteran’s Memorials -9 Aug 2015

The 2 of the newest memorials in 2014 were in honor of John D. (Bud) Hawk. At the Veteran’s Day Service a portion of Illahee RD in front of Brownsville Elementary was named “John (Bud) Hawk Memorial DR” and discussion took place to honor him with a Elementary School. The new Elementary school in Jackson Park is now called “The John D. “Bud” Hawk Elementary School at Jackson Park”. We also welcomed an addition to Evergreen Park, the 9-11 Memorial. On the Boardwalk we dedicated and placed a Memorial stone to those that perished from Washington State on the USS Frank E. Evans. So we are expanding our listing with these Memorials, Honorariums and Museums.

This year in 2015, the crew of the USS Bremerton came to town and the plaque in honor of their Submarine was added to the Memorial at Hal’s Corner. Memorials were also added as they were located at the VFW in honor of their member who was a Medal of Honor Recipient and in Port Orchard, the Clayton Playground which is named after Michael Clayton.

CELEBRATING USCG BIRTHDAY AT AUGUST 11 LUNCHEON

USCG Seattle

The Coast Guard is celebrating its 225nd year on August 4th. One of America’s five armed forces, it traces its founding to August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 “Cutters” (small boats) to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue.

Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress. The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.

The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support U.S. national security interests.

Capt Laird HailThe Guest Speaker is will be Captain Laird Hail USCG (Ret). Captain Hail is currently the Director of the Puget Sound VTS at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. In this role, he is responsible for the safe navigation of over 230,000 vessel transits a year in the Salish Sea from Cape Flattery to the Canadian Border to Olympia. Puget Sound VTS partners with the Canadian Coast Guard to jointly manage traffic in the shared waters off-shore, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and lower Strait of Georgia.

Captain Hail is a 26-year Coast Guard veteran who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1972.  Capt Hail served the bulk of his career on Cutters having command of Cutters USCGC EVERGREEN (WAGO-295), USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC-618), and USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718). Capt Hail’s final active duty assignment was as Chief, Office of Cutter Management from 1995 to 1998, in which he served as the program and facility manager for the Coast Guard’s 230 ship fleet.

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 August 4
  • 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 | August 1, 2015

Jul 21: NAS Whidbey Island Tour

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NASWI logoA fortunate group of Navy Leaguers from our council and their guests were treated to another great tour – this time at NAS Whidbey Island – on July 21, 2015.

Following our assembly at the Pass and ID lot we drove in convoy to meet with the base commanding officer, Capt. Mike Nortier. Capt. Nortier gave us a comprehensive overview of the base, its history and current operations.

NAS Whidbey Island was established during the early years of WW II and is currently home to an Electronic Attack Wing (the only one in the US military) and a Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing. Any where in the world that there is a US military air operation, regardless the service, there is a Whidbey Island presence. And with the increasing focus on the Pacific and Arctic regions Whidbey Island is the cornerstone for this effort.

Earlier this year the last Navy E/A 6B Prowler departed Whidbey Island for retirement, having been replaced by E/A 18G Growler aircraft. The Marines, however, will continue to use Prowlers for a few more years. Additionally the present inventory of propeller driven P-3C Orions will soon be replaced with jet powered P-8A Poseidons.

We were additionally told about runway operations for training, Navy search and rescue, community involvement, the huge positive economic impact of Whidbey Island on the local area, and various challenges. The biggest and probably most important is the need for improved electronic warfare and air combat training resources.

As part of this effort the Navy is proposing to enhance the Electronic Warfare Range with the use of mobile signal transmitters and other communication equipment that would be deployed randomly during exercises. It would entail just 3 vehicles that would utilize 23 different locations – 15 on the Olympic peninsula and 8 in North Central Washington. Flights would be M-F and usually above 10,000 feet. The mobile random locating of these transmitters, which the training aircraft must locate, would be a major improvement over the present arrangement of a couple of fixed locations. Suffice to say, once located, the next time out is not a challenge and results in less than optimal training. On this matter the full support of all of us in the Navy League has been requested by Capt. Nortier. Read More…

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In 1979 by formal agreement, the Canadian and the United States Coast Guards established the Co-operative Vessel Traffic System (CVTS) for the Strait of Juan de Fuca region. The purpose of the CVTS is to provide for the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic while minimizing the risk of pollution by preventing collisions and groundings and the environmental damage that would follow. As part of the Agreement, Tofino Traffic provides VTS for the offshore approaches to the Juan de Fuca Strait and along the Washington State coastline from 48 degrees north. Seattle Traffic provides VTS for both the Canadian and US waters of Juan de Fuca Strait and Victoria Traffic provides VTS for both Canadian and US waters of Haro Strait, Boundary Passage, and the lower Georgia Straits.

The primary function of VTS Puget Sound (VSTPS) is to facilitate good order and predictability on the Salish Sea waterways by coordinating vessel movements through the collection, verification, organization, and dissemination of information.

VTSPS is comprised of three major components:

  1. a Vessel Movement Reporting System (VMRS);
  2. a Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS); and
  3. a Surveillance system including radar, Automatic Identification System (AIS), and closed circuit television (CCTV).

VMRS: The VMRS is based upon a VHF-FM communications network maintained continuously by the Vessel Traffic Center (VTC) in Seattle. This network consists of 15 variable power sites. The location of these communication sites throughout the VTSPS Area allows mariners to contact the VTC while normally only using low power on their radio.

