Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2017

Dec 17 1929: USS Lexington (CV-2) powers Tacoma Christmas

USS Lexington (CV-2) provides power to Tacoma Dec 17 1929

Beginning about December 17, 1929, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2) ties up to the Baker Dock and supplies electricity to Tacoma for a month to meet a power crisis.

In the 1920s, Tacoma received most of its electrical energy from dams on the Nisqually and Skokomish Rivers. Supplemental energy came from the Dock Street steam plant (1922). A drought in 1929 severely cut the power from the hydroelectric sources. The shortage became so critical that Superintendent Ira S. Davisson (1860-1951) had to cut power to Cascade Paper Company. Cascade laid off 300 employees. Fort Lewis turned the lights out in the barracks at 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma appealed to President Herbert Hoover, who bumped the matter to the Navy. At first the Secretary of the Navy refused the request, but negotiations resulted in a message to the Lexington’s captain, ,which had been in the shipyard at Bremerton to go to Tacoma to provide power to the city. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2017

Maine Corps Security Force Battalion Christmas Party

The Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor held a Children’s Christmas Party on Dec 3. The party featured a visit from Santa Claus and a reading of Polar Express by LtCol Tinson. Phyllis Diehl, Barbara Hanson Mail. Erin and Kelly  Tammen  and Helen Miller worked the party and help distribute gifts provided by NL Members.




Posted by: arbeam | December 8, 2017

Pilly Lent Award

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council teamed with the Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) to honor the best performing tactical submarine department head assigned to COMSUBPAC. The award is named for Willis S. “Pilly” Lent who fired the first torpedos in World War II on 10 Dec 1941 off Wake Island.

The 2017 Winner is LCDR John Wayne Walker, the Navigator on the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). “He lives on the cutting edge of tactical innovation and operational success. Operating in some of the world’s harshest environments, he brings a calculated and thoughtful approach to accomplish all operational tasking with the perfect balance of intensity, focus, and poise.”


The normal practice is to present the award at the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival Gala in April, however USS Jimmy Carter was at sea. He was Presented a set of World War II deep water dolphins at a celebratory dinner in November by Captain Willis A Lent, Pilly’s son. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent presented the Keys to the City of Bremerton at a second ceremony.  LCDR Walker has orders to ComSubRon 11 in San Diego as the Operations Deputy.



Posted by: arbeam | November 28, 2017

Meet the new President: Steven B Westover Captain USN (Ret)

Steve Westover was born and raised in Bremerton, graduated from East Bremerton High School and went on to graduate from the University of Washington in Aeronautical Engineering and earn a commission as an Ensign through the NROTC program in 1971.  His first set of orders were to flight school in Pensacola, FL where while earning his Wings of Gold, he completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida.  Steve completed tours as an instructor pilot with VT-4 in Pensacola followed by a tour in VAQ-33 based in Norfolk, VA flying the EA-4F Skyhawk.  After this tour, Steve was ordered to NAS Whidbey Island where he transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.  He was recognized as the Replacement Pilot of the Year in 1980.

He completed squadron tours with VAQ-138, 137, 129, 140 and commanded VAQ-136 based in Atsugi, Japan.  He has deployed aboard the aircraft carriers USS Ranger, USS Kennedy, and the USS Midway.  Following his flying tours, Steve attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then completed a three year assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency.  A Pentagon tour followed with the Navy’s Test and Evaluation Directorate where he retired in 1996 as a Captain.

After his Navy retirement, Steve worked as a civilian providing support for the EA-6B program Office.  In 1999, Steve changed careers and was hired by FedEx as a pilot.  He flew the B-727 as a Flight Engineer and the MD-11as a First Officer and a Captain, before retiring in 2014.

Steve is married to Connie Christman Westover and has two married sons, Michael and Matthew and three grandchildren.

Posted by: arbeam | November 26, 2017

Dec 12: Annual Business Meeting

The December monthly luncheon will be our Annual Business Meeting. As such we will not have a Guest Speaker.  In this meeting we will summarize our activities, Commissioning of the USS Washington, Armed Forces Festival, Veterans Day, etc. and elect a new slate of Officers.


The nominating committee has put forth the following Slate of officers:

  • President – Steve Westover
  • Vice President – David Ellingson
  • Second Vice President – Byron Faber
  • Treasurer – Larry Tellinghuisen
  • Secretary – Joe Hulsey
  • JAG – Robert Battin
  • Past President – Alan Beam
  • National Director – Larry Salter

Bremerton Bylaws

Section 1
This Council shall have the following elected Officers: President, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Judge Advocate. Additional Vice Presidents may be elected for functional areas as required.

During the year, the President may propose to the Board any new Vice President required. After Board approval, a confirmation by membership vote at the next meeting will be required.

Section 2
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, the immediate past President and a minimum of ten elected Directors. During the year, the President may propose to the Board any new Director required. After Board approval a confirmation by membership vote at the next meeting will be required.

Section 3
The Officers and Directors of this Council shall be elected for a term of one year or until their successors are elected. The President shall not be elected for more than two consecutive terms.
Section 4
Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting, by secret ballot unless there is but one candidate for an office, in which case election may be by voice vote. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting. Installation of new Officers and Directors may follow the elections at the Annual Meeting, or be conducted at a subsequent meeting or event. The President shall have the authority to fill a vacancy, should one arise, subject to ratification by the Board of Directors at its next meeting.

