ZwolferOur May 12  Luncheon Speaker  will be Captain Thomas Zwolfer, Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap

NBK provides services to several major afloat commands including a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and three types of active submarines; assists numerous tenant shore commands to include Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division-Keyport, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center-Puget Sound and Strategic Weapons Facility-Pacific.

Captain Thomas Zwolfer graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture. He subsequently earned a Masters in Business Administration from Chaminade University . In December 2005 Captain Zwolfer relieved as Commanding Officer of USS BREMERTON (SSN 698). Following his command tour he reported to the staff of the Secretary of the Navy in July 2008 where he served as the Assessment Division Director within the Office of Program Appraisal. Captain Zwolfer’s most recent assignment was as the Strategic Programs Branch Head within Undersea Warfare Division on the Navy Staff.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch and then we will install our 2015 Officers. 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 May 5
Members with out base access; processing time takes weeks.

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Posted by: arbeam | April 14, 2015

Tour of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific

It was March 25th, 2015, a cold, windy, rainy day when thirty plus dedicated Navy League members gathered in the parking lot of the Naval Undersea Museum Keyport to attend a special tour of SWFPAC on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.  Our tour guide, Danise Barnes from SWFPAC, had us board the Navy bus and checked us in to view SWFPAC, the best-of-its-kind facility dedicated to the safety, security, readiness, and reliability of every TRIDENT II D5 missile produced and issued to allow our submarine fleet to maintain our nation’s strategic deterrent capability.

Enroute to SWFPAC we stopped by SWFPAC Headquarters and picked up the Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Baretela, who led us on the tour.

Adoption+Certificate+PresentationWe arrived at the SWFPAC conference room where we were all seated and our Navy League Treasurer, Dave Ellingson, presented Captain Baretela and Master Chief Mitch Erhardt with a certificate stating that our Navy League Council has adopted SWFPAC. Captain Baretela stated that he and SWFPAC were very proud and happy to be part of our Navy League family. MCSFBN1

We then adjourned to the parking lot where the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor had put on a display of two of their armored vehicles.  Security for SWFPAC and the Bangor waterfront is provided by Marine Corps Security Force Battalion. The service, commitment and professionalism of this guard force make them an essential member of “Team SWFPAC.”

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Our group then was transported to the newest missile assembly building at Bangor where the Navy and contractors from Lockheed Martin perform missile construction and refurbishment. This is one of only two locations in the country capable of this task. They were working on two missiles inside, actually missile simulators as they were checking out new equipment and installation procedures on inert shapes without ordnance.   If they were working on actual missiles we wouldn’t have been allowed to enter the facility.  The missiles, weighing over140,000 lbs each, were sitting on metal pallets.  When the workers want to move them, the pallets are filled with compressed air which raises the missile a fraction of an inch from the ground and these huge, heavy, missiles sections can be moved around the facility by hand.  Everything about this missile and the handling of it is amazing.  It’s interesting to note that there have been 157 test firing of these massive rockets over the years, and 155 of the firings were an absolute success.  A great record when you consider how many parts have to work together and at the right time.

We then moved to the Explosives Handling Wharf (EHW). At this location, the Wharf Officer explained how the EHW allows the missiles to be removed or loaded on the SSBN’s at this facility.  The EHW is a large covered area over the water where workers can load or unload the missiles from the submarine in a weather protected atmosphere. We also got a chance to see the new Explosives Handling Wharf #2 under construction next to the current EHW.  This $750M dollar project is coming in under budget, and with great care for the local environment. When it is completed it will allow for greater flexibility in future operations, as the current facility is almost continuously in use.

This tour was arranged by Navy League member and tour organizer Byron Faber.  We are very grateful to Captain Baretela for the opportunity to tour this vital facility and view this complex activity up close. Another great tour with the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council – George Rose

Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States who volunteered as judges for the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair gather for a group photo. Back left to right: Jerry Logan. Mike Sullivan, Bob Aronson, Mike Sharp, Bob Satterthwaite, Tex Lewis, Susan Grantham, and Kevin Torcolini. Front left to right: Alan Beam, Helen Miller, Tom Danaher, and Kelley Emerson. Not pictured were: Lauren Lomax, Larry Tellinghuisen, Don Krump, Bob Lamb, and Challen Parker.

Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States who volunteered as judges for the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair gather for a group photo. Back left to right: Jerry Logan. Mike Sullivan, Bob Aronson, Mike Sharp, Bob Satterthwaite, Tex Lewis, Susan Grantham, and Kevin Torcolini. Front left to right: Alan Beam, Helen Miller, Tom Danaher, and Kelley Emerson. Not pictured were: Lauren Lomax, Larry Tellinghuisen, Don Krump, Bob Lamb, and Challen Parker.

