Posted by: arbeam | March 15, 2018


Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your generosity in sharing your time with the students.  As a past judge you know the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment the students feel while participating at the Fair and sharing their thoughts and projects with the judges.

The word has spread and the Fair has hit its capacity limit of projects and students.  To make this expansion work we need 200 judges each day.

This year we expect the same growth and have made accommodations for this by completing judging for grades K-6 on Friday and having their space cleared Friday night to make room for the incoming grades 7-12 on Saturday.  By doing this we can handle up to 1,000 projects.

If you are planning on judging, please login online at

Please spread the word and invite a friend.

Additional information can be found on our website at   You can also follow us for late breaking news at

Schedule of Events for Friday, March 23, for Grades K-6

9:00 – 11:30       Grades K-6 check in and set up their displays
10:00 – 11:15     Judges Training / Judges Assignments
11:30 – 12:15     Gym Closed – Judges Only
12:30 – 2:00       Judging Session 1
2:00 – 3:00         Grades K-6 Lunch Break
3:00 – 4:30         Judging Session 2
4:45 – 5:30         Grades K-6 projects can be taken down and removed
7:00 – 8:00         Awards Ceremony for Grades K-6 in the Auditorium
7:00 – 8:00         NOTE:  Grades 7-12 may quietly check in and set up displays while the Grade K-6 Awards Ceremony is going on in the Auditorium (OPTIONAL)

Schedule of Events for Saturday, March 24, for Grades 7-12

7:00 – 9:00         Grades 7-12 check in and set up their displays
8:00 – 9:00         Judges Training / Judges Assignments
9:00 – 9:30         Gym Closed – Judges Only
9:45 – 12:00       Judging Session 1
12:00 – 1:15       Grades 7-12 Lunch Break
1:15 – 3:30         Judging Session 2
5:00 – 6:00         Grades 7-12 projects can be taken down and removed
6:30                   Awards Ceremony for Grades 7 – 12 in the Auditorium

Thank you and see you at the Fair!

Mike Huey
President & Head Judge, WSSEF

Posted by: arbeam | March 15, 2018

Apr 14: Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball

The 2018 Pacific Northwest Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball will be held at the NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom from 5;30-11:30 on Saturday April 14, 2018. VADM Charles Richard, Deputy, U.S Strategic Command will be the Keynote Speaker. Social and Reception begins at 5;30, Formal Event begins at 6:30 and lasts until 11PM.

Dinner Dress: Formal


Dinner Choices are:

  • Short Rib Bourguignon
  • Herb de Provence Chicken
  • Seared king Salmon
  • Baked Fazzoletto

Ticket prices are $80, Reservations are open through 26 Mar. If you are interested contact Byron Faber for your reservation and you dinner choices at email:, phone: 360-434-1144



Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Vietnam Veterans serviced their country with honor, courage and commitment. Join us at U.S. Naval Undersea Museum on Thursday, March 29, at noon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief Ted Calcaterra will read the Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and all Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be recognized.

Veterans should RSVP by emailing or calling 360-396-5548. Along with Veterans’ attendance, the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum invites regional Sailors and the public to join the event to say “thank you” to our Vietnam Veterans.


SUBIC BAY (NNS) — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone March 1 for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and gives the crew an opportunity to meet the local community living in the Subic area. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Bremerton’s crew of 150 sailors regularly conducts a variety of missions to maintain proficiency in the latest submarine fleet capabilities. Its stealth, mobility, endurance and firepower allow Bremerton to work independently or in conjunction with a carrier strike group.

“Bremerton’s arrival into Subic Bay means a lot to both my crew and the U.S. submarine force,” said Cmdr. Travis Zettel, commanding officer. “This is Bremerton’s ninth and final visit to Subic Bay in the ship’s 37 year history. My crew and I are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the local community while simultaneously preparing the ship for the remainder of our deployment.”

A number of the sailors aboard Bremerton have family from the Philippines and through this visit have the chance to better connect with their heritage.

“It really means a lot to me that I get the chance to visit a number of my family members again,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Christopher Gapasin, who lived in the Philippines for six years and has relatives in the area.

Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and mine warfare.


On 30 March at 7:45 in the morning a ceremony honoring GMC John Henry (Dick) Turpin at the “Tomb of the Unknowns” in Ivy Green Cemetery.

The Pacific Northwest Chief Petty Officers Association, assisted by local Memorial Preservationist and Historian Mick Hersey,  will honor him with a ceremony followed by the unveiling of a Memorial Marker in his Honor sponsored by the Chief’s Association.

John Henry (Dick) Turpin passed away at his home on 4th street here in Bremerton 56 years ago and was buried at sea. There was no service for him and no Memorial Marker.

Chief Turpin served in the Navy from 1896 and was on the USS Maine during the explosion that started the Spanish American War. He survived the explosion and in 1905 he was on the USS Bennington that exploded next to the pier. He again survived and assisted in the rescue of many shipmates. Staying in the Navy, he was the first African American Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, achieving that Rating in 1917.

He served in the Navy for over 20 years and then served as a Ship Rigger and Diver at the Shipyard here in Bremerton. He achieved the position of Master Rigger and Master Diver.


Posted by: arbeam | March 6, 2018

Bremerton NL Visit to Honolulu

On Feb 23, 2018, Bremerton Navy Leaguers Bob & Pam Battin, as well as Byron & Pat Faber, met with several wives of the USS Bremerton at Honolulu, Hi at an incredible breakfast hosted by the Battins.

