Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

Feb 14: Luncheon Speaker RDML Marcus Hitchcock

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

This 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.

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