BREMERTON, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) won a number of impressive awards in 2016 and ended the year by winning the most coveted honor among Navy installations: the Installation Excellence Award from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

“The outstanding military personnel and civilians who work for Naval Base Kitsap as well as our incredible on base partner commands perform their duties exceptionally well every day,” said Capt. Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer, NBK. “The goal of our personnel has been and continues to be to excel while exceeding the expectations of our diverse customers. This award is confirmation of our team’s strong commitment to the people and commands we serve.”

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest (NRNW), stated in a message to military personnel and the workforce of NRNW, “I extend my personal appreciation to the entire NAVBASE KITSAP team for a job well done! Thank you all for your dedication and the positive reflection on your command.”

He continued, “Our tenants and their families have truly benefited from your time and efforts.”

The installation excellence award program recognizes the Navy’s top three large and small installations, and rewards installation performance in accordance with the command’s strategic goals and Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria for the DoD-wide Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Awards. The top award comes with $224,000 that can be spent on base beautification projects of the winning command’s choosing. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 13, 2016

Jan 14: Installation Dinner


This year we are going to revive an old tradition of celebrating our successes of the year and the installation of new Officers and Board of Directors at an Installation Dinner. We will hold this dinner Saturday January 14 2017 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. There will be a social hour at 5 PM with Dinner starting at 6 PM. The Guest Speaker will be Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. The dinner will be a choice of  Roast Beef or Salmon Filet. Cost $25 per person.  Sign up by contacting bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com or calling 360-981-7667. We need a numbers count by the the first of the year.


Posted by: arbeam | December 13, 2016

Toys for Tots


12 Days till Christmas

This the last week to drop of unwrapped gifts for the Toys for tots campaign. Here are the local drop off sites.

Kitsap county Drop Off Sites

Posted by: arbeam | December 8, 2016

Charitable Contributions – Donor Requirements

As we approach the end of the year many persons are reviewing their contributions for the year and making year end donations. In this process it is helpful to review the rules. (IRS Publication 526 Charitable Contributions).

Contributions You Can Deduct

Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified Organization

Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply.

Form 1040 required. To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and certain limitations apply. See IRS Pub 526

Contributions From Which You Benefit

If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive.

If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution.

Example 1. You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner dance at a church. Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. The ticket to the dinner dance has a fair market value of $25. When you buy your ticket, you know its value is less than your payment. To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). You can deduct $40 as a charitable contribution to the church.

Example 2. At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week’s stay at a beach house. The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 8, 2016

Feb 16: Strategic Weapons Facility Tour (Date Change)


We are honored to attend a tour of the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific  on 16 Feb 2017. This is a special NAVY LEAGUE MEMBERS ONLY Tour.

SWFPAC logoThe land for the Bangor base, 7,000 acres on the East side of the Hood Canal and approximately 500-600 acres directly across the Canal on the Toandos Peninsula, was purchased from local landowners beginning in 1941, and completed by 1944. In 1943 the Marginal Pier had been built to handle the loading of ammunition on Navy transport ships headed for the Pacific Theater during WWII.

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. The “jewel” of Strategic Systems Programs’ (SSP’s) Fleet Ballistic Missile ( FBM) program for the Pacific was recommissioned Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) in July 1974. Along with the command name change, came a new mission: SWFPAC would become the missile production facility for the new generation FBM deterrent weapons—the TRIDENT I (C4) missile. By August 1980, SWFPAC was approved as a TRIDENT-capable facility and production of the new missile began. The first of 8 TRIDENT submarines assigned to protect American soil and interests in the Pacific, USS OHIO, arrived in August 1982, becoming the first of the Pacific TRIDENT Submarine Fleet.

Plan on meeting at the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum at 8:45 on Feb 16, 2017.  A bus will pick up everyone at the museum parking lot at 09:00 and wrap up at noon.  Only US Citizens.  Only Navy League Members.   No kids!!!   You will be touring industrial areas.   No cameras, camera cell phones or cell phones allowed in any of the areas.  It’s best to leave them in their cars.  I will need the list by 26 Jan to be able to process access with Naval Base Kitsap.

We will need to provide:

Last Name
First name
Middle initial
Date of birth
US Citizenship
Place of birth

To allow for base and waterfront restricted area access I need the Attendence list by 26 Jan.  If you are interested please contact Byron Faber, Email: byfaber@centurytel.net, Cell: 360-434-1144

Posted by: arbeam | December 6, 2016

Upcoming Navy League Tours (Revised Date)


Jan 6 – USS Nimitz @ 10 AM, followed by lunch on board.

