Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

Sept 9 Luncheon Speaker Capt Michael Baretela, Commanding Officer Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific


This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Capt Michael Baretela, 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 Michael Baretela reported to his first Submarine, USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) (GOLD) in July 1993 and made five Strategic Deterrent Patrols out of Bangor, Washington. In 1998, Captain Baretela was selected for transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community. Captain Baretela has served 6 tours tours with the Strategic Systems Programs Office, the last one as Commanding Officer of Program Management Office, Strategic Systems Programs (PMOSSP), Shipboard Systems.

In 2009 Captain Baretela reported for an Operation Iraqi Freedom Individual Augmentee (IA) tour. He was responsible for ensuring that every tactical ground vehicle in Iraq was equipped with life-saving Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive (IED) Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems

He holds multiple degrees, BS Mechanical Engineering from University of Buffalo, MS Engineering Management from Catholic University, and MS Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

This is Captain Baretela’s second tour at Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), Silverdale, WA. He served as the Weapons Officer from 2006 to 2008. He assumed command of SWFPAC on 21 January 2013.

Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the Bangor Conference Center Trident Ball Room


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