The Salish Sea Native American tribes have a local custom of getting together on a periodic basis to affirm their traditions and culture. The annual expedition, which began more than 25 years ago, involves tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada, which travel to new tribal locations to pick up additional canoes until they all land in their final destination. The event is coordinated to provide a personal journey towards healing and recovery of culture, tradition, and spirituality. During this year’s Canoe Journey 2016 – Paddle to Nisqually, the Suquamish Tribe hosted a 2 day stopover in Suquamish for 60-80 tribal canoes.

canoe-carryAbout 50 Sailors from NBK and Marines from the Marine Force Security Battalion, volunteered to carry the canoes from the landing locations to ensure their safety from the high tides. The 1000 pound canoes require several people to lift and carry them to high ground.

In a ceremony last week Naval Base Kitsap and the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion were thanked for their assistance.



NBK Master Chief Castellonos accepts Thank You Blanket

NBK MC Castellonos accepts Blanket

MSFSBN LCol Reed accepts Drum

MSFSBN LCol Reed accepts Drum

Canoe journey Thank You Breakfast

Canoe Journey Thank You Breakfast


Come out and help us celebrate the 241st Navy Birthday! The United States Navy was originally established as the Continental navy on October 13,  1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.

Ddml John Tammen CSG 9Our Guest Speaker will be Rear Admiral John W. Tammen, Commander Submarine Group 9. The Group Commander provides oversight for shipboard training, personnel, supply and material readiness of SSBNs and their crews. The Group Commander is also responsible for nuclear submarines undergoing conversion or overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. As Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative, COMSUBGRU NINE coordinates all submarine matters in the Pacific Northwest.

Rdml Tammen comes to us from US Strategic Command where he served as Deputy Director of Plans and Policy. This is his third tour in the area. He has previously served as the Engineer Officer onboard USS Nevada, and as Commodore Submarine Squadron 19. Rdml Tammen Bio

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call before Oct 4.

  • 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.
Posted by: arbeam | September 17, 2016

16 Sept: NUWC Keyport POW/MIA Ceremony


Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division-Keyport hosted the 8th  annual ceremony to honor America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action service members. Master of Ceremonies Commander Dustin Demorest of NUWC Keyport provided the background and the history of efforts to identify unknown remains. Guest Speaker Captain Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Kitsap recounted the recent successes that resulted in the identification of the remains of World War II veteran Lt. Julian Jordan. Jordan was Assistant Engineer onboard the Nevada-class battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place.  He was indentified with the use of DNA profiling after his body was exhumed from the battleship. The funeral took place at the Lewis Funeral Chapel in Bremerton, Washington, 75 years after the attack.

Navy Band Northwest provided the vocal performance to accompany the passing and raising of the American flag.

Posted by: arbeam | September 17, 2016

USS John C Stennis Stand-out Sailors Honored by Navy League


Four Third Quarter 2016 Sailors of the Quarter (SOQs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a recent luncheon. Appearing left to right: Commanding Officer, CAPT Gregory Huffman; Council President, Tim Katona; CMDCS (AW/SW) Weba Roberts; Senior SOQ AM1 (AW/SW) Jason Knopes; ABCM (AW/SW) Jack Hudson; Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW/AW) Benjamin Rushing; Blue Jacket of the Quarter ASAN (AW/SW) Darrell Farnham; SHCM (SW/AW) Warren Brown; Junior SOQ ABH3 (AW/SW) Justine Rolava; and SOQ SH2 (SW/AW) Montrell Thomas.

Silverdale, Washington. Four Third Quarter 2016 Sailors of the Quarter (SOQs) from the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a September 13th 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, with assistance from Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent. The carrier’s Commanding Officer, Captain Greg Huffman, Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW/AW) Benjamin Rushing, and the awardees’ respective Department Leading Chief Petty Officers (DLCPOs) were present to honor the stand-outs for their hard work and individual efforts. Huffman was also the guest speaker and enlightened the audience regarding achievements and challenges from the ship’s recent deployment. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | September 9, 2016

Naval Base Kitsap gains new commanding officer

BREMERTON, Wash. – After serving on countless deployments and patrols, 13 relocations, and surviving two tours in Washington D.C., Capt. Edward “Alan” Schrader is finally home.

Schrader officially took responsibility of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) from Capt. Thomas A. Zwolfer at a Change of Command ceremony on Pier Charlie at NBK-Bremerton Sept. 9.

As the NBK commanding officer, Zwolfer was influential in administering the base’s energy conservation projects, which reduce energy costs while protecting the environment. He also oversaw the renovation and conversion of the NBK Evergreen Inn Galley to the now All American Restaurant, to effectively serve the high number of vessels and base personnel.

“I don’t think it is any secret that I have thoroughly enjoyed my job,” Zwolfer said. “I had the opportunity to work with committed and talented people both in and outside of the fence line who care about the people they serve. It has been a pleasure to lead such an outstanding team for the past three years. I want to thank the Navy for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

An installation’s success is predicated on the strength of its relationships within the community. Zwolfer stepped into the job committed to ensuring the Navy was a responsible neighbor and partner, while furthering the community’s awareness of NBK, according to Rear Adm. Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest.

