battle_ePEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Winners of the Pacific Submarine Force 2015 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) competition were announced Jan. 1, 2016, in a message to the Force from Rear Adm. Frederick J. Roegge, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC).

“The competition for Battle Efficiency awards was extremely tough,” said Roegge in his message to the force. “These awards recognize commands which were evaluated during the past year to have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime tasks.”

“Each crew member of an award winner can be justifiably proud of their contribution to improve Pacific Submarine Force readiness,” Roegge continued. “I am extremely proud of your outstanding performance. Well done and congratulations!”

The Battle “E” competition is conducted annually to strengthen individual command performance, improve overall force readiness, and recognize outstanding performance. The award symbolizes overall readiness of commands throughout the Pacific Submarine Force, and their ability to carry out assigned wartime tasks.

Based on criteria compiled over a year-long competition, units from each submarine squadron in the Pacific Fleet are recognized, in addition to submarine tenders and special category assets. The awards are presented by the leadership of each squadron or command to the unit under their charge, which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.

The 2015 COMSUBPAC Battle “E” winners, their homeports, and commanding officers are:

Commander, Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5, based in Bangor, Washington – the lead ship of her class, attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21), commanded by Cmdr. Jeff Bierley.

SUBRON 17, based in Bangor, Washington – the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733), whose Blue Crew was commanded by Cmdr. James McIver, and Gold Crew was commanded by Cmdr. Chad Hennings.

SUBRON 19, based in Bangor, Washington – the Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727), whose Gold Crew was commanded during the competition by Capt. Benjamin Pearson and Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez, and whose Blue Crew was commanded during the competition by Capt. Erik Burian and Capt. Joseph Turk.

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Posted by: arbeam | January 16, 2016

New Community Affiliate: Booz Allen Hamilton

Jerry LoganBooz_Allen_logo_tagline_blackPlease Welcome our newest Community Affiliate Booz Allen Hamilton. Our Vice President Captain Charles J (Jerry) Logan is an Associate with the Seattle office of Booz Allen Hamiton. Jerry was the Commodore of Submarine Squadron Nineteen at Bangor until he retired last year.  Captain Logan had command of the USS Michigan (SSBN-727) and was the 10th Commanding Officer Of USS Bremerton. While in command of Bremerton he conducted one Western Pacific Deployment and a refueling overhaul in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

Booz Allen combines the power of consulting expertise, technical skill, and mission knowledge to deliver results that meet our clients’ challenges and also inspire new levels of success. For more than 100 years, Booz Allen defined management consulting. We were there as modern corporations emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, the Allies mobilized for World War II, the Cold War began and ended, the Space Age dawned, and Asia and South America rose with strong economies. Booz Allen has helped our nation defend and improve its readiness during the Gulf Wars, respond to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and combat the rise of new cyber threats that have changed how businesses operate.

As we head into our second century, we are yet again inspiring innovation and change within the industry. Our overriding objective is to be the Essential Partner. We strive to design and deliver unique, end-to-end solutions right at the center of the client’s mission. In being that partner, we are fundamentally reshaping the way clients think about our work, bringing them ideas and solutions beyond those they would expect from a traditional consulting company. Our nearly 23,000 talented people are pioneering and inspiring new systems and approaches that are transforming our clients’ missions.

Booz Allen’s partnerships in the Puget Sound region, whether with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Detachment, or with the Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are an increasingly important part of our long-standing relationship with the United States military. It is fitting that we build upon our relationships in the Puget Sound and with the U.S. Navy League by becoming a community affiliate of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council. We look forward to building on these relationships in support of the sea services and the region.

Posted by: arbeam | January 15, 2016

Navy League Northwest Region Conference 11-13 Mar 2016

Come join us for a fantastic weekend in Seattle!

