Posted by: arbeam | October 17, 2017

Nov 14: Luncheon Speaker LtCol Karl Tinson

Marines Celebrate 242st Birthday

On November 14, members of the Marine Security Force Battalion Bangor under the able leadership of Lt. Col Karl Tinson 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-administration, 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 Congress. 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 tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, 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 celebrate with 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. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration: Please call Realty Station  at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Nov 7.

  • Members without base access; processing time can take 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.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License need to be on the base access list or be escorted.

Bremerton CFC# 19117




We have arranged to view the USS Washington Commissioning at McClouds on Saturday Oct 7 2017 at 8:00 AM. The event will be streamed live on Come and try the Blackfish Stout specially brewed for the commissioning by Scuttlebutt Brewery.

This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Rdml Gary Mayes Commander Navy Region Northwest. This year the Navy is celebrating its 242th birthday on October 11th. We are honored to have Rdml Mayes help us celebrate.

Commander, 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.

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes was raised in Indianapolis. Mayes graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987 and received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988. He was designated a naval aviator in 1989. He also earned a Master of Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999 and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2002.

Mayes’ afloat and operational assignments in the SH-60B/R involved tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 and 46. He served as the executive officer and commanding officer, HSL 44. He participated in operations conducted in Haiti, South America, the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Adriatic Sea and the Persian Gulf. He also served as the officer in charge of a combined East and West Coast HSL/HSM detachment of 16 helicopters conducting rescue and humanitarian relief missions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that caused massive devastation to the Gulf Coast region. Mayes logged over 3,300 flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Ashore assignments include duty as a station pilot at Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Senate liaison officer in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; naval aide to the Vice President of the United States; administrative aide to the secretary of the Navy; commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado; and deputy director, plans and programs, for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Prior to his promotion to Mayes was executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and numerous campaign and unit ribbons.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before October 3.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2017

USS Washington Commissioning Ceremony

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2017

USS Washington (SSN-787) Commissioning on October 7, 2017

The USS Washington (SSN-787) was Commissioned on October 7, 2017 in Norfolk VA. You can view the entire ceremony here.

Commissioning Committee Chairman Radm Michael Sharp USN (Ret) presents the long glass to the Duty Officer on setting the first watch.

Thank you to the dedicated members of the Commissioning Committee who have worked for the last four years to ensure a successful ceremony:

RADM Mike Sharp, USN (Ret) Chairman         CAPT Kathy DiMaggio, USN (Ret) Director
CAPT Bob Aronson, USN (Ret)                       CAPT Alan Beam, USN (Ret)
CAPT Jerry Logan, USN (Ret)                        CAPT Larry Salter, USN (Ret)
Maryellen Baldwin                                        RADM Chuck Beers, USN (Ret)
Richard R. Brandon                                      RADM Herb Bridge, USNR (Ret)
LCDR Rich Chwaszczewski, USNR (Ret)          Jeff Davis
Brian Dimmagio                                           Marjorie James
Steve Keith                                                  Sharon Kultti
Lisa Phillips                                                  Roy Rasmussen
Tina Salter                                                   CAPT Steven Westover, USN (Ret)


Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2017

Nominating Committee Announced

Each fall our council forms a Nominating Committee to recommend a slate of Officers for the coming year. This late is then voted on during our annual business meeting in December.

“Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting, by secret ballot unless there is but one candidate for an office, in which case election may be by voice vote. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting. Installation of new Officers and Directors may follow the elections at the Annual Meeting, or be conducted at a subsequent meeting or event.”

The Nominating committee will consist of the following members:

Tim Katona Chairman
Byron Faber
Helen Miller
Carol Metney
Cynthia Martin

“Notice of membership of this Committee shall be announced sixty days in advance of the annual meeting and a report of the Committee shall be made to the membership at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall select at least one nominee for each office and nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination to any elective office.”


Scuttlebutt Brewing Company has brewed a Stout to honor the USS Washington, SSN 787 Commissioning. A beer as black as the depths in which it will operate, complex in structure and resolute in purpose, strong, proud and brave like those who will serve aboard her. The “Blackfish” or Killer Whale is the apex predator of the sea. It’s stealthy, silent until action is required, stalking its prey until an attack is unleashed. Nothing escapes its fury and it accomplishes its goals with brutal efficiency. When the Virginia Class, fast attack sub, SSN 787 was named USS Washington there was no doubt on what its role would be. To keep our nation safe by reigning as an apex predator, the most technologically advanced submarine ever built.”

The bulk of the 20 barrels has been shipped to Norfolk for the Commissioning. We have arranged for Blackfish Stout to served at MCClouds for the Commissioning viewing, and to have it available for sale at The NBK Bangor Package Store. 

