February 9  Luncheon Speaker: Captain Jeffrey McIrvin, Commanding Officer Naval Operational Support Center Kitsap.
Capt Jeff McIrvin NOSC KitsapNavy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap’s mission is to provide leadership, training, facilities and administrative support to 50 Reserve units composed of more than 850 selected Navy Reserve personnel in preparation for mobilization and peacetime contributory support.

Captain McIrvin, a native of Ellensburg, Washington and graduate of the University of Washington, was commissioned via NROTC in 1990 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1992.

CAPT McIrvin’s operational command tour was also with VAQ-209 Star Warriors from 2009 to 2011. During these assignments he made eight carrier and expeditionary deployments to various peacetime and combat theaters around the world supporting numerous operations including Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Deny Flight, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

CAPT McIrvin has accumulated over 3700 flight hours in the EA-6B and over 500 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Strike/Flight Air Medal (10),

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.
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.

Security Note:

A driver’s license from Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico can no longer be used as the sole means of identification to gain access to Navy Region Northwest installations.
Guests who are escorted by authorized sponsors may still use these states, including Washington State driver licenses.
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Posted by: arbeam | January 15, 2016

Navy League Northwest Region Conference 11-13 Mar 2016

Come join us for a fantastic weekend in Seattle!

Best Western Executive Inn Seattle 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle WA Phone: (206) 448-9444 Toll Free Reservations:800-351-9444)

Best Western Executive Inn  200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle WA Phone: (206) 448-9444 Toll Free Reservations:800-351-9444)

The Seattle Council is the host for this year’s Navy League Northwest Region Conference. They have gone out of their way to create a fantastic weekend package that is attractive for all Navy League Members. The conference will be held at the Best Western Executive Inn, a 3 star hotel in the shadow of the Space Needle. The emphasis for this meeting is to provide Northwest Navy Leaguers Fun and Fellowship at a great location and at a great price.

Regional conferences are held annually to bring together council members from the Pacific Northwest to discuss, share, and discover successful ideas that are working in other councils. These opportunities to learn from each other are not restricted to council officers. All Navy Leaguers are encouraged to come, meet one another and learn about the successes of the Navy League.

Hotel Registration:
Hotel rates from March 10-14, 2015 set at $106 per night plus tax. Guests can call the hotel directly at (206) 448-9444– or 800-351-9444 and ask for the “Navy League rate”. Parking is Complimentary. Please register for your rooms early as we loose our room block on February26th.

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Friday Mar 11
The Conference begins on Friday Mar 11 at 1:00 PM with
Nominating Committee Meeting (1:00-3:30 PM)
NW Region Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:50 PM) Immediately following the Nominations Committee meeting we will hold a NW Region Leadership Meeting for Council Presidents and their representatives. We will address Ship Commissioning, leadership succession and Member development.
Social Hour / Buffet Dinner  (7:00 PM) No Host Bar There will be a Welcome Reception with No Host Bar at 7:00 PM, followed by a No Host Dinner at the hotel Banquet Space Friday Evening. All Navy League Members are welcome to the Reception and Dinner.

Conference Registration NW Region Registration Form
Registration – $40 p/p (Registrations after Feb 26th $60)
Full Conference: $140 p/p (Includes: Registration, Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch & Dinner Dance)
Saturday Only: $125 p/p (Includes: Registration, Lunch & Dinner Dance)
Saturday Dinner Only: $55 p/p (Includes: Dinner Dance)
Sunday VIP Motor Coach Tour $50 p/p
Saturday Mar 12
Hot Breakfast for Attendees on their own in the hotel Restaurant at a nominal cost of $7.99 per person
Registration  8:00 AM
WitunskiOpening Ceremonies 9:00-10:00 AM (Includes Colorguard, Pledge, Anthem, Invocation) Welcome from Region President followed by remarks from National President Skip Witunski who will provide a Navy League Status Report and discuss the importance of the Local Councils to the Navy League.
Sessions:
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Membership, Growing Council Leadership, Community Affiliates
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Council Communications and Social Media. Councils please bring Council Newsletters to share.
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Radm Richard Gromlich USCG invited
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Youth Programs
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fund Raising
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Best Practices and wrapup. Councils be prepared to speak about your two Best Practices.