Best Western Executive Inn Seattle 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle WA Phone: (206) 448-9444 Toll Free Reservations:800-351-9444)

Best Western Executive Inn  200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle WA Phone: (206) 448-9444 Toll Free Reservations:800-351-9444)

The Seattle Council is the host for this year’s Navy League Northwest Region Conference. They have gone out of their way to create a fantastic weekend package that is attractive for all Navy League Members. The conference will be held at the Best Western Executive Inn, a 3 star hotel in the shadow of the Space Needle. The emphasis for this meeting is to provide Northwest Navy Leaguers Fun and Fellowship at a great location and at a great price.

Regional conferences are held annually to bring together council members from the Pacific Northwest to discuss, share, and discover successful ideas that are working in other councils. These opportunities to learn from each other are not restricted to council officers. All Navy Leaguers are encouraged to come, meet one another and learn about the successes of the Navy League.

Hotel Registration:
Hotel rates from March 10-14, 2015 set at $106 per night plus tax. Guests can call the hotel directly at (206) 448-9444– or 800-351-9444 and ask for the “Navy League rate”. Parking is Complimentary. Please register for your rooms early as we loose our room block on February26th.

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Friday Mar 11
The Conference begins on Friday Mar 11 at 1:00 PM with
Nominating Committee Meeting (1:00-3:30 PM)
NW Region Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:50 PM) Immediately following the Nominations Committee meeting we will hold a NW Region Leadership Meeting for Council Presidents and their representatives. We will address Ship Commissioning, leadership succession and Member development.
Social Hour / Buffet Dinner  (7:00 PM) No Host Bar There will be a Welcome Reception with No Host Bar at 7:00 PM, followed by a No Host Dinner at the hotel Banquet Space Friday Evening. All Navy League Members are welcome to the Reception and Dinner.

Conference Registration NW Region Registration Form
Registration – $40 p/p (Registrations after Feb 26th $60)
Full Conference: $140 p/p (Includes: Registration, Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch & Dinner Dance)
Saturday Only: $125 p/p (Includes: Registration, Lunch & Dinner Dance)
Saturday Dinner Only: $55 p/p (Includes: Dinner Dance)
Sunday VIP Motor Coach Tour $50 p/p
Saturday Mar 12
Hot Breakfast for Attendees on their own in the hotel Restaurant at a nominal cost of $7.99 per person
Registration  8:00 AM
WitunskiOpening Ceremonies 9:00-10:00 AM (Includes Colorguard, Pledge, Anthem, Invocation) Welcome from Region President followed by remarks from National President Skip Witunski who will provide a Navy League Status Report and discuss the importance of the Local Councils to the Navy League.
Sessions:
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Membership, Growing Council Leadership, Community Affiliates
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Council Communications and Social Media. Councils please bring Council Newsletters to share.
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Radm Richard Gromlich USCG invited
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Youth Programs
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fund Raising
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Best Practices and wrapup. Councils be prepared to speak about your two Best Practices.

Dinner
Registration: 6:00 PM
Social Hour: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Dinner Ceremonies: 7:15 PM
Dinner Service Begins: 7:30 PM
Dinner Keynoter: 8:15 PM Superintendet of the Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Walter E (Ted) Carter. VAdm Carter commanded USS Camden (AOE-2) Homported at PSNS and the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70)
Music (Listening/Dancing): 8:45 PM – Midnight
No Host Bar

Sunday Mar 13 

Motor_CoachNarrated Deluxe VIPMotorcoach Tour: $50 p/p with a minimum of 25 paying passengers

Tour Includes: See downtown Seattle; Ballard Locks, Views from Magnolia Bluff; Homes & Gardens; University of WA; Fremont & it’s Unique Art; Pike Place Market; Historic Pioneer Square; Views from West Seattle AND

Seattle Station toucheda stop at USCG Base Seattle including Alki Lightspecial briefings and a Ship and patrol craft Tour. Another stop at the West Seattle Lighthouse adjacent to the District Commander’s Quarters and refreshments. The tour will be conducted by a professional tour guide with over 30 years experience!

Stay Tuned for a possible Saturday Spouse Shopping Tour- We are working on the details

Posted by: arbeam | January 14, 2016

Bremerton Captains Log: Jan 12 2016

FLEET ACTIVITY OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25, 2015) A Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) pulls in to Okinawa, Japan, as a part of a scheduled port visit.