TSS: The Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the VTSPS Area has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Therefore, the TSS is subject to the COLREGS and all vessels are expected to comply with the provisions of Rule 10 when operating in or near the TSS. The traffic lanes, separation zone, and TSS buoys that comprise the TSS are depicted on nautical charts, and International COLREGS apply everywhere in the VTSPS Area, including Lake Washington.

Surveillance: The VTC receives radar signals from 12 strategically located radar sites throughout the VTSPS area. Radar provides approximately 2,900 square miles of coverage including all waters where the TSS exists. This includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Rosario Strait, Admiralty Inlet, and Puget Sound south to Commencement Bay. The VTS also receives and displays Class A AIS information from 13 AIS base stations, and has a total of 14 CCTV cameras located throughout the VTSPS Area to observe critical waterways, port areas and major anchorages. Canadian Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) partners provide radar and AIS surveillance of the offshore approaches to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and Strait of Georgia.

 

Posted by: arbeam | July 23, 2015

Caldwell Nominated as Naval Reactors

VAdm Frank Caldwell served as ComSubGroup 9 and as Grand Marshall for Last Year's Armed Forces Day Parade

VAdm Frank Caldwell served as ComSubGroup 9 and as Grand Marshall for Last Year’s Armed Forces Day Parade

WASHINGTON — Vice Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., was formally announced Wednesday by the Pentagon to become the next director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, commonly known as “NR.”

Caldwell, selected for a fourth star and appointment to the rank of admiral, would succeed Adm. John Richardson as the 7th director of naval reactors.

Richardson has been nominated to become the next chief of naval operations (CNO), succeeding retiring Adm. Jon Greenert. Richardson has yet to be confirmed in the new post pending a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing tentatively scheduled for the first week of August. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 15, 2015

Aug 12: LWC Tour of Centurylink Field

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The Lake Washington & Everett Council  “Summer Fun Event” will be held at CenturyLink Field, the “Home of the Seattle Seahawks”, on Wednesday 12 August 2015, 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Highlights for the evening will include:

A tour of CenturyLink Field
Barbecue dinner with a no host bar
A silent auction of Seattle Seahawk items
Free parking on the 5th Floor of the Seahawks Parking Garage

Our Keynote Speaker will be CDR Mike Flood USCG (Ret), Vice President of Community Relations for the Seahawks.

His topic will be “The Seahawks and the “12s” with an emphasis on the values taught by Seahawk Coach Pete Carroll”.

School age children are encouraged to attend… when you register please indicate if your child is under 12 years of age.

You can register by using the attached announcement and registration form LW&E 8-12-15 Dinner Announcement B-2-1, or by going to the home page on our website www.lakewashnlus.org and clicking on “Download Announcement Registration Form”.

This is an unique opportunity to see CenturyLink and in the West Club Lounge, a venue not normally available to the public.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 12th.

A collective jump for joy by Naval Hospital Bremerton's Puget Sound Family Medicine GME program staff and residents put an vertical exclamation point on the Family Medicine Resident Graduation Ceremony held June 26, 2015. The ceremony showcased Navy Medicine's strategic imperatives of Readiness, Value and Jointness by featuring four third year residents who are becoming the Navy's newest family physicians, with each transferring to other duty stations throughout the fleet (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB Public Affairs).

A collective jump for joy by Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Puget Sound Family Medicine GME program staff and residents put an vertical exclamation point on the Family Medicine Resident Graduation Ceremony held June 26, 2015. The ceremony showcased Navy Medicine’s strategic imperatives of Readiness, Value and Jointness by featuring four third year residents who are becoming the Navy’s newest family physicians, with each transferring to other duty stations throughout the fleet (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB Public Affairs).

 
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — The Navy’s newest board-certified family physicians are ready to join the fleet, following Naval Hospital Bremerton’s (NHB) Puget Sound Medicine Residency’s annual Family Medicine Resident Graduation Ceremony, June 26.

The Family Medicine Resident Graduation Ceremony showcased Navy Medicine’s strategic imperatives of readiness, value and jointness, by featuring four third-year residents became the Navy’s newest family physicians. Each new doctor will transfer shortly to a new duty stations throughout the fleet. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 4, 2015

29 July: Seafair Fleet Week Ship Rider Program

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits Elliott Bay during a parade of ships to kickoff Seafair week. Seafair activities allow the U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to experience the local community and promote awareness of the maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits Elliott Bay during a parade of ships to kickoff Seafair week. Seafair activities allow the U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to experience the local community and promote awareness of the maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

As part of Fleet Week during this year’s Seattle Seafair, Third Fleet is hosting a guest cruise aboard a U.S. Navy vessel Wednesday, July 29. The guest cruise is open to all U.S. citizens, twelve years of age and older. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The cruise will depart from and return to the Seattle waterfront and may last from six to eight hours, including boarding and disembarking. Cost for this exciting day at sea is $20 regardless of age and includes lunch on board the ship as it cruises around Puget Sound. The $20 is necessary to cover Shiprider Program administrative expenses, including lunch on the ship.

Transportation to and from the departure point is not included, and nearby parking is limited so public transportation is recommended.

Participants will be able to tour the ship, which include walking through passageways and climbing ladders. For safety reasons, participant must meet certain physical requirements such as the ability to walk or stand on steel decks for several hours, the ability to climb steep and narrow stairwells and ladders, and non-dependence on such items likes canes, crutches, walkers or casts.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s seafair Ship Ride Please contact Byron Faber Email: byfaber@centurytel.net, Cell 360-434-1144

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