Bremerton, Washington. The Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) presented cash awards and certificates to seven students at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) at Bremerton High School. As part of the Council’s initiatives in supporting youth interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM), 17 Council volunteers were on hand to judge for basic fair awards, judge for the Navy League awards, and present their awards to the winners at the awards ceremonies.

The awards were given to those students whose projects best contributed to the advancement of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in support of our nation’s Sea Services (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine). Two awards were presented each in Grade groups 1-3, Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-8. One award was also given in Grade 9-12.  Read More…

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy, LTjg William Anthony, Photographer.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy, LTjg William Anthony, Photographer.

BREMERTON, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) held successful training exercises in Sinclair Inlet between Bremerton and Port Orchard on Friday, March 27.

“Friday’s exercise gave our security personnel the opportunity to hone their skills in a more realistic training environment,” according to Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Kitsap.  “We appreciate the community’s support while we were conducting the exercise.”

Residents around Sinclair Inlet Friday morning may have heard simulated gunfire that was used to amplify the real-world training experience.  This type of training will continue to be a staple in honing the tactical skills of NBK’s security forces.

NBK’s Naval Security Forces are comprised of active duty masters at arms, Department of Navy police officers, and contracted security forces.  This diverse security force is maintained at a maximum state of readiness through a robust training and drill program.  A variety of training scenarios are used in numerous locations to ensure security forces are reacting quickly and effectively to potential threats.

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BANGOR, Wash. – The Blue and Gold crews of USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) were named as the recipients of the 2014 Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award Feb. 13 in a letter signed by Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Rear Adm. Philip G. Sawyer.

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 Nine. “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.”

The Pennsylvania crews demonstrated quiet consistency throughout 2014, spending two-thirds of the year supporting the nation’s strategic deterrence mission. They also achieved superior marks in every external validation of readiness during the year, a process that helps determine the award recipient.

These areas include weapons system performance and readiness, navigation performance and practices, communication system performance, material condition and engineering readiness, personnel readiness, initiative in promoting new operational concepts, and tactical readiness.

USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) following a successful a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol. The patrol set a new record for the longest strategic deterrent patrol completed by an Ohio-class submarine.

USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) following a successful a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol. The patrol set a new record for the longest strategic deterrent patrol completed by an Ohio-class submarine.

In 2014, Pennsylvania set the record for the longest strategic deterrent patrol recorded since the beginning of the Poseidon C3 ballistic missile program in the early 1970s. That feat, coupled with a total of more than 27,000 nautical miles traveled over the course of the year, highlights the significant endurance and versatility of the Ohio class SSBN fleet.

The two crews are scheduled to receive the Olympic Bowl Trophy May 16 at the Bremerton, Wash. Armed Forces Gala.

Navy News Story by Lt.Cmdr. Brian Badura

 

 

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Radm Robert O. Passmore at NOSC Everett Reserve Centennial Celebration

???????????????????????EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) — Navy Region Northwest Reserve Component Command (NAVREG NW RCC) and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Everett held a ceremony commemorating the Navy Reserve’s 100th anniversary, March 14.

The Navy Reserve – then the Naval Reserve – was established March 3, 1915 as part of the 1916 Naval Appropriations Act, and has since participated in every U.S.-involved conflict since World War I.

Saturday’s ceremony honored the service of Navy Reservists over the past century, while delivering the message that the Navy Reserve is “Ready then. Ready now. Ready always.”

To honor the past, retired Rear Adm. Robert O. Passmore spoke to the more than 300 Sailors and their families and employers in attendance on the history of the Navy Reserve. From its humble beginnings in 1915 to its overwhelming support during World War II, during which it comprised 84 percent of the Navy, Passmore discussed integral points in its history.

“Your predecessors were not only vital to our country’s survival, but have provided relief from tsunamis in Indonesia and other disasters,” Passmore said.

Speaking on his role as head of Task Force Navy Family following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, Passmore noted the valuable contributions of Navy Reserve Sailors and their lasting effects.

“From day one, the majority of the expertise on the task force came from you, our Naval Reservists,” he said. “Your Navy Reserve has always been ready. You never know when the call will come, and I am happy that we have always been ready.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Rear Adm. Eric Coy Young, commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, spoke to the audience about the Navy Reserve being “ready now, ready always.”

“Since the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, the Navy Reserve has mobilized more than 73,000 Reserve Sailors,” Young said. “Let me be more specific: 73,349 Reserve Sailors providing tens of thousands of boots on the ground in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa. All in support of the CNO’s (Chief of Naval Operations) tenant of ‘Warfighting First.’