Dinner
Registration: 6:00 PM
Social Hour: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Dinner Ceremonies: 7:15 PM
Dinner Service Begins: 7:30 PM
Dinner Keynoter: 8:15 PM Superintendet of the Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Walter E (Ted) Carter. VAdm Carter commanded USS Camden (AOE-2) Homported at PSNS and the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70)
Music (Listening/Dancing): 8:45 PM – Midnight
No Host Bar

Sunday Mar 13 

Motor_CoachNarrated Deluxe VIPMotorcoach Tour: $50 p/p with a minimum of 25 paying passengers

Tour Includes: See downtown Seattle; Ballard Locks, Views from Magnolia Bluff; Homes & Gardens; University of WA; Fremont & it’s Unique Art; Pike Place Market; Historic Pioneer Square; Views from West Seattle AND

Seattle Station toucheda stop at USCG Base Seattle including Alki Lightspecial briefings and a Ship and patrol craft Tour. Another stop at the West Seattle Lighthouse adjacent to the District Commander’s Quarters and refreshments. The tour will be conducted by a professional tour guide with over 30 years experience!

Stay Tuned for a possible Saturday Spouse Shopping Tour- We are working on the details

Posted by: arbeam | February 5, 2016

Navy Base Access

 

CNRNW logoUnder the guidelines of the Real ID Act there are increased measures that will enhance security at military installations. However, for most people who routinely enter Navy installations in the Pacific Northwest, there will be little to no change to how they access these bases.

A driver’s license from Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico can no longer be used as the sole means of identification to gain access to Navy Region Northwest installations.

Guests who are escorted by authorized sponsors may still use these states, including Washington State driver licenses.

Here are the pertinent details: Trusted Traveler Program: The Trusted Traveler procedure allows a uniformed service member or Government employees with a valid CAC, a military retiree (with a valid DoD identification credential), or an adult dependent (with a valid DoD identification credential) to present their identification token for verification while simultaneously vouching for any vehicle occupants. State Driver’s Licenses that do not meet the REAL ID Act requirements may be presented by vehicle occupants being escorted aboard the installation under the Trusted Traveler procedure when conducting 100% identification checks of vehicle occupants. The number of personnel a Trusted Traveler is allowed to vouch for and/or sponsor at any one time will be 5 persons.

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Posted by: arbeam | February 4, 2016

Mar 11: 10th Bi-Annual Nuclear Deterrent Symposium

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The 10th Bi-Annual Nuclear Deterrent Symposium will be held in Silverdale on March 11th.  It’s also known as the Triad Symposium and we’re very fortunate that it will be held in our area.  This is a real opportunity to learn about the future of Strategic Deterrence from our nation’s leadership. This year’s theme is The Benefits of Strategic Nuclear Deterrence: Modernizing the Triad and Nuclear Deterrent Enterprise.  The lead organizations for the symposium are the Air Force Association, National Defense Industrial Association, and Reserve Officer Association.   The symposium will be held at the Silverdale Beach Hotel Ballroom, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.

Conference Registration

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Admiral Cecil Haney, Commander of US Strategic Command
  • Maj. Gen. Michael Fortney, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Vice Admiral Terry Benedict, Director, SSP

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Posted by: arbeam | February 4, 2016

Naval Base Kitsap Holds Security Exercise

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

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

BREMERTON, Wash. – As part of Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield, an annual nationwide security readiness exercise, an exercise visible and audible to the public will take place in Sinclair Inlet the morning of Friday, Feb. 5.

Those along the Port Orchard and Bremerton waterfront areas will see military vessels and hear the sound of simulated gunfire using blanks during the activity.

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is a force protection and anti-terrorism exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all Navy installations in the continental United States. The annual exercise uses realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats.

The Navy routinely conducts these types of security exercises to ensure readiness and verify response procedures.

For more information, please contact NBK public affairs at (360) 627-4030 or pao.nbk.cnrnw@navy.mil.

 

Posted by: arbeam | January 30, 2016

Implementation of REAL ID Act in Washington State

 

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SILVERDALE, WASH – Effective Monday Feb. 1, visitors to Navy Installations in the Northwest using their Washington Driver’s License for identification will now be required to show a different form of identification, as required by the REAL ID Act.

Visitors accessing Navy installations currently using a driver’s license or state identification card from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington will need another form of ID to access the base. These types of ID no longer meet the Act’s established minimum security standards to access a Federal facility.

State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by Department of Homeland Security are acceptable.

Service members, family members, Department of Defense (DoD) employees, and federal employees with the DoD common access card, DoD uniformed services identification and privileges cards, federal personal identification verification cards or transportation workers’ identification credentials are not affected, as these cards are authorized in DoD policy to facilitate physical access to installations.

In 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

For additional information on what types of ID are acceptable, please go to the Homeland Security website link: http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions.

Visitors should contact the local Installation Pass and ID office to determine what identification will be accepted.

http://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/cnic/cnic_hq/regions/cnrnw/news/news_releases/REAL_ID_Story.html

 

Posted by: arbeam | January 25, 2016

Navy marks 125 years in Kitsap

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This new year marks the 125th anniversary of the U.S. Navy’s arrival in Kitsap County.

