Posted by: arbeam | June 23, 2017

Jul 11: Luncheon Speaker Vadm Bruce McDonald

Bruce MacDonald is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as the 40th Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy from July 2006 to August 2009. Prior to that, MacDonald served as the Navy’s Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command from November 2004 to July 2006. Over his 31 year Navy career, he served in numerous operational and international law assignments, both at home and abroad.  He retired from the Navy in October, 2009.

Vadim’s presentation is particularly timely in view of the recent USS Fitzgerald Collision. His presentation is entitled “Leadership and Teamwork: A Case Study – USS GREENEVILLE Collision with the Japanese M/V EHIME MARU”. Admiral MacDonald was the Counsel for the Investigating Officer for the incident and has many insights, especially the leadership aspects.

In March, 2010, MacDonald was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and served for three years as Convening Authority for the Office of Military Commissions.  He joined Applied Technical Systems, a data analytics, management and software development services company, in April 2013, where he served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until June 2016.

MacDonald graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  He received his degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1987 and his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, 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 May 2.

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.

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Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

May 29: USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Ceremony @ 10 AM

The general public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 29 at 10 AM on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy (DD-951), on the waterfront in Bremerton. Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League President Alan Beam, serves as Master of Ceremonies. The Guest Speaker will be Captain Douglas Munz, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap. Captain Munz is a Navy Seal and has had multiple Middle East Deployments.

Come early, as seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the Convention Center nearby. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the ship’s crew’s mess after the ceremony.


NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. — USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed their homeports of Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Station Everett, respectively, June 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment.

This is a previously planned, routine deployment and is not in response to any specific incident or regional event. This deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy’s routine presence in waters around the globe displaying our commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations.

“This deployment is the culmination of months of intensive training and preparations,” said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11. “The Nimitz Strike Group stands ready to respond to a wide variety of contingencies, be that a humanitarian disaster or a regional incident. We’re honored to be in this position to answer the nation’s call to duty.”

Nimitz, the flagship of the strike group, Kidd and Shoup will make a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with the other ships and units of the strike group. Read More…

 

Please come and welcome the newest arrival to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard! The Bremerton Navy League Council is sponsoring a Welcome Aboard Ceremony at Sam Adams at 6:00 PM Friday May 26.

The USS Buffalo (SSN-715) has come here from Pearl Harbor for deactivation and defueling. This process lasts about a year then the crew is released and the hull is scheduled for recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2017

May 22: Welcome USS Dallas (SSN-700)

USS Dallas (SSN-700) arriving PSNS

Please come and welcome the newest arrival to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard! The Bremerton Navy League Council is sponsoring a Welcome Aboard Ceremony at Sam Adams at 6:00 PM today.

The USS Dallas (SSN-700) has come here from Pearl Harbor for deactivation and defueling. This process lasts about a year then the crew is released and the hull is scheduled for recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2017

June 6: NBK Battle of Midway Ceremony

Naval Base Kitsap  will hold a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most significant battles in U.S. Navy history.  The ceremony will take place on the Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1 PM.

The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. The US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.

Posted by: arbeam | May 15, 2017

Bremerton Named Outstanding Council 2016

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council was designated an Outstanding Council for 2016. One of the top 10 councils (out of 260) to be designated as Outstanding.

This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Capt Michael Elmstrom, Commanding Officer Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific.

Commissioned as POLARIS Missile Facility Pacific (POMFPAC) in 1964, the POLARIS A3 missile facility was in full production and providing the Fleet with high-quality missiles by December of that year. Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) provides assembly, storage, checkout, onload and offload of Trident missiles; ensures custody, accountability and control of nuclear weapons and material; publishes and maintains START procedures and conducts START inspections; and provides technical engineering services for guidance, missile, and launcher support equipment.

Captain Mike Elmstrom was commissioned through the NROTC program and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. After completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, he served on USS SILVERSIDES (SSN 679) as Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant and Defueling Officer. Elmstrom served as Engineer Officer on USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) completing four deterrent patrols and four refits in Kings Bay.

In 2002, Captain Elmstrom lateral transferred to Engineering Duty Officer, earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2004. He reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and served as Assistant Project Superintendent on the overhaul of USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) and as Off-yard Operations Officer. In 2007, he reported to NAVSEA’s Strategic and Attack Submarine Program Office (PMS 392/SP21) as Assistant Program Manager for Plans, Programs and Policy.

In 2009, he transferred to EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) as the Repair Officer. While assigned he completed a dry-docking overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and executed a change of homeport to Diego Garcia where the tender provided services for USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728).

He returned to NAVSEA PMS 392 as Assistant Program Manager for Submarine Modernization in October 2010. In 2011, Captain Elmstrom became the Program Manager for Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS 392/SP21). In 2014, he reported to Strategic Systems Programs where he served as Deputy, Ship Integration Branch (SP26) supporting integration of the Strategic Weapon System (SWS) and Common Missile Compartment (CMC) into the OHIO Replacement SSBN.

Captain Elmstrom assumed command of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Silverdale, Washington on 14 September 2016.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, 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 May 2.

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.

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Posted by: arbeam | May 9, 2017

War II in the Pacific

Starting with the June luncheon we will be providing a short five to ten minute chronological picture of our Wll march across the pacific by Nimitz and MacArthur. The plan is to show, at each of our fourteen successive luncheons, a clear uncluttered view graph of the specific conquests with brief accompanying verbiage.This will presentation will cover the campaign from the 7 Dec attack on Pearl Harbor until the 9 August ’45 nuke of Nagasaki. We will be scheduling to keep the lunches from exceeding current duration.

 

What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services throughout the state including teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap(NBK), Naval Base Everett(NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island(NASWI), Naval Hospital Bremerton(NHB), USS John C Stennis,  USS Nebraska, USS Kentucky B, USS Pennsylvania G, USCGC Sea Fox, Washington State National Guard, and Olympic College Veterans,

CS2 Ashlyn Windsor and BM1 Hans Schultz

The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Duck Quarters, Pork Belly, Greek Yogurt, Panko Bread Crumbs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Rainbow Carrots and Nutella). This year’s winner was the 87 foot US Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox (WPB-87374) with a crew of 10.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chili- 1. NASWI 2. NBK TPU 3. USS Kentucky Blue
Ribs- 1. NASWI 2. JBLM 3. USS John C Stennis
Wings – 1. NASWI 2. NBK UH 3. USS John C Stennis
Cake – 1. NASWI  2. NBK 3. JBLM
Hor D’oeuvers – 1. JBLM 2. JBLM  3. USS Nebraska G
Dessert 1. JBLM 2. JBLM 3. NNBK TPU
Battling Chefs -1. USCGC Sea Fox 2. Olympic College Veterans 3. NASWI

Overall – 1. JBLM 2. NASWI 3. USS John C Stennis

Joint Base Lewis McChord –  Overall Winners

Posted by: arbeam | May 6, 2017

Small Unit Wins Big!

The Bremerton Armed Forces Festival held its 25th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition. What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services from all over the state. The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Duck Quarters, Pork Belly, Greek Yogurt, Panko Bread Crumbs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, rainbow Carrots and Nutella).

This year’s winner was the 87 foot US Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox (WPB-87374) with a crew of 10. Their only cook CS2 Windsor, teamed with a Bosun Mate BM1 Schultz, out performed teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Base Everett, Naval Station Whidbey Island and USS John C Stennis.

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