Today, more than 20,000 Navy Reserve Sailors – about one third of the Navy’s Reserve component – is providing fully integrated global operational support to fleet and combatant commanders at any time.”

Young recognized the sacrifices of Citizen-Sailors and those closest to them. “A great deal is required of our Reserve Sailors, their families and their employers,” Young said. “Our Citizen-Sailors balance the demands of Family Life, civilian careers, community service and the Navy.”

The Washington State chapter of the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was on hand to present Patriot Awards to employers who have gone above and beyond in support of their Reserve Sailor.

“Today, we are honoring employers who have provided outstanding support to their employees – our “Citizen Sailors,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mathew Pescador, executive officer of NOSC Everett. “The ESGR Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and employers for their continued support of our Navy Reserve and continually recognizing and supporting our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crisis and in war.”

In all, 14 employers and supervisors were honored for their support to the Nation’s security.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Derek Dwyer, commanding officer of NOSC Everett, and Washington State Deputy Director for External Affairs Lacey Harper presented a signed proclamation from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The proclamation designated March 3, 2015, as the Centennial Commemoration of the Navy Reserve in the State of Washington.

Established on March 3, 1915, the Federal Naval Reserve originally only allowed Navy veterans to enroll into the program. However, on Aug. 29, 1916, with the prospect of America’s entry into World War I looming, the Navy Reserve reorganized to allow the enrollment of non-veterans and designated as the U.S. Naval Reserve Force.

Of the more than three million Naval Reservists that served during World War II, 15 received the Medal of Honor and five became president of the United States.

There are currently 107,000 Selected Reserve, Full Time Support and Individual Ready Reserve Sailors serving in the Navy Reserve.

Navy Reserve Sailors have been deployed to and been a part of every conflict since World War I, working alongside active duty personnel to secure the Navy’s mission and protect the nation’s freedom.

Navy News article by Chad V. Pritt

 

 

 

Posted by: arbeam | March 18, 2015

Navy League Supports MCSFB Bangor Baby Shower

The Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at Bangor, WA commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Keane, is a Bremerton Navy League Adopted Unit. Six of our Board members were delighted and honoured to volunteer to assist LtCol Keane’s wife, Vanessa, with the Battalion’s Baby Shower held in February.

Baby BlanketsMCSFBn’s Family Readiness Team hosts an annual baby shower, for new and expecting mothers. We have all had fun either purchasing items or making them, these young Marines and Sailors are some of the brightest and the best and America’s future.

This Battalion along with a similar unit in Kings Bay, GA, are unique Marine Corps Units made up of both Sailors and Marines. They guard America’s most valuable military assets. The young Marines and Sailors in Colonel Keane’s Command, have a tough, demanding job, day in and day out they patrol, protect and serve in all kinds of weather.

We have collected such items as gently used car seats, strollers, a crib and crib linens, receiving blankets, teddy bears, baby food, formula, baby clothing plus diapers. We are grateful to the local businesses who were generous in their pricing of items when they became aware of the baby shower including: Bella Luna Consignment Boutique in West Bremerton, GoodWill and Grocery Outlet in Silverdale.

We know our efforts were well-received by the wonderful volunteers of the MCSFBn Family Readiness Team and we look forward to their future events.

Posted by: arbeam | March 17, 2015

Navy League Luncheon and Base Access

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We are honored that the Kitsap Navy Base Commander has allowed us to have our Luncheons onboard the Navy Base. This enables many of our active duty guests to attend. Recent security changes will have an impact on how we get on base.

Our current practice requires a registration one week in advance of the meeting by calling Shannon at Evergreen Moving and Storage 360-674-2762. For those members with base access this is sufficient notice to tell the cooks how many people to plan for.

For members with out base access we need to know much sooner (weeks) to allow for security to review and develop a base access list to be positioned at the gates. Please call Shannon as early as possible to allow for a smooth process.

If this process isn’t completed the only other option is to ride with
someone who does have base access.

Access Information Required:
Name as it appears on the Drivers License Date of Birth, City of Birth.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 28, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, the George Washington Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participate in tactical maneuver training during Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13

PHILIPPINE SEA The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, the George Washington Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participate in tactical maneuver training during Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13

NAPLES, Italy — The Navy has spoken softly. Now it’s reaching for the big stick.

After years of emphasizing global amity and cooperation across the seas, the service is speaking more about combat power, the threat of “anti-access” technologies such as cheap missiles and the challenges posed by nations such as China and Iran. “Warfighting” has suddenly become the new buzzword across commands.

Friday’s release of the new Maritime Strategy epitomizes the shift in message. The joint document was developed by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as an update to a 2007 strategy that focused on cooperation with foreign navies and generally avoided reference to confrontation.

