Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

Did you sign up for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair?  Did you want to do that?  Soon?!  You will have a great time, meet many impressive young students, get to hob-nob with fellow Navy League members, and go home feeling better about what you just did!

First: Block March 31-April 1st off on your calendar and make a commitment to this year’s Fair.

Second:  Get your application for judge filled out on line (link provided) and get listed so we can get your training arranged if you are a first-timer.

Then (and this is important for you):  If you want a Navy League polo shirt,  short sleeve, long sleeve, whichever, you need to send your desired choice and size to me NO LATER THAN MARCH 10TH.  Your Navy League will pay for your shirt, but if you do not show up for the Fair, you will be billed for the shirt.

Sign up link below/Judges info above.  Numerous training opportunities and….a refresher on Friday morning March 31st that I always use.


The 2017 Fair and our 60th Anniversary is just around the corner, March 31 and April 1, 2017

The Fair is held at Bremerton High School, Bremerton, WA.

Attached is this year’s judges brochure, please feel free to pass them around.

As we move forward with automating the forms and assignments for the Fair, please register online using the following link:

or go to our website, and click the judges tab then online registration.

When you sign up please indicate in the notes section that you are a Navy League judge

Details: The Navy League Provides $1200 in Scholarships (Grades 1-3 $100×2, Grades 4-6 $150×2, Grades 7-8 $200×2, Grades 9-12 $300). Our scholarships were targeted towards projects that support Naval Applications.  Our judges are involved with both General judging and Navy League judging. There are two judging sessions each day. If we hava sufficient number of  judges we divide up our judges (half for the General Judging and half for the Navy League judging/ then switch for the second session of the day) such that each judge gets an opportunity to do both.

Schedule: Friday (Grades 1-6) is basically from about 2pm to 8 pm.  So one could work on Friday morning if employed.  Saturday (grades 7-12) is a longer day (8AM-4:30PM). The first hour is set aside for Judge Training. You only need to attend one training session. It really does not get going until 0900. Meals are provided for the Judges. We are happy to have judges work both days, but can accommodate Judges working for one day.

Friday Mar 31 (Grades 1-6) Bremerton High School (1PM-(PM)

Please check in with the Navy League in the Judging area on arrival

1:00-2:15 PM Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

2:15 –3:15 Judging begins Gym Closed (No students)

3:15-3:30 Gym Open – Students return to their Projects

3:30-4:45 Judging Session 1 with Students

4:45-6:15 Dinner Break

6:30-8:00 Judging Session 2 with Students

8:00-9:00 Navy league Judges Meeting (Score Evaluation)

Saturday Apr 1 (Grades 7-12) Bremerton High School (8AM-4:30PM)

Please check in with the Navy League in the Judging area on arrival

8:00–9:00 Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

9:00-9:30 PM Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

9:00-9:30 Judging begins Gym Closed (No students)

9:30-9:45 Gym Open – Students return to their Projects

9:45-Noon Judging Session 1 with Students

Noon-1:15 Lunch Break

1:15- 3:30 Judging Session 2 with Students

3:30-4:30 Navy league Judges Meeting (Score Evaluation)

6:00 Awards Ceremony Auditorium

All Judges need to be trained:  

Judges’ training opportunities:

March 18, 2017    In person ~ 10 am – noon  1342 NE McWilliams Rd, Bremerton, WA  

March 9, 2017   Webinar  ~  5:00 – 6:00 pm

March 14, 2017   Webinar  ~  4:00 – 5:00 pm if needed

Training at the Fair

March 31, 2017   During the Fair on Friday ~ 1:00 – 2:00 pm

April 1, 2017   During the Fair on Saturday ~ 8:00 – 9:00 am

Contact Mike Huey, Head Judge for more information at here.

Hope to hear from you soon.  Respects,  TD




Posted by: arbeam | February 13, 2017

USS Olympia (SSN-717) Port Visit

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2017) - The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) passes Seattle while transiting the Puget Sound for a namesake visit. The crew is visiting Olympia to perform community relations projects and interact with community members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) passes Seattle while transiting the Puget Sound for a namesake visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)


BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) concluded a visit to the Pacific northwest, Jan. 30, following a series of engagements with key civic and community leaders as well as with locally-based organizations.

The namesake visit provided an opportunity for the crew of Olympia to demonstrate the quality of naval personnel to the citizens of the Pacific northwest, particularly the city of Olympia and surrounding areas.