ZwolferDuring that time, the community has made our nation’s uniformed personnel feel at home and the military has been the area’s major economic engine. Naval Base Kitsap is now the Navy’s third-largest installation, housing 70 tenant commands that together employ 15,000 military personnel, 17,000 civilian employees and more than 7,000 contractors, along with supporting 25,000 retirees.

This coming year we’ll see some changes that will have significant benefit to the community and others that may not be visible to the public but will better support the Fleet, Fighter and Family.

The Navy recently announced that USS Nimitz will call Kitsap home through 2019. The crew and their families received a warm welcome when they arrived for maintenance at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in 2015 and the community appears to be equally excited that the ship will remain here for the next few years.

Work on the Nimitz and other vital projects will keep PSNS & IMF humming at a steady pace for years to come. The command’s services have been in such high demand that employment levels are at their highest level since World War II.

PSNS & IMF will also see the completion of seismic renovations to the fire station and machine shop. These efforts are among several Navy construction projects spearheaded by Naval Facilities Engineering Commander Northwest (NAVFAC). Explosives Handling Wharf 2 (EHW2) is the largest, which is also currently the nation’s largest military construction project, and will be completed in 2016.

Because of the workload, NAVFAC sees an uptick in hiring anticipating about 150 vacancies in the coming months. Positions range from laborer to public works supervisor and from work control assistants to facilities management and facilities services.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport also anticipates hiring a significant number of employees this year, particularly engineers and cyber experts. Many commands post job vacancy information on their Facebook pages, but information about all federal career opportunities can be found at http://www.usajobs.gov.

At NBK, our mission of supporting the Fleet, Fighter and Family by providing exceptional service gives us an impetus to creatively meet that mission. We even look out for our youngest clients.

For example, Fleet and Family Support Center’s popular Exceptional Family Member Program will see an increase in the number of family-friendly events in 2016.

Families will be pleased that the Child and Youth Program is expanding the “Start Smart” sports program for young children where children develop the basic motor skills necessary for organized sports.

The Navy Exchange at Bangor celebrated the opening of the package store last month and now the focus shifts to NBK Bremerton, with a $2.7 million store upgrade. This encompasses relocating the barber and beauty shop to the main store and major upgrades throughout the building.

Quality of life factors into everything NBK does, so the Bremerton Recreation Center is also being modernized. The reconfiguration will better serve customers with the addition of a snack bar, soundproof music room, dedicated office space and new bowling lighting. NBK — Bangor will see a portion of The Inside Out Café converted to an outdoor rental facility as part of the upgrade.

Specifically for our Fighters, major remodels continue in Unaccompanied Housing at two NBK — Bangor buildings. These apartment-style units give our service members a more efficient and homey place to relax and recharge. Additionally, the award-winning Bremerton Navy Gateway Inn and Suites begins a $5.5 million whole-room concept renovation.

NBK — Bangor Galley will open a satellite facility at EHW2 to feed security force personnel at lower base. And, speaking of food, one of the most highly anticipated projects is the Jan. 4 opening of the All American Grill at NBK — Bremerton. This hybrid facility offers a unique approach to food service since it is both a galley and a restaurant. The onsite chef will develop a variety of entrees and daily specials to accompany an array of side dishes, soup and salad bar, desserts and beverages. Specialty hot beverages such as espresso will also be available.

The general public will once again have the opportunity to sample the mouth-watering array of foods prepared by the NBK galley and numerous other commands at the 24th annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition at Olympic College on May 14. This free event features mouth-watering treats created by the Puget Sound region’s best culinary arts specialists.

These major projects and hiring initiatives ensure that the Navy will continue to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family while providing economic benefits to the local community.

By Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, USN Naval Base Kitsap Jan 22, 2016

 

 

 

battle_ePEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Winners of the Pacific Submarine Force 2015 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) competition were announced Jan. 1, 2016, in a message to the Force from Rear Adm. Frederick J. Roegge, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC).

“The competition for Battle Efficiency awards was extremely tough,” said Roegge in his message to the force. “These awards recognize commands which were evaluated during the past year to have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime tasks.”

“Each crew member of an award winner can be justifiably proud of their contribution to improve Pacific Submarine Force readiness,” Roegge continued. “I am extremely proud of your outstanding performance. Well done and congratulations!”

The Battle “E” competition is conducted annually to strengthen individual command performance, improve overall force readiness, and recognize outstanding performance. The award symbolizes overall readiness of commands throughout the Pacific Submarine Force, and their ability to carry out assigned wartime tasks.

Based on criteria compiled over a year-long competition, units from each submarine squadron in the Pacific Fleet are recognized, in addition to submarine tenders and special category assets. The awards are presented by the leadership of each squadron or command to the unit under their charge, which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.