Article VIII – Meetings

The general membership of this Council shall meet at least once each quarter upon call by the President. Ten percent (10%) of the membership shall constitute a quorum. The Annual Meeting of Members shall be held during the last quarter of the fiscal year. At this meeting, the President, Treasurer and Secretary shall submit their annual reports to the members. (Copies of these reports must be sent to National Headquarters with copies to the appropriate State and Region Presidents.) Elections for Council Officers and Directors for the subsequent fiscal year also shall be held at this meeting. Written proxies shall be allowed at all membership meetings.


Toys for Tots will also be collected. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a donation for this wonderful program.

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 Nov 7.

  • 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.

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council CFC# 19117, CFD #1481953. 







Posted by: arbeam | November 26, 2017

Nov 11: Kitsap County Veterans Day Ceremony

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council sponsors an annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. This event requires the combined efforts of over fifty service clubs. It involves static displays, 24 information booths, bands, bagpipers, inspirational presentations, food and friendship. Although the ceremony celebrates all veterans we were specially honored to have over 14 World War II veterans attend including Bremerton Navy League Past President Dick List.

Retired Army Colonel William Reeder, the last US Army Prisoner of War taken who survived the Vietnam War, was the Guest Speaker. He reinforced the themes of courage and sacrifice, belief in self, undying faith, strength of family, love of country, loyalty among comrades, and how precious is this thing called freedom that we so often take for granted.

Navy League volunteers filled in everywhere. Helen Miller and Carol Meteney served as official greeters. Linda Tammen, Erin Tammen, and Emma Hechert helped Carolyn Hudson distribute the cakes donated by Hudson Motors. Carolyn always buy extra cakes to deliver to the Marines on watch at Bangor.


A special thank you goes out to our talented organizers John Gardner, Sandra and Earl Smith for producing this annal ceremony. Thank to our sponsors Kitsap County Commissioners, Kitsap Sun, Raytheon, Gordon Sound and Crazy Eric’s. Crazy Eric’s did a wonderful job donating the food and feeding the hundreds of ceremony goers with free hotdogs.










BANGOR, Wash. (Nov. 15, 2017) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and leadership from various Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor commands salute the ensign during morning colors. The CNO visited the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) as part of his regional trip to the Pacific Northwest. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael L. Smith/Released)

BANGOR, Wash. — The Navy’s 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, visited Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, Nov. 15.

During the trip, he paid a visit to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) to tour the submarine and speak with Sailors.

“Kentucky is honored to have the CNO onboard and excited to show him our ship,” said Cmdr. James Hurt, commanding officer of Kentucky’s Gold crew. “We’re happy to know strategic deterrence continues to be important to our senior leadership.  It confirms for us that strategic deterrence is the Department of Defense’s number one mission.” Read More…

A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled “Night Action”.
The drawing depicts the Washington (BB-56) in action against the Kirishima at the 4th battle of Savo Island, 15 Nov 1942.

The tide of the Guadalcanal campaign was turned by one new American battleship, the USS WASHINGTON (BB-56,) CAPT Glenn B. Davis, commanding, in a brutal and near-run battle the night of 14-15 Nov 42.  With the battleship USS SOUTH DAKOTA (BB-57) on fire and out of action, and the four screening destroyers sunk or crippled, WASHINGTON was the only ship left of Rear Admiral Willis “Ching” Lee’s Task Force 64 that entered Ironbottom Sound the evening of 14 Nov 1942, in a last ditch effort by Vice Admiral William F. Halsey to halt yet another major effort by the Japanese to bombard Henderson Field and land more reinforcements on Guadalcanal (it was a last-ditch effort for the Japanese too.)

WASHINGTON single-handedly took on a Japanese force of one battleship (KIRISHIMA, a survivor of the 13 Nov battle,) two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, and nine destroyers.  In a matter of minutes, with accurate radar-directed fire, WASHINGTON pummeled the KIRISHIMA with between 9 and 20 hits (probably 20) by 16″ shells and over forty hits by 5″ shells, which caused KIRISHIMA to sink after midnight.  WASHINGTON also hit other Japanese ships with her secondary armament, including probably the destroyer USS PRESTON (DD-379) too.  WASHINGTON then maneuvered to avoid multiple torpedo attacks.  The loss of the KIRISHIMA caused the rest of the Japanese force to withdraw, with the exception of one sinking destroyer. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | November 9, 2017

2018 Officer Candidates Announced

I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Nominations Committee has presented the following slate of candidates for election at the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held during the December 12, 2017 Navy League Luncheon, Trident Ballroom NBK Bangor at 11:30.

President- Steven Westover.
1st Vice President – David Ellingson
2nd Vice President- Byron Faber
Treasure- Larry Tellinghausen
Secretary- Joseph Hulsey
Judge Advocate- Robert Battin

Posted by: arbeam | November 6, 2017

Toys For Tots

We will be collecting unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots program at our November and December Luncheons. Please donate generously.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

All donations that are collected in our area stay in our area. The toy distribution takes place in mid December usually at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Toy recipients do not have to be military.

The Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in this past year allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there.

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