FLEET ACTIVITY OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25, 2015) A Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) pulls in to Okinawa, Japan, as a part of a scheduled port visit.

Dear Bremerton Supporters,Happy New Year!

USS_Bremerton_SSN_698_logoWe rang in 2016 onboard the Bad Fish out in the Western Pacific.  Ringing in the New Year is a great time for reflection, and I have thought a lot about 2015 and what a great year it was for Bremerton.

We were able to come out of the shipyard, shake off our rust, and meet every operational commitment in 11 months.  That is very impressive, and it is a testament to the great work of the Bremerton crew.

We were also able to make a visit to our other homeport in the Pacific Northwest in the spring, and everyone onboard had the time of their life.  Our team onboard Bremerton is very lucky to have such a great namesake city – easily the best in the country – and our crew is looking forward to the day that we can come back into the Sinclair Inlet to visit our hometown.

We left for Bremerton’s fifteenth Western Pacific deployment in mid-December.  It took great efforts to get ourselves ready for deployment, and I was proud of each and every member of the crew.  The team really pulled together to ensure that the ship and crew were ready to go.

On Christmas Eve, we pulled into Okinawa, Japan for our first foreign port visit of the deployment.  It was a good opportunity to relax, catch up with our loved ones, and to see the sights on the beautiful island of Okinawa.  The Bremerton crew made the most of the port visit, traveling to see castles and Japanese Navy museums in Naha, and some even traveled to an aquarium where they have whale sharks!  I ran into Bad Fish Sailors enjoying Japanese food and culture.  Many enjoyed traditional Okinawan fare such as soba (noodles) or juchi (fried rice), but the adventurous ones tried sea grapes (I couldn’t bring myself to taste them) and chicken sushi (you heard me right).

All in all, we left Okinawa with great memories, and the Bad Fish crew made great impressions on everyone they met…as always.Now, it is time for us to get to work doing the country’s business.  I will plan to send another CO’s corner update later this deployment.
Aloha,Wes Bringham

NBK SOY 2015

SILVERDALE Wash. (Dec. 8, 2015)– — The Bremerton Navy League holds monthly luncheons, and regularly honors Sailors throughout the area who have gone above and beyond in the performance of their duties. 

Naval Base Kitsap’s (NBK) Bluejacket of the Year Master-at-Arms Seaman Shelby C. Woodson, a native of Garfield Heights, Ohio, joined the Navy in 2013. She has served with Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific on NBK-Bangor, and is currently working as a patrolman at the NBK Security Department.

NBK’s Junior Sailor of the Year Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Adeyinka Adegoke, also a native of Houston, joined the Navy in 2012 and has served aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). She is currently serving in NBK’s Funeral Honors Division, participating in military funerals and other ceremonies meant to honor those who have served.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason Stafford, a native of Houston, Texas, who joined the Navy in 1997, was recognized as NBK’s Sailor of the Year. Throughout his 18 year career, he has served in many overseas locations including Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Italy. He is currently the Leading Petty Officer of NBK’s Security Department.

These Sailors were honored at the Bangor Plaza Ballroom on NBK -Bangor. CMC David C. Lynch and Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Commanding Officer, NBK are on hand to celebrate this achievement (U.S. Navy Photo by Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Sarah Seamans/Released)

co_ringThe Navy announced on Dec. 22, that the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will remain stationed in Bremerton, Washington, through fiscal year 2019 as part of a decision that avoids the possibility of three homeport changes over a four-year period for the ship’s crew members and families.

Nimitz, the Navy’s oldest aircraft carrier in service, arrived at Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility last January for a 16-month extended planned incremental availability (EPIA).

Captain Ring is a native of San Diego, California and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Arizona. Following flight training in Pensacola and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-120, he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1990.

Captain Ring’s initial sea duty assignment was with the VAW-123 Screwtops in USS AMERICA (CV-66). In 1996 Captain Ring was selected to become Air Defense Officer in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG-73) where he qualified in Surface Warfare. Additional sea duty assignments include the VAW-112 Golden Hawks in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (1999-2002) and Carrier Strike Force Training Pacific (CSFTP) (2007).