USS Olympia Arrives in Bremerton for Namesake Visit

Olympia arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Jan. 27, and was greeted on the pier by community leaders and supporters, including former Secretary of State Ralph Munro.

ralph-munro“We want to give you a very warm welcome,” said Munro. “I had the privilege of speaking at the commissioning of the boat many, many, many years ago before you all were born and it’s an honor and a pleasure to have the boat back here in our waters. I’m one proud American with this boat out there defending my liberty and defending all of us, so we can’t say thank you enough.”

oly-sam-adams-clubThe Bremerton Navy League hosted an Arrival Reception at the On base Sam Adams Club for the Officers and Crew. Tours of the submarine were given to various groups to include the Sea Cadets, the Navy League, the Submarine League, and government officials.


oly-capitolOver 60 crew members boarded buses in Bremerton and traveled to the city of Olympia, Jan. 28. During their visit, they performed community relations projects, toured the capital and surrounding attractions, and met with community members.

A lunch was also held for the crew by the Olympia Yacht Club and the boat performed an awards ceremony in front of the large oly-lunchaudience. Four Sailors were pinned with their submarine enlisted warfare “dolphins,” four Sailors were presented with Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Sailor of the Quarter and Blue Jacket of the Quarter Sailors were announced.

“The opportunity for the crew to visit Olympia is somewhat rare, and it is a true privilege to see the fantastic support that the city gives to her submarine and her crew,” said Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, commanding officer of Olympia, from Prescott, Arizona. “I think that it is important for the citizens of Olympia to see that the Navy is all about being not for self, but for country, and that the Sailors on Olympia are happy and willing to serve.”


Sailors helped the community by painting and organizing the Salvation Army transitional housing center, stuffing backpacks with the Gateway Rotary Club for the Homeless Backpacks nonprofit organization, and making and handing out sandwiches at the Interfaith Works Winter Warming Center.

“I am glad that we were given the opportunity to come to Olympia and help out,” said Machinist’s Mate (Auxiliary) 1st Class Brandon Brown, from Long View, Texas. “I like giving back to the community because it shows people another side to Navy Sailors.”


The final day of their visit, the crew enjoyed liberty in Bremerton. The Navy League and Submarine League hosted a dinner for the crew at a local restaurant called the Horse and Cow.


“It was an honor and a pleasure to support the weekend namesake city visit of the USS Olympia,” said retired Capt. Alan Beam, northwest coastal area president of the Navy League. “The city of Olympia and its citizens went out of their way to welcome the submarine and its Sailors, and make them feel at home. This visit enabled the crew to see their city firsthand. The link between the namesake city and the submarine is a vital source of crew identity and morale. I am glad everyone had a great time.”


Olympia is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after Olympia, Washington. Commissioned Nov. 17, 1984, Olympia is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines. The submarine is 362 feet long, displaces 6,900 tons, and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Navy News Story by Amanda Gray



Posted by: arbeam | February 9, 2017

“The Usual Suspects” Honored at the Awards Dinner

We have a corps of supporters that are omnipresent. They can be depended upon to be at every event, Changes of Command, retirement ceremonies, Navy/Submarine/ SeaBee/Supply Corp/Marine Corps/Birthday Balls, Tours, Ship Arrivals, Armed Forces Festival/ Memorial Day/ Veterans Day/ MIAPow Day/Pearl Harbor Day/ Midway Day, Unit Christmas Parties/ Pancake Breakfasts, Picnics, Fundraisers, …


This group is lead by Helen Miller, Bob Lamb, Neva Lamb, Byron Faber, and Pat Faber.

helen-millerHelen Miller is everywhere all the time! It took her two years to coordinate the delivery of a donated pool table to the Marine Corps Security Battalion.  She has donated hundreds of books to local military units. She is far and away our best recruiter bringing in dozens of new members. She is the Chief Pancake Cook for the Bangor Coast Guard Christmas Pancake Breakfast. For her steadfast support she has been named an Official Ambassador of the Bremerton Navy League.



