Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2017

June 6: NBK Battle of Midway Ceremony

Naval Base Kitsap  will hold a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most significant battles in U.S. Navy history.  The ceremony will take place on the Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1 PM.

The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. The US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.

Posted by: arbeam | May 15, 2017

Bremerton Named Outstanding Council 2016

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council was designated an Outstanding Council for 2016. One of the top 10 councils (out of 260) to be designated as Outstanding.

This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Capt Michael Elmstrom, 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 Mike Elmstrom was commissioned through the NROTC program and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. After completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, he served on USS SILVERSIDES (SSN 679) as Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant and Defueling Officer. Elmstrom served as Engineer Officer on USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) completing four deterrent patrols and four refits in Kings Bay.

In 2002, Captain Elmstrom lateral transferred to Engineering Duty Officer, earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2004. He reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and served as Assistant Project Superintendent on the overhaul of USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) and as Off-yard Operations Officer. In 2007, he reported to NAVSEA’s Strategic and Attack Submarine Program Office (PMS 392/SP21) as Assistant Program Manager for Plans, Programs and Policy.

In 2009, he transferred to EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) as the Repair Officer. While assigned he completed a dry-docking overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and executed a change of homeport to Diego Garcia where the tender provided services for USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728).

He returned to NAVSEA PMS 392 as Assistant Program Manager for Submarine Modernization in October 2010. In 2011, Captain Elmstrom became the Program Manager for Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS 392/SP21). In 2014, he reported to Strategic Systems Programs where he served as Deputy, Ship Integration Branch (SP26) supporting integration of the Strategic Weapon System (SWS) and Common Missile Compartment (CMC) into the OHIO Replacement SSBN.

Captain Elmstrom assumed command of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Silverdale, Washington on 14 September 2016.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before May 2.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.


Posted by: arbeam | May 9, 2017

War II in the Pacific

Starting with the June luncheon we will be providing a short five to ten minute chronological picture of our Wll march across the pacific by Nimitz and MacArthur. The plan is to show, at each of our fourteen successive luncheons, a clear uncluttered view graph of the specific conquests with brief accompanying verbiage.This will presentation will cover the campaign from the 7 Dec attack on Pearl Harbor until the 9 August ’45 nuke of Nagasaki. We will be scheduling to keep the lunches from exceeding current duration.


What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services throughout the state including teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap(NBK), Naval Base Everett(NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island(NASWI), Naval Hospital Bremerton(NHB), USS John C Stennis,  USS Nebraska, USS Kentucky B, USS Pennsylvania G, USCGC Sea Fox, Washington State National Guard, and Olympic College Veterans,

CS2 Ashlyn Windsor and BM1 Hans Schultz

The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Duck Quarters, Pork Belly, Greek Yogurt, Panko Bread Crumbs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Rainbow Carrots and Nutella). This year’s winner was the 87 foot US Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox (WPB-87374) with a crew of 10.






Chili- 1. NASWI 2. NBK TPU 3. USS Kentucky Blue
Ribs- 1. NASWI 2. JBLM 3. USS John C Stennis
Wings – 1. NASWI 2. NBK UH 3. USS John C Stennis
Cake – 1. NASWI  2. NBK 3. JBLM
Hor D’oeuvers – 1. JBLM 2. JBLM  3. USS Nebraska G
Dessert 1. JBLM 2. JBLM 3. NNBK TPU
Battling Chefs -1. USCGC Sea Fox 2. Olympic College Veterans 3. NASWI

Overall – 1. JBLM 2. NASWI 3. USS John C Stennis

Joint Base Lewis McChord –  Overall Winners

Posted by: arbeam | May 6, 2017

Small Unit Wins Big!

The Bremerton Armed Forces Festival held its 25th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition. What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services from all over the state. The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Duck Quarters, Pork Belly, Greek Yogurt, Panko Bread Crumbs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, rainbow Carrots and Nutella).

This year’s winner was the 87 foot US Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox (WPB-87374) with a crew of 10. Their only cook CS2 Windsor, teamed with a Bosun Mate BM1 Schultz, out performed teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Base Everett, Naval Station Whidbey Island and USS John C Stennis.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m.  North Kitsap High School Commons  1780 NE Hostmark St.  Poulsbo, WA

The Navy proposes to conduct small-unit land and maritime training activities for naval special operations personnel.  The intent of the proposed training is to: 1) teach trainees the skills needed to avoid detection and 2) not leave any trace of their presence during or after training activities.  The Navy has conducted training in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, including naval special operations training for the past 30 years.  Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, and the southwestern Washington coast, offer unique conditions which create opportunities for realistic and challenging special operations training in a safe, sheltered, cold water environment.

The Navy will be analyzing the potential environmental impacts of the proposed naval special operations training, and will prepare an Environmental Assessment.

Click here for a Fact Sheet about Naval Special Operations

The public can obtain information about the proposal and provide input at an open house from 5 to 8 PM. May 2 at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 Hostmark St., Poulsbo. There will be no presentation or formal comment session. Navy representatives will be on hand to discuss the proposal. Written feedback can be submitted in person at the meeting or by email to until May 18.


Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention:  Project Manager, EV21.AW
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101


Commander Navy Region Northwest announces the International Military Band Concert, hosted by Navy Band Northwest, on Saturday, April 29, at 7:00pm, in Bremerton, Washington! Navy Band Northwest will be joined by members of eight other military bands from the United States and Canada, including the 133rd Army Band, the I Corps Army Band, the Marine Forces Pacific Band, the US Air Force Air Mobility Command Band, the Band of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment of the Royal Canadian Army, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. The concert is FREE and open to the public and will begin at 7:00pm at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, 1300 13th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337.

IMBC began in 1992 and has evolved into a hallmark event representing a great example of cooperation between the Armed Services from multiple countries.

Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

Presidents Corner

We are just coming off a fantastic event supporting the Washington state Science and Engineering Fair at the first of the month. Helen Miller did a super job in recruiting 32 NL judges. In addition to judging for the fair we judged for the Office of Naval Research and our seven awards in Naval Science.  There were over 600 students presenting, and their presentations were amazing! If you get a chance next year please come, I know you will have a great time!

May is a very busy month for us supporting the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival. The exact details are laid out in the Newsletter and Website.  Saturday May 6 is the military Culinary arts Competition at Olympic College. What started out as a Chili Cook-off as developed into a contest that draws cooks from all over the region. Saturday May 20 is a full day stating with breakfast on 4th street at 7 AM, Parade at 10 AM, Heroes BBQ lunch on Pacific at 11, and the Navy League Gala at the Admiral theater at 6PM the Parade Grand Marshall and Gala Guest speaker is VADM Nora Tyson, Commander Third Fleet. We are seeking NL members to ride the Safe Boat in the Parade. The Month is capped by the Memorial Day Ceremony on the Turner Joy at 10 AM on Monday May 29. The Featured Speaker is Capt Douglas Munz, Commanding Officer Navy Operational Support Center Kitsap. Come out and have some fun!

I am actively seeking a volunteer photographer and a volunteer fundraiser chairman to enable some fun events our membership committee is planning.

Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

May 29: USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Ceremony @ 10 AM

The general public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 29 at 10 AM on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy (DD-951), on the waterfront in Bremerton. Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League President Alan Beam, serves as Master of Ceremonies. The Guest Speaker will be Captain Douglas Munz, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap. Captain Munz is a Navy Seal and has had multiple Middle East Deployments.

Come early, as seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the Convention Center nearby. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the ship’s crew’s mess after the ceremony.


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