Posted by: arbeam | November 29, 2018

Bremerton Navy League is on Amazon Smile

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is registered as a charity on Amazon Smile.

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Posted by: arbeam | November 29, 2018

Dec 11: Annual Business Meeting and Monthly Luncheon

The December Luncheon is the traditional time for our Annual Business Meeting and election of Officers. The Nominating Committee has nominated the current officers for a second term:

  • President: Steven Westover
  • Vice President: David Ellingson
  • Secretary: Joseph Hulsey
  • Treasurer: Larry Tellinghuisen
  • Judge Advocate: Robert Battin
  • Past President: Alan Beam

Additional nominations can be made from the Floor.

The December Speaker is Megan Churchill Curator Puget Sound Navy Museum, which is located at 251 First Street, next to the Ferry Terminal. It is housed in Building 50, the original Puget Sound Naval Station Headquarters built in 1896. The Puget Sound Navy Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can explore the naval history of the region and experience life as a sailor through exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis, Special Operations Submarines, and much more.

Megan Churchwell has been the Curator Puget Sound Navy Museum since 2014. Her background includes a Bachelor’s degree in American History, followed by a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. At the Navy Museum, she develops exhibits, assists researchers, and manages the museum’s social media presence.She will provide a brief history of the Puget Sound Navy Museum and focus on their exhibit program, including our upcoming exhibit about 3D printing in the Navy

Toys for Tots will also be collected. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a donation for this wonderful program.

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

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

Registration:Please call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Dec 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 | November 29, 2018

Presidents Corner December 2018

By the time you read this Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers have been consumed and the Holiday rush is in full swing! The November luncheon program was a salute to the Marine Corps. We opened the luncheon with the traditional Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony, then followed it with a presentation of current Marine Corps events. LtCol Tinson, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Security Force Detachment at Bangor, was our guest speaker and he delivered a very inspiring report on the current state of affairs of the Corps. Those in attendance would agree that our Marine Corps is in good hands.

Alan Beam, Larry Salter, Guy Stitt and I had the opportunity to sit down to lunch with Congressmen Derek Kilmer, who represents our Kitsap region and Dan Newhouse from the Yakima/Tri Cities area. Navy League Council Presidents from our region were also in attendance to review and discuss current Navy issues. We shared our positions on the ongoing Growler noise concerns at Whidbey Island, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workload including the former USS Enterprise dismantling , and construction projects at Bangor and the shipyard. It was an informative give and take and the Congressmen assured us that our areas’ military future is bright.

Posted by: arbeam | November 28, 2018

USS Bremerton Change of Command

Commander Christopher Lindberg relieved Commander David Kaiser as Commanding Officer USS Bremerton (SSN-698) on November 27th at NBK Bremerton Olympic Lodge. USS Bremerton is in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard undergoing preparations for decommissioning. The details of the decommissioning schedule are being finalized. Due to shipyard priorities it appears the  defueling and deactivation work may not start for months.

CDR David Kaiser

CDR Christopher Lindberg

Cdr Lindberg comes to Bremerton from Command of Naval submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor. Commander Kaiser will return to his assignment as Deputy Commander Submarine Squadron Nineteen.




On Nov 13 2018 the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council celebrated the 243rd Birthday of the US Marine Corps with the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor. The ceremony started with the Traditional Cutting of Cake. The first piece going to Colonel Charlie Tyrian USMC (Ret) the oldest Marine present.

Battalion Commander LTCol Karl Tinson Introduced the Commandant’s Birthday Message and talked about the Battalion.


Awards were presented to Sergeant Jeremy S. Pogue and Lance Corporal Collin C. Flynn as NCO and Marine of the year.

Posted by: arbeam | November 20, 2018

Navy League screening of Hunter Killer movie

The Bremerton Navy League hosted a screening go the New Submarine movie Hunter Killer at SEEFilm Cinema. The movie is based on the book “Firing Point” Written by Cdr George Wallace former CO of the USS Houston. The Technical advisor was Cdr Caleb Kerr former CO of the USS Bremerton. To get a feel for Submarine operations Major cast and crew members spent three days onboard the USS Houston going through the submarine maneuvers that would be featured in the movie. To improve the realism of the submarine scenes they built the submarine control room set to navy plans and mounted it on gimbals.

The film is its best when aboard the USS Arkansas, which skirts the ocean floor to sneak into mine-filled waters off the Russian coast. Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) which eeks out the remains of an American sub that has apparently been torpedoed by Russian forces. The movie takes a 360-degree view of American-Russian brinkmanship, ranging from crews in nuclear subs, black ops squads and Pentagon bigwigs coordinating tactics. Mistrust and egotism are rampant, with both sides posturing, subverting command, set to push the envelope off the edge of the table and into a World War III inferno.

Following the movie the members  went to the Horse and Cow for a critique. There were several submarine gaffes but on the whole they got the submarine atmosphere right. Some over the top acting, lots of action, all in all a good flick!