The 2015 COMSUBPAC Battle “E” winners, their homeports, and commanding officers are:

Commander, Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5, based in Bangor, Washington – the lead ship of her class, attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21), commanded by Cmdr. Jeff Bierley.

SUBRON 17, based in Bangor, Washington – the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733), whose Blue Crew was commanded by Cmdr. James McIver, and Gold Crew was commanded by Cmdr. Chad Hennings.

SUBRON 19, based in Bangor, Washington – the Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727), whose Gold Crew was commanded during the competition by Capt. Benjamin Pearson and Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez, and whose Blue Crew was commanded during the competition by Capt. Erik Burian and Capt. Joseph Turk.

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Posted by: arbeam | January 16, 2016

New Community Affiliate: Booz Allen Hamilton

Jerry LoganBooz_Allen_logo_tagline_blackPlease Welcome our newest Community Affiliate Booz Allen Hamilton. Our Vice President Captain Charles J (Jerry) Logan is an Associate with the Seattle office of Booz Allen Hamiton. Jerry was the Commodore of Submarine Squadron Nineteen at Bangor until he retired last year.  Captain Logan had command of the USS Michigan (SSBN-727) and was the 10th Commanding Officer Of USS Bremerton. While in command of Bremerton he conducted one Western Pacific Deployment and a refueling overhaul in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

Booz Allen combines the power of consulting expertise, technical skill, and mission knowledge to deliver results that meet our clients’ challenges and also inspire new levels of success. For more than 100 years, Booz Allen defined management consulting. We were there as modern corporations emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, the Allies mobilized for World War II, the Cold War began and ended, the Space Age dawned, and Asia and South America rose with strong economies. Booz Allen has helped our nation defend and improve its readiness during the Gulf Wars, respond to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and combat the rise of new cyber threats that have changed how businesses operate.

As we head into our second century, we are yet again inspiring innovation and change within the industry. Our overriding objective is to be the Essential Partner. We strive to design and deliver unique, end-to-end solutions right at the center of the client’s mission. In being that partner, we are fundamentally reshaping the way clients think about our work, bringing them ideas and solutions beyond those they would expect from a traditional consulting company. Our nearly 23,000 talented people are pioneering and inspiring new systems and approaches that are transforming our clients’ missions.

Booz Allen’s partnerships in the Puget Sound region, whether with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Detachment, or with the Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are an increasingly important part of our long-standing relationship with the United States military. It is fitting that we build upon our relationships in the Puget Sound and with the U.S. Navy League by becoming a community affiliate of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council. We look forward to building on these relationships in support of the sea services and the region.

Posted by: arbeam | January 14, 2016

Bremerton Captains Log: Jan 12 2016

FLEET ACTIVITY OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25, 2015) A Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) pulls in to Okinawa, Japan, as a part of a scheduled port visit.

FLEET ACTIVITY OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25, 2015) A Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) pulls in to Okinawa, Japan, as a part of a scheduled port visit.

Dear Bremerton Supporters,Happy New Year!

USS_Bremerton_SSN_698_logoWe rang in 2016 onboard the Bad Fish out in the Western Pacific.  Ringing in the New Year is a great time for reflection, and I have thought a lot about 2015 and what a great year it was for Bremerton.

We were able to come out of the shipyard, shake off our rust, and meet every operational commitment in 11 months.  That is very impressive, and it is a testament to the great work of the Bremerton crew.

We were also able to make a visit to our other homeport in the Pacific Northwest in the spring, and everyone onboard had the time of their life.  Our team onboard Bremerton is very lucky to have such a great namesake city – easily the best in the country – and our crew is looking forward to the day that we can come back into the Sinclair Inlet to visit our hometown.

We left for Bremerton’s fifteenth Western Pacific deployment in mid-December.  It took great efforts to get ourselves ready for deployment, and I was proud of each and every member of the crew.  The team really pulled together to ensure that the ship and crew were ready to go.

On Christmas Eve, we pulled into Okinawa, Japan for our first foreign port visit of the deployment.  It was a good opportunity to relax, catch up with our loved ones, and to see the sights on the beautiful island of Okinawa.  The Bremerton crew made the most of the port visit, traveling to see castles and Japanese Navy museums in Naha, and some even traveled to an aquarium where they have whale sharks!  I ran into Bad Fish Sailors enjoying Japanese food and culture.  Many enjoyed traditional Okinawan fare such as soba (noodles) or juchi (fried rice), but the adventurous ones tried sea grapes (I couldn’t bring myself to taste them) and chicken sushi (you heard me right).

All in all, we left Okinawa with great memories, and the Bad Fish crew made great impressions on everyone they met…as always.Now, it is time for us to get to work doing the country’s business.  I will plan to send another CO’s corner update later this deployment.
Aloha,Wes Bringham

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