Feb 16 – SWFPAC ask me about this one if you are interested in it open to Navy League members only, no children

Others planned for the next several months will be:

The P8 “Poseidon” submarine  hunter  production line at Boeing
NUWC Keyport
Safe Boats Manufacturing at Bremerton & Tacoma
A Trident sub at Bangor and the Trident Training Facility
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station
Indian Island Naval Magazine
US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor
Possibly the USS Seawolf
Others to be named later

Hi friends,

This is information that you may get in more than one email in the future, but I wanted to be sure you had the information if you wish to participate. Hope you can come, and please let me know as soon as possible, so we can be sure to have you on the list successfully.

Tour Planning:

I try to arrange tours up to 6 months in advance so there is time to work with schedules & plan days off (if necessary), but sometimes the facility being toured can’t specify a date & time that far in advance. In those cases, I’ll send out at least which month we will be going to the places listed.

Tours can be for the benefit of our members, to acquaint them with the people & organizations we support. They are also a way for the command to acquaint us with their capabilities, people & mission. Our tours are also a potential recruiting format for Navy League membership, so we usually want to include non members who might become members when they see what an interesting time we have.

Most of our tours involve places or facilities that have something to do with the military, so there is often some form of security information that we need to submit. It varies from command to command, so there is no one form we can always use. When people sign up, I will send out the required information about what we need to submit, etc.

Cost is almost always minimal. If we get to have lunch on a ship or base, the prices are always very reasonable. Sometimes we meet off base for a meal, which is up to the individual participant.

In order to be able to communicate on the day of the tour, in case someone can’t find the meeting point or for other purposes, it is good to have cell phone numbers submitted when you make your reservation so I can reach you if necessary. My cell is 360-434-1144 (home is 360-638-1235). The best way to make a reservation if you want to go on a tour is to email me at   byfaber@centurytel.net

Some times the tours can only accommodate a certain number of participants, and they go to a lot of trouble to set up guides and other arrangements for us, so I want to stress that if you sign up, PLEASE make every effort to attend the tour. Last minute cancellations are regrettable but occasionally necessary, but that often means that someone who wanted to go but couldn’t therefore loses out. Please make it a high priority to attend the tours you signed up for.

We are blessed with many local commands which are generous in allowing us to tour, as well as being impressive to see, but I’m always open to suggestions of places you’d like to tour. We can’t always make it happen, but we can try.

Byron Faber

Base Access Form SECNAV_5512_1_11787

If you do not have base access you may be directed here to fill out a form. The message sending you here will provide instructions on where to send it.

Posted by: arbeam | December 2, 2016

Dec 7: NUWC Keyport Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony


Keyport, Wash. – On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 11 a.m., the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division (NUWC), Keyport will hold their annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum’s Jack Murdock Auditorium in Keyport, Washington.

This year’s ceremony commemorates 75 years since that day which has lived in “infamy,”  and includes a presentation on Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific, music by Navy Band Northwest, the opportunity to meet and speak with local Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

capt-kurgan-navfac-nwThe December 13 Luncheon Speaker will be Captain Chris Kurgan, Commanding Officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest, located in Silverdale WA.  NAVFAC Northwest manages the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, environmental programs and Public Works covering six states; Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.

Captain Kurgan was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1990, and reported onboard NAVFAC Northwest in July 2016.

Capt Kurgan served as Commodore of Naval Construction Group 1, Port Hueneme, CA.  He was Deputy Commander for Operations and Guam Program Manager at NAVFAC Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI,  Commanding Officer, NMCB ONE THIRTY THREE, Gulfport, MS; Operations Officer, NAVFAC Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, Naples, IT.

His education includes Executive Training Program, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 2012; Masters of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001; Bachelors of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1990; Professional Qualifications:  Seabee Combat Warfare, Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, Defense Acquisition Corps. His awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Joint Achievement Medal (2 awards), Presidential Service Badge, 2004 Admiral Ben Moreell Medal, and Various Campaign and Unit Awards.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call before Dec 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.
Posted by: arbeam | November 11, 2016

Bremerton Area Sea Cadet Squadron Size Triples!