Captain Ring reported as Executive Officer of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-113 in September 2004 and assumed command in November 2005. While in command, the Black Eagles flew in support of ground convoys in Iraq.

Captain Ring served as Executive Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and from November 2011 until February 2013 he commanded USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45). Captain Ring assumed command of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) July 8, 2014.

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 Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration.

  • Please call at your earliest convenience.
  • Members without base access; processing time takes 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.

Nomination of officers for 2016

The Council nominating committee proposes the following Slate of Officers for 2016. We will be voting during the Annual Business portion of our meeting.

President                       Tim Katona

First Vice President     Jerry Logan

Second Vice President Robert Lamb

Secretary                         Cynthia Martin

Treasurer                         Dave Ellingson

Judge Advocate             George Rose

This years Military Construction Budget approve more the 90 Million in new Projects for Naval Base Kitsap.

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard will get 23 million to modernize Drydock 6 and utility improvements.

Bangor has 47 Million funding for an improved Land Water Security system and a 20,000-square-foot ship maintenance support facility.

The USCG Maritime Force Protection Unit will get 21 million to build a pier and support facilities at the Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO) Port Angeles. This will support a Port Angeles forward operating location for Coast Guard ships and crews that escort Bangor Trident ballistic-missile submarines.

Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles

 

MFPU Port Angeles

SILVERDALE, Wash. – The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with the proposal to construct a new pier and support facilities for the Transit Protection System (TPS) at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office in Port Angeles.

The Navy invites the public to comment on the draft analysis. The Draft EA is available for public review online at: http://go.usa.gov/tAr4. A printed copy of the Draft EA is also available for public review at the Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles,  WA 98362.

The Navy is accepting written comments on this Draft EA through January 28, 2016. To be considered in preparation of the Final EA and the decision making process, written comments must be received by Thursday, January 28, 2016. Written comments may be submitted via email to: NWNEPA@navy.mil. Written comments may also be submitted by U.S. mail and addressed to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: NEPA Project Manager/TPS Facilities
1101 Tautog Circle, Room 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

The Navy will hold a public meeting in Port Angeles on January 12, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. at the Naval Elks Lodge #353, located at 131 East 1st Street to provide information  about the draft analysis and receive written comments from those who choose to submit written  comments in person. Navy and Coast Guard personnel will be present at this open house style  meeting to provide information and answer questions about the Proposed Action and the draft analysis. There will not be a formal presentation or verbal comment session at this meeting. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 23, 2015

Navy Announces USS Nimitz Extending Stay in Bremerton

USS Nimitz

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced Dec. 22, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will remain stationed in Bremerton, Washington, through fiscal year 2019 as part of a decision that avoids the possibility of three homeport changes over a four-year period for the ship’s crewmembers and families.

Nimitz, the Navy’s oldest aircraft carrier in service, arrived at Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in January for a 16-month extended planned incremental availability (EPIA).

Nimitz was scheduled to shift her homeport to Everett, Washington, in the summer of 2016, return to Bremerton in fiscal year 2018 for another extended maintenance period and move back to Everett in 2019.

Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 17, 2015

Navy seeking Historical Information on Bangor Operations

United States Navy Seeking Historical Information
Navy Seeking Individuals with Knowledge of Historical Operations in Bangor, WA

The Navy is conducting research at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor (NBK Bangor) in Bangor, Washington, formerly known as Naval Magazine Facility Bangor, Naval Ammunition Depot Bangor, and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. The purpose of the research is to verify the ordnance-related history of the installation and potential areas of concern, and determine whether any additional actions may be needed to protect human health and the environment. Information the Navy is seeking to verify includes the types of ordnance that were transported, stored, used or otherwise handled at Bangor, areas of the installation where ordnance activities occurred, and areas of previous discoveries of ordnance or ordnance-related impacts. If you can provide relevant information about NBK Bangor, please contact:
Ray Kobeski, NAVFAC NW Project Manager, (360) 396-0597, raymond.kobeski@navy.mil

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