For his dedication to duty, Capt. Dawson was presented with the Legion of Merit from Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Northwest, for his tour as NBK commanding officer. Before stepping down Dawson commented on NBK and the Pacific Northwest. “I had no idea how much fun I was going to have at NBK,” said Dawson. “This is the most pro-Navy place to be stationed.” After the change of command ceremony was complete, Dawson was presented with a shadowbox as a farewell gift for his retirement.
Captain Zwolfer had command of the USS Bremerton (SSN-698). Captain Zwolfer’s most recent assignment was as the Strategic Programs Branch Head within Undersea Warfare Division on the Navy Staff.
Naval Base Kitsap was created in 2004 by merging the former Naval Station Bremerton with Naval Submarine Base Bangor. The mission of Naval Base Kitsap is to serve as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound and to provide base operating services, including support for both surface ships and submarines homeported at Bremerton and Bangor.