Bremerton, Washington. Long before the first call of “Let’s Make a Deal!”, Sea Cadets from the Keyport-based USS SCORPION Squadron were at the Bremerton Elks Lodge setting-up tables and helping turn the Lodge’s main hall into a maze of game shows and display booths for military families to enjoy. They also staffed the check-in table, distributed forms, helped families move from one game to the next, and helped clean-up and stow tables after the event. The Military Game Show Party was hosted by the Ranger and Northwest Military newspapers, and insurer USAA.

Fourteen of the Squadron’s 30 or so members were able to attend the November 5th training event, which afforded the Cadets another excellent opportunity to provide visible support to the local community. But it wasn’t always that way.

Cadet Micah Wheeler, a Kingston High Sophomore, who has been with the Squadron for over three years, was quick to highlight the changes he has seen. “Once we got our new officers, they were able to get the word out there, get us into more events, and make us more public. It showed a lot more people that we were here…and here to help.”

The greater public exposure and emphasis on community service has paid-off for the Squadron, formerly known as the “Kitsap Battalion.” In just under three years, they have grown their enrollment from a low of eight active Cadets to a high of 28. The impressive growth has been achieved through primarily word of mouth–one happy Cadet or parent telling their friends–and being more visible to the community. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | November 9, 2016

Nov 7: Safe Boats Tour


While Byron and Pat Faber are enjoying a trip to New Zealand, fourteen Navy League members toured Safe Boats on November 7th. We were welcomed by CEO Dennis Moore at the Bremerton facility.  SAFE Boats started in 1997 and now has 375 employees with 123 employees at the Tacoma facility which opened in 2012.

Safe Boats Floor

Dennis gave us an overview of some of the ships being built for the Navy and also other countries. SAFE Boats product line includes: Center Console(23-35 feet); Full Cabin(25-38 feet); Walk Around(27-29 feet).  There are also Special Purpose Inboards(26-36 feet); Center Console offshore(33 and 41 feet); Full Cabin Inboard(36-65 feet). The newest and most exciting is the Mark 6 or Mk VI. SAFE Boats is an innovative leader in multi-mission boats.  These are combat specific and used for Naval patrol. They need to be fast and serve multi-purposes.  The Navy has ordered 12 of this new ship design with 7 already delivered.  The Mk VI is 84 feet long and has a beam of 19′ 10″.


SAFE Boats has also made over 40 OTH Horizons for the Coast Guard which are 26 ‘ long and mostly used for Search and Rescue on the cutters. In 2016, they started production of the CIV(Coastal Inteceptor Vessel)  for Custom and Border Protection. They are designed for offshore patrol and interdiction with a maximum speed of 56 knots. Up to 40% of the SAFE Boats built are sold internationally. In the United States, they have over 160 state and local customers. Darren Hansen, one of our tour guides, allowed us to board a 65′ jet boat being built and dubbed the “Guardian” which is supplied with Hamilton jets and goes in excess of 52 mph.

Our group took a break and lunched at the Airport Diner in Bremerton before heading to Tacoma for the afternoon tour. Hartwell Champagne welcomed us to the Tacoma plant, and JD Schultz gave us an in-depth tour of how SAFE Boats has customized existing buildings and works with the Army who leases dock space. As of now, the Army has not ordered any SAFE boats!

But again all of the excitement is about the new 85′ Navy Patrol Boat called the Mk VI. And we could see why, after getting a personal tour of one of the boats at dockside. This particular boat does not have the collars which are so visible on other SAFE Boats. These are designed to go on a large amphibious ship(up to 6 boats) and sent to areas where needed. They are used for recovery so the sides are adapted to getting on and off the ship there and also have a most unusual split bow so the Navy can board ships bow-in and not go along side for safety and ease of the crew when off-boarding.

Safe Boats Mk VI

There is a working crew of 10 with 5 on duty at one time. The ship can also carry up to 13 additional Navy personnel. Because of potential hostile encounters, there is ballistic protection and  armament on the bow and stern. These boats are jet propelled and cruise at 28 knots in 28+ waves. There are 20+ high tech individual seats for safety since the boat can be going 28 knots and stop in 1 1/2 boat lengths or make radical turns.

MK VI Cockpit



MK VI Cabin






Everyone needs to be strapped in for safety!!! The Mk VI carries 5,000 gallons of fuel with a range of 600 miles. This behemoth costs $10 million and takes 30,000 hours to build.

There is a lot of research and development being done by the Navy. The plan for the future is having autonomous ships that can carry missiles that are remote controlled.  Imagine seeing unmanned ships at sea! SAFE Boats hopes to be part of this future. -Diane Quayle

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