Included were the wives of the CO, XO, COB, Ombudsman, FRG representative and in laws of the Zettels.   We were able to give them the 4 award plaques we provide yearly to some of the outstanding Bad Fish sailors, as well as discuss some of the planning we are doing for the arrival of the boat, presumably this spring.  The exact date hasn’t been released yet for operational security purposes.

Many of the wives will be on hand here to welcome the boat as it arrives at the base in Bremerton, and in fact, we learned that some of the crew’s wives were here already.  We asked that they pass along our wishes for them to contact us so that we can give them a proper Navy League welcome to the Pacific NW.

After this meeting, Byron went to SUBPAC headquarters to see the RADM Pilly Lent award.  It is proudly displayed at the awards case at the entry to the silver dolphin galley, as the first in line of many other awards.

Posted by: arbeam | March 1, 2018

Mar 10: Silverdale Military Appreciation Day

Kitsap County Fairgrounds,  Kitsap Sun Pavilion 11-3PM.

Come out and Celebrate, Honor, and Recognize our Men and Women in uniform, past and present, at our annual Military Appreciation Day and Carnival on Sat March 10, 2018. Check-out military vehicle display-Enjoy Children’s activities. Browse 100 local business booths. Sample FREE food and non-alcohol drinks-Win Fabulous door prizes and gifts for Military members with ID!

What a great way to introduce our service members to the vast selection of our community’s businesses and services. This year we are changing things up and going with a “Carnival” theme. Along with games, prizes and inflatable’s for the kids.


Posted by: arbeam | March 1, 2018

Mar 13: Luncheon Speaker Will Lent

Our March Luncheon speaker is Will Lent, who will discuss the WW II sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). This is the second segment in our program to discuss the discovery of the wreck of the USS Indianapolis.

On a secret mission in July 1945, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) delivered the first atomic bomb (Little Boy) to United States Army Air Force Base on Tinian. On its return trip to the Philippines the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58 and sank in 12 minutes; leading to the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the US Navy. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 survived.

Our third segment in April, David Reams of the Paul Allen expedition will discuss the discovery of the wreckage of the sunken cruiser in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 ft (5,500 m).

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration: Please call Realty Station  at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration.
Please call before March 6.

  • 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.


Again this year, in alignment with the national Navy League objective of supporting initiatives in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), your local Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is sponsoring multiple awards at all grade levels at the WSSEF. We are also assembling an esteemed judging team to help with general judging and to identify the Navy League award recipients.

Quick Facts about the fair (go to for more details):

  • Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Mar 23 – 24, 2018.
  • Bremerton High School
  • Estimated over 1000 student entries and 100 teachers in attendance from across the state
  • Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Greg Wheeler
  • Concurrent science film festival
  • Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels

First, we are looking for volunteer judges. The fair is expecting over 1000 student entries this year. Past experience has shown that if we’re going to give our own awards, we would need judges in each of the four grade categories, plus two just to concentrate on collecting input for our awards.

Being a judge is rewarding, it instills new hope in the future of science. One of our judges recalled, “The experience exceeded all my expectations. I was amazed by the evident raw talent and the brilliant young minds, some as young as eight years of age whom we were privileged to interview, half a dozen of these students with whom we interfaced will undoubtedly be the Wernher Von Braun’s or Stephen Hawking of tomorrow. Thank you; America’s future somehow appears brighter after spending two days with some of the brightest and the best.”

Not to mention the complimentary food and drinks provided the judges both days. Or the free Navy League polo shirt you get to wear to the fair and with pride for years afterwards….

If you’re available and interested in being a judge for both days of the fair, as well as attending at least one prior training session*, you too can make a positive contribution! There are 17 different science areas from which you can choose, as well as specific grade brackets.  Contact Tom Danaher at (360) 271 4852 ( for information about how to become part of the Navy League judging team and then register with the fair (

Second, we are also seeking your financial support. Your local Navy League Board has committed a large chunk of scholarship funds to the fair awards, but it will not be enough to cover all the costs of the sponsorship at a level necessary to fully leverage the visibility and branding this venue will offer us. The fair offers an unprecedented opportunity for outreach to youth and educators across the state, especially for our Sea Cadet program. Community leaders like to “be seen” at this event, and substantial media coverage is anticipated.

Please consider a special contribution to the Navy League to cover the costs of the sponsorship. Contributions can be mailed to: Bremerton Navy League PO Box 5719, Bremerton, WA 98312.


Posted by: arbeam | February 15, 2018

President’s Corner March 2018

We have an exciting winter/spring lineup of activities and we need your help!  The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) is March 23 & 24 at the Bremerton High School.  There are 1000 registrants participating, and we need judges.  I participated last year and was blown away at the ingenuity and detail of the exhibits.  It was a very rewarding experience and I look forward to participating again this year.  Sign up even if you can only judge on one of the days, that OK.  Tours are being scheduled to the Boeing Plant in Everett, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport, and a tour of the USS Seawolf, a one-of-a-kind submarine.  The USS Bremerton will return to Bremerton sometime this spring for inactivation and decommissioning.  Plans are underway for a big reception for the crew and tours of the boat.  Our next two luncheon programs will be centered on the loss of the WW II cruiser, USS Indianapolis.  She was torpedoed at the very end of the war and the survivors of her crew endured several days floating in the ocean, fighting for their lives.  Her wreck was recently discovered by a research team, funded by Paul Allen.  Members of his team will detail their search and exploration of the wreckage at our April luncheon. You won’t want to miss it!!


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