Bob Lamb Our Social Secretary,bob-and-neva-lamb
He is the Chief Coordination point for getting a Navy League presence at all the Navy activities. Born and raised in Bremerton, Bob serves as our unofficial historian and teller of tales. Neva Lamb Our Chief Auditor and excellent hostess, she has run the front desk at all our activities and generally keeps everyone in line.





pat-and-byron-faberByron Faber Mr Tour Director. Plans coordinates and directs all our tours. As such he is one of the Council’s outside faces. His tours are one of our council’s special activities. It is a chief recruiting tool for new members and an excellent method of highlighting the Navy to the general public. He is the adopted unit liaison for the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) and the Precommissioning USS Washington (SSN-787). This makes him the representative to the newest and the oldest submarines in the Navy. He has visited both ships both here and in their home ports. He personally developed a set of unit specific awards for each submarine. Pat Faber is one of our primary supporter of local unit’s families. She is a primary coordinator for unit Christmas parties, picnics, baby showers and other family support. She raises funds for gift cards, small gifts and presents, collects and distributes donations, all with contagious enthusiasm.

Posted by: arbeam | February 6, 2017

Navy League Members Honored at Awards Banquet

Instead of presenting the traditional gavel to the past presidents, Tim katonaKatona and Larry Salter were given Belaying Pins. Belaying pins were multipurpose instruments of naval power in the days of sail. Their primary salterpurpose was to trim the sails and set the ship on her proper course. Additionally in time of battle they could be readily removed and used as a weapon. Incoming President Alan Beam thanked Katona and Salter for their leadership and guidance.

ellingsonDave Ellingson Mister Money. He put order into our finances, initiated fundraising programs at Amazon Smiles, State and Federal fundraising campaigns. He coordinates with the USS Washington Commissioning Committee and their fund raising activities when he isn’t putting out fires or driving his corvette. As Duty Driver this year he made 3 passes through the Armed Forces parade driving dignitaries.


George Rose  Mister Continuity. He has beengeorge-rose our Judge Advocate General for the last 5 years ensuring we are living by our bylaws. He is the front face of our council organizing and running our front desk for the luncheons.

mackieAlan Beam Communicator extrodinaire. Built and runs our website, emails, newsletter and facebook. This year our council’s website earned the Navy League Mackie Award as the Best website in the Navy League.

Posted by: arbeam | February 4, 2017

Bremerton Navy League Honors Captain Thomas Zwolfer

Captain Thomas Zwolfer was honored at the January 14, 2017 Bremerton Navy League Installation Dinner. He was presented the Navy League Certificate of Appreciation for his support of the Navy League. Captain Zwolfer has served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Kitsap for the last three years and has recently relived as the Chief of Staff for Navy Region Northwest. capt-zwolfer

Captain Thomas Zwolfer  As Commander of Navy Base Kitsap he has been Bremerton Navy League’s strongest military supporter. He worked tirelessly to ensure that we had access to the base and its facilities. He has excelled in his role as the Chief Military Liaison to the local Community. His tireless efforts have resulted in Naval Base Kitsap being awarded as the best Navy Base in the Country for 2016. He goes out of his way to provide a positive image for the Navy; greeting ships, speaking at historical events, judging military culinary arts competitions and science fairs. Additionally he was the 11th Commander of our USS Bremerton.

Posted by: arbeam | February 4, 2017

Bremerton Navy League Honors Mayor Patty Lent

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent was honored at the January  14, 2017 Bremerton Navy League Installation Dinner. She was presented the Navy League Scroll of Honor for her support of the Navy and the Navy League.


Mayor Patty Lent, Bremerton’s greatest cheerleader! She is a Life member of the Navy League. Patty fully supports the Navy and its Sailors; religiously attending our activities and events. Mayor Lent is the only mayor that has her own submarine. She strongly supported our adoption of the USS Bremerton and insisted on joint custody. She has traveled to Hawaii to present awards. Mayor Lent is a Co-Chair of the USS Washington Commissioning committee and has attended all events at her own expense. She personally hosts the Welcome Reception to our Annual Armed Forces Gala, judges the Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition and supports our efforts at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

The Scroll of Honor is the second highest award of the Navy League on the national level, and the highest award on the region, area, and council levels.  It may be awarded to government employees, uniformed or civilian, who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the furtherance of Navy League programs; and/or individuals (including Navy League members), companies, or corporations that have made similar contributions.

Again this year, in alignment with the national Navy League objective of supporting initiatives in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), your local Bremerton/Olympic League Council is sponsoring multiple awards at all grade levels at the WSSEF. We are also assembling an esteemed judging team to help with general judging and to identify the Navy League award recipients.

Quick Facts about the fair (go to for more details):

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Mar 31 – Apr 1, 2017.