This year’s award was presented to Lt Ryan Ward for his exceptional performance onboard the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23).  As the Supply Officer onboard he oversaw the immense logistics responsibility of four major ship’s availabilities, three Undersea Research and Development work up periods and the successful completion of a logistically independent Undersea Research and Development operations period. He managed an OPTAR Budget of nearly $4 Million, a parts inventory of $39 Million and the largest food load and inventory ever conducted by a fast attack submarine.

Lt Ryan Ward presented the Navy League Vice Admiral Robert F Batchelder Award for Supply Corps Excellence.  Left to Right: Caitlin Ward, Lt Ryan Ward, RADM Mark Heinrich.

The national Navy League award and a clock were presented at an award ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Headquarters on Tuesday Nov 13, 2018 by Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich USN (Ret) former Commander Naval Supply Systems Command and 46thChief of Supply Corps.

The  Navy League Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Awards are named in memory of the former Inspector General of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (now the Naval Supply Systems Command). These awards for operational competence, are awarded to Officers in the Supply Corp levels O-1 through O-4 who have made the most significant personal contributions to the supply readiness of the operating forces.

The Change of Command for the USS Bremerton is scheduled for November 27, 2018 at NBK Bremerton.

Commander Christopher Lindberg enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic in 1993 and was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program (Nuclear Option) in 1995.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1998.  He attended Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC and Prototype at Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY.

He was assigned to USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701), homeported in Portsmouth, NH, for Division Officer tour.  While on board USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) conducted a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI and completed a Western Pacific deployment.  In 2003, Commander Lindberg transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Master of Arts in Applied Physics in July 2005.

Commander Lindberg reported to USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) (B), homeported in Bangor, Washington, as the Navigator.  He completed three deterrent patrols and commenced a CNO availability before transferring in August 2008 to be the initial manning Engineering Officer on USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781) being built in Newport News, Virginia.

In July 2010, he transferred to the Naval War College and in June of 2011, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

In September 2011, he relieved as the Executive Officer on USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Following his Executive Officer tour, he reported to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team.

Following completion of the Submarine Prospective Commanding Officer training pipeline, Commander Lindberg relieved as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN Deputy for Readiness in Kings Bay, Georgia.

From October 13, 2017 to September 7, 2018 he served as Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Command – Pearl Harbor.

Commander Lindberg’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3). Navy Commendation (4), the Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various other unit and campaign awards. He is married to Mrs. Sarah Huntley and they have 3 kids, Amelia, Chloe, and Calvin.

Posted by: arbeam | November 11, 2018

2019 Officer Nominations

Navy League Nominations Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council for 2019.

Our Bylaws state the following:

This Council shall have the following elected Officers: President, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Judge Advocate. Additional Vice Presidents may be elected for functional areas as required.

The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, the immediate past President and a minimum of ten elected Directors. During the year, the President may propose to the Board any new Director required. After Board approval a confirmation by membership vote at the next meeting will be required.

Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting, by secret ballot unless there is but one candidate for an office, in which case election may be by voice vote. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting.

A Nominating Committee shall be established annually. It shall be comprised of the following:

  • a member appointed by the President,
  • two members selected by the Board of Directors
  • two members elected by a vote of the membership.

Notice of membership of this Committee shall be announced sixty days in advance of the annual meeting and a report of the Committee shall be made to the membership at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall select at least one nominee for each office and nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination to any elective office.

The Annual Meeting of Members shall be held during the last quarter of the fiscal year. At this meeting, the President, Treasurer and Secretary shall submit their annual reports to the members. (Copies of these reports must be sent to National Headquarters with copies to the appropriate State and Region Presidents.) Elections for Council Officers and Directors for the subsequent fiscal year also shall be held at this meeting.

The Nominating Committee for 2019 consists of

  • Alan Beam Past President
  • Tim Katona Past President
  • Larry Salter Past president
  • Richard Huddy Member
  • Monica Phillips Member

The Nominating Committee recommends the continuation of the current 2018 officers for a second term. Each of these individuals have volunteered to a second term.

  • President: Steven Westover
  • Vice President: David Ellingson
  • Treasurer: Larry Tellinghuisen
  • Secretary: Joseph Hulsey
  • Judge Advocate General: Robert Battin

The Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2018 (Second Tuesday luncheon) Meeting.

Posted by: arbeam | October 27, 2018

Oct 27: Happy Navy Day!

What should we know about these important days?

USNL The Navy League sponsored the first national observance of Navy Day in 1922 to give recognition to the naval service.  The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on 27 October in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day.  He was also instrumental in helping to found Navy League in 1902.

Navy Day was last officially observed on October 27th, 1949 when Louis Johnson directed that the U, S. Navy’s participation in such events would occur in May on the third Saturday, Armed Forces Day, he was the secretary of the newly created Department of Defense.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October 1775 as the Navy’s birthday.  In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.

Navy League was not affected by this decision as it is Civilian Organization, and they continued to organize events as before.

Special note:

The Armed forces Festival held in Bremerton each year actually began before the national Armed Forces Day Parade, making it one of the oldest and continuously running Armed Forces Day Parades in the country.

Navy Fleet Weeks are held in many places around the country at different times during the year.  The one held in August in Seattle coincides with the annual SeaFair

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