He added, “Alan Schrader is the right officer for the job and will build on Tom Zwolfer’s successes, taking Naval Base Kitsap to the next level.”

Schrader is a 24-year Navy veteran whose assignments include, ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733)(BLUE) commanding officer, Navy ROTC instructor at University of Colorado and most recently, branch head of Operations, Evaluation & Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205), Washington D.C.

“As (my family) drove through the Cascades this summer, we knew we could say our home is in Washington,” Schrader said to the service members, civilian personnel, and guests gathered on Pier Charlie. “I’m excited for the challenge and am humbled for the opportunity to lead all the bases and properties, which make up Naval Base Kitsap – it’s time to get to work.”

Zwolfer, who took command of NBK in July 2013, will move up the road to NBK-Bangor as Mayes’ chief of staff at NRNW.

Naval Base Kitsap provides world-class service, programs and facilities that effectively and efficiently meet the needs of hosted war-fighting commands, tenant activities, crew and employees at several installations including Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park.

capt-edward-schraderCaptain Edward “Alan” Schrader graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado in Electrical Engineering.

His submarine assignments were as a Division Officer on USS BATFISH (SSN 681), as Combat Systems Officer on USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761), as Executive Officer on USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737)(BLUE), and as Commanding Officer of the USS NEVADA (SSBN 733)(BLUE).  During his command tour, he led the combined crew through the final stages of a 27-month, 200 million dollar Engineered Refueling Overhaul.  After crew split, he then led the Blue Crew through all certifications for strategic operations and four strategic deterrent patrols.

His staff and shore assignments include as NROTC Instructor at the University of Colorado, Executive Officer of Moored Training Ship (MTS 635), as Action Officer and Executive Assistant to the Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J8), the Joint Staff, and as Branch Head, Operations, Evaluation, and Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205).

Schrader is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Staff Achievement Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Battle “E” Efficiency Ribbon (three awards).

Schrader currently resides in Poulsbo, WA with his wife Patty and sons Ryan and Matthew.

Posted by: arbeam | September 8, 2016

Oct 8: Kitsap Navy Ball

NL Navy Ball 2014Saturday, October 8, 2016
Trident Ballroom, NBK-Bangor
Doors open:  4:30 PM
Cocktail hour:  5:00 PM
Ceremony/dinner:  6:00 PM
Tickets: $35 for civilians and retirees


The Navy League will coordinate reservations for a table. Please contact Bob Lamb by September 20th for reservations. Email:, Phone: 360-710-2326. The ticket cost is $35 for civilians and retirees.

Over 450 local military attended last year’s Navy Ball held at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor. The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually, Since 1972 this occasion is designed to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service”.

Navy League members are honored to be invited and each year we enjoy this opportunity to participate. What fun to spend an evening with a huge group of young people who are excited about what they are doing and looking toward the future.


Posted by: arbeam | September 7, 2016

Combined Federal Campaign

Support our sea services!
It’s that time of year for the Combined Federal Campaign. To continue the work the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League does in support of our sea services, make sure to donate today via CFC Number 19117

Lone Sailor

Posted by: arbeam | September 5, 2016

Rdml Gary Mayes Commander, Navy Region Northwest


Rear Admiral Gary Mayes

Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest

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, flying the UH-1N and C-12B; 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.


Rdml Mayes COC

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) — Navy Region Northwest held an assumption of command ceremony in the Jack Murdock Auditorium at the Naval Undersea Museum, Aug. 31.

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes assumed command from acting Commander Capt. William Bulis in a ceremony attended by more than 400 people, including Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. Bulis assumed command of Navy Region Northwest during a change of charge ceremony July 22 prior to Rear Adm. Jeffrey Ruth transferring to Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk. Bulis will return to his previous duties as chief of staff for commander, Navy Region Northwest.

The guest speaker for the event was Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Installations Command. Smith first met Mayes in 2011 in San Diego, when Mayes was the executive officer of Naval Base Coronado and Smith was the Southwest Region commander.

“As Gary takes the helm of Navy Region Northwest I know he is the right man for the job,” said Smith, “and there is no one better suited to support our Navy mission here. I assure you that Gary’s focus will be in the best interests of the community and the Navy as he takes on this new assignment.”

Before reporting to Navy Region Northwest, Mayes was executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). Some of his decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5 awards), Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and many others.

“It is my privilege and honor to once again accept the mantels of command in this great Navy of ours,” said Mayes. “I can’t imagine a better region or setting after spending a week last month and the past two weeks with many of the professionals on the staff and the various commands that make up this region. With your infectious unity, synergy of effort and tremendous enthusiasm, I am happy to say that I am proud to serve alongside the men and women of Navy Region Northwest.

Navy Region Northwest provides shore-based services to the third largest fleet concentration area in the world, including two aircraft carriers, 13 ships, 13 submarines, 92 support vessels and 115 aircraft, enabling the fleet and supported commands to focus on their mission.

Navy Article by Jacob G. Sisco



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