NCIS BeltzThe July luncheon speaker is Ronald A. Beltz Special Agent in Charge – NCIS Northwest Field Office . The NWFO is headquartered onboard Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silverdale, WA and provides investigative and operational support throughout Navy Region Northwest (CNRNW). Ronald Beltz assumed duties as Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Northwest Field Office in September 2013. 

He was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in June 2003 and headed a Force Protection squad based in Rota, Spain during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In July 2010, he was named Operations Division Chief in the Counter Terrorism Directorate at NCIS Headquarters in Washington, DC; and in December of that year was promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Office of Strategic Support in Arlington, VA. In that role SAC Beltz led all counterintelligence operational activity for the Department of the Navy’s Special Access Programs.

SAC Beltz is a 1987 graduate of Southern Oregon University and is a native of Southern Oregon. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two U.S. Department of State Franklin Awards as well as commendation awards from the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, Japanese National Police and Philippine National Police.

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 July 7
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 | 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

Posted by: arbeam | July 1, 2015

Jun 15: NUWC Keyport Tour

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Our council was once again welcomed aboard Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport for a tour on June 15, 2015.  And it was a great tour.

Initially we met the new commanding officer, CAPT Francis Spencer, who had been there for just 11 days.  Then Division Technical Director Alan Kent presented a comprehensive overview of Keyport, its work and where it fits into the larger Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  Following is some of the information from that presentation.

There are 10 NAVSEA Warfare Centers around the country, 8 surface and 2 undersea.  The other Undersea Warfare Center is in Newport, RI.  The two undersea centers work closely together and share the motto “to deliver the best undersea solutions quickly”.  Keyport has occupied its present location since 1914, employs approximately 2000 people and primarily serves submarines.  Torpedoes and related systems occupy 75% of their work, which included maintenance and in service engineering.  Most employees there are civilian, with a strong emphasis on the hiring of veterans.

In addition to its Keyport, WA location there is a fleet collocation of Keyport personnel around the USA and the world, in such places as Guam, Canada, HI, CA, NV, NH, FL , MD and VA, to name some.  There have been 50 years of cooperation with Canada and there are torpedo test ranges in Canadian waters (Nanoose).  There are also test ranges in Dabob Bay, Hood Canal and at Keyport.  Civilians now operate the torpedo test boats.  Keyport is the only US torpedo depot and performs intermediate maintenance on light and heavy weight torpedoes.  Keyport is proud of their many community outreach efforts and is truly a good neighbor. Read More…

U.S. Navy Commander Eric Sager, captain of the USS California, on the bridge of the submarine off the coast of Florida

U.S. Navy Commander Eric Sager, captain of the USS California, on the bridge of the submarine off the coast of Florida

The crew of the attack submarine USS California is still talking about the ice cream they had to leave on the dock in Haakonsvern, Norway. In restocking for their next voyage across and under the Atlantic Ocean, they had no space left to store the frozen dessert.

That was more than six months ago. It still bothers them.

Perhaps because so many of the basics such as sunlight, space and being with family must be subordinated to the boat’s mission, some smaller indulgences become obsessions. On the California, one of them is ice cream.

“Sometimes it’s the little things,” said Senior Chief Electronics Technician John Glamm. “You’ve been going for 20 hours and just to sit down with a bowl of ice cream…” His voice trailed off as it became reverential.

“Food is absolutely a motivator for the crew,” said Commander Eric Sager, captain of the California. “Ice cream is a big deal, not just the ice cream we make on board, but ice cream made on shore.”

To understand why ice cream could become so important on one of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, one must appreciate – as much as someone who is not a submariner can – all the differences between the crew’s lives and everyone else’s. There is no better example of what it takes to get a large group of people to perform under extreme conditions than inside a submarine. Read More…

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The Wreath LayingBremerton Navy League has sponsored the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony onboard the USS Turner Joy for the last 15 Years. For this years ceremony we were honored to have Representative Derek Kilmer and Commander Jason Geddes, Commanding Officer USS Nebraska SSBN 739 as Guest Speakers. Sea Cadets from the Scorpion Squadron provided escort services, Sailors from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor provided the Honor Guard, and the music was performed by the Nothwest Navy Band.

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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.

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.

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