Despite carrying the same title — A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower — the update moves in a different direction, identifying regional competitors and unstable regimes by name and detailing force deployment by theater.

The strategy elevates “domain access” — the ability to operate at will in a theater — alongside traditional naval goals of deterrence and forward presence. It includes more about Marine Corps posture than in 2007, and it frames naval forces as forward-pressing instead of maintaining status quo. “It is an appropriately harder-edged document,” said Bryan McGrath, a former Navy officer who worked on the 2007 document and reviewed the new one before release. “The threat has clarified in a meaningful way.”

A big part of that threat is financial. Current Navy plans call for more than 300 ships in the fleet by the early 2020s, about 20 more ships than the fleet currently operates. Just maintaining and replacing the current fleet is costly: The program to replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine is expected to be too large to wedge into the Navy budget when the program begins in 2020.

What’s more, budget cuts set to return in fiscal 2016 threaten to stop shipbuilding plans before they can begin, unless Congress acts to overturn or offset them.

Global threats also appear to be on the rise compared to 2007, when the Navy was concerned with fostering foreign cooperation in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, said Robert Rubel, a former professor at the Naval War College who helped draft the original strategy document.

The result in 2007 was a much softer message, which framed the U.S. as on the strategic defensive, its goal not to assert itself militarily but to maintain a global world order that benefited many nations. “We never named any names in there, we never called out any country, we added humanitarian assistance to the list of core capabilities of the Navy,” Rubel said. “This rankled a lot of realists-slash-hawks in the Navy and elsewhere. But we felt this kind of language was necessary.”

By the time Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, called for a strategy update in 2011, the climate had already changed. Naval cooperation among nations had improved, but global power dynamics had shifted. China and Iran were asserting themselves as regional powers. Russia was newly assertive, having invaded Georgia in 2008. Affordable missile technology was challenging the assumptions of naval power projection by making access to shore more costly.

Naval strategists continued to push for a more detailed vision of naval power in the world. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, wrote a letter to Greenert last July decrying the Navy’s lack of strategy and encouraging him to speak openly of China’s rise as a threat to U.S. interests. “If this (document) had come out and was as general as the last one, it would have been a failure,” McGrath said.

It is instead far more detailed. While few, if any, of its statements are new, the document labors to place maritime strategy in the context of recent world events, from Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula last March to the January terrorist attacks in Paris and the resurgence of the Boko Haram terrorist group in western Africa.

It names military hardware like warships and weapons systems and details Marine Corps efforts to scale unit size to mission in places like Africa and Australia. It argues that the sea services will embody the U.S. shift to the Pacific: Navy plans call for roughly 60 percent of ships and aircraft to be based in the Indian and Pacific oceans regions by 2020.

The strategy still emphasizes cooperation and maintenance of a shared global system. But the message this time, said Rubel, is intended more for Capitol Hill than foreign nations. “It doesn’t need to address the rest of the world,” he said. “[The original] CS-21 took care of that. It needs to have an internal message.”

The question is whether that message will resonate with Congress.

Stars and Stripes article By Steven Beardsley

 

 

Posted by: arbeam | March 16, 2015

Submarine Group 9 Standout Sailors Honored

Four 2014 Commander, Submarine Group 9 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a March 10th luncheon. Assembled right to left: Council President, Tim Katona; Junior Shore SOY, LS2(SS) Michael Porterfield; Junior Sea SOY, YN2(SS) Cody Browder; Shore SOY, NC1(SCW/FMF) Sara Dozier; and Sea SOY, MM1(SS) Christopher Smith.

Four 2014 Commander, Submarine Group 9 Sailors of the Year (SOYs) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a March 10th luncheon. Assembled right to left: Council President, Tim Katona; Junior Shore SOY, LS2(SS) Michael Porterfield; Junior Sea SOY, YN2(SS) Cody Browder; Shore SOY, NC1(SCW/FMF) Sara Dozier; and Sea SOY, MM1(SS) Christopher Smith.

Silverdale, Washington. Four 2014 Commander, Submarine Group 9 (CSG-9) Sailors of the Year (SOYs) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a March 10th 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, Tim Katona. Senior Navy leaders representing each awardee’s respective command were present to honor the 2014 stand-outs for their hard work and individual efforts, including the Submarine Group 9 Commander, RDML Dave Kriete. Commander Michael Yesunas, Commanding Officer of Naval Magazine Indian Island, was the guest speaker.

CSG-9 is the flag-level organization overseeing all submarine activity in the Pacific Northwest, and each year selects top sea and shore command awardees at the senior and junior petty officer level. All SOY competitors at the collective CSG-9 level are already top performers in their own right because they are nominated only after having been designated as the SOY within their own units.  Read More…

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