Bremerton High School

Estimated over 1000 student entries and 100 teacher in attendance from across the state

Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent

Concurrent science film festival

Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels

First, we are looking for volunteer judges. The fair is expecting over 1000 student entries this year. Past experience has shown that if we’re going to give our own awards, we would need judges in each of the four grade categories, plus two just to concentrate on collecting input for our awards. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | February 2, 2017

Feb 14: Luncheon Speaker RDML Marcus Hitchcock

Bremerton Navy League Luncheon Feb 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM, NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom.

Marcus_A._HitchcockThis month’s luncheon Speaker is Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock  Commander Carrier Strike Group 3/John C. Stennis Strike Group. Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) is one of five U.S. Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 3, with its embarked air wing (CVW 9), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Destroyer Squadron Twenty-one, which includes USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

The group traces its history to the establishment of Carrier Division 3 in 1940. The division operated off Korea and Vietnam. Group Three formed the core of the naval power during the initial phase of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. On 18 December 2011, aircraft from Carrier Strike Group Three flew the final carrier-based air mission over Iraq, effectively ending U.S. naval support for Operation New Dawn.

Rear Admiral Hitchcock is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College, and Armed Forces Staff College.

Hitchcock flew the A-6 “Intruder” and F-14 “Tomcat”. He commanded “The Swordsmen” of VF-32, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and served as executive officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). As a naval aviator, he embarked in the USS Ranger (CV 62), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and participated in Operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard and Southern Watch. As ships company, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Shore assignments include instructor pilot at VA-128, Aide/Administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N8) on the OPNAV staff and as director, Fleet/Joint Training (N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hitchcock’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.

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

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30 Tuesday 14 Feb 2017.

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

  • 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 | January 31, 2017

Commissioning Date for USS Washington Delayed



Due to a material issue with the boat, the commissioning for PCU WASHINGTON has been delayed.  No new date is scheduled yet but we expect to start the process of vetting new dates in the next few days.

This is a very busy time during submarine construction. The systems are all installed and  rigorous testing is being conducted prior to getting underway for sea trials. Periodically required repairs will impact the ship’s schedule.

“The Navy has determined that the delivery of PCU WASHINGTON (SSN 787) will be delayed beyond the contract delivery date, thus delaying the submarine’s March 25, 2017 commissioning ceremony in Norfolk, VA. This delay is based on a recently identified material issue with an access hatch which requires repair of the sealing surface prior to the submarine undergoing initial sea trials.

Delaying delivery and commissioning will allow the shipbuilder sufficient time to make the necessary repairs and certify the submarine for delivery. This repair will ensure the submarine meets the exacting construction and safety standards required before it enters service. The Navy will work with the Commissioning Committee and Ship’s Sponsor to establish a new date for the event.

Even with this delay, the ship is still expected to deliver within budget.  The Navy will work to ensure that the date of final delivery to the Fleet after completion of Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) remains unchanged. Maintaining the final delivery date following PSA, in spite of the delay to delivery from the initial construction contract, ensures there is no impact to implementation of WASHINGTON as a deployable asset.

The Navy has benefited from an aggressive reduction in contracted construction spans over the history of the class.  From an 84 month span for the first four Block I ships (VIRGINIA, TEXAS, HAWAII, and NORTH CAROLINA), the Navy and shipbuilders have successively reduced spans to 78, 74, and now 66 months on all Block III submarines.  However, this beneficial reduction in the construction span, has greatly reduced the ability to absorb material failures or construction errors within the schedule.”

Posted by: arbeam | January 27, 2017

Jan 27: USS Olympia Port Visit Arrival

Come down to Sam Adams at 1800 to welcome the USS Olympia (SSN-717) to Bremerton.

City of Corpus Christi Arrival

uss-olympia-crestOlympia will be visiting NBK Bremerton for the weekend. We are sponsoring a welcome reception at Sam Adams at 6PM to welcome their return to the Pacific Northwest.  Come out and meet the crew and show then some Bremerton Hospitality.

USS Olympia is a Los Angeles Class submarine that was commissioned in March of 1984 and is a sister ship to the USS Bremerton.  She will be moored at NBK Bremerton and will be making a Namesake visit to Olympia. Since she is 33 years old this may be her last visit here before decommissioning.

The Navy Submarine League is sponsoring an event at the Horse and Cow on Sun 29 Jan from 4-7 PM to welcome them. 


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