Posted by: arbeam | September 21, 2017

Navy League Luncheon September

The Speaker for our September Luncheon Was CDR Homer Ring. He has successfully completed a Shipyard Decommissioning Availability as Commanding Officer USS Houston (SSN-713). In keeping with our Theme of reviewing the War in the Pacific portion of the 75th Anniversary of WW II.  CDR Ring Related the Second War patrol of the USS Trout SS 202.

It was January 1942 and the US Army in the Philippines was running out of Anti Aircraft ammunition. The USS Trout was stripped of all of unessential gear and loaded with  3,500 rounds of mechanically-fuzed, high altitude ammunition for the defenders of Corregidor. A submarine was needed to elude the Japanese forces.

After the shells were delivered Trout needed to take on Ballast to allow it to submerge. trout’s request for Sandbags was denies but a compromise was reached. the Army needed to evacuate the Philippine Gold supply to ensure it wouldn’t be captured. So USS Trout took on 20 tons of gold as ballast. Read the full story The Golden Patrol of USS Trout (SS202).


Posted by: arbeam | September 21, 2017

USS Washington has Adopted the Nickname Blackfish

The United States Navy’s newest submarine is the USS Washington (SSN-787). It is the third ship named for the state of Washington and the first one since World War II. One of the first official functions of a submarine pre-commissioning unit is to develop the ship’s own distinct coat of arms – or crest – which reflects the heritage embodied in the ship’s namesake. Unique in design for each ship, the crest represents the ship’s identity throughout its service life and helps foster unity and esprit de corps.

Their central image is the submarine, surging forth from the waters of the Puget Sound, emblazoned with a paint scheme reminiscent of Native American art depictions of an orca whale, the state’s official marine mammal. The Tlingit Legend of Eekoli (Blackfish, Killer Whale, Orca) has particular significance to submariners as marine hunters of the deep. The crew takes their nickname from this design, Blackfish. And has adopted the Blackfish as their Totem.


Blackfish is an important medicine animal to the First Nation tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast and are considered a particular symbol of power and strength. Catching sight of one isconsidered a momentous omen. Tlingit were accomplished whale hunters but viewed the killer whale as a special protector of humankind and never hunted. The Kwakiutl tribes believed that the souls of marine hunters turned into killer whales upon their death, just as the souls of forest hunters turned into wolves. For this reason, there were a number of special rituals regarding the killing of a killer whale, so that its spirit could be reborn as a human once again.

Posted by: arbeam | September 21, 2017

Commissioning Gift Submarine Dolphin Presentation Box

Many Submarines have a display case onboard to display the submarine dolphins that each crew member will earn when they qualify in submarines. The crew of the Washington has adopted a ship’s crest with a Northwest Indian Motif. It has also taken to calling itself the blackfish after the indigenous Orca Whales. In order to establish a connection with the Northwest Natives of the Salish Sea, the Commissioning Committee solicited the design and construction of a presentation case crafted by master carver Samuel L White of the Lower Elwa S’Kallam Tribe located on the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the entrance to Puget Sound. The Orca whale is the Totem for the S’Kallum Tribe.

Included in the design is a Northwest Native rendition of the Submarine Dolphins. The design illustrates the story of a legendary hunter of the deep, Natsilane and alludes to the submarine’s mission of Anti Submarine Warfare.

The Presentation Case is made of native Western Red Cedar with a Yellow Cedar carved inlay traditional carving woods.

Posted by: arbeam | September 21, 2017

Meet The Carver

Samuel White is a Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribal member located in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. Sam’s native name is phonetically pronounced “kooa-kowa-day” which means little bull head. Unfortunately, many of his names left to him by Dave Forlines where lost when a tape recording was stolen from him. He is a direct descendant of the Chickasaw tribe in Oklahoma through his father. Sam is a father of 11 children. Sam is the Chief of Police for Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe which is a sister Tribe to his own.

Sam was trained to carve as a young teen by Dave Forlines his Godfather and Richard Mike his uncle. He helped carve the totem poles for the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe along with the first traditional dugout canoe.

Sam has been carving for near 30 years. Sam mostly has carved small carving for friends and family as gifts such as combs, rattles, masks, miniature canoes, full size paddles (functional and decorative) and plaques. Sam tries to keep as true to traditional carving as possible with a slight integration of modern contemporary native art. He tries to freehand the designs with nothing being exact or symmetrical. He was taught to if you carve good enough, no sandpaper would be needed. Sam feels he is improving every time but has lots to learn with each carving.

Sam has a family history of military service and is a proud father of his eldest son joining the Marines. That is why he is proud to be part of this project for the U